A former Navy SEAL and current bad boy bar owner learns to trust a free spirit in this steamy novel of unexpected romance from the bestselling author of Body Shot and the Heller Brothers series.
Marco Solis knows that if he gets too close to people they disappear. His parents were deported back to Mexico when he was fourteen, his fiancée married someone else while he was in the military, and now his business partner’s spending more time with his girl than with Marco. For better or worse, that’s how Marco meets Carrie Garner. She’s legitimately model-hot. She’s also a nut—a wild, artsy, unapproachable nut. So why is Marco so interested in cracking her shell?
Although Carrie Garner is a natural in front of the camera, her dream is to make it as a photographer. Soon she’ll be heading to Spain for design school, and she’ll miss her best friend, Hayden, like crazy. She’ll even miss Hayden’s boyfriend, Beck—but she won’t miss Beck’s partner, Marco. Bossy, brooding, and annoyingly sexy, Marco really pushes her buttons, though he obviously wouldn’t mind pushing her buttons in an up-against-the-wall, hard-and-fast kind of way. The craziest part is, if Carrie lets him do that, well . . . she may never want to leave.
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
The Fireball Effect!
This author drives me crazy…in a very good way.
She creates wonderful characters for the reader to appreciate. There is no choice but to read on and join the adventure because one thing is certain; this author will absolutely deliver a satisfying and steamy HEA ending. It’s a sure thing.
In this story, you enjoy a fun experience with two main characters one would believe to be full of self-confidence. Marco, a Navy SEAL who has had so many losses that he doesn’t believe in trust at all and Carrie, a model who feels like an underachiever within her own exceptional family.
“If your first kiss could be described as candy, what would it be: Starburst, Milky Way, Snickers, Zero, or Goobers?” Carrie and Marco are planning an engagement party for their friends and this is the first time that Carrie has looked at former Navy SEAL Marco without feeling that he was making fun of her. Carrie doesn’t much appreciate Marco’s attitude and she is darn sure that he doesn’t like her a bit, calling her “Supermodel” in his disparaging tone. Or so she believes. Unfortunately for them, Marco’s best friend and business partner is engaged to Carrie’s best friend since middle school so they will likely be seeing lots of each other. When Marco tells Carrie that she has a very fine derriere, she thinks he is making fun of her, or that he just sees her body but doesn’t really see ‘her’.
Oh hell no, he is entirely serious. He sees her and he wants to make her “see not just stars, but galaxies, and beg him for more”. The thought of being with her is inflammatory sending a fireball through his gut and this was before they even got together.
Carrie is planning a career change and there is no time for a relationship. She is fed up with being treated as simply a body or a face. Carrie hasn’t forgotten her middle school days when she was the too tall, funny looking skinny girl with braces. That is who she still sees when she thinks of herself sometimes. Carrie is also the odd woman out in her family of Type A, serious-minded high achievers. She wants very much to do something important. To be important. The funny thing about Marco is that somehow she does feel a connection to him. Carrie is empathetic and sees sadness under Marco’s joking and flirting. The attraction is absolutely mutual once they are a little more honest but it can only be a fling. Marco doesn’t ‘do’ relationships but a sexy fling with Carrie, this super hot model, is just the tonic he needs. That is all it can be because Carrie is going to photography school in Spain so that she can make her family proud. Their mutual desire leads to smoking hot encounters until Marco’s business partners notice that he must be “occupying Vagistan”. That cracked me up. I’ll admit it. Again, as I mentioned, this author drives me crazy…as her stories are crazy good.
Again, as I mentioned, this author drives me crazy…as her stories are crazy good.