Author: Shiloh Walker
Publisher: Shiloh Walker
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
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Blurb: Best laid plans…are meant to be broken.
Life laid out, Tessa had everything set. Engaged to marry the perfect man, a rich, great-looking doctor, she was content with her life, or so she thought. Then the gift arrived. Delivered to her office on Valentine’s Day, it was filled with handcuffs, sexy little toys and a suggestive little card.
It wasn’t from her fiancé, either.
When the emails and the phone started coming, she should have been able to brush them off, except the man said something that left her uneasy…and not because he scared her, but because he was right. Your fiancé will never make you happy, Tessa.
Confused, she starts looking at her fiancé, her life…and other things…in a whole new light. One of the things she finds herself considering is her best friend and neighbor, Caleb. He’s always been there. Even when he spent years in the Navy, Caleb was the one she could count on and now isn’t any different. He’s there to listen when she needs an ear and he’s got nice, strong shoulders when she needs one to lean on.
It doesn’t her long to realize that one thing is certain—her fiancé can’t make her happy. But now she doesn’t know whether she wants to take a chance on her sexy secret admirer…or Caleb, the man who’s been there waiting for her all along.
Review: Shiloh Walker writes incredible romantic suspense, so I knew that she had the capacity to write amazing erotic works. Her smooth seductive style is perfect for that, and this story didn’t let me down. The characters were well-developed and I came to care for them quickly; as their relationship changed from friendship to lovers, the excitement was palpable and their emotional intimacy was real and heartfelt.
Tessa has always had her best friend Caleb in her life. She counts on him to always be there, she just doesn’t “see” him. So when she starts receiving sexy, intimate notes from a secret admirer right after she gets engaged, she confides in him about them. He’s very encouraging but also uses the opportunity to share in the admirer’s doubts about Tyson being the right one for her. Tyson’s reaction is very different–he’s threatened and wants her to call the cops. But she’s intrigued and flattered because the notes and gifts make her feel seduced and desired…something Tyson has never done. What if she met this man and realized he was the one?
Caleb’s been in love with Tessa forever and she’s always refused to see it. Asking her out has never worked, so in a last ditch effort to get her attention, he started sending her these anonymous gifts and letters to see if he could stop her from marrying the wrong man. He knows they belong together–if only he can get her to really look at him. With the stakes being so high, though, he’s terrified of what might happen if she blows him off. He could lose her friendship and never see her again. And what’s with him starting to get jealous of her feelings towards the secret admirer? It’s him, right? Why is it bothering him so much?
Even though it’s a pretty standard trope, in Shiloh’s hands it’s an erotically sexy tale of friends-to-lovers done right. No angsty override, no TSTL alpha-holes, just hot and steamy with a neat little twist that really brings it home, especially for Caleb. Loved the rewrite, Shiloh, can’t wait to read more of your stuff! Always a great read when I see your name on the title page. Thanks!