Running into an ex you haven’t seen in nearly a decade is never a good time.
Running into your ex while he’s arresting you is humiliating.
The handcuffs close around my fists at the same time he promises to hate me until he takes his last breath.
I can’t blame him. He pleaded for me not to walk away. He doesn’t know leaving him broke my heart as much as it did his.
It wasn’t for me. Rather, it was for someone else.
I skipped town after Hurricane Lauren obliterated my heart.
Coming home was a hard choice to make. Arresting her isn’t.
She has no idea of the demons I carry with me now. No idea that I’m a new man.
Two women ruined me.
One I gave my heart to.
The other punished me for it.
Lauren and Gage have a history, and a nasty break up, and now he hates her. So, even though it seems clear there is more to the story, he arrests her for arson. So, here is an interesting set up for an ex lovers to enemies to lovers story. And, it really worked, at least the parts that revolved around him putting his life together.
There was also another element to this, and telling all is a spoiler although you do figure it out pretty quickly. That said, while it was interesting, I didn't think enoughtime had elapsed from the event to now for him to act toward it in the way he does. I know this makes no sense...but basically, when a character in a story has a trauma, for it to be a past trauma, it needs to be far enough in the past that I at least believe the character has been through the 4 stages of grief. I wasn't convinced here.
I did, however, enjoy this overall.
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Charity Ferrell resides in Indianapolis, Indiana. She grew up riding her bicycle to her library and reading anything she could get her hands on. Angst is her happy place, and she loves writing about flawed people finding love. She loves the basics—books, shoes, and online shopping.