If you haven’t read it yet maybe these quotes from the book will let you know why you should…
“Are you trying to find some sort of reason that I’ve become such an asshole? The reason is… I’m an asshole. There are some things in life that can’t be explained. Period. Assholes are assholes. Rainbows are pretty. Kittens are cute. Chick flicks are sad. It’s the way of things, no explanations.”
“She’s like a breath of fresh air.
I may be the Big Bad Wolf, but even wolves need to breathe.”
“You’ve seen me at my worst. Maybe you should see me at my best.”
My words hang between us, heavy and charged, and I don’t know what the fuck I am doing.
“When are you at your best?” she asks hesitantly. And I can see from the determined look on her face that she is trying hard not to feel intimidated. I’m impressed. She’s like a kitten standing up to a lion.
“Oh, Red. If you want to turn up the heat, you’ve got to be careful not to get burned by the fire.”
“Give me another chance,” I ask urgently. “I will do anything that you want me to do if you just tell me that we can start again. I know I don’t deserve it, but I’m asking anyway. I honestly don’t know if I can breathe without you. Please. I love you, Mila. Please tell me we can work it out.”
“You can do anything to me at all, actually. Nude or otherwise.”
“I don’t want to start over again,” she says slowly. “I like what we had. I don’t want to re-do it. I love you, Pax. But I don’t know if I can handle it if you leave me like that again. You shut me out and i couldn’t help you. That’s not what people do when they love someone. You ripped my heart out and stomped on it.”
“I love you,” I tell him again. “I see that,” he laughs, kissing me. “Simple words would have sufficed. You didn’t need to knock me down with it.” I giggle. “Shut up and kiss me.”
“If that was stressful for you, then did you ever think that maybe you made a mistake? That maybe you shouldn’t have rejected me? And maybe you should give this thing a chance?”
“I don’t think I’m ever going to let you off my lap,” I tell her. “So I hope you’re comfortable.”
“I couldn’t remember if I thanked you for what you did,” I tell her. “And I can’t get you out of my head.”
“I know,” I agree. “I know that. You have no idea how sorry I am. I’m just not that good at relationships. I haven’t had any practice. But if you stay with me, if you stay…. I promise that I will never leave you again. I will never shut you out again. I’ll put in the work and I’ll fix what is broken. I promise.”
“No. I can’t let you break my heart. I don’t have much of it left.”
“Sometimes love has to put boxing gloves on and be tough in order to survive. Sometimes, you have to do the harder thing– the thing where you let someone grow on their own.”
“So…I’m going to ask you again, babe. Stay with me. Stay with me here in my house. It’s only a five minute drive to your shop when it’s open. And you can use this studio for your art. I promise to try not to snore. And to put the toilet seat down. Most of the time, anyway. Just stay with me. Please. I never want to be away from you again.”
And there’s a whole lot more of that in the book! Check it out…you’ll flove Pax 😉