First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…
What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.
No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.
I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.
Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.
Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?
“Oh, fuck, Chester Copper, I’m so gone on you. There’s no coming back from it.” I kiss those candy lips. “Haven’t you figured it out?” I say against them. “Every time I call you Chester, I’m saying I adore you. I fucking adore every part of you.”
Okay, so before we begin, let me just point out that I’m SO IN LOVE with Finn ❤
This story begins in a somewhat typical sports romance way, what with the athlete being super comfortable with himself, even a little cocky; the female, though, seems very sure of herself and is able to hold herself at a distance while trying to do her job. Obviously this quickly crumbles down and the two of them … become friends. Yep, you read that correctly–they become friends. Now, is there an underlying attraction, but each of them provides a support they had been missing, so they don’t want to mess that up with meaningless sex.
Both of these characters really took up residence in my heart. Finn is one of the most subtly caring men I can remember reading. Often we have our alphas who don’t say much, but do a lot, and Finn could fit into that category, but there was just something … more to him. So much of himself was given with every small gesture to Chess, and I was falling in love with him right from the start.
Chess was an interesting character as well. She had multiple layers that made it fun to get to know her. She was spunky & independent, but also vulnerable and nervous. Her upbringing so greatly affected her adult life that she failed to see all the beauty that Finn could give her. She kept him at arm’s length, even as friends, in order to keep herself safe. This isn’t to say there weren’t moments of annoyance, there totally was, but she was overall a likable character.
This story was one of my favorites to read, as of late. I’ve been in a bit of a funk, but I’m so grateful that there are so many of my favorite authors releasing stories that slowly bring me out.