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 and Samantha were fun and their chemistry was off the charts hot. I am not usually a fan of "insta-love" and am not always able to believe the actions of the characters when it strikes, but in this case I did.
There were a few reasons for this:
1. Tessa Bailey can write. She is a favorite author of mine because she writes a good story, with excellent dialog, perfect pacing, and believable characters (even when they are engaging in "insta-love" you still believe in them) and the supporting characters always feel real
2. Duke was a normal guy. Not a perfect body, not the perfect career, lives with his sisters who are all divorced and who come off a bit rough around the edges. He is REAL. He is the guy next door, the one you feel safe with, who feels like a normal guy.
3. Samantha was also real. She had flaws, uncertainties, imperfections, and she also wasn't a model.
So, in this one, the characters work so well that I was willing to suspend disbelief in believe they were in it for the long haul. The marriage helped me with this...as there is nothing better than taking something away to show you how much you actually want it.
All in all, this one is worth the read. You will enjoy it.
Oh, sit in front of a fan and have ice water...you are going to thank me for this advice.