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When I was nineteen years old, I was faced with a choice that changed my life.
Keep the safety of what I already knew or risk losing everything with the young, hotheaded soldier who stole my heart.
I chose the wrong man, and for seventeen years, I paid in tears, blood, and shattered dreams for that decision.
Now, there’s a man in my house, holding a gun to my head on the order of my ex-husband—given from his prison cell.
That hotheaded soldier I was too afraid to choose? He’s now a six-foot-three wall of muscle who works at the country’s most premier bodyguard agency. I’ve always wanted him, but now, I’ve never needed him more.
It’s the call I’m terrified to make.
I’m sure he still hates me… Even though I’ve never stopped loving him.
What happens when you fall in love with your best friend’s girlfriend? A breach of trust, a huge fight, and something that alters the course of your life. For Jeremy – it is the catalyst that shaped the direction his life headed in. Mira was the girl that Jeremy could see spending the rest of his life with. The only problem? Mira was dating his best friend Kurt. As the rich kid who had it all, Kurt treated Mira like a possession and not a person. Something that drew Mira towards Jeremy. With so much in common, Jeremy and Mira began their own romance. Something that would be the ‘kiss of death’ for the trio.
Nearly two decades have come and gone. Jeremy went on with his life, and has experienced stability, fatherhood, and marriage. Life hasn’t been as kind to Mira. After years under Kurt’s thumb, Mira is starting her life from ground zero. Pushing to make her life a far cry better than what she had under Kurt’s control. What she couldn’t expect was to find herself embroiled in danger. Something that left her trembling in fear, and turning to the man that walked out of her life years ago.
Nothing could have prepared Jeremy for that phone call. A voice from his past that Jeremy never thought to hear again. To say it angered Jeremy that Mira turned to him when she was courting ‘trouble’ was an understatement, but the kindheartedness underneath that rugged exterior propelled Jeremy to help Mira anyway. The tension between these former lovers is escalating by the second. A culmination of unresolved feelings and a volcano of emotion that is simmering beneath the surface.
As the danger surrounding Mira increases, so does the pull of their passion. Will these two former lovers find a way to overcome the hurt and loneliness of the past? Can they mend their friendship? Or will Kurt find a way to destroy the two people that need each other more than they ever imagined?
Thrive gives new meaning to the second chance romance trope. It is full of angst, tension, and tons of sexual energy!! Everything about Jeremy Lark screams ‘bad boy’. You can just picture this hottie from the vivid and creative writing that Aly Martinez has graced upon the pages. The secondary characters add more depth to an otherwise engaging story plot. Adding to the intense pull are two main characters that seem like their paths would never cross again, tempting readers with their standoffish behavior. A really engaging story for any fan of romance!!