Factory mechanic Duke Crawford just wants to watch SportsCenter in peace. Unfortunately, living with four divorcee sisters doesn’t provide much silence, nor does it change his stance on relationships. But when a fellow commitment-phobe stumbles into his life, getting him good and worked up, he can’t deny his protective instincts.
Samantha Waverly’s brother just put her in an impossible situation. The only way out? Marry huge, gruff, gladiator look-alike Duke—for show, of course. She doesn’t make promises—she knows too well how easily they can be broken—and this is no exception.
As the blistering attraction between them grows, the lines around the no-strings relationship blur. But Duke and Samantha’s marriage is only for show…or is it?
Duke is the kind of grumpy, pouty man who his appearance screams don’t mess with me and inside he is a big teddy bear. Samantha has been sheltered and is trying to break free and do something daring. They are each drawn to the other immediately and things moved from there pretty quickly. There was some major insta love in this book and an even faster marriage.
Overall the book had a lot going for it, but ultimately Duke started grating on my nerves after a while. I am ok with the broody, dominate man sometime, but Duke was over the top even for me. Add to that one brother I couldn’t stand that is trying to force marriage and I was a little disenchanted. I loved all of the puns from Sam and her drawings and pretty much everything about her, but she became meek when her brother was around and it felt a little off for me.
I love Tessa’s writing and her steamy scenes are off the charts, but this one just didn’t quite work for me. I recommend checking out this one for yourself, as it was a decent read, especially if you like the strong, quiet type and a broody alpha. It was a fun read that was over the top, but I did enjoy most of the book.
A review copy was provided by Netgalley for an honest review.
Mother Mary. There were men. And then there was Duke Crawford. He wasn’t pretty or sculpted. Didn’t have the kind of physique that would land him on the pages of a calendar or on a “hot bodies” board on Pinterest. No no. Duke was husky and covered in hair. A bear among mere cubs.
Are you on a five-way text with them? Yes. Biggest mistake of my life. He pulled out onto the dark street, hitting the blinker and turning right. It’s like the mafia, these group texts. Once you’re in, you’re in for life.
I don’t want to be another responsibility to you.
Let me be the place you lose yourself instead.
We’re going to fuck tonight. Your bed. Mine. On the floor. In the shower. Against the window. All. Goddamn. Night. You’re going to know me from every angle when the sun comes up over New Jersey tomorrow.
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Tessa Bailey is originally from Carlsbad, California. The day after high school graduation, she packed her yearbook, ripped jeans and laptop, driving cross-country to New York City in under four days.
Her most valuable life experiences were learned thereafter while waitressing at K-Dees, a Manhattan pub owned by her uncle. Inside those four walls, she met her husband, best friend and discovered the magic of classic rock, managing to put herself through Kingsborough Community College and the English program at Pace University at the same time. Several stunted attempts to enter the work force as a journalist followed, but romance writing continued to demand her attention.
She now lives in Long Island, New York with her husband of eight years and four-year-old daughter. Although she is severely sleep-deprived, she is incredibly happy to be living her dream of writing about people falling in love.
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