Seeking Justice (Cowboy Justice Association Book 11)By: Olivia Jaymes
The Cowboy Justice Association Book Eleven
Sometimes happily ever after isn’t forever…
With Wade Bryson on the loose, Kaylee is pitching in to help her best friend Ava take care of the twins while they’re in hiding. Unfortunately, that means being close to her estranged husband Reed. No one knows they’ve separated. Not wanting to burden her friends with her own issues, she’s going to have to pretend to be the happy, loving wife.
Reed still loves Kaylee and just wants his wife back. For the last several months she’s been a shadow of her former self and he’s at a loss as to what to do. Their marriage is in shambles, Kaylee can barely look at him, and now they’ve been thrown together to help their friends evade a serial killer. All he wants is a second chance.
Their relationship has been tested to its limits and is teetering on the brink. It’s going to take an extraordinary love to bring this couple back together.
Reed Mitchell wasn’t having much luck making conversation with his wife Kaylee. Since picking her up, she’d barely spoken except when answering a direct question. If that’s how she was going to be, he could deal with it.
“Have you told Ava?”
Still staring out of the car window, she shook her head. “No, I assumed she had bigger problems with Wade Bryson breaking out of prison. Did you tell Logan?”
“No, I figured the same as you.”
A long silence. He ought to be used to it by now, but it still frustrated the hell out of him. How had they gotten to this point? Barely speaking to one another? Kaylee only tolerating his presence?
“I guess they’ll figure it out eventually.”
He didn’t want anyone to know that they’d separated. Because he still had hope that it was only temporary and that they’d work it out. She couldn’t stay like this forever. Could she?
“You don’t have to do this,” he said. “If no one knows that means we’re going to have to share a room. Act like we don’t hate each other.”
That got her attention. Quickly she turned from the scenery outside the window and looked at him. Finally. If only her green eyes weren’t so cold. He rarely saw true happiness in Kaylee anymore. It hadn’t been there in a long time. It was probably his fault. He’d tried but nothing ever seemed to make any difference.
Reed knew that Kaylee blamed herself. He didn’t know how to stop her.
“I don’t hate you.” Her voice was small, barely above a whisper. “I’ve never hated you.”
“You’re doing a hell of an impression then,” he said grimly, his jaw painfully tight. “This isn’t how you act around someone you like, honey.”
He’d done it again. Upset her. Her cheeks were pale and her lips pressed together in a thin line. “I’m sorry you don’t approve. I’ll try to do better. I’ll act like my life is rainbows and unicorns.”
At one point it had been. They’d been happy and in love. Then they’d taken it for granted, wanting too much apparently. They’d been greedy and look where it got them. Almost strangers.
Sighing, his fingers gripped the steering wheel, the knuckles white. “That’s not what I meant. I’m glad you’re here. Ava needs the support of her friends right now. I just wanted to warn you that it won’t be easy when we’re in front of other people. That is, if you don’t want to tell people that I’ve moved out.”
“I’m not ready to talk about it.”
She might never be ready. She sure as hell didn’t want to talk about the gigantic elephant in the room. The whole reason they were having problems.
“You can tell me anything, honey.”
Kaylee shook her head, tears glistening on her eyes. “I’ve tried. You don’t understand.”
Reed didn’t want to argue again. They’d argued too many times and they never made any real progress. They were simply running laps at this point.
“I want to understand but you can’t blame yourself–”
“I said I don’t want to talk about it. It doesn’t change anything.”
No, it didn’t change the issue at hand.
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