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. That man. OMG. I so love Duke.
He's a fixer, Duke is. Sam gets that right first try. But Duke has seen the results of poor choices with marriage and he's not gonna play that game. Of course, that's before he's met and experienced the lovely Sam.
Sam's an artist and her life is in the imagination of her heart. I love that about her. She draws Duke within minutes of seeing him. He's a sea captain, a gladiator then a super hero. She can't quite get one to encompass all of him. Yeah, he a big boy but it's his heart she can't quite capture. That's because he's more. More. A perfect book boyfriend with the rough edges that we women love despite the modern age. Despite his caveman side, he has a tender side that just stole my heart. I love Duke.
Both characters appealed to me and I found myself cheering for them. With both of them phobic about commitment, they can make an arrangement work, yes? Sure they can. That's where this story is brilliant. Better than a pretending story, this arrangement with benefits is set-up perfectly. I enjoyed watching each of them realize that the arrangement part wasn't want they wanted. And then to see the rest of the cast of characters interfere or try to help? Priceless.
I picked this one up mid-series and it made me want to read the first two books before it. (Not that you need to at all). Tessa Bailey did good with this one.
This book will pull you in and hold you there for a perfect afternoon delight.