Bestie

By: Bella Jewel

Jokers' Wrath MC




ACKNOWLEDGMENTS


As always, my heartfelt thanks to every single blogger, reader and author that has supported my journey. From reading my books, to sharing them, to raving about them, to being there for me. Thank you. My career would be nothing without any of you.

A huge thanks to Kylie from Give Me Books for organizing my reveals and blitzes. You do such an amazing job. No matter how many times I use you, I am always blown away by how efficient you are. Nothing is ever a drama. Thank you for giving me so much support.

A massive thanks to Ben Ellis from BE Designs for this gorgeous cover. Not only did you come in at the last minute, you did an absolutely incredible job. I honestly have no words to explain how grateful I am to you for all the help you put in. I’m forever in your debt.

A big, heartfelt thanks to Ready, Set, Edit for doing this book for me at the last moment. I really appreciate the time you took to help me out, and how patient you were when my kids weren’t well!! Thank you so much, lovely.

And of course, to my admin, MJ, for ALWAYS keeping my page running beautifully. I couldn’t do it without you, girly. I love your teasers and your passion; thank you for taking the time out of your life to help this poor girl keep everything running.

And, last but certainly not least, to my loyal readers. To each and every one of you that picks up my books and give me a chance. To the reviews you write, good or bad. To the time you take to make me a better person. You make this real for me; never stop giving such love and passion. You make our journey so amazing.





DEDICATION


To the universe.

Thanks for coming through for me.

To Matty.

Thanks for always making me laugh.

But mostly, to Bestie.

Thanks for saving me.

**A note to readers**

As some of you may know, Bestie has elements of a real story. I met my Bestie during a very difficult time in my life, and he saved me—cliché, I know, but it is the absolute truth. He taught me a lot about myself. He helped me be a better person. He held me up so many times when I thought I would fall. He showed me there was always a light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn’t have gotten through this year without him.

Bestie was, at times, a difficult book to write. It took me on highs and lows, it made me question myself, it made me wonder if I was doing the right thing. Sometimes, I hated it. Sometimes, I loved it. See, I’ve never written a book so close to my life and my heart. I’ve never written scenes that are so real I could see them playing out in my head as I worked. I’ve never given such a real part of myself to any book, or any piece of writing, in my entire career. Some of you will love it, some of you will hate it; that’s the beautiful part of being a reader.

But I want you to know, that to me, this book is the world, and I’m so glad you all get the opportunity to share this journey with me, and of course, Bestie.

Love and hugs always,

Bella xx





PROLOGUE


The universe works in mysterious ways.

We’re told this every time something bad happens. Like it’s supposed to make us feel better. Like it’s supposed to give us hope that things will be OK. Like it’s supposed to just fix everything.

I didn’t believe in that statement.

If that statement were true, we’d never hurt. People wouldn’t suffer. They wouldn’t hit rock bottom. They wouldn’t drown. But they do. They hurt and they bleed. They stagger through each breath, wondering how in the hell they’re going to make it through the next day.

That was me. Broken. Struggling to breathe. Putting one foot in front of the other, trying to get through each day, wondering if it was ever going to get better. Not believing in the damned universe or anything else.

Pain.

It’s so real.

So incredibly real.

You know what’s worse? Heartbreak.

The soul-crushing, stomach twisting agony that comes with having your heart ripped out of your chest and stomped on.

I was heartbroken.

That’s when the statement finally came true and the universe stepped in. It stepped in, and it gave me him.

Out of the blue. Like it knew I was in my final moment. Like it knew I just couldn’t force myself to push through another day. Like it just knew it was finally time for me to learn how to breathe again.

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