There are two things Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on:
his old high school teammates and Fitz Hawkins.
A Calling It Novel
Releasing Aug 29th, 2016
Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she’d rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.
With Deke, Fitz finally feels like she's back in the land of the living. But she won’t risk another broken heart—even if it means saying good-bye to Deke for good. It’s up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.
“Hey, Dorie,” she heard from above her. “Do you know where Fitz wants these bottles of water?”
Speak of the devil. Fitz brought her head up a little too suddenly, banging it on the underside of the table. “Ouch!” Her hand going to the back of her head, she came up frowning, and...
Oh, God, was he this gorgeous before? Had he always smelled amazing?
Doing everything she could to keep herself immune from his physical charms, she spun on her heel. “Back here.”
Very specifically not looking in Deke’s direction so that she didn’t give anything away, she forced herself to act exactly as she always did around him. Except she suddenly couldn’t quite remember how that was. Did she flirt with him? Did she flat-out ignore him? Did she generally just go around in a state of low-level irritation? Because right now she had absolutely no clue.
She had even less of a clue as she bent down to open up the lid to the cooler and he crouched down next to her, his head so close all he’d need to do was turn it slightly to the left and his mouth would be on her breast.
And was that…?
Oh, hell, no, her nipples had not just hardened. She slapped her arms over her chest.
Because they had. And Deke, with his superhero sex god extra sensory perception, had definitely noticed. He at least had the decency to look down at the ground as he grinned.
“It’s the cold,” Fitz snapped. “From the cooler.”
Pushing the bottles down into the ice, Deke just answered, “You’d be amazed at all the bits and pieces I can warm up with my tongue.”
I first met Deke and Fitz in the first book of the series. There is plenty of chemistry between them and of course all of the problems that come with a friends-to-lovers relationship that also involves a best friend/older brother situation. Although they've known each other since high school, they've never been more than friends. All of a sudden, they are both seeing each other in a new light, but that friendship makes it harder for Fitz to want more. Deke is a bit of a playboy, but he has gotten sick of playing the field and is ready to give it a try with Fitz. Fitz's past plays a big part in her reluctance to fall in love, but Deke does not give up easily. I loved getting to catch up a bit with Nate and Dorie from the first book and am looking forward to seeing the rest of the guys find their happily ever after.
I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.