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Two years after walking out of Jack’s wedding, Lexi has finally put her past behind her. She has made up her mind about where her life is headed. This time, she is sticking to her guns, no matter what.
That is, until a phone call shatters the fragile grasp she has on her new life. Lexi is forced to question everything she thought she knew about what she wanted, and life-changing events push her to reevaluate the very plans she holds so dear.
Nevertheless, Lexi has to choose her true path. That might just mean deciding, once and for all, that she doesn’t have to answer to anyone but herself.
In this highly anticipated final installment of the bestselling Avoiding series, follow Lexi as she juggles a new career, a new city, and the burgeoning affections of three very different men.
“Into the park,” he demanded, pointing at the entrance.
“Nope. We should go home now.”
He smiled, clearly contemplating her suggestion. Then, as she began to drag him back to their cars, he hoisted her up into his arms and carried her into the park himself.
“Oh my God! What are you doing?” she squealed as he walked forward.
He held her gingerly in his arms as if she weighed nothing.
“I can walk! I can walk!”
“Are you going to behave?” he asked, smirking down at her face.
“Not if you keep carrying me!”
“Then, why would I put you down?”
She threw her head back, exasperated, and he just laughed at her.
“All right, all right. I’ll put you down.” He placed her lightly on her feet.
“Thank you,” she said, steadying herself against him in her high heels. “Can we try to act like civilized adults now?”
“What’s the fun in that?”
“You have a point.”
As they walked farther into the park, the trees began to cluster together, and the city lights gradually disappeared. The characteristic speeding of cars on the interstate and honking of horns in traffic through the commuter city faded away to a dull hum, and they were left with each other. The winding path they had selected was even farther off the beaten track, and Lexi actually noticed that some stars were overhead. The stars had come out for them tonight, like the stars had known they were going to take this moonlit stroll through the city. The weight of his hand was peaceful against hers, and the sound of each other’s breathing kept a slow, easy rhythm about their movements—so much so, that she hardly realized just how dark it was where they were. They had walked so deep into the woods that even the lights in the park were missing or had been extinguished.
“Hey,” she whispered, not even sure why she was being so quiet. “It’s really dark out here. Don’t you think we should go back?”
“Yeah, probably,” he agreed, stopping and staring down at her. “Let’s just go a little farther, and if we don’t find the other side, we’ll circle back.”
After another minute of walking on the darkened path, they followed a bend in the trail, and suddenly, light illuminated the path before them.
“Oh, good,” she murmured, breathing a sigh of relief. “We made it.”
He smiled back at her. “We did.”
Lexi looked into his face and saw a glint of something she hadn’t recognized before. Had she not been looking? He appeared absolutely ecstatic. She hadn’t even realized how happy he was and that such a small walk with her could brighten his mood. Walking forward along the path, Lexi noticed it narrowed as they ventured toward the light. Her eyes widened as everything came into focus. No wonder he was grinning like an idiot. White candles of all different shapes and sizes flickered along the path. Hundreds of them illuminated their way, and she noticed, where she hadn’t before, the streetlights were all still in place but had been shut off to allow the red-and-orange flames to be the only source of light. He had turned off the world in Piedmont Park to give Lexi one of her own. She stared forward, perplexed and in awe at what was materializing, as she followed him down the pathway. The candles opened up to a small clearing where a giant blanket was laid out with a picnic basket and a dozen long-stemmed red roses in a clear vase.
“What is this?” she whispered, facing him once more.
He just smiled. “Dessert?”
About the Author
K.A. Linde graduated with her Masters in political science from the University of Georgia in 2012. She also has a bachelors in political science and philosophy. She wrote her the Avoiding Series while struggling through advanced statistical modeling and writing her thesis. She enjoys dancing and writing novels that keep you guessing until the very end. She currently resides in Georgia with her boyfriend and two puppies, Lucy and Riker.
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Krystle’s Review –
WOW WOW WOW
My life just turned upside down for two whole days, I didn’t wash, I stayed in the same pyjamas, I locked myself out of the house and then I lost my car key to find it was still in car ignition, a couple of hours later!!!!
So even though I was confident that my team was going to win, every so often I got worried. So reading this book had me on the edge of my seat, because, really, how confident could I actually be???
Book one and two, I hated Ramsey, he just made my skin crawl and there was no way that I was going to like him in book three!!!!! Haha how wrong was I!!!!!! Yes I will put my hands up I LOVED RAMSEY!!! But not like I loved jack!!!
Then there was John, OMG he was just so funny and I had to cringe for poor Lexi.
“That’s where I always find you.”
5% into the book I was like WTF, this can’t be happening and then I took a moment and thought I may not like this but O my goodness this man is adorable.
Then 7% came along, lmao I cringed poor Lexi did not see that coming and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. John was all I expected him to be and more, at times my heart ached for this man…
“So what made you change your mind?”
“Why does it matter?” Lexi asked, sidestepping
“I want to know, so I can figure how to change it back.”
This girl had men falling at her feet and I’ve heard many people say she must have a magic lady part, but truth was she was strong, and men loved it, you may not have seen that in book one and two but this book she really did make me proud.
Jack has always been the man for me and he became so much more in AT, he really grew into a man even after all those BIG mistakes he came to realise that Lexi deserved it all.
“I just thought…it would make you happy. I know I can’t make up for everything, but as long as you’re happy, then that’s all that matters.”
I loved seeing Jack and Lexi be friends, it’s something that has never happened before, but while I watched this blossom, my heart ached at how perfect they truly was for each other. They bond was closer than before.
“Don’t forget I know who you are as much as you know who I am.”
“No, are you really, really happy? Like you’ll never really be sad again because you have everything you want. Are you happy like that, Lex?”
Watching Ramsey and Lexi was bittersweet, because he wasn’t the man I thought he was, I could see he loved Lexi with all he had but I couldn’t see the love that Jack had for Lexi and Lexi had for Jack. I know people will disagree and will say “Hey look at the last ten years!” But I did and all I saw was two people that were fighting something so strong that it terrified them. I don’t agree on the cheating, but I agree on timing and fate. All those painful conversations, I felt them…
“Why did you stay friends with me, Lex?”
“Why? Why didn’t you try with me? Why every other person but me? Why am I still the only one here, Jack?”
He was just Jack – the blue eyed, smirking, beautiful man she had loved for far too long.
Chyna was the amazing best friend she has been from day one and I loved to see her grow and get her HEA, I loved how honest she was…
“I think the problem isn’t that you can’t forget your past, it’s that you don’t want to,” Chyna spoke finally.
I’m so glad that Lexi, pulled herself together and realised that all this bull shit had to stop, she had to pick one, not because they wanted her to but because she wants too.
“Don’t remind me that I gave you up for this.”
“I want what I want, and I’m not ashamed of it. I’m not asking for those things – yet. I’m just asking for dinner.”
“Losing you was the biggest mistake of my life. I don’t think another person deserves to feel that loss at my expense.”
“I know it’s been rough lately,” he said, drawing back, “but I love you so much. I’m glad you stuck with me through the bad. I promise to keep pushing to make it better from here on out, okay?”
So three men, one beautiful lady……
One … hasn’t got a chance.
Two …. is Mr Right now…………….or is he????
Three …… Mr forever and always…………or is he???
Just read and find out
I held on to my team all the way through, team Jack was always the side I stayed on, did you, or did you change teams????
A book giving me the emotions this book did, the tears that fell, can only mean one thing YES IT’S A 5 STAR READ AND MORE!!!!!!!!!
O Bitch Bekah is not even worth a mention.
Worst thing about this book, is one team doesn’t get to know what really happens to their man, I know we can imagine but nothing better that black and white from the author.
All one team got was this…I can’t say if it’s my team or not…
“I already have one that belongs to me, it was saved for me before I even knew who you were.”
No matter what the ending, for whatever team, this story was purely magical.