Undefeated by Claudia Burgoa
The Unexpected Series; Book 5
Published: April 1, 2016
Published by: Claudia Burgoa
“Porter, only you can help yourself. We’re here to guide you, but we can’t take you to the next level if you refuse to work.”
…there’s nothing they can do for me.
No matter what I tell them, what I do or whom I talk to, my woman is gone, my kid is dead, my career is over and the only family that loved me, now despises me.
I was once the nation’s biggest musical sensation. An International heartthrob. Now, I’m a skeleton of a life I once lived.
Porter Kendrick: the man, the myth, the legend.
A fallen branch of the Colthurst-Decker dynasty.
The demons of my past haunt me. Do I have the strength and will power to put them to rest? Can anyone really have it all?
Love is a four-letter word more powerful than the energy of the sun. Love can move mountains. Love can conquer all. But there’s also the other side of the story, the sad truth. Love can destroy. Once, there was this boy I met with a set of amber eyes and a bright smile who took my breath away. It wasn’t love at first sight. No, we fell in love slowly, through the day-to-day contact.
Leonard Brooke promised to be my prince charming, as long as I could save him when he needed me. No other man could make me feel strong, safe, loved, and cherished.
But Leonard Brooke died, leaving me to figure out how to handle the grief of his loss. Inside though I’m incomplete. Broken.
My sassy-fiery daughter, and my creative-sweet son are who keep me afloat. Trying to find a new normal without the love of my life, I head to Oregon. Leaving behind our old life and dreams.
Am I strong enough to start over? Can I turn my back on the only man I’ve loved?
If anyone asked which author would write my life’s story, I'd answer Charles Dickens, without hesitation. For the past month, I’ve been dreaming of Leo’s ghost. Sometimes, he’s in the background, while I sob for his loss.
“Move on, Kenzie,” he repeats over and over again.
An easy phrase to say. He’s asking me to perform a miracle. Forget our future, our promises. The vows we told each other. He left me without a word, a goodbye, a hug. One last kiss. Am I supposed to accept that I was cheated out of our happiness? Why me? I was a good person, wasn’t I? There’s nothing left for me to bargain, to get angry at, or to give in exchange.
I peer between the blinds, toward the foothills where everything is still. Nothing changes, only the seasons. Couldn’t that be us? Leo and I staying together in one place, forever. Our only time together is in dreams.
“How can you ask me to move on?” I whisper, gripping the hem of my sweater, holding myself tightly so I don’t fall down.
“Would you?” I release the blinds, looking around the dark room. “Would you move on if I had been the one to leave you behind?”
It happens in an instant, like a stroke of lightning hitting me on the head, a surge of electricity travels through my entire body. The answer. A sob escapes me and the tears begin to stream. The only way out of this cycle hurts almost as much as it hurt to lose Leo.
For my kids’ emotional health, my own, and our financial future—we have to go. Maybe far away so I can begin to heal. Look beyond what happened inside the walls of my home. I don’t have much money to continue the lifestyle we’ve had for so many years. The house expenses are costly while my income is zero.
Whether there’s a life beyond what I planned, I know that my children have the right to a better life. The one Leo and I had imagined for them, with some adjustments. In order to do so, I have to pump some life into my heart and my soul. Maybe I can’t continue waiting for him to come home.
I have to accept it, he’s not coming home.
Meet Claudia Burgoa~
Born on the mystical day of October 30th in the not so mystical lands of Mexico City, Claudia grew up with a childhood that resembled a caffeine-injected soap opera. Seventeen years ago she ventured to the lands of her techie husband--a.k.a. the U.S.--with their offspring to start a new adventure.
She now lives in Colorado working for a small IT company, managing her household filled with three confused dogs, said nerd husband, two daughters wrought with fandoms and a son who thinks he's the boss of the house. To survive she works continually to find purpose for the voices flitting through her head, plus she consumes high quantities of chocolate to keep the last threads of sanity intact.
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