• Crusader's Torch (Atta Olivia Clemens #2) Someone to Watch Over Me (Bow Street Runners #1)

    Look Oz, just because you had a dream about me—that doesnt mean anything.

    Fen and Asher and Dean and Zeb… they lost their brothers. Brothers who maybe deserved their fate in my eyes, but brothers who had been together for longer than I can conceive. The realms lost their leaders. They lost their father. Everything is changing, and change often hurts, even when it's good for us.There will be pain. But there can now also be healing.

    A Touch of Midnight (Midnight Breed #1)

    I kick at the water, splashing with my foot just to see the light reflect on it. Light has returned. The Darkness has been vanquished.My hair is nearly dry and so is the simple tunic I wore under my armor and rinsed off in the creek. I slip it over my naked body and resume my spot.Yami is asleep on the rock next to me, nearly purring in contentment. I rest a hand over my belly, imagining the life that still grows within. It's a girl, I think. And she is strong. She has already survived so much.

    Light My Fire (Dragon Kin #7)

    It's so still, so peaceful, that I hear his footsteps before he reaches me.I wondered if you'd come, I say. I turn to face him, this man who is everything to me. And I know what I must do. It will break me, but it will save him.

    He crouches before me and I place a hand on his stubbled face. I love you, I tell him. Thank you for coming back. For helping with the fight.

    He starts to speak, but I put a finger over his mouth. I need to finish this now, or I'll never be able to. Back in the Rift, I left you so I could do what I had to do. What I knew in my heart was right. It hurt beyond words, but I had to choose myself, even over you. I suck in my breath and will my eyes to stay dry just a little bit longer. Today, I realized I have to leave you for you. Because I love you more than anything. Because I want you to be happy, even more than I want you with me. I have to stay here. I have to try to be a leader to these people, whatever that looks like. I have to help in whatever way I can. It's my calling. My destiny. My choice. It's the only way I can authentically live my life without regret. But you… you don't have to do that. You don't have to walk the same path. I've been thinking a lot about what you said to me in the Rift, about how long you've been living under this curse, under these expectations. How Lucian and your brothers and this world forced you into a mold that never gave you any other choices. I'm not going to do that to you. So, Fen, my love, my heart… I release you. My voice chokes, but I continue, because if I stop, if I pause, I'll never get through this. And I must. For him. I release you from any agenda I may have had for you and your future. I release you from any obligation you've had to this world, to these people. Even to me and to our child. I release you because I love you and I want you to be free to choose your own path. It's the only way to be happy. You can't live your life trying to make someone else happy. You can't live your life for me. You have to live it for you.Fine, I relent. Cupping my hands around my mouth to project my praises, I bellow, Summer is the best jumper in the world! No, the universe! Shes a bird, shes a plane, like a little godda—

    Violet grabs my arms, yanking my hands away from my mouth. Thats not what I meant and you know it. You cant shout swear words in a room full of kids.There are parents here, too.

    Black City (Black City #1)

    Never mind. Just start jumping, she says, uncharacteristically shoving my chest, pushing me. She laughs when I stumble, tripping onto another trampoline, almost falling flat on my ass.I catch myself, bouncing back up to my feet like a boss.

    Someone isnt as light on their feet as they think they are, she teases, beginning a steady bounce.Up and down…up and down…crossing her arms protectively across her chest, holding her rack like shes afraid theyre going to be flopping around.

    I dont know why youre holding your chest like that. You have almost no boobs, I say it in an effort to be helpful, because seriously, the girl has no tits.Judging by her flaming red cheeks, Ive embarrassed the shit out her, and she presents me with her back. Slows her roll. Stops jumping all together and makes her way to the edge of the padded safety mat.

    Hey, where are you going?Oh come on, dont get pissed. Jesus, why is everyone so damn sensitive all the time? Cant you take a joke?