3.5 out of 5 Licks
A man who thinks he has what he wants.
Bran Johnson always knew he wanted to be a Marine. What makes it even better is longtime gal pal TK is now stationed at the same base. Unfortunately, Bran is having a hard time dealing with his feelings when he realizes that TK is considered a hot commodity on base. Worse, he finds himself taking a backseat to her admirers.
A woman who always wished for more.
Tess Keller has loved Bran since they were in high school. The former football captain always treated her like a friend so she tried to move on. Unfortunately, he’s in her business constantly now. One passionate argument leads to more than either of them expected. Tess knows it isn’t going to last because Bran is never going to settle down. So, to save face, she suggests they stay friends, only with the side benefit of being sometime lovers.
A Marine determined to win at all costs.
Bran agrees to the friends with benefits idea just to keep himself close to Tess. She might think he’s not around for the long haul, but this is one Johnson brother who knows exactly what he wants…and just how to get it. And what he wants is Tess in his bed and in his life forever. Nothing will stop him, not even Tess herself.
I love hot military men and I’ve always thought the Marine’s have the best dress blues so I was very happy to read a book about them. We met the Johnson Brothers while enjoying The Santinis. In fact MJ (the only Johnson girl) married a Santini. One of my favorite things about series and spinoffs is that we usually get to see characters from previous books and we get a few glimpses of MJ in this one. I love the determination in Bran, he is the epitome of a Marine and he never gives up on what he wants. Once he figured out that Tess is what he wants he doesn’t let anyone get in her way especially Tess herself. Tess was more comfortable keeping Bran at arms length, but with all that sexy Marine action coming at her even she couldn’t resist him. They have some steamy sex and Bran is smacked in the face with the fact that he’s in love with her and she backs away. Needless to say he won’t let that happen. It started slowly, but started running toward the end. The ending felt a bit rushed for me, but we got complete resolution with an epilogue-which I love! :) And really who doesn’t love a friends to lovers story?