Mallory "Baby" Gillham needs a second chance. Give a guy a private lingerie show and suddenly everyone in town is talking about you. Again. But Mallory wants to stay in St. Helena permanently, the one place she feels safe, even if the only men interested in her now are SLs (stripper lovers.)
His contract with the U.S. Army complete, Ranger David DeLuca is stateside again, and must decide whether he’ll re-up for another four. He’s been invited for a stay in St. Helena and some much needed R&R. David suspects this is just the DeLucas’ intrusive way of fixing him up with a nice Italian girl. They’ve got their choices lined up for him and he’s not interested in any of them.
When David meets Mallory while hiding behind a rack of banana hammocks at the Boulder Holder (don’t ask) he has an idea. He and Mallory will pretend to date so that 1. Mallory can repair her good time girl image; and 2. David can get his family off his back. So for now, or at least until David goes back home to Colorado, Bavid (ship name Baby and David) are a thing to anyone who asks, especially anyone with the last name DeLuca.
But fake has never been so real…