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Intoxicate (Explosive, #4) by [Teevan, Tessa]
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Marry me.

Two words Kalli Montgomery never expected to say out loud to Xavier Cruz, even though she's been in love with the sexy, single father for as long as she can remember. Unfortunately, she hasn't just been friend-zoned for the past ten years. No, even worse, he's treated her like a little sister, no matter how hard she tried to prove she could be so much more. When she agrees to spend the summer as the caregiver for his daughter, Lily, she knows it's her last chance to finally make him take notice.

As unexpected circumstances threaten to disrupt his home life, Xavier's desperate to keep his family together. He'll do whatever it takes, even if it means marrying a woman he doesn't love. For Xavier and Lily, Kalli will do just about anything, even at the risk of getting her heart broken in the process.

Little does she know, sometimes love isn't quite as unrequited as one may think. Xavier sees her-he always has. And the vow he made all those years ago never to go there with his best friend's little sister is wavering, and it's wavering fast. When they come up with a plan that leads to wedding bells, it's a no brainer.

This marriage of convenience has one rule: absolutely no falling in love.

Easier said than done. Throw together a girl who believes rules are meant to be broken, and a man whose whole career revolves around following orders and you get a recipe for disaster. What could possibly go wrong?

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Novel 26 February 2015
By Autumn "Paperrdolls" - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I haven't read the previous 3 Explosive books but what I'm loving about the standalone trend is that I didn't have to read them to know what was going on in Intoxicate.

Intoxicate tells us the story of Kalli and Xavier. They have known each other for years. Xavier is best friends with Kalli’s older brother Kale. He watched Kallie grow up and for quite a long time she was jailbait so nothing happened, and for a long time Xavier was focused on raising his daughter Lily after her mother left them 10 years ago. Kallie for her part has been in love with Xavier since she was a teenager. She also really loves Lily. At 27, Kallie feels its now time to move from home and gets a job near Xavier and her brother as a teacher. The thing is she moved in the summer so instead of getting a summer job she becomes the nanny for Xavier since his mom is visiting Kalli’s mother.

They flirt innocently quite often however Xavier has been burned terribly in the past plus he's got a few other things going on and to his credit he wants to separate his feelings from his daughters feelings for Kallie. I don't think I'm giving anything away when I say he was able to separate them enough to get married even if it was not really for love. But you'll see to that as you read.

I'm seriously torn with Kallie. Part of me just couldn't stand to watch her throw herself at Xavier or watch how hot and cold he was with her. I wanted to tell her to move on to give up. But then apart of me admired her for knowing what she wanted, going after it and all that jazz. I know I have done stupid s*** in the past to force relationships My life SPOILER ALERT. They didn't work. Just as well I met an amazing man who wanted me from the beginning.

Intoxicate was a pretty easy read. I kept waiting for the shoe to drop to see what would tear them apart because that's how these things go. I'd think oh that's it and it wasn't haha. But it was fun!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story 11 February 2015
By Sarah - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Tessa has a talent for writing sweet love stories built around friendship, love, and family, and Intoxicate is the perfect blend of all three.

Being a single father while in the military is hard, and no one knows that better than Xavier Cruz. When Lily’s mother walked out on him, it could have meant the end of his career; luckily, he had a loving mother who rushed to his side to help take care of his daughter while he was away. Now that she's decided to leave for the summer, he’s getting help from someone that he never imagined he'd have so close – his best friend’s little sister.

Kalli Montgomery has been secretly in love with Xavier since she was 16 years old. Now that she’s spent the entire summer with her favorite father-daughter duo, those feelings have only intensified. So naturally, when Xavier runs into some problems, Kalli offers to marry him so he won’t have to risk losing Lily. Of course, if he were to happen to fall in love with her in the process, she wouldn't be one to complain.

I absolutely loved Xavier. He was an amazing father, a caring man, and a great friend. But then again, I also had an insane desire to pick up a four-by-four and beat him over the head a few times. What can I say? I've come to the conclusion that I'll never be able to read a Tessa book without wanting to smack sense into a character at least once.

Kalli was persistent as hell. She came off extremely strong in some areas, but she at least went after what she wanted - unlike the man I wanted to beat. That being said, she was also selfless and full of heart.

For me, the real star was Xavier’s ten year old daughter. Lily was hilarious and so quick to call her Father out when he was being idiotic. I adored her character and loved watching her with both of the adults. It really felt like a family to me.

If you’re looking for a feel good read and don’t mind a slower than usual progression between the guy and girl, then I definitely recommend picking up a copy today. Intoxicate was a 5 star read for me and definitely one that I’ll pick up again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars INTOXICATE BY: TESSA TEEVAN 30 January 2015
By Melissa Cooper - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Kalliope Montgomery aka Kalli is a 27 yr. old woman from Gulf Shores, AL. She has a fun personality, and is carefree & full of life. She's extremely close with her family, but hasn't found that special someone to settle down with. That's because she's still holding out hope she will one day get her dream guy. Her heart has belonged to her brother's best friend Xavier Cruz for over ten years now. She has wanted him from the moment she first laid eyes on him.
Xavier also noticed Kalli years ago, but when he found out she was only 16, decides she's off limits. Through the years their families have been close, and Kalli has also grown to love Xavier's daughter Lily. Watching him with his daughter just made her fall even harder for him. He's a single dad whose whole focus has been on his daughter & his job. He's been so consumed with being a great dad & soldier, he hasn't had time for a real life. He doesn't date, & is out of practice with women.
Wanting to be closer to her brother & his family, Kalli decides to move to Clarksville, TN. Since she moves in the summer, she takes a job caring for Xavier's daughter. She secretly hopes he will finally notice her, and he definitely does. Being around her, his attraction for her continues to grow, and she becomes all he can think about. He's been fighting how he feels about her for so long, but finally admits he wants her. They decide to be friends, and see where things go. Kalli understands his first priority is his daughter, and tries to be patient with him. Their relationship slowly changes, & they both realize they want more. As things progress, they decide to be a couple, and they really connect on a deeper level.
Kalli makes Xavier want things he hasn't wanted in a long time. He's never felt this way, & it scares him. As he develops stronger feelings for her, and comes to realize how much she means to him, he pushes her away. He's lived this safe life not really living, but just existing, but it's what is familiar to him. Life happens, and when Xavier's life is thrown into chaos, Kalli suggests they marry to solve his problems. They form a pact that they won't fall in love, but that's easier said than done. Xavier realizes what he's been missing, and things progress to the next level. Thank you, thank you Tessa! I was in total book heaven with the Xavier sexy time! Just amazing & so worth the wait! "Anticipation is everything." ;))
It's a long road for this couple with plenty of angst, but Kalli never gives up, and fights for her man. She supports him, stands by his side, & is his rock. He finally embraces his feelings, and I really liked how they were friends first, & it wasn't a connection based on the physical. This couple has such an intense, beautiful relationship that kept me wanting more. As usual Tessa Teevan wrote yet another 5 star fabulous book! She consistently writes books I love, but this one especially hit the mark for me being a hot, Spanish single dad, who is not only a sexy soldier, but big brother's best friend! I really love the brother's best friend stories. I also enjoyed getting more of yummy Kale! I hope we also get a book for Kalli's twin sister Kaylie! :D
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite in the explosive series - Xavier and Kallie will BLOW you away! 29 January 2015
By Book Lover - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
"Plus, I’m pretty good with explosive things. I won’t allow anything to blow up.”

In the past few months I have binge read this series, then I started harassing Tessa about when we would finally get this book. This book hits a ton of my favorite types of reads: forbidden love, brother’s best friend, and a single dad. I knew there was no way I wouldn’t love this one, but I was blown away at just how happy this book made me.

We met Xavier Cruz in the prior books, the thing that stood out to me was what a fantastic father he is. Even being in the military and having to leave for extended period of times he still puts his daughter first. That is a huge deal to me. So often we hear about dad’s leaving, but in this situation Lily’s mom actually left her as a baby. Xavier could have easily passed Lily off on his mother, but it was important to him to be her dad and actively parent her. Now ten years later, Xavier is still making sure Lily’s needs are met.

Kalli Montgomery is one of Kale’s (from Inflame) sisters. Kalli is such a special person, she has such a giving heart and kind spirit, but she is also lively and fun. She first met Xavier when he came home with her brother when she was sixteen years old. I can totally relate to the sixteen year old Kalli, I can imagine the butterflies she felt and the excitement at seeing her brother’s hot best friend.

Kalli even as a young girl could see the value in a man that put is daughter first, so from that moment he was more then just a hot guy. When Xavier first met Kalli he thought she was beautiful and wanted to get to know her, that is until he realized she was underage. Xavier immediately moved Kalli into another category of off limits, but that didn’t mean he was blind to watching her grow into a successful, sexy woman.

Intoxicate starts off with a bang and I had a huge smile on my face when this bomb dropped:

"Because this girl, who’s been off limits for so damn long, she married me last night. Kalli Montgomery, my best friend’s little sister, is now my wife. And I know exactly what I was thinking.

Naturally I was hooked at this point, I wanted to know what happened and how we got here. First, I am so glad this isn’t a we were drunk and woke up married situation, no this was a planned Vegas wedding.

From here the story switches to six months prior and we learn how events unfolded.

Kalli has decided to move to Clarksville to be closer to her newborn nephew, and she is honest and admits Xavier and Lily may have been a little bit of an incentive too. Since Xavier’s mom is going to be visiting Kalli’s mom at the beach Xavier hires Kalli to watch Lily while he is at work. Of course, Kalli is up for this, but she is also putting herself in a position to be broken. Because it is just for the summer and then she will go back to living without being apart of their daily lives.
I will not go too into the plot because I don’t want to spoil the story, so I will leave you there and discuss the things I loved.

Xavier and Lily, I loved their relationship and how they interacted. Throughout the story Lily is growing up, while it is just six months she is at that preteen age, so there was plenty of comical relief and I loved her little moments of sass. My heart also broke for Lily and her desire to have a mom. Kalli and Lily’s relationship was perfect. Kalli never tried to insert herself into a mother’s position, but was there for Lily to help her through some girl moments. She also loved her like a daughter, and wanted to do anything she could for her. Kalli was completely selfless in her love.

"Kalli, I love that you love my daughter, but she had you all summer. Now its my turn.

Xavier and Kalli, oh I can’t begin to describe how much I loved these two. Xavier was completely unprepared for a relationship. He hasn’t dated in years, then throw in dating Kalli a girl he sees as perfect he was a mess. Things weren’t always pretty, but in the same respect I could completely understand his blunders and how things were handled just made me love him more. Xavier gave it his all and wanted to be perfect, and that is quality is so sexy in a hero.

This story is definitely one of my favorites, it had all the elements I love with none of the unnecessary drama that drives me insane. Now don’t get me wrong this isn’t one of the quick sweet stories, there were definitely moments of anger and angst, but they kept me engaged and made the connection and love more real. Life isn’t perfect no one knows that better then Xavier, but in Kalli he found his perfect partner.

I highly recommend this story, it is beautifully written, the characters are relatable and lovable. Intoxicate had me guessing, laughing, swooning, and it definitely brought the sexy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and this was the perfect way to reach their HEA 11 February 2015
By ~Nichole Hart ~ SPRR - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I completely adored how Tessa approached this story line. We all knew that Kalli and Xavier had been dancing around their explosive connection .. and this was the perfect way to reach their HEA. Tessa always gives us amazing and romantic journies with characters that suck you in and leave you feeling like you met a friend. Xavier stole my heart with his devotion to Lily and Kali who just lays everything on the line with no regrets was his perfect fit. Their chemistry and the sexual tension threatened to cause my kindle to .. yes.. combust, incinerate and ignite puns intended. But most of all her romance is intoxicating and the passion between Kalli and Xavier was beyond beautiful. I adored this couple so much. I think Kalli was my top favorite heroine due to the fact she was so freaking honest and unafraid. Xavier was perfect in every way.

Totally loved everything about this sexy romance. Can't wait for more from one of my top give me what I want authors.

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