Ever the responsible eldest brother, Caleb Pierce started working for his father’s luxury contracting business at a young age, dreaming of one day sitting in the boss’s chair. But his father’s will throws a wrench in his plans by stipulating that Caleb share control of the family business with his two estranged brothers.
Things only get more complicated when demanding high-end home designer Morgan hires Caleb to build her a customized dream house that matches her specifications to a T—or she’ll use her powerful connections to poison the Pierce brothers’ reputation. Not one to ignore a challenge, Caleb vows to get the job done—if only he can stop getting distracted by his new client’s perfect…amenities.
But there’s more to icy Morgan than meets the eye. And Caleb’s not the only one who knows how to use a stud-finder. In fact, Morgan is pretty sure she’s found hers—and he looks quite enticing in a hard hat. As sparks fly between Morgan and Caleb despite his best intentions not to mix business and pleasure, will she finally warm up and help him lay the foundation for everlasting love?
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When Caleb's father passes away, he leaves him the family business with the stipulation that he has to run it for a year, with his two brothers, and make a profit. If they fail, the company will be no more. On the surface, it seems easy enough, they not only have to start from scratch, but they also have to live under the same roof. For most families, this probably wouldn't be a problem, but Caleb is not that close with his brothers. After their mother passed away, Tristan and Dalton moved away and built their own lives. Caleb stayed home to run the family business with his father and that becomes a bone of contention throughout the year.
Just as they are getting settled, Morgan shows up with a job offer. After Caleb turns it down, she makes it so he can't so no. So they two of them become coworkers. At first Caleb thinks she is spoiled princess who doesn't like to get her hands dirty, but she quickly proves him wrong. And that does nothing to quell the attraction he feels for her. The two of them getting involved is the last thing either of them needs, but the more time they spend together, the more they just cannot deny that there is something between them.
I really liked Caleb and Morgan together. Their romantic relationship was intense and insanely hot, but they also had a incredibly sexy, playful side that made them perfect for each other.
“Oh, my God, he fainted! I hurt him!” She flung herself on top of Gandalf’s body and clutched at tufts of fur, trying to rouse him. Balin wanted in on the game, so he jumped on Morgan, tumbling her back in a tangle of limbs as she fought for purchase, until she was surrounded in a wriggling blanket of fur.
Cal cursed at the ridiculousness of the situation. “Gandalf, dammit, treat! Get up!”
Gandalf opened one eye, delighted at Morgan’s reaction, and came back to life in time to snap up the treat as Cal tossed it in the air.
Morgan gasped as the dog reared back up, his tail thumping her in the face, and Cal dragged them both off her.
He dropped to his knees on the floor beside her. “It’s just a game. Gandalf likes to play dead to get a treat. I forgot to tell you.”
Her gaze narrowed. Sparks shot from her blue eyes. She sat, legs sprawled out, arms braced behind her, T-shirt riding up her thighs and exposing a pair of cream-colored lace panties. He was getting attached to the color white, and the sight of the virginal fabric made him ache to do very bad things. He tried to focus on her face. “Are you okay?”
She reached out and fisted a handful of his shirt. Her pink lips curled. “You forgot to tell me your dog likes to drop to the floor and play dead? I thought he had a heart attack.”
Humor struck. For the second time that night, Caleb figured it would not be wise to laugh. Balin got tired of waiting for his turn and snatched up the second treat that had fallen onto the floor. The two sensed a change in the air and trotted out of the kitchen, satisfied at the outcome of the evening.
He tamped down his mirth. He’d laugh later. “I forgot you weren’t used to animals. My bad.”
She ground her teeth so loud, she gave him some competition. His shirt crumpled tighter under her grip. “Your bad? You know what, Caleb Pierce? I think you found this whole thing amusing. I think you’ve been silently laughing at me this whole time under the guise of trying to help. I think you did this on purpose!”
His gaze narrowed. “Now why the hell would I do that?” he growled. “Think that’s a smart way to get you in my bed, or do you really think I’m an idiot?”
She panted hard, and he leaned in. Their breath mingled, and he caught the scent of clean peppermint, the tightening of her nipples against the thin fabric, the way her pupils dilated when she was turned on. And yeah, she was turned on, and this time, he didn’t have the strength to back off and make proper conversation or polite excuses.
“You are an idiot if you think by heaven or hell you’d get me into bed. Look at us! We’re totally different. We’d kill each other.”
“Nah, we’d be too busy fucking each other.”
Yes. LOVE IT. And while Morgan had reservations about getting involved with Caleb because she was afraid that their work would suffer, they were able to maintain their professional relationship with few problems. She even got along with his brothers, which was something that he even struggled with.
I also loved watching Caleb rebuild his relationship with this brothers. Before reconciling they had these moments of the three of them getting along and it was a great glimpse of how well they are together. They had some great banter (I love good banter) and I was rooting for them to work it all out. I can't wait to read of the rest of the series.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
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