Ethan Parker gets up every day, surviving the only way he knows how—alone. Orphaned as a child and forced into the child welfare system, he knows better than to depend on anyone but himself. He’s learned trust is a word used all too often, but rarely earned. Ethan believes that his best chance for maintaining a simple and solitary existence is to live by a simple mantra: Don’t get involved. Keep things simple. Take care of yourself! When a young woman moves in next door, Ethan is forced to reevaluate his beliefs. He tries to keep his distance, but his new neighbor’s infectious smile and outlook on life leave him struggling with the decision of living the life he knows, or taking a chance on the unexpected. As Ethan develops a relationship with his new neighbor, Emily, he realizes nothing is simple and learns that life is about more than just surviving... it’s about living.
This isn't a typical romance book. It's a wonderful love story that the couple pays if forward. Ethan just seemed to be existing not really living until Emily came into his life. It was so heart warming what he did for Emily and how much he respected her. Their story just doesn't end when they finally fall in love but rather the author takes us through the years- 15 of them on how their relationship evolves. There are some hot steamy sex scenes. Fantastic ending and a quick read.
"I need air, and I need Emily."
"There isn't a bouquet of flowers big enough for Margie right now."
"she is wearing a tank and panty set I'm pretty sure was intended for a toddler and not a full grown woman."