Published January 2nd 2012 by Carina Press
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Arriving home on leave from his tour of duty, Army Captain Alex Montoya knows there's a beautiful woman waiting for him-his best friend's sister. She's always been off limits...until now. He fully intends to move them out of being "just friends" and encourage her to release the sexual needs he senses she's buried deep.
Tianna McIntyre is starting over after her marriage ended. Her ex-husband weakened her self-esteem and caused her to deny her true sexual desires. But being around Alex brings all her dormant fantasies to the surface, and now Tianna feels the stirrings of her secret, submissive wishes.
Determined to help repair the damage Tianna's ex did to her self-worth, Alex will use whatever means necessary to convince her they're meant for each other, including tying her down to make sure he has her full attention while he takes her to the heights of pleasure she's always dreamed of..
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Army Captain, Alex Montoya is home on leave from an injury he sustained when the vehicle he was in hit an IED. Sent home to heal for two weeks, he is trying to prepare himself to see his best friend Brian's twin sister, Tianna. Newly single, available and divorced from an ex who cut her down. Tianna has been living in his house for the past eight months and trying to get back on her feet. She's a dangerous combination of sexy and sweet and already half in love with her, Alex tries to keep his distance. Though Tianna suffered in her marriage, she' now free and has been staying at Alex's and sleeping in his bed these past eight months with fantasies of Alex himself keeping her awake at night. She's craved Alex but assumes he thinks of her as just his friend’s sister. What she's always wanted and needed has been dominance in the bedroom. Though her ex husband made her feel like a freak for what she wanted, she senses that Alex would be the one to give it to her. With each having fantasies of the other, when these two finally give into their feelings, the results are nothing but explosive.
This is a first for me from this author and I can't wait to read more. I usually shy away from shorter stories, being I just need more pages. I think Callie Croix really hit it out of the park. It was short, sweet and extremely hot. The story really takes off from the first sentence and moves at a steady pace. Though it lacked in the number of pages I like, the story itself was great. Alex and Tanna's chemistry was intense and I anxiously awaited for these two to drop the pretense of "just friends" and show each-other what they really wanted. The first time Alex and Tianna gave into their feelings, was hot and needy and I literally groaned out loud when they were interrupted. Though I was irritated with the interruption, it was a great little tease that had me turning the pages faster. I also enjoyed the real to life aspects that both characters dealt with. Alex was struggling not only with injures and a possible Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but also the fact that he lost two of his men in the explosion. Tianna, was re-discovering her self confidence after dealing with mental abuse and ridicule from her ex. The numerous hurtles and drama these two characters were dealing with gave them some real qualities and made me root for them even more. Overall, it was a great read and a great story in a little package.
Rating: 4.5 Wine Glasses