Subject: Navy SEAL Petty Officer Aiden Masters
CurrentStatus: On leave
Obstacle: Deploy “Mission: (Fake) Engagement”…without actually falling for his fiancée!
The goal of Mission: Engagement is simple—a fake engagement concocted to bring happiness to Sage Taylor’s ailing father.
1) Treat it like a military mission
2) Keep the truth undercover
3) The “engagement” lasts as long as the professor’s health depends on it; and
4) No sex…especially with each other!
But the incredibly spirited (and a touch quirky) Sage has never been one for rules. Especially when they involve Aiden’s rock-hard navy bod and a ton of smokin’-hot sexual attraction. Which means in order to seduce this sexy SEAL, she’ll have to completely outmaneuver him….
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“That means you’re pretending you’re engaged.” Aiden paused, giving her an arch look. She was pretty sure she knew where he was going, but decided it would be more fun to make him spell it out. So she offered a blank look of confusion, adding a flutter of her lashes for good measure.
“I know this is going to be hard for you, but unless you can handle it, we might as well find an alternative now.”
Not so amused any longer, Sage ceased fluttering.
“Handle…what?” Hard and handling were giving her a lot of ideas.
“You have to be able to commit to keeping to the spirit of this engagement for the duration. That means no sex. You can’t keep bouncing from guy to guy.”
Bouncing? Sage was tempted to inform him that she was going on eight months with no sex and managing just fine. But that wasn’t the kind of thing a girl wanted to admit to a guy who was currently making her wonder how many licks of his tongue it would take to get her off.
At least, not until they’d spent a little more time together, and she’d figured out what it was about Aiden that was suddenly making her hot and crazy.
“I promise, any sex I have will be within the accepted confines of our engagement,” she swore, one hand in the air.
“That’d be rule four,” he said quickly. “No sex.”
“I just said I wasn’t going to cheat on you. Even if the cheating was really fake.”
“I mean no sex between us.”
Sage was sure her jaw hit her chest so hard it bounced back.
“I beg your pardon?” He was kidding, wasn’t he?
Except he didn’t look like he was kidding. He had that serious, man-in-charge, military face on again.
“Sage, as tempting as it might be to get carried away by the pretense, we aren’t actually engaged. So no sex.” He said it so adamantly she had to wonder which one of them he was bossing around. “And no situations that might lead to sex. No scenarios that might give each other an idea to create a situation that might lead to sex.”
That’s it. She’d had enough.
He was only doing this for her father.
She got that.
He didn’t see her as marriage material, because wanting something didn’t mean you should have it. Whatever that meant.
But if he thought he got to call the shots when it came to her and sex, he was sadly out of his mind.
Because Sage Taylor had a policy against letting any man tell her how, where or when she’d enjoy sexual pleasures.
Aiden had just offered up a tidy lesson on the merits of mission planning and strategy.
Now it was his turn to learn a thing or two.
Call it her way of saying thank you.
This is one of those stories like the second chance love stories that I really enjoy. The fact that they had a history of being friends for such a long time. Though Sage hadn’t seen Aiden as anything more than a friend and her father’s mentee for many years. That is until she comes back home to find her father ill.
One of the things I really liked about this story was the chemistry between Sage and Aiden, it was even present before either of them noticed it. Something that many of their friends had been aware of. Which really does tickle me because the way that Tawny has written it, it’s obvious to the readers as well. But they aren’t able to deny themselves once they get into the ruse of being engaged.
The self sacrificing character of Sage is incredible, and the growth she shows throughout the story is amazing. Aiden is so willing to do anything for her, but at the same time also shows growth, though his is a bit slower in seeing the best parts of a relationship for them. This story not only has great characters, but it also has a hot and sexy SEAL.
Happy Reading… Adri