This is a HOT read and proof that playing hard to get can work. Maria has always worn her heart on her sleeve where Mike is concerned and it got her nowhere. She looks elsewhere and suddenly Mike is interested. Leaving Maria thinking WTF? She decides to go with it, enlisting Olivia and a marine booty call named Tommy who is willing to see she gets what she wants. A little BDSM is thrown in and Maria is surprised to find she really likes it. I really liked the girls manipulating Mike; karma is a bitch sometimes.
We met Mike and Maria in the first book as an established couple and now we get the details on their romance. And it was a pleasure to read. Mike kind of enjoyed the hero worship and adulation Maria provided, but kept his distance. Seven years is quite a gap when growing up but now it's nothing, unless Maria uses it to tease Mike. I enjoyed this book as much as the first.
Major Mike Cava has done his best not to see Maria Thompson as anything but his baby sister’s best friend. Not an easy feat when Maria’s done her best to throw herself at him for years. But now that’s he’s returned to the East Coast and with his family again, he feels easier about handling little Maria.
Except in the two years since he’s seen her last, Maria has grown way up. Good God, she’s stunning. But now that he’s really seeing her, she isn’t seeing him. No more jumping into his arms or smiling and flirting. A bland hello and she’s leaving to go hang out with some other guy. Oh hell no.
Maria spent the past fourteen years mooning over a man who never saw her as anything but a little girl, and she’s done. Or so she tries fooling herself. She’s twenty-four years old, and it’s past time she grew up and over him. But now Mike’s giving “those” looks. He’s acting jealous. And she realizes that she’s not over him yet, and maybe one of her old plans to stir his interest might work this time around.
With the help of her best friend—Mike’s sister—and his younger brother, she’ll prove she’s more than woman enough to handle him. His dominance, his kink in the bedroom, his huge, hot body. But just when she thinks they can make a go of it, he pulls back. She can’t do it anymore. Loving, being hurt, loving, being ignored. This time if Mike wants her, he’ll have to prove it. She’s done.
And he’s just realized he might have made the biggest mistake of his life in pushing her away…