In Another Man's Bed (Invincible Women Series #3)

In Another Man's Bed (Invincible Women Series #3)

by Francis Ray

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ISBN-13: 9780312356132
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/06/2007
Series: Invincible Women Series , #3
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 8.22(w) x 5.34(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

Francis Ray is the New York Times bestselling author of the Grayson novels, the Falcon books, the Taggart Brothers, and Twice the Tempation, among many other romances. Her novel Incognito was made into a movie aired on BET. A native Texan, she is a graduate of Texas Woman's University and has a degree in nursing. Besides a writer, she is a school nurse practitioner with the Dallas Independent School District. She lives in Dallas.

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In Another Man's Bed

By Ray, Francis

St. Martin's Griffin

Copyright © 2007 Ray, Francis
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312356132

Justine knew it was a mistake thirty seconds after she entered the popular soul-food restaurant. Andrew was well known in the community and so was she. Heads turned, whispers followed. She tensed.
"It will be all right."
She looked up into Dalton's calm gaze. There was something else there that she couldn't identify. Or so she tried to convince herself.
"Two old friends just having dinner."
Oddly she hadn't thought of the gossip or speculations as much as the dread of repeating Andrew's condition. Each time she did, his betrayal came back.
"I wonder if they still serve bread pudding with rum sauce."
Bread pudding had been one of her favorite desserts. She'd mentioned it on one of their three dates. "You have a good memory."
"On some things," he said.
Not knowing how to take his comment, Justine didn't say anything.
The hostess came to the wooden podium and removed two menus from the built-in slot. "Two?"
"Yes," Dalton answered.
The young woman in her early twenties smiled at him with youthful appreciation. "Follow me."
Justine idly wondered if Dalton got that "I'm available look" all the time, then she cast a sideways glance up at his handsome bearded face and knew the answer. Most definitely.
Dalton released her arm, then held the cane chair out for her. Justine accepted the menu and hid behind it.
"What do you have a taste for?"
You. The wickedthought came from nowhere. She was flustered and flushed, and her hands trembled. "I'm not sure."
"Something must tempt your taste buds. I know they do mine."
She lowered the menu, sure he would be studying his. Instead she found his eyes trained on her. Desire was there, and so much more. Patience, kindness, caring.
"Hello. I'm Sally, your waitress. You folks ready?"
Justine lifted the menu. Time to stop acting like the awed teenager she used to be around Dalton. I'll have the blackened red snapper, garden salad with house dressing, and iced tea.
"I'll have the same." Dalton handed the oversize menu to the waitress.
"I'll bring your drink order right out."
"Does your mother still live here?" Dalton asked as the waitress moved away.
If ever there was a question designed to snap Justine back to reality, it was that one. "Yes. She teaches second grade at a school near the house."
"I'm glad she's here to help you," he said quietly.
Justine couldn't keep the surprise from her face. She blinked.
"Your drinks," the waitress said. She sat them down and left.
"I might not have agreed with her method, but she was trying to help you when we were in high school. My rep was pretty bad," Dalton admitted.
"But you weren't like that," Justine defended him.
"She couldn't have known that," Dalton said. "Although, at the time, my thoughts weren't so forgiving."
"Mine either," Justine admitted.
"Your order." The waitress sat their food on the table, then withdrew. Justine blessed the food, then picked up her fork.
She didn't expect to enjoy the food. Had planned simply to go through the motions. It was easier than arguing. But after one bite, she discovered she was ravenous.
"How's the food?"
"Wonderful," Justine said. "Have you called Brianna yet?"
"On the way here, but she was in session with a client. I left a message with her receptionist."
"Have you made up your mind what you plan to do with your home place?"
Dalton sipped his tea. "Nothing beyond repairing it. The place holds a lot of happy memories for me and my sisters."
Justine watched the play of muscles in his throat, the large calloused hands that could be so gentle, the flash of strong white teeth in his chocolate-hued face. He was so good looking and much too appealing.
"Hello, Justine."
Justine started and glanced up to see the wives of two of the ministers from the luncheon. Their husband had been among the first to donate funds. "Hello, Mrs. King, Mrs. Carter."
Their gazes kept sliding to Dalton, who had stood. Justine quickly made the introductions. "Pleased to meet you, ladies. Besides owning the bookstore where I a signing a couple of weeks ago, Justine is an old schoolmate of mine."
I've read your book," Mrs. King said. She was in her mid-fifties and attractive. The aqua Lilian Ann suit fit her slim body well. "The church's book club considered reading it, but thought it had too much violence."
"Murder mysteries aren't for everyone," Dalton said easily. "I'm honored that it was considered."
"Well, we have to be going," Mrs. Carter said, her gaze narrowed. "We're all praying for Andrew. Please say hello to his mother for us."
Justine was sure the comment also meant she was going to tell Beverly she had seen her dining out with a man while Andrew lay in a coma. "I'll tell her tonight when I see her at the hospital."
Dalton took his seat as the women walked away. He didn't speak until they were a good distance away. "Brianna said you go there in the morning and evening, plus working, and now you're becoming more involved with Andrew's firm. Don't you think you should take it easy?"
"I cant." Her cell phone rang. She glanced sharply at her purse. She had the strangest urge to let it ring or to shut it off. People in the restaurant were shooting annoyed looks her way.
"Justine, are you all right?"
"Yes." She picked up the phone, knowing it wouldn't go to voice mail until after the tenth ring. "Hello."
"Justine, it's Andrew!" his mother cried. "His heart stopped again!"
Her own heart lurched. She began to tremble. "I'm on my way." She came unsteadily to her feet, swayed. Dalton quickly stood and took her arm to steady her.
"What is it?"
For a moment she couldn't get the words out. "He...he had another cardiac arrest."
Dalton's long fingers flexed on her bare arm. "I'll take you." Releasing her only long enough to throw enough money on the table to cover their food and a big tip. Dalton ushered her outside to his jeep.
Her mind was in chaos the entire trip. How much more could his body take and continue to fight back? How much more could she and his mother take?


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Reading Group Guide

When Justine walks in on her husband with another woman, she flees their cabin, promising a swift divorce. Andrew pursues her in his car, intending to get his wife back. But when his car goes over a cliff, hours later Justine is looking down at her comatose husband, wondering how it ever came to this.

Now she is faced with a difficult choice about whether or not to pull the plug. And if she does, is it because of his cheating ways or because it's the humane thing to do? Should she keep faith for his supportive mother that he'll revive from his coma? Then as Justine rekindles her love with an old flame, her husband wakes from his coma. She must choose: be with a man who truly loves her, or stay with the man who now needs her?

1. If Justine hadn't wanted to surprise her husband, she might never have learned he was having an affair. Do you think she was clueless because she had little experience with men or that Andrew was good at covering up his infidelity? Can a woman ‘always tell' when her man is cheating?
2. Do you think men cheat more than women? Why? Can ‘cheaters' ever be reformed?
3. If you had been in Justine's position would you have signed the papers to disconnect life support? Why?
4. Dalton and Justine were high school sweethearts. Why do you think we always remember our first love?
5. Brianna Ireland's unplanned pregnancy caught her by surprise and threw her into a tailspin. Her efforts to push Patrick away failed because her heart wasn't in it, and because of his unwavering love and support. Can a man love another man's child as much as he loves his own?
6. Dalton and Patrick both refused to give up on Justine and Brianna. Do you think the men were too persistent? When does a man cross the line between being assertive and being a nuisance?
7. Why do some marriages endure and others do not? What are ways to keep a marriage as committed and as passionate as the day the vows were repeated.

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In Another Man's Bed (Invincible Women Series #3) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was very slow from the beginning and very predictable. The only reason I read it to the end was because it was our book of the month for my book club. Very disappointed! It took me well over a week to read this book when I am usually done in two days or less.
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Wished Brianna hadn't gotten pregnant by a jack ass but that's real life. Kudos to the author. I love your work.
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I just finished reading the Sample and I got to buy the book asap!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was indeed a slow read.. I finished it because I paid for it. It did go into details with emotions and characteristics, but still...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These women are too old to be so immature. All the whining and hand wringing drove me crazy.
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Lynette07 More than 1 year ago
I started with book 3 of the series..... read #4.... can't wait to read them all... great writer.
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RubyDH More than 1 year ago
I loved this book , I loved the relationship with Briana and Patrick, The friendship between Justine and Briana ,This a wonderful story I can't wait to read the next book.The
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This novel really takes you on a rollercoster ride of emotions. The never ending question of what would you do if you were Justine,and what would you do once you found out who the other woman was.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story was a little slow at the start. You have to stick it out, and then you can apreciate the outcome. Life always has a funny way of working itself out. Justine and brianna both got the shock of their life in this book. Justine dealing with finding out that her husband has been cheating on her. Brianna finding out that she is seven weeks pregnant, and not liking the father one bit. Both even in the mist of turmoil, they are both given a second chance at happiness. They are both blessed with two of the most wonderful men in the world. This was a feel good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book...I agree that the beginning was little slow but it was a nice build. By the middle of the book I was excited about the ending. I loved the way the mother-in-law was really deceptive, I loved the 2 love stories and how you could really feel Brianna and Patrick falling for one another....I would recommend it to my friends and customers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I must say I can agree with the other critic review because at first I had a hard time reading the book when I first read the book it started very slow. I had to put the book down for awhile because it didn't capture my attention. It start to show some power, and passion during the pages of 78 on through the book. Only thing I can say bad was that I wouldn't have made Brianna pregnant that was out of place and then make it her ex-boyfriend baby. I don't know if anyone else will agree with me or not, but this book will be boring without Patrick and Brianna story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a very slow read. My book club had a very hard time getting through the book. Half of the group didn't even finish the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Francis Ray's novels...what can I say. It was a sweet read. And you got two romances for the price of one. I really enjoyed both Patrick and Dalton, they were good, caring man, that knew how to love their women. Patrick and Brianna had that instant connection, even though she fought it to the end. I knew they would end up together. And Dalton and Justine, were meant to be together, unfortunately her mother got in the way of her daughters happiness along time ago, but she wasn't about to let her get in the way a second time. And that Andrew and Nina got just what they deserved and if I had been Andrew's wife I would have signed the papers to take him off the respirators along time a go.