Meet Annette

the mistress you’ll Love to hate in THE BETRAYAL
A young woman with long, red hair.
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There are two kinds of women who get involved with married men. Some are like Carrie, a lead character in my earlier contemporary romance novel, The Deception. They’re duped into believing the man is single and available. Then there is the other kind of woman. She knows upfront the man is married, but chooses to get involved with him anyway.

Annette Claiborne, one of the antagonists in my contemporary romance novel,  The Betrayal, is the latter. Not only does she know, from the get-go, that Jesse is a married man, she also knows his wife, Emily. Jesse, however, is nothing if not charming and seductive. He takes full advantage of the fact that Annette has become disillusioned with her significant other, and he uses it as the catalyst to initiate their affair.

Annette has convinced herself that she’s doing Emily a favor by breaking them up. She knows Emily put her dream of becoming a concert pianist on hold to help Jesse with his career. Therefore, in her mind, she is, helping Emily by freeing her so she can finally pursue her dream. Emily, however, doesn’t quite see it that way.

Jesse soon ends the affair and tries win Emily back, but Annette, has no intention of going quietly into the night. She comes up with her own desperate scheme to get Jesse back. The consequences of which will forever change the lives of everyone involved.

Annette is a purely fictitious character. She isn’t based on anyone I’ve ever encountered. Unfortunately, plenty of real-life Annettes out there. That’s what makes her the woman you’ll love to hate.


Marina Martindale

The Betrayal is available on Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com.

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