Back in San Francisco preparing for her big art show, Vicki Bennett needs help protecting herself and her career from the unwelcome advances of one of the judges. She knows that her longtime friend and baseball star, Ryan Sullivan, will know just how to handle things, and he’s the only person she can imagine asking for help.
Ryan is thrilled to have Vicki back in his life, and he will do anything to protect her from harm, including playing the role of “pretend boyfriend.” But when their staged kisses and caresses lead to an incredibly sensual night, they both worry that they may have damaged their friendship forever.
Have they made the worst mistake possible? Or is the perfect combination of friendship and love finally within reach?
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Ryan Sullivan, one of the middle children of the great, talented San Fransisco Sullivan clan, is a major league baseball pitcher. When he receives a text from Vicki, his best friend since they were teenagers, asking him to rescue her, he finds her fighting off the advances of a skeevy man who has the ability to make or break her career. What is her solution to turning the guy down nicely? Pretend that she and Ryan are a couple.
Which is fine with him, Ryan’s been in love with Vicki since they met at age 15. Any excuse to finally give into the overwhelming urge to kiss her. And it’s every bit as amazing as he expected. But the skeevy guy won’t let it go, so Ryan ups the ante and surprises Vicki with a fake engagement. So this, acting all lovey to convince others of their love, as well as her staying in Ryan’s amazing house, has Vicki confused and aroused because she, too, has been in love with him for years.
I am a total sucker for unrequited love. Though this love is totally requited on both sides, neither thinks the other sees them as more than a friend. And that friendship is very strong and important to them. So this book is reeking of heated glances and not-so-innocent touches. And HOT. Being aroused for fifteen years tends to lead to very explosive sexual encounters.
Both characters are great. I loved Ryan. He may be my favorite Sullivan. He was so honorable and sweet. Vicki was fun, too. I loved that she was determined to make it on her own. Together they were quite sweet.