Ian loves Dima. Dima loves Ian. With that out in the open, the gang is free to coldly evaluate the chasm separating the couple. Ian faces an impossible choice. Do his loyalties lie with love or country? He’s even got Juliette wrestling with the meaning of belonging.
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All thoughts in this novel that touch on systemic racism and Blackness are my own thoughts and should not (must not) reflect on any actual person, not even if you think you know who those persons are. As a storyteller, I invent freely and exercise my imagination wildly. That is all.
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