Innamorati, Book 1
At the tender age of seven, newly orphaned Micah Jiminez lost everything – and got lucky. The Delaney family opened their hearts and their home, treated him like one of their own. One Delaney in particular, though, became more than a brother to Micah. The handsome and protective Tucker is the man to whom he wants to give his love.
The impending death of the Delaney patriarch brings an unsavory relative out of the woodwork, threatening Micah’s beloved adopted family. They’re going to need all hands in the fight to keep The Bar D from being pulled out from under them all – including Tucker. Micah steels himself to convince the man he can’t forget to come home.
To his everlasting surprise, it’s Tucker who comes up with the perfect solution: a marriage of convenience – to Micah. His gut tells him Tucker’s motivation involves nothing more than saving the ranch. Now he just has to convince his fragile heart.
Micah doesn’t know how to save the ranch when his adopted grandfather becomes seriously ill. The family owned ranch, The Bar D, is the Delaney home and livelihood. Micah’s grandfather has put him in charge of the finances and asked him to do whatever it takes to save the ranch for his family. To make the situation worse, the eldest son and outcast of the family, has decided to try and take the ranch from his adopted family.
Micah had done everything that he can and is now sick himself from all of the stress. While going over all of the accounts, Micah finds his grandfathers will. The only way he can see to save the ranch is to ask for help from the one person that he has vowed never to see again, Tucker.
Tucker has been out of town on a business trip and hasn’t heard about his grandfather’s condition until Micah shows up on his door step. Tucker immediately notices the difference in Micah and his protective instincts kick in. Tucker may have left home after being with Micah on his eighteenth birthday but he has never forgotten the man. Tucker finds a clause in the will that states that the ranch will go to the first Delaney that gets married and Tucker knows exactly how to save the ranch.
With a quick civil service, Micah finds himself the convenient husband of the man of his dreams and the one person he has no intention of giving his heart to again. Neither man wants to admit that they still desire the other but Tucker will do anything to protect Micah and his family.
I love all of Langley’s books but this was one of my favorites. So many M/M books lack a true story line and have the main characters just falling all over themselves. Langley has a way with words that make the characters come to life. When reading her books you find yourself seeing the story unfold and cheering for your favorite characters. The struggle between Micah and Tucker is realistic and kept me turning the pages. Micah wants to protect his heart and tries to keep Tucker at a distance while trying to convince everyone in the house that they are a happy newlywed couple. I loved their “first fake love scene” and found myself laughing out loud and reading it again just to laugh some more. The story has a strange twist at the end that I don’t want to give away. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. This book deserves 4 1/2 chocolate dipped strawberries.