by Nikki Young
At age ten, Leah Anderson was taught a hard lesson about life after the death of her father. Love, happiness and perfection only last so long, so why bother seeking them out.
Jaded by his death and the trauma it caused her family, Leah finds herself detached and indifferent about her life and about falling in love. In a safe and unfulfilling engagement to her demanding, perfectionist fiancé, Ellis, it all begins to wear thin. That's when a handsome stranger comes into her life causing her to second guess everything she's known and believed in.
Abruptly ending her engagement and accepting a date with the stranger, Leah finds herself in a very uncomfortable reality. Knowing that every choice has its consequence, Leah runs from her past and lies to her present to keep herself from falling in too deep. But, in the end , can she live with the choices she makes because they may ruin it all.
With Ellis, it was different. Simple and basic; no attempts to pursue me or make me feel special, and I did nothing in return, either. At the time I was in need of basic, and Ellis showed me that with rigidity and scheduling came control and normalcy—two things I had never had in my life that I thought I was missing. Before meeting Ellis, I had a string of bad boyfriends; I drank too much, stayed out too late and overslept on a regular basis. It wasn’t like I was a terrible person or anything; I just felt that it was high time I grew up. Ellis had long since grown up and I looked at him as a model to follow. Falling in love with him was something I never planned. I never lusted after him as I did guys I dated in the past. He was, and still is, a "to the point kind of person", which is how we met, how I ended up living with him, and exactly how we ended up engaged.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links: Nikki Young was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago where she still currently lives with her husband and two boys. She is a third grade teacher and spends her days forcing her love of reading and writing onto a group of poor unsuspecting eight year olds. She's a lover of books, Irish candy and ridiculously hot weather. And for some strange reason, she has a sick obsession with the Fast and the Furious series of movies.