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First published March 21, 2017
“Worrying doesn’t take away our troubles. It just robs us of the strength we need to deal with them.”
“But one day we’ll all leave this world behind. The only thing that’s important is that you live a life you will remember.”
“There was no shame in losing if you gave it all you had.”
“Faith in God, faith in life, faith in the power of good. Sometimes, faith is the only thing that makes sense when nothing else does. It is more powerful than anything else, even guilt.”
“When I’m alone, it feels like the world is falling apart, but as long as I can smell you and touch you and feel that you’re safe here with me, it’s easier to convince myself that everything’s going to be okay.”
“No matter how difficult things get, I promise I’ll always be there to make you smile,”
She looked anxious as she slipped a hand inside my jacket, running it down my chest until it rested over my heart.
“It’s so strong,” she whispered.
“That’s because it beats for you.”
"Tomorrow I was going to own the fight, and when I was done, I was coming for her. If it took the rest of my life, I was going to make her fall for me as hard as I’d fallen for her."
"With every step I took, Irish was in my head with me. Whether I saw her or not, the world was suddenly a better place. It was like I’d been handed this amazing gift, and every day, as I got to know her a little better, I’d get to unwrap another layer of it."
"Without you, I can’t breathe anymore. When I think of doing this without you, there’s a pain in my chest that won’t go away. I can fight anyone you put in front of me. I will defeat any man who tries to stand against me, but I need you with me.”
"Her thighs trembled the closer she came to orgasm. I’d never experienced anything like this. Having sex, even good sex, didn’t come close to the way it felt to make love. To know that she’d given me her heart, along with her body, was nothing short of humbling. Having her friendship was a gift, holding her heart was a miracle, and if I had to spend every day for the rest of my life doing it, I’d prove to her that I was worthy of that miracle."
"When I’m with him, I don’t think about whether things will work out between us long term, or whether we have enough shared interests for a lasting relationship. It’s nothing that calculated. Being with him is like getting caught in a riptide. It’s pointless fighting against the current."
"I want his arms around me, keeping me afloat. And I want his deep, delicious, sexy-as-fuck voice whispering in my ear all the reasons why I’ll only ever be the girl for him and he’ll only ever be the man for me.”
"Hold onto your knickers, Irish. There’s a storm coming."
There wasn’t a morning that I didn’t wake up and wonder what a lucky son of a bitch I was that she chose me.
“He, baby,” he corrected.
“Why are you so certain we’re having a boy?” I twisted around to see his face.
“Have you seen the size of me?” he asked. “There’s no way I could father something feminine and delicate. I’m telling you, it’s a boy.”
I can fight anyone you put in front of me. I will defeat any man who tries to stand against me, but I need you with me.
There was no shame in losing if you gave it all you had. Trying and failing takes courage. The real tragedy is in failing to try at all.
“That kiss had everything. Magic, fireworks, all that shite girls talk about, it had the lot, and I wanted more. It wasn’t a taste; it was a brand. She was mine now and I wasn’t letting her go.”