Phillip Thomas Duck
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He's handsome, intelligent, romantic and every woman's perfect husband. Too bad he's also three women's perfect husband. Under assumed names, Todd (aka Terry and Michael James) Darling has used his charm to seduce and betray women like Nikki, Jacqueline and Dawn, who all learned too late that their dream marriage was an illusion.
Nikki, pregnant and broke, has taken refuge with a lesbian friend and the woman's partner, who are convinced that Nikki's unborn child is the answer to their prayers. Jacqueline turns to some of her eccentric Southern relatives for help, but their immoral lifestyle is a dangerous temptation. Dawn has fought to keep her independence, but now she's forced to move in with her judgmental older sister and brother-in-law, bringing their fragile marriage to the breaking point.
Struggling to rebuild their lives, Nikki, Jacqueline and Dawn are each invited by a mysterious woman to learn more about the husband they thought they knew. But on a journey filled with surprises, the greatest revelations will be the truths they learn about themselves.…
said, “I have a head full of useless knowledge, Jacqueline. At first you’ll think me fascinating…but in time you’ll grow tired of my Jeopardy rendition…and all that will remain to bond us will be my raw sexuality and your intense desire to be sexualized.” “Presumptuous,” I said. I had to say that. I couldn’t let him know how much he’d affected me. I couldn’t let him know the trifling thoughts shuffling through my head. I would have gathered together all the Bibles in Karibu and burned them in a
the only thing that mattered to me. In Todd I trust. If I lost my job, I knew he had my back, had our back. He could go back to work in a heartbeat, halt on writing his academic tome and get back in the field. Todd was an ecologist. He’d taught the study at several universities, then eased out of that around the time he met me. His dream was to write a user-friendly book on the topic, something that would appeal to teens, spur them to study ecology at the college level. Todd had such passion
cool.” I wasn’t. I hated everything. I hated being demeaned. He explained their payment system, my schedule and his management style. I was listening to him butthewordswerealljustrunningtogetherinmyhead. It was depressing. He said, “You got all of that?” “Yes.” I went to shake his hand. He grabbed it and pulled me into a hug and kissed me on the lips. I was his, wasn’t shit I could say about that. I was Mitch’s bitch. That shit rhymed like poetry. See that. He walked me to the door,
Jacqueline said, “And friendship. We got that.” Dawn said, “I’m going to start singing again.” I said, “I’m gonna try and sell some of my poems, for real.” Jacqueline hadn’t said anything. I couldn’t imagine she was the only one of us unchanged. I nudged, “Jacqueline?” She looked at me. My sister counterfeit wife. She said, “I’m going to learn to speak Spanish.” COUNTERFEIT WIVES ISBN: 978-1-4268-2498-2 Copyright � 2008 by Phillip Thomas Duck All rights reserved. The reproduction,
in the world didn’t protect Jacqueline from my betrayal. And they wouldn’t help my fiancée, either. My eyes remained on the prize. I said, “If I let you go now—” “I won’t hit you again,” she promised. “Are you sure? You were pretty upset.” I was playing a role. “You’re worse than Joumana Kidd.” Jason Kidd, superstar point guard in the NBA, had written in the divorce papers filed against his wife that Joumana had physically abused him. Jason Kidd, battered husband—I just couldn’t see it at the