Two words Kalli Montgomery never expected to say out loud to Xavier Cruz, even though she's been in love with the sexy, single father for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately, she hasn't just been friend-zoned for the past ten years. No, even worse, he's treated her like a little sister, no matter how hard she tried to prove she could be so much more. When she agrees to spend the summer as the caregiver for his daughter, Lily, she knows it's her last chance to finally make him take notice.
As unexpected circumstances threaten to disrupt his home life, Xavier's desperate to keep his family together. He'll do whatever it takes, even if it means marrying a woman he doesn't love. For Xavier and Lily, Kalli will do just about anything, even at the risk of getting her heart broken in the process.
Little does she know, sometimes love isn't quite as unrequited as one may think. Xavier sees her-he always has. And the vow he made all those years ago never to go there with his best friend's little sister is wavering, and it's wavering fast. When they come up with a plan that leads to wedding bells, it's a no brainer.
This marriage of convenience has one rule: absolutely no falling in love.
Easier said than done. Throw together a girl who believes rules are meant to be broken, and a man whose whole career revolves around following orders and you get a recipe for disaster. What could possibly go wrong?
I was so patientlyOKAY FINE impatiently waiting for this one!!
Every glimpse of Xavier was drawing me in more and more he was so intriguing and I needed to know his tale..
I am a such a glutton for Angst and Sexual Tension.. crave it sometimes.. want those feelings where you can't help but hold your breath in anticipation, want to fling your kindle across the room cause your so pissed off or start muttering to the characters advise you damn well know they can't hear.. This book had it all sexy sweet tension with some angst thrown in!! So yes I was one happy satisfied reader!
I loved the way the story started off with the present and that "Marry Me" then ventured off into showing us how we got there and then what came after!! with both of their POV's..
Boy oh Boy Xavier really had a number done on him when he was left with a newborn to care for at such an early age and a Military career that was still so new.. Luckily a great mom that came to the rescue without hesitation and a wonderful Kale & the gang became his network of support for him and his baby girl.
Then we have Kalli young, vibrant, carefree full of sass and sarcasm living and loving life to the fullest.. No real worries or responsibilities, Hell she was still living at home well into her late 20's cause she could and really didn't care what anyone thought!
Let's jump right into Xavier.. Oh the so MANY times I was SO wanting to Throttle the man, everyone knew he was attracted to Kalli but he did absolutely Nada about it just always wanting more time, constantly second guessing things... I felt like he was just full of excuses and had his head stuck so far up his ass I wanted him to grovel and beg when he finally snapped out of it.. Then Kalli started off acting like a total doormat IMO.. putting herself out there numerous times and getting shot down just as many.. I would have been so done with him after the first time he made it clear she would never be first or second, Hell not even third in his life...She was always doing so much for him and Lily without giving it a second thought.
Because I love Angst so damn much I was able to forgive Xavier his Stubborn ways - which really only came from his love for his daughter and how he put his needs aside to put hers first above all else. (who can stay mad at that) And I was able to realize Kalli wasn't letting Xavier walk all over her (she'd loved the man he was for 10 years).. She knew what she wanted and knew what would be waiting on the other side once she tore down those walls.. A man that loves so hard and protects his family so fiercely nothing gets in his way..
Kalli was exactly what Xavier and his daughter needed in their lives and she knew this and got everything she wanted and more!!
This was such a fun read watching Xavier struggle with what he wanted and how he thought he needed to be.. Kalli being patient but totally tempting him at every turn and their moms were to cute with their plotting.. so much went on that had me pausing and laughing cause I would have reacted the same or even said something so similar if found in that situation.
**I have come to love this series and Tessa Teevan's writing style**
**arc received from author for an honest review **