Carina Conte has had a crush on her brother Michael’s best friend, Max Gray, since she was a teenager. Now she’s earned her MBA and come to work at Michael’s new venture, America’s fastest-growing bakery empire. But some things never change: her family still treats her like a child. With three drop-dead gorgeous siblings, she’s still the ugly duckling of the bunch. And Max, the company’s new CEO, still barely notices her.
Max knows Carina Conte is strictly off limits. But hot-blooded lust wins out at a conference when the two share a scorching one-night stand—and are busted by her mother! Now, forced by old-world Italian tradition into a marriage he’s not ready for, Max is miserable—and Carina is furious. Her new husband is about to realize that hell hath no fury like a woman transformed…
Carina and Max’s story is awesome. It burns fast and hot, and their interactions with each other are filled with so much angst and anxiety that it burns off the pages.
She always had a crush on her big brother’s best friend, but she’s grown up to be a strong woman in her own right, even if she doesn’t always remember that fact. Her love of animals and artistic ability also revealed certain sides of her that make her an interesting, multifaceted character.
He’s been in love with Carina for a while, even if he doesn’t know it. He’s worked hard to make something of himself in spite of having an absentee father. By all measures, he’s successful, but just like Carina, he feels that something is lacking.
The way they come together is pretty humorous, but as the story progresses, the plot pushes the characters to go deeper into their emotions and I loved seeing them work their way back to each other despite everything they go through.