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, from 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 the man is married, but she 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 Jesse is a married man, she also knows his wife, Emily. Jesse, however, is nothing if not charming and seductive. He knows Annette has become disillusioned with her own significant other, and he uses it to his advantage to seduce her and initiate their affair.

In the meantime, Annette has convinced herself she’s doing Emily a favor by breaking up her marriage. She knows Emily put her dream of becoming a concert pianist on hold to help Jesse with his career. Therefore, in her mind, she’s helping Emily by freeing her from Jesse 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’s fallen hard for Jesse, so she comes up with her own desperate scheme to get him back, and the consequences 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, there plenty of real-life women out there who are just like her. This is what makes her the woman you’ll love to hate.


Marina Martindale

The Betrayal is available on Amazon and Barnesandnoble.com.