It’s all fun and games…until someone’s heart is broken.
They’re not kids anymore, but Milo Caro is certain that Colton Mathews will only see her as his best friend’s little sister for the rest of their lives. After all, he made that clear the night before she left for college. But four years later, her brother is getting married and Colt’s the best man—and guess who is the best man’s last-minute date?
Milo vows to use the wedding to either claim the smoldering firefighter’s heart or douse this torch for good. When Max—her best friend from college, who may be carrying a torch of his own—crashes the party, they devise a plan to make Colt see what he’s missing. But after Colt catches on, he decides to cook up his own revenge.
Now it’s personal. Colt and Milo are at war, and between Max’s questionable acting methods, an unfortunate trip to jail, and a maniacal fiancée, what could possibly go right?
What happens when the guy you have been in love with your whole teenage life happens to be your brother’s best friend? Well it complicates things because he will only ever see you as his best friend’s kid sister or does he?
“So Colton’s the dragon,” Max confirmed. “Yup!” Holy… that felt good. His tongue flicked my ear and then moved to my neck. I moaned and then my mouth was covered by Colton’s.
“Okay,” Maxed sighed. “But just, uh, remind Colton that he should put a helmet on his dragon, you know since they can be so… “ Cough, cough. “Dangerous when they uh, invade.” Cough. My eyes widened in horror. ~Max, Milo and Colton
Jason and Colton are best friends. They have been since they were kids. Jason’s little sister was a big part of their trio. Colton was always there to slay the dragons and save her. It is hard not to develop a crush on the guy that slayed dragons for you. When she turned 16, she wanted nothing more than to kiss Colton but things don’t always go as planned and in the end Milo ended up humiliating herself and laughed at.
Fast forward by four years. Milo is coming home from college to attend her brother’s wedding. Knowing that Colton is the best man and at the last minute, Milo suddenly become his date. A dream come true right? Well where is the fun in that?
“I shouldn’t have done that. You’re my best friend’s little sister…”
My mouth dropped open… No way was he pulling the sister card again! One day I was going to find that card, rip it to shreds, put a hex on it, and bury it.” ~ Colton & Milo
When Milo turns to her best friend Max for help, things become crazy and hilarious. Did I mention that Max is an actor? Max decides to help Milo get the man of her dreams. When Colt sees them together, all he can see is red. When he catches on to their plan, he comes up with his own.
“I’m the best friend,” Max said crisply. “And I don’t care how much you love her, Colt. Or that you want to make fireman babies—I’m still the best friend, you feel me?” ~Max and Colton
What do you get when you are dealing with a crazy fiancée, a hormonal grandma, and an accident prone Milo? You get nothing but a stomach ache from laughing so hard.
“Damn it!” I pulled out a chair and sat. Jason walked into the kitchen, took a look at my face and pointed. “Milo get you too?”
“What the hell is wrong with her?” I blurted.
“Several things.” Jason winced as if remembering the pain of his black eye. “She’s an accident waiting to happen. You need ice or bandages or…something?” He examined my jaw and cheek. “Looks like she clocked you good.” ~Colton and Jason
I loved Milo’s character. She is a beautiful walking disaster. Nothing ever goes her way and when it does, it becomes a hilarious mishap. Her emotions are all over the place, she gets lost inside her own head, a lot and this causes things to end up being a challenge. What was once an easy situation turns into a mission impossible. She is tough, witty and can hold her own but it is her temper you need to watch out for.
Colton is a handsome firefighter, he is smart, handsome and he holds his torch for Milo, even though she drives him absolutely mad in all the best and worst ways possible. The thing is when things get serious between them, the wrong things come out of his mouth which not only hurts but confuses Milo and then pisses her off. When he meets her boyfriend Max, Colton is ready to slay the dragon once and for all so he can rescue his princess and have their happily ever after. Easier said than done. Colton is determined to make things right once and for all.
“I’d rather be on the receiving end of a black eye from you-than the receiving end of a kiss from another.” ~Colton and Milo
This book has made laughing the entire time. With the clumsiness of Milo and her poor brother Jason, seems to be the one who is consistently on the receiving end of things. Max and his theatrics are funny as heck. Colton’s frustration and jealously just add hilarity to the mix. Then adding the parents, the crazy fiancée, Max’s famous brother Reid and Grandma’s horniness. It is like, Wedding Crashers meets My Best Friends Wedding with a little bit of Bridesmaids as well as a dab of the Hangover. Love definitely doesn’t come easy. The different points of views throughout the story was fantastic.
Rachel Van Dyken did a outstanding job with all of the characters. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for the next book in this romantic comedy series.
About Rachel Van Dyken:
Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.
She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband and their snoring Boxer, Sir Winston Churchill. She loves to hear from readers! You can follow her writing journey at www.rachelvandykenauthor.com
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“I can’t believe you’re really going to college, Milo.” Colton’s teasing smile flashed right in front of me, rendering me temporarily blind. Man, he was beautiful. His normally dark-brown hair had shots of gold from the summer sun. Dimples peeked out from his mega-white smile and I was pretty confident that I saw a twinkle in his green eyes meant just for me. He’d been home for two months since graduation and was already off saving the world one fire at a time. I watched his full lips curve around the mouth of his Corona. He and my brother Jason had organized a going-away party for me. Apparently me getting accepted into NYU was a big deal: they’d even gone so far as to get a Star Wars–themed cake from Dairy Queen and a princess tiara that said “Pretty” across it. It was always their joke with me. I was a complete and total tomboy—I loved picking fights and getting muddy—yet still demanded they treat me like a princess.
With a sigh I leaned back on the picnic blanket and looked up at the stars. My crown fell to the side of my head, causing my hair to fall all over my face. The party had been over for a few hours, leaving me, Colt, and Jason. I should have been happy: after all, who does that for their little sister? What brother would even care? Furthermore, the fact that it had all been Colt’s idea, someone who wasn’t even family, was huge. But . . . maybe that’s the part that left me feeling empty. I might as well be family to Colton. I was the little sister he’d never had—and secretly, I’d always wanted to be so much more.
“Aw, you messed up your hair,” Colton teased, lifting the crown with the tip of his finger and giving me a sexy wink.
“Whatever shall I do?” I huffed.
“I’ll save you.” His voice was just above a whisper. “I’ve always wanted to save a princess.”
“You did.” My grin was huge. “You saved me a least a hundred times when we were little—slew the dragon at the top of the stairs and did it all without getting a scratch.”
“Messy job.” He let out a long, exaggerated sigh. “I don’t know how I made it to my twenty-first birthday without getting singed.”
“Donald didn’t breathe fire. He was a fireless dragon, remember?”
“Oh, right.” His eyes twinkled. “How is the old dragon anyway?”
I shrugged and chewed on my lower lip. “Haven’t been in the attic since you guys left for school. I’ve been busy.”
“Too busy to play?”
I rolled my eyes. “Too busy graduating to play, yeah.”
“Where’s the fun in that?”
“Fun.” I snorted. “The last time I had fun was when we snuck into your parents’ pool and—” I clamped my mouth shut before the words could tumble out on their own. Crap. Crap. Crap.
“Skinny-dipped.” He finished my thought. “Yeah, that was a blast.”
“Hey, guys!” Jason called as he ran out of the house. “Dad needs me to grab Mom from work so I’ll be right back! Don’t do anything fun without me! I mean it!”
The loud roar from his truck drowned out our conversation for a brief second and then slowly dissipated as the vehicle barreled down the driveway.
“You thinking what I’m thinking?” Colton asked.
If his thoughts were along the line of finally getting him alone, away from my brother? “Absolutely.” I grinned as he grabbed my hand and helped me off the blanket.
“Come on. Let’s go have fun.”
Curious, I followed Colt as we ran through a few backyards and finally ended up at his house.
“What are we doing?” I asked in a hushed voice.
“Having fun.” I swear his grin made my heart almost stop. “Now strip, Milo, we don’t have all night and Jason’s going to be pissed he isn’t with us.”
Laughing, I took off my shirt and shorts—I’d spent years swimming with the guys in my sports bra and underwear, though as we got older it became weird, but only on my end. It felt strange to strip down to nothing, knowing that my feelings for Colton were very real whereas his were nonexistent. I mean, it was Colton. Sure, I had a crush on him, but he never, ever thought of me that way. Ever.
“Last one in’s a rotten—”
I didn’t hear him finish—but I did beat him into the water. His mom and stepdad’s pool was always my favorite place to swim. It had a little waterfall in the deep end that you could swim under that always made me think of fairy tales and the movies. Then again, that could be because every time I broke through the water it was Colton’s face I saw, and his smile that drew me. He was my own personal Prince Charming.
Laughing, Colton splashed around, then hauled himself out of the pool and did a cannonball right by my face. I was glad that it was dark—I must have been beet-red. Man, the guy was ripped.
“Wanna race?” he asked, out of breath.
“Wanna lose?” I countered.
“Um, it’s an everyday occurrence.” I swam over to the edge. “Ready, set—”
“—go!” He ran instead of swam and then dove under water.
Bastard! Arms burning, I tried to make it to the other end of the pool. I usually didn’t open my eyes under water, but this time I did to see where I was going.
His body was a blur in front of me. All I saw was hard-lined muscle.
I stopped right in front of him and jumped to the surface. “You cheated.”
“I like to call it winning.” He beamed triumphantly.
“Cheating.” My teeth ground together as I pushed against his chest. Laughing, he fell backward, pulling me with him. Our bodies ground together, heat against heat, skin against skin.
And suddenly sneaking away from Jason wasn’t funny anymore.
Neither of us was laughing.
His hands moved from my waist slowly up my body until they rested on my face. With a curse he pulled my head toward his. “We should . . .”
“Yeah,” I whispered.
Neither of us pulled away.
His lips brushed mine, just enough to make me strain toward him—I needed him like I needed air.
“Kids!” His stepdad’s voice rang through the night air. “You out here making noise?”
Colton pushed me away and I nearly hit my head on the waterfall rocks.
“Yeah, just . . . hanging out!” Colton called. “I’m with Jason’s sister.”
I froze. He’d never called me that before. He even said it in such a final way, as if that was all I would ever be. Period. My heart didn’t just sink . . . it shuddered, then combusted, as all the hopes I’d harbored since I was thirteen came to a crushing world-altering halt. My suspicions were finally confirmed. Out loud. On the day the boy I liked had thought enough to throw me a party.
The line had been drawn. And I might as well be on the other side of the universe.
That was the day I lost Colton Mathews—forever.