“I don't know how love works, Dovie. I don't know how to be anything other than this, but I know the only thing that gives me hope is the idea of you and me. I know I'm not the ideal, not the dream guy, but no one will ever fight for you the way I will. I promise you that you will always have the best parts of me I have to give.”
“You don’t need anyone to show you how to be good, you’re so much better when you’re bad.”
“Whoever said crime doesn't pay is an idiot. It pays great, which is why there is so much of it.”
“Five years without sex was no joke, three months without sex, when you have just figured out who the person you wanted to have sex with for the rest of your life was, was flat-out torture.”
“I wasn't into all that power and domination crap, but with her, man, I could play lord and master all day long if she was into it.”
“I hated to admit it, but he was all sorts of sexy felon. God, what was wrong with me? That kiss had made me stupid.”
“A guy has needs, but so does a girl. She just needs the right person to make her hot enough to ask for them to be met.”
“When a guy like that kisses you, it doesn’t matter if you’re important or special. All that matters is that it’s you he’s kissing, and man, was he kissing the shit out of you.”
“I get the feeling that you won’t let me put my hands on you if I put them on someone else. Right now that doesn’t work for me and I want my hands on you as often as you’ll let me put them there. - BAX”
“Do you want me to lie to you?"
I grabbed his hand and forced him to hold the towel so I could work on his face. I cleaned him off with a cotton ball soaked in peroxide, which had him swearing and scowling at me. I found the little butterfly Steri-strip I bought and slapped a couple on his cheek.
"Yeah. I think I do." I couldn't tell the difference when he lied to me anyway. He grunted and narrowed his eyes even farther at me when I slimed some antibacterial goo on his lower lip.
"then no. You wold be exactly like all the rest.”
“Oh, honey, if you look close enough, everything is in those eyes. That’s why they’re so dark. They are full. Full of every secret, every promise, and every temptation that can make a good girl do really bad things and enjoy every second of it.”
“I wasn't sure what I had just agreed to, or what was waiting for me around the next bend. What I did know, could feel in every cell of my body, was that I had just made an unbreakable deal with the devil and paying up might mark my soul forever.”
“Some boys . . . they are just better when they’re bad. Bax is one of them and I’m starting to think my brother might be one of them, too. I just have to be good enough for all of us to balance it out.”
“She was upset about something and all I wanted to do was get her naked and play connect the dots.”
“Don't fuck this up, it will be the worst decision you have made to date- and holy hell, have there been a lot of bad decisions made on your part over the years.”
“I made a noise in my throat and tried to remember why I thought I'd missed her the last couple of days.”
“I was stunned. He wasn't much of a talker in the best of times, but man, when he put his mind into it, he had a way with words that was incomparable.”
“I kissed the living shit out of her as I came harder than I ever had in my life. I kissed her until neither of us could breathe. Kissed her until she was pulling at my ears to get me to let her go. Kissed her until I felt her start to shimmy and quake around my dick. Kissed her until I sent her back over the edge while I tried to get my wits and rationality back. I kissed her like I knew there were only a limited number of times she was going to let me do it, and I was going to make each one a memory.”
“You’re a nice girl, Dovie. You should be anywhere but here with anyone but me. This shit with Race and Novak, your old man being the scum of the earth . . . you deserve so much more than all of it. Your life should look different than this, and sooner or later you’re going to hate me.”
“She was like some kind of balm that made all the ravaged and torn pieces of my soul feel less raw.”
“You survived in his world by being the best of the worst and there was no doubt in my mind that was exactly what Bax was”
“I don't know what the exact answer is, Bax, but I do know you made the choice to be ab ad guy and you can make the choice not to be.”
“He was talking about someplace called Spanky’s over in the District.” The District was where all the working girls lived and worked. It was where all the strip clubs and bars where girls were looking to make ends meet on their backs were at. It was still in the Point, just one more part of what living on the poor side of town brought you.”
“And then you opened your mouth. All that love, all that loyalty, all the innocence, even though life had kicked you around time and time again, and all I wanted to do was let some of that sweetness and light touch me. I’ve never had very clean hands, but the first time I touched you, that first gasp out of that perfect mouth, the first time I thrust into you, God, Dovie, you made me feel like I was the king in a land of second chances.” I was stunned.”
“You don’t need anyone to show you how to be good, you’re so much better when you’re bad.” She”
“The wolf was not far away. After only a short time, he crested a nearby hill. His eyes blazing yellow fire. Fierce. For his mistress called. There she knelt. Queenly and yet so wild. Arrow set to bow - spilling out a bloody light.
At the sight of her, passion filled him. It rose in his gut, swelled his chest, then burst out of his throat. It overwhelmed the air and beat against the starry roof. The howl filled the mounds, rang out through the Vale and then rolled into Minonowe.
She had called him and here was his answer.
The spiders were out there. Running. With Luthiel, he would hunt them.”
“Death must be fought with life, and that means courage and that means joy,”
“I can deal with anything, as long as I know it's the truth. It's the lies that are hard.”
“If the wind no longer calls to you, it is time to see if you have forgotten your name.”
“I enjoy the fun of failure. It's fun to fail, I kept repeating. It's part of being ambitious; it's part of being creative. If something is worth doing, it's worth doing badly”
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