Author: Lili Valente
When the family dog trots in with my diaphragm in its mouth—in
front of my date, his parents, and his adorable little girl—you would think I’d
hit rock bottom.
Let’s back this up a sec…
Brendan Daniels is the sexiest man alive. The captain of the
Badger’s NHL team is also clever, kind, funny, and was my good friend…until we
cruised out of the friend zone one weekend with a red-hot fling. Come Monday
morning, I wanted to keep riding the Big O train to happy town, but Brendan
wanted someone who was “stepmom” material.
A.K.A, not me, apparently.
The problem? I’m crazy in love with him and his daughter. So when
he asks me to be his pretend girlfriend for a long weekend with his former
in-laws, I say yes. We’re still friends, after all, and friends don’t let
friends fake it alone.
Laura Collins is the last woman I should be thinking about taking
in the back seat of my car, in the woods behind my in-laws’ house, or in a
hotel room where we’re sharing one very small, very squeaky bed.
I need a steady, stable influence for my daughter, not a fling
with this too wild, too young, too impulsive red head. So what if she’s
beautiful and intense and passionate and has the biggest heart I’ve ever known?
I don’t want to fall in love. I really don’t. The whole “pretend
girlfriend” thing was supposed to solve my problems, buy me a little more time.
But when it comes to Laura?
maybe I’m just not cut out for faking it.
This is story of a man whose life currently revolves around two things, his career and his child but mostly, his child. He suffered the loss of his wife several years earlier, and has been raising his daughter as a single father since then.
Laura is a single woman, who, butts heads with Brendan over everything related to his career. As the PR person for the team, she needs him to be a team player but he does not always want to play that game.
These two are drawn to each other in a pretty hot/explosive way, however, a miscommunication and misunderstanding less Brendan to let Laura go. However, once he realizes the error of his ways, he makes the effort to regain her trust and *gasp* love.
I loved this story, these two together. They were the perfect couple and I am pretty sure Brendan is the perfect man. A loving father who will do anything for his child and a loving partner who will do whatever it takes to make his woman happy. *sigh*