Savannah Singleton would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

A Perfect Match

By Savannah Singleton

Drama / Romance

Chapter 1

I met him at a dinner party hosted by my dear friend and her husband, Sybil and Anthony Rosenni. I knew who he was the minute I saw him, long before we were properly introduced. Anyone living in New York City would have to either be living under a rock or stoned 24/7 to not know who he was.

He was Francis "Frank" Reagan, New York City Police Commissioner. The Reagan's were a well-known family of New York City police officers. Frank had served the New York Police Department for years before his appointment as Police Commissioner by Mayor Frank Russo. His father and grandfather had served before him. His father, Henry Reagan, had also served as Commissioner. Frank's three sons had followed in the Reagan footsteps. His oldest son, Danny, was a top detective for the NYPD, and his youngest son, Jamie, a graduate of Harvard with a law degree, was a patrol officer. His middle son, who also served as a detective for the force, had been murdered in the line of duty. Frank's only daughter, Erin, served as assistant district attorney.

Sybil and I had been friends for years. She had recently married Anthony Rosenni, a well-known businessman in Manhattan. Rumor was he had his sights on the mayor's office. Rosenni was Sybil's fourth husband. She had divorced the first two husbands; the third one, several years older than her, had died of a massive heart attack a year ago, leaving her a very rich widow. It was also rumored that Rosenni had married Sybil for her money. Sybil didn't seem bothered by the rumors, she liked being in the spotlight, positive or negative. I was aware that several of the Manhattan social crowd considered her as fake as her large breasts, and perhaps she was, but I loved her, she had always been there for me when I needed her. I had always admired her strength and her blasé attitude about everything. She was confident about who she was, she was happy with her life, and she didn't care what others thought. She did, however, enjoy any and all attention, whether it came from the most recent man in her life, or the most recent tabloid gossip. I had no doubt she would relish the attention she would receive as the wife of the mayor of New York City. I often wondered if Anthony's interest in politics was what attracted her to him. She was a brilliant, beautiful woman; he was short, round, with a receding hairline. I had a difficult time seeing the attraction, but she appeared deliriously happy; all signs indicated she adored Anthony. What did I know about love? I hadn't been in love for over thirteen years. Just because I made a living writing romance novels didn't make me an expert. My heroines were always as beautiful as Sybil, their leading men were always equally attractive. They were never short, fat, or bald. But I wrote fiction. Perhaps Sybil was madly in love with Anthony, as he was with her. I chose to give them both the benefit of the doubt.

Sybil had mentioned when she extended the dinner invitation that she had someone she wanted me to meet. I had no doubt she had intentions of setting me up, she was always trying to set me up with the perfect man. I had no idea the perfect man she had in mind for this evening was New York City's own Frank Reagan. Frank Reagan was a grandfather to three, extremely attractive, and a widower. I had to admit, we did have a few things in common. We were both widowed, we were somewhat close in age — I was fifty-three, he was in his early sixties. He had been a first responder when the twin towers collapsed on September 11, 2001. He had spent days at Ground Zero, working with other officers to recover the bodies from those towers. My husband had been working in the South Tower that day, his remains had been among those recovered.

I had arrived to the dinner party late, by about thirty minutes. I had been to enough of Sybil's dinner parties to know that dinner was served well over an hour past the time indicated on the invitation. The cocktail hour always seemed endless, with boring conversations with people I cared nothing about, had nothing in common with. I was not the socialite of my dear friend. I was much more content to stay home, by the fire, with a good book, and an even better glass of wine. I hated dinner parties, and I hated being set-up, but I loved my dear friend, and so I attended, and made an effort to feign interest in every boring person I met, every new man Sybil was certain I would discover I absolutely couldn't live without. I didn't, however, have to pretend when I was introduced to Police Commissioner Frank Reagan. The man interested me. Everything about him interested me. He certainly fit the physical criteria. He was tall, dark, and extremely attractive.

He had arrived even later than I had. I wondered if he had been detained, or was simply like me, and had deliberately arrived late. I was sipping on a glass of red wine, and conversing with a Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Wainwright when Sybil brought him over.

"Frank, I'm sure you know the Wainwright's," she said. "I would also like you to meet my dear friend Nicole Richardson. Nicole is a long time New Yorker, and also a published writer."

"Very nice to see you again, Mr. and Mrs. Wainwright. A pleasure to meet you, Ms. Richardson."

He extended a hand to the three of us.

"Nice to meet you as well, Commissioner. Please, call me Nicole."

"Nice to meet you, Nicole. And please, call me Frank."

"Nice to meet you, Frank."

"So, how's it going, Frank? Keeping that mayor in line?" Mr. Wainwright asked.

"Doing my best, sir. Not always an easy task, I must say."

"I'm sure of that," Mr. Wainwright replied, chuckling.

"I hate to be rude," Mrs. Wainwright said, "but we really must say hello to a few others. A pleasure to meet you, Ms. Richardson. Great to see you, Commissioner."

"Great to see you as well, ma'am."

"I must mingle as well," Sybil said. "You two get to know each other."

"Well, I guess we should do as our lovely hostess requests," Frank said after Sybil left the two of us standing alone together. "Have you known the Rosenni's long?"

"Sybil and I have been friends for many years. I've known Anthony for about as long as Sybil has."

"I see," he replied, raising his eyebrows. "So, you're a writer?"

"Yes, I am."

"Anything I might have read?"

"Doubtful. I write fiction. Fiction aimed toward female readers."

"I see."

"Frank Reagan! Just the man I wanted to see."

Our conversation, or the start of a conversation, was interrupted by an elderly gentleman I did not recognize. I excused myself, saying I was in need of a refill, raising my empty wine glass.

"Nice to meet you, Nicole. Hope to visit with you more before the evening is over," Frank said.

"I'm sure we will."

About the time I located a waiter with a tray of red wine, the dinner bell rang. Sybil loved her formal dinner parties and her dinner bells. She would have fit in perfectly with the royals of the hit television show Downton Abbey. I followed the other guests into the large dining room. We all located our proper place at the table, checking the place cards for our appropriate seating.

"Ah, so, we meet again, Nicole," Frank said, finding his name on the place card next to mine.

"Yes, so we do."

"If I didn't know better, I would say this was planned."

"I know Sybil well. I assure you, it was absolutely planned."

"Ah. I see. Well, can't say I'm disappointed."

Frank pulled my chair out, waited for me to be seated, and then sat in the chair to the right of me.

"So, what do you think of the rumors going around? Should I butter up to Anthony, just in case he becomes our next mayor?"

"I think that might be a wise thing to do."

"Perhaps you can put in a good word for me, should I need one."

I didn't have a chance to reply. Anthony had stood, tapped his wine glass in an effort to gain the guests' attention, and then proceeded to make a toast, thanking everyone for coming, and ending the toast especially thanking his beautiful bride.

Sybil beamed with pleasure.

Frank and I chatted throughout the dinner. I wasn't sure if he truly found me interesting, or if I was just the lesser of two evils. Isabel Delaney sat to his right, and she had a reputation as the biggest gossiper in New York City, suspected of spreading more gossip throughout the city than Page Six of the New York Post. Most of New York's elite loathed her. Sybil found her "fabulously entertaining".

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Alani Foreigner: I absolutely loved how you created this story. It isn't like the other cliché stories I've ever read. I had just started reading it yesterday and just had to finish it. The main characters are grotesquely awesome and I fell in love with them. If you're into fantasy and stuff I can guarantee that ...

jessica12301990: One of the best books I have read in a while. Could not put it down, loved the characters and how real they felt. Read from start to finish without putting it down. Really hope this gets published and when it does I will be first in line to pick it up.

rihannabkj2: Great story,I can hardly stop reading this novel. it shows that compassion and love can still exist after so many years between two persons. I most say well done to the Author who wrote this book. Others should read this book inorder to know that there can still be LOVE among two persons no matt...

izzymerchant: This book is truly special. The plot, the characters and the way the story flows is so engrossing and magical that I found it virtually impossible to put down. The character relationships were particularly fascinating and Melenthia's character was fascinating. Cannot wait to see what happens next!

Stephen Warner: To start off, I am thoroughly impressed. The writing style is somewhat unique, and the plot seemed to move at a nice and steady pace. However, I was not expecting this to be a vampire book! I am usually not one for novels about vampires, but I was pleasantly surprised! You wrote with such grace a...

Flik: Hi! ^.^ huge fan of yours on ff.net! When I saw the note about this contest on The Way We Smile, I couldn't help but rush over here, create an account, and vote! XD Seriously love this story and would recommend it to anyone! :D best FT fanfiction out there. Amazing story, amazing concept that wa...

Lauren Sanby: This is an excellent story. Very gripping and keeps your attention throughout. Hoping the author is writing a sequel because I'd love to read more about Rhi and Andreas and find out what else Rhi is able to do with her powers.

PokemænStivo: I have just finished reading this novel and I love it!First, the plot was very well designed. It tells the story of a person nearly kill herself. But then someone appears in her life. Someone who was already in this situation and came out of it. Someone who could hear, understand and help the oth...

Ruby0h: Overall I thought your story was really good! It drew me in right away and kept me interested as the story progressed. I loved the character of Kayla being inserted into this story, and the way she affected and shaped the life of the original story into something totally new and interesting. I lo...

More Recommendations

Samantha Speed: There were several punctuation, grammar, and missing word problems but it did not detract from the story. This story was very well done, enjoyable, and had an interesting enough plot. It took a while to finish. This story is not complete. I love it, but I want to see another book or have more cha...

Rachel Mc Donald: This was an awesome book a real page turner couldn't put it down . The characters all had a good back story . I love these kind of books and would read it if you decided to write a follow up book . Excellent work

Dee: It’s been two years since Lilly lost her best friend to a vicious random shooting. Now, after a prestigious university extends her an offer of study, she has the chance to start afresh and leave all her demons behind. But the last thing she expects is to meet Elliot. He's a criminal. She's hasn'...

Alkira Joan: Great story, I found it hard to read especially the dialogue. You just need to fix up some spelling errors and the gramma .I enjoyed this book. was a little hard to get though.,.,..,.,.,,..,.,.,, , , , ,.,, , , , , , , ,., ,,.,,,,,

JONANNA: As an avid reader it is not often I say that about a book. The plot is what was different and the twists where unexpected. This book is defiantly a page turner and enjoyable read. I can't wait to reread this novel after a little editing to finish off the shine on this wonderful novel.

mcampbell2985: This book was honestly like a hidden gem. I added it to my library out of curiosity and this ended up being my favorite book that i have read on this platform. It was so different and makes you laugh and cry and genuinely feel whatever the characters are feeling. No matter what the price was i wo...

{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.