Haunted by a past Max can’t seem to escape, he invests everything he is into Hayley. He pampers her and shows her a love she never knew she could experience. His entire life revolves around making her happy and eventually protecting her from his demons. Even if that means hurting her in the process.
While Max tries to pick up the pieces of his broken past, Hayley protects her own heart the best way she knows how - through laughter and mayhem.
But when secrets unravel, both must decide what is most important. Feeling more vulnerable than ever before, they must fight for each other and for themselves.
**This is an interconnected standalone for Love, Always. **
I take her mouth with mine hard, pulling both her tenderness and her fierceness from her until she gives in to me completely. Her body, always responsive to me, quivers at my touch. Her eyes darken with desire as I pull her to me until our bodies are flushed against each other. Our bodies, warm from the hot water streaming over our bodies, further ignite the flames inside of us that never seem to go out.
With her surrender, I take over her body, conquering every inch of her until I have claimed her as mine once again. With every caress, I silently promise her to never go astray again. To never let my own demons stand in the way of something that is right.
Because what if we aren’t meant to remain wounded? What if the past that has haunted me was also the tragedy that led me to Hayley’s heart? After all, it is only through the open wounds of tragedy and pain that others are able to enter our hearts. By focusing on only our pain, we inherently block out the gifts that come with that pain. We allow those wounds to remain open and shy away from gifts such as strength, compassion, wisdom, and the greatest gift, love.
It’s easier to accept our shortcomings and failures and let them define who we are, than it is to actually let them go. Whether it be guilt, anger, or betrayal, there is comfort in these feelings. Letting them go is scary, so we fight for what has entrapped us, believing slavery is our only true fate. Letting go is hard, but also necessary so that those emotions no longer govern us, but sets us free.
Nothing in our past can define us. We can grow from them and let them guide us, or we can let them keep us imprisoned, never feeling the full extent of happiness.
Yessi Smith lives in South Florida with her husband, seven year old son and newborn baby. She is also owned by a neurotic Border Collie and “ferocious” Rottweiler.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and a Master’s in Human Resource Management and has held several jobs, from picking up dog poop to upper management positions. And now she hopes to leave the business world behind so she can live full time in a world that does not exist until she places her fingers on a keyboard and brings them to fruition.
She is the proud Momma of Life’s A Cappella and Love, Always
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