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Copyright 2013 by Peggy Webb

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Publishing History/ Bantam Loveswept, Copyright © 1997 by Peggy Webb.

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Chapter One

B. J. slid the knife through the tape as carefully as if she were dissecting a frog. The cardboard box parted and she took out a fat volume, Criminal Law, Second Edition, LaFave and Scott, then carried it to the shelves with the same precise movements she’d used in opening the box.

In control. That’s what she was.

“B.J.,” her sister called from the next room. “Come in here and see this. It’s gorgeous.”

B. J. looked at the huge stack of boxes, the wall of empty shelves, the curtainless windows at the end of a large empty room. A million tasks needed her attention.

“I’m busy, Maxie.”

She took another book from her box then checked it off her list. A tousle of red curls appeared around the doorframe, followed by her sister’s paint-spattered face.

“Come on, B. J.” Maxie swept into the room, trailing paintbrushes, wallpaper borders, and the scent of jungle gardenia. “You’ve got to see this.”

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