When entrepreneur Stephanie Miller meets successful accountant Jacob Wells, things are almost too perfect. Their affection grows despite its deceptive beginning. Their business skills complement each other and they enjoy each other's company, but all solid relationships are built on trust, which threatens to elude them.
When Stephanie meets someone from Jacob's past, a new friendship develops, but her friend tries to destroy the faith she has in Jacob. Stephanie then opens another internet business and keeps it from Jacob. Strange things start happening. Their closeness erodes as if someone intends to bring them down and destroy everything they have together.
Stephanie is soon fleeced by the sociopath as Jacob predicted. Jacob senses something is wrong, but Stephanie won't talk, convinced things will work out between them. Will their relationship be destroyed by the wolf in sheep's clothing, or will their challenges make them stronger?
Jacob hopped out of the car, intending to open her door. Before he could get around to opening her door, she stood and shut it.
Jacob chuckled and held up a finger. "Rule number one. You wait for me when we're together. I don't want you getting out by yourself when I can be chivalrous about it."
She blinked like it had never occurred to her that someone would get her door. What kind of lame pups had she dated before?
"I'm sorry. I didn't realize men still did that. Because I drove here I didn't think to wait."
"That's just because you've never met the right man before." He winced as he realized how presumptuous that sounded, not to mention cocky. He tried again. "I want you to feel special when you're with me, because you are. Special, I mean."
"Is that right?" Smirking, she held out her arm and allowed him to loop his arm through hers and lead her to the restaurant.
She started to reach for the door handle and he nudged her out of the way. "Chivalrous, remember? I need to do this for you. Keeps me in line."
Her brows lifted in surprise. "Is there something I need to be worried about?"
He chuckled. "That was just a saying. I'm really a pretty good guy. Very harmless."
Her wry smile told him that he had spread it on a bit too thick. He needed to chill before he scared her off, or they'd never have a chance to get better acquainted. They stepped inside the restaurant and he waved at the owner.
Jacob shot up two fingers. His friend approached and knuckle punched him. "Hey, Jake. How's it going these days?"
"Going good." He tipped his hand toward Stephanie and then moved it toward Brent. "Brent, Stephanie. Stephanie, Brent."
"Nice to meet you, Stephanie." Brent took her hand and shook it.
Jacob couldn't help noticing that his friend held her hand a bit too long. Was Brent also making eyes at her? Good grief. If he bent forward and kissed her knuckles, Jacob would have to walk out before Brent stole another woman from him. Brent had always had a way with the ladies in high school. His muscular build and roguish smile had stolen a number of hearts, making him more popular than Jacob. Nothing seemed to have changed for Brent in that respect. He was still single and a real player. The fact that he was practically mooning over Stephanie right now was unsettling, to say the least.
He had always genuinely liked Brent, but at the moment his nice guy persona had gone underground and he started feeling prickly toward him. Maybe they had more negative history than he remembered, because right now he felt threatened by his friend flirting with his date.
Jacob cleared his throat and put a protective arm around Stephanie and hoped Brent took the hint. "Don't you already have a girlfriend?"
Brent shrugged as if he hadn't heard what Jacob had said. Brent asked Stephanie, "So where'd you meet my goofy friend here?"
"At church. We met about a month ago, right, Jacob?" She pulled her hand from Brent's and offered him a strained smile. Jacob wasn't the brightest bulb, but even he knew when someone was uncomfortable. He needed to get her away from Brent.
Posted by Brenda Talley - The Romance Studio on 25th Sep 2013
"This book has something to interest almost everybody. There was a tender romance, a conflicting interest from an outside source, and a sinister “best friend” who appeared in her life but didn’t like Jacob. They were faced, almost immediately, with myriad problems—both with their relationship and their commitment to each other. There were no downtimes or slow parts to this story.
I enjoyed the book and recommend it to others. It had spirituality in it quite evidently. However, it wasn’t overpowering so that others would be offended. The characters, even the “bad” one, were totally believable. There was depth to their characters which made the plot totally believable. It also showed the vulnerability of some people and how easy it is/could be to fall for a scam. It was definitely an unexpected slant to the book.
The ending was explosive. I can guarantee that you will enjoy reading this book."
Posted by John Herrick, author on 16th Mar 2013
Bold, fresh and addictive. A heated love story and creepy thriller, Michelle Sutton has crafted a winner with In Sheep's Clothing
Posted by Dawn on 7th Feb 2013
I'd call this book a romance in the first part that turns to a romantic suspense in the last half. Our heroine, Stephanie Miller, moves to another town to be near the man of her dreams. There's only one problem, she's never met him and has to walk a fine line so she doesn't look like a stalker. I immediately liked her and the hot hero, Jacob, who was not the greatest when it comes to communication. Cut the guy a little slack, he's an accoutant and works with numbers all day!
His friend, Brent, the hopeless playboy, was quite the character and added a little humor to the plot. When bad things begin to happen to Stephanie, she's not sure who she can trust. Is Brent behind it or her new best girl friend who the guys don't like and trust? Whoever it is knows her greatest fear and is using it against her.
At one point, Stephanie doesn't even trust Jacob, the man she moved into town to meet, even though he is quickly stealing her heart. She must sort through everything that's happened to her to discover who is friend or foe and who she can trust. True to typical Michelle Sutton form, there were a couple of edgy parts, mainly conversations and accusations that other authors might shy away from. After all, Michelle Sutton is the edgy Christian fiction writer!
If you like clean romance where the characters are very attracted to each other, but trying their best to refrain from sex until marriage with a little suspense thrown in to sweeten the plot, you'll enjoy this one!