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300 pages, ebook
First published October 25, 2016
“Even the safest place in the world felt more elusive after you’d visited some of the ugliest ones.”
“Zach wasn’t just a guy I happened to be attracted to. He was special. Zach was a better person than… well, just about anybody. He ought to be handled with care.”
“She looked vivid, as if God had painted her features with bolder paints than he used on the rest of the world.”
”I can handle it, Lark. Just lean on me. I’ll be your Apostate Farm.” Tears spilled out of her eyes. So many tears. But I just hang on. It’s what a do.”
“With one smooth thumb she brushed water off my cheekbone. The sweep of her skin against mine was at once familiar and electrifying. Whenever she touched me, I felt as if I’d loved her my whole life.”
"We have a very unusual friendship".
"That's right," I whispered. And I won't lie - the fact that she'd said we were friends made me ridiculously happy.
"Zach was a beautiful person inside and out. And for some reason he chose me.
"I interlaced my fingers with his, feeling a little guilty about the rush of love I felt for Zach. He was bright and shiny and flawless. And I wasn't any of those..."
"And then all was quiet, save for our ragged breathing. Or so I thought. As I dropped my lips to Lark's damp forehead, I heard a new sound. From the other side of the wall came a piercing whistle, followed by cheering and applause."
"....Maybe you had pleasant dreams after four thirty. But after treating he rest of us to basically a porno soundtrack, it was woody city in the bunk room."
"She looked vivid, as if God had painted her features with bolder paints than he used on the rest of the world. In addition to perfect skin, he'd softened her with lush curves and a full mouth."
"It didn’t really matter what we called it. I wanted to feel Lark’s heartbeat against mine when I fell asleep at night, and hear about her day just before we fell asleep. I wanted to bring her a cup of coffee in the morning, and tug her closer for a kiss."
"Winning the lottery wouldn't have been half as exciting to me."
"[Have I] ever made it into one of your best dreams?" - LarkI simply adore the way this author writes her heroes. Even when she includes exes or facts about random women from their past, I never feel it detracts from the romance between the MCs. I truly believe in the relationships she writes, and I can feel the hero's affection and love toward the heroine. Zach was no different. The way he took care of Lark and never pressured her said a lot about his character. I honestly can't think of a single flaw he has. And not because he's a cardboard cut-out character that SB made flawless, but rather, he's just a genuinely good person. In the end, he just wants whatever is best for Lark.
"They're all about you." - Zach
"Everyone has a time when they need a lot more than they can give. It doesn't matter how much you hate it. It's just true."It's a rough journey for her, especially because she's so adamant on skipping over the painful parts, but she eventually finds her way. I liked her spunk and carefree spirit, but I don't know, something was just missing to keep me from loving her. I think there were times where I felt she took advantage of Zach and how good of a guy he was. She didn't necessarily do anything, it was just a general feeling I had.