"But good living and exercise have given him a clean bill of health, or at least a new lease on life." Hawk smiled cynically. "Much to Randall's dismay no doubt. The marriage has never been a happy one." For which Angelo could take some credit. Tara wasn't the only woman Randall had propositioned for the role of his mistress. Others had accepted and thanks to some judicious behind the scenes handling on both Hawk and Angelo's part, the young Mrs. Randall knew it. "According to my sources, she will be filing for divorce within the month." Angelo inclined his head in acknowledgment of information that would not have come as a surprise. "You think he wants to take upwhere he left off when he's free?" "I can see no other explanation for his behavior. Miss Peters is the only long-term relationship Baron Randall has had in more than adecade that did not profit him business wise. He cheated on her only when he was away from her. For an amoral womanizer like himthat is bloody significant." Hawk had never before seen Angelo Gordon wearing that particular expression.
"You think he loves her" "Love?"
Hawk flicked his hand in a dismissive gesture. "Not bloody likely, but I do think he's obsessed by her. From what informationI can gather, she is unique, if only in her ability to walk away from him. My instincts tell me it's more than that, though. She was verycareer minded as a model. He was her first serious boyfriend." "You think she was a virgin when they met?
How old is she?"
"Twenty-four and yes. I think Randall's the only lover she's ever had." "That does make her unique, especially in Randall's jaded world.*' "There's more." "What?" "You aren't going to believe this." Hawk had had a hard time believing it himself. "It is simply too damn perfect." ''And
is?" "She graduated with her degree in business six months ago and has been in Primo Tech's management training program for the pastfour of those months." Angelo had bought the hi-tech company in Portland, Oregon, three years ago. Just like all the other companies he bought andresuscitated, it was becoming a lead player in its industry. However, the success of his company was no doubt not nearly as interestingto him in that moment as the fact Tara Peters was employed there. "It's fate." Hawk's laugh was every bit as skeptical as Angelo's. "That is one way of looking at it." Angelo sat at his desk after Hawk left, perusing the file on Tara Peters. Hawk had1 included still shots from several of her fashionshows. They showed a woman of ethereal beauty, shrouded by innocence, but wearing clothing that would tempt a saint to sin. On her tall, model slim body, that nevertheless had curves in all the right places, they were more than a temptation...they were downright provocation. Her dark brown eyes in the perfectly proportioned oval face, surrounded by a cascade of silky chestnut hair intrigued him, evenknowing she had once been Baron Randall's. He flipped through the photos until he came to those included with the tabloid articles that had sensationalized her breakup withRandall. The difference between the two sets of pictures wrenched at something inside Angelo he thought long dead. Those samechocolate-dark eyes now reflected the pain of betrayal and lost innocence. Just like his mother's had.