The moment I saw her,
I knew she was everything.
Everything I searched for in all the wrong places.
Everything I wanted from all the wrong people.
She’s everything I need at the worst time.
But nothing I deserve.
Avery is unlike any woman I’ve ever known—
sweet, smart, strong and haunted.
I know I should keep my distance, but life put her in my path
for a reason that I can’t ignore.
It doesn’t matter how dangerous it gets.
How many blows threaten to shatter the ground we stand on.
I’ll endure whatever it takes—
sacrifice everything, including my last breath—
to protect her and her little girl from the past she’s fighting to escape.
Even if it means facing my own…
Because in the end, all that matters is that they’re mine.