A Hero Scarred

A Hero Scarred by April Angel, Milly Taiden

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Authors: April Angel, Milly Taiden
Chapter One
    Jessica Tavarez stared at her wine glass. If only it could solve all her problems. It didn’t even distract her enough to make her forget the hell she’d been living.
    “Come on, Jessie. A getaway will be fun for you.” Kayla watched her from her seat on the other side of Jessie’s living room.
    “I have to admit that she’s right.” Larissa nodded. “You need a vacation. And a nap. You’re cranky as hell.”
    Jessie glared at her friends. “I’m not cranky. I’m just tired of the bullshit. I can’t believe I’m done with Dan. It feels like some other shit is gonna pop up at any moment.”
    Larissa twisted a long, brown curl through her fingers. “Are there any other outstanding or pending items on the case?”
    “And all property is coming back to you.”
    “So you’re done.” Larissa grinned. “I know with this hell you’ve been going through it feels like it’s too good to be true, but all evil, rotten things must come to an end.”
    Maybe for others. It felt like she’d been dealing with this divorce way too long. “He has to move out of my house, and then it will sink in.”
    “Yeah and then you won’t have to live in a rental when you own your own damn house.” Kayla tipped her wineglass and gulped down the rest of her drink.
    Rissa nodded. “Now back to Kayla’s idea of a vacation.”
    Jessie sighed. “I told you all I’m too busy.”
    Kayla raised her brows. “You work with me. I already had some days scheduled for the new house. Come down with me again. We’ve been at the hospital a lot lately and I think you really need a break. Seeing patients day in and day out takes a toll on me as their therapist, I know it takes one on you as a volunteer.”
    “The psychologist has spoken.” Rissa said.
    “Fine. But no hooking me up.”
    Kayla’s eyes went wide. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
    Rissa burst into giggles. “Oh, yes you do!”
    “Kayla, please,” Jessie groaned. “I am not looking to get married when I just got rid of the slug I was with.”
    Kayla had been actively hooking up all her friends on blind dates—or trying to anyway. Whether they wanted to or not didn’t seem important to their bossy friend.
    She watched Kayla refill her wineglass. “Who said anything about marriage? It took me and Ryan almost two years before we went that far. But meeting a nice guy never killed anybody.”
    “Maybe not other women, but it’s likely to send Jessie into cardiac arrest.” Larissa snickered.
    “You’re looking to get your ass kicked, Rissa.” Jessie didn’t care if Larissa was her sister. She’d still smack her upside the head when necessary. Being oldest had its perks. “I’ll come down to your house for a few days.” She gave in. Her system had taken a beating with the stress of her divorce and she loved Isla Dorada. “But no set ups.”
    Kayla glanced down at the finger food Larissa had brought with the wine. She took her time picking a small beef patty before glancing up. Her smile was pure innocence. “I understand.”
    That angelic grin put Jessie on defcon-five alert. “You do?”
    She nodded. “I understand you don’t want the chance to meet a nice guy who may turn out to be a great person.”
    “Matt is a sweetheart,” she added in a rush. “He’s nothing like your ex. But I get it. You aren’t ready.”
    Larissa stared at Kayla, her glass midway to her lips. She studied Kayla with surprise. “Really?”
    “Oh yes.” Kayla nodded. “I’ve been there. I know what that’s like.”
    Guilt assailed Jessie. She wasn’t trying to be mean to her friend. Kayla only wanted to see her happy. “I know you know, K. I just… I don’t think I can handle that right now.”
    “I don’t know why you have to see everything as getting set up for marriage,” Rissa threw in. “We meet people all the time. Maybe that’s what you need. New people that will bring some happiness or even a

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