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It’s a new year.
It’s a new me.
Or maybe I should say a new us.
We’re out there. We’re not hiding the fact that I’m dating all of them. PDAs are back on the table. The final semester of high school kicks off with a bang. I have to keep my eye on the prize though—make every AP class count, keep my grades up, and find a way to balance life with my guys. My best friends. My boyfriends. My lovers.
The battle with Maddy is still on the table. So is figuring out our future. It’s one thing to say we’re sticking together, now we have to make it happen.
I never thought it would be easy.
Apparently, we don’t do easy.
But am I ready for this?
All I know is I’m not giving them up without a fight. Ninety some odd days to go, and we graduate.
We can do it, right?
This is a reverse harem and the author suggests you always read the forward in her books. Contains some bullying elements, mature situations, and is recommended for 17+. This is the sixth in a series and the story will continue through future books.
If you haven’t read the other books in this series, STOP! You really need to read from the beginning to understand Frankie and her guys.
After the last book I dove into this one looking forward to the new, open and far more confident Frankie. Her relationship with the guys is far more secure and she’s not willing to hide it. What they have is special and she’s not going to let anyone undermine it or make her feel any guilt about it. She loves them all. I’m very glad they had relaxing vacation time, because just reading this book had me exhausted.
Now the guys are also growing into this role with Frankie. Archie is and always has been a protective rock in this relationship and he’s just as stubborn as said rock. Cooper has been her best friend for a very long time, so much so that they can complete each other’s thoughts. Now they’re so much more. Jake, hmmm Jake, I’m trying to think if he’s more protective than Archie. Maybe not more just different and perhaps just a bit more volatile. After much soul searching Ian is far better than he was originally with this whole sharing thing. There’s more about that in this book, but never once has he really doubted what he has with Frankie.
Then there’s Rachel, I love this woman, she’s the best friend ever! In this book we’ll see that friendship become stronger as it becomes more balanced. When I read these two together I laugh a lot and I may have sniffled a bit too. Cooper also contributed to some of those laughs.
They are back to school and I laughed when Frankie realizes she had forgotten about the internship program she signed up for. Cooper was with her and that made it even funnier. The company her internship is with becomes a bit of an issue for the guys, but Frankie really shows her strength and confidence in handling them and the internship.
Some of Frankie’s insecurity shows up again when she is waitlisted by Harvard. Some fun references to Gilmore Girls here, along with some fun confessions on the part of the guys.
So many favorite scenes in this book and many were twists that just can’t be said in a review.
Therefore, my favorite scene was difficult to choose. I wanted something with all the guys, so lunchtime it is.
When we reached the barbecue place, Jake pulled in right behind us. He really did like to follow when I was on Ian’s bike. After I climbed off, Ian said, “You busy this weekend? I know you have a date with Archie tomorrow to make up for last week.”
“No plans yet. I mean, I have to work at Mason’s on Saturday.”
“Save your evening for me?”
“I can do that,” I teased as I backed up a couple of steps. “What did you have in mind?”
“You’ll see,” he winked, taking my helmet and his to set inside Jake’s SUV before sliding an arm around me. If we hadn’t been close to the school, we’d have left them on the seats, but he didn’t risk anything since the incident with my car. Then he pressed his lips right to my ear as we followed the guys. “Dress comfortably but in loose clothing. We might be out late.”
A full shiver raced up my spine. No complaints here. “Sounds good to me.”
Archie eyed us as we got in line with them. “What sounds good?”
“Just staking my claim on Saturday night,” Ian told them. “We’ll be late. No one wait up.”
Coop snorted. “That doesn’t mean no one sleep over.”
“Actually,” Ian said, “it does mean that. Thanks for the reminder.”
“Nice,” Jake said with a laugh as he elbowed Coop. “If you’d kept your mouth shut, we could have just been there.”
Clasping my free hand in his, Archie murmured, “We’re gonna stay at my place tomorrow, if that’s cool with you?”
I grinned. “I have to work Saturday morning, so just don’t let me oversleep.”
“Don’t let you sleep,” Archie agreed. “Done.”
I laughed, and then we were giving our orders. Jake paid for mine before Archie could, and I stared up at the ceiling as Coop laughed at me. At the rate we were going, they were never going to let me pay for anything and it was sweet, but…
“Don’t make that face,” Coop cajoled as he tugged me away from Ian and followed after a bickering Archie and Jake. “We like spoiling you. Besides, boyfriends pay for food. It’s a rule.”
“Where is it a rule?”
“It just is,” Jake informed me. He also had my food since he’d filled a tray, and he started offloading it and putting my food in front of the chair right next to him. Coop stole the seat on my other side as Archie and Ian glared at them.
“No teaming up,” Archie snarked, and Jake snorted.
“Too late, that ship has most assuredly come and gone,” Jake said with a wicked grin.
“And come again and again,” Coop threw on top, and my face flamed.
“Funny,” Archie tossed out there.
“Hilarious,” Ian added dryly.
Almost as one, Coop and Jake grinned and made mock bows. “Thank you,” Coop said. “Frankie definitely enjoyed it.”
That earned him an elbow in the gut, and he grinned at me.
“Now, Frankie,” Ian said in an almost soothing tone. “You have to cut them a break. We all heard about how you staked your claim today. I gotta say, it was hot.”
“You heard?” I picked up a french fry and debated just eating the fries and the ribs. If my mouth was full, I didn’t have to answer any questions.
“Oh yeah, Baby Girl,” Jake said, stretching an arm along the back of my chair and knocking Coop’s off. “We heard you were badass.”
“Remind me to kill Rachel,” I said with a half-smile.
“Wasn’t Rachel,” Archie informed me. “Besides, she’s a vault about you most of the time. She only brings stuff up to smack us back to our place.”
“She does do that,” Ian mused.
“But she gives excellent advice,” Coop informed us as he scooped up his sandwich. “And she knows the best places…”
“Feeling blue?” I asked him, even if my ears were still burning, and Coop gave me a teasing grin.
“Aww, I was just playing.” He raised his eyebrows as if daring me.
I picked up a fry and bit it in half, emphatically, and his eyes danced. We could play chicken, but I had him, blue bobs and all.
Leaning forward, he kissed my nose. “You’re adorable when you get all riled up.”
“We’re missing something,” Archie mused.
“Yep,” Jake said. “They have their own language sometimes. We just need to tickle it out of Frankie later.”
“Ha.” It was Jake’s turn to get an elbow, and he made a mock oof sound, then nuzzled my ear with a kiss that tickled like hell.
“It could work,” he added, still laughing. Across the table, Ian studied me for a long moment and the expression in his eyes intrigued me.
“Good to know,” he murmured, then picked up his own sandwich and another shiver danced up my spine. Jake pulled my chair a little closer as if I were cold, and I liked leaning into him, so I kept the why on that delightful bit of anticipation to myself.
After that, lunch switched to debates about spring training that would start up in a couple of months and various players on the baseball teams. I liked baseball. I was not married to it and I couldn’t quote stats. But I liked games.
I really liked stadium food and hot dogs.
It was also really nice to just listen to them while I leaned against Jake, and I then switched to leaning against Coop when Jake had to hit the restroom. As we were getting ready to leave, Coop snapped his fingers. “That reminds me, I still have your mail.”
Oh. I made a face. “It’s probably just bills. I can get it later.”
“I got it,” Archie said with a grin, and I glared at him. “What?”
“You can’t keep paying for everything.”
“Sure I can,” he grinned. “It’s in the boyfriend rules.”
“Everyone,” all four of them answered, and I rolled my eyes.
“See?” Archie spread his hands. “It’s done. Don’t worry about it.”
What was I supposed to do with them? On the way out, Archie wrapped an arm around my waist and tugged me against him. “Don’t be mad…”
“I’m not mad.”
“Yeah you are,” he continued, lowering his voice. “You’re a little mad, and I’m being a little pushy.”
I shot him a look.
“Okay, I’m being a lot pushy. But I like taking care of you.”
“I have to be able to take care of myself.”
For the most part, Coop, Jake, and Ian all lagged behind us as we headed out. I guessed Archie was supposed to take this hit for the team.
“You do,” Archie agreed. “Just like you look after us, too. So… maybe a compromise?”
“I thought that was a four-letter word with you,” I couldn’t resist pointing out, wrinkling my nose but having a hard time fighting a grin.
“In business. You are not business.” At the SUV, he wrapped both arms around me, and I leaned into him as he tilted his head. “We’ll open them up together, and if it’s bad, I’ll take care of it. If it’s nothing that makes you freak out… you take care of it.”
I squinted at him. “So if it’s like a couple grand, and I don’t have a heart attack…”
He made a face.
“Rules are rules,” I pointed out. “This was your compromise.”
It was Archie’s turn to look skyward. “In all fairness, you’re right. I’ll probably still try to take care of it and then do some significant groveling to earn your forgiveness afterward. I mean… since we’re compromising.”
I laughed. “You’re impossible.”
“Not for you,” he said, then cupped my face and kissed me. I sighed right into the contact, everything else just falling away.
“Man, he can talk himself out of just about anything,” Coop admired. “Boy has skills. I say we keep him.”
Jake laughed, and I giggled.
“You guys suck,” Archie complained, then gave me another kiss before letting me go to grab my helmet. I was bouncing and ready to get back on the motorcycle.
“Actually,” I teased as I buckled it on and Ian got the bike started. “They don’t.”
“No?” Archie inquired, and I swung my leg over to climb onto the bike behind Ian.
“Nope, they don’t suck,” I said with a wink. “I do.”
His eyes flashed, and I blew him a kiss.
Ian was laughing as he backed the bike out, but not before Coop and Jake both groaned.
I missed whatever they called out, but I laughed all the way back to school.
Heather Long. Brazen and Breathless: Untouchable Book Six (Kindle Locations 1895-1967).
The mail Cooper has also provided both laughs and a very interesting surprise.
Frankie’s internship plays a big part in this book. We see that side of Archie that is, I’m going to say, a take no prisoners business persona with an added punch.
Maddie shows up but thanks to the locks being changed she couldn’t just walk in. Frankie handled that well too, and of course the guys rallied around her, even though there was no face to face confrontation. There was only the attempt and texts which Frankie sent to her lawyer and ignored. There’s a lot more with Maddy in this book, and I was very proud of Frankie. Did I mention I love her lawyer?
The interactions with the guys are fun, intense and some are downright kindle melting. Other things had me gasping and screaming at my kindle.
Every page is an adventure of sorts and I am very impatiently waiting for the next book in this series.
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USA Today bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.
From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.
When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.