RELEASE: April 21st, 2015
It’s all fun and games…until someone’s heart is broken.
They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date?
Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smoldering firefighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge.
Now it’s personal. Colt and Milo are at war, and between Max’s questionable acting methods, an unfortunate trip to jail, and a maniacal fiancée, what could possibly go right?
What do you get when you go home for your brothers wedding where you are asked to be the date of the one person you have loved since you were a child? The one person you always knew would protect you, the one person who you have compared all others too and worked so hard to get over but he has friend zoned you every time there was a moment. What do you do when he gives you more moments and won't leave you alone for hours after your arrival? What do you do when he kisses you then says he is sorry it shouldn’t have happened, YOU cry, you can't control it. Then you lie and it starts a domino effect of epic proportions. Milo has been in love with Colton since she was a child. They were inseparable but when she hits puberty she notices a change in Colton, he makes sure she stays in the friend zone and reminds her often. The problem is they are best friends and they are together all of the time and nothing she does can change the way she feels about him and how he feels about her. By time college comes she knows she needs to get away, she needs to learn to live her life without Colton by her side and try to move on. Now she is back for her brother's wedding and she has to spend the weekend with him after 4 years of barely seeing him. After 4 years of comparing every man to him and after 4 years it appears nothing has changed. Except she doesn't know while nothing has changed he has always loved her in return. But whats a guy to do when he is in love with his best friends little sister and he would rather have her in his life above all else then to be with her romantically and lose her in the end. If I could give this book 10 stars I would. Never EVER have I laughed from beginning to end, never have I been endeared to every character including the villain in the book, never have I seen the shit storm that could occur when a feisty wonderful girl is in love with the most caring, lovable man. Then you add her brother, her best friend, his brother, her Grandmom and a bitch of a soon to be sister in law and you get this wonderful book that you will read 100 times and never be tired of it.
This review was provided by Heather McLaughlin, a guest reviewer for Naughty and Nice Book Blog. An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review.
I would like to thank everyone for stopping by Naughty and Nice Book Blog. We have been fortunate to steal a few seconds from their day to sit down and discuss what loving colton has been like for Milo. AND, what loving Milo was been like for Colton.
Did the parents always par-take in the craziness that Colt, Milo and Jason endured?
Not always I mean there had to be some adults present right?
Has Reid recovered from Grandmom?
I think Reid’s going to need a few more years of therapy before he gets over Grandma…especially considering last time he went grocery shopping and saw chapstick, yes you read that right, the last time he saw it, he screamed and ran into a magazine stand.
How has things worked out with being married and being back at school?
Pretty good all things considering…Colt has a really great schedule since he’s a firefighter.
What kind of job does Milo have to be able to afford a Mercedes?
No job just the love of her daddy…and the fact that she actually went to college and wasn’t caught smoking weed like Jason when they were in high school…all kidding aside, it was her high school graduation present considering she had a lot of scholarships for college.
Did Colt ever read your diary?
Colt will never. Ever. Ever. Touch that thing. Ever. Plus I’m pretty sure Max confiscated it for his own amusement.
What does Colts tattoo look like?
It’s the script he wanted from his dad plus a few little designs including a small bird and a haunting tree with a single leave falling to the ground.
Colt, were you shocked that Jason knew you had feelings for Milo since you were young?
Yeah, I think I was so worried he would find out that I never considered he actually knew.
Colt, how is your relationship with Max now?
Max is….I don’t really know how to explain him. He’s the brother I never wanted, but have been cursed with—for eternity.
Have the two of you legalized your marriage yet?
YES! We finally did a few weeks ago..it was getting irritating having Max say we were living in sin.
Colt, knowing the Milo was a virgin and you were her first. How did that make you feel?
Like a bad ass….I wanted to be the only one to touch her and I got my wish. Had she not been a virgin I wouldn’t have minded at all, what guy would? The bigger deal would have been if Max had in fact touched her.
About Rachel Van Dyken:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
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“I can’t believe you’re really going to college, Milo.” Colton’s teasing smile flashed right in front of me, rendering me temporarily blind. Man, he was beautiful. His normally dark-brown hair had shots of gold from the summer sun. Dimples peeked out from his mega-white smile and I was pretty confident that I saw a twinkle in his green eyes meant just for me. He’d been home for two months since graduation and was already off saving the world one fire at a time. I watched his full lips curve around the mouth of his Corona. He and my brother Jason had organized a going-away party for me. Apparently me getting accepted into NYU was a big deal: they’d even gone so far as to get a Star Wars–themed cake from Dairy Queen and a princess tiara that said “Pretty” across it. It was always their joke with me. I was a complete and total tomboy—I loved picking fights and getting muddy—yet still demanded they treat me like a princess.
With a sigh I leaned back on the picnic blanket and looked up at the stars. My crown fell to the side of my head, causing my hair to fall all over my face. The party had been over for a few hours, leaving me, Colt, and Jason. I should have been happy: after all, who does that for their little sister? What brother would even care? Furthermore, the fact that it had all been Colt’s idea, someone who wasn’t even family, was huge. But . . . maybe that’s the part that left me feeling empty. I might as well be family to Colton. I was the little sister he’d never had—and secretly, I’d always wanted to be so much more.
“Aw, you messed up your hair,” Colton teased, lifting the crown with the tip of his finger and giving me a sexy wink.
“Whatever shall I do?” I huffed.
“I’ll save you.” His voice was just above a whisper. “I’ve always wanted to save a princess.”
“You did.” My grin was huge. “You saved me a least a hundred times when we were little—slew the dragon at the top of the stairs and did it all without getting a scratch.”
“Messy job.” He let out a long, exaggerated sigh. “I don’t know how I made it to my twenty-first birthday without getting singed.”
“Donald didn’t breathe fire. He was a fireless dragon, remember?”
“Oh, right.” His eyes twinkled. “How is the old dragon anyway?”
I shrugged and chewed on my lower lip. “Haven’t been in the attic since you guys left for school. I’ve been busy.”
“Too busy to play?”
I rolled my eyes. “Too busy graduating to play, yeah.”
“Where’s the fun in that?”
“Fun.” I snorted. “The last time I had fun was when we snuck into your parents’ pool and—” I clamped my mouth shut before the words could tumble out on their own. Crap. Crap. Crap.
“Skinny-dipped.” He finished my thought. “Yeah, that was a blast.”
“Hey, guys!” Jason called as he ran out of the house. “Dad needs me to grab Mom from work so I’ll be right back! Don’t do anything fun without me! I mean it!”
The loud roar from his truck drowned out our conversation for a brief second and then slowly dissipated as the vehicle barreled down the driveway.
“You thinking what I’m thinking?” Colton asked.
If his thoughts were along the line of finally getting him alone, away from my brother? “Absolutely.” I grinned as he grabbed my hand and helped me off the blanket.
“Come on. Let’s go have fun.”
Curious, I followed Colt as we ran through a few backyards and finally ended up at his house.
“What are we doing?” I asked in a hushed voice.
“Having fun.” I swear his grin made my heart almost stop. “Now strip, Milo, we don’t have all night and Jason’s going to be pissed he isn’t with us.”
Laughing, I took off my shirt and shorts—I’d spent years swimming with the guys in my sports bra and underwear, though as we got older it became weird, but only on my end. It felt strange to strip down to nothing, knowing that my feelings for Colton were very real whereas his were nonexistent. I mean, it was Colton. Sure, I had a crush on him, but he never, ever thought of me that way. Ever.
“Last one in’s a rotten—”
I didn’t hear him finish—but I did beat him into the water. His mom and stepdad’s pool was always my favorite place to swim. It had a little waterfall in the deep end that you could swim under that always made me think of fairy tales and the movies. Then again, that could be because every time I broke through the water it was Colton’s face I saw, and his smile that drew me. He was my own personal Prince Charming.
Laughing, Colton splashed around, then hauled himself out of the pool and did a cannonball right by my face. I was glad that it was dark—I must have been beet-red. Man, the guy was ripped.
“Wanna race?” he asked, out of breath.
“Wanna lose?” I countered.
“Um, it’s an everyday occurrence.” I swam over to the edge. “Ready, set—”
“—go!” He ran instead of swam and then dove under water.
Bastard! Arms burning, I tried to make it to the other end of the pool. I usually didn’t open my eyes under water, but this time I did to see where I was going.
His body was a blur in front of me. All I saw was hard-lined muscle.
I stopped right in front of him and jumped to the surface. “You cheated.”
“I like to call it winning.” He beamed triumphantly.
“Cheating.” My teeth ground together as I pushed against his chest. Laughing, he fell backward, pulling me with him. Our bodies ground together, heat against heat, skin against skin.
And suddenly sneaking away from Jason wasn’t funny anymore.
Neither of us was laughing.
His hands moved from my waist slowly up my body until they rested on my face. With a curse he pulled my head toward his. “We should . . .”
“Yeah,” I whispered.
Neither of us pulled away.
His lips brushed mine, just enough to make me strain toward him—I needed him like I needed air.
“Kids!” His stepdad’s voice rang through the night air. “You out here making noise?”
Colton pushed me away and I nearly hit my head on the waterfall rocks.
“Yeah, just . . . hanging out!” Colton called. “I’m with Jason’s sister.”
I froze. He’d never called me that before. He even said it in such a final way, as if that was all I would ever be. Period. My heart didn’t just sink . . . it shuddered, then combusted, as all the hopes I’d harbored since I was thirteen came to a crushing world-altering halt. My suspicions were finally confirmed. Out loud. On the day the boy I liked had thought enough to throw me a party.
The line had been drawn. And I might as well be on the other side of the universe.
That was the day I lost Colton Mathews—forever.