Can a grumpy former Ranger find lasting happiness in a marriage of convenience with a sunny single mom?
After losing his leg, former Army Ranger Holt Steele is building a new life and a new business with his friends. Sure, he never expected to put small-town baker on his resume, but he finds he likes the quiet, simple life. If only he didn’t like the sunny single mom who works across the street–or her adorable kid–quite so much.
After escaping a controlling husband, event planner Cayla Black has one focus–growing her business and maintaining a safe, happy home for her daughter. She has no time or interest in a man. Not even one who charms her child with Disney songs and keeps turning up like a mind-reader to help without being asked.
But when her ex’s conviction is overturned on a technicality, and he shows up intending to reclaim his wife and child, Holt intervenes with an outrageous lie. The only way to fix it is to make his falsehood the truth. As they struggle to convince everyone that their marriage of protection is real, these two reluctant hearts fall deeper, until the lines between the fiction and the dream begin to blur, and they have to risk it all to protect the family they didn’t know they wanted.
This story was so sweet! I loved Holt. He’s a Ranger, but he’s also a baker. Swoon. He’s very loyal and protective. Even thought he’s not wanting to get involved with Cayla, he feels he needs to protect her from her criminal ex-husband. This leads to a marriage of convenience. I always enjoy this trope. Will they or won’t they? There’s a few misunderstandings, but a lot of sparks fly. I love how Holt is with Cayla’s daughter. Super sweet and just the right amount of steamy. Don’t miss this romance! Great summer read! 4 stars!
Meet Kait Nolan
Kait Nolan is a RITA® Award-winning Mississippi author who calls everyone sugar, honey, or darlin’, and can wield a ‘Bless your heart’ like a Snuggie or a saber, depending on requirements.
She believes in love, laughter, and that tacos are the world’s most perfect food.
When she’s not writing, reading, working the evil day job, or wrangling family (both the two-legged and the four-), you can find her obsessively watching The Great British Bake Off.
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