I’m not looking for love, not now … not ever again.

Been there. Done that. No thanks.

The only thing good that came from it was the little man in my arms. The only man who will ever hold my heart again. He's the one thing I did right, and I'm going to raise him to know what love really is. My life is dedicated to giving him the life he deserves and working at the shelter that once housed us.

I’m here to empower women just like me whose shoes I'd walked, and ran, in. There is always a way out. They deserved more.

Then, I met Dwayne. He reminded me that I, too, deserve more—more than lonely nights and shouldering the weight of the world. I deserve to be treasured. I’m aching to be his but afraid of the fallout that will inevitably come. His muscles make my knees weak, and his sexy stubble that cover his dimples make it easy to forget myself for just one night.

A night I’ll never forget, no matter how hard I try.