An old crush. A hot doctor. And one tempting night with consequences.
Samantha Barrett's got it all under control…if wrangling a classroom of rowdy ninth-graders, chasing a delinquent dog, or living with your grandmother don't count against you. As if that wasn't enough, her brother's best friend, Dr. Ethan Cordero, is back in Barrett Ridge and living next door…and boom, she's reliving every single one of her silly schoolgirl fantasies about the delicious doctor.
Now, Ethan's eyes may spark with attraction when he sees her, but his cool, professional demeanor demands she keep her distance. After a string of ill-starred romances, Sam's sure that common sense will rule the day, right? Of course, she barely notices Ethan's sizzling-hot, hard abs, broad shoulders or his heart-melting dedication to his teen son.
Dr. Ethan Cordero has it all mapped out for his fresh start in Barret Ridge. Only two things count — get his son, Mateo, through high school and grow his medical practice. That's all good until Samantha Barrett charges into his backyard, gets under his skin, and lifts that shadow lurking over his heart. But his best friend's little sister keeps mixing up his well-laid plans with that curvy little backside of hers, her joyful laugh, and her surprising bond with Mateo.
Between a con artist canine, a confused grandma, a backstabbing stepmother, and one decadent chocolate cake, Ethan finds that every path winds right back into the arms of the oh-so-enticing girl next door, Sam.