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𝙉𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙜𝙪𝙮 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙞𝙩.


My life’s dream is simple. Get married, have babies, and have the same happily ever after as my best friend. So why did I dump my longtime boyfriend, soon-to-be fiancé, and bring one of my worst fears—being alone—to life?

And why did I take that dark alley and allow myself to be attacked? As an ID channel enthusiast, I know the dangers lurking in the world. I warn my friends about it regularly. Now I have a stalker, which brings my other worst fear to life.

The person who comes to my rescue isn’t my ex or even my bestie. Easton—my gorgeous, flirty friend, and my bf’s brother-in-law—shows up to care for me. He’s the opposite of the preppy guys I date. He’s rugged, sexy, and doesn’t know the meaning of the word commitment. Other than helping me with my stalker, he can’t give me what I want. So why am I falling for him anyway?


As the spare to the heir, I’m the carefree brother. The guy no one expects much from—not even my own family. But I’m here to prove them all wrong. I’m not the man I was a year ago. Sadie is proof of that.

I never would have let someone like her get close to me. Yet she found a way into my life without climbing into my bed. That never happens. She friend-zoned me long ago, and out of respect for my brother and sister-in-law, I’ve kept my hands to myself. Only now, she’s in my home, showing sides of herself I didn’t know existed. She’s more than I could have imagined, better.

I didn’t know protecting her would make me crave her so much. I can give her a safe place, a good time, pleasures she’s never known, but I can’t give her the dream she desires.

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Tara Gallina is the author of the The Forever Series vols 1-8 (steamy new adult and college romance), Pretty Georgia Peaches (small town steamy romances), and the fantasy romances Fated to Die and Enchanted Kisses. 

She believes in fairies, true love, and happily ever after. When she’s not writing, she loves to visit gardens, European castles, and Caribbean beaches. She’s passionate about interior design, obsessed with throw pillows, addicted to vinegar, favors the color pink, and only drinks wine that tastes like melted sugar.


Her writing journey began in the traditional world when she signed with a literary agent in 2015 for a young adult retelling. She's since added steamy romances to her publishing list and writes independently.

Daily needs: sunshine, laughter, coffee, family.

Daily wants: castle, English accent, princess hair, anti-age venom.

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