I held myself back for about a year. Knowing the constraints of our relationship, I didn't want to put myself out there too much. I didn't want to set any expectations. Same story, bad marriage, series of bad boyfriends post divorce, hurt, used and abused in so many ways. I was cautious.
But then he whispered to me one night, "I could fall in love with you so easy.". And my heart opened up.
One month after that, we exchanged "I love you's".