I pushed the button. I ended a friendship. Now I’m haunted by the images from that night. And I have no idea how to heal the part of my heart that is fractured.
My friend was wise beyond his age, he knew me more than I knew myself. The career, the money, the promotion, they all seem futile now. I’m stuck with no idea how to turn my life around. Until I receive a package that opens my eyes to new possibilities. And dreams I never thought I should reach for.
The journey has one endgame: find happiness again and my place in this world.
After driving for weeks, I end up in Green Mountain, a small town in Tennessee, a far cry from my hometown of Chicago.
And then I meet her. Dahlia Ellis. My soulmate. My other half. My true purpose.
Even in my wildest dreams, I would never have thought that she was where I was supposed to be.
Will the bond we share from the first time our eyes locked enough to seal our destiny, or will the ghosts from our past get in the way?
“Okay, here’s the thing,” I said when I stopped by Dahlia’s shop before the opening hours. “I’ve learned from a very reliable source that today is Buddy’s birthday. How about if we throw him a party tonight? I’m sure Jack would love that.”
Dahlia moved to my right, removing wrinkles from yet another gown with a portable vapor machine.
“It looks good,” I said, taking a step back and admiring the wooden shelf I’d just fixed on the wall next to the shoe display, making sure it was leveled.
“I love it,” she said, a smile in her voice. “What do you have in mind?”
I gave her a mischievous stare. “Lots of things.”
Dahlia poked my arm. “Buddy’s birthday, Nick. Focus.” My gaze traveled down her body. “My eyes are up here,” she said, pointing to her face with two fingers. “You seem to love planning stuff, so I’m all ears.”
“How about we bake him some dog cookies? I found a recipe online, and it’s super easy. And we could get party hats and balloons and all the silly things kids love. My neighbors are away for the weekend, so Buddy is staying over with me.”
“Would it be just us three?”
My hands found her hips, and I drew her to me. “Only Jack, you, and me. And Buddy, of course. I’m sure Jack would love the party setup.”
Dahlia skimmed her lips over mine. “He will. And thank you for always thinking about him. Making him feel special.”
“You two deserve the best. I’m the lucky one. Would tonight work? If you guys can make it.”
When did I get excited at the idea of throwing an old dog a party?
“Yep,” Dahlia said. “Very important question, though. Will we be able to kiss after the party?” She quirked a brow, offering me a cock-awakening smile, her eyes glistening.
I removed the vapor thingy from her hand and placed it back on the rack, looping my arms around her. “You’re right. I love plans. Always have. And right now, I can tell you I did a lot of strategizing this week. And most of them involved a very naked me and a very naked you and lots of kissing. Last weekend seems like ages ago.”
USA Today and International Bestselling Author Emmanuelle Snow is a contemporary author of mature YA and New Adult love stories, who gives life to strong characters who’ll fight with all they have to reach their life goals and find their own happiness. She loves her characters to be relatable and realistic.
Emmanuelle is in love with love. Especially complicated, deep, and passionate feelings that make a relationship extraordinary and complex all at the same time.
In her spare time, when she’s not writing or reading, she likes to go on road trips—with her four kids and her own soulmate—watch movies, paint, or do some DIY, always with a cup of green tea in her hand and listening to country music.
She splits her time between beautiful Canada and the small US towns she adores.
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