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248 pages, Kindle Edition
First published December 6, 2018
“She was my brain's favorite subject, my subconscious' favorite obsession, and my heart's greatest torture.”
She didn’t just laugh— she laughed. Rich and melodic, filled with honest-to-God amusement that couldn’t be faked. And in a world where everything was faked for my benefit, it was the most intoxicating sound I’d ever heard.
It was then that I realized she was more beautiful than any other woman I had ever met, and not because of the way she looked— which at the moment was rather ridiculous. It was just… That was the exact second I realized I’d found her.
While God had not given me the wherewithal to chase a good woman, he had sent me a good woman who thought this inability was funny. I could work with that.
She glared. I fell in love again.
"Sometimes fate brings you to a place in life for a reason. It's not up to you to figure out what that reason is, it's only up to you to decide what you're going to make of it."
Life was all about the little things. And, in just one night, it made me realize that Rita was one of life's big things.
“Are you married?”
“Not that I know of.”
Her nose scrunched adorably. “Fiancee? Girlfriend? Friends with benefits?”
My gaze fell to her plump lips. “You offering or asking?”
“I’m not ready to date yet,” I confessed.
“Don’t say that,” he grumbled. “Come on, Rita. There’s something here. I know you feel it … Maybe it’s nothing and it will all fizzle over the next few weeks. But dammit, I want to try.”
“Are you ever a dick?” I asked.
His eyebrows furrowed. “I…um, I’m pretty sure it happens on occasion. Why?”
“Because it’s going to be really annoying if you’re this great all the time. I’m warning you. I’ve been known to get a tad bitchy sometimes, and it’s going to be no fun at all to take it out on you if you always say the right thing.”
A Tanner Reese masterpiece split his mouth. “I will definitely keep that in mind and do everything I can to step up my dick game.” He paused, twisting his lips. “Wow, that did not come out right at all.”
“She’s the right woman … I feel it in my bones every time she looks at me. But the timing? It’s like fate’s cruel joke. She’s got so much to deal with over the next few months. Hell, I do too. But I don’t want to let her go.”
What I wouldn’t have given to be free to fall in love with this man. He was pretty perfect for me.
But right then, I was not perfect for him.
Maybe one day though.
And maybe, if I was really lucky, I wouldn’t ruin us both trying to get there.