Guest blog by B.B. Cruz, author of Dangerous Decisions
I met my husband, Mario, when I was a senior in high school at a small town in rural Alaska. Our story is quite unconventional, so here goes…
Mario was the first boy my parents let me go on an actual date with, and let me tell you what a charmer he was! He hid his bad-boy qualities quite well under a very attractive cover of long, black curly hair (no judging…mullets were in style back then!), chocolatey brown eyes, and a smile that would melt even the coldest heart. He picked me up in his Camaro and took me out to dinner, before taking me on a drive to look at the stars (I told you he was smooth!). But he was the perfect gentleman and had me back home with several minutes to spare before my curfew. It was the perfect first date, but somehow, we never went on another one. We would still talk in school, but our relationship never progressed any farther than friendship.
About six months into my freshman year of college I began dating Mario’s best friend, Brian, and we even got married a year later. By that time, Mario had moved out of state and was starting a family of his own, but flew back to be the best man at our wedding. A year later, he returned home alone after his relationship failed, and became a fixture at our house and in our lives; therefore, it was no surprise that when Brian and I had our daughter, Kodey, she would grow up calling him “Uncle Mario”.
Brian and I divorced when Kodey was a year old, but we vowed to never break our bond, since we share a wonderful daughter… and nearly sixteen years later, I’m proud to say we’ve kept that vow. By staying in close contact with Brian, I also remained in contact with Mario and his daughter, Macy, whom he received sole custody of when she was nearly three years old. In fact, our families were so close that Macy and Kodey were basically like sisters.
I had eventually gotten remarried and moved out of state, but when Kodey was seven, my second marriage failed and we returned to Alaska. Later that year, when dropping Kodey off for a day of fun with her dad at Chuck E. Cheese, I ran into Mario and Macy who were in town visiting. I hadn’t seen them for several years and was thrilled to see the sweet young lady Macy had become, and to note that Mario was still his adorable self. He invited me for coffee the following week when he was back in town again, so we could catch up, at which point he asked if I could pretend to be his girlfriend for a New Year’s Eve party he had been invited to, since he was receiving some unwanted attention from another woman he already knew was attending. I agreed and he even took me shopping for a new outfit to wear. A few days before the party, he called me and we ended up talking for hours and I began to realize just how much I’d missed spending time with him.
The New Year’s Eve party ended up being a blast, and it felt incredibly great to be doted on…even if it was all for show. I started wondering how it would feel to be his real girlfriend, and as the months went on and he kept calling and inviting me to do things with him, our relationship easily morphed into something more meaningful. Once things began to get serious, we decided that we needed to tell our kids and Brian what was happening. Several months later, once Mario, Macy, Kodey and I moved in together as a family, things became quite strained with Brian – as expected – but he did his best to uphold his end of our vow to remain close while raising Kodey, and over time has even grown to accept the new arrangement.
Mario and I had been together for about 2 years the first time he proposed to me, and about 5 years by the time I finally said yes. We took a trip to Hawaii with our kids and got married on Waikiki Beach at sunset, surrounded by our close friends and family. Perfection doesn’t even begin to describe it.
So, as you can see, our journey has been unusual, but I have loved Mario for as long as I can remember. Early on, that love was strictly platonic and I could’ve never imagined it would develop into what we have today. He is truly a wonderful man, a great father, and a blessing I’m thankful for each and every day.
Someone is feeding the Feds information on alleged illegal activities at the Franklin Everly law firm, and Carino Montgomery is targeted as a prime suspect. There’s enough evidence to put her in the hot seat when hired gun, Ramon Terrones, arrives to uncover the mole.
But from the moment they meet, Ramon relentlessly pursues Carino, triggering a whirlwind romance packed with fierce emotions … and secrets that won’t remain buried. Both Ramon and Carino have worked hard to put their pasts behind them, but the truth could bring their whole lives crumbling down.
Will their unlikely relationship be worth sacrificing everything they’ve worked for? Or will their secrets prove to be bigger than their love?
Author Bio: B.B. Cruz currently lives in Alaska with her husband, two teenage daughters and two little doggies. She’s a huge fan of romance, and loves to cozy up with a novel, which definitely makes the long winters and cold nights easier to handle.