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By:Codi Gary



The ability to accept the things she could not change and forgive herself.

“HAVE I TOLD you how much I love you?” Callie asked.

Everett pushed her higher on the old plank swing, smiling. “Several times.”

“Well, I just thought you’d want to know.”

He did, every day. Since the night she’d shown up, baring everything to him, he’d never gotten tired of her love. And he couldn’t be prouder of who she was. She had done exactly what she promised, working on herself even as she opened up to him, a little more every day.

“You were amazing tonight,” he said.

Callie dragged her feet across the dirt, coming to a stop. Everett grabbed the ropes on either side and came around to look down into her beautiful face. The moonlight caught her pale blonde strands amid the gold and brown, and he still thought she looked like an angel.

“Only because I had you. When I think about all those kids who have no one, I just don’t know how my story will really help them, you know?”

Everett knelt down next to her and took her hands in his. “You told the truth. You opened yourself up to a room full of strangers to help people going through what you dealt with alone.” He leaned up and kissed her gently. “If you made even one of them think, then you accomplished everything you set out to do. You are a hero, Callie.” Then, reaching into his pocket, he pulled out a black velvet box.

“Oh my God,” Callie whispered.

Everett looked her in the eyes as he opened the case, displaying the simple white gold band. “I never thought I’d meet anyone who made me feel alive again. Not until I heard your voice on the radio, and I couldn’t get you out of my head. And having you with me has made me happier than I ever thought possible.

“But I want more, still. I know I’m always asking you to give me everything you got, and this probably won’t be the last time, but I’m hoping the woman you are, the one who has brought every part of me pure joy, will give me just a little bit more. I want you, Callie. I want every part of you, even the dark parts you don’t like anyone else to see.”

He pulled the ring out of the box and, with shaking hands, held it out. “What do you say, Whisky? Can you love me forever, dark and gnarly parts and all?”

Everett suddenly found his arms full of sobbing woman, and he fell to the ground with her on top of him.

“Yes!” she said, rearing up and over him, her hair falling all around their faces.

Her mouth covered his in a searing kiss, and he wrapped his arms around her, getting lost in the taste of her for a moment.

When he finally broke the kiss, he slipped the ring onto her left finger between them. Once the band was in place, he rolled until she was on her back, staring up at him.

“I have a confession to make,” he said.

“Okay?”

“When I told you I wouldn’t wait forever for you . . . ”

“Yeah?”

“I lied.” Everett waited until that smile softened her lips before he continued, “I would have waited, no matter how long it took.”

Callie’s hand cupped his cheek, her eyes sparkling with tears. “I’ll never make you wait again.”





Acknowledgments

THERE IS NO way I could get any writing done without my wonderful husband running interference with our children, so thank you, Brian, for your continued support.

To my awesome editor, Chelsey Emmelhainz, who continues to help shape my writing, my characters, and their actions. Thanks, love!

To my epic agent, Sarah Younger, for helping me deal with the tough stuff and for having my back! You rock!

For my family and friends, thank you for being there, encouraging and supporting me as I take this crazy adventure!

For my kids, for sometimes understanding that Mommy has to work and for bringing me joy.

To all of my wonderful author friends who help me through the self-doubt and stress, love you all!

For my Rockers; I love your guts.

And to every reader who has picked up one of my books and thought, “Eh, I’ll give it a try,” thank you for taking a chance on me! You are all amazeballs!





The love doesn’t end here!

Keep reading for a sneak peek at Codi Gary’s next Rock Canyon romance

RULES TO BE BROKEN

Coming August 2015 from Avon Impulse.





An Excerpt from

RULES TO BE BROKEN



Mike Stevens has been the good guy all his life—and though he’s never had a problem getting women, he’s ready for something more. So when he hatches a plan to change his image from nice to naughty, that last person he expects help from is his nemesis, Zoe Carver. Zoe doesn’t like or trust Mike but as his transformation takes shape, she starts to doubt her first impression. There are some great guys out there, but if she’s grooming this one for someone else, is she making the biggest mistake of her life?

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