Mercy, mercy, MERCY! Why didn’t my history teacher in high school look and act like Lance Gibson? I assure you if Mr. Weatherford was anything at all like Lance more of us would have rolled into class at 8 AM in a better frame of mind. Same could be said for study hall. If the librarians looked and baked like Ms. Malarkey, maybe more of my guy friends would have actually picked up a book.
Lance Gibson is sexy, sinful and a braggert. At least with his family, he has plenty of stories of… conquests. Inside, though, Lance is a man with secrets, sadness and regrets. But Lance is also a man with heart who wants what is best for his students. He adores his family, especially his Nana. He’s funny, flirtatious and and has an affinity for… cupcakes with peanut butter icing. Plus if he gets to tease the gorgeous librarian who makes those cupcakes, even better. Mariah Malarkey knows that Lance is a player and only comes to her office during his break to get under her skin. They have done this little push and pull for a while and somehow he’s become the stuff that fantasties are made of.
A chance encounter changes everything for these two. Oh, does it ever!
These two are so much fun together. So much! I laughed with them. I cringed with them at their embarassing moments. They have such beautiful chemistry and steamy sex appeal. At the foundation of their relationship is a refreshing friendship. They simply GET each other. They have secrets and pains from the past that try to color the future. While Lance comes off as a playboy and prankster prince, at his core he’s such an amazingly sweet guy that it’s impossible not to fall for him. Mariah is sassy, stubborn and just plain fantastic! She’s been hurt, by family no less in the worst possible way. I cheered for her with all my heart because I so wanted to see her have the happiness that she so richly deserved.
Craft is swoony, angsty and powerful. Such a fun read! Adriana has written another wonderful family story that pulled me in and would not let go until I read the very last word. It is warm and full of emotion. It has its heartbreaks and tears, too, but when I sat down my kindle, I sighed the happiest of sighs. The Gibson series is small town living, family and love at its absolute best. Something tells me this series is only going to get better with each Gibson’s story that Adriana tells, and I cannot wait.
They’re not quite enemies. Not really friends. More like frustrated balls of sexual tension and neither will give in.
Lance Gibson drives Mariah Malarkey absolutely crazy. He uses her office like a phone booth, takes cupcakes from the corner of her desk like she baked them just for him. She didn’t. Maybe she knew the history teacher happened to love peanut butter icing, but that was purely a coincidence. All sixteen times.
Mariah has a way of getting under Lance’s skin too. She calls him out on his crap, spoils him even if inadvertently, and seeing the librarian in skirts drives him wild. She won’t give in. It’s for the best, really, considering there’s no way he could lie to a woman like that and he’s not about to tell her the truth about himself. Not in a million years.
These two don’t hate each other. They don’t really like each other. But for this to be a friends-to-lovers story, they have to start somewhere, right?
Note: This can be read as a standalone novel.
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USA Today Bestselling author Adriana Locke lives and breathes books. After years of slightly obsessive relationships with the flawed bad boys created by other authors, Adriana has created her own.
She resides in the Midwest with her husband, sons, and two dogs. She spends a large amount of time playing with her kids, drinking coffee, and cooking. You can find her outside if the weather’s nice and there’s always a piece of candy in her pocket.
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