She turned her head and caught the concerned look on his face lit by moonlight. She worried that he misunderstood and that she sounded desperate for the love of a man.
“I didn’t mean to imply that—” She tried to correct what her heart had forced her to say when Max shifted her to his lap and kissed her. The unexpected move took her by surprise but then she let herself go. His lips melted into hers in a kiss she felt to her very soul.
“God, I’ve wanted to do that for weeks,” he said as breathless as she was when they broke apart.
“You did?” She smiled when he placed a softer kiss on her cheek and then her neck. “Why did you wait so long?”
“If I knew you tasted so sweet, I wouldn’t have.” This time she made him smile when she pulled him down and kissed him back. “That night at your house I had all I could do to keep myself on your couch.”
“Really? I’d had two glasses of wine and I’m afraid they made me bolder than I ever would have been.”
“I like you bold. You were a total turn on,” he said between kisses.
“I like this,” she said and traced her fingers along his jaw. “I’ve never met a man like you, Max Hamilton. You’re so edgy, yet there’s this soft, gentle side.”
“Don’t let that get around.”
“No, I’m serious. I’ve seen you with Bella. She adores you and you definitely have a way with her. I think you’d be a wonderful father.”
“You think so, huh?” Chelsea felt the chuckle vibrate through his chest. “Being a parent isn’t as easy as I thought, that’s for sure.”
“I agree. I couldn’t do this alone.”
“I’m sure you could.” His voice took on a serious tone that she chose to ignore.
“Maybe, but it’s much easier with you. I’m thankful that you’re here.” He closed his eyes and stiffened, making Chelsea regret the words. The kisses they’d shared were wonderful and if he’d been thinking anything close to what she had, then she needed him to know they could have a chance.
“You know I can’t stay, right? I still have a job to do and soon I’ll be leaving to do it.” He opened his eyes and forced her to look at him. “I can’t be your white-picket-fence, Chelsea.”
“I know.” She wanted to scream and ask why not, but she swallowed the question as his arms tightened around her, pulling her close until their lips were almost touching.
“No, you don’t know. I can’t promise you a future but I can damn well be your here and now if you want me.”
“Yes, Max. Yes I want you.” More than he would ever know.
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Thank you to Wanderlust Book Tours for reaching out for a promo for this story and then reaching out to the author when I wanted to review it. I was instantly drawn in by the title then after reading the blurb, I knew I wanted to read this book. Boy, am I glad I did! I love the military romances almost as much as I love romance in general. I don't get to read as many military romances as I would like, but when they come in, I pounce. Since this is a short romance, it will be difficult not to give anything away, but I will try.
When Max and Chelsea experience the death of their siblings, little do either know that sweet baby Bella that lost both of her parents will be something that neither one of them saw coming.
Max is furious when he finds out about having a niece that he knew nothing about and thinks that Chelsea is only after the family farm. What Max doesn't realize is that Chelsea is following her deceased sister's wishes. Talk about fireworks and jumping to conclusions, boy, Max was a pro at that. When he realizes just how wrong he was, he doesn't know what hit him.
Chelsea knew that she would be raising her niece after her sister's death and much to her parents arguments against it, she and Bella relocate to be near Bella's other side of the family. Chelsea get the surprise of her life when she meets Max and he ends up being hateful towards her and Bella. That is until the meeting with the lawyer to discuss Nathan and Val's final wishes for their daughter.
What happens after that meeting changes everyone involved but the path isn't easy for them.