Release Date: January 25, 2019
The last few months, I’ve been doing dirty things to her in my imagination. But
that’s all they’ll ever be. Fantasies.
Kool-Aid. So, you see, I can resist beautiful, sexy Katharine. It doesn’t matter she’s hot as f*ck with an amazing personality to boot. All I have to do is NOT touch her.
Hindsight’s a bitch.
Lucas and Kate have grown up together, Kate being the younger sister of Lucas’s childhood best friend. They are also close friends, but the past year Lucas has squelched his desire for more from her. He is divorced, and still harbors guilt over ending his marriage a few years prior. He doesn’t want to hurt anyone else like that so he avoids relationships and vows to never get married again. Kate caught her fiance and her friend together and ended her relationships with both of them in a very public way. Instead of becoming bitter, though, she does want to find The One. She’s been attracted to Lucas for a year now but knows he is dead set against falling in love so she pushes down those feelings and continues being his friend.
When Lucas’s ex-wife uses misconstrued photos to try to blackmail Lucas into losing custody of their daughter, Kate jumps in and pretends to be his fiancee to show he’s in a stable relationship. They agree to continue the charade until Lucas’s court date at the end of the week, then go back to being friends again as if nothing happened. But can they keep the fantasy separate from the reality? Or are they the same thing?
What I liked: Kate is awesome. I really liked her personality, her levelheadedness, and how she wasn’t afraid to ask for what she wanted. I like how Lucas and Kate are together, too. They are a good match.
What I didn’t like: “Bro code.” Seriously, is this a real thing? It’s in books all the time and it drives me crazy. Not even unpacking all the implications of bro code in regards to misogyny and “not all men” but the simple fact that adult men let some abstract rule saying they can never date their friend’s sister is ridiculous. The conflict resolution seemed a bit anticlimatic after building it up the entire book, though.
Overall: A good read with a great couple, even though things seem to be too easy for them. It’s a feel good HEA story.
there—apprehension, lust, desire—makes my heart trip.
remains gentle, slow. We hold it for a few seconds before our lips begin to move in perfect sync, slowly, cautiously.
permission. To my delight, a needy little moan echoes from her mouth to mine.
She wraps her arms around my neck and parts her lips in gentle invitation.
direction, lighting me up like fireworks on the Fourth of July.
aren’t real, but with Kate’s lips on mine, it’s hard to keep that thought. On a
groan, I take all she has to give and deepen the kiss, forging ahead with no
regrets. No reservations.
woman you’ve been thinking about for what feels like forever in the middle of
rushes by us. We don’t hear them. People brush against us. We don’t feel them.
lives in New Jersey with her Happy Chaos—her husband and their energizer
bunnies. She’s a lover of words, wonder, an old-fashioned, and the
whimsical delights of everyday living. When she’s not writing swoon-worthy,
sexy relatable romance, you can find her on a hiking adventure, beachin’ it at
the Jersey shore, apple, blueberry picking, or whatever her three men can
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