True North: Finding Now Book 3 by Allie Juliette Mousseau
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“When I first saw you, you were so stunning I couldn’t think straight,” Sam began.
“When you first saw me you were looking at my ass,” I reminded him.
“Okay, you’re right.” Sam admitted with his hands in surrender. “But in my defense, it is a really fine ass.”
I rolled my eyes and swallowed a flattered laugh.
He continued, “But as the weeks went on, I saw that your intelligence matched your beauty, and Jolie, combined … you left me breathless. I had to get to know you. Then when you got sick behind More Hall, you showed so much strength …”
“Strength? I freaked out and puked all over you.”
“You fell apart and pulled yourself back together again. That took raw guts, Jolie. Trust me, I’ve known a couple people who’ve lived through some nasty things. It takes a hell of a lot of strength to get to the other side of it.”
I worried my bottom lip. He saw me as beautiful and strong?
“I can see the pain behind your eyes and the shadow you’re trying to live with—twenty-six years old with a PhD—you stopped living at some point and became driven. And your clothes—you’re trying to be invisible, which is virtually impossible for you because you have an amazing body.” He cocked an eyebrow at me, and if I had felt any anger at his intuition and bold assessment, it melted. “I want to know you. So, are you going to give our friendship a chance?”
In six years no one had ever done this to me, made me want to come out of the hiding place I’d built. I knew my voice would be pained and small but I spoke anyway.
“How do we do it?”
I expected his face to light up with his telltale smile, but it didn’t. Instead he became really serious. “No plan, Jolie. We live for each moment, each day. We find now and hold ourselves in that space until we’re ready to make a new one.”
“Okay … Sam. Friends.” I held out my hand to his.
He regarded it for a moment, took it like he was about to shake it, then said, “Ah, what the hell,” and yanked me up against him, putting his arms around me and folding me into a deep hug.
I liked the feel of him very much.
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