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The Paris Wife
The Paris Wife: A Novel | Paula McLain
“A beautiful portrait of being in Paris in the glittering 1920s—as a wife and as one’s own woman.”—Entertainment Weekly   A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures the love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.   Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet twenty-eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott Fitzgerald.   Though deeply in love, the Hemingways are ill prepared for the hard-drinking, fast-living, and free-loving life of Jazz Age Paris. As Ernest struggles to find the voice that will earn him a place in history and pours himself into the novel that will become The Sun Also Rises, Hadley strives to hold on to her sense of self as her roles as wife, friend, and muse become more challenging. Eventually they find themselves facing the ultimate crisis of their marriage—a deception that will lead to the unraveling of everything they’ve fought so hard for.   A heartbreaking portrayal of love and torn loyalty, The Paris Wife is all the more poignant because we know that, in the end, Hemingway wrote that he would rather have died than fallen in love with anyone but Hadley.   NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   WINNER—BEST HISTORICAL FICTION—GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS   NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People • Chicago Tribune • NPR • The Philadelphia Inquirer • Kirkus Reviews • The Toronto Sun • BookPage   Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.
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HufflepuffGirl90
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Interesting book about the beginning of Hemingway‘s career told from the POV of his first wife, Hadley.
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For a full review, please see my blog post at:
http://bookshelfadventures.home.blog/2019/03/31/the-paris-wife-by-paula-mclain/

JaclynW I really liked this book too. I liked having Hadley's perspective. The more I read about Hemingway, the more I dislike him as a person. But. I'm still oddly drawn to him. I love reading about Paris too. If you liked this book read to continue the Hemingway story 4mo
HufflepuffGirl90 @JaclynW I definitely agree, I couldn‘t bring myself to like Hemingway at all through this book. Thanks so much for the recommendation!! I will definitely have to pick that one up!! 4mo
JaclynW @HufflepuffGirl90 You're welcome! Definitely pick it up. It is interesting to hear the continuation of his story. 4mo
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HufflepuffGirl90
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Such a sweet companion on this cold spring day. #catsoflitsy #readingbuddy #bugaboo

Crazeedi I 💖your precious kitty!! 4mo
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Litpixie
Paris Wife | Paula McLain
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I read to page 125 before giving up. It felt as if there was something separating me from the book. Hadley seemed to a very boring person without an interest in anything around her. She's living in Paris and she stays in her apartment without getting out and exploring.

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JulietteGF
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This is a very well written book about the first wife of Hemingway, and the time they have spent together in Paris. It's a fast, enjoyable read with frustrating "characters". It's a great book for a book club ;)

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HufflepuffGirl90
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1. Tagged plus HP and the Chamber Of Secrets
2. All three! Depending on my mood lol
3. Ivanhoe, I just couldn‘t get into it so I switched it out for a different book for a term paper.

#weekendreads

heidisreads I read in all formats, too!! 5mo
rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 📚 5mo
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ShariEstaLeando
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Ugh. What desperate people. What a detestable man. Just all of them! 🛳🍷🍾🥃🥃🥃🥃⛷🐃👩‍👦📚🙄

ShariEstaLeando Goodreads: You just finished reading the Paris Wife. Here are some things you might like to do next? Me: Drink yourself into a stupor? Go on a ski vacation and pretend everything is perfect? Lie silently while your husbands mistress climbs naked into bed with the two of you? Shoot yourself in the head? Seriously, what a detestable bunch of self centered twats. I never want to read anything about any one of them again. 5mo
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HufflepuffGirl90
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Ending here for the night. I finished 3 books and have a good start in 2 others. This was a lot of fun! #24in48 #24B4Monday #readathon

TheReadingMermaid He did great sweetie!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Hope to see you joining us next month 😁🎉 6mo
sprainedbrain 🎉🎉🎉 6mo
Librarybelle Great job! 6mo
Andrew65 Fantastic total, well done! 👏👏🙌🙌👍👍😊😊🥳 6mo
hes7 Nice! 🎉 6mo
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Jen2
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Lovely story!

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Jen2
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Snow day reading!

BennettBookworm I‘m so jealous! Enjoy!! 😄 6mo
CaitZ That looks perfect! 6mo
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KYutzy4
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@IndoorDame I received your postcard today! You can be expecting a reply in the next few days! And by that I mean it's written I just have to drag myself through the snow to the post office!
#jb #justbecause #mailcall #postcards

IndoorDame I‘m looking forward to it! Good luck with all the snow near you! 6mo
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Jeg
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The fictional story based on fact of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley Richardson. Written in her voice. I actually didn‘t finish it. I think because after the first two chapters I was curious about his life so read about it on Wikipedia. Then I had the plot and found the book a bit tedious. If you know very little about him this would be a good read. The writing does flow but I couldn‘t finish many other books waiting. 😊.
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Blooferlady

“People belong to each other only as long as they both believe. He‘s stopped believing.”

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Blooferlady
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It was flat at first, and I only kept reading because I was interested in the Hemingways‘ friendships with the literary giants of jazz-age Paris. Towards the end, the book redeemed itself with #HadleyRicardson‘s raw and painful account of the end of their embattled marriage. I‘m now adding #ErnestHemingway‘s novels to my TBR list.

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Blooferlady

Fighting for a love that was already gone felt like trying to live in the ruins of a lost city.

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Blooferlady

You couldn‘t have real freedom unless you knew where the walls were and tended them. We could lean on the walls because they existed; they existed because we leaned on them.

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Blooferlady

That‘s what terrible, sordid situations did to you, made you act crazily, against your own truths, against your self.

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Blooferlady

His silence was as much as an admission that he was in love with her, but somehow he‘d turned it all back on me so that the affair wasn‘t the worst thing, but that I‘d had the very bad taste to mention it.

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Blooferlady

I could love him like crazy and work very hard to understand and support him, but I couldn‘t be fresh eyes and a fresh smile after five years. I couldn‘t be new.

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Blooferlady

I miss good old-fashioned honorable people just trying to make something of life. Simply, without hurting anyone else. I know that makes me a sap.

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Blooferlady

“Chanel has changed the silhouette for good, you know,” she said to a group of us one night at the Deux Magots. “We‘ll never be the same.”

All the other women at the table nodded as if Pauline had predicted the Second Coming, but I was left cold by fashion. My clothes never behaved, and I felt that no one could change my silhouette unless I stopped eating altogether.

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Blooferlady

Memory couldn‘t be counted on. Time was unreliable and everything dissolved and died—even or especially when it looked like life. Like spring.

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Librarybelle
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#FromParisToBerlin , these books take place within decades of each other. The tagged book looks at 1920s Paris, and In the Garden Of Beasts examines 1930s Berlin. #SeptemberDanes

Librarybelle The shadow is a cat cruising by as I took the shot! 🐱 10mo
Cinfhen Well played 🧡and the Larson was a real eye-opener 10mo
Librarybelle @Cinfhen It was a real eye-opener! 10mo
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Kalalalatja Great take on the prompt 👍 10mo
Mdargusch Good picks! 👍🏼 10mo
MEGR LOVED The Paris Wife!! 10mo
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Deborah42
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I loved the writing and the way the author evokes Paris in the 1920s. The subject matter, though. Ugh. I‘ve never been a fan of Hemingway and getting a glimpse into his personal life leaves me feeling grateful that I never have to read more of his work.

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Howseldomtheydo
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Ernest Hemingway with first wife Hadley Richardson #SeptemberDanes #Bonjourmadame #read

JennyM Very clever 👏🏼 10mo
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Ladygodiva7
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Just finished reading A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and found out The Paris Wife is Hemingway‘s wife Hadley so I HAD to read this book next while Zelda is fresh in my mind. I‘ve already got Zelda‘s perspective on Hadley and her husband so now to read Hadley‘s perspective of herself and everybody else.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!!📚🎉📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 10mo
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Ladygodiva7
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To the next book!

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Tashreads
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Day 7| #AugustIsATrip #Paris

This tells the story of Hadley and Ernest Hemingway‘s toxic love and the time they spent living in Paris. It was a definite PAN for me though 👎

DivineDiana I didn‘t quite pan it, but the story was unsettling. 🙁 11mo
vkois88 I don't think I could read this one... it sounds like a bit much 11mo
Hollie I hadn‘t seen this version of the cover, it‘s pretty! 11mo
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ACroft
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The writing style was wonderful, but the content left me pulling my hair out. Hadley's naiveness lack of inner strength, self confidence and quite frankly spoiled nature bothered me. I'm in no way justifying Hemmingway and his actions but, girl, get it together..

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I have enjoyed this book so much it‘s written so well just a lovely love story. This is a story of Hemingway‘s first wife hardley Richardson and the time they spent in Paris and the beginnings of his writing life and meeting other famous authors like Scott Fitzgerald‘s... it‘s such a beautiful book. Worth picking up...

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booksaremyfavorite
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This was a frustrating read for me. It was a very well written book but I am so glad I didn‘t know anything about Hemingway other than he was an author.

RenePenn I started this one but never finished it. I couldn‘t stay focused. 11mo
booksaremyfavorite It was hard for me to read as well. I almost stopped many times. It had great reviews so I pushed forward. I read her next book and that was even worse. I think she can write well but just not my type of books I guess. 11mo
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Kathleenkelly
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I‘ve been trying to stretch my horizons and read books that I might not normally read. I heard about this one a few years ago and added it to my online TBR pile. It was just ok. I might just stick with my favorite genre.

DivineDiana I struggled with this book. It convinced me that Hemingway was a despicable man. Sorry to be so harsh. 12mo
Kathleenkelly No need to apologize for the way you feel. I guess don‘t know enough about his personal life to really have an opinion. 12mo
Weaponxgirl I didn't really think much of this book either. It's wasn't awful but it wasn't great either. What genre are you putting this under? 12mo
Kathleenkelly @Weaponxgirl I almost think it is a historical fiction memoir. I don‘t even think that genre exists. 12mo
KateFulfordAuthor @Kathleenkelly May I recommend my debut, Kathleen? Pacy, laugh out loud funny and more. Check my bio for sample chapters and to assess other reviews on Goodreads. Thanks, Kate 10mo
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Ajraves
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Great book - Hemingway‘s wife

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purebugbeauty72
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I loved it. And now I'm really mad at and really sorry for Ernest Hemmingway. And now I'm going to go reread The Sun Also Rises and all the Nick Adams stories.

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Mdonald
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Tashreads
Panpan

This was not a book for me. Historical romance / train wrecks are not my thing. What detestable characters. As much as I admire some of the writers of that generation (Fitzgerald etc) I am so glad I didn't actually meet them. Hemingway especially, not so much the 'tortured artist' as a raging alcoholic, adulterer and obvious male chauvinist. Hadley was a simpering doormat. Ugh!

DivineDiana I felt exactly the same way. This was a very upsetting read for me. 13mo
ACroft I couldn't have said it better myself! (Wish I would have read your comment before I posted mine!) 11mo
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Tashreads
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cathysaid This was so much better than I expected! Welcome to Litsy! 14mo
Tashreads @cathysaid thank you 😊 I bought this so long ago that I completely forgot what it was about! 14mo
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Cathythoughts
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I really enjoyed this one. Hadley Richardson , Hemingway‘s first wife & their years in Paris... a lovely read.

andrew61 I haven't read it but might now I've seen your review - i recall reading Mrs Hemingway for Reading grp and was fascinated by that story of his 4 wives. 14mo
Reviewsbylola Loved this. Can‘t wait for her new book. 14mo
Cathythoughts @Andrew61 I hope you like it if you go there. I loved reading about their life in Paris. It‘s an easy read 👍🏻. I‘m stacking your one 14mo
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Cathythoughts @Reviewsbylola a new one ! Great. I like her style , i just got Circling The Sun On on my kindle 14mo
TrishB I enjoyed this and have her other one that I just haven‘t got round to! 14mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB yes, I have her other one now too : Circling The Sun. 👍🏻 14mo
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Cathythoughts
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A glass of wine & a pre - dinner read ( it‘s all in the oven 👍🏻) I have two daughters packing for a sun Holliday in Spain..... ( we are not a sun country ) OMG this is going to be a stressful evening 🙄Joking really , only pretending to give out. We will have a laugh ! Every summer piece of clothing that ever existed is being considered... more wine 🍷😉. Not too much reading tonight.

Cathythoughts I do really like the book so far. Some lovely lines 💫 14mo
Tanisha_A I love seeing/reading your posts! What a brilliant mix of books and memories! 14mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A you are very good. We do mix it up on Litsy! Books & personal details. It‘s a good mix. 😉😉 14mo
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Cathythoughts
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Next up ... I was in town today & picked this up in the book shop. A Litsy recommend. I have no expectations... I hardly know what it‘s about. .. but I‘ll give it a whirl & see how I go ...

TrishB Read this when it first came out- remember enjoying it! 14mo
ValerieAndBooks It‘s interesting— when this first came out , the outfit on the cover that I read from was from the wrong era (1940s instead of the 1920s) and I definitely didn‘t like that 😂! Glad to see your cover is more accurate for the period. 14mo
Cathythoughts @ValerieAndBooks I‘m really enjoying this one. It‘s easy to read. 👍🏻 14mo
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cathysaid
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So so so so good. A fictionalized account of Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson's marriage (from Richardson's point of view) during the Paris Years in the 20's, I avoided it thinking it was a romance, but I'm so glad I was wrong! Of course there is a bit of romance but it's so much more. I highly recommend it. And now I will read Hemingway's account of the same period in A Moveable Feast. 4/5 ⭐️ #historicalfiction #recommended

RebelReader What a great pairing! I may have to do that in the future to as I haven‘t read either. 😬 14mo
Dolly I enjoyed this one too. It led me to Circling the Sun which I loved and her memoir that I have yet to read. 14mo
Gezemice I did the same thing! We read this for book club, then I ended up reading both the Sun Also Rises and Moveable Feast. It was interesting to tie them together. 14mo
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cathysaid @RebelReader Hope you like it! 14mo
cathysaid @Dolly I'll have to try that one, too! 14mo
cathysaid @Gezemice The Sun Also Rises is my all time favorite book! That might have a tiny bit to do with why I liked The Paris Wife 😁 14mo
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JennyM
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Day 19 #readingresolutions #favcharactername

I‘m cheating with this slightly, as my fave character name is Hadley, Ernest Hemingway‘s first wife. However, I came across the name in the fictionalised account of their time in Paris, so I‘m sneaking this one in. 🤗

I love the name so much our puppy is called Hadley.

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KYutzy4
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Thank you @KDo27 for the amazing gift in the #FunInTheSunSummerBookSwap !!!!! I'm a day late because I lost all track of time but I absolutely loved doing this swap! Thanks for organizing it @BookaholicNatty

BookaholicNatty @KYutzy4 yay!!!! Love all those goodies!!! The Paris Wife ❤️❤️ and I love the grace upon grace notebook soooo much! I am so glad you joined Litsy!!❤️😘 1y
BookaholicNatty @KDo27 great job friend!!! You did an awesome job of picking stuff of that she would like!!!! I say that because I knew her before she joined Litsy! Not for long but we met thru an online bible study! Thank you BOTH for participating! Glad I‘m friends with both of you! 😘😘 1y
KDo27 @KYutzy4 yay!!!! So happy it arrived safely! Hope you enjoy it! And @BookaholicNatty... I was a creepy stalker 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 1y
StephanieGeiser I LOVED A Fall of Marigolds! Enjoy! 14mo
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KyrstinElizabeth

...what was money to us anyway? We never had enough to make a difference if we lost it.

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KyrstinElizabeth

“If you really want to know, it‘s making love. There‘s something about it that makes me feel emptied out afterward, and lonely too.”

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KyrstinElizabeth

It gave me a sharp kind of sadness to think that no matter how much I loved him and tried to put him back together again, he might stay broken forever.

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KyrstinElizabeth

He guided my head into his chest, to that spot where he knew I felt safest.

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KyrstinElizabeth

But not everyone out in a storm wants to be saved.

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KyrstinElizabeth

I‘d never met someone so vibrant or alive. He moved like light. He never stopped moving — or thinking, or dreaming apparently.

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KyrstinElizabeth

He put the olive on my tongue, and as I closed my mouth around it, oily and warm with salt, I found myself flushing from the deliciousness but also the intimacy, his fork in my mouth. It was the most sensual thing that had happened to me in ages.