Midge knew Bennett wasn’t perfect, but she did her best to ignore gossip about his failed marriages and shady business dealings. She and Bennett were meant to be together. They dreamed of opening a boutique real estate firm where she would handle the residential and he the commercial transactions. Their model would provide their wealthy clients with a one-stop shop for all their real estate needs. They planned to manage the firm for ten years before retiring and turning it over to a trusted employee to run while they traveled the world. Midge had worked hard in her career, and she had a considerable portfolio to prove it. They couldn’t go wrong with his name and her business acumen.
Their relationship wasn’t all about business. Bennett had a soft side to him that he seldom let show, and the glimpses she’d seen of his compassion and vulnerability had endeared him to her. She’d dated several men since her divorce. Too many to count, in fact. But few had asked her out a second time, while only one had ended in a relationship that lasted exactly one month. She’d never connected with anyone the way she connected with Bennett. The only other man she'd ever loved was her childhood sweetheart, and their love was based on friendship. Desperate to get away from her overbearing parents, she’d married Taylor right out of high school and supported him while he attended college. She trusted him with her heart and her future and he’d jumped ship when it became clear she would never be able to give birth to their child. He refused to consider adoption or surrogacy. After years of therapy, she finally realized he’d used her infertility as a convenient excuse to divorce a woman he had never really loved.