Never Say Never

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Devastated by her recent divorce, Sabrina Matthews returns to her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, with her eight-year-old daughter in tow. Fed up with the uncertainty of romance, the struggling single mom vows she will never open her heart to the possibility of a love gone wrong again. But then she meets Malcolm Winters, a prominent cardiologist. He, too, is reeling from a personal crisis.

Malcolm finds it hard to fight the intense feelings of desire Sabrina stirs deep within ...

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Devastated by her recent divorce, Sabrina Matthews returns to her hometown of Savannah, Georgia, with her eight-year-old daughter in tow. Fed up with the uncertainty of romance, the struggling single mom vows she will never open her heart to the possibility of a love gone wrong again. But then she meets Malcolm Winters, a prominent cardiologist. He, too, is reeling from a personal crisis.

Malcolm finds it hard to fight the intense feelings of desire Sabrina stirs deep within him. He's determined to show that his emotions are genuine. But although the chemistry between them is irresistible, Sabrina is reluctant to go down that road again.

Will Malcolm be the man who convinces Sabrina to never say never again?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373860036
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Harlequin Kimani Romance Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Never Say Never


By Yahrah St. John

Kimani

Copyright © 2007 Yahrah St. John
All right reserved.

ISBN: 037386003X

"I'm never going to fall in love again," Sabrina Parker vowed to her best friend, Deanna Griffin, as they packed up the five-bedroom stucco house she'd once shared with her ex-husband, Tre Matthews, and eight-year-old daughter, Jasmine. Now that her divorce was finalized, Sabrina was free to leave Baltimore for good.

"Never say never," Deanna replied. "You have no idea what life has in store for you."

"You have met my lying, cheating ex-husband, Tre, haven't you?" Sabrina asked. The words sounded funny coming out of her mouth. It was hard to believe that after ten years of marriage, she was a single woman again. "Of course, I have," Deanna said. "But there's no reason to give up on men altogether. There are some good ones out there."

"I wish I believed that," Sabrina responded, "but I don't anymore. I no longer believe in fairy-tale endings."

"You may feel that way now, but are you sure this is what you want?" asked Deanna, extending her tape for the linen they were packing in the upstairs hall closet. "To leave your home and your friends?"

Sabrina was sad, too, at the prospect of saying goodbye to her dear friend. She had known Deanna and her husband Aaron since she and Tre had first moved to Baltimore for Tre's new job as a labor attorney with Dean and Vickers. They'd often been at tae kwon do matches, dance classes or PTA meetings together. Deanna had been a real lifesaver whenSabrina's marriage had begun to fall apart, but Sabrina had to get out of Dodge quick before she turned into a vengeful man-hater.

"Trust me, Deanna. I have to do this."

"I don't understand, Sabrina. With Tre's infidelity, you could have easily gotten the house and a whole lot more. Why are you running away to Savannah with your tail between your legs?"

"I'm not running away," Sabrina replied testily, snatching the tape out of Deanna'a hand and taping the box herself. "After all the lies Tre's told, I don't want anything from him."

"Why?" Deanna bent down and stared at Sabrina. "You earned it. You've taken care of him and Jasmine for the last ten years. He owes you."

True enough, Sabrina had sacrificed a lot over the years to become the perfect housewife and mother. She'd given up finishing college and having a career all in the name of fulfilling Tre's idea of what a good wife meant. And what did it get her? A cheating husband. Thank God she'd found that hotel receipt or Lord knows how long she would have continued in the dark.

"He owes me nothing except child support," Sabrina said, as she went downstairs for a cool drink.

"I won't let him forget his obligation to provide Jasmine with the best life possible, but as for me, I'm quite capable of looking after myself."

Deanna followed close behind her. "I have to hand it to you, Sabrina. If the shoe was on the other foot, I most certainly would have takenAaron to the cleaners."

Sabrina opened the fridge and pulled out a Pepsi can and cracked it open. Spinning around, she replied, "I could have done that. And don't get me wrong. I thought about revenge, but then that would be giving Tre too much power over me. And those days are over." Sabrina handed Deanna a soda.

"Good for you!" Deanna replied, setting down the soda on the ceramic-tile counter and clapping her hands. "Hell, I've never seen you like this. So... so..." Deanna searched for those words. "So self-assured and confident. Tre didn't know how good he had it."

Sabrina laughed to herself. Clearly, she had done a good job of convincing Deanna that she'd moved on.

"Thank you, sweetheart." Sabrina feigned a smile.

"Even I didn't realize how much I allowed Tre to control my life, our life. I don't know if that was the beginning or the end of us. But mind you, I do have a heart and I can't bear to live in the same town and watch him and Melanie start a life together. It's hard enough just making it through the day."

Deanna patted her shoulder and smoothed Sabrina's straight ebony locks. Deanna adored Sabrina's long, thick hair that fell so generously below her shoulders. She often wished her short mousy-brown hair would grow that long, but it never did. She envied Sabrina's petite five-foot-two frame. Deanna had to content herself with the fact that at thirty-eight, she still had a size-eight figure.

"I loved him, you know." Sabrina's voice caught in her throat.

"I know, Sabrina." Deanna rubbed her back. "So, what's next?"

"Home to Savannah."

"How does Jasmine feel about that?"

Sabrina rolled her eyes. "She absolutely hates the idea. You know how much of a daddy's girl she is. I think she thinks I'm doing this to punish him."

"Aren't you?" Deanna smiled devilishly.

"No!" Sabrina denied the truth.

"Are you sure?" Deanna inquired.

"Of course," said Sabrina emphatically. "No matter how much I hate Tre, I would never deprive my daughter of her father. But I have to make a fresh start." The only reason she'd stayed in Baltimore this long was so Jasmine could finish out the school year.

"Well, Aaron and I are going to miss you terribly. You've been such an important part of our lives."

"We'll keep in touch," Sabrina offered.

"Yes, of course, but it won't be the same."

"How 'bout I promise to call every week, how's that?"

"I would love that." Deanna hugged her dear friend. "I wish you all the best in Georgia. I know that you'll do well, Sabrina. You may not even realize it, but you're much stronger than you think."

Sabrina squeezed her back in return. "Thanks Deanna, you're a peach."

"Well, what do you think, Dr. Winters?" the excited real-estate agent asked, eager to make a sale on the two-story five-bedroom home that had stood empty on the outskirts of town for well over a year. No one had been able to sell it, but now it looked like this wealthy Boston doctor was ready to make an offer.

Spacious with plenty of sunlight and noisy neighbors a discreet distance apart, the Tybee Island house was exactly what Malcolm was looking for. There was a fireplace in the master suite, a kitchen with an island and a laundry room. The carport was perfect for his Jag. And it came complete with a white picket fence, big front porch and lots of wide open space. Sure, it needed a lot of work, but Malcolm looked forward to getting back to basics and working with his hands rather than having his life revolve around his medical career.

Glancing out of the large bay windows in the front parlor, Malcolm thought back on his former lifestyle. As a cardiologist for Boston Medical, he'd rarely had time to eat or sleep, let alone take on a large project such as renovating an old house. If he wasn't in surgery performing a coronary artery bypass or in the catheterization lab, he was consulting and evaluating cardiac cases under his jurisdiction at the hospital.

But that was then and this was now. He was determined to make a go of his new life. "I'll take it," he replied brusquely.

"Great!" the agent replied enthusiastically. "Let's fill out the contract and I'll present your offer to the sellers."

"How long do you think it'll be?" Malcolm asked as they continued walking through the large, rambling old house. From what he could see, the plumbing was shot, the electrical wiring had gone to hell in a basket and the fireplace was backed up to holy heaven.

"Not long. I'm sure it won't be a problem. The owners are quite eager to make a sell."

He could see why. "Excellent. You can have the papers sent to me at Parker House." He was staying at the bed-and-breakfast Michael had once said was one of the best in Savannah. The location was ideal because it was convenient to the clinic. It was less than ten minutes away.

Now, he could try and begin building a life here in Savannah and forget the deadly mistake that had cost his twin, Michael, his life.

Locking up the two-story stucco house she'd called home for more than five years was difficult. Sabrina could remember the first time she'd ever seen the two-acre estate. From the very first moment she'd seen it, she'd known that she, Tre and Jasmine would be happy there. A huge backyard with a swing, a built-in deck for grilling and socializing; it had been absolutely perfect for their growing family.

Or so she'd thought. Unfortunately, Tre had had other ideas and decided that one child was all they'd have. "What do we need another child for? Things are perfect the way they are. And one child, we can give her the best in life," he'd said. So as much as she'd wanted another baby, Sabrina had desperately wanted to make Tre happy, so she had agreed. She'd given up her dream of having more children, all to please Tre.And so the other three bedrooms remained empty until Tre finally turned one of them into a study.

Tre had been controlling her for so long. Why hadn't she seen it back then? "Mom, when are we stopping for something to eat?" asked Jasmine, fidgeting in the passenger seat.

Sabrina shook her head in amazement. Before they'd left, she'd made sure Jasmine had gone to the bathroom and had breakfast. "We just got on the road, Jazzy. We won't be making any stops for some time. Didn't you have cereal this morning?"

"Cold cereal isn't much of a breakfast. When Daddy was here, you always made sure I had a hot breakfast." Jasmine pouted from beside Sabrina.

At the stoplight, Sabrina turned to face her daughter. "Well, Daddy's not with us anymore, Jasmine. So we might be having cold cereals for a while."

"Why, Mom? Why did Daddy go away and leave us?"

Glancing at the road, Sabrina patted her upset daughter's thigh. "Daddy didn't leave you, Jasmine. He left me. You still have him. And you'll visit him on holidays and during the summer. Daddy and I just won't be living together anymore."

No matter how much she hated Tre, she would not let her feelings interfere with her daughter's relationship with her father. That wouldn't be right. Though why she even bothered, she didn't know. Tre hadn't bothered to ask for joint custody. She'd obtained sole custody, while he'd been content with visitation rights. One month in the summer and every other Christmas.

"Why? What did you do?"



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