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Pledge Slave
An Ellora’s Cave Romantica Publication
Pledge Slave
ISBN 9781419911910
Pledge Slave Copyright© 2007 Evangeline Anderson
Edited by Shannon Combs.
Photography and cover art by Les Byerley.
Electronic book Publication July 2007
This book may not be reproduced or used in whole or in part by any means existing without written
permission from the publisher, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.® 1056 Home Avenue, Akron OH 44310-
This book is a work of fiction and any resemblance to persons, living or dead, or places, events or locales
is purely coincidental. The characters are productions of the authors’ imagination and used fictitiously.
Evangeline Anderson
Trademarks Acknowledgement
The author acknowledges the trademarked status and trademark owners of the
following wordmarks mentioned in this work of fiction:
Armani: GA Modefine S.A. Corporation
Bambi: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Camaro: General Motors Corporation
Gap: Gap (Apparel), LLC LTD LIAB CO
Glock: Glock, Inc.
Jaguar: Jaguar Cars Limited Corporation
Mercedes: Daimler Chrysler AG Corporation
Omni: Omni-Watch Systems, Inc.
Playboy: Playboy Enterprises International, Inc.
Q-tip: Chesebrough-Pond's Inc.
SportsCenter: ESPN, Inc. Corporation
Pledge Slave
Chapter One
Present Day
Andrew Baines III was ready to die.
He had a gun, a Glock 9 mm he’d borrowed from a friend who was a cop, and he
knew how to use it. He had all his affairs in order including his will, which left
everything to his fiancée, Elizabeth. As a junior partner in Weston, Baines and Linden,
one of the most prestigious litigation firms in the South, there was plenty to leave
including the townhouse, the boat, the Jaguar she loved so much, and a fat portfolio. He
had more financially than most men his age but it hadn’t made him happy—he hoped
maybe Elizabeth would feel differently. Giving her all his worldly goods was the least
he could do for her since he had never been able to give her his love. The only thing she
wasn’t going to get was Link, his purebred Alaskan Husky.
Link was going to Tony Ginelli, Andrew’s college roommate. Andrew hadn’t seen
him in almost nine years, not since the night when…he pushed the bad memory away.
The point was, no matter how badly things had ended between them, he knew Tony
liked animals and he wanted his old roommate to have something to remember him
by—something that was precious to Andrew. And he wanted Tony to know that
Andrew was thinking about him at the moment of his death.
He had gotten Tony’s current e-mail address from one of those “catch up with your
old classmates” websites and he hoped it was correct. If not, he supposed that Elizabeth
would have to find a home for Link. It shouldn’t be hard—the Husky was a beautiful
animal with a sweet temperament.
Andrew only hoped if someone besides Tony got the dog, they would have more
time to spend with her than he had himself. Lately it seemed as if he spent more time at
work than at home and when he wasn’t working, he was out planning the massive five-
figure wedding Elizabeth had insisted on. The wedding that was never going to take
place now. He felt a sense of relief from that. At least he wasn’t going to have to stand
up in front of five hundred friends, relatives and strangers and lie—that was something.
He thought maybe it was the prospect of the wedding that had finally pushed him
over the edge. The idea of tying himself forever to someone he didn’t love, when the
person he really cared about was forever out of reach was just too much. He’d been
living with Elizabeth for quite a while now but they had only announced their
engagement the night before at a huge party at his parents’ house. Andrew could barely
remember the blur of smiling faces, of hands shaking his, of voices congratulating him
on his good fortune. If only they knew how he really felt—like he was drowning in a
sea of lies, struggling in a web of deceit he himself had woven.
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