I know what it’s like to have your heart split down the middle. 
One-half chases her. The other half chases after the lies, deceit, and betrayal. 
It’s a burning ball of hell. 
Seconds, minutes, hours, and years all spent endured the depth of my own burning inferno. 
All of it runs together while life passes me by.
Thirteen years ago, the woman I was in love with left me standing at the altar. 
Some say thirteen is a lucky number. 
Me? I curse the number.
Now she’s back. 
Reminding me.
Torturing me.
She says things are not what they seem.
That they weren't then either.
Do I believe her?
Do I forgive? 
Time and truth will tell.

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My insides shake as she walks out with a warm breeze only to be replaced by the freezing chills and the ice cold stare of Jude. He shuts the door behind him, stands firmly in place and stares me down.
“That intimidating look may work well on the criminals you pick up; I assure you, Jude, it will not work on me. Now, what can I help you with?” Yes, I know that Tyson and his friends are cops. I know everything there is to know about him. He left as planned for the Army shortly after I left him. He’s a womanizer. Sleeps around, drinks and gets into fights. He’s angry, bitter and out of control and it all reflects back on me. I’ve studied the symptoms of a broken person. I’m one myself.
I know very little about his time at war. I’m sure some of his anger stems from there. I feared for his life every day. Kept up with the news and terror weighed on my shoulders every second he was deployed. I’m so proud of him for what he’s done with his life. Coming from a young kid with the odds of turning into a criminal stacked against him to a man of honor. A soldier turned cop. I couldn’t ask for a better man than him.
I still haven’t been able to let him go. The man I left lives in the tattered mess of my heart, and I never stopped praying our lives would have been different, that fate wouldn’t have snuck up on me and kicked my feet right out from under me. Stole our chance at happiness. I’ve loved Tyson since the first day I laid my eyes on him. Through time and therapy, I thought I would be able to stop loving him. That there was no way, love could be this strong that months, years and a decade later it would still linger. The precious memories I kept locked away swarmed to the forefront of my mind the minute I saw him again. Stolen kisses, bodies tangled together. Our hearts so full of promises to one another. I broke them all. Broke him. Broke me. I’m here to fix it. Somehow.
 I remain calm matching Jude’s gaze while every cell in my body is a quivering mess. My stomach shifts uneasily and sweat breaks out at the nape of my neck. But, I will not falter or allow him to see that his presence is terrifying me.
“When Tyson first told me it was you I didn’t want to believe it. I prayed for you to disappear, to crawl back under your rock and stay the hell away from him. Now after seeing what this is doing to him. I’ve changed my mind. Before I get into why I think you owe me an explanation as to what your plans are, I want you to know I’m standing here not trying to intimidate you. I’m here to tell you if your reasons are not legit. I will fucking destroy you.” Good luck. You can’t destroy something that’s already broken.
Naomi's Review
***ARC provided in exchange for an honest review - Naomi / Scandalous Book Blog***

I love Kathy and I love this series...However Tyson just stole my heart. This story smashed my heart to smithereens, I am not ashamed to say I ugly cried.
Tyson and his past was always very much a mystery, I knew his story was going to be a rough read but this story exceeded all expectations.
Kathy take a bow...You kicked A$$ with this book and blew me away.

Tyson has loved and lost and he still carries that pain like it happened yesterday. Left at the alter by his true love and soul mate is something he never got over. Lynn was his everything until she left. Never really understanding why he tried to move forward but found himself looking for answers. Whilst searching for answers he found that she had moved on and married another man, this is what sent him over the edge and he has been on a down hill spiral ever since.

Now Lynn is back and moved in next door to his best friend's. Seeing her around all the time has seriously messed with his head and he leaves town for a bit.

Lynn has always love Tyson and always will. All them years ago she made a choice that she thought was best for them both. 

The truth is ugly and heartbreaking but it needs to be told. Living a lie for years, one that was for everyone else, she now needs to tell her side and start living for her.

When Tyson comes back she goes to speak to him and lays herself bare for him.
What is the truth?
What did she make them choices?
Will Tyson deal with the secrets?
Can this couple move forward and get a HEA?

There are so many secrets hidden within this book, every page answered questions whilst leaving us with more. This couple had one of the most harrowing stories I have read, their raw passion was palpable and jumped from the pages. The angst and heartbreak seeped through the words and left scars on my heart. True love is hard to find but even harder to keep.

About Kathy Coopmans

USA Today Best Selling Author Kathy Coopmans is a Michigan native where she lives with her husband, Tony. They have two son's Aaron and Shane.

She is a sports nut. Her favorite sports include NASCAR, Baseball, and Football.
She has recently retired from her day job to become a full-time writer. 

She has always been an avid reader and at the young age of 50 decided she wanted to write. She claims she can do several things at once and still stay on task. Her favorite quote is "I got this."

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