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272 pages, Paperback
First published January 25, 2016
“What would happen if I didn’t put my name down on that paper? If I didn’t claim my own son? What kind of man would that make me?”
“I’m as lost as I’ve ever been. So lost I might never find my way out.”
“She’s the one I was meant to make mine. I believe it down to the bottom of my soul. A part of me knew it four months ago, and I absolutely know it now.”
“I said, maybe you should give him away. A kid should have a parent who loves him, not someone who can’t be bothered to love him, someone who’ll just tolerate him. That beautiful baby deserves more than that.”
"When she whimpers for me, it’s like an invisible rope being thrown around me and tugging me in, cementing this connection between us. None of my bullshit reasons or excuses matter anymore. Emelia is life, and I’m taking every piece of her that she’ll let me have."
“You have me now, baby. I’m not going anywhere.” “You promise?” “I promise.” And I mean it. I mean every word I say to this girl because she’s a game changer. She’s the girl I was meant to find someday. I feel that shit like I feel the beating of my own heart. She’s the reason I never took any other girl seriously. She’s the reason I couldn’t let myself love Keri. She’s the one I was meant to make mine."
“You have to understand, baby. My mom left when I was young and you already know that my father was a dick. That’s all I knew growing up; it’s all I had. I never had a gentle touch, someone to take care of my scrapes and bruises, or make sure I had food in my stomach. No one gave a shit if I went to school or did my homework or went to bed at a decent time. I’m cold because all I ever got was cold.”
“It doesn’t matter if I’m across the hall or here, or in a new house, you and Xander are my home.”