Can't Wait by Jennifer Ryan
Series: Montana Men #0.5
Publisher: Avon Impulse on November 11, 2014
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Though she is the woman of his dreams, Caleb Bowden knows his best friend's sister, Summer Turner, is off-limits. He won't cross that line.
Summer shares a connection with Caleb she's never felt with anyone else, but the stubborn man refuses to turn their flirtatious friendship into something more.
Summer will have to take matters into her own hands if she wants her cowboy for Christmas.
This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.
Caleb knows what he wants, but going after his best friend’s little sister is against the rules. However, Summer doesn’t care about his misplaced sense of loyalty, and she’s not about to let Caleb’s friendship with her brother get in the way of the relationship she wants.
Novellas are tough for me because they often either feel rushed or I’m left wondering where the rest of the story is. However, this was one of the few I could really get into and enjoy. In having the characters already in love but unwilling to admit it, the foundation for their relationship had already been well established, and this novella simply let us in on their finally giving into their feelings.
Caleb is dealing with the usual issue of having fallen in love with his best friend’s little sister, but he’s also got some leftover baggage from war, and he’s not handling it well at all. Summer, however, isn’t going to let her life be decided by her big brother, and she’s strong enough to stand up to Caleb’s stubborn side.
The story is quick, of course, but lots of fun as Caleb tries to deal with Summer living on the ranch with him as his best friend remains completely clueless about their feelings for each other. There’s plenty of awkwardness, banter, a headstrong heroine, and ultimately steamy moments to keep us entertained, and despite it’s short length, it’s a great little holiday story.