Published May 20th 2014 by Avon Impulse
Bad girls finally have their day in Codi Gary newest sexy, fun contemporary romance from the town of Rock Canyon.
The bad girl who stole his heart…
Valerie Willis has done it all: tattoos, one-night stands, even strip poker. And now she can add getting a messy public divorce to that list. Back in her hometown of Rock Canyon, Val just wants to bury her head and wait for the scandal to pass. But when she suddenly finds herself at a singles' weekend face-to-face with former flame Justin Silverton, hiding from her heart—and the sexy Marine—won't be that simple.
Is just too good to let go …
It's been ten years since Justin kissed Val, but he still remembers the way they just seemed to … fit. Since then he's served his country and helped his father keep their ranch intact, but he's never forgotten Val or her wild ways. So when a twist of fate brings him the chance to chase her across state lines and spend a weekend winning her heart, Justin's all in. Because when he sees something he wants, he fights for it. And he's ready to fight for the right to call this bad girl his one and only.
“Justin? Yeah, he drove me back from the hospital,” Val said, adding quickly, “but we’re just friends.”
Dorothy snorted, to Val’s surprise. “I highly doubt he feels the same.”
Val’s mouth opened, but no sound came out.
“In my opinion, the only way a man and woman could be strictly platonic friends, with no feelings for each other besides respect, is if they were both gay,” Dorothy continued, shocking her further. “You show me a man and a woman who are just friends and I’ll show you a story of unrequited love or two people in denial.”
“That seems a little cynical,” Val said, finally finding her voice.
“Just as I don’t believe in platonic friendships between the genders, I’m sure some people find
my perfect matches preposterous.”
Val could see her point, but she also had one of her own. “If you think there’s a perfect match
for everyone, what about serial killers?”
Val knew she was being rude, but maybe if people didn’t have this absurd idea of what love
should be, the divorce rate wouldn’t be so high.
Instead of being stumped or angry, Dorothy shook her head sadly. “Unfortunately, I believe
you have to be capable of love and compassion to warrant the same in return. The person is right for you is going to complement your strengths and accept your weaknesses. Things won’t always be perfect, but really, nothing is.”
“And if you aren’t capable of love? That automatically makes you a bad person or undeserving
of it?” Val snapped, wondering why she was taking the conversation so personally.
Because you wonder if something’s broken inside you.
Dorothy reached out and patted her hand. “I think good people who have never loved before
are extra special.”
“Because when it finally does happen, you’re going to know it’s real.”
An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.
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