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Fate by Whitney Cannavina
Lainey has lost everyone she’s loved.
And now her fiance.
When her fiance’s brother, Brad walks in like a knight in shinning armor ready to offer her support, she can’t help but feel the pull of deep attraction that has her running scared. Lainey tries to distance herself from Brad and his relentless pursuit of her, frightened that Fate will take him from her like everyone else she has ever loved.
But Brad has other ideas. He doesn’t believe that fate makes his destiny,only he does.
*This is a standalone
*For readers 18+ due to language, adult and sexual situations
I take a good look at myself in the bathroom mirror. I’m not gorgeous by any means but I do find myself pretty. My long dark locks hang loose before I throw it into a messy bun to get it out of the way. There is minimal makeup on my face with just a touch of powder and some mascara to make my eyes pop. The freckles splattered lightly along my cheeks seem to make me look younger than my 23 years. However, as I stare into my dark brown eyes, they tell a different story.
I grew up too fast after losing my parents when I realized the world wasn’t fair. My grandmother did her best to care for me but she was old and frail. I always assumed I would have lost her years earlier but I was lucky for the time I did have with her. I had to help care for her though, just as much as she cared for me. I learned how to cook not long after moving into her house, and I had to do every chore there was because it was too difficult for her. I made sure she took her pills on time everyday among other things. By the time I had been with her a year, I felt more like her parent then she was to me.
When I lost her years later, I was devastated just as much as I was losing my parents and at the time I only had Sean and his family left. I had no other family as I took care of myself. I went to college, got a great job, and was well on my way to living the life I always imagined. But it had always felt empty somehow. Like there as a missing piece and I could never figure out what it was that was missing from my life.
I loved Sean. I still do. He will always have a piece of my heart but Brad has always had my soul. Sean just filled some of the void that Brad had left behind when we were younger.
I am shocked to realized that after all this time Brad has felt the same. Now that he is here claiming me, making me his irrevocably, and filling everything I never realized was missing in my life, I am scared. It was one thing to lose Sean. I knew eventually I could move on with my life and look back on the memories of him with a smile. If something were to happen to Brad, I would become shattered. Forever broken and I would wither away into nothing. I would only ever just exist.