27 Truths: Ava's story (The Truth About Love Book 1)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Page

Copyright

Also By MJ Fields

To The Reader

Legacy Series Family Tree

Prologue

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Six

Seven

Eight

Nine

Ten

Eleven

Twelve

Thirteen

Fourteen

Fifteen

Sixteen

Seventeen

Eighteen

Nineteen

Twenty

Twenty-One

Twenty-Two

Twenty-Three

Twenty-Four

Twenty-Five

Twenty-Six

Twenty-Seven

Epilogue

The Truth About Love

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Copyright © MJ Fields 2016

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This is a work of fiction. All characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

 

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Published by MJ Fields

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Edits by C&D Editing

 

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This book contains mature content not suitable for those under the age of 18. It involves strong language and sexual situations. All parties portrayed in sexual situations are consenting adults over the age of 18.

ALSO BY MJ FIELDS

The Men of Steel Series

 

Forever Steel

Jase

Jase and Carly

Cyrus

Zandor

Xavier

Momma Joe

 

The Ties of Steel Series

 

Abe

Dominic

Eroe

Sabato

 

The Rockers of Steel Series

 

Memphis Black (Memphis and Tallia)

Finn Beckett (Finn and Sonia)

River James (River and Kianna)

Billy Jeffers (Billy and Madison)

 

LRAH Legacy Series (These families’ stories are intertwined starting with The Love series, they move to the Wrapped Series, the Burning Souls series, and end in Love You Anyways. Many more series will spin off from these characters already written and each will be a standalone series but for those of us who love a story to continue I recommend reading in this order.

 

The Love Series

(Must Be Read In This Order)

 

Blue Love

New Love

Sad Love

True Love

 

The Wrapped Series

 

Wrapped In Silk

Wrapped In Armor

Wrapped In Always and Forever

 

Burning Souls Series

 

Stained

Forged

Merged

 

LRAH Legacy Additions

 

Love You Anyway

Love Notes

 

The Truth About Love Series

27 Truths

 

 

The Norfolk Series

(Must Be Read In This Order)

 

Irons 1(Jax and Frankie, book 1)

Irons 2 (Jax and Frankie, book 2)

Irons 3 (Jax and Frankie, book 3)

 

The Caldwell Brothers Series (co-written w/ Chelsea Camaron)

 

Hendrix

Morrison

Jagger

TO THE READER

There is a moment that your breath is taken away. You feel a connection, one that you know is only made for two people. A moment you are so frightened of losing that words are lost. So, without reason, you allow that beautiful once in a lifetime moment to be felt, but you never put it into words.

A moment like that deserves words.

Moments like that deserve so much more than a memory you will relive in your mind forever as the time you fell in love with the person you know you were meant to spend eternity with.

I am sure I am not alone in this observation. But love isn’t only a feeling. So many things come into love’s equation.

The scent of love is distinct. It’s not covered in store-bought aromas that are flowery or musky. It is a scent that you never forget yet can’t describe. It is a smell that, when it wafts through the air and tickles your nose, you will instantly remember the first time you encountered it. Yet, instead of trying to understand it, you simply bask in it and pray for its return.

The look of love is not two dimensional; it’s not even three dimensions. There are endless sides, different depths, and it can change in the blink of an eye.

The truth about love is that the fall isn’t the most beautiful part. It’s the whole story: the beginning, the middle, and everything in-between. It doesn’t end.

The truth about love is that there aren’t just two people. People bring their pasts with them. They bring their pain, their joy, their wounds, their experiences, their knowledge, and their desire to make it work.

The truth about love isn’t easy to tell. It isn’t black and white.

You love someone, and they will surely love you. If you give of yourself selflessly enough, so will they.

In each chapter heading is a truth about love given to me by a friend, family member, or reader just like you. It does not necessarily introduce the chapter.

This book doesn’t end with a typical HEA, but it is about love’s truths and tragedies.

It is about the beautiful and the broken.

 

XOXO

MJ

 

PROLOGUE
You can’t run or hide from love. Love will always find you.
— H. Scully
SEVEN YEARS AGO

For as far back as I can remember, I have loved Luke Lane.

Luke’s father, Tommy, was my father’s best friend. Dad and Tommy went to school together, played football together—they did everything together. They planned to play football in college together, but Tommy Lane fell in love with Jade Ross, and Jade fell in love with Tommy.

From the stories I have been told, they were the happiest high school couple ever. They shared a love story for the ages.

One night during their senior year in high school, they went to Syracuse. Tommy was driving with Jade by his side. My father and Ryan, a friend of theirs, were in the back seat. A drunk city bus driver ran a red light, hit the vehicle on the driver’s side, and Tommy was killed. They were all rushed to the hospital where Jade found out she was pregnant.

My father did what he knew Tommy would do for him. He helped Jade in any way he could. And when Jade’s son was born, he was named after my father, and my father became his godfather.

My father is not particularly close to his own parents. The Ross family became his family, even after the breakup with his high school girlfriend, Tessa Ross. They still loved him and included him in nearly everything. By default, my brother Logan and I were part of that family, as well.

Even when Jade married Ryan, my father was still a huge part of their lives. He loved Luke Lane like he was his own. He loved Luke Lane because he was Tommy’s son.

I love him because I know that we are meant to be together.

Growing up next-door to him, we saw each other often. With our families being so close, I saw him even more often. Holidays, birthdays, cookouts, pool parties—we even vacationed together.

Luke Lane was taller than me, bigger than me, older than me, and there was always a part of him that was protective of me. He watched out for me, much like my father watched out for him.

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