Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas.
The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional.
Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect.
What she didn’t count on was falling in love with the guy.
Love words from Aaron to Ruby
Date: February 14, 2014
Subject: Happy Valentine’s Day
Happy Valentine’s Day, honey. I got your card in the mail yesterday. It put a big smile on my face. What are you doing today? Hanging out with your mom or Jasmine?
I know you said it’s not a big deal I’m not around, but I can’t help but feel like hell. Promise it’s the last time. Thanksgiving and Christmas were bad enough but the guilt is getting to me real good today. You still love me, yeah? You know I’d rather be with my #1 girl and #1 boy than anywhere else, yeah? Today I miss your face, your laugh and miss the way Benny smells the most.
If you haven’t already gotten it, you’ll be getting something today from Benny and me. :]
Last night I had a dream we had a little girl and she looked just like you. How about that? Maybe we should get to work on that to make it happen. The more I think about it, the more I think the world could use a little Squirt 2.0. What do you think?
Every day is harder and easier than the day before, but two more months until this deployment is done and then I’m out, and you’ll be seeing me so much you’ll get tired of me. I can’t take anymore of this missing my heart and soul… you and Benny… much longer.
Hope you have a good day, Ruron.
P.S. What kind of tea is hard to swallow?
About the Author
Mariana Zapata began writing love stories soon after she learned how to spell. She probably shouldn’t admit that she started sneaking romance novels from her aunt’s bookshelves way before she was old enough to even understand what it meant when a man flipped up a woman’s skirt. (Don’t tell her mom.) She is a New York Times and USA Today Best Seller, and reached #7 on Amazon’s Author Ranking in 2016. Her book The Wall of Winnipeg and Me was a #1 Amazon Overall Best Seller, and was chosen as a 2016 Goodreads Choice Award nominee and also included on Amazon’s Best Books of 2016 for Romance. Wait for It reached #2 on the Amazon Overall Best Seller list and stayed in the top 100 for six weeks; it was chosen as a 2017 Goodreads Choice Award nominee in the Romance category. Dear Aaron was a top 10 Amazon Overall Best Seller and stayed in the top 100 for six weeks.
Mariana is a native Texan living in a small town in Colorado with her husband and two beloved (and emotionally manipulative) Great Danes, Dorian and Kaiser. When she’s not pretending to write, she’s reading. You can usually find her burning somewhat edible experiments in the kitchen or cracking jokes at the expense of her family members.
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