Intoxicate by Tessa Teevan
Series: Explosive #4
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 29, 2015
Format: eARC, 305 pages
How I got it: From the author
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Two words Kalli Montgomery never expected to say out loud to Xavier Cruz, even though she's been in love with the sexy, single father for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately, she hasn't just been friend-zoned for the past ten years. No, even worse, he's treated her like a little sister, no matter how hard she tried to prove she could be so much more. When she agrees to spend the summer as the caregiver for his daughter, Lily, she knows it's her last chance to finally make him take notice.
As unexpected circumstances threaten to disrupt his home life, Xavier's desperate to keep his family together. He'll do whatever it takes, even if it means marrying a woman he doesn't love. For Xavier and Lily, Kalli will do just about anything, even at the risk of getting her heart broken in the process.
Little does she know, sometimes love isn't quite as unrequited as one may think. Xavier sees her-he always has. And the vow he made all those years ago never to go there with his best friend's little sister is wavering, and it's wavering fast. When they come up with a plan that leads to wedding bells, it's a no brainer.
This marriage of convenience has one rule: absolutely no falling in love.
Easier said than done. Throw together a girl who believes rules are meant to be broken, and a man whose whole career revolves around following orders and you get a recipe for disaster. What could possibly go wrong?
I’ve been eager to get my hands on
Xavier Intoxicate since Tessa started teasing us with his book on Facebook. I knew him, of course, as Kale’s friend and from his appearances in previous books in the series. I was intrigued by him and looked forward to getting his whole story. Add in a romance pact with his friend’s sister Kalli and I was even more anxious to read this book.
I never fail to fall hopelessly in love with Tessa’s characters – both the men and the women. Of course, already being familiar with Xavier and Kalli helped speed the process up a bit, too. Kalli is my favorite type of female in books. She’s strong, smart, determined and has a heart of gold. It was apparent to everyone she’d been crushing on Xavier for a long time, so I couldn’t help but root for them. I loved her relationship with Xavier’s daughter and Lucy, her brother’s girlfriend.
Xavier was a complicated guy, and at times it was a bit hard to like him. I know his walls were up and his daughter is his main concern, but it hurt me the way he talked to Kalli at times. It was so apparent that he loved her, so it was pretty bad when he tried to push her away. He was definitely moody as hell. But, underneath all that, he was a great guy. Sometimes he just spoke before he thought. I guess we can probably all relate. He was pretty freaking swoony when you got right down to it. He just came with some baggage.
I love the fake relationship trope. They took it to a whole new level here with the fake-n0t fake marriage. I mean, the marriage served a purpose, but I think what it did most was just give Kalli and Xavier an excuse to be with each other, while giving them an “out” because it wasn’t real. I’m ok with that. The time they spent together made any of the fake vibes disappear pretty quickly. It was obvious these two belonged together. Everyone knew it but them.
Intoxicate was a great addition to the Explosive series. I loved seeing more of Kale and Lucy, and the rest of the Montgomery clan. I loved that Xavier was a single dad, even if the baby mama did manage to bring some drama towards the end. This book was sexy and sweet. It was a quick read that I enjoyed so very much. Now I can go back to chomping at the bit, waiting for the fifth book and Kaylie’s story. I love what I know about that girl already. I can’t wait for more of her and her perfect match.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.