KaiI’ve seen danger, witnessed death, and watched as my best friends fought to overcome their own fears for the women they love. Always putting the job first. Oaklynn was never part of my plan. She’s the light to my darkness. I tried my hardest to protect her from this life, to keep her thoughts about me pure. One summer was all it took to destroy us.Now as fall moves in, our lives are moving in different directions. My own selfish need to keep the two halves of me separate has clashed. The fallout may be more than I can handle. Rogue is closing in on the ones who threaten all we hold dear. This is my only chance, I just hope Oaklynn can forgive me when it’s all over.OaklynnI didn’t think I’d fall in love. The concept almost seemed too cliche for me. Until I met Kai. The mysterious guy who’s voice I knew before I ever saw his face. Butterflies and glitter. That is what having him in my life became. A complete fairytale. One summer was all it took to destroy us. My best friend is in danger and the people she has been hiding with are being hunted. Throw in a serial killer and things just get messier. I could have handled it, if I’d known the truth. Fall is the season of change and new beginnings. Maybe that means it’s time for us to move on. How can I ever forgive, when I don’t even know what the truth is?
Heat races in my veins, I can feel my cool slipping. I swallow down the pain and dryness in my throat. She’s right. And maybe this was something I knew all along, making it easier to put off this conversation. I just never imagined I would fall as hard as I did. “What do we do?”Her breath shudders in her chest. “We part on good terms. I want good things for you, Kai. I want you to be safe. I believe in the goodness of Rogue, and I know it’s a noble cause. I just don’t know if it’s part of my future too.”I suck in a breath, and look out at the water. Pain prickles behind my eyes, making them burn. It’s really going to end this way. We both stand in silence. Both of us are here, but our hearts are miles apart. “I’ll take you back.”Oaklynn follows me to the car. We don’t speak, but she does let me hold her hand. I have so many things I want to say to her. So many promises I want to make, but I can’t get the words out. For the first time in my life, I can’t talk my way out of something. I can’t come up with the words or the actions to make everything okay. Matt’s house comes into view, and before I can even park in the driveway, she’s up and out of the seat. Oaklynn runs to the door, not looking back. I glance down at her seat, feeling my heart torn in pieces, because she left the roses too.
AM Brooks is an author with a variety of stories; Contemporary Romance, New Adult, and mature YA Her writing style is suspenseful and sometimes leads to heart-wrenching conclusions. With a background in forensic psychology she really goes for those investigative, dark and twisty feels. And of course, lots of love!Brooks enjoys reading as much as writing. Television shows such as Criminal Minds, Scandal, and One Tree Hill are her go-to binge worthy series. She loves spending time with her friends and family with a good glass of beer or wine. If she isn’t reading or writing, Brooks is Pinteresting future home projects for her wonderful husband to accomplish.