Love Words from Jude to Sophie- Steadfast by Sarina Bowen

Jude lost everything one spring day when he crashed his car into an apple tree on the side of the road. A man is dead, and there’s no way he can ever right that wrong. He’d steer clear of Colebury, Vermont forever if he could. But an ex-con in recovery for his drug addiction can’t find a job just anywhere.

Sophie Haines is stunned by his reappearance. After a three year absence, the man who killed her brother and broke her heart is suddenly everywhere she turns. It’s hard not to stare at how much he’s changed. The bad boy who used to love her didn’t have big biceps and sun-kissed hair. And he’d never volunteer in the church kitchen.

No one wants to see Sophie and Jude back together, least of all Sophie’s police chief father. But it’s a small town. And forbidden love is a law unto itself.

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Love Words from Jude to Sophie 

Re: Our plans for tonight
Hi baby, I hope your work day is going well.
Listen, I wanted to take you out for Valentine’s Day. I made a reservation in Burlington, because I wanted it to be really special. I was even thinking of wearing a tie just to see what you’d say.
But as you may have noticed, the weather has other plans. Twelve to twenty four inches of snow is nothing to sneeze at. So I had to change my plans.
So. I’ve made braised short ribs with caramelized onions, and a frisée salad with a warm bacon vinaigrette. (It smells really nice in here now. My stomach will be grumbling for hours.) There are roses on the table. See attached photo.)
I was going to tease you and say that I’d wait in front of the fire, naked with a rose between my teeth. But you might speed home, and it’s already snowing pretty hard, so that’s not safe. Please take care on your way home. My phone is all charged up in case you need to text me to come and get you.
And in case we lose power 1 filled various pots with water, checked the lanterns and split a whole lot of firewood. I bought more salt for the driveway, and put a shovel in my car and another on the back porch.
It’s been a busy day. And you know what? Every minute was a gift. Fancy restaurants are nice, but there’s no place I’d rather be right now then right here at home, taking care of things for you on my day off.
Drive safe, baby. I need you tonight, and every day. The life we have together is beautiful, and for a long time I was convinced I didn’t deserve this life, or deserve you. But you taught me that it’s not for me to decide. All I can do is work hard, love you the best I can. And make a fire in the fireplace.

I’ll be here waiting when you get home. Happy Valentine’s Day.




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Sarina Bowen is the RITA® Award winning author of over two dozen contemporary and LGTB romance novels. She most recently hit the USA Today bestsellers list in February, with Brooklynaire. Formerly a derivatives trader on Wall Street, Sarina holds a BA in economics from Yale University. She lives in Etna, New Hampshire with her family, nine chickens, and far too much hockey gear.

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