Title: Reckless Hearts
Author: Heather Van Fleet
Series: Reckless Hearts, #1
Pubdate: February 7, 2017
Three alpha men and a baby.
What could possibly go wrong?
From boot camp to the Iraqi desert, best friends Collin, Max, and Gavin have been through hell and back. But these rugged Marines might need help facing their biggest challenge: raising Collin’s nine-month-old daughter, Chloe.
After the death of his girlfriend in an accident, Collin Montgomery has sworn off serious relationships. His buddies have his back—and convince him it’s okay to cut loose sometimes. Enter the hottest, smartest girl he’s ever met. But what he really needs is a nanny.
Addison Booker needs a job desperately—and fast. She shows up to interview for the nanny position only to find the sexy, cocky man she can’t get out of her head. Collin knows hiring her is a bad idea—they disagree about almost everything—but Addison is so good with little Chloe. And there’s no substitute for chemistry, right?
He answered on the third ring. “Hey, Gav. You busy?”
My face warmed at the sound of Collin’s voice.
“Um, yes. But I need to speak with Gavin, please.” Keep breathing, keep calm. You’ve got this.
“But I need to talk to you first.”
I clenched my teeth. “May I talk to him, please?”
I threw my head back against the couch and groaned. “Why not?” If he was going to be short with his answers, I would be short with my questions.
“Need to talk to you about something first. Told you that.”
Could’ve sworn I heard the words Needs to eat your pussy is more like it in the background, but my mind was scrambling like the eggs I’d cooked for breakfast.
“Shut up, asshole,” Collin barked.
I spun a loose string around my finger. “What did you just say to me?”
Total déjà vu.
The wind slapped against his speaker. “Are you driving?” I unraveled the string from my finger and bounced my knee. “Because in the State of Illinois, it’s illegal to drive and talk on a cell phone unless it’s hands free.”
“Damn it, no. She’s putting that shit in her mouth.” He grumbled something else, and the sound of baby giggles tugged on my already floppy heartstrings.
I couldn’t help but smile as I thought about Chloe. I’d only been around her twice, but I kind of missed the little thing.
“Not driving. Just playin’ at the park.”
Playing at the park. Why did the image make me grin? Collin pushing Chloe in her swing, her little baby legs bouncing up and down as he did.
“Why are you calling Gavin anyway?”
“None of your business.” My smile fell. “Can you just put him on?”
“I told you I needed to talk first.”
I rolled my eyes. “Fine. Then talk.”
“Gonna take you out tonight.”
Shock pulled me into an upright position, and I stood so fast that a pile of clean towels fell to the floor. “Um, take me out?” I scrambled to pick them up.
“Gonna apologize. Again. Buy you food, return your sweater too. If you have plans, then cancel them.”
“Uh, no. Don’t think so.” At the simple thought of seeing him again, my stomach clenched in both excitement and unease. “You’re not going to pull that in-charge bullshit on me. And besides, what makes you think I want to see you anyway?”
“You don’t wanna see me, sweetheart?”
I slapped my hand over my eyes. Sweetheart? Seriously? “No. I don’t want to see you, pumpkin. Not when you got me fired from my job the other night with your ultimate-fight-club thing.” I blew out a quick breath. “Besides, I just…can’t.”
“I need a better reason.”
“Are you serious right now?” What was with this guy and his incessant need to be an asshole?
“Dead serious.” He laughed. “I’ll be by your apartment at six to pick you up. Dress casual. Gonna take you to dinner, and then we’re gonna talk. You’re going to get a free meal and an apology. Can’t get much better than that, am I right?”
About the Author:
Contemporary romance author Heather Van Fleet is stay-at-home-mom turned book boyfriend connoisseur. She’s a wife to her high school sweetheart, a mom to three little girls, and in her spare time you can find her with her head buried in her Kindle, guzzling down copious amounts of coffee. Heather was born and raised in Moline, Illinois, where she lives with her wonderful family.