Tyler Knight isn’t nearly as hardened as his brothers. He was too young to remember the horrific death of his parents, the betrayal of his mother, or the weakness of his father. But he’s watched his brothers, and the hardened life they have led, and he’s always been the calm in the storm for them all, bringing light to an otherwise darkened world.
When he watches his brothers find a ray of sun in their otherwise turbulent lives, he wonders why he can’t find the same and he goes on a quest, for the first time doing it all on his own without the negative words of his brothers in his ear. But he’s about to learn that no matter how much he may want to hide from his dark past, it’s something that won’t disappear. And it’s about to catch up to him.
See the exciting conclusion to NYT best-selling author Melody Anne’s Forbidden Series with Tyler Knight’s story.
“We’ll be best friends forever, right?” A very young Tyler Knight, then age thirteen, turned to look at ten-year-old Elena Truman with a raised eyebrow and crooked grin that later in life would be one of his most recognizable expressions. “I can’t be best friends with a girl,” he said with his impression of a scoff. “You promised we were best friends,” she told him. “Okay, we’re best friends, but that’s only between us. If my brothers knew I was best friends with a girl, they’d pummel me,” Tyler said as he kicked the hard clump of dirt in front of him. “They’d mock me mercilessly.” “That’s not fair, Tyler.” “Life’s not fair. Get used to it.” “Why are you being so mean to me right now?” Tears filled Elena’s eyes. “I’m older now. I’m a teenager, and my brothers said that girls are for one thing only.” “Huh? What thing is that?” “You know, the kissing and touching kind of thing,” he said nervously as he looked away from her. “Why do girls and boys have to do that?” she replied. “It’s stupid.” “It’s just what they do, Lanie. See, that’s why we can’t be friends. You’re too much of a baby.” “I can kiss!” she insisted. “I’m not a baby.” “Prove it,” he said, and he stepped closer. Her heart was racing a million miles a minute as her best friend, the boy she’d been inseparable from for five years, was now only a couple of inches away from her. “Just do it,” she said. Elena was so afraid of losing him. He leaned forward and then he was pressing his closed lips against hers. Neither of them moved; they just stood there with their lips touching, their hands at their sides. They didn’t have a clue what was supposed to come next. He finally took a step back and Elena opened her eyes. That wasn’t so bad after all. She could do something like that. “See, we can still be friends,” she told him with a bright smile. “That was stupid, Lanie. You don’t know how to kiss,” he said with a look she’d never seen on his face before. The tears that had been threatening her earlier now spilled over. “You don’t either, Tyler,” she sniffled. “Why don’t you grow up and then come around again?” “Fine. I don’t want to be your friend anyway. You’re a big jerk,” she told him before turning and stumbling several steps away. “And you’re the one who needs to grow up.” She took off running, refusing to analyze whether she’d been shouting or wailing when she said those last few words. “Good riddance,” Tyler called after her, making her heart break even more. Boys were nothing but trouble.
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