Sexy, tatted up, underwear model Marcus Grayson is every girl’s dream—or more likely worst nightmare. He’s a player, a self-proclaimed bachelor for life, and he’s got no problem living up to his man-whore status. But when his older sister’s friend comes back from the past, he may just have the chance to turn some of his adolescent fantasies into reality.
Tessa Bradley is a self-sufficient, take-no-bull, single mother—well, now she is. Finally rid of her abusive, alcoholic ex, she’s making a new life for herself and catching up with old friends; the ones she was forced to break ties with because of her controlling husband. When she runs into Marcus, her friend Riley’s once-adorable turned smoking-hot little brother, she has no idea how he’s about to rock her world.
You wanted me then, now you can have me. Just promise you’ll Keep Me…
“I’ve wanted you for as long as I can remember. I finally got you and now…I want to keep you.” I placed my hand over her heart, tapping a finger to show my intentions. “And I want you to keep me here. Please, baby, keep me. I love you…” – Marcus
Oh my goodness. This guy made me swoon…a lot! Marcus Grayson was a hot and cocky, tattooed bad boy with an attitude to boot. Far from being a saint, let me tell you, but he sure had a heart of gold. Being unattached and single was all he wanted...until he came face to face with Tessa, his older sister’s best friend.
Tessa had lost contact with Riley Grayson, all thanks to her very controlling ex-husband, Zach. So basically, the last person Tessa thought she would run into, on her first day at her new job, was ‘little Marcus Grayson’. And boy, he sure wasn’t so ‘little’ anymore. Sparks flew and their chemistry sizzled. Tessa got under Marcus’ skin and for some crazy reason, he could not shake her off.
“I can give you what you need. And you…you’re everything I never knew I wanted.”
What started off as a ‘fun thing’, slowly started turning into more…much more. Marcus and Tessa belonged together. Plain and simple. But Tessa held back. She wasn’t fully over what she had been through with her ex-husband, plus, and she had her very adorable son, Luca, to think of first. Good thing Marcus was a stubborn yet patient man. He didn’t give up on making Tessa his. He waited until she was ready to surrender her heart fully to him. And OMG! He was just WONDERFUL with Luca too!!! Seeing him bond with that baby was just…sigh. Queue melting of panties!
For Tessa, Marcus even put up with his very annoying sister, who was very much against them being together. Riley honestly got on my nerves. The way she treated Marcus and spoke about him made me angry. I understood where she’s coming from, trust me, I got it, and I’d probably be hesitant too, but he was still her brother. Plus, I was too #TeamMarcus to not want him to get the girl!
“Forget that jackhole Zach, my annoying sister, and all your qualms. I’m not as bad as everyone make me out to be. Don’t you know that by now? This is different. You make me feel different and I might fuck up and I know for shit sure that I won’t be perfect, but can’t you just give me a shot? All I’m asking for is a chance.” - Marcus
Poor guy. I know he didn’t have the smoothest record when it came to the ladies, but he did mean every single word. He had completely fallen in love with Tessa, he just needed her to trust him...to really believe they could work. I rooted for them so hard! I wanted them to become the happy family they both deserved.
“I don’t want anyone else. I want you and you alone. I need you, Tessa. You make me whole, you make me feel, you make me want to be the type of man my mother would be proud of.” - Marcus
I really, really enjoyed the developments in the plot and characters. I especially loved how Riley’s character grew and stopped getting on my last nerve. In fact, I wanted to read about her ‘situation’ with Beck as much as I wanted to read about Marcus and Tessa. Yes, the book was that good. It kept me intrigued in every way possible. Towards the end, I will admit I had a few freak-outs. Just when I thought Marcus and Tessa’s path towards their happy ending was clear, Tessa’s past came crashing into her present. Ha! There were moments where I felt like I was not reading fast enough!
“I love you and I can’t live without you.”
Overall, this was a great read told in dual point of views. There were emotional, sweet, sexy, and even angst-driven scenes throughout the book that kept me hooked! I loved the ending! Truly beautiful! It was a very happy yet open one, so I’m hoping the author will surprise us with a sequel or even a spin-off? Haha!! A girl can dream, right? ;)
I recommend you buy this book!! You really need to meet Marcus!
“I’ve always wanted you.”
***An ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!!***
Once the book goes live, I will post the purchase links!
UPDATE!! "KEEP ME" is LIVE!!!!