She Never Wanted Anyone More
Jada, a very intellectually orientated lecturer for modern philosophy from Virginia, visits her school friend Andy, now a successful Atlanta lawyer and his wife Kathy who owns an art gallery. A surprise visitor arrives, Kyle, Kathy’s best friend’s brother who has just returned stateside from deployment.
The sexy, masculine Marine SpecOps officer and the pacifist philosophy lecturer don’t get on at all at first, but at the same time, Jada cannot deny the attraction she feels for the charismatic warrior. When she meets him in a bar back home in Virginia where both find themselves in the company of their respective friends, a crisis occurs and instinctively, Jada turns to Kyle for help. After Kyle and his Marine team save the day, she gains a different perspective on military men and spiritual shamans and when she finds herself sharing a bed with him, she wishes he wasn’t such a gentleman after all.
Kyle needs Jada’s help in turn and when she agrees to help, a web of conspiracy and lies leaves her in despair and just as she thought, she has finally got Kyle, he leaves for good. In her despair, she turns to her friends in Atlanta and is confronted with Kyle and his team of Marines once again.
Will Jada get over her heartache and is there another chance at happiness for her and Kyle after all?
The Book's Creation
Where I’d looked at a map before to determine some general geographic guidelines, this time, I sat down and worked out an entire plan with US Marine military bases and universities, travel and the whole shebang in a different location again. So I found the perfect spots and although the female protagonist, Jada, commences the story in beautiful Georgia, she is only visiting and meets Kyle who is also from Virginia, only visiting. They end up under the same roof for a week and I had so much fun working out the opposing forces in the characters.
I usually like to write storylines where both parties have different strength and weaknesses to bring into a relationship, but this time, I really played on all the prejudices. Jada, the pacifist university lecturer of philosophy behaves very aggressive towards Kyle who is all peaceful gentleman. It takes a while, however, until Jada begins to trust him not to chop her head off from a PTSD-induced mental breakdown.
When she finally believes Kyle that he is not suffering from PTSD and he actually saves her from a very mismatched “Sandal Guru,” for which she saves him right back from “Plastic Boops,” she begins to appreciate his manners and character more and finally falls in love with him. By then, however, she is friend-zoned and has to suffer through a night in the same bed with Kyle without him touching her at all, even though he has just literally saved her life.
All could be well when they finally get together after all, if there weren’t some complications and Kyle messing things up all over again. During another trip to Georgia, the characters of Sandal Guru and Plastic Boops reappear and cause some more hilarity. Sandal Guru is based on a person I had personally met some years back who pretends to be a holier-than-though Buddhist vegan but is extremely judgemental towards others. And I dislike bigotry strongly.
I couldn’t help but poke fun at the fake guru and the girl’s character “Plastic Boops” after I had just seen a documentary on gold-digging young women who had nothing else to do in their lives but to let their men pay their way, meaning plastic surgeries, designer clothes and luxury houses and holidays. Again, on the surface, these two people seem better paired up with the two main protagonists, rather than each other, but things are never what they seem once you scratch the surface and go a little deeper.
I won’t go into more details, but I love this book not only for its humour, but to show that “Opposites Attract” is not merely a saying, but that once we look more closely and are prepared to dive in more deeply, we may find more commonalities with those we thought were our complete opposites in all respects and that it is quite possible to sometimes encounter others who seem to be very similar to us on the surface but can be quite different when the shine wears off. Thus, we need to pay heed to not allow our prejudices condemn a person only because he or she belongs to a certain group, and that it will do well for us to take a closer look and only judge a person’s value in our lives when we’ve seen what their individual characters are.
As Dr. Martin Luther King said in his possibly most famous speech, which brings tears to my eyes each time I hear or watch it again, (yes, I’m soppy that way), “I have a dream!”