Lily Morisette wants roots. She has a dream that requires being settled. Lily wants to open her own restaurant because what's a master chef without her own space to be everything she can be? However, like most goals, achieving it will have to wait when she finds herself forced to move once again.
Marine recon Master Sergeant Zachariah Taylor is looking forward to relaxing during his leave and doesn't expect to find a beautiful, curvy, blond squatter in his home! Even more annoying, he is certain she is free-loading off his sister. Why else would she keep Glynnis' current whereabouts a secret from him?
While both parties argue over the legality of Lily's renter's contract, and inwardly deny their attraction for each other, Lily discovers a note left behind by Glynnis stating that she was on her way to meet her new boyfriend's family.
Convinced that he now has two people using his sister for her money, and determined protect his sister from them, Zach heads out after Glynnis and her "boyfriend."
When Lily announces that she'll be accompanying him for the long ride north in order to both prove her rights and protect Glynnis from an angry marine brother, Zach is less than thrilled.
Lily's character is sweet, savvy and willing to put up a good fight. She was constantly trying to prove she wasn't what Zach pegged her to be.
There is a secondary romance between Jessica and her husband that is enjoyable to read about. Especially since Jess is shy and reserved, which both Lily and Zach are not.
Lily, as most chef's tend to be, was not a thin, size zero girl and I'm glad! What chef could bake, cook and whip up wonderful meals and stay a size 2? It wouldn't have been realistic. Instead she is made out to be a size 10 or 12, curvy and easy to hold.
I didn't like the level of animosity between Zach and Lily. Since I despise fighting and cannot understand why any two people who argue all the time would want to be around each other. Despite the validity of the big misunderstanding that prompts it all, it was too much. I didn't feel the reality of their love/attraction in the end.
Though Zach, like any other male was probably too pissed to notice anything around him, I expected his marine career to make him a little more on edge and aware of what happened around him then it did. Outside of being called a Marine, I didn't feel the connection to his work roots. Maybe I have read too many well done characters that I my expectations were to high, but it just didn't quite fit.
Overall this was an enjoyable read, likely a fantastic read for those who like the hero and heroine to be at odds with each other for a large majority of the book. The book also contains a few deliciously steamy sex scenes and some coarse language for those who may have aversion to either topic.
Lily Morrisette wants roots, respect, and independence. So what is she doing on a road trip with a handsome marine who's carrying her into the heart of serious peril? It started out as a lark fuelled by her strong chemical reaction to sexy Zach Taylor - a tough, yet tender-in-spite-of-himself military man who's determined to break up the engagement of his 'baby sister' Glynnis. But there's no Glynnis waiting at the end of the line - only a ransom note.and a death threat. Amid a dangerous nest of family secrets, the heat between Zach and Lily becomes unbearable as a kidnapper's twisted scheme pulls them closer than either dreamed possible. And when passion explodes, Lily's reckless act could prove to be the best risk she's ever taken - or her last.