From the publisher:
All I’ve ever tried to do is keep the people in my life safe. That’s gotten me into hot water more times than I can count. Hell, the last time got me four years behind bars.
So when my favorite barista tells her mom that I’m her boyfriend to stop the woman’s endless criticism, I can’t stop myself from helping her out. But she’s too innocent and I’m too damaged for this to ever be the real deal.
I can’t allow myself to touch her, not when making her mine will drag her into my world and drown her in my messed up life. What I really need to do is stay away.
Except every touch and every accidental kiss breaks my control. I want her.
Then I find out her dad is the detective who put me away…and he’s trying to take down my family.
I don’t blame him. The secrets I’m keeping are big enough to destroy everything.
This is a quick read of the fake date trope, which is time-tested and works beautifully here. To add to the tension, Liam is an ex-con, and Maggie’s dad is the police detective who put him away.
Liam has been coming into the coffee shop where Maggie works for months. He doesn’t flirt or anything, and neither does she, but both are very much aware of the other. Eventually, Maggie finds herself in the position of having to attend a big family reunion, and if she doesn’t have a date, her mother will be all over her. Cornered, she asks Liam if he could just pretend to be her boyfriend for a few minutes, as her mother is stopping by the coffee shop. Maggie figures she’ll introduce her fake boyfriend, then make excuses why he can’t attend the family reunion. Problem solved.
It doesn’t quite work out the way she planned, and Liam comes to the reunion, determined to give Maggie a good time but keep sex off the table. Ha! Needless to say, that doesn’t work and there is plenty of steamy sex all weekend long. There are also some very funny moments, and some really serious ones as well.
I really liked these characters, and that surprised me for such a short book. Maybe it helped that the story was told in alternating voices from Maggie & Liam. All the characters worked, the plotline while simple, was effective, and I couldn’t wait for them to get their happily ever after. This is a fun, sexy read and I really liked it. I will have to see what else I can find by this author.
2/2020 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
KEEP ME WANTING by Angela Addams. Entangled: Embrace (February 10, 2020). ASIN B082GRQVQQ. 252p.
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