He told me to settle.
He asked what was wrong with me.
He called me an easy target.
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks.
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.
He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.
Okay, yes I was a little naive, a tad bit socially awkward, and the smallest amount of stalker-ish, but if Caden Banks thought he could tell me what to do, he had another thing coming.
I came to college with daydreams about being with my stepbrother, but what if I fell for the anti-stepbrother instead?
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Anti Stepbrother was hilarious. Summer had me cracking up with just about everything out of her mouth. The little silly banter between her and Marcus was funny but weird at the same time.
“Avery, huh? At your place?”He rolled his eyes. “Don’t even start.”“But you see, I have to. I have to start. Avery’s my friend. I’m hanging out with your brother. You and I are classmates. I think we can develop our friendship to the stage where I give you shit. We should even start sitting next to each other in class.”“Don’t press your luck.”I kept going, “It’s a natural progression. Don’t fight it, Marcus. It’s like evolution. Don’t fight evolution. You’ll never win. Mother nature is a bitch. She’s always going to win.”“What the fuck are you talking about?”“How I get to give you shit. It’s an amazing experience in life, like giving birth. It’s painful for one person, but breathtaking for another. I’m the baby here. I get to feel air for the first time on my skin. Let me breathe, Marcus. Let me put my baby lungs to work and scream.”“I swear you’re making me even sicker.”“If you gotta puke, don’t suppress. It’s a natural body process.”He eyed me a moment. “Did you rhyme that on purpose?”“Maybe. Or I might be crazy?”I winked. “Or just a classy lady?”
WTF?? What the heck was she talking about. It was stuff like that cracked me up. At times she would say things that were so awkward, but everyone either look at her crazy, or laughed their behinds off.
Caden oh my gosh Caden was hot and protective. He was an awesome match for crazy Summer.
Caden set his beer down on a counter and ducked behind the bathroom into a bedroom. He left the door open as he reached up to pull his shirt off. My heart jolted. Holy mother of—desire like I’d never felt before rushed over me. It started low and exploded. I should’ve looked away, but all restraint was gone. I found myself tracing every part of him, even the muscles leading down into his jeans, which, as he finished tugging a shirt down, dipped even lower. Primal lust rippled in me, taking a dizzying hold, and when Caden lifted his head, his eyes finding me, he saw it. I knew he did. He paused, his eyes darkening in response. Then that damned smirk was back, and he came toward me. My heart leaped to my throat. He was going to touch me…nope. He didn’t. He went right past me, his arm grazing mine as he asked, his breath teasing my ear, “Want a beer?”
“Good, and just so you know, any time you want to do that again, I’m down.” I felt the corner of my mouth twitching, mirroring his. “Down?” A stark promise suddenly appeared in his eyes , and his hand dipped low, pausing just beneath my jeans. “You know what I mean. I’ll be hard and ready to go in all the right spots.” Oh hell . I needed to breathe . The room got a whole lot hotter, and I sat up, actually fanning myself. “Stop talking. You’re making me come just listening to you.”
And there is Kevin, the asshole Stepbrother. Ugh, he got on my nerves. I rarely hate characters, but I hated the hell out of him. He thought he was top dog, when he was nowhere near it. Everyone hated him. He was so freaking rude to Summer.
He continued, pointing between us, “That we’re stepsiblings, right? Everyone has to know my goddamn business. I don’t really know why you’re talking about me at all.”His hands went back into his pockets. He rocked back on his heels. “Besides, we were more housemates, really. That was it.”I knew this, but still felt slapped in the face. “Housemates.”“Yeah. I mean, yeah.”He frowned, acting like he was so confused. “I didn’t even know you before our parents got married. And that one year we lived together, I was barely around, and you were always in your bedroom. We never got close. Then last year I was hardly home. Like, ever.”
Can you say ASSHOLE??
So yeah, over all I loved this book. It was hard to put down. Tijan has done it again. Definitely give this book a read.