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The Drifter

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  522 ratings  ·  161 reviews
From USA Today Best Selling Author Kathy Coopmans
The Drifter
A Standalone novel
To the outside world, Kray Brooks had it all growing up.
Wealth. The devoting parents.
The beautiful girlfriend.
Good grades.

All of it a lie, except her. The woman he left behind thirteen years ago to try and achieve his real dream... to become a musician.

Life doesn't always go according to the plan
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published July 11th 2016 by Kathy Coopmans
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This book is so amazingly beautiful!!! Rori & Kray's story is so emotional and so heartbreaking, I almost shed a tear or two and it definitely left me wanting for more! As far as second chances go, The Drifter is one of my favs!

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My emotions were all over the place. From wanting to shake Kray for what he did to Rori to wanting to hold him in my arms and tell him everything is going to
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AUTHOR: Kathy Coopmans
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
CHAPTERS: 21 + Epilogue
RELEASE DATE: July 11th, 2016

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This will be my first time reading anything by this author going by the cover I'm hoping that whats within is just as hot!!

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THE DRIFTER: Told is 'dual perspectives' (Rori & Kray) A second chance romance

Kick starts us off in the PROLOGUE we're first in
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-heroes
This is a very emotional story of loss, redemption and forever love. This is the story of Kray who grew up in a very abusive home with parents that didn't care about him, only about the image they portrayed. Kray and Rori began dating in high school and were together for two years before he had to make a decision that was devastating to them both. Thirteen years later they find each other again and so their story of finding their way back to each other begins. I don't want to get into the story ...more
Sybil aka Lala
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it

This was my very first read by Kathy Coopmans. I know, I’m disappointed in me too. I was first drawn in by a hot guy on a cover and a blurb that promised a sweet second chance romance. I’m so glad this is the first book of hers I chose to read because I am now solidly on her list of fan girls.

This was such a beautiful and poignant read. This was a love story that was so gritty and real but also smacked of a fairy tale with a surreal quality. I absolutely adored the unique Coopmans took with this
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Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I’m a huge fan of Kathy Coopmans’ The Syndicate series, so when The Drifter came out, I jumped on it. I have to say, this is the most complex, heartbreaking-yet-uplifting story I’ve read from her. She totally tossed me into the deep end with this one.

I can honestly say The Drifter wasn’t what I thought it would be. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure I could do it. Let me say, it was a personal thing. We all have them and, when an author writes about something that hurts our hearts, we don’t always
Renee Dyer
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you feel like decisions are being made for you and you have no say, no life, nothing will ever change, or get better unless you do the one thing you don't want to. Kray Brooks knows this better than anyone. This book had me spellbound from page one. Angry at Kray's father for his not understanding how a parent should love his child. Angry at his mother for not stepping up and supporting her son. And angry at Kray for the decision he made. My anger for one of these people dissipated and ...more
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Second Chances Stars!

“People say there is no taste to a kiss, except the scent of each other. What a lot of people fail to realize is, a kiss can speak words that we as humans are not quite comfortable saying, whether the timing is right or we can not find the right choice of words. This kiss, right here where the passerby can see us, is a kiss marking a new beginning of love that will never be taken for granted again.”

“My soul chooses to not live without love. My mind chooses to think about
Victoria  Prince
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so emotional, heartfelt, relatable, driven, and hectic. Rori and Kray suffer through so much in the thirteen years they've been apart. Kathy Coopmans does a masterful job of digging into the souls of her characters and conveying that on to the pages of The Drifter for her readers.

I've read some amazing stories by Kathy, but this book is so special and different from her other works. I enjoyed the gut-wrenching roller coaster of love and despair from beginning to end. You will not r
Melissa Mendoza
Title: The Drifter
Author: Kathy Coopman
Release Date: July 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 400
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5

To the outside world, Kray Brooks had it all growing up.
Wealth. The devoting parents.
The beautiful girlfriend.
Good grades.

All of it a lie, except her. The woman he left behind thirteen years ago to try and achieve his real dream... to become a musician.

Life doesn't always go according to the plan you set out for yourself.
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
When you lose something as precious as an everlasting love that not once dissipated, you realize you had to lose them in order to appreciate the love you have more.

At 18, Kray Brooks walked away from his wealthy life due to an abusive father. All he ever wanted was to be a musician but sociopathic father refused for him to be anything other than what he wanted. Kray also walked away from the girl he knew was the love of his life but he thought by leaving he would be doing her a favor by mak
Hooked On Books
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book 5 Stars!

Kathy has once again blew us away with this book. This book will make you relize that they are people in this world struggling with everyday life. How she writes this book, will ring out every emotion that you have. So go ahead a be warned that you will need a box of tissues, a glass or two of wine and a comfty spot because once you start, your not putting this book down anytime soon. The soul chemistry that Rori and Kay have will have you begging that these two can wor
Sheila'S Book Corner
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 emotional stars! by Diane Sullivan

Kray's life on the outside looks perfect, but he has been living with a controlling and abusive father and a mother who has stopped caring. The only light in his dark world is his girlfriend Rori, but he doesn't want to drag her down to his darkness. Believing that Rori, who's future looks so promising, will be able to flourish without Kray holding her back, he takes off and becomes a drifter, trying to support himself with his music.

"The first time I
Stacy Hahn
Jun 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved The Drifter. This book is so different from all the other Kathy Coopman's books, but equally amazing. You better get tissues ready because you're going to need them.

My heart broke in two at the torment that Kray suffered under the all controlling power of his father and and unloving nature of his mother. This led him to make a choice that changed his life and the life of the only person he loved and who loved him unconditionally. No 18-year-old should have to make the choice
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kray and Rori were high school sweethearts. His only love in his world of crazy because of and uncaring mother and a out of control father. Kray cannot take it anymore. He leaves and just as you suspect leaves Rori behind thinking he is actually saving her. 13 years later they met again by chance and finds out that his family made her life miserable. She has a right to be angry. Will she forgive Kray for up and leaving her behind when all she wanted was him?

I liked the story. The characters were
H.J. Bellus
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Where to start? The title, cover, and blurb had me hook, line, and sinker! Then the prologue broke my heart and I'd already felt crushed before beginning Chapter One. I ADORE stories about men and women breaking an evil cycle following their dreams and bettering themselves. However, in this twisted tale of love it's not so black and white. DRIFTER gives a whole new meaning to the words sacrifice and forgiveness. Coopmans weaved together a story of a love so deep you won't be able stop turning th ...more
Myra Espino
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. The Drifter left me emotional all throughout. The characters are amazing! I have mixed emotions with Kray but still......

Anyway, you will definitely need tissues before reading this book. This book is not like the other books of Ms. Kathy. All of her books touched my heart but this one is different. I have tons of favorite lines of this book that really left it's mark to me. The start until the end of this book really had my interest - for short it's addicting! I can't put
Caro Richard
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Under the thumb of a tyrant hell bent on controlling, Kray makes a decision that will change his life forever...leaving behind his love, Rori.

13 years later they meet again....

'I'll hold onto you
Till our world's collide again
And you drift back into view
I'll hold on'

I wanted to kick Kray in his man bits for making the worst decision.....but I understand why he felt he had to....but Rori....gaaaah i loved her! And Muriel too...the best side character!

This book is so hauntingly beautiful, love, me
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Kimberly / Love Notes Book Blog
3.25 stars. There were thins I really liked about this book and things that I didn't love. This is Kray and Rori's story. They were high school sweethearts. Kray, a talented singer/songwriter, came from a rich but abusive family, especially his father. Rori had a poor family and Kray's father did not think she was a good match for his son. Kray wanted to be a singer, but his father wanted him to be a doctor. Rori and Kray were soulmates and planned a future together, but Kray's father threatened ...more
Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
TRUTH - you just cannot go wrong with a Coopmans story !! On top of that we have a vulnerable GUY who wears his heart on his sleeve and made heartbreaking choices in the hopes to get away from his horrible family life and save his one true love from the evil his family brought on him. The cover is gorgeous , the synop hooked me and of course as I always mention when it comes to this storyline I cannot resist the 1st loves reunited. Talk about fate and true love and all that other stuff dreams ar ...more
Denise Van plew
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This one was like starting a new adventure because you do not really know what to expect from a author when they give you something new, especially when it is not connected to a series. Even though I have only been reading this author for a short time she knows how to push the buttons. I remember a kids tv series back in the day when the characters stepped out of the book, the adventure to place and your given a spectacular ending. The build up of the foundation of this one with this guy doing w ...more
Crystal Solis
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
"I may be a nobody, my decisions on who I really want to be stripped from me before I was even born, but now that I'm old enough to understand I have a choice, by God, I'm taking it; it's the only option I have. Even if it costs me everything."

Kray was an 18 year old kid that just graduated from high school and was getting ready for college. He should've been excited. He should've felt free as most 18 year old graduates do, but not Kray. Most other kids did not have a dictator-type father that
Tami czenkus
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Where to start with The Drifter!!!!!
"Tell her through a song how much she means to you; Make every word count and never hold a damn thing back."
There were so many quotes in this book that touched me on such a personal level, the emotions that were pulled from me from Kathy Coopmans left me emotionally raw!!!
Kray and Rori were high school sweethearts that had their entire life planned, that is until Kray had to make a choice, A choice that he knew would leave them both heartbroken and devastate
Pamela Stallings
Kray Brooks seems to have everything a guy could want in the world. Looks are deceiving and he decides to leave behind everything. This includes the love of his life Rori McBride. Thirteen years later they cross paths again, could this be their second chance at a future together?

This was the first book I've read by this author. Her words are beautiful and the writing will pull you in on the first page. This book just blew me away it is just so raw and beautiful. It's so real and I fell head over
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thirteen years. That’s how long it’s been since Kray Brooks left his his home in order to make his dream come true. He never expected the obstacles that that he faced. He never expected to lose his way. He just knew he needed to leave his old life behind. Now after so many years, he’s faced with his past and he has to decide whether to continue to drift down the path he’s on or turn in a new direction.

Having read a few books from Kathy Coopmans. I found that The Drifter was different but in a go
Helena Rizzuto
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am 100% positive that this book is the most emotional and best written story to date by this author. I truly felt like she had these emotions and poured them into this book leaving the reader raw and in awe.

Kray.... Oh my heart.... Kray. Because seriously, this man is different than any other male character I've ever read... He's emotionally gripping and will make you just want to hold him and cry. Cry for the life he lives and loves and cry because damn it... Nobody else did!

Rori, overcame a
Tricia Bartley.  #AuthorStalker
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"No damn way was he keeping me away from her. She's the only person keeping me from wanting to kill my father myself."

OHHHHH Kathy Coopmans..... this book ROCKS!! I am such a fan of your MC books and of course the book you wrote with Hilary...I am such a Author Stalker of you guys books!!! Just love em'.

This book was about Kray and Rori and it starts off with Kray being 18 years old and his father wants him to follow in his footsteps and become a physician. Kray has no desire to do this because
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Fear should never come between a person and the capability of living. It's sheltered me to the point I don't even know who I am."
This was a poignant second chance at love story. Kray Brooks didn't want to be his father...So instead of being a world reknown brain surgeon he up and left...his family, his friends, his one and only love, Rori McBride. She was from "the wrong side of the tracks" and not someone his esteemed parents wanted him associating with...that just made him love her more. Righ
Elizabeth Horbaczek
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was given this book for an honest review

2 stars

I thought the blurb for this book was very intriguing and something I don't usually read, but unfortunately it was not what I thought it was. I do have to say I have a lot of respect for any other that writes, but I just could not get into this book. I liked the prologue, I thought that Kray had a difficult life and was trying to find a way out, but what I couldn't understand was how it seemed to lose momentum after the prologue. I found Kray just
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 - 4 Stars in my Sky!

I love a second chance romance and was expecting big things from The Drifter (plus I really flipping like the pretty cover). The standout part of the story for me was Rori's strength and how she took the 'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade' idea and really went for it.

Kray's life hasn't exactly turned out how he planned, in fact it's been pretty horrible. I have a huge amount of respect for him and the choices he makes by leaving all those years ago. Kray is determ
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