It’s high drama at Long’s family. His engagement was announced at Christmas dinner, taking some people by surprise — his swimming mate, Ryan, specifically. Nobody else was as surprised as him.
Long wanted Ryan to understand that continuing the family lineage is all his parents wanted, and that he is obligated to marry. What they had would just fade away.
But Long’s mom brought it up a pitch again, confessing privately to him that she was meant to wed someone who wasn’t his dad. That was the tragedy of fate.
But with him, she wanted him to do stand up for what he believed in.
He took a chance at love. It wasn’t too late.