We all conceal our identities from time to time, only letting certain people see our true selves. The thought of letting down your guard and putting yourself out there for all to see can be scary. So, oftentimes we put our best foot forward in public, only showing others what we want them to see, only showing the people we love our true selves.
The people we love. Those people who will accept us unconditionally. Who will love us no matter what. Whom we can screw up royally before and will never think less of you. Those people who have seen us at our best and our worst and can’t tell the difference. Our tribe.
But finding our tribe can be daunting. Trusting people enough to let down your guard to be yourself can be scary.
They say when you die, you will be able to count on one hand the number of true friends you’ve ever had your whole life. Those people who love you for you. Not for your money. Not for what you can do for them. Those people who love the real you unconditionally.
That’s what Charles Whitfield and Millie Martin both struggle with. Even though they come from different worlds, they both want the same thing: someone who will love them unconditionally for who they are. Not for what they can do for them or for money. Someone who truly cares for you. Someone who loves the real you for who you are. Someone whom you can be yourself around and know they will still love you.
In The Billionaire’s Bride (Whiskey River Brides, #6), Charles is tired of people being nice to him because of his wealth. Millie wants someone to love her for who she is, not for her flirtatious reputation or for what she can do for them. But when they finally find someone who loves them unconditionally, it’s hard to accept. Both are used to putting up their guard, only showing others what they want them to see. So when it finally happens, they wonder if it’s real. If they let their guard down to let the other in, will they find what they’ve both been looking for, or will they regret it forever?
Sometimes lowering your guard to let someone in can be the hardest part. But when trust the other enough to take that leap, you open yourself up a world of possibilities to create something beautiful together.
So when you find it, let your guard down and trust. Let love in, for love can be the greatest adventure of all.