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New Short Story: Love

 

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Hi everyone!! I have decided to start a new series on my blog which is very near and dear to me. I will be presenting a short story that will only be featured on my blog titled, Love. This story is about a young couple who have recently broken up from a bad misunderstanding. The two relive their relationship through a series of flashbacks, which makes them wonder if they have made the right decision.

This story was written a few years ago before I began writing Love, Life, & Happiness, and it’s special to me because this was at a time when I started my relationship with my fiancé. Although the story is not about us, there are some details in the story that I depicted from real life events (well, just the first date).

Each Monday for the next two months I will be sharing a chapter from the story. This one will be when the main characters, Sophia and Patrick, meet for the first time.

If you love the first chapter, please let me know what you think in the comments section. Chapter two will be available on my blog first thing on August 1st.

 

Enjoy!:-)

 

August 24, 2012

 

Sophia Davis never thought her life would be where it was at that point.

“I never thought after my junior year, my life would change this quickly,” she said to herself.

She slowly turned over in her bed and looked at the clock sitting on her bedside table. She then looked at the picture of her and her ex-boyfriend and sighed.

“How did things end so quickly between us?”

She sluggishly moved out of the bed and walked to her closet. She was searching for something when she bumped into her dresser. She quickly grabbed her foot and began hobbling on one foot around her room. She lost her balance and fell hard on the hard wood floor.

“Damn it!”

A female walked into Sophia’s room in an aggravated state.“What are you doing?” Don’t you know what time it is? People are still trying to sleep.”

“Sorry, Layla, I didn’t mean to wake you.”

“It’s okay. It just the end of our summer vacation and I’m just trying to sleep late, but it’s cool that you disturbed me.”

“Listen, I don’t need an attitude from you. I said I was sorry.”

Layla looked at Sophia and bust out laughing.

“You better be glad I’m your roommate, because believe me, no one would be able to put up with you.”

Sophia laughed. “You have to because not only are you my roommate, but you’re my cousin. We’re family, we have to stick together.”

“I guess,” Layla said while laughing.

The two could be sisters instead of cousins, with their long black hair, honey colored complexion, and hazel eyes. The two were also the same height and had the same body type, which was good for the both of them since they loved to borrow each other’s clothes.

But Layla noticed Sophia wasn’t in the mood for silliness or banter. As Sophia goes over to her bed, she saw the hurt look on her cousin’s face and sat down beside her.

“You’re still hurting, are you?”

Sophia nods her head.

“It’s been a week now and Patrick still hasn’t called. What happened to make things between us go from living in paradise to living in hell?”

“I don’t know, but I think I could take a guess. Your ex-boyfriend came back into the picture. That why they call them exes; they’re people you keep in the past.”

Layla stood up and walked to the door. She turned around and smiled.

“Everything is going to be okay. Let Patrick have his breathing room right now.”

Sophia nodded and gave a half smile. She looked at the picture of her and Patrick smiling. She picked it up and grinned.

“If only I could go back to the beginning….”

 

August 29, 2011

On the first day of the new semester at Bellview University, students were eagerly going to their new classes. Sophia was walking across the quad with two other girls, talking and laughing about things that happened over the summer.

“I can’t believe we’re back in school. I feel like we just started our summer vacations.” One of the girls said.

“All I’ve done this summer was go to class, so it’s not like I had a break.” Sophia said.

“While you had your face in the books, we were out partying and having fun.”

“Natalie, please. You were doing that while you were in school,” Sophia said while laughing. Besides, I didn’t mind being in class; I just want to graduate early.”

“That’s cool and all, but where’s the fun in that? Sophia, ever since you started college you haven’t actually experienced the college life. You haven’t partied, got drunk…”

“Got laid,” her other friend mentioned.

“Is that all you two think about is sex and partying? I have done my fair share of partying. Dang, you two are making me out to be a nun or something.”

The three headed to the English building talking when Sophia ran into someone. The books she had in her hand fell to the ground while papers went all over the grass.

“Great,” Sophia whispered while falling to her knees.

“I’m so sorry. Let me help you.” the guy said.

“Thanks, it was my fault. I should have been paying attention.” Sophia mentioned.

She looked up to stare at the most gorgeous guy she has ever seen. The guy had the same complexion as hers, but a little darker, with an intense shade of brown eyes. Sophia’s eyes trailed from the guy’s face, to his body. Although he was dressed in a blue t-shirt and dark jeans, she knew he definitely worked out.

“Hi,” she softly said.

“Hey,”

Natalie looked over and noticed the guy Sophia bumped into.

“Patrick, is that you?”

He gave a weak smile at Natalie when she mentioned his name.

“Hey, Natalie, what’s up?”

“You two know each other?” Sophia asked.

“Yeah; Sophia, this is Patrick Baker, the guy I worked with over the summer. I told you about him.” Natalie whispered.

“She wanted to sleep with him.” Natalie and Sophia’s friend loudly said.

“Cassandra!” Natalie yelled.

Patrick stood up and handed Sophia her books.

“I have to go. Maybe I’ll see you around campus.”

Sophia smiled. “Sure.”

Patrick smiles again while turning around and heading towards the admission building He turned around to stare at Sophia again.

Natalie gives Cassandra an angry look.

“You heifer! I can’t believe you just said that! That was supposed to been private.”

“Sorry, it slipped out. I don’t think he heard me anyway.”

Sophia looked at the door closed and smiled.

“So, you know Patrick?”

“I tried to talk to him when we were working at the clothing store, but he was involved at the time. From what I’ve heard now, he’s single. You want to talk to him, don’t you?”

“No, I was just asking. What would he want with me anyway?”

“Sophia, please. You’re beautiful. Any guy would want to talk to you. Just because that asshole of an ex you had dumped you doesn’t mean you’re not relationship material.” Cassandra said.

“Do we have to go there with James?”

“Sophia, James was a jerk. He was only for himself. Don’t let him stop you from dating.”

“I better go. I’m already late for class.” Sophia said.

She quickly went to the English building door and opened it.

Natalie looked at Cassandra and smiled.

“I have an idea. Why don’t I fix Sophia and Patrick up? Patrick is such a sweet guy and he’s available now; and Sophia really needs someone good in her life.”

“You really think that’s a good idea? You wanted to talk to him at one point.”

“That’s okay. I have Thomas now so I’m officially off the market. That’s my mission for today. Are you in?”

Cassandra smiled.

“Of course.”

Natalie hugged Cassandra. “Before today is over, I will be considered a match maker.”

***

After her second class of the day, Sophia was already tired. She kept thinking back to early that morning when Cassandra brought up James.

I tried so hard to forget about him.

She walked over to the student union and found an empty seat near the window. She started to take out a book to read when Natalie and Cassandra sat in front of her.

“Don’t you ever find anything else to do besides read?” Natalie asked.

“I consider a book these days a good companion instead of a man.”

Natalie giggled. “You really need a social life, and by the end of the day you might have one. Don’t be mad but I done something today that involves you.”

Sophia gave Natalie a perplexed look. “Is it something bad or good? How the way you’re looking I probably would want to kill you later.”

“This only for your own good. Remember Patrick from this morning?”

“Yeah.”

“Well, I gave him your number.”

“Natalie!”

“Hear me out. Patrick’s a great guy. He’s sweet, honest and sensitive, everything you would want in a man.”

“If he’s such a wonderful guy, then why you not dating him?”

“Because I have Thomas. Listen, Patrick is trying to find Ms. Right, just like you’re trying to find Mr. Perfect, so what wrong with a little push in the right direction?”

Sophia sighed. “Does he want to talk to me?”

“He did ask about you when I talked to him, so I gave your number and told him to call you. It’s nothing wrong with talking to him.”

“You’re right, I guess. But if he turns out to be a psycho, I’m blaming you.”

“Whatever. Good luck.” Natalie said while getting up.

Sophia looked at the window and took a deep breath.

What have I gotten myself into?

 

Sophia glanced at the TV in a daze. It was eleven o’clock and she was still clutching the picture of her and Patrick. Layla walked into the living room and stared at Sophia.

“I don’t believe this. Sophia, get up. You’ve been sitting in that same position since you got up. And what are you looking at? The TV is not even on.”

“I don’t feel like watching TV. I just want to stay in this position forever.”

“Sophia, I understand you and Patrick broke up, but it’s not the end of the world. Girl, you have to get out there and have some fun. This is the last day of our summer break and I’m not going to let you sit here and look depressed. Now you’re coming with me and we’re going shopping.”

“I don’t want to.”

“Do you really think Patrick is at his place moping around like you? Hell no. Now, let’s get ready.”

Layla yanked Sophia from the couch and took her towards her room. Sophia still had the picture of her and Jayden clutched against her chest.

 

“And will you please put down that picture!”

 

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Love, Life, & Happiness: The Lost Story is available now only on Amazon. 1-Click for $0.99 or read for free with Kindle Unlimited!

For every young person’s life, college is all about embarking on being independent and learning new everyday lessons. But, for these four young women, they get more than they bargain for during one semester at Shaw University.

Riana Robertson has always been vocal on her opinions and stood up for what she believed in. She thought she was living the perpetual life by having the perfect boyfriend, but she never imagined that her boyfriend has been living a lie for quite some time. When another man comes into her life, she has to make a choice on who she should be with: her boyfriend or the guy that has caught her attention in more ways than one.

Britney Lewis has always been loyal to her friends, especially her best friend, Riana. While Ri and her cousin, Cheryl, are on vacation during the summer, Britney has been doing the unthinkable with the person closest to Riana. Will she be able to tell Riana the truth about her misdeeds, or will she continue living a lie?

Cheryl Thompson has been through a lot in her young age, but that hasn’t stopped her from striving for new goals. With meeting a new man and gaining a new found confidence within herself, will she finally be able to live the life she always dreamed of?

Monica Taylor is the wildest one of the bunch and usually reacts before thinking. When she gets tangled up in a crazy situation, will she be able to get it out it, or will it destroy her life?

Take a journey with Riana, Britney, Cheryl, and Monica, as they experience life and love during their sophomore year in college in part one of Love, Life, and Happiness: The Lost Story.

This story is the original version of the indie series; Love, Life, and Happiness.

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Life-Happiness-Lost-Story-ebook/dp/B01J1ZZDE2?ie=UTF8&qid=1469474325&ref_=la_B00CSTNTIG_1_26&refinements=p_82%3AB00CSTNTIG&s=books&sr=1-26#navbar

Part 2 will be available on August 26th!

 

 

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Six Things You Need To Know About The Lost Story

 

Hi everyone!! Love, Life, & Happiness: The Lost Story, will be available on Kindle and paperback soon! The four-part series is the original version that  was written back in 2004.

Some of you are probably wondering what is the difference between the original version and the recent published version. If some of you were able to read The Lost Story on my blog, then you probably would know some of the differences. But to get you ready for part 1, here are the six things you will need to know about The Lost Story.

1.The Story: When I wrote the original story, I tried to incorporate my college experience into the story as well as the characters. As mentioned in a previous blog post, I used some of the personality traits from some of the people in my life to make up some of the characters.

 2. Riana & Shawn: Everyone knows how much I love this couple and it shows with their storyline. With The Lost Story, some of the storyline is similar to Love Unbroken, but with a bit of a twist.

3. There is no Jayden: With The Lost Story, Ri is an only child, so there is no Jayden. Instead, Chris, who is Shawn’s best friend, is in the story. Also, Nathan and Zack are not in this series.

4. Marcus is a cop: And he doesn’t appear in part one until towards the end of the story. But he does make a huge impact in part 2, which some of you probably won’t like, especially since he will come between Ri and Shawn.

5. Couple Swapping: This series will have a lot of couple swapping. You probably won’t look at the characters the same way after you read parts 1-3.

6. Monica: Monica is the same character in both versions. So much so, that you all will wonder how Donnell puts up with her. You have to read the series in its entirety to find out just how much.

There you have it. Part 1 of The Lost Story will be available tomorrow, so get ready to read the highs and lows of the crew as they get through their sophomore year at Shaw University!

 

 

 

 

 

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Coming July 26th!!

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Hi everyone!! Love, Life, & Happiness: The Lost Story, will be available only on Amazon July 26th! This is the original story from the series as Riana, Cheryl, Britney, and Monica learn the importance of love and what makes them happy during their sophomore year at Shaw University.

There will be four parts to this series, with each book being released on the 26th of each month. The finale will be released on October 26th.

 

Here is the synopsis for part 1:

For every young person’s life, college is all about embarking on being independent and learning new everyday lessons. But, for these four young women, they get more than they bargain for during one semester at Shaw University.

Riana Robertson has always been vocal on her opinions and stood up for what she believed in. She thought she was living the perpetual life by having the perfect boyfriend, but she never imagines that her boyfriend has been living a lie for quite some time. When another man comes into her life, she has to make a choice on who she should be with: her boyfriend or the guy that has caught her attention in more ways than one.

Britney Lewis has always been loyal to her friends, especially her best friend, Riana. While Ri and her cousin, Cheryl, are on vacation during the summer, Britney has been doing the unthinkable with the person closest to Riana. Will she be able to tell Riana the truth about her misdeeds, or will she continue living a lie?

Cheryl Thompson has been through a lot in her young age, but that hasn’t stopped her from striving for new goals. With meeting a new man and gaining a new found confidence within herself, will she finally be able to live the life she always dreamed of?

Monica Taylor is the wildest one of the bunch and usually reacts before thinking. When she gets tangled up in a crazy situation, will she be able to get it out it, or will it destroy her life?

Take a journey with Riana, Britney, Cheryl, and Monica, as they experience life and love during their sophomore year in college in part one of Love, Life, and Happiness: The Lost Story. This story is the original version of the Indie series; Love, Life, and Happiness.

I will post the link once it is available on Amazon!:-)

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It’s finally here!! The Love Chronicles is available only on Amazon. 1-Click for $0.99 or read for free with Kindle Unlimited!! 

Andrea “Andie” Williams and Dexter Robinson have known each other since they were in diapers. While their parents are the best of friends, the two are barely even acquaintances. While Dexter is the most popular guy at Williamson High School and only cares about which girl he will sleep with next, Andrea is focused on getting into her dream college, Yale. 
When they are placed together for an unlikely project, the two have to come together not only to pass their class, but also graduate. With a series of events surrounding them, they both realize that their first experience at love could be with the person who was right in front of them all along. 
https://www.amazon.com/Love-Chronicles-Sheena-Binkley-ebook/dp/B01GGCYJBQ?ie=UTF8&qid=1467700707&ref_=la_B00CSTNTIG_1_1_twi_kin_1&s=books&sr=1-1#nav-subnav

Paperbacks will also be available soon. :-) 

Sample Sunday- The Love Chronicles 

Happy Sunday everyone! Here is another excerpt from The Love Chronicles, which will be available this Tuesday, July 5th! Yes, I decided to release the story a week early! I know a lot of you have waited patiently for this book, so I didn’t want to anticipate the wait any longer. If you have pre-ordered, you will recieve it on the new release day. 

And here is the excerpt from both Dexter’s and Andie’s POVs when the two are getting ready to have a typical dinner with their parents. :-) 

Dexter

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After pulling off my clothes and taking a long shower, I went downstairs and saw that everyone had arrived. I looked at Andie, who was dressed in her infamous over-sized plaid sweater and baggy sweats. As far as I could see, she never cared about her appearance.

“Hey, Aunt Camille, Uncle Trevor.”

“Hey, Dexter. It looks like you’re growing every single day. You’re going to be taller than your dad and me combined,” Uncle Trevor teased.

“I guess I have good genes.”

I glanced over at Andie again, who rolled her eyes. That’s her problem now: She’s always too serious.

“What are we having? “Aunt Camille asked from the couch. My mom pulled her up and led her to the kitchen.

“Come help me cook.”

“Are you serious? I’m tired.”

“If there are two hands in the kitchen, then dinner will be done faster.”

Aunt Camille moaned as my mom pulled her to the kitchen.

“Huh, Trevor, could you help me with something in the garage, please?” my dad asked.

Uncle Trevor raised an eyebrow. “When have you ever asked me for help?”

“Just come on.”

Uncle Trevor looked at us then got up and went with my dad.

Andie and I sat in silence as neither of us had anything to say to each other. At least I knew I didn’t have anything to say.

She turned her head really quickly and looked at me. “Your parents planned this because they know about your grades.”

I looked at her, wondering what she was talking about. “What?”

“They know that your grades are down, Dexter.”

I looked from her to the kitchen, wondering how they knew about that. That was something I’d tried to keep quiet for some time now.

“How did they know about that, Andie?”

“I was talking to my mom, and –”

“That wasn’t your place to say anything!” I interrupted her.

I could tell I startled her since she jumped. I closed my eyes, a little peeved that she would go there, but I only had myself to blame.

“Were you trying to get back at me for what happened years ago?”

“Why would you think that?” she asked.

“Oh, I know what this is. Trust me, I don’t want your valedictorian spot.”

“Dexter, I really thought your parents knew.”

I shook my head, looking towards the kitchen again. Now, I really had to be on guard during dinner, because I didn’t know when either one would pop off.

I looked away from Andie as she tried to tell me what happened. She could save whatever explanation she had. I wasn’t going to listen to her.

“Alright, dinner is ready you two,” my mom announced with a smile.

I slowly got up and started walking to the dining room.

“Dexter.”

I didn’t even turn around. I just hoped this ended quickly and painlessly.

Andie

I sat down at the dining room table, feeling a little guilty that I’d done this to Dexter. At first, I did want revenge; but now, seeing the look on his face, I wished I would have done things differently. We haven’t even started our project yet, and we’re already having problems. This definitely wasn’t the way to start with building a solid relationship.

I glanced at Dexter, who tried to look happy, but I knew he was worried. He didn’t want his parents to know that he was onto them, and he was struggling to keep a straight face.

“Besides learning you two will be married, how was the rest of your day?” my mom asked Dexter and me after she took a sip of Dr. Pepper.

“It was okay,” Dexter answered and took a small bite from one of his tacos. I knew he was nervous then because he was barely eating, and tacos were his favorite meal. I don’t know how I still remembered that, though.

“Was it really, Dexter?”

He looked up and glanced at his dad, who was glaring him.

“What’s going on?” my dad asked.

“We know about your grades, Dexter. And don’t try to deny it, because we’ve already spoken with Mr. Ceborn,” Aunt Tia told him with a glare.

“Look, I can explain –”

“Explain what, Dexter!” his dad interrupted. “That you don’t give a damn about your education? This is your senior year; why would you mess up now?”

“I think we’d better go,” my mom said, standing up. Aunt Tia shot her a death glare, and she sat back down.

“If it wasn’t for Andie, we still wouldn’t have known about your grades. Now tell us, what have you been doing with the emails of your report cards?” Aunt Tia asked.

“Mr. Ceborn told us that along with the paper version, electronic copies are also sent. So, were you deleting them from our inboxes?” Uncle Charles asked him.

“And if so, how did you get into our accounts?” Aunt Tia added.

“It wasn’t hard to do,” Dexter answered. “I know your passwords. And as far as the paper versions go, Andrew changed them so it would look like I was passing.”

“Wow! This is unbelievable!” Aunt Tia yelled. “You went through all this trouble to hide the fact that you were failing two classes! Two, Dexter!”

“I know, and I’m sorry. I knew if you all found out, you would be upset.”

“And you don’t think we are now?! Boy, you’re on thin ice right now,” his dad stressed.

“Come on, you two; yes, this is bad, but you were young once. You’ve done this to your parents.” My dad said.

Uncle Charles looked at my dad with a raised eyebrow. “Yeah, I admit, I did some stuff back in the day, but lying about my grades was not one of them. If I had, your grandma would have whupped my ass. You better be glad I’m not going to do that to you.”

“Oh no, we’re going to hit you where it really hurts,” Aunt Tia quipped with a smirk.

Uncle Charles continued, “That party you were talking about, you’re not going. Instead, you’ll be doing your damn homework all weekend. And when you’re finished with your assignments, you’ll still be doing work we provide for you since you don’t like doing school work.”

Dexter looked at his parents like they’d lost their minds. “What?!”

“You heard us. You’re not going to that party,” Uncle Charles replied.

“But this is the biggest party of the year! Everyone in the senior class is going!”

“Well, you won’t be.”

“This is some bullshit,” Dexter mumbled.

“What did you say?!” his dad asked, getting up and going to Dexter.

“Now, now, that won’t be necessary. Dexter, you’re in enough trouble, so you better shut that smart mouth of yours,” Aunt Tia scolded then turned to my parents. “Anyway, that’s why we asked you to come here. We have a favor to ask, Trevor?”

“What is that?” my dad asked.

“We want Dexter to stay with you this weekend. We would be here, but Camille and I are going to Dallas to plan Spencer Hightower’s wedding, and Charles is going to a conference in Austin,” Aunt Tia explained.

 “I have work to do myself. I have a big campaign coming up that I have to work on,” he replied. While my mom is an event planner, my dad had his own advertising consulting firm that he opened a few years ago. He’s done a lot of great advertising for some of the most popular brands on the market. I’m proud of him and what he’s accomplished so far.

“That’s fine, because we want Andie to supervise him. You have to be around each other anyway, so this will be perfect.”

“And just because we’re going out of town, that doesn’t mean you can do whatever you want. We couldn’t get out of our commitments in time to be here ourselves,” Uncle Charles told Dexter.

“But when we come back, you’ll be under lock and key in your room for the next two months. No phone, no TV, no computer or tablet. You’ll be under house arrest, you understand?”

“Loud and clear,” Dexter muttered.

“Since you want to act like a child, we’re going to treat you like one. And Andie, we want you to call us if anything goes wrong. We’ll also be calling you and your dad to see how everything is going,” Aunt Tia said to me.

I nodded, not sure if I wanted to do this. In fact, I hadn’t even agreed to it.

“Uh, Aunt Tia, Uncle Charles, I never said I wanted to do this. I have things I have to do, and babysitting Dexter isn’t one of them.”

“We know we’ve put you in a tough position, but we know you’re responsible. We trust you and know that Dexter won’t do anything he isn’t supposed to if he’s around you. Besides, Trevor will be around, so you two can take turns if needed,” Uncle Charles reasoned.

“And we’ll pay you for it. It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t, right?” Aunt Tia added and laughed.

Dexter was still looking at his parents like they were crazy, while I sighed. I glanced at my dad, who shrugged.

“Fine, I’ll do it,” I agreed.

“Great. Thank you for doing this.”

I nodded again as my parents stood up. I quickly got up as well then went to the
door. I turned around and saw Dexter giving me the evil eye. I turned and opened the door. This was not how I planned to spend my weekend.

If you haven’t pre-ordered, you still have time to. Here is the link:

https://www.amazon.com/Love-Chronicles-Sheena-Binkley-ebook/dp/B01GGCYJBQ?ie=UTF8&qid=1467549499&ref_=la_B00CSTNTIG_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1

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The newest book from SBinkley Publishing, Love On The Track by Alithea-Jae Smith, is available now!! 1-Click this amazing story for $0.99 or read for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Love On The Track is a story about love, helping to restore faith in the one you love, and fulfilling your desire to accomplish something despite having many hurdles.

The story takes place in the beautiful islands of the Bahamas as Kenyon and Lauryn grew up wanting to win a gold medal and represent The Bahamas at the Olympics games in the sport of track and field.

When they were in the fourth grade, Kenyon moved to North Carolina with his mother and Lauryn remained in the Bahamas. Their passion didn’t die for the sport as they both became standout athletes during their teens years. However, when Lauryn was fifteen she met and fell in love with Shannon Knowles, the young man who turned her world inside out. He abused her both mentally and physically during their four year relationship to the point where Lauryn quits her job in Texas to return home.

Now more than fifteen years later Kenyon returns to the Bahamas to train with legendary coach Jimmy Thompson, who once trained Lauryn. Kenyon is a man on a mission to win a gold medal and not to fall in love.

Now that Lauryn has returned home she works for the local paper as a sport writer. She has no intentions of going back to track nor to fall in love; that was until she reconnected with Kenyon.

Shannon also returns with a plan to win Lauryn back but when he realizes that she’s into Kenyon, he decides to end her happiness at all cost.

Along the way Kenyon helps Lauryn realize her self-worth and the importance of accomplishing whatever goal she sets for herself.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GNUG43C

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