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It’s not true.
It can’t be.
Four DNA tests.
Only one positive.
The man claiming to be my father is quite literally the worst option imaginable. This isn’t happening to me. For the first time in my life, I know who I am and where I want to be and, in the blink of an eye, everything is spinning so utterly out of control.
I thought the fight with Maddy was the worst thing I faced.
It’s not. I’ve grown up in a house of lies and it’s all crashing down on the five of us, and I have no idea how to protect the ones I love best from the fallout. They’ve all made it clear, they’re not going anywhere.
Worse, I don’t know how to keep them from wading into this fight. I can’t imagine my life without all four of them. I don’t want to.
We can survive this, 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 seventh in a series and the story will continue through future books.
When I started reading this book, I was wait, what? This isn’t where the last book ended. Then I realized what was going on as the next chapter flashed back to Valentine’s Day.
Archie was on a mission and Jake was with him. Hopefully to keep Archie from ending up in jail. The first visit was to Muriel, his mother in New York. She wasn’t pleased with the visit or the questions Archie had for her. At least she didn’t seem to know that Edward believes Frankie is his daughter. I love the way he managed that one without saying it.
Have I mentioned that Jeremy is the best! He’s been described as butler, cook, house manager, and general good guy, but seriously he is Archie’s family. A parental substitute so much better than the actual parents.
Jeremy has the arrangements made for DNA testing for Archie and Frankie to put this whole thing to rest before their plane touched down.
The second visit Archie and Jake make is to the country club to confront Edward on the golf course. Oh that was so much fun. Just how Edward didn’t know Archie and Frankie were dating just shows how self indulged he is with what he wants.
I love how supportive Coop, Ian and Jake are of Archie and Frankie during this. The love just flows off the pages.
With so much going on in this book as Graduation nears, there’s also the emancipation hearing. The morning of has some surprises for Frankie that had me laughing out loud.
This is a favorite scene.
He didn’t even slip out while I dried my hair. Instead, he parked himself behind me and took over the back, combing it.
“Up or down?” Fair question since I had court.
“Half up, half down,” I said, meeting his gaze in the mirror.
I hadn’t considered that, but now that he mentioned it, I liked the idea. He tapped my fingers out of the way and braided the single long strand in the center so it pulled my hair back from my face but left the rest to fall in neat lines. The blowing drying it straight helped. Though, if it got rained on, it was going to be unruly as hell when it dried.
When we finally left the bathroom so I could get dressed, the scent of coffee and something far sweeter assaulted my senses. My mouth was watering by the time I scooted into panties and a bra, then pulled on a pair of nice slacks and a button-down shirt. I even had a blazer to go with it. The dark green looked great on me, and though I didn’t wear it often, it definitely fell in the professional category.
Jake dressed silently while I did, and then he attached the clasp on my bracelet before sliding the class ring on my finger.
“How do I look?” I still had to put on shoes, but I was starving. Thankfully, the top was black and I had a jacket to wear with it.
“Like a million bucks,” Jake told me. “Come on. We have a surprise for you.”
“That is French toast I smell,” I said with a little squeal and then hurried around him and down the hall, tugging him with me. Sure enough, the guys were all crammed into my kitchen with Jeremy.
I paused on the threshold at the sight. Jeremy had been in here cooking while Jake had been getting me off in the shower and I’d been screaming.
Ian watched me from across the room as he sipped his coffee. His bright blue eyes were warm and full of humor. Coop practically smirked next to him, but it was Archie who said, “Come and eat, babe.
Jeremy wouldn’t let us have a damn thing until you got yours first. No matter how much we yelled at him.”
Relief swarmed through me, and when Jake chuckled next to me, I jabbed my elbow into his stomach hard enough to make him ‘oof.’ “Just be glad I don’t have my shoes on,” I warned him, and he grunted.
“Duly noted.” Even if he rubbed his stomach, I doubted I hit him that hard. He was carved out of stone.
“Good morning, Jeremy,” I greeted him as I moved past, and he smiled at me.
“Good morning, Miss Frankie. I’ve prepared your favorite, as well as bacon. Do you want fruit with your French toast, or powdered sugar and syrup?”
“Hmm… yes please?”
He chuckled. “The works it is.”
On impulse, I went up on my tiptoes and kissed his cheek. “You’re the best, Jeremy. Thank you.”
The indulgent smile he gave me made the action seem a lot less awkward, thank God. “My pleasure, truly. You sit, and Mr. Archie will get your coffee. The boys will finish making a space.”
“On it,” Ian said as they shifted the chairs around. Jake was still laughing as he followed me over.
“Can Mr. Archie get my coffee as well?”
“Considering you took your job to an extreme?” Archie told him with a bland look. “You can wait for the next pot.”
I laughed but took the chair next to Coop, who leaned over to nuzzle a kiss and then sighed when I gave him a real one. “Good morning,” he murmured.
“All out of hot water I think,” I told him without an ounce of apology.
“Good thing we used the other one.” He winked, and I laughed.
It wasn’t long before we had stacked plates in front of us. Despite his teasing, Jeremy had most of it ready, so I had three thick pieces of the perfectly cooked French toast, dusted with powdered sugar and a lovely dollop of butter, as well as a plate of strawberries with bacon. Yeah, I’d pretty much died and gone to heaven.
There was coffee and juice and even eggs for the guys. Far more food than had been in our fridge, because we’d skipped shopping this weekend while I indulged Archie’s ordering in fetish, and the five of us had dug in and just made the most of our alone time.
Across the table, Archie smiled at me and I shook my head, but I couldn’t hide my own smile. This right here was the way to kick off our day.
Heather Long. Trials and Tiaras: Untouchable Book Seven (Kindle Locations 2368-2396).
One of the biggest things to stand out is how much everyone has matured. Each book shows some degree of this but this in this one it’s more than obvious. Especially in Frankie’s demeanor and the way she’s standing up for herself and Archie.
The interactions with her guys just sizzles and is sprinkled with giggles and experimentation.
I truly loved all the scenes with Rachel, she has issues she’s not sharing, but Frankie won’t give up or stop asking.
Frankie and Ian have decisions to make, their College has been chosen and Graduation looms.
Friendship, love, family of choice and the heat that radiates off the pages with Frankie and the guys will have you turning the pages to see what happens next. At least I didn’t want to throw my kindle at the end of this one.
I think this book is my favorite so far!
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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.