I know better than to fall for Gabriel Carter, notorious NHL playboy. Not only has he broken innumerable hearts during his 7 years in LA, he's my boss—even if he does have a smile that leaves me weak in the knees, a body built for sin, and enough charm to melt my sundress clean off.

So what if I swoon a little over the way he sings Everly to sleep every night he's not on the road? So what if he's deliciously protective and alpha-male over me whenever the paparazzi get too close? It doesn't mean anything... or does it?

I try to tell myself it's just a job, but between the stolen kisses and blurry lines, playing house with him is starting to feel a little too real.


Summer Crawford loves nothing more than putting me in my place. She's five feet, five inches of sweet southern sass— and temptation sleeping in the bedroom next to mine.

When all the rules go out the window one night, everything changes. After knowing how explosive our chemistry is together, there's no way I can go back to pretending we're just friends.

There's one small catch: Summer is my employee. My daughter Everly's nanny. Ev needs her, which means she's competely off-limits. Or at least, she should be... but I've never been good at following the rules.

Turns out, I need Summer too. Now I'm playing for keeps—and I always win.


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