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Friends or Lovers (a novel for the 21st Century)

Friends or Lovers (a novel for the 21st Century)

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Published by Rory Ridley Duff
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For every man who has lost love, and every woman who can’t find it…

Penny Leyton is one smart sexy woman on her way to the top. Bridget Jones she certainly is not, but she has the same chaotic approach to romance. Just as she is breaking through the glass ceiling, her boss Dave Stockton hints at a workplace scandal. Ablaze with moral outrage, Penny realises too late that one of her own friends is implicated and that she is part of the problem. Can she untangle herself from a hidden web of intrigue and save herself?
PRINT AND KINDLE VERSION NOW AVAILABLE FROM LIBERTARY.COM (http://www.libertary.com/book/friends-or-lovers)

For every man who has lost love, and every woman who can’t find it…

Penny Leyton is one smart sexy woman on her way to the top. Bridget Jones she certainly is not, but she has the same chaotic approach to romance. Just as she is breaking through the glass ceiling, her boss Dave Stockton hints at a workplace scandal. Ablaze with moral outrage, Penny realises too late that one of her own friends is implicated and that she is part of the problem. Can she untangle herself from a hidden web of intrigue and save herself?

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Published by: Rory Ridley Duff on Feb 28, 2009
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I remained in the room with Phil while Mike and his solicitor exchanged words. I
noticed them hug warmly as she departed. Clearly they were more than acquaintances;
the way they looked, laughed, touched and moved indicated a much closer
relationship. Mike, now I was experiencing him up close, was a friendlier person than
I had thought. It made me wonder why Dave harboured hostility towards him.
Phil, with a puppyish expression, fussed about me.

“That was fantastic, Penny! Absolutely brilliant.”
Such praise I can live with, but I actually felt exhausted. It‟s hard to force niceness

and that was exactly what I had been doing for most of the last two hours. It was time
to cool Phil‟s ardour now the job was done.
“That is sweet of you,” I said, with a look that communicated not just my

appreciation, but also the gap in status between us.
His face, while still smiling, developed a small frown and his body language became

submissive.
“Thank you,” was all he could say.
“Can you tidy up the loose ends here? I need to get ready for this evening.”

Phil nodded and still smiling, offered a further comment.

“I learnt a lot today,” he said.

A curious look came over his face.

“What made you change your mind about Mike?” he asked.

This comment caught me short for a moment.

“Let‟s just call it a woman‟s intuition, shall we?” I responded.
“Nothing more?” he asked again inquisitively.

Clearly he was not convinced. I flicked my head back, and let my locks fall about

my face alluringly.

“Don‟t you believe in women‟s intuition, Phil?”

His smile returned as well as his confidence. If he had felt dominated a few
moments ago, all trace had left him. He started to walk out of the room and his final
remark not only surprised me, but also deflated my ego a bit.

“I certainly believe in a woman‟s cunning!” he remarked.

As I stood there, I thought back over the whole day. A number of shocks, surprises,
twists and turns had left their mark. I thought of the way John had helped, Mike‟s
willingness to accept a settlement when he could have thrown the book at me, and

Phil‟s shrewdness at seeing through me. I had one of those “ah ha!” moments in life.

Suddenly things came together. Perhaps men were not jerks after all.

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