I NEED A WIFE TO SAVE MY DAUGHTER. SHE NEEDS MY MAGIC.
I loved her like a sister forever ago.
Before life served us tragedy with a bitter cherry on top.
Before I learned love isn’t a damn fairy tale.
Before I became a single dad.
Protecting my little girl is all I still care about. Kendra is my lifeline if she’ll just play along.
Her job is easy.
Wear my ring. Turn my scowl into a family man’s smile. Help save my daughter from a scorched earth custody fight.
She gets the Cinderella treatment in return. My money, my mansion, my reputation. I’ll put the glass slippers she’s slaving over on main street and bend the world to her designer genius.
Simple. Painless. Mutual.
If only she was the shy thing I remembered, and I wasn’t the same red-blooded maniac who wanted her under me years ago.
My wall of ice isn’t working like it should. Not when we trade barbs that make me throb. Not when I grab her hair. Not when I can’t decide if I want to push her away, or drink those lips in an unending kiss.
Complicated. Messy. Cruel.
That’s our crazy truth.
This madness ends one way: Cinderella undone, or me in stitches.