By Taylor Jenkins Reid
From the writer of without end, Interrupted—hailed through Sarah Jio as “moving, lovely, and from time to time heart-wrenching”—comes a panoramic new novel approximately sleek marriage, the intensity of relatives ties, and the 12 months that one extraordinary heroine spends exploring both.
When Lauren and Ryan’s marriage reaches the brink, they arrive up with an unconventional plan. They choose to take a yr off within the hopes of discovering how to fall in love back. three hundred and sixty five days aside, and just one rule: they can not touch one another. other than that, something goes.
Lauren embarks on a trip of self-discovery, quick discovering that her family and friends have their very own rules concerning the that means of marriage. those affects, in addition to her personal therapeutic procedure and the demanding situations of residing except Ryan, start to swap Lauren’s rules approximately monogamy and marriage. She begins to query: if you happen to could have romance with no loyalty and dedication with no marriage, whilst love and lust aren't any longer tied jointly, what do you worth? What are you prepared to struggle for?
This is a love tale approximately what occurs while the affection fades. It’s approximately staying in love, seizing love, leaving behind love, and committing to like with every little thing you’ve acquired. And exceptionally, After I Do is the tale of a pair stuck up in an previous game—and trying to find a brand new street to fortunately ever after.
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My bare legs were freezing. But I couldn’t feel anything except his hands on me, his lips on mine. I could think of nothing but what we were doing, the way my hands felt on his neck, the way he smelled like fresh laundry and musk. When it became time to progress or say good-bye, I pulled away from him, leaving my hand still in his. I could see in his eyes that he wanted me to ask him to come back to my room. But I didn’t. ” “Good night,” I said, kissing his cheek. I pulled my hand out of his and turned to leave.
I admit it,” he said, and then quickly reversed his story. “No! Of course not. But you have noticed it, right? ” “You’re everywhere,” I said, stepping up in line as it moved. ” “Maybe we’re just cosmically linked,” I joked. “Or we have similar schedules. The first time I saw you was on the quad, I think. And I’ve been killing time there between Intro to Psych and Statistics. ” “You’ve unintentionally revealed two things to me, Lauren,” Ryan said, smiling. ” I said. ” He nodded. “Less important is that I now know you’re a psych major and two of the classes you take.
It wasn’t perfectly timed, by any means. I didn’t hit his mouth straight on. It was sort of to the side a bit. And it was clear I had taken him by surprise, because he froze for a moment before he relaxed into it. He tasted like salt. When I pulled away from him, it really hit me. What I had just done. I’d never kissed someone before. I had always been kissed. I’d always kissed back. He looked at me, confused. “I thought I was supposed to do that,” he said. I was now horribly, terribly mortified.
After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid