Today’s book spotlight is on Hope for Us (Book 3 of the Hope series) by Sydney Aaliyah Michelle!
What do you hope for, still?
Carrington Olivia Butler spent the last few years taking care of her son all by herself …with a little help from ex-boyfriends trust fund, but her past haunts her around every corner. Carrington hopes a move to Arizona will giver her some much-needed distance from her past.
Jackson Latre Mitchell has spent four years in the NFL, but he is one mediocre season away from being a bust. Jackson hopes a trade to Arizona will turn his career around … as long as he can avoid distractions.
Carrington and Jackson are back together again. Will their newfound ambition, continue to push them apart or will they discover, they have no hope without each other?
**This book contains adult subject matter. Not intended for young readers.**
“So, have you been to Arizona? What do you think of the place?” he asked.
“No. I’ve never been. I heard it’s hot in the summer.” I bit my tongue to stop myself from continuing.
Is he really asking me for my opinion of his new hometown? Unbelievable!
“Yeah, but it’s a dry heat.” He chuckled.
I shook my head as he emphasized the absurd cliché about Arizona heat.
“Yeah, no humidity, but no beach, either.” Maybe I could convince him that Phoenix sucked. Not that he spent much time at the beach. Neither did I.
“True, but the firm is great. Have the right areas of practice to get involved in some interesting stuff.”
“Great.” My hands tensed, but I removed them from around the inhaler. Perhaps, if I passed out, he would take pity on me and not fire me.
Every time I got my life back on track, something out of my control threw it off its axis.
I headed off to FSU seven years ago, ready to start my adult life and within a year, I got pregnant and my boyfriend killed himself.
A year later, with optimism and a newfound ambition, I headed back to FSU ready to claim the man I should have been with in the first place. Jokes on me, he already had a girlfriend. Even though he ended it with her, when I found out he slept with both of us on the same day, I dumped him.
At least that’s the story I am going with.
I got through all of that, graduated from undergrad and law school, and found a great job. All while taking care of my son without relying on anyone’s assistance, and now I had to start all over again.
“On my last trip, I thought I would find a place in the city, but then fell in love with Paradise Valley. It’s only a twenty-minute drive to the office, and the golf out there is beautiful. You play golf?”
“No sir, I never had time to learn with a five-year-old running around. Jack’s been with his grandfather, though.”
Oh shit, why did I mention Mr. Griffin?
Mentioning my son’s uber-rich grandfather was not the right approach. My goal was to emphasize how losing my job would be a great hardship on me … and my poor child …who I raised … all by myself.
“But you can’t beat Florida for the variety of golf courses.”
“Yeah, but Phoenix is beautiful. I’m looking forward to doing some hiking. Besides, working with the Cardinals, you know what that means?”
“Season tickets.” He grinned.
My heart rate sped up as the conversation turned toward NFL talk. Anything football-related soured my mood. I hated that ‘Are you ready for some football?’ song. I used to love football. Now, it gave me a headache, which wouldn’t be so bad if my son weren’t a football fanatic.
“Plus, the Super Bowl is going to be held there in two years. Perfect timing.”
Why is he rubbing it in?
“Yeah, perfect timing.” I grinned and suppressed the urge to throw up. For him, perfect timing, but for me, the timing couldn’t be worse.
“I’ll be working closely with the Cardinals. The firm has worked with the owner’s family for over forty years.”
Four years later, my heart ached with the mention of anything that reminded me of Jackson Mitchell. He was the one who got away or the one I pushed away, depending on who you asked.
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