It seemed like one day she was knobby kneed, missing her two front teeth, and covered in mud, and before I knew it, she’d blossomed into a stunning young woman with her whole life ahead of her. She went from bratty to determined From lanky to leggy From cute to breathtaking I watched her grow up. I protected her from advances—even my own. Crosby Dashen was my best friend’s kid sister and I’d promised Asa I’d never touch her. But promises can sometimes be overruled by love. Our chemistry was perfect, but our situation was one hell of a mess.