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Title: EVERYTHING I LOVE
Author: A.K. Evans
Genre: Contemporary Romance
About Everything I Love:Nikki Drake was just nine years old when she experienced her first heartbreak. Sixteen years and many betrayals later, she's learned that life is what you make of it. Needing to leave the poison behind, Nikki joins her best friends and moves from the warm, sunny beaches of California to the cold, snowy mountains of Wyoming. She's a loving and faithful friend who's built a successful career despite the disappointments she’s experienced. While her past hasn't stopped her from working hard and becoming a genuine and confident woman, it has affected one small part of her. Nikki refuses to give her heart to anyone ever again.
Luke Townsend is a man most women dream about. Underneath his tall, handsome exterior he's charming, compassionate, sensitive and loyal. A dedicated snowboarder, Luke knows what it means to work hard for what he wants. And what Luke wants is Nikki.
When Luke tells Nikki he's fallen in love with her, she's devastated to think she's going to hurt him the same way others have hurt her. Having resolved to live a life without romantic love, Nikki rejects Luke. Luke can sense that she needs some time so he walks away, vowing to find a way to her heart.
Three months after she pushed him away, Nikki decides to take a chance on Luke. He is patient and understanding while she struggles to allow herself to be vulnerable with him and to find the courage to trust he won't hurt her. But when Nikki finally hands her heart of to him, Luke shatters her world with the truth.
“So, what happens now?”
“I’ll leave that up to you to decide,” she shared. “I’m not happy that I’ve created a situation where your heart got involved and now I’m doing something that probably doesn’t feel so good for you. I hope you know that I would have never wanted to hurt you.”
Jesus Christ. I wasn’t sure I could handle this sweet side of her.
My voice was rough when I insisted, “I know that.”
“I realize that it might be awkward initially, but I will say that I hope in time it can get to a place where you’ll be comfortable being around me. Even if it’s for the sake of our friends. I’d hate for what I did to ruin all that and I’m willing to do whatever you need me to do in those instances to make it easier.”
“This doesn’t all fall on you, Nikki. I was the other half of the equation and knew what I was doing. I’m disappointed that this isn’t headed where I’d wanted it to go, but you aren’t to blame for everything. You told me from the start that you were only interested in something physical.”
She nodded and added, “Well, like I said, I hope we can eventually get to a place where we can at least be friendly with each other when we’re with our friends.”
“Done?” she repeated.
“Nikki…I fell in love with you,” I started.
Her body went solid.
I continued, “Just because the feeling isn’t mutual doesn’t mean that I stop loving you. I’m not going to cut you out of my life and, sure as shit, I’m not going to walk away from you because of it. If we’re out with our friends, rest assured that things will be the same as they’ve always been. I won’t disrespect you and allow it to become uncomfortable. That would hurt you and I can’t do that because I love you.”
She stared at me, dumbfounded. It was like I had delivered some eye-opening information that she couldn’t wrap her head around.
“You’re not a jerk,” she announced.
I had to laugh at the unexpected statement from her. “Thanks?” I responded curiously.
“No, I’m serious. A lot of men are jerks; I know because I have a list of them. It’s good to know that you aren’t one of them.”
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About the Author:
A.K. Evans is a married mother of two boys residing in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania. After graduating from Lafayette College in 2004 with two degrees (one in English and one in Economics & Business), she pursued a career in the insurance and financial services industry. Not long after, Evans realized the career was not for her. She went on to manage her husband’s performance automotive business and drive the shop race cars for the next thirteen years. While the business afforded her freedoms she wouldn’t necessarily have had in a typical 9-5 job, after eleven years she was no longer receiving personal fulfillment from her chosen career path. Following many discussions, lots of thought, and tons of encouragement, Andrea decided to pursue her dream of becoming a writer.
Between her day job, writing, and homeschooling her two boys, Evans is left with very little free time. When she finds scraps of spare time, she enjoys reading, doing yoga, watching NY Rangers hockey, dancing, and vacationing with her family. Andrea, her husband, and her children are currently working on taking road trips to visit all 50 states (though, Alaska and Hawaii might require flights).