Better If He Goes

Nate is my best friend. So when he tells me he loves me, it breaks my heart to tell him I don’t feel the same way.

What’s even worse? I’ve fallen for his cousin, Brad, who’s staying with Nate for the summer. I thought we’d all be friends, until I realized Brad and I were so much more.

If Nate found out I’m dating Brad, he’d never forgive me. I don’t want to lose my best friend, but I also don’t want to lose Brad. 

All I wanted was to kick back and relax before starting med school. Hang out with Nate. Lifeguard at the pool. I never expected to fall in love with the one girl who was off limits.

I’d already fallen for Riley when I found out Nate loved her. Riley and I felt a connection the moment we met, the kind she never felt with Nate. 

Now I’m not sure what to do. I’m not giving up Riley, but I can’t keep lying to my cousin. How do I tell Nate I’m dating the girl he’s always wanted?









Better If He Stays

The conclusion to the Always You Duet. 

When Brad walked into my life, he made me believe my life could be better. And it was…until he left.

He asked me to go with him, but I couldn’t. There were so many reasons why, but the biggest one is because I love him. I want Brad to be happy, to follow his dreams, and I knew he wouldn’t do that if he knew what I was hiding.

I wanted to tell him, but not if telling him meant he’d give up the future he always wanted.

Leaving Riley behind was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I begged her to come with me to New York, but instead she ended it.

For almost four years I didn’t hear from her. She moved and changed her number so I couldn’t even try to reach her. Then one day I get a phone call. It’s her, saying she needs to see me.

She doesn’t tell me what this is about, but it doesn’t matter. I need to see her. I’ve tried to move on, even got engaged, but my heart has always been with Riley. I’m on the next flight, and within a few hours, I’m with the girl I haven’t stopped thinking about since we said goodbye four years ago.

But now I need answers. Why did she end it? And why did she call me? Why now?