USA TODAY Bestselling author, Laura Drewry, brings you book 3 in her small town contemporary series, Friends First.
If Ellie Palmer could only learn to stop speeding, she'd probably never have to speak to Officer Brett Hale again. Her sass and his by-the-book attitude don't lend themselves well to each other, and now that they're forced to spend time together, things are quickly going from bad to worse. Sure, he's smokin' hot in that uniform, and okay, yes, a quick flash of one of his oh-so-rare smiles is enough to knock a girl senseless. She'll even go so far as to admit (only to herself) that the more time she spends with him, the more she appreciates his quiet and unexpected charms. But at the end of the day, he's still a cop and Ellie doesn't have the time of day for cops; not after what they put her through.
The last thing Brett expects is to feel any kind of spark for Ellie Palmer, but there's no denying it's there, and when her crazy ex shows up, Brett has no choice but to smother that spark in order to keep her safe. He'll do whatever it takes to protect her, even if that means pretending to be in a relationship with her. Ellie's reluctant, but together they put on a hell of a good show; too good maybe because every touch, every kiss, makes it harder to remember that this is just a show. And at the end of the day, if Brett has any real hope of keeping Ellie safe, he'll have to choose between breaking her heart or breaking the rules.