Defining Love (Vol 1-3)
Author: Elizabeth Reyes
Genre: NA | Contemporary Romance
Release Dates: Vol 1 (05/05), Vol 2 (05/12) & Vol 3 (05/19)
Hosted by: As the Pages Turn
Being friends before becoming lovers makes for stronger relationships.
Aaron and Henrietta can certainly attest to this. It takes time to develop the kind of deep relationship each is in. Both are committed and fiercely loyal to a lover they each consider their best friend.
Then one night Aaron and Henri meet.
After a single conversation, neither can explain the profound connection they’re feeling. Is it intrigue? Lust? How can one chance meeting—one conversation–possibly have them questioning everything they ever believed about love?
Denial is a dangerous part of desire.
Aaron offers Henrietta a position at his business and she takes it—despite the intense connection they felt the day they met.
While neither can deny they're feeling something, both are in committed relationships with someone they love profoundly. Neither would ever dream of acting on something that's clearly just a physical attraction.
But sometimes your mind takes longer to accept what your heart already knows . . .
Their hearts have belonged to their significant others for years . . . and then they met each other.
Doing the right thing means cheating is not an option.
So it's time to decide.
Should Aaron and Henri stay with the ones they love or take a chance on something so extraordinary it's impossible to even explain—understand.
Making such a life-altering decision is truly scary.
But even more scary than that?
Defining Love. Which is the forever kind?
Did you really tell Mia you’re in love with me?
My heart nearly stopped, and I stared at the text for a moment as a myriad of questions came to mind all at once. Who told her? Bea? Or had Mia actually come down here and confronted her while she’d been working? Was that why Henrietta hadn’t responded to any of my texts? Is that why she’d called in sick today? But most clamoring, why did she want to know?
I figured I’d know soon enough and there’d be no point in lying now. So I sent off my third single word text to her in a row but couldn’t sit anymore. This time waiting for her response as I paced around my office was absolute torment.
“Is it true?”
I flinched at the sound of her voice, jerking my head in the direction of the doorway to my office where she stood. After I’d gone this long without seeing her and then she showed up so unexpectedly, she was a glorious sight to behold. Even in the lounging outfit or rather especially in the lounging outfit similar to the one she wore when I got to spend time with her in my hotel room. I’d kept replaying that evening’s conversation in my head all these days I’d been away from her.
“It is,” I said, staring at her, not sure what to expect, but my gut told me she wouldn’t be here if she didn’t already believe it was true.
My only dread was that she was here to discuss her resignation after confirming this. To my relief, she smiled, leaning against the doorway, so I leaned back, sitting on the edge of my desk, and also smiled, exhaling for the moment. I still wasn’t sure what this meant.
“And you’re sure it’s not an early midlife crisis?”
I laughed as I felt the tiniest of tension releases, seeing the playful smirk on her face. If she were making light of this, then my admitting I was in love with her must not be such a bad thing.
She smiled even bigger, tilting her head. “It’s what Mia and Bea are hoping,” she explained. “Bea still thinks you’re just infatuated.”
I had to roll my eyes. I should’ve known. “They can hope all they want. My grown ass should know the difference between being in love and infatuation.” I paused for a moment, unsure if I should say it, then thought fuck it. I’d held it in long enough. If I was going to admit this, I wouldn’t water it down. “Make no mistake about it, Henri. I’m absolutely and hopelessly in love with you.”
In 2014 she will take her next step in the exciting world of writing and publish her first traditionally published book with Simon & Schuster/Atria. But she will continue putting out self-published books as well.
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