It's a tale of two brothers... and maybe a cousin... and another dude that we don't know how he's related but they're all at the same masquerade... and one of them could be a murderer? Nalini Singh started our Holiday Round Robin back in December with a first line of “Everyone wore a mask.” With that mysterious starter, it was all up to you guys from there, and you delivered! From what we can understand, here's the scoop:
Janet is a full-time marketer, and part-time caterer and sleuth! She's uncovered the Ranier family secret: Papa Ranier was murdered! Now, gathered together with her former lovers, their cousin, and another guy who may or may not be related, she's set to unmask a killer, but with all that going on, she still has to watch out for her cousin, Joy. But which woman will find love? And with which man?
Thanks to contributions from authors Nalini Singh, D.D. Ayres, Karen Booth, Shirlee McCoy, Darynda Jones, Celia Aaron, Elizabeth Davis, AJ Pine, Darlene Marshall, Janna MacGregor, Michele Manon, and, of course, the Heroes and Heartbreakers community
Everyone wore a mask.
Janet Susan looked around at the array of false faces in the room, amused at how many masks being worn tonight reflected the truth so often hidden behind her coworkers' normal, day to day masks.
She shook off the ennui of the night, determined to have a good time, and grabbed a glass of champagne from a waiter in a jester's mask. As her eyes met his over the tray of glasses, a thrill of recognition swept through her, but that was crazy...right?
She'd recognize those green eyes anywhere, behind any mask.
It had been 12 years since she had set eyes on David Ranier—not since he broke her heart on the day of their high school graduation. And here the asshole was, serving hors d'oeuvres, dressed as a clown.... fitting. But, she still knew those eyes, could still picture his grin, the quick flash of his dimple, the sardonic curve of his lips. Why had he returned after all those years? He had been college bound, good family, destined to helm some finance company in New York, yet here he was, serving drinks at a low end marketing firm's holiday party. Before she could speak, Don Ranier, the firm's hot-shot new executive and her childhood sweetheart’s brother, grabbed her arm.