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A man who thinks he has what he wants. Bran Johnson always knew he wanted to be a Marine. What makes it even better is longtime gal pal TK is now stationed at the same base. Unfortunately, Bran is having a hard time dealing with his feelings when he realizes that TK is considered a hot commodity on base. Worse, he finds himself taking a backseat to her admirers. A woman who A man who thinks he has what he wants. Bran Johnson always knew he wanted to be a Marine. What makes it even better is longtime gal pal TK is now stationed at the same base. Unfortunately, Bran is having a hard time dealing with his feelings when he realizes that TK is considered a hot commodity on base. Worse, he finds himself taking a backseat to her admirers. A woman who always wished for more. Tess Keller has loved Bran since they were in high school. The former football captain always treated her like a friend so she tried to move on. Unfortunately, he’s in her business constantly now. One passionate argument leads to more than either of them expected. Tess knows it isn’t going to last because Bran is never going to settle down. So, to save face, she suggests they stay friends, only with the side benefit of being sometime lovers. A Marine determined to win at all costs. Bran agrees to the friends with benefits idea just to keep himself close to Tess. She might think he’s not around for the long haul, but this is one Johnson brother who knows exactly what he wants…and just how to get it. And what he wants is Tess in his bed and in his life forever. Nothing will stop him, not even Tess herself. - See more at: http://melissaschroeder.net/coming.ph...


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A man who thinks he has what he wants. Bran Johnson always knew he wanted to be a Marine. What makes it even better is longtime gal pal TK is now stationed at the same base. Unfortunately, Bran is having a hard time dealing with his feelings when he realizes that TK is considered a hot commodity on base. Worse, he finds himself taking a backseat to her admirers. A woman who A man who thinks he has what he wants. Bran Johnson always knew he wanted to be a Marine. What makes it even better is longtime gal pal TK is now stationed at the same base. Unfortunately, Bran is having a hard time dealing with his feelings when he realizes that TK is considered a hot commodity on base. Worse, he finds himself taking a backseat to her admirers. A woman who always wished for more. Tess Keller has loved Bran since they were in high school. The former football captain always treated her like a friend so she tried to move on. Unfortunately, he’s in her business constantly now. One passionate argument leads to more than either of them expected. Tess knows it isn’t going to last because Bran is never going to settle down. So, to save face, she suggests they stay friends, only with the side benefit of being sometime lovers. A Marine determined to win at all costs. Bran agrees to the friends with benefits idea just to keep himself close to Tess. She might think he’s not around for the long haul, but this is one Johnson brother who knows exactly what he wants…and just how to get it. And what he wants is Tess in his bed and in his life forever. Nothing will stop him, not even Tess herself. - See more at: http://melissaschroeder.net/coming.ph...

30 review for Tease Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    MsRomanticReads

    First she gave us The Santinis; now Melissa Schroeder is giving us the next set of hot brothers, in her newest military romance series, Semper Fi Marines. Meet the Johnsons. Just like the Santinis, these brothers are all about family. They live hard, play hard and love hard. Tease Me introduces us to Brandon, a Marine fighter pilot. His newest duty station places him back in the vicinity of his best friend from high school, college and the Naval Academy. While he's always managed to keep things First she gave us The Santinis; now Melissa Schroeder is giving us the next set of hot brothers, in her newest military romance series, Semper Fi Marines. Meet the Johnsons. Just like the Santinis, these brothers are all about family. They live hard, play hard and love hard. Tease Me introduces us to Brandon, a Marine fighter pilot. His newest duty station places him back in the vicinity of his best friend from high school, college and the Naval Academy. While he's always managed to keep things platonic between them, he can't help but notice that she's grown into a beautiful, confident and capable woman. Worse still, he's not the only man to notice. Tess Keller has always had a crush on Bran, but he never looked at her as anything but a little sister. She moved on, but the feelings always lingered. Now he's back and behaving … strangely. Surely he can't be interested. Can he? I love the friends to lovers trope, and I especially loved this couple at the center of it. Tess was a delightful heroine full of sass and confidence. At least until Bran's strange behavior around her made her think he could be interested. Given his dating history and his job, I didn't blame her for being a little weary. Despite the sexual awareness between them, I enjoyed the pacing of the story. They didn't rush into elevating their relationship status from best friends to lovers without considering the consequences. It also gave Bran ample opportunity to seriously consider his feelings, and hers. The dialogue never felt forced; I could hear the affection between them that had been there through the years. Add in a little flirtation between a jealous male and a head-strong woman and you get a nice dose of sarcasm. This story had all the elements I love in a romance: love, laughter and loyalty. Favorite line: “Because I don't want that. You know, it figures you would give me issues with this. Out of all the women I could have fallen in love with, it had to be the one who isn't easy.” She raised her chin. “I've never been easy.” “That's an understatement. I could have had any woman—“ She snorted. “That's an exaggeration.” Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the author for the purpose of an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Jackson

    Tease Me By Melissa Schroeder Review by Wendy @Shhh, Mommy’s in the Bathroom.,.Reading 4 stars Tease Me (Semper Fi Marines) is a spin off series from The Santini Brothers. Brandon ‘Bran” Johnson is MJ‘s brother (from Leo Santini’s book.) Bran and Tess were best friends in high school, and Tess had a crush on Bran, but Bran was a known player. Tess has given up on the thought of Bran and played her own game, and doing well for herself, at least until Bran gets stationed in her town. With Bran so close Tease Me By Melissa Schroeder Review by Wendy @Shhh, Mommy’s in the Bathroom.,.Reading 4 stars Tease Me (Semper Fi Marines) is a spin off series from The Santini Brothers. Brandon ‘Bran” Johnson is MJ‘s brother (from Leo Santini’s book.) Bran and Tess were best friends in high school, and Tess had a crush on Bran, but Bran was a known player. Tess has given up on the thought of Bran and played her own game, and doing well for herself, at least until Bran gets stationed in her town. With Bran so close, will she be able to stomp down those feelings. When Bran finally sees Tess again he realizes that she has grown up and he wants more, but is it more than she can give? First thing that I liked about this book was that in the very being Melissa Schroeder gives the readers a list of military acronyms and meanings. This is a plus for non-military people that wouldn’t know them. I really enjoyed the dynamic between Bran and Tess and the banter between the two. The sex was hot, hot, hot, but not enough. I really was left wanting more! This is a short novella (80 pages or so) and I really feel this story could have been awesome had it been 250-300 pages. Looking forward to the next installment of this series

  3. 5 out of 5

    Margreet Asselbergs

    My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐ Tess Keller hadn't expected her buddy Bran to show up on base this early. She just got off shift at the hospital and there he is, looking all gorgeous like he always does. Tess has been in love with Bran since high school but they always had been such good friends, she didn't want to mess that up. Besides he had never treated her as anything but a friend. A pilot, Bran is the type of guy Tess now avoids, all charm, all play, and anything but steady or permanent. Having wease My rating: 4.5 of 5 ⭐ Tess Keller hadn't expected her buddy Bran to show up on base this early. She just got off shift at the hospital and there he is, looking all gorgeous like he always does. Tess has been in love with Bran since high school but they always had been such good friends, she didn't want to mess that up. Besides he had never treated her as anything but a friend. A pilot, Bran is the type of guy Tess now avoids, all charm, all play, and anything but steady or permanent. Having weaseled a temporary roof over his head with Tess, Bran is a little put out that she seems to have an active social life she seems intent on continuing. Not that he really has any claim, but she had always been so involved with his family and his life, he never really had considered her as dating. It didn't really sit well with him and before you know it, they are having a blow out fight over his meddling. Except, the argument ends in an even more explosive kiss. Realizing they can't really pretend it never happened, but not quite trusting where to go with this, Tess suggest a 'friends with benefits' scenario. Bran doesn't like that idea at all, but agrees to keep Tess close at hand. He knows Tess doesn't believe he is ready to settle down, but Bran is about to show her how serious he is when it comes to having Tess. ***** A short but very hot and intense slice of a long-term relationship, highlighting the phase where the focus of the relationship shifted from friends to lovers. More than most books with this trope, this particular story felt real to me. What seemed logical was an initial slow individual adjustment period, where mainly each was trying to wrap their heads around the concept of being more to each other than just friends, and any possible consequences that would follow as a result. It then moves to the actual physical confrontation, and once that is out of the way and their mutual attraction is out in the open, Bran and Tess can openly deal with their own and each other's possible remaining misgivings. But here is where having been friends for so long should come in handy. They know each other, they can read each other, they know how to communicate. At this point they are miles ahead of other couples and the trust and comfort that they knew as friends, shouldn't be hard to recapture, except this time as lovers. I was able to get all of that out of this novella, and feel I have gleaned all the information I need. It's complete, it is sexy as all get out, and I can't wait to read the next one in this series. This family sounds very interesting!!! ✨An intense and passionate slice of military life!!✨ **ARC courtesy of the author in return for an honest review.**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Frances

    3.5 stars Tess has been in love with Bran since she can remember, but he has always treated her like a little sister. Of course, when she has finally started getting over her infatuation with Bran he comes barreling into her life. Bran has been denying his attraction to Tess ever since graduating from Annapolis. But now that he is living in close quarters with her and sees that she is dating and living her life, he realizes that his feelings for her are still there. I liked this story. Melissa Schr 3.5 stars Tess has been in love with Bran since she can remember, but he has always treated her like a little sister. Of course, when she has finally started getting over her infatuation with Bran he comes barreling into her life. Bran has been denying his attraction to Tess ever since graduating from Annapolis. But now that he is living in close quarters with her and sees that she is dating and living her life, he realizes that his feelings for her are still there. I liked this story. Melissa Schroeder did a great job of drawing me into the story by bringing to the front the bond that Tess and Bran had developed as best friends. Their easy manner, trust and affection for each other jumped-off the page making it easier for me to see that there was more that could be developed between them. Bran was very passionate in his pursuit of Tess, but he was also tender and caring when she needed to be. I loved how conflicted he became by Tess' proposal. He was truly confused! Tess was also a great character to get to know. She was strong-minded and independent, but she also had a need to be loved by the man she care about and Bran delivered. Although he was a bit clueless and made a mess of it, he redeemed himself and made it all okay. Of course, their chemistry was off-the-charts HOT! I enjoyed their banter and how the sparks flew whenever they confronted each other. But most of all, I appreciated the emotions the author added to their interactions. It made their connection something more than mere friendship and their getting together viable in my eyes. Tease Me is the first book in the Semper Fi Marines and a great start to the series. I can't wait to read more about these men. All in all, Tease Me was a fun, sexy and short friends-to-lovers story. I received this title in exchange of my honest opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gina Marcantonio

    If you loved Melissa Schroeder’s Santini Brother’s series you will love this spin-off, the first book in her Semper Fi Marines series. We meet Brandon (Bran) Johnson, one of MJ’s hunky brothers. He’s a pilot with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. His nickname is Demon because of his need to take chances. One of the biggest chances he takes is telling his best friend how he feels about her. Tess Keller is an independent, strong-minded, Navy nurse. She has been Bran’s best friend since high schoo If you loved Melissa Schroeder’s Santini Brother’s series you will love this spin-off, the first book in her Semper Fi Marines series. We meet Brandon (Bran) Johnson, one of MJ’s hunky brothers. He’s a pilot with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. His nickname is Demon because of his need to take chances. One of the biggest chances he takes is telling his best friend how he feels about her. Tess Keller is an independent, strong-minded, Navy nurse. She has been Bran’s best friend since high school. Both of them were born and bred into the military and their father’s had worked together. She has always been secretly in love with Bran but he was a player and never thought of Tess in that way. One incredible night changes everything for Bran but Tess tries to protect her heart by letting him off the hook with a “friends with benefits” idea. “Now, he just had to figure out a way to get under her skin and get her to admit it. What he needed was a good, solid plan.” I loved this quote because it was so true to real life. Men can’t communicate with women. Why play games?? I wanted him to tell her how he truly felt about her and then move their relationship to the next level. But instead he almost loses her as they both struggle with their feelings for each other. This was a sweet, sexy story that I wish was longer! I can’t wait for more! “I love you because you challenge me on every level. You’re smart…smarter than I am. Your dedication to your job astounds me, and you’ve always treated my family as if they were your own. And, you can kick my ass when I need it.” I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rara

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Tease Me is the first book in the always delightful Melissa Schroeder’s Semper Fi series. This series is a spin-off of the wildly popular Santini Brothers series and after reading Tease Me, I have no doubt Ms. Schroeder’s new series will be just as successful. Tease Me follows the story of best friends Bran Johnson and Tess Keller. Bran, a Marine pilot, is now s I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Tease Me is the first book in the always delightful Melissa Schroeder’s Semper Fi series. This series is a spin-off of the wildly popular Santini Brothers series and after reading Tease Me, I have no doubt Ms. Schroeder’s new series will be just as successful. Tease Me follows the story of best friends Bran Johnson and Tess Keller. Bran, a Marine pilot, is now stationed at the same base as Tess. Suddenly the best friend he grew up with is a sexy woman and is making Bran feel all sorts of things he has never felt before. But can he convince Tess that they would be perfect for each other? Ms. Schroeder is a genius at creating characters that you want to cheer for. She knows military people and their families and nails their temperament and relationships. Her writing flows so smoothly that you feel you are there instead of being a reader. I love the snappy dialogue and the sarcastic banter between the leads. Everything was realistic and I sailed through this novella with a smile on my face the entire time. Melissa Schroeder is on my short list of authors whom I automatically buy their new book. She has never disappointed me despite my high expectations. Tease Me was even better than I had hoped. Running at a little bit under 100 pages, it was a tasty afternoon snack that just made me hungry for more. I can’t wait for the next in the series. Tease Me is a must read!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Roma

    There’s nothing so familiar as a long time friend whom you have shared your life and achievements with….or is there? This is the question that lingers in the back of Brandon Johnson’s mind when he finally catches up with Tess Keller, his BFF since high school. The initial excitement Bran feels is over shadowed by a darkness he has never encountered when in Tess’ presence. Tess has always been Bran’s rock and confidant, but something has changed. During their time apart, Tess has transformed from a There’s nothing so familiar as a long time friend whom you have shared your life and achievements with….or is there? This is the question that lingers in the back of Brandon Johnson’s mind when he finally catches up with Tess Keller, his BFF since high school. The initial excitement Bran feels is over shadowed by a darkness he has never encountered when in Tess’ presence. Tess has always been Bran’s rock and confidant, but something has changed. During their time apart, Tess has transformed from a gangly young girl into a sensually desirable woman, and Brandon finds himself confused by his reaction to the number of men seeking her attention. Tess should be thrilled to have her friend back, but that little voice of reason is doing battle with her self-control. Tess knows that Bran is no ones happy ever after, but try telling that to her body, let alone her heart. Will one night of unrestrained passion, ignite an eternal flame or destroy those in its path like an uncontainable brush fire? While I’m sure the decision to write a spin off series in never an easy one, I can sincerely assure lovers of The Santinis that Melissa Schroder has once again provided readers with genuine characters in a breathtaking story, that I for one devoured without coming up for air! Semper Fi Marines are destined to be combustible!!! Bring on Book 2!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    The Smutty Kitty

    As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 3.5 out of 5 Licks I love hot military men and I've always thought the Marine's have the best dress blues so I was very happy to read a book about them. We met the Johnson Brothers while enjoying The Santinis. In fact MJ (the only Johnson girl) married a Santini. One of my favorite things about series and spinoffs is that we usually get to see characters from previous books and we get a few glimpses of MJ in this one. I love the determination in As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 3.5 out of 5 Licks I love hot military men and I've always thought the Marine's have the best dress blues so I was very happy to read a book about them. We met the Johnson Brothers while enjoying The Santinis. In fact MJ (the only Johnson girl) married a Santini. One of my favorite things about series and spinoffs is that we usually get to see characters from previous books and we get a few glimpses of MJ in this one. I love the determination in Bran, he is the epitome of a Marine and he never gives up on what he wants. Once he figured out that Tess is what he wants he doesn't let anyone get in her way especially Tess herself. Tess was more comfortable keeping Bran at arms length, but with all that sexy Marine action coming at her even she couldn't resist him. They have some steamy sex and Bran is smacked in the face with the fact that he's in love with her and she backs away. Needless to say he won't let that happen. It started slowly, but started running toward the end. The ending felt a bit rushed for me, but we got complete resolution with an epilogue-which I love! :) And really who doesn't love a friends to lovers story?

  9. 5 out of 5

    M.

    I really enjoyed the Santinis series by this same author, so when I heard about this series, of course I wanted to read it. We begin this story meeting Bran, a brother of MJ's(Leo Santini's lady love), meeting up with his long time friend, Tess. Transferring to the base where she works, Bran gets a chance to catch up with her. Since they hadn't spoken too much over the past couple of years, he becomes acutely aware of the changes Tess has undergone, and more importantly, he is conscious of the d I really enjoyed the Santinis series by this same author, so when I heard about this series, of course I wanted to read it. We begin this story meeting Bran, a brother of MJ's(Leo Santini's lady love), meeting up with his long time friend, Tess. Transferring to the base where she works, Bran gets a chance to catch up with her. Since they hadn't spoken too much over the past couple of years, he becomes acutely aware of the changes Tess has undergone, and more importantly, he is conscious of the different feelings he has toward her. No longer the skinny teenager he knew in high school, she's grown into a very attractive woman, and the men on the base don't fail to notice. This was a quick, light read that will leave you with a sappy smile. Who wouldn't love a hot pilot going after the woman he's fallen in love with. Actually I thought it was pretty cute that he gets a bit worked up over the attention other men pay her. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the Semper Fi Marines series. Especially Jack's novella. I can't wait to read more about the dog he wants to shave and the dog's owner.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Melissa has a great way of writing short stories. You fall in love with the characters immediately and see the explosions right from the start. This is a great story to read when time is short and you want to cheer on the hero. Bran is a Marine from a family of Marines. He's been raised to take what he wants and not back down. In high school his best friend was Tess. After high school both being military brats they end up at Annapolis. At graduation a quick kiss from his best friend comes to haun Melissa has a great way of writing short stories. You fall in love with the characters immediately and see the explosions right from the start. This is a great story to read when time is short and you want to cheer on the hero. Bran is a Marine from a family of Marines. He's been raised to take what he wants and not back down. In high school his best friend was Tess. After high school both being military brats they end up at Annapolis. At graduation a quick kiss from his best friend comes to haunt him. Tess is use to being a strong woman taking care of herself. She loves being a military nurse. Then Bran gest transferred to the same base. Secretly being in love with your best friend and having him so close is not going to be easy. They fall into their easy going best friend relationship, except Bran starts to see Tess differently. He's not happy with the fact that she is going out on dates. After one heated night, Tess in order to protect her heart, tell Bran she would like to just be friends with benefits. Bran realizing what that simple kiss meant years ago now has to prove her wrong. I received an ARC for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Timitra

    Rated 4.5 stars First off I wanna say I loved this book but had to give it a 4.5 rating because of one thing that I found somewhat annoying and that was the use of the name Johnson, I get why the author does it but it irritated me nonetheless. However, it did not take away from the story. I love friends to lovers stories and this one did not disappoint. I loved the relationship buildup, both characters and the family dynamics. To me Tease Me is a great start to a new series. You know how novellas Rated 4.5 stars First off I wanna say I loved this book but had to give it a 4.5 rating because of one thing that I found somewhat annoying and that was the use of the name Johnson, I get why the author does it but it irritated me nonetheless. However, it did not take away from the story. I love friends to lovers stories and this one did not disappoint. I loved the relationship buildup, both characters and the family dynamics. To me Tease Me is a great start to a new series. You know how novellas tend to feel rushed and leave you unsatisfied when you're finished reading it I'm happy to say that wasn't present here. Tease Me wasn't rushed at all it was very well paced, not too fast or too slow it was just right and did not leave me unsatisfied at all. Instead it left me wanting more of the Johnson clan...so can't wait to read the rest of the series and also catch glimpses of Tess and Bran. If you loved the Santinis you should definitely give Tease Me a try you won't be disappointed.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Heare Watts

    TEASE ME by Melissa Schroeder was another excellent book with a military flare. I loved the storyline, two friends, military brats, who grew up, went to high school and onto Annapolis together. But all those years, they remained just best friends. Tess Keller is stationed at Camp Lejune, NC as a labor and deliver nurse. Brandon "Bran" Johnson, a Marine pilot, is newly stationed at Lejune and meets up with gal pal, Tess. He gets her to agree to allow him to stay at her place while he hunts for a TEASE ME by Melissa Schroeder was another excellent book with a military flare. I loved the storyline, two friends, military brats, who grew up, went to high school and onto Annapolis together. But all those years, they remained just best friends. Tess Keller is stationed at Camp Lejune, NC as a labor and deliver nurse. Brandon "Bran" Johnson, a Marine pilot, is newly stationed at Lejune and meets up with gal pal, Tess. He gets her to agree to allow him to stay at her place while he hunts for a place of his own. The green-eyed monster comes out when Tess goes out on a date and when other guys show an interest in her. Tess and Bran decide to try a "friends with benefits" arrangement but he realizes quickly, he is in love with her. Tess has been in love with him since high school. Bran makes Tess admit to loving him, as he realizes he loves her, and agrees to marriage. I love the happily ever after. DISCLAIMER: I was given a copy of this book free for an honest review and honestly, I can say I loved it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    MsKingsPens

    This was cute but short on romance. She pinned for him in high school ( he was a popular football player/ she was his tomboy best friend), he started seeing her as a woman the day the graduated from Annapolis, and they meet up again when he is stationed at the base she works on. I didn't get the feeling that they would have gotten together if he hadn't moved and I didn't see why they loved each other. They were cute together and I liked that she stopped pining after HS but this was just slightly This was cute but short on romance. She pinned for him in high school ( he was a popular football player/ she was his tomboy best friend), he started seeing her as a woman the day the graduated from Annapolis, and they meet up again when he is stationed at the base she works on. I didn't get the feeling that they would have gotten together if he hadn't moved and I didn't see why they loved each other. They were cute together and I liked that she stopped pining after HS but this was just slightly better than bad. Safety Gang (view spoiler)[ H/h- neither are virgins, both have had ALOT of experience. The h goes on a date with a guy she has hooked up with a few times at the beginning of the story. She isn't trying to make the H jealous but of course he is. They (the H/h) kissed once at graduation ( college) but nothing more. No details but it's obvious she watched him date others and it hurt her. He was oblivious about her feelings when they were in school. Ends with an HEA. (hide spoiler)]

  14. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    In this first book in the spin off from Melissa Schroeder’s Santini Brothers series we meet Bran Johnson one of MJ's brothers. Bran has known Tess since high school when both their dads were stationed together. They kept in touch through college and loosely afterwards but now Bran has been assigned to the same duty station and he has noticed that she is all grown up now. Tess has been half in love with Bran since high school but he was always a player. She knows he isn't the type to settle down In this first book in the spin off from Melissa Schroeder’s Santini Brothers series we meet Bran Johnson one of MJ's brothers. Bran has known Tess since high school when both their dads were stationed together. They kept in touch through college and loosely afterwards but now Bran has been assigned to the same duty station and he has noticed that she is all grown up now. Tess has been half in love with Bran since high school but he was always a player. She knows he isn't the type to settle down so she offers to be friends with benefits. But Tess isn't the only one who has changed so now it is up to Bran prove he is in it to win it for life. This is another terrific sweet and sexy story from Melissa Schroeder. Melissa Schroeder knows the military and it shows. I received a copy from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Honestly I loved this friends to lovers story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Latochia Hawkins

    Bran and Tess grew up as best friends and as most best friends go, they know exactly what makes the other tick. And at the same time they are closer than most people would think possible, maybe too close. This closeness was tested and it put a strain on their friendship, but they didn't let it ruin them. They made the adjustments, but once they came to work in the same town, that closeness brought up feelings that neither one of them were ready to handle... AT FIRST... This story was definitely Bran and Tess grew up as best friends and as most best friends go, they know exactly what makes the other tick. And at the same time they are closer than most people would think possible, maybe too close. This closeness was tested and it put a strain on their friendship, but they didn't let it ruin them. They made the adjustments, but once they came to work in the same town, that closeness brought up feelings that neither one of them were ready to handle... AT FIRST... This story was definitely a sweet friends to lovers story that taught them that they had to fight for what they wanted (IF it was that important to them!) The Semper Fi Marines series is a new series, but it includes charactes from the Santinis Series which makes it that much more fun. Definitely loved the start of this series. I can't wait to see what is in store for the rest of the brothers.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mayas

    I LOVE  a Marine. Brandon and Tess was a riot. They were fighting feelings of friendship and lover in a way that made you laugh and feel sorry for them all at once. I enjoyed the "hardcore" attitude of Tess as well as the "lady" aspect of her attitude. She gave Bran as good as he delivered and then some. Bran was living in the past and feeling sorry for his decisions of staying away and not being that "friend". It was funny how EVERYONE sent hints that the two were a match made in heaven but they I LOVE  a Marine. Brandon and Tess was a riot. They were fighting feelings of friendship and lover in a way that made you laugh and feel sorry for them all at once. I enjoyed the "hardcore" attitude of Tess as well as the "lady" aspect of her attitude. She gave Bran as good as he delivered and then some. Bran was living in the past and feeling sorry for his decisions of staying away and not being that "friend". It was funny how EVERYONE sent hints that the two were a match made in heaven but they denied it to themselves, each other, and others. I really enjoyed how he DOMINATED her in the end and told her what was going to happen. It is funny how the heart and body know what the mind try to keep out. The sexual tension was strong and with it being a novella the story line was there from beginning to end. If you are a fan of military romance and a good BANTER I suggest you read this

  17. 5 out of 5

    Evita

    I love friends-to-lovers stories and this one is on the top of my list. Bran and Tess have known each other since high school. Something happened during high school graduation but neither spoke of it, then they each went their separate ways and and years later he ends up rooming with her as he is now stationed in the same area she is. He realizes how he cares for her, but doesn't think she feels anything for him and wants to show her, but it looks like she is moving on, so he has to make a move. I love friends-to-lovers stories and this one is on the top of my list. Bran and Tess have known each other since high school. Something happened during high school graduation but neither spoke of it, then they each went their separate ways and and years later he ends up rooming with her as he is now stationed in the same area she is. He realizes how he cares for her, but doesn't think she feels anything for him and wants to show her, but it looks like she is moving on, so he has to make a move. And what a move it is! After this encounter she makes a proposition to him that he has to accept or he might lose her. But in the end, he makes her see things his way. I really enjoyed that Tess is a very opinionated and tough and strong woman. Bran had to really fight for her, which made their feelings for each other even stronger. Can't wait to read the next installment!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sassy

    A free copy was issued to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. You've done it again, Ms. Schroeder!!! I loved "The Santinis" and this 1st book in "Semper Fi Maines" is a great spin off from that series. This was a quick, short read about the hot, hunky and sexy Marine Pilot, Brandon, and his long time BFF, Tess. He has been friends with Tess since childhood and they had always told each other everything. However, when meeting up again after not seeing each other for quite awhile,the A free copy was issued to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. You've done it again, Ms. Schroeder!!! I loved "The Santinis" and this 1st book in "Semper Fi Maines" is a great spin off from that series. This was a quick, short read about the hot, hunky and sexy Marine Pilot, Brandon, and his long time BFF, Tess. He has been friends with Tess since childhood and they had always told each other everything. However, when meeting up again after not seeing each other for quite awhile,the two of them struggle with the realization that there is more than just BFF between them now, and other feelings have evolved.She is a feisty gal and just what Brandon (Bran) needs in his life. Cannot wait to read more in this great new series by Melissa Schroeder.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angie Voss

    Thank you, Melissa Schroeder, for another wonderful series. Tease Me is a novella, or short story, that leaves you excited about the next installment of the Semper Fi Marines series, and those Johnson brothers. Bran Johnson and Tess Keller have been best friends for most of their lives, but after giving in to desires and a steamy night, can they truly be "friends with benefits?" Both are in love with each other, but will their devotion to their military careers, and self preservation, allow them Thank you, Melissa Schroeder, for another wonderful series. Tease Me is a novella, or short story, that leaves you excited about the next installment of the Semper Fi Marines series, and those Johnson brothers. Bran Johnson and Tess Keller have been best friends for most of their lives, but after giving in to desires and a steamy night, can they truly be "friends with benefits?" Both are in love with each other, but will their devotion to their military careers, and self preservation, allow them to let down their guards and commit to the other? A short story that hooks you quickly and doesn't disappoint.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    First off I wish she would use Brandon instead of Bran, Bran makes me feel like i know him for so long and since this is such a short book i found myself reading bran and kept saying brandon.... maybe its just me. I like the fact that tess more of the dude in this book. Tess Keller is an independent, strong-minded, Navy nurse. She has been Bran’s best friend since high school She is the one the guys cant seem to keep their eyes, or hands off. I like the back and forth with both characters,their ch First off I wish she would use Brandon instead of Bran, Bran makes me feel like i know him for so long and since this is such a short book i found myself reading bran and kept saying brandon.... maybe its just me. I like the fact that tess more of the dude in this book. Tess Keller is an independent, strong-minded, Navy nurse. She has been Bran’s best friend since high school She is the one the guys cant seem to keep their eyes, or hands off. I like the back and forth with both characters,their chemistry was off-the-charts HOT! I wish it was a bit longer and more of the wedding included.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Deana-Coffee, Books, Life Blog

    Melissa did it again. How this woman is able to put emotions on paper and have the reader feel them always amazes me! Tease Me was a funny and sexy read. I liked the hard headed nature of both Bran and Tess. You could tell they knew each other so well and what to do to push each others buttons. At one point i wanted to smack them both! LOL! You could just tell they belonged together. I loved seeing the past characters that we have come know and love. Tease me is a great start to this spin off ser Melissa did it again. How this woman is able to put emotions on paper and have the reader feel them always amazes me! Tease Me was a funny and sexy read. I liked the hard headed nature of both Bran and Tess. You could tell they knew each other so well and what to do to push each others buttons. At one point i wanted to smack them both! LOL! You could just tell they belonged together. I loved seeing the past characters that we have come know and love. Tease me is a great start to this spin off series. I am already looking forward to reading Tempt Me! I received an e copy of this book In return for an honest review

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed watching another hunky military hero fall head over heels. This is a short read featuring Bran (hunky military pilot) and the girl he's been friends with forever...Tess. The two struggled with making that leap from friends to beyond the friends with benefits stage. Bran realizing he had really strong feelings for her, and Tess knowing he wasn't the type to settle down. I loved the banter between the two and watching I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed watching another hunky military hero fall head over heels. This is a short read featuring Bran (hunky military pilot) and the girl he's been friends with forever...Tess. The two struggled with making that leap from friends to beyond the friends with benefits stage. Bran realizing he had really strong feelings for her, and Tess knowing he wasn't the type to settle down. I loved the banter between the two and watching their relationship evolve. A really great short read. I look forward to reading more about Bran's brothers in the future.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anima

    Received an ARC from the author for an honest review. Love Melissa's novellas! This was a spin off from her Santini collection, not necessary to read first but why not? This is about Bran Johnson, MJ's brother, and Bran's best friend Tess Keller. MJ is married to Leo Santini, thus the connection. The banter between them is very realistic and honest. The feelings and emotions are expressed well even in third person. Hot sex scene? Yes! I read this in about 3 hours and wanted to read more, it ended Received an ARC from the author for an honest review. Love Melissa's novellas! This was a spin off from her Santini collection, not necessary to read first but why not? This is about Bran Johnson, MJ's brother, and Bran's best friend Tess Keller. MJ is married to Leo Santini, thus the connection. The banter between them is very realistic and honest. The feelings and emotions are expressed well even in third person. Hot sex scene? Yes! I read this in about 3 hours and wanted to read more, it ended too fast.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Daune Mc

    We get to meet one of MJ's brother's Bran. Bran is now stationed on the same base as his best friend from high school Tess. Bran is a pilot and Tess is a nurse in the military.They both have ignored their true feelings for each other.Not thinking that that the other would welcome their love. With them so close we get to watch them blossom and it is so exciting watching them. Melissa Schroeder has done it again! You can can't pass up this deal for a wonderful love story for only .99. How can you m We get to meet one of MJ's brother's Bran. Bran is now stationed on the same base as his best friend from high school Tess. Bran is a pilot and Tess is a nurse in the military.They both have ignored their true feelings for each other.Not thinking that that the other would welcome their love. With them so close we get to watch them blossom and it is so exciting watching them. Melissa Schroeder has done it again! You can can't pass up this deal for a wonderful love story for only .99. How can you miss this, you shouldn't.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marci

    I received this book for my honest opinion, i have to say i loved this story you have two best friends that think they can carry on as friends but faith has different plans. Tess is a nurse in the military she is a strong, no games woman. she has a best friend named brandon who she has crushed on since they met but she thought he would never give her the time or day. well brandon is now no longer a boy but a man and he get stationed in the same city. all i can say is sparks are good. you will de I received this book for my honest opinion, i have to say i loved this story you have two best friends that think they can carry on as friends but faith has different plans. Tess is a nurse in the military she is a strong, no games woman. she has a best friend named brandon who she has crushed on since they met but she thought he would never give her the time or day. well brandon is now no longer a boy but a man and he get stationed in the same city. all i can say is sparks are good. you will definitely love this story had a great ending.. great job Melissa

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yvette Mathews-lowe

    I just loved this book, Tess was so much fun to read and Bran was so funny with the whole realizing his feelings for Tess. The characters were well developed and you really feel their struggles. Melissa writes super hot, Alpha men and her heroines are always the right combination of vulnerability and strength. I would definitely recommended this book, it is one that you will go back to time and again.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kim Green

    I've loved Melissa Schroeder's books for a while now and this one is no exception. Tease Me has heat, humor, a bit of angst and a lot of love. This spin off book was a book I was really looking forward to. After getting a glimpse of this family from the Santini books I wanted more and am very happy with what I got! Tess and Bran are fantastic characters. It's a short read but worth it! I cannot wait till the next book is out! I love this family! I've loved Melissa Schroeder's books for a while now and this one is no exception. Tease Me has heat, humor, a bit of angst and a lot of love. This spin off book was a book I was really looking forward to. After getting a glimpse of this family from the Santini books I wanted more and am very happy with what I got! Tess and Bran are fantastic characters. It's a short read but worth it! I cannot wait till the next book is out! I love this family!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hollie

    military romance short story I'm going to say this was a 3.5 star read for me. It was decent and made for a nice short read. I feel it's currently over priced at $2.99. It's barely a 100 page book and to be honest very little happened. If you're looking for a short military romance with no cliffhangers or irrelevant angst then this book is for you. I doubt I'll personally continue this series. military romance short story I'm going to say this was a 3.5 star read for me. It was decent and made for a nice short read. I feel it's currently over priced at $2.99. It's barely a 100 page book and to be honest very little happened. If you're looking for a short military romance with no cliffhangers or irrelevant angst then this book is for you. I doubt I'll personally continue this series.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sue Stewart

    I loved the chemistry between Bran and Tess. I'm also a fan of friends to lovers books. I so enjoyed the "butt in" family - made the book so much fun! This is my first book by Melissa Schroeder. Look forward to more books in the Semper Fi Marines series! Have purchased the Santini book sets so I can read them and catch up before the Christmas book comes out! I loved the chemistry between Bran and Tess. I'm also a fan of friends to lovers books. I so enjoyed the "butt in" family - made the book so much fun! This is my first book by Melissa Schroeder. Look forward to more books in the Semper Fi Marines series! Have purchased the Santini book sets so I can read them and catch up before the Christmas book comes out!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Received an ARC from the author for an honest review. Melissa Schroeder has outdone herself again. In the first book of her new series she has brought 2 people together that went from BF to lovers. The dynamic between the two is electrifying. Bran and Tess may have grown up together but their lives will be forever theirs. A great quick read to get you in the mood.

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