Author: Tessa Teevan
Series: Explosive Series,
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: May 12, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
Easy going soldier Kale Montgomery, a self-proclaimed ladies man, has no plans of settling down, especially not with his best friend- the sexy, sassy schoolteacher Lucy Dawson. Their relationship, though unconventional, is mutually beneficial, and they wouldn't have it any other way. Friends with benefits? Casual lovers? Whatever you want to call it, they’re having fun, in and out of bed, and to them, that’s all that matters. At least that’s what they think, but how long can you spend in someone's bed before you find they're also infiltrating your heart?
As their casual fling with no strings attached progresses, it's not long before they realize they're both in way over their heads. One fateful night changes their lives forever in ways they could never have imagined, giving them the push to finally admit that maybe, just maybe they want more than they’ve let on. Their mutual attraction rapidly intensifies as it shifts from burning lust to unrelenting want, need, and possibly even love. Suddenly the idea of settling down doesn't seem so bad. In fact, it sounds pretty damn perfect.
Just when things seem to be falling into place, past pain and renewed insecurities rise to the surface and threaten to smother the flames of their passionate relationship, reminding them both why they’ve always kept the idea of love at arm's length. Will Kale and Lucy realize that what they've been waiting for is each other, or will the blazing whirlwind of their feelings burn out too quickly, causing it to all go up in smoke?
This third installment of the Explosive series bring us the story of Kale Montgomery and Lucy Dawson. Both characters were introduced briefly in the previous book when it alludes to Kale and Lucy having a secret physical relationship which results into an unexpected pregnancy.
Lucy is a 2nd grade teacher who falls, literally, for Kale when he comes to her class as a guest of his goddaughter. The to have an instant chemistry that leads to fun flirting. When Lucy tells Kale she’s not in this for a relationship beyond the bedroom, it’s music to Kale’s ears. Yet slowly, we witness Kale and Lucy’s relationship begin as friends with benefits, grow into best friends, mature into “I more than like you”, and eventually emerge as a true, everlasting love.
What I find so refreshing about this book was the fact that BOTH male and female characters were written with equal strength. Long gone was the stereotypical (in books) soldier being a total man-whore changing his ways thanks to the virginal innocence of the heroine. Kale is a true gentleman who goes above and beyond for those he cares about. I think I feel a bit in love with Kale when he talks about his devotion for his goddaughter. When I read about the past he was keeping hidden, my heart shattered for him. And Lucy…she is strong and determined and is never one to play games. The two truly were a perfect match, as lovers, friends, and a family.
The sex scenes were sensual and passionate. The banter between Lucy and Kale – whether is was Kale’s corny vegetation references or Lucy naughty teacher innuendos, I was often laughing out loud at them. It’s been a long time since I have read a novel that felt real – like these two characters could be real people and these are their real issues. My only issue with the book is this – the span of the book takes place over the nine months of Lucy’s pregnancy and at times, it felt like it was taking 9 months to read. I think perhaps because there wasn’t such strong angst or drama, I wasn’t brought to that “OMG I have to stay up all night to see what the hell is going happen” phase.
Overall, this is a great addition to the series. I cannot wait to read more from this author as I have quickly become a fan. I was lucky enough to actually meet Tessa back at an authors even in Cleveland. Even with all the buzz of readers and authors all around, she took time to start a conversation with me. I was having a fan-girl moment and had no idea what to say to the authors. Perhaps she recognized my awkwardness and took pity on me. Either way, she was super friendly and was super happy I had a chance to talk with her about the characters of her previous books. Tessa Teevan is definitely an author to watch and one-click!
She looks me over, and I love the fact that she’s checking me out. I don’t know why I’m so drawn to her, but I am, and I want to get to know her better, at least where the bedroom’s concerned. Eventually, she extends her hand, and I give a firm handshake, the kind she wanted when we first met. “Please, Kale, call me Lucy.”
Shaking her hand, I say it out loud. “Lucy. I like it.”
“That’s fortunate since I’m stuck with it. Okay, Montgomery. As much as I love flirting with a hot ass soldier in the parking lot of an elementary school, I’ve got to get going. Maybe I’ll see you around?”
She starts to walk away, but I grab her hand, reeling her back in. I’m not ready for her to go, yet I don’t want to seem like some crazy stalker guy.
“Can I see you again? You know, outside of an elementary school?” I ask, my eyes bearing down into hers, begging for her to say yes.
She hesitates, and I’m afraid she’s about to say no when she finally responds. “I don’t date. I’m not looking for anything serious, so if that’s what you’re looking for, I’m the wrong girl.”
My cock practically sings at her words. A no strings attached relationship with a hot teacher right before I deploy? I couldn’t have asked for better luck.
“I don’t do relationships, either, Lucy. I just want to get to know you and to have some fun. No feelings, no strings, no nothing,” I tell her, and watch as a look of relief washes over her.
She starts digging in her purse and I watch as she scribbles something on a piece of paper before hanging it to me. “Number’s right there. Call me when you’re feeling adventurous,” she says. Before I can say anything, she spins around and swiftly walks away, leaving me to wonder just how adventurous she can be.