Release Date: Feb. 9, 2017
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
— SYNOPSIS —
Every life is made of thousands of them, each one strung together with the next. Some are yellow and happy, some are blue and sad, and some…
Some wipe out color altogether.
“I love you,” is what I should have told Maverick.
“I’m still fighting.”
Instead I just watched him leave.
Now my husband, my everything is battling for each breath, and all I can do is stare at the machines as the clock ticks off precious minutes.
The doctors said the first twenty-four hours are critical—but every moment is critical.
You never know which will be your last.
This is our story, and I’m not ready for it to end.
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— EXCERPT —I’m cold sitting in one of the waiting rooms in the ICU. Maverick is still in surgery, the nurse tells me. They’ll come get me once he’s in his room. It shouldn’t be too much longer. No one else is close by. It’s just me and my thoughts.
It’s strange the things you think of to distract yourself from the real reason you’re sitting here. Me, I focus on the oil painting on the wall. Wonder how many people have stared at it and wanted to tear it down. How many liked it. Has anyone noticed that it leans a little to the left or that there’s an inconsistency in the corners of the wooden frame? Did anyone deliberate why this painting?
I’m sure it’s meant to calm the people who look at it. Doesn’t everyone find a lake dotted with sailboats calming? But the colors are all wrong. They don’t soothe me. They’re bright and bold and demanding. There’s too much crimson, too dark of navy.
I have to turn away from it. There’re magazines on the tables, but they scream at me too. Loud headlines of celebrities with large divorce settlements, jail time, and plastic surgery. The science ones boast of the newest medical advances and archeological finds. What they don’t realize is that in here, life beyond these walls no longer exists. In here, there’re only three things that matter: life, death, and the battle between them.
I shiver again. I should have brought warmer clothes.
Hugging my knees to my chest, I focus on the fake plant in the corner. There are no windows in this area, which is how I know it’s fake. It might be a fern of some sort, I don’t know. The leaves are long and skinny, but again, the color is wrong for this place.
I shift my attention to the hallway. In here, the lights are dim, but out there they’re on full and reflecting off of the cream floor. There’s a nurse at the nurses’ station, sitting behind a computer. She’s different from the one before. A moment later, another walks up to the desk. They keep hushed voices, and I hear nothing. The one at the computer lifts her eyes to me and when she meets my gaze, she offers a sympathetic smile. I don’t smile back.
I lower my head until my cheek rests on my arms, and I close my eyes. My skin is ice against my face. Cold is what it means to be alone, and right now, I’ve never felt more alone. Alone, but not lonely. No, because being lonely is different than being alone. Lonely is a fleeting state that ends. When Finley gets here, I’ll no longer be lonely, yet without Mav, I’ll still be alone.
I think about the happy moments Mav and I shared. Our time in Cancun. The dance under the stars. His smile. His silly pet name for me.
That was us. The whole, take-on-the-world, in-love us.
The us before we broke.
— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —
Oh my cheese and sprinkles!! I could never, ever, handle being in the situation that is this book. My heart tore completely apart. So much pain. So much hurt. So much BS thrown their way.
'There’re blue hues among the reds, healing among the pain, peace among the fear. There’s hope.'
I'm gonna try and put this a way where it doesn't give anything away.
Alieya sees the world in a completely different way than other people do. She sees the world in colors. Pain, hurt, anger, passion, love, desire, are all a certain color. When life gets too hard and becomes too much, slowly her color disappears, leaving her in a world of grays. She's used to living her life in grays, so when she meets someone who lights up her world, she runs with it. Maverick paints her world like no other person ever has. He makes her feel things, she has never felt before. Things she never knew she was capable of feeling.
Maverick has alot going on in his life. Law school takes a lot of out him, but when there's a chance to go somewhere fret for spring break, he takes it. Good thing he does. He's walking on the beach, when he finds a damsel in distress and he can't help but come to her rescue. Even though his rescue isn't a success, he still scores time with her. Falling helplessly in love, isn't something he thought would happen. Neither did he think, that when the pieces of his life, finally fell into place, would it all crumble again.
'Who we were in Cancun isn't who we were a year ago, and who we were a year ago isn't who we are today. Somewhere in all that, life happened, and life's a bitch. A bitch who gives you the world, everything you could ever want, and then strips it away just when you think life couldn't get any more perfecf.'
This story jumps from the present to the past, which I normally don't like, but I quickly fell in love with this one. I loved the back and forth because it showed me where they were, where they again really now, and all the bad things to happen in between. This one was rough on my heart. I could never imagine, as a wife or mother, to go through so much, in such a short amount of time. But I absolutely loved loved loved their story.
'This is our story. Our messy, beautiful heartbreaking, wonderful story. And I don't want to miss a second of it- of us.'
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3
— ABOUT THE AUTHOR —
d. Nichole King was born with a book in her hand. During her school years, she’d hide books inside textbooks, read during recess, changing classes, and while walking home from school. She wrote her first book at the age of 11, and the re-worked version of that book is her debut novel, LOVE ALWAYS, KATE.
Her YA urban fantasy series, THE SPIRIT TRILOGY, along with her NA contemporary series, LOVE ALWAYS, was acquired by Limitless Publishing and includes a total of six books. BREAKING THROUGH, an NA science-fiction romance, is her first self-published novel.
d. Nichole King currently resides in a small town in Iowa with her supportive husband, four amazing kids, a dog, a cat, a fish, and a turtle.
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