п»їBeautiful Stranger (A-List Novel #9)
Loyalty is crucial.
New York was real and California was not.
T' was ever as a result.
Blank Man made fibre Christian Dior Gown
T here had been many things that Anna Percy loved: typical novels drafted in the nineteenth century, the vintage diamond stud earrings handed down coming from her grand-mother, the idea that a person can, if your woman really wanted to, reinvent herself. But right now, she wondered if the thing she cherished most of all might not be slow moving with Bill Birnbaum. The orchestra was on a raised platform covered in white-colored and rare metal, built for this kind of very celebration. The music was smoky and jazzy--very old style. Anna acquired never read the track before, nevertheless she failed to care. It was the initial slow number since she and Ben had arrived at the magnificent wrap party for Ben-Hur, and the very first time she'd been in his arms all night. Transnational Pictures--the facility behind the Ben-Hur remake--was hosting the affair for one of its soundstages in its facility complex in Culver City. " Might be we should strike this away and proceed somewhere else, " Ben murmured in her ear. His breath delivered shivers down and up Anna's spinal column. Said spine was quite visible, in a black man made fibre Christian Dior gown that appeared simple in front although slid below the waist in back. If perhaps Anna had been 1
the type of lady to give much thought to what clothing said about the girl below them, she'd have mused that the dress was much like her on this particular August nighttime: modest around the surface, offering only a glimpse with the heat underneath. The reason she knew about that heat had everything to carry out with the boy with which she was dancing. " I cannot do that to Sam, " she whispered back, which was true. The star and director of Ben-Hur was Jackson Sharpe, America's best-loved action leading man, and his girl, Samantha, was your closest friend Anna had manufactured since she would come to Los Angeles seven months ahead of. Anna could hardly very well sweet out on her. Besides, going somewhere more private with Ben had not been in her game plan pertaining to the evening. Your woman intended to take things slower. They had dropped for each other too hard and too fast, immediately after Anna found its way to Los Angeles from New York. Actually it had occurred on the airplane from LaGuardia to LAX. She'd arrive to A bunch of states to spend the other half of mature year of high school, to have with the dad she'd scarcely seen since her parents' divorce in middle school. She'd come here to make an effort something new, to--here was that term again-- transform herself. Anna Percy, in the old-money, Higher East Area Manhattan intelligentsia, had wanted something even more. She'd obtained something more. She'd got Ben Birnbaum. Ben was your first and later guy with whom she'd ever made love. From the very beginning, the experience have been whatever was two methods higher than great on the Bliss-o-Meter. In fact , this defied every scale of measurement Ould - had at any time known or maybe imagined. eleven
For one, Bill was knockdown, drag-out, take-your-breath-away handsome. Just about every feature appeared at once ripped and easily boyish, adding up to absolutely nothing short of a six-foot, blue-eyed, tousle-haired Adonis. She even now remembered just how her stomach had flip-flopped the first time your woman saw him, in the outstanding cabin of the same NYC-L. A. air travel, when however stood to adopt off his Princeton sweatshirt. For another, this individual radiated assurance unlike any other guy Anna had fulfilled: he was comfy in his own skin--or whatever his epidermis was in. Tonight, that was obviously a vintage Armani tuxedo with purple-tinted cummerbund and breast handkerchief. Anna found his looks, and pretty much everything about the man, devastating. Yet their marriage had been laid low with secrets, with the end of July, Ould - had manufactured a important decision. She'd taken a step--five steps--backward, and informed Ben she wanted to move back to " dating. " She needed them to genuinely get to know the other person, without sexual getting in the way. Ben was her initial, and being with him...