A Sexy FAKE RELATIONSHIP romantic comedy standalone written by a duo of two USA Bestselling Authors
Luca Bianco is a jerk. There I said it.
He thinks he’s so suave and sexy, walking around in his paramedic uniform stretched out by all his hard muscles and saving lives every day. I swear he thinks every woman in the world would kill for a chance to be with him.
Men like Luca are good for one thing only—a one-night stand—not commitment. I don’t care if my friend did pay good money at a charity bachelor auction for me to go on a date with him, I refuse to do it.
That is until Luca offers me a deal I can’t refuse, and I agree to be his pretend fiancé.
The heat that’s simmered between us for a decade ignites and I’m not sure even Luca will be able to kickstart my heart after I call code blue.
What’s that saying? Love is blind?
Not true. I can see this head-on collision coming a mile away.
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****BlueSeal’s Review of Engaged to the EMT****
This is the third and final book in the Blue Collar Brothers Series by Piper Rayne and I’m a little sad that this is the end of the sweet, sexy, and swoon-worthy Bianco brothers. If you LOVE first responders then this series is definitely for you. If you’re not sure then go back to my review of the 2nd book, Crushing on the Cop, from October 29th. Perhaps reading both reviews will encourage you to purchase the book series. Unfortunately, I still haven’t read “Flirting with Fire” but don’t worry, I will.
Luca and Lauren have known, and hated, each other since high school when Lauren dated Luca’s best friend. (I want to pause here for a minute and point out that my husband was not my favorite person when we met 25 years ago. I thought he was a jerk. Very cute. But still a jerk.)Fighting is what they do best. It is how they communicate. Right now, they need each other. Luca’s mother has a heart condition and will be having surgery soon. Luca is determined to prove to his mother that he’s not a screw up. At 27, he’s the baby and a playboy but he wants his mother to go into surgery with peace knowing that all of her boys are in love (well sort of) So, what does Luca do? He proposes to Lauren who immediately chokes on the burger that she is eating. Don’t worry. He’s an EMT so she was in good hands. VERY ROMANTIC! NOT! Luca’s mother loves Lauren so he proposes a fake engagement that will last just until his mother is feeling better and offers Lauren anything that she wants. Now, that is a very dangerous offer one that could go many different directions. But you see, Lauren could benefit from this little arrangement too. She has a boss who wants to date her and is not put off by her refusal. OH! Wait, that’s not all. She loves hockey and wants Luca’s season tickets. Little did Lauren know that this fake proposal came with the most beautiful diamond ring that she’s ever seen. Next comes the hard part. They have to sell this engagement to their friends, family, and co-workers. I am stopping right here because I don’t want to spoil anything.
I love Luca and Lauren! I have laughed at them and I might have teared up too. This is a beautiful enemies to lovers book and I have to be very honest when I tell you that Piper Rayne is quickly becoming one of my favorites. My rating is definitely 5 out of 5!!
The light from the street reflects the humor shining in his eyes. “I’m just sick of the fighting.”
“Fighting is what we do best. It’s basically how we communicate.” Then all the puzzle pieces join together in my head. I’m so stupid. “You want something.”
We pull up in front of my house just as I realize what a fucking moron I am.
“Nope.” He takes the keys, grabs the bag of food and gets out of the car.
He’s totally playing me. I might not be a psychologist who can quickly spot a liar, but Luca, I know too well. Not well, but when it comes to our interactions—I know him. And this nice Luca, taking me to a Hawks game, buying me dinner, wanting to eat with me…this isn’t the Luca Bianco I know.
I climb out of his car, the slam of the door echoing down the dark residential street. “Tell me what it is you want.”
His lips remain straight, not even a hint of a smile or smirk.
Another clear sign that this isn’t the Luca I know.
“Come on. Let’s eat.” He nods in the direction of my house.
“By prolonging whatever it is, you’re just pissing me off, which means if you need something, I’m more than likely going to say no. Or we could play a little game…”
“How about we eat?” He waits patiently as I insert the key into my door, disengage the alarm that Cristian, Luca’s brother insisted we get installed.
Police officers. Jeez.
We step inside and he’s the one to shut the door and flick the lock.
“Planning to have your way with me?” I’m not serious as I walk into the kitchen to grab us some drinks, utensils, and napkins.
The sound of the television blaring drifts into the kitchen seconds later.
With my hands full, I head back into the living room. “Feel free to make yourself at home,” I deadpan, handing Luca a Vitamin Water and a napkin.
“Thanks.” He lifts the napkin and drink. “And thanks.”
We sit on the couch because although our house is nice and newly redecorated thanks to Maddie’s mad skills, the family room area is small and the best place to see the television is the couch. No worries though, there’s still a cushion between us.
I open up my box of food, a little bit of steam hitting my face. “I can’t just sit here and watch soccer with you and not know what you want.”
I hate that I’ve had to resort to being sincere in my request.
He opens up his own box and I’m a tad jealous I didn’t get the burger. It smells and looks delicious.
Luca doesn’t respond, just stands and heads into the kitchen.
He knows our house way too well thanks to his brothers always suggesting we meet here when we go out.
I pop a cauliflower floret into my mouth, tasting the Korean flavor makes my mouth water. Opening up my Vitamin Water to cool my tongue, I ignore Luca’s return, instead, fixating on the television as he rounds the coffee table in front of me. The couch dips with the weight of his body which is now closer than before.
I’ve never been alone with Luca, much less this close. I feel a shift in our volatile relationship like the stillness before a storm. It’s too quiet. It’s too calm. Too…enjoyable.
“Here.” My gaze shifts from the television, although I couldn’t tell you the score of the game and I see he’s holding half his burger out to me.
“What’s this?” I ask, loading my mouth with another califloret.
Man, it’s hot.
“I think you had a little bit of drool dripping from your mouth when I opened the container. How about we share?”
He smiles. A smile I’ve only ever seen on his face with his friends, or his brothers, and especially his mom. He doesn’t even wear this smile when he’s with girls. At least not that I’ve ever seen. That fact runs around my stomach stirring up the butterflies to max flight.
I don’t like this.
It’s too damn calm.
Where are the eighty mile per hour winds?
“Luca, if you don’t tell me what you want, I’m going to kick you out of my house.” I take half the burger and slide my cauliflower and fries closer to him as an offering.
“You can’t just wait?” he asks, seeming disappointed.
“HA!” I point to him with a greasy finger. “You do want something from me. Tell me what it is.”
“You’re ridiculous you know that, right? A normal person would wait.”
I shake my head. “No, they wouldn’t.”
See, this feels good. This feels right.
“LUCA!” I scream.
He blows out a breath. “Fine. I need a favor from you.”
ABOUT PIPER RAYNE:
Piper Rayne, or Piper and Rayne, whichever you prefer because we’re not one author, we’re two. Yep, you get two USA Today Bestselling authors for the price of one. Our goal is to bring you romance stories that have “Heartwarming Humor With a Side of Sizzle” (okay…you caught us, that’s our tagline). A little about us… We both have kindle’s full of one-clickable books. We’re both married to husbands who drive us to drink. We’re both chauffeurs to our kids. Most of all, we love hot heroes and quirky heroines that make us laugh, and we hope you do, too.