Devoted Intent (EBOOK)
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A steamy second chance at love rockstar romance.
I was always devoted to her, even when she belonged to someone else.
Unrequited love is a special kind of torture, but I’ve let it fuel my success all these years, writing chart topping love songs about the one woman I could never have–because she was my best friend’s wife.
But then tragedy strikes, leaving both of us reeling as we stumble our way through grief.
And just like always, I’m there for her, because that’s what you do for the love of your life, even if she only sees you as a friend.
When she discovers the secret I’ve carried for over a decade, she does the last thing I ever expected–she kisses me. And that one kiss changes everything.
Now, every dream I’ve ever fantasized about is becoming reality, but when new secrets are revealed, I wonder if I’ll ever get the happy ending I’ve always craved.
Devoted Intent is a steamy second chance at love romance and the third book in the Rapturous Intent Rockstar Series. It is best if it’s read after book two, but it can be read as a standalone.
Content Warning: This book contains grieving following the death of a spouse and pregnancy loss.
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The rain pelts down on us like the sky is mourning Robbie as much as we are. Jolie sits beside me, her face blank, eyes vacant, and hands limp at her sides. The only sign she’s feeling anything is the stream of tears falling silently down her face. My fingers ache to brush them away. I’ve never been able to stand seeing Jolie in pain—not when she broke her arm when she was seventeen, not when her dad got in a car accident four years ago and nearly died, and definitely not now.
I’d give anything to trade places with Robbie, so she could have him back. So her heart wouldn’t be breaking into pieces right in front of me.
I still can’t quite believe he’s gone. Robbie was like a brother to me. I’m both heartbroken and angry this happened.
He should be here.
He’s been my best friend for twenty years. How am I supposed to live without him? Without his jokes? His ability to make anyone he encountered smile? His steady and unending support?
This isn’t how things were supposed to go.
The pastor speaks, but I don’t hear a word he says. My own tears threaten to stream down my face, and my chest feels like it’s going to explode from all the pain I’m barely holding inside. Robbie’s mom lets out a heart-wrenching sob, and Jolie shakes beside me.
She’s going to break.
Reaching out, I grab her hand and hold it tight in mine. The second our skin makes contact, warmth and relief wash over me, soothing some of the pain. Her watery eyes connect with mine and a silent thank you passes between us. She needs the support as much as I do.
The service continues in a blur, and then just as quickly as it began, it’s over.
It’s weird how time continues when you feel like your whole world has stopped.
Everyone starts to get up and leave, heading to the reception. Robbie’s mom is guided to the cars by Trent and Becka, but Jolie doesn’t make any move to go, so I stay seated next to her. She stares at the grave where the casket hangs over. The undertaker is waiting nearby to lower it as soon as we’re gone.
Jolie’s shoulders start to shake, her chest caving in and her mouth parting, before she bends over, covering her face with her hands, and lets out a sob that shreds my heart. I want to take this pain from her, but I don’t know how. I can’t fix this. I can’t bring Robbie back to life any more than I can trade places with him.
The undertaker moves forward, and his eyes drip with sympathy as he leans down to whisper in my ear, “I need to lower him down now.”
I nod silently and then pull Jolie into my arms, holding her head against my chest so she can’t see. She knows what’s happening. She doesn’t need the visual of her husband being lowered into the ground to haunt her for the rest of her life.
She sobs into my chest, the tears making my jacket wet, but I know it won’t be noticeable once we get out from under the canopy and they’re covered by the heavy rain.
I hold her tight and close my eyes. I’ve imagined holding Jolie since the first day I met her, but it was never like this. It was never while we were forced to say goodbye to the person we both loved.
“Let’s go,” I say, my lips brushing against her hair. The sweet familiar scent of strawberries from her shampoo soothes me a little more.
She nods, and I tug her up with me when I notice her struggle to stand on her own. Her legs are shaky as we start to walk away, and her shoulders shake with more sobs. We’re halfway to my car when she stops abruptly, her hair hanging in strings around her face from the rain.
“I can’t leave him here,” she sobs.
I need to be strong for her, but she has no idea how much it’s killing me to leave him here too. “We need to leave, Jo.”
She shakes her head, her eyes pleading with me.
My voice cracks as I say, “He’s gone, Jo.”
She closes her eyes in pain, and I see more than hear her take a stuttering breath. She shakes her head like she doesn’t want to believe it.
That makes two of us.
“Come on, I’ll take you home.”
She grabs my arm, her fingers white from how tight she grips me. “No. Please don’t take me back there. Anywhere but there. I can’t be in that house without Robbie. Not tonight.”
She doesn’t know it, but I’d give her anything she asked for if I could. I know my next suggestion is dangerous—for me more than her—but I can’t resist the idea of spending more time with her, even if it’s while she’s mourning the love of her life.
“We can go back to my house.”
She closes her eyes and tips her face up to the sky, letting the rain wash away her tears. More will come later, I’m sure of it, but for now she’s taking the first step in trying to put herself together. When she looks back at me, her eyes are a little clearer and she nods.
She takes a step forward and I’m right there with her. I’ll get her through this and be there for her, just like I always have. Because that’s what you do for the person you love.
Robbie was always the love of her life.
And she’s always been mine.
My Favorite Things in this Book
This book ripped my heart to pieces while I was writing it. Like, sobbing at my desk and trying to type through the tears. Every beta reader and both my editors told me I should have to deliver tissues with this book. But I'm not sorry it's so emotional. Tristan and Jolie suffered a huge blow, but my favorite part was how devoted he was to helping her heal (even thinking he'd never stand a chance having her). Tristan's never-ending love for Jo is definitely my favorite part of this book. Another part I loved writing was the scene where they take an improv class. I was a theatre major in college and it took me back to the crazy shenanigans of those days. The crazy hot sex scene that follows it was pretty great too. This book might be my all time favorite (don't tell the others).
"this book hurt.
im shocked with just how emotional this book made me, my god.
the moment i met Tristan in book one, i needed his book. he was mysterious, somber and a bit broken. you could practically feel the pain suffocating him. and i prayed his book would be with Jolie— i needed that man to get everything he deserves.
from the first chapter i actually felt a bit sick because my heart hurt so much, everything was just so intense and painful. i just wanted to cry the whole damn time. the way both Tristan’s heartache and pain, and Jolie’s grief and loss were written just made this a stunning read.
Tristan’s love for Jolie was so raw, selfless and unconditional. he didn’t care if he had to live the rest of his life in pain, as long as it meant Jolie was happy. the book was aptly named because if you looked up the word “devoted” in the dictionary, you’d just find a big ole picture of Tristan Bridger.
while Jolie’s grief was written perfectly with the pacing also being *chef’s kiss*. it felt so authentic— how her grief ebbed and flowed, her loss and anger, frustration and betrayal. so many emotions encompassed her journey to healing and finding herself, and i just think it was amazing. and the way Jolie’s love for both men, Robbie (her dead husband) and Tristan (her new love) was handled was again... spectacular. usually romances like this, where one MC is a widow/widower, can be a slippery slope since getting the balance right between the old and new love isn’t easy. but it was handled flawlessly here i seriously have zero complaints at all.
and ultimately the relationship development between Tristan and Jolie was so natural, especially given everything they had been through together. i think when they get together is at the perfect stage of the book— it gave them enough time to flourish as a couple amongst their turmoil and grief, and ultimately their love.
the pair of them just go through it. individually and as a couple. but none of it is dramatised— everything just felt so nuanced and wonderfully written, with tact and honesty. gahhh, i truly can’t do this book justice. it just gut-punched me continuously. whenever i thought i had control of my emotions, something else happened that made me lose my mind.
i just adored the whole book, i really can’t give this any less than five stars. every aspect was immaculate.and the sneak peek of Kasen has me on my knees. i am so ready"
"Ya’ll, Cadence Keys did it again. Not only did she shatter my heart for the first time while on a plane - she shattered my heart with this one. This one follows Tristan and Jolie after his best friend aka her husband has passed away unexpectedly. Literally not even 10% in and I was telling her that I was already crying. I feel like that’s a whole ass new record.
Tristan met Jolie like 11 years prior in middle school - even met her before his best friend, Robbie. But Robbie was struggling and Tristan didn’t want to make a move because he was worried about his best friend. Instead, Robbie took that time to steal Jolie for himself. Flash forward to the present, where Tristan continues to help Jolie even after Robbie’s death because she’s literally the love of his life and he’s always put her first.
I was sobbing. Literal sobbing. I wanted so much more for Tristan - he didn’t deserve the guilt and heartbreak that we see and I just wanted to steal him and give him a fucking hug. NOW, I can’t wait to see what comes next and how we finish this little series.These can be read as standalones - as each one in this series follows a different couple but they’re part of the same band, hence their entanglement and how they interact with one another. This can be seen as kinda dark so make sure to read the trigger warnings."
"Devoted Intent is a spicy second chance at love, friends to lovers, heartbreak, and romance. This is the third book in the Rapturous Intent Rockstar Series. We met Tristan in book one of the series. Tristan’s love for Jolie was so raw, compassionate, and unconditional. Jolie’s grief was written perfectly it's so genuine. The relationship between Tristan and Jolie was so natural and well-developed. I loved how Tristan always wanted Jolie to be happy. The title of this book is perfect for Tristan he was always devoted to Jolie since they were in high school. Where in the world can I find my own Tristan? He’s very caring, considerate, and passionate. At times my heart broke for Tristan! I just love the whole book!! This beautiful book is about the heartbreak of losing someone and getting a second at love! Definately my favorite book in the Rapturous Intent Series!!"