Series: Book Boyfriend #4
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Connor Prescott doesn't do one night stands (yes, ladies, he's an anomaly) so when he meets a beautiful woman during a snowed in night at the airport who wants to forget her heartache, he makes an exception. Their night together is incendiary, and by morning Connor wants more . . . except his sexy stranger is gone. He's pretty sure he'll never see her again, until three and a half years later she finds him, and changes his entire world with three little words . . . You're a daddy.
Rock Solid by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde is the fourth book in the Book Boyfriend Series and it’s a standalone. This is Connor and Katie’s story, told in dual POV, and I loved it. Who doesn’t love a surprise baby? I started and finished it in one sitting; this heartwarming story had me doing a happy dance at the end. Connor was amazing; he was truly the man that Katie needed in her life, someone to reassure her she could trust again. He definitely proved he was a rock solid man.
Katie meets Connor at the Denver airport, on Valentine’s Day, after their flight to Chicago has been delayed, due to a snowstorm, overnight. She had flown to Denver to surprise her boyfriend, Brice, at his hotel room. Unfortunately she was the one who was surprised when she discovered he wasn’t alone. She’d suspected something was off between them, but she hadn’t suspected he was seeing someone else. This wasn’t the first time a relationship had gone bad, and she ended up being dumped. Katie was convinced she was somehow to blame, that there was something about her that was unlovable.
“She’d hung in there, never wanting to feel as though she didn’t at least try to make things work, because she’d always sworn she wouldn’t treat relationships like her parents did—like they were disposable.”
Connor first noticed Katie in the waiting area and then found her again, in a restaurant, after their flight was canceled. When he invites himself to join her Katie confesses, with a little coaxing from him, why she’s upset. Connor convinces her that Brice is an idiot and manages to cheer her up. Knowing she won’t be able to find a room for the night he offers Katie to spend the night, in his two bedroom suite, and she happily accepts. Still upset over Brice but wanting to feel desirable she throws herself at Connor. He can’t resist despite not being a one-night stand guy and agreeing to her first-names only rule. He’s disappointed when he wakes up the next morning and she’s gone and all she left was a farewell note. With no last name or phone number to go on, he has no way to get in contact with her, and it looks like he was ghosted.
“Connor, you were exactly what I needed and more. Thank you for an incredible night. Your Valentine, Katie.”
Fast forward three years later and this is where the story really picks up! I hadn’t read the blurb and went in blind so I can honestly say I was surprised when I found out about Val, Katie and Connor’s little girl. Despite both of them being careful Katie found out she was pregnant a month after her Denver trip. She had no doubt who the father was. Since it was her idea that they not exchange last names or phone numbers, she had no way of getting in contact with Connor. Katie hasn’t dated since that night and devoted all her time to Val. It seems like the only adult interaction she has is from her neighbor, and best friend, Avery. By a fluke of fate, she sees Conner’s face in a magazine article and now has a way of getting in touch and letting him know he has a daughter.
Gawd, I loved Conner and how he reacted when he found out about Val. He had so much patience with Katie who had a ton of baggage due to her parents and previous relationships. He had to tear down walls that she kept building around her, to protect herself, and make her believe that he was trustworthy.
“For the foreseeable future, all he could do was prove he was rock solid and dependable when it came to the people in his life that he cared about.”
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by Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde
Publication Date: November 14th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Connor scrolled through the list of movies on pay-per-view for the tenth time, not sure what Katie might be in the mood for. He’d raided the mini bar as promised, and all the junk food loot was on the coffee table awaiting their impromptu slumber party. He was just waiting, albeit impatiently, to find out if Katie was going to join him or not. After her emotionally draining day, he wasn’t sure she was going to be up to hanging out, and as much as he’d understand that decision, the thought mostly disappointed him.
When he heard the door to her bedroom open, a flood of relief coursed through him. “So, what are you in the mood for?” he asked, anxious for her to join him and hoping that she sat on the same sofa as he did instead of the single chair opposite the couch—Jesus, what was he, fourteen? “We’ve got our choice between a romantic comedy, action adventure, or a horror flick.”
“None of those,” she said, her voice soft and husky as she approached from his peripheral vision. “The only thing I’m in the mood for is . . . you.”
Certain that he’d heard Katie wrong, he turned his head to glance at her. His jaw dropped open in shock as he stared at the stunning, erotic vision standing a few feet away from him, dressed in a sinful red ensemble that screamed fuck me, please. Unsure as to what was going on—was he being cruelly punked right now?—his entire body went rigid, including his dick, as he desperately tried to clear the lust that was quickly fogging his brain.
He managed to close his mouth, but that only made his jaw clench achingly tight as he fought off the urge to do something stupid, like push her down to the couch and give free rein to the attraction they’d both been skirting. Jesus, he couldn’t tear his eyes away from her and the see-through lingerie that exposed more than it covered, teasing him mercilessly. The sheer underwire cups pushed her generous breasts up like an offering, barely containing all that mouthwatering fullness, and her tight, rosy nipples pushed against the thin, lacy fabric. The skirt of the short gown draped over her midsection like a veil, sheer enough for him to see the indentation of her waist and flare of her hips, and a pair of tiny red matching panties he wanted to tear off of her with his teeth.
He swore beneath his breath, and when she made a soft, uncertain noise in the back of her throat, he jerked his gaze back up to hers. He caught a quick glimpse of apprehension shimmering in those big brown eyes, which contradicted the bold, brazen woman currently standing in front of him.
“Maybe this was a really stupid idea,” she said in a voice that cracked with a wealth of doubts, right before she turned back around and rushed toward her bedroom in a blur of red material that swirled around her waist and thighs.
Realizing that she believed his hesitation was because he didn’t want her, Connor jumped to his feet and reached Katie before she made it halfway across the living room. He caught her around the waist with a strong arm and hauled her up against his body, her back to his front—and quickly realized what a huge mistake that was.
She valiantly struggled to break free of his hold, the curve of her delectable ass shifting and wriggling against the thick length of his cock already straining the zipper of his jeans. He gritted his teeth at the onslaught of lust racing through his blood, threatening to eradicate his self-control and any rational decisions he needed to make. And the situation definitely called for him to remain level-headed so he could think with his brain and not his unruly dick.
She tried to push away his arm one last time, but when it didn’t budge, she made a frustrated sound. “Just let me go, Connor,” she said, her voice defeated and so damn vulnerable. “Please.”
He wasn’t releasing her until he knew she was okay. “Katie—”
“Don’t make this any worse than it already is,” she said, cutting him off, her entire body still unyielding against his. “I must have misread your interest, and I don’t think I can handle getting rejected twice in one day.”
Aww, fuck. The very last thing he felt for her was disinterest, but he didn’t want to take advantage of her or the situation, either. He released her and turned Katie so that she was facing him, hating the wariness in her gaze. She looked like she was going to bolt again, and he wasn’t about to let that happen until they got a few things straight. With his hands gripping her hips so she couldn’t go anywhere, at least not easily, he backed her up a few steps, until she was trapped between him and the wall.
The impulse to run his hands up the indentation of her waist to the breasts nearly spilling out of her flimsy top was so strong and so distracting he had to place his palms safely on the wall on either side of her shoulders. She tipped her head back to look up at him, and he nearly smiled when he saw the earlier doubts that had been clouding her gaze were now replaced with a stubborn attitude that turned him on way too much.
“First of all, you didn’t misread anything,” he told her. “You surprised the fuck out of me, because I didn’t expect you to come out of your room looking like a goddamn sex kitten. And secondly, I’m not rejecting you personally.”
Her chin lifted obstinately. “Just what I’m offering?”
The corner of his mouth quirked at the impudent tone of her voice, and before he could think better of it, he touched one of the soft, blonde strands of hair that fell to the swell of her breasts. He rubbed the silky texture between his fingers, immediately imagining how it would feel to have his entire hand wrapped around the length. Tugging. Pulling. Her gasping. Moaning. Begging.
The heady images in his head fueled his growing hunger for her. “What, exactly, are you offering, Valentine?” he murmured, knowing he was torturing himself but beyond caring any longer.
She rolled her eyes at him. “Isn’t it obvious?”
He watched as her tongue dampened her bottom lip, spurring more dirty thoughts to fill his head. “Tell me,” he said, the words a gentle demand. “Just so it’s clear for both of us.”
She hesitated for a moment, as if gathering up the nerve, then spoke. “Remember that fantasy I told you about earlier? The sex-with-a-stranger-in-a-hotel-room fantasy?”
How could he forget something like that? “Yes.”
She exhaled a breath. “That’s all I want. No last names. No personal information. Just a night of hot, mindless sex.”
Yeah, that sounded damn good, except he was already coming to want so much more than that with her.
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