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comes the second book in a series of standalones in The Saint Series.
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I faked my way long enough by keeping my mouth shut, painting a fake smile on my face and focusing hard on my job.
I quit going out to find that random piece of ass.
Not a one of them would stand up to her anyway.
She hates me, loathes me even.
Little does Vivian Shepard know I’ve got more tricks up my sleeve than she will ever begin to imagine to get her to change her mind, to get my chance.
I’m not giving up.
I want her, and by God, I’ll fight as dirty as I can get to have her.
No matter what!
Of course, I knew it was a one- night stand.
It’s was the perfect night before all hell broke loose to be quite honest.
Drinking, talking and flirting.
One I relished in as I tried to gravitate my mind back to solid ground after soaring so high I could feel the rush of flying.
My stomach dipped, my heart fluttered, and my toes curled inward and then I splattered to the hard surface of the ground.
Jude Westbrooke opened his big fat mouth.
He ruined it, ruined me, ruined it all.
“We need to talk.” I finally manage to pull away from her. My eyes are diverting from her mouth to her soaked t-shirt. “Fuck,” I snarl. Her pink nipples are standing out against the wet fabric, which is white and very thin. My gaze darkens the further south it goes, down to her tiny little pink and white shorts that are saturated. Rivulets of water are dripping down her long, toned legs, dripping off her silky skin to mix with the giant puddle on the floor.
“You look absolutely beautiful, Red.”
“What in the hell are you doing here, Jude? It’s a monsoon out there. And what gives you the right to barge into my house and attack me like that, anyway? Have you lost your mind?” She shoves me back a step and climbs off the counter, nearly falling on her ass in the process. Slippery when wet, baby! The spell is broken.
“I didn’t lose my mind. You fucking stole it. I can’t stop thinking about you, and no matter what you try and say, I know damn well you don’t want me to. So we are talking, goddamn it!” I yell.
“Well, that sure didn’t sound like talking to me. And take your mind back. I don’t want it.” Liar.
“No, darling, it wasn’t talking. What that was, was several months of pent-up frustration over wanting more of what you gave me the night we met. What that was, was me telling you that I’m not a man who walks away from something he knows is rare. You want to give me my mind back, then let me give you something more to stew about in that pretty head of yours. You are so full of shit if you think for one second I’m buying the piss-ass excuse that you don’t want me. And before your head gets all rattled and you start spewing more of your shit, I’m not talking about sex, Vivian. I’m talking about you. The woman I know is in there, but is too fucking stubborn to let the best side of her out. I want that woman. The woman I met before I fucked shit up. The woman I want to ask out on a date. So, you know what? I’m here to tell you that once you decide to let that woman emerge, you give me a call.”
I turn to leave and grab the door handle. I’m so fucking mad she isn’t trying to stop me like she should that I could spit nails into this door. Hammer this goddamn thing shut.
“I’m telling you right the hell now, Vivian, that if you don’t call me, then you are wasting what I know for a goddamn fact would be the greatest gift given to me, which is you.”
Jude is book two in the Saints series and brings us the story of Jude and Vivian. Though this is book two, it can be read as a stand alone if you haven't read book one yet. Jude and Vivian's story is one of second chances.
Jude and Vivian had an amazing night together, one that was ruined when Jude opened his mouth and said the wrong thing; leaving Vivian hating him and changing her outlook. Worse than that something else happened that took them apart from each other for months.
During the six months she was away Vivian worked on herself, not just the physical work she needed, but also she tried to work on her emotional needs. She tried to make peace with her feelings for Jude, the mix of hate and caring, the man she knew and the man she read about. But in the end, her feelings remained as jumbled as they were when she first left.
During that same six month period, Jude also made changes in his life, he stopped looking for hookups, he didn't let on his true feelings, and he thought long and hard about what to do to get back into Vivian's life and good graces. He knows what he wants and he knows he's got a lot to make up for to get it, but he's determined to find a way to make it happen.
Jude takes us on a wild ride as these two navigate the path they are on together. I was pulled into the story from page one, excited to see how Jude was going to win Vivian over and prove to her that he sincerely regretted hurting her and knew that she was the one for him. I loved that Jude refused to give up, that he wasn't going to back down, and I also enjoyed that Vivian wasn't a weak woman who gave in and accepted things just because but rather she was feisty and sassy and made Jude work for it. I loved the push and the pull between these two, that deep connection that they both felt, but they didn't always want to admit to.
Their relationship wasn't all flowers and good times, and it wasn't always a smooth path, there were misunderstandings and other things to work through, but with each word on the page, their love was clear and it made the journey so much more fulfilling because it was real. Their story is ripe with steamy moments, a bit of drama and angst and a touch of everything in between. I loved Jude's revelations to himself about waht Vivian does to him, what she means to him, how he wants to share it with her at the same time not wanting to whisper a single word of it.
About the Author:
USA TODAY Best Selling Author Kathy Coopmans, lives in Michigan with her husband Tony where they have two grown sons.
After raising her children she decided to publish her first book and retiring from being a hairstylist.
She now writes full time.
She's a huge sports fan with her favorite being Football and Tennis.
She's a giver and will do anything she can to help another person succeed!