Full Tilt by Emma Scott

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“We might not have months or years, but we have moments. Thousands upon thousands of them. Let’s take each moment, seize it and wring it dry.”


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There’s something familiar about the story and yet I saw myself still pushing through. In my mind, it was a mashup of BrightSide and Me Before You but this time, the predictability was piercing.

Things happened a bit too fast, too much. Too instant. Too cheesy. I just can’t find it in me to connect to Kacey. I tried but her character does not appeal to me initially and by the time I warmed up to her, I’m almost three quarters done.  

What I liked though are the secondary characters – Oscar and Dena, Beverly and Henry as well as Tania. I also enjoyed reading about Jonah’s work and how it is done. It’s not all the time that we read about interesting and unique professions so kudos to that.

The thing is, I really loved Emma Scott’s Rush so maybe that’s why I had such high hopes for this book. Also, maybe it’s a factor that I’ve read the likes of A Thousand Boy Kisses before. Maybe this is a “It’s not the book, it’s me” situation. Whatever the case, I was, in a way, expecting an epic life changing love and I SAW IT. I SAW IT UNTIL that hint of a twist in the end. I kind of wish the book ended where it did, without the need for a second book but there were still a lot of holes and closures to me made.

Writing wise, I’ve learned to like Emma Scott’s writing even before. This time, it’s the plot, the predictability and the main characters I can’t seem to wholly love. I really thought that the second half was rather stronger than the first and found myself more engaged past 50%.

But seriously, don’t close your doors on this book. It’s rather good, I was just looking for more.

Perhaps if you haven’t read any of the books I‘ve mentioned above, this could be the emotional read you’re looking for. 

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“I would love you forever, if I only had the chance…” 

Kacey Dawson has always lived life on the edge–impulsively, sometimes recklessly. And now, as lead guitarist for a hot up-and-coming band, she is poised at the brink of fame and fortune. But she is torn between wanting to be a serious musician, and the demons that lure her down the glittering, but alcohol-soaked path of rock stardom. A wrecked concert in Las Vegas threatens to ruin her career entirely. She wakes up with the hangover from hell and no memory of the night before, or how she ended up on her limo driver’s couch… 

Jonah Fletcher is running out of time. He knows his situation is hopeless, and he’s vowed to make the most of the handful of months he has left to him. His plans include seeing the opening of his glass installation at a prestigious art gallery…they do not include falling in love with a wild, tempestuous rock musician who wound up passed out on his couch. 

Jonah sees that Kacey is on a path to self-destruction. He lets her crash with him for a few days to dry out and get her head on straight. But neither of them expected the deep connection they felt, or how that connection could grow so fast from friendship into something more. Something deep and pure and life-changing…something as fragile as glass, that they both know will shatter in the end no matter how hard they try to hold on to it. 

Full Tilt is a story about what it means to love with your whole heart, to sacrifice, to experience terrible grief and soaring joy. To live life with all its beauty, and all its pain, and in the end to be able to smile through tears and know you wouldn’t have changed a thing. 

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Wallbanger by Alice Clayton

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“The right woman for you wouldn’t want you to change anything about your life. She wouldn’t rock your boat, she’d jump right in and sail it with you.” 


**read pre-blog

The thing is, I always feel too much. Sad books make me cry, angsty books make me want to throw things and books like Wallbanger just make me all giggly. Truly, my first book by Alice Clayton is such a good introduction to all her other works that I found myself reading the rest of the Cocktail series after this.

The fun and creative humor in this book is way up there. I felt myself going crazy with Simon and Caroline. The banter and wit was not overdone and I found myself laughing along with the characters.

It’s sexy and witty, light and enjoyable. I love how the characters are believable, likeable, fun to know more about and also written with depth. I love the friendships as much as I love the relationship. It’s actually a good read especially if you just want to relax and enjoy or if you just finished reading something angsty and is in the mood for something fun.

It’s actually a simple story, with Caroline trying to resurrect the “O” but the way Clayton managed to make it sweet and delightful is what made me turn page after page after page.

This book is for those who wants to read something steamy yet fun and smart. To those who are fans of Emma Chase’s wit and humor, this is also for you.

 

 


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The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight…

Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

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“One of these days . . . I’m going to save you back.” 


Royally EndowedI have this ongoing competition on who can top Drew Evans as my favorite Chase guy. But for the record, the title remains his.

For this third book, I feel like Ellie and Logan are the most serious and matured pair among the three. There’s a different sense of role and responsibility exuding from these two. Come to think of it, the first two books were of two princes but I felt more weight, more maturity and more accountability in Logan than I did with the other two Royally boys. It felt like he was carrying the weight of everything and being the royal bodyguard that he is, he truly executes his functions flawlessly.

On the other hand, we’ve seen Ellie first in Royally Screwed and it’s nice to see how she turned out to be such an intelligent, feisty and responsible heroine. I first saw her as Olivia’s little sister but I feel proud of the kind of woman she became – lovable, wise and endearing.

There was banter and the usual Chase humor however, as much as I love a good slow burn, I felt as though it became too slow for my taste. That or maybe I was not expecting that the story would be stretched to a number of years. 

As much as I loved Logan and Ellie’s dynamics, I felt like they were still under the shadows of the first two pairs, like they were still side characters thrown in to add flavor. This is their own book but I still felt like they’re just tiptoeing along the storyline. I also have to admit that I felt being dragged for a while, mostly during the first half of the book. It was later when it picked up that I truly found myself enjoying the story.

As much as I feel like Logan and Ellie are still in the background, I did enjoy seeing past characters again. The love, the banter and humor – everything is still done flawlessly. This royal family sticks together and will go to lengths to protect one another.  

Oddly, there was also a mystery thrown in but the reveal felt anticlimactic to me. It felt unnecessary and rather irrelevant to me – taking the spotlight away from Logan and Ellie yet again.

All in all, it was a fun, good read – perfect for Chase fans especially those who followed the Royally series faithfully.

Also, do I smell a Tommy book next?

3.5 STARS.

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Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him?? 

Sexy. As. Hell. 

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really. 

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after. 

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely. 

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
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Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts. 

Any woman would be proud to call him hers. 

But there’s only one woman he wants. 

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her. 

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits. 

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

Rush by Emma Scott

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“Love, real love, wasn’t empty, grasping hands, or lies that felt like truths. And it wasn’t perfect or neat or always easy. It was a rising sun on a new day. It was endless possibility.” 


If you’re looking for intense feels and honest yet believable scenarios – this might be the book for you.

I haven’t read any Emma Scott book before and I’m glad that this is the first one I picked up. The narrative was mostly from Charlotte but there were also snippets of thoughts and feels from Noah creating a balance of understanding for both sides of the story.

Both characters carry weight and baggage, each one with a story to tell. It was a difficult start for the two of them yet they found a second chance in life and living in one another.

I love how compelling this story is. Suddenly, I had this great sense of appreciation for being able to see. There were moments when I would just pause and let Noah’s plight sink in. And I guess that’s the power of beautiful storytelling – how words can touch your soul and make you think.

rushWriting wise, I enjoyed how the story just flowed effortlessly. It was not difficult to love these two characters. They are both well developed and not overly done. At the same time, there were also secondary characters who felt just as real and alive to me.

There was a certain point in my reading journey wherein I suddenly avoided damaged and broken main characters. It just came to a point that the characters felt exaggerated and overly fictionalized to me. To my surprise, Noah and Charlotte felt the exact opposite. They felt genuine and relatable in the sense that they were weak but strong, downtrodden yet hopeful. They weren’t looking for each other but in the end, each other was what they needed.

This book is beautiful and heartwarming. It will empower you, give you hope and strength as well as faith in love and healing. I can definitely see more Emma Scott books in my TBR now.

Stars - 4


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To be blind is not miserable; not to be able to bear blindness, that is miserable. –John Milton 

Charlotte Conroy, Juilliard-trained violinist, was on the cusp of greatness when tragedy swooped down on dark wings, crushing her hopes and breaking her heart. The music that used to sing in her soul has grown quiet, and she feels on the verge of setting down her violin for good. To pay the bills, she accepts a job as a personal assistant to a bitter, angry young man who’s been disabled by a horrific accident … 

Noah Lake was an extreme sport athlete, journalist and photographer. He roamed the world in search of his next adrenaline high, until a cliff-dive left him in a coma. He awakes to find his career gone, his dreams shattered to pieces, his world an endless blackness that will never lift. 

Charlotte begins to see that beneath Noah’s angry, brittle exterior is a young man in a pain. She is determined to show him that his life isn’t over, that he has so much to live for, never dreaming that she would become the only light in his darkness, or that he would help her find the music in hers. 

The life he knew is over. The life she wants is just out of reach. 
Together, they must face their fears and rediscover what it means to really live.

 

Legal Affairs Books 1 -6 by Sawyer Bennett

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I just finished another serial novel with the same premise that’s why jumping onto this six part series felt very familiar to me. But of course, I was also waiting for that oomph factor that will set this story apart but unfortunately, it just didn’t come.

I read the six short serials consecutively and didn’t have the chance to jot down my thoughts per story so this will be for the whole set instead.

Our heroine McKayla or Mac is an all around modern woman. I love how she is driven, motivated and career oriented. On the other hand, our hero Matt kind of reminds me of a worse Harvey Specter from Suits. He’s equally amazing in the courtroom, commitment averse and success driven. What sets Matt apart though is that compared to other boss-employee relationships I’ve read, I liked how he cares for his employees (except for the latter part of the story) and treats them fairly and with respect.

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I particularly enjoyed the ending given that Mac was still given the freedom and independence when it comes to her career but I felt like there was a lot of stuff that’s happening over and over. On the other hand, I always have a soft spot for brainy males that’s why I liked Matt instantly and though there were times when I felt that Mac was too soft and too submissive, there were still parts of her personality that I liked.  

There’s a whole lot of sex, like A LOT, LOT, LOT, LOT and I found myself skimming through those parts as they tend to become repetitive. There was also drama and a backstory thrown in which I think is good since it added flavor and made the story more interesting to me. I found the story getting better and better with each book and while I feel like this could have just been released as one book – it was still an enjoyable read for me.

Writing wise, I’ve only read the Sugar Bowl series from Bennett before and she whips dirty talk and humor flawlessly. Her writing is engaging and is a huge factor on why I persisted finishing all six books.And as much as I enjoyed it, I’m not sure if I’ll be reading the spin offs or the Litigation God follow up anytime soon.  

This is a fast paced enjoyable read, not so much if you’re looking for something more original but more on if you want some law related, office, boss-employee romance with a whole lot of drama and a whole lot of steam.

Stars - 3

 

Royally Raised by Emma Chase

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A Royally Series short story set in the future after Royally Matched.

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Oh my goodness!! This story is so damn cute and just intensified my separation anxiety even more.

This is actually a short, quick update and a free one when subscribed to Emma Chase’s newsletter. It follows Henry and Sarah’s life many years later and focused on them dealing with their eldest daughter – Jane, who quite ironically can pass as Queen Lenora’s protégé.

I simply adore this family more. I love how a matured and adult kind of love now radiates from Henry and Sarah and call me greedy but I want more if this family.

Stars - 3

 

Reasonable Doubt: Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Whitney G.

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WOW! I haven’t read anything from Whitney G. before and I loved this. Though there’s just way too much sex for my taste, I enjoyed how it was coated with an interesting storyline and just enough drama. It’s a three part serial novel and I already forgot some of the details but I will try to review it as best as I can. 

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VOLUME 1

The story started strong and interesting. I was actually feeling nervous myself with the character reveal. I mean, I WAS EXPECTING IT. Truth be told, I lost count how many books I’ve read with that kind of twist but it still amused and entertained me.

Andrew is such a character but so is Aubrey. I admire how she doesn’t let her mother step on her dreams and how she pushes herself to get what she wants. For such a short read, it didn’t feel rushed at all. That ending though was a big cliffhanger.

VOLUME 2

The second installment did not disappointment! I have to admit that I was getting annoyed with Andrew and on the contrary, I saw myself admiring Aubrey more and more. Andrew is insufferable, a storm to be dealt with but someone you would also want to wrap in a tight hug. Volume two showed us bits of his past and why he was the way he was. But still, it felt incomplete. I know that there’s more.

I also enjoyed getting to know Aubrey more outside her relationship (non relationship) with Andrew and can’t wait to see how she can survive his appeal and survive her heart while standing up to her parents and fulfilling her passion. This is funny, sexy and such an easy story to devour. 

VOLUME 3

Aubrey. Aubrey. Aubrey.

Despite her naivety and misplaced hope, I just wanted to hug her and pat her back in this third volume. Coming to her senses, she finally reevaluated her life, her priorities and what she really wants. At the same time, Andrew needed to come to terms with his past to shake off the bitterness and move forward. I feel like their time apart was good for them. It was a soul searching experience from them and the distance made them examine how they see and need each other in their lives. The sex is still off the charts but I felt more connection, more humanity and more depth in this story compared to the first two. There’s so much emotions, so much angst and feels yet so much success and empowerment as well. 

The ending was definitely a happy one but I wished the author gave us more than just that.

VOLUME 1 – 3 STARS

VOLUME 2 – 3 STARS

VOLUME 3 – 4 STARS

TOTAL: 3 STARS

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My cock has an appetite. 

A huge and very particular appetite: Blonde, curvy, and preferably not a fucking liar…(Although, that’s a story for another day.) As a high profile lawyer, I don’t have time to waste on relationships, so I fulfill my needs by anonymously chatting and sleeping with women I meet online. 

My rules are simple: One dinner. One night. No repeats. 

This is only casual sex. Nothing more. Nothing less. 

At least it was, until “Alyssa”…She was supposed to be a 27 year old lawyer, a book hoarder, and completely unattractive. She was supposed to be someone I shared law advice with late at night, someone I could trust with details of my weekly escapades. 

But then she came into my firm for an interview–a college-intern interview, and everything fucking changed.

Royally Matched by Emma Chase

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“My story hasn’t been written yet … but I know it begins with you.”

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Quite expectedly, this book was so much fun! The pages flew by and I found myself having intense separation anxiety at the end. Emma Chase is truly one of my go to authors for fun, humor and wit. She’s reliable like that. And I’m thankful for authors like her who could just pull you out of whatever funky mood you’re in and just make you feel like you’re part of her story. 

Following Royally Screwed, this is now the story of younger brother, Prince Henry as he struggles with life after his older brother chose the woman he loves over his crown. I was truly intrigued as to what will happen to Henry since his ways and personality are far from being dutiful and responsible.

Being inside Henry’s head is a fun, comical ride. Emma Chase really knows how mix humor and wit and create lovable and fun characters that readers will enjoy reading about. Not surprisingly, I also fell in love with Sarah. I could see parts of myself in her actually. The love for books, the awkwardness and social withdrawal. Sarah is quite the introvert but as Henry grows, so does Sarah. Henry and Sarah are exact opposites but they found growth in each other and it was beautiful seeing the changes in them. That ending, more specifically was a beautiful touch and I love that the romance was unhurried and allowed to bloom spectacularly.

This book is hilarious and fun but equally sweet, matured and romantic. I do hope I get to see more of Henry and Sarah in the future books and I can’t wait to see more of Henry being in his element and Sarah living life as royalty.

If you’re looking for a fast paced, fun and something that you just can’t put down – this one’s for you.

Stars - 5


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He’s not handling it well.

Hoping to help her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora agrees to give him “space”—but while the Queen’s away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own:

Welcome to Matched: Royal Edition. 

A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world’s most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince’s heart.

While Henry revels in the sexy, raunchy antics of the contestants as they fight, literally, for his affection, it’s the quiet, bespectacled girl in the corner—with the voice of an angel and a body that would tempt a saint—who catches his eye.

The more Henry gets to know Sarah Mirabelle Zinnia Von Titebottum, the more enamored he becomes of her simple beauty, her strength, her kind spirit… and her naughty sense of humor.

But Rome wasn’t built in a day—and irresponsible royals aren’t reformed overnight. 

As he endeavors to right his wrongs, old words take on whole new meanings for the dashing Prince. Words like, Duty, Honor and most of all—Love.

Broken Prince by Erin Watt

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“I’ve spend the last couple of years trying to destroy everything around me. Who knew success would taste so bitter.” 

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There’s something about this series that just reels me in despite some of my issues with it. I found myself addicted, wanting to know more and craving more. Broken Prince picked up where Paper Princess left off and I was rewarded by my faith in Reed.

One thing that I adore about this story is Ella’s growing love for the Royal family, the genuine loyalty and care towards the brothers and the family’s devotion to Ella.  

There’s always something happening that’s why you will not notice that you’re almost halfway then almost done with the book. It’s seriously that fast paced and there is never a dull moment. I truly enjoyed being in Reed’s head and while some male POVs annoy and disgust me, Reed’s on the other hand made me more appreciative of him. 

Ella remains to be the feisty and bold heroine we knew from Book1 so no surprises there. For me, there’s more flavor and entertainment factor in this sequel compared to the first book and I really liked it more. I was more immersed and interested with the characters, with the storyline and I wish the authors can explore the other brothers’ storylines because I know I NEED MORE! I doubt that they will be focused on the third book given that ending so this is me wishing to know these characters more. 

The steam is intense. Mic drop. I have no more words for it.

I am seriously sold. But most definitely, the allure of this series beyond the characters, beyond the steam, beyond the intense characters is the onslaught of twists, turns and crazy cliffhangers.

Because damnnnnnnnnnnn what is that ending even????

I have no idea how other readers waited so long for the third book.

There’s so much whys and hows going on in my head as I finished the book and for sure, Book 3 will be another win for me.

Stars - 4


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Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

SHE MIGHT BE RIGHT. 

The Gravity of Us by Brittainy C. Cherry

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“The woman who felt everything leaned in closer to the man who felt nothing at all. For a split second in time, I felt a little of her pain while she encountered my coldness, and neither one of us seemed to mind.” 

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Wow.

Can I just end this review at that because “WOW”.

Brittainy, you never fail to amaze me and pull my emotions out of me. It says a lot because I’ve been reading NA and contemporary and romance for so long that sometimes, all these plot twists, all these characters just get lost in a blur but you, YOU managed to craft story after story about friendship and honest to goodness love.

I cannot stress how important it is for me to feel connected to the characters because I’m that kind of reader who cannot fully appreciate a book despite superb writing and editing if I cannot really connect to any of the characters in any way. I don’t need to go through what the characters go through to have that relatability factor. I just need to really understand them and be one with them and I guess that’s a gift that not all authors can possess.

The author’s writing has amazed me since the first book from her that I have read and she continues to wow me book after book. This story is fresh and pure. It’s not the love story of a hot guy and gorgeous female who fell in love at first glance then proceeded to having intense, steamy sex. This story is beyond that. It’s a story of souls finding their way to each other. It’s a story of loyalty, family and diversity. It’s about acceptance and love and acknowledging what your heart is trying to tell you.

What’s amazing is that the storyline is not at all new. I feel like the strength of this novel lies on how much depth and humanity was seen and felt from our characters. The author was able to create different personalities without going overboard. We have seen how they were at the start of the story and witnessed their growth as the story goes on. And I’m not just talking about our main characters, Graham and Lucille. I felt equally invested in our side characters and I could definitely see myself reading spin offs based on them. I mean, seriously, it has become quite a trend already and Brittainy doing it would just be fantastic given how well written and developed her characters are. 

In a short period of time, Brittainy C. Cherry and her stories really grew on me. And you know what, Maktub.

Stars - 5


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Graham Russell and I weren’t made for one another.

I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed.

Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other’s secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears, and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

Those seconds left us floating, but when reality knocked us sideways, gravity forced us to descend.

Graham Russell wasn’t a man who knew how to love, and I wasn’t a woman who knew how to either. Yet if I had the chance to fall again, I’d fall with him forever.

Even if we were destined to crash against solid ground.