Terribly beautiful and hart-breaking.
Sort of Normal by Liz Ashlee released on Tuesday in the Contemporary Romance genre.
Falling in love isn’t as easy as staying in love. Carter Hart and Boone Fell’s lives are tangle of perfect and imperfect memories. In a world of drugs, alcoholism and neglectful parents, their love for each other kept them strong. But all it takes is one kiss and a lie to tear them apart.
When Carter’s brother, Declan, dies of an overdose, Boone decides he can’t let another day of secrets and mistaken circumstances keep them apart. His only problem? Now that he’s ready to move forward with Carter, she’s ready to leave him where she thinks he belongs: in the past.
“None of this is what I wanted to talk about,” Boone says, sounding frustrated, as we come to a halt at the intersection for my street.
“What did you want to talk about?”
“You.” He takes a step into my space and looks down at me. He brings his hands up as if he were going to touch me, but then he doesn’t. If there’s one thing overly-flirtatious, charming, talkative Boone is good at, it’s putting up barriers. He’s the king of keeping you at a distance, even when he’s right in front of you. He manages to do it in a way that makes you look as though you were the one putting them up. “I miss you, Carter. So goddamn much. Not having you in my life is hell. I meant it when I said I miss you.”
“Boone,” I say softly. “I’m not sure I can do this with you.”
“I know I don’t deserve it.”
“It’s not that.”
“Well, it sort of is.”
I can’t hold back a smile. He’s just so blunt. “It’s just, I can’t go through losing someone again,” I continue.
“What if you don’t lose me this time?”
“I think that every time, and I somehow still do.”
“This time is going to be different. I’m going to prove I’m not leaving again.” “It’s not really something you can prove.” I bite my tongue as I carefully construct my words. “There’s always someday. Today you might not leave, but someday you could. I haven’t been able to trust in the always sense.”
“Let me give you that, then.”
“I don’t know if you can.”
“I can, and I will.”
About the Author
Liz Ashlee is a romance novelist who is known for Step Toward You and “Wishing in on Water” in the Once Upon a Summer collection. She has her Bachelors in Library Informatics and English from Northern Kentucky University, and is currently pursuing her master’s degree. She lives in Independence, KY with her parents, their three cats, and her dog, Hero. Her pride and joy is getting to be a dog-mother, friend, and daughter to those in her life.
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