Buried Agendas by Donnell Ann Bell

 

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A devastating secret drove her from the man she loved. Will a deadly secret lead her back to him?

Diana Reid is a journalist who left her hometown of Diamond Texas after breaking up with her fiancé Brad Jordan after his grandfather exposed a secret about her MIA father. She has spent the last 8 years keeping her past buried away, she keeps secrets that she doesn’t want exposed while exposing the secrets of others. She gets a cryptic message about deaths that are going on at Jordan Industries including a veiled threat against her mother. She decides to go back home and undercover to try to figure out the mysterious deaths and prays that none of the Jordan clan discover what she is up to.

Brad Jordan never truly got over losing Diana, but has moved on with his life and is now mayor of Diamond and is engaged to Susan, the HR manager of Jordan Industries. He gets a phone call saying that there is something going on in the family company. He doesn’t believe it at first but events piling up make him start to change his mind.

I loved this book; it is one of those that keep you reading til the small hours of the morning. I got so involved with the characters that they feel real to you. I got lost in the book and was cheering Diana along. This book had it all, the romantic back-story, intrigue, loads of secrets and suspense. What I also liked about this book is that you had romance and chemistry between Brad and Diana but there weren’t any sex scenes and it worked out so well that you didn’t miss it or need it. At the end I sort of figured it was going to end one way, but I was wrong. It is a book that you can fall into and become so involved in it that the outside world doesn’t exist. It’s the first book I have read by Donnell and it certainly wont be the last!

Book provided by author.

5/5 stars

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About the Author

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Donnell Ann Bell grew up in New Mexico and today lives in Colorado. A homebody at heart, she concentrates on suspense that might happen in her neck of the woods – writing SUSPENSE TOO CLOSE TO HOME. She is the author of The Past Came Hunting, Deadly Recall and Betrayed, all of which have been e-book best sellers. Buried Agendas is her newest release. Along with veteran police officer Wally Lind, Donnell co-owns Crimescenewriters, a Yahoo group putting law enforcement experts together with writers. Donnell loves to hear from readers.

 

Author Links: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

 

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Excerpt

Diana curbed a jealous retort and moved to the nightstand. She yanked open a top drawer and withdrew the want ads she’d skimmed early that morning after she’d checked in. In bright red, she’d circled, Help wanted, mailroom clerk, Jordan Industries. High school diploma, drug test required.

“If your fiancée recognized me, I’d be behind bars. I deliberately failed my typing test and listed no experience on the application.”

For the first time, he smiled. The old Brad, the Brad she thought she knew. “What name did you use?”

“Candace Armstrong.”

“Okay.” He motioned to the letter. “So how can a mailroom employee find out what the author meant by ‘people are going to die’?”

“The same way I do every story, by asking questions.”

“Who’s Ronnie?”

“Who?”

Brad pointed to the tattoo on her ankle.

“Oh,” Diana smiled. “He’s no one.”

Brad’s gaze shot to her face, and for a second, she thought she saw pain. Don’t be absurd. The man’s engaged. Irrationally, Diana felt betrayed.

“Seriously, he’s no one. Ronnie doesn’t exist. And neither does this tattoo. It’s henna, and part of my disguise.”

Brad shook his head and he scowled. “You swear to me you didn’t talk to Liz this week.”

“I swear, I haven’t spoken to her . . .” But maybe I should.

“Give me one reason to go along with this?”

Diana lowered her head. She wanted to tell him because the Brad Jordan she’d once known stood for integrity and honesty. The Brad Jordan she’d loved, and unfortunately still did, had wanted to make a difference. She couldn’t believe he’d run for a mayoral position if that wasn’t still true.

Lifting her head, she met his gaze. “Because you know I had nothing to do with that letter, and you want to know what’s going on, too.”

As he traversed the dingy hotel room, Diana sensed he was wavering. He’d asked too many questions to turn her away now. If he said yes, she had a long list to accomplish before Monday. She’d take her physical, head for El Paso, and spend her weekend at the library researching Jordan Industries.

Brad stopped pacing. “I have no doubt that you’re worried about your mom. But when you said you weren’t out to hurt me or Jordan Industries, were you being truthful?”

“I meant every word.”

“All right. I’ll give you two weeks to investigate if you go along with the following conditions.”

She swallowed. “I’m listening.”

“If, after two weeks, you’ve found nothing, you’ll give up this charade and go home.”

She stared back at him. Diana could easily agree to Brad’s terms. She expelled a pent-up breath. “I accept that condition.”

“Second, you will never report a word of what you find or release a word to the media. If you do, I have more than enough witnesses to prove you entered Jordan Industries illegally, and I’ll file charges against you.”

Hurt morphed into anger. “Are you saying if something’s going on, you won’t report it?”

“Not at all. I’ll be the first one to call the police.”

“Then . . . I don’t understand.”

He unrolled his sleeves and grabbed his tie. “I’m saying no way in hell will I allow negative information against my family’s company to benefit your career. I don’t trust you, Diana, especially after what I saw today. We’ll see if you’re really concerned about your mother, or if you’re after a story.” Brad opened the door. “You don’t have to agree to the second part of my conditions right now. I’ll have my answer when you don’t show up on Monday.”

 

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