The Victor – The Freemasons #1
Ava Vaughan is back to see her sexy estranged husband Cole Jacobs, for one thing – to get a divorce. After living apart for the last six months the time has come to move on and start her life over. When she confronts Cole the last thing she expects is for him to say No.
Cole isn’t ready to let go of Ava. He comes up with a plan that will keep her by his side and help her fledging event planning company. Once the job is over he will give her the divorce she wants.
Only working together brings buried feelings to the surface forcing them both to face the reasons why their marriage fell apart. Suddenly letting go isn’t as easy as either one thought.
“Found what you’re looking for?”
She glanced over her shoulder and spied Cole leaning casually against the doorframe, arms crossed. He’d taken his jacket off and had loosened his tie. Instantly a memory hit of her meeting him as he opened the front door. Greeting him with a kiss and helping divest him of his jacket. Before she knew it, Cole had her up against the wall, taking her to heaven. Their relationship in the bedroom had never been an issue. Her body shivered. She knew it wasn’t from the cool air emanating from the fridge.
Turning away from Cole, Ava opened the crisper drawer and plucked out a peach. She took a bite and juice trickled down her chin. She licked it up quickly.
It seemed so ridiculous to be standing in the kitchen. Neither one of them were speaking to each other.
“Did you want something, Cole?”
He pulled away from the doorframe and walked further into the kitchen. “I wanted to let you know that I’ll be out this evening. I’ve got a Lodge rehearsal to go to.”
Fantastic, her first night back and he’s going to leave her alone. Why had he demanded she even stay at the house then? She could’ve gone back to her house and packed up, then returned to the office sometime tomorrow morning. She didn’t understand Cole’s actions or his need to have her return to their marital home.
Not that she had a problem where he was going, just that he was leaving her alone. When they’d been together she’d never questioned his involvement with the Freemasons. Her knowledge extended to Cole attending rehearsals and then a week later attending the actual formal meetings.
During the time they’d been living apart, whenever she’d wanted to try and feel close to him she’d googled Freemasons. There were pages of links. In the end she hadn’t read any of the articles she’d clicked on. She’d convinced herself that no knowledge was better for her and her attempts to purge Cole from her life.
Now, having some distance between them, she could finally admit the secrecy of what happened when he went to his meetings bothered her. She knew for a fact that one of the Lodges he attended was right next door to a gentleman’s club. Did he really go to a meeting or was he being “entertained” by other women?
Ava had heard plenty of joking about some of their activities. For so many years an aura of secrecy shrouded them. Even now, with all the information available on the internet, people still speculated on what happened behind closed doors at Freemason meetings.
“What do you have to rehearse, riding the billy goat? Or maybe you have to make sure you’ve got the altar set up correctly to sacrifice the virgin.” She couldn’t help lashing out at Cole for making her come back and live with him, and then leaving her alone the first night she was back in the house.
“Yes, it’s important we get the angle right on the cuts we make on the sacrificial virgin. And,” he deadpanned her. “It takes a lot of practice to ride the billy goat.”
About the Author
On her first school report her teacher noted "Nicole likes to tell her own stories". It wasn’t until after the birth of her first child and after having fun on a romance community forum that she finally decided to take the plunge and write a book.
Apart from writing Nicole is busy looking after her very own hero – her wonderfully supportive husband, and two fabulous kids. She also enjoys watching sports and, of course, reading.