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259 pages, Kindle Edition
First published February 6, 2020
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Type: Book 1 of 2 in the Life Duet
POV: First Person – Dual
"When forced to choose what really matters, it all became so clear. This moment. The only moment."
"Sometimes it happened slowly, and other times it took off. And all you could do was go with the momentum and hope you didn't fall too hard."
"Her smile, an effortless light that couldn't be dimmed. It grew as we made eye contact, and it felt like she acknowledged something unspoken between us."
"Somewhere along the way she'd woven a piece of her heart-a fragment of her soul-into me."
“For me, I felt like we were a fact—the sky was blue, water was wet, the wind blew. Ronin and Evelyn just were.”
“We dragged each other through the trenches, held each other up. That was my relationship with Lila. Had been. Was then. Always would be.”
“I wanted to roll around in her positivity like a child in a pile of crisp leaves.”
“The midwife remained in chill mode with a smile on her face and her soothing voice repeatedly reminding me to “open up.” It’s not like I was trying to close my vagina. It didn’t have an actual door with hinges. It was like trying to put a toddler’s sock on an adult’s foot. Sure … it could possibly stretch that far, but probably not without tearing it. And the sock would never be the same.”
“You’re on loan … from me. Wedding vows or not, he knows the deal that was made.” “So if he breaks the deal, you get me back?” “Yes.”
“Mine. Could she be mine if I didn’t give her all of myself?”
"“You’re so damn smart, and it was wrong of me to act like you wouldn’t know exactly what was happening. I was … I am so ashamed that I let it happen to me.” Ronin blew out a slow, shaky breath. “But it did. And I hate that you had to find out like you did. I hate that I was too weak to ask for help. I hate that in my attempt to show so much strength, I bared my biggest weakness.”
"I felt dead inside. So tired of trying to control … everything."