"Sometimes the love for a friend is the real thing."
Reviewed by Annetta Sweetko
Posted May 4, 2014
Romance Erotica Sensual
Melanie Jacobs has a lot on her mind, holding down two jobs
as well as running the family ranch. She is also struggling
with a problem that in no way involves the best friends she
has ever had. Colton and Hawk are guys so they could never
understand what it is she is going through ... even though
they have always been there for her. Her life could
certainly get better with a few RISING ASSETS coming her
way ... that and a lot of luck.
Colton Freeze has always had a soft spot for his best
friend Mel and he knows something is up with her especially
when he finds she is working herself to exhaustion. He and
Hawk and Mel had always planned for the three of them to go
into business together. Isn't it funny how plans can fall
apart when you realize that someone you love ... someone you
really love ... needs you?
RISING ASSETS is funny, sexy and touching all rolled into
a "cannot put down" book. Author Rebecca Zanetti is someone
who pulls you into her world and makes it utterly enjoyable
and hard to leave. The "friends with benefits" is a theme
that has been done before but not like this one ... both Mel
and Colton are afraid to make that step over the line for
fear of losing their best friend. Each other. I enjoyed
watching them work out just what they both want in life and
go for it. The family and friends surrounding them added a
amazing touches that brought the small town to life. I
really enjoyed the betting pool that everyone and their
brother seemed to be a part of, the meddling though
lovingly done by those in the pool and those who just
wanted what was best for this couple. RISING ASSETS is a
very good read and I recommend it to anyone who wants a fun
contemporary. On a personal note I certainly do hope that
Ms. Zanetti plans to write Hawks story ... because I do have
a thing for SEALs and this one needs a happily ever after.
Melanie Jacobs is in trouble. With three jobs—including
running her ranch—and dwindling funds, she’s exhausted. Not
to mention desperately trying to hide a secret.
Unfortunately, her best friend Colton Freeze knows all too
well that’s something is going on, and he won’t give up
until he knows exactly what he needs to fix.
Then Colton learns the truth—that Melanie’s future happiness
rests in the fickle hands of fate, and her chances for
having a family are shrinking with every passing day. Her
only comfort is Colton, but when a heated argument between
them turns into an even hotter kiss, the boundaries of their
friendship are erased, leaving only a scorching-hot hunger
Every kiss—every touch—is a stolen pleasure. But will their
new friends-with-sexy-benefits arrangement bring them closer
together, or destroy everything they once shared?
Excerpt"Too late." Long strides propelled him so close she could
feel his heat. "Stick with your instincts and not with that
She turned slightly to outmaneuver him. "I don't take orders
from you, Colton Freeze."
He mimicked her motion and stepped into her space. "If
you're not smart enough to take care of yourself, you damn
take orders from me."
Anger and a well-earned note for self-preservation battled
for dominance inside her. She took a step back. "Get out of
He mirrored her step. "No." Crimson angled across his high
cheekbones, enhancing the dangerous hollows beneath them. As
a kid, he had been adorable. As a teenager, handsome. As a
fully grown, tough, battle-scarred man, he was all predatory
One she was smart enough to back away from, even as her
nipples sprang to attention from his intense gaze. Oh, this
couldn’t happen. Down nipples. Down. Several steps later,
her butt hit the wall.
A second later, they stood toe-to-toe. His palms flattened
against the cedar logs, caging her. "We're about to come to
an understanding here, Melanie Murphy Alana Jacoby. Got it?"
Heated air filled her lungs with delicious tingles. She
breathed out slowly, trying to control herself.
He'd been her best friend for decades. She knew how to
appease him, how to make him laugh. The right words were
there and would smooth everything over. For two seconds, she
considered saying them. But she was past that. He'd come
into her home, he'd ordered her around, and now he wanted
things his way.
Not a chance.
So she said the one thing guaranteed to push him over the
edge. "Fxxx you, Colt—"
His mouth was on hers before she finished saying his name.
Heat and power slammed from the kiss, and her mind swam.
Fire lashed through her so quickly her knees weakened. Her
nipples scraped his chest, and lava consumed her. Her eyes
fluttered shut, and she fell into the storm created by a man
much more dangerous than she'd known.
She kissed him back, her body alive, her mind shutting down.
There was nothing but the whirlwind of impossible need
cascading around them, through her, into her, beyond her.
The kiss was hard, angry, and more passionate than she
Many times, they'd come close to kissing, but one of them
had always backed away. With a grin, or a joke, they'd
escaped ever taking the chance. The one thing Melanie knew
for sure was if Colton ever kissed her, if he ever showed
her that side of him, there'd be no turning back. Ever.
As he released her mouth to pin her with a dark gaze, there
was no question he knew it, too.
Determination filtered through his eyes, and his jaw firmed.
Something new and intriguing fluttered alive in her abdomen.
Satisfaction lifted his lips as her eyes widened.
Holy crap. Colton Freeze didn't want to turn back.
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