Intoxicate, Book # 4 in the Explosive Series
Can be read as a standalone
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Day: January 29, 2015
BlurbMarry me. Two words Kalli Montgomery never expected to say out loud to Xavier Cruz, even though she's been in love with the sexy, single father for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately, she hasn't just been friend-zoned for the past ten years. No, even worse, he's treated her like a little sister, no matter how hard she tried to prove she could be so much more. When she agrees to spend the summer as the caregiver for his daughter, Lily, she knows it's her last chance to finally make him take notice. As unexpected circumstances threaten to disrupt his home life, Xavier's desperate to keep his family together. He'll do whatever it takes, even if it means marrying a woman he doesn't love. For Xavier and Lily, Kalli will do just about anything, even at the risk of getting her heart broken in the process. Little does she know, sometimes love isn't quite as unrequited as one may think. Xavier sees her-he always has. And the vow he made all those years ago never to go there with his best friend's little sister is wavering, and it's wavering fast. When they come up with a plan that leads to wedding bells, it's a no brainer. This marriage of convenience has one rule: absolutely no falling in love. Easier said than done. Throw together a girl who believes rules are meant to be broken, and a man whose whole career revolves around following orders and you get a recipe for disaster. What could possibly go wrong?
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ReviewShooting a glare at him, I throw my hands up in exasperation. “Are you telling me that this whole anticipation thing is one-sided? Is it that easy for you to resist? I really need to step up my game.” Xavier’s eyes fall to my lips for a quick moment before he looks back up at me. I see the desire in his expression, and without him even saying a word, I know he wants this, too. So why is he making me wait? “You have no idea how much I want to kiss you right now. How many times I’ve thought of doing just that. Every time you were curled up against me on the couch, I wanted to kiss you. Every morning when you showed up, I wanted to kiss you. Every time you said goodnight to Lily and then slipped out my door? I wanted to kiss you before you left. It’s not a new development. The first time I ever saw you, Kalli, I wanted to kiss you. And I’ve wanted to ever since.” His admission floors me. He’s told me before that he “saw” me, but I had no clue it was from the very beginning. I’m not really sure how to process it. In fact, he beats me to the punch. “So now you know. This will be just as hard for me, but it will be so damn worth it. Because when you’ve wanted something for as long as I’ve wanted you? It’ll be the best feeling in the world when I finally get it.” “Our first kiss will be that epic?” “A first kiss to rival them all,” he quips, grinning at me. He holds his arms out wide. “Now, we’ll start with a hug and work our way up.” “I feel like I’m sixteen again,” I tell him as I wrap my arms around his waist. His hands come down to my back and he gives me a big squeeze, my head pressing against his firm chest. I love this feeling of being in his arms, him holding me close. There’s nowhere on the planet I’d rather be than right here with him. As much as I want him, I know he’s right. I don’t care when it comes. Because when it does, our first kiss will be unforgettable. His chest rumbles as he chuckles. He squeezes me tight one last time before letting me go. “And it’s only just the beginning,” he tells me. “Have a good night, crazy girl.”
This is a first Tessa Teevan read for me, and now I'm not sure why so. I have the first 2 books in this series as part of 2 different anthologies, and now, I'm thinking, heck, I better un-bury those from my to-read pile.
If you're looking for a break from dark/mind-screw reads, I think this is a pretty good direction to go. Kalli and Xavier's story is simple in a way. They have a history, something was there between them but nothing happened for valid reasons, then fast forward a few years, the pull is still there until it reached a point that s/he knows and even the people around them know, that something just had to happen. Not saying it's simplistic, of course, because the emotions involved are anything but simple. Other people's lives are involved so there a lot of factors to consider when making decisions.
I'll tell you what I really like with this. Kalli, the h. Throughout the story, Kalli was consistent with her thoughts, and her understanding of Xavier and what ever else is happening shows a lot of maturity and foresight without effort. I can tell she's a good person.
Xavier, the H, for a change is the one with more baggage to deal with, which affected a lot of his thoughts and actions. But at least he wasn't a total a$$ about it all. When he messed up, he owned up to it. And regardless of his indecisions when it came to Kalli, I give him credit for being the good father and son that he is.
While I didn't get the "pact" because in my head I'm thinking "who's kidding who!" (especially from Xavier's POV), I really enjoyed the dynamics between Kalli and Xavier. There is a naturalness to it that makes everything so relatable. It's sincere, sweet and quite loving. And the attraction between them was laid out quite yummily and oh so gooey! Melikey!!
The side characters, I'm assuming, are the MC's in the other books in this series. I guess I better get a move on it and read their stories now too!
I'm a twenty something book junkie who is also obsessed with sports. Bengals, Buckeyes, Reds are my teams! I work for the government during the day, hang out with Air National Guard on the weekends, and have been married to my own book boyfriend for over seven years. We currently live right outside of Dayton, OH with our two cats. If I’m not writing or looking through tons of photos of hot men, all in the name of research, then you can probably find me curled up with my Kindle, ignoring the rest of the world. I love my sports almost as much as I love my books. My other obsessions include red wine, hot men, country music, and all things Grace Potter.
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