Desiree Hartsock harbored some marriage-worthy feelings for one of her three remaining suitors in Monday's Bachelorette finale, but her failure to reveal the true contents of her heart appear to have cost this singleton a happily ever after with the love of her life.
Part one of season nine's devastating two-part finale began with romantic, sun-soaked one-on-ones in the Caribbean with Des' remaining guys, Chris Siegfried and Drew Kenney. Though the dates teased promise of an accepted "I do," it turns out the 27-year-old bridal stylist had only one person on her mind that could do the job, Brooks Forester, and he was about break her dream into a million pieces.
Harboring doubts about whether or not he could propose, Brooks booked a last-minute trip to Boise, Idaho to consult with his sisters. Finding little solace there, the 28-year-old jumped on a jet to Antigua to ultimately work out his doubts with Des. Before that, Brooks sat down with host Chris Harrison for a surprising heart-to-heart where he came to the conclusion he wasn't quite ready to settle down with Desiree when it all came down to it.
Expecting a carefree date, Des was visibly surprised when pulled aside to hear Brooks' unsettling news. Fumbling for the right words to say, he tried to convey, in as nice a way as he could, that he would likely never feel as strongly for her as she deserved.
"I really want to be madly in love with you," Brooks said to a devastated Des. "I don't feel like the moments apart are hard enough."
Sensing a breakup, Des burst into tears and, at long last, dropped the L-word to an astonished Brooks, who wasn't previously convinced of her strong feeling for him.