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What a cute couple! I loved Duke and Samantha. They were each so quirky, and it made the story fun and heartwarming. The main obstacle to overcome between them is their commitment phobia. However, Duke gets over it pretty quickly, and Samantha comes around too...eventually.
Samantha is in Hook to meet her brother - a meeting she has been dreading ever since her ex-fiance announced he was returning after a three year absence. When she arrives, she goes to a local dive, and she is instantly hit on by a few guys. To her rescue comes Duke, a mountain of a man with a quiet yet strong demeanor. He can't help himself when it comes to Sam, and he soon finds himself giving her a ride to a local eatery and then her apartment, where some hot and heavy smooching leaves them both feeling breathless. As they get to know each other, Duke find outs out why Sam is reluctant to meet with her brother, and he comes up with the perfect solution to her predicament: marriage. To him. A marriage of convenience mostly, with no-strings-attached sex and an agreement that they could live apart later. Neither realizes how hard that will be until their love is tested by Sam's past. Sam must decide if love is worth the risk.
Duke is such a love bug! He is this giant of a man, hairy and tall with lots of muscles. Underneath, though, he is a teddy bear with a chivalrous heart, and he only wants to make Sam happy. Sam is a cute artist, who loves children and enjoys making characters out of the people she meets. She puns and makes bad jokes when she's nervous, and that's pretty much all the time when Duke is around. They both fall head over heels. The sex is very graphic, but it is sexy and powerful. Duke and Sam get to experience love on a deep level, even if neither realizes what it is right away. It was lovely watching them fall in love.
This is the second book I have read by Tessa Bailey, and thus far, both have been 5 STARS for me. She has a way with creating characters you love and want to be friends with. You want to finish the book in one sitting, and then you're sad when the book comes to an end. I look forward to reading more of her books!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**