REVIEW: After This Night by Lauren BlakelyAfter This Night by Lauren Blakely
Series: Seductive Nights #2
Published by Self Published on May 12, 2014
Pages: 282
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Their world was passion, pleasure and secrets.

Far too many secrets. But Clay Nichols can't get Julia Bell out of his mind. He's so drawn to her, and to the nights they shared, that he can't focus on work or business. Only her. And she's pissing him off with her hot and cold act. She has her reasons though–she's trying to stay one step ahead of the trouble that's been chasing her for months now, thanks to the criminal world her ex dragged her into. If only she can get out of this mess, then maybe she can invite the man who ignites her back in her life, so she can have him–heart, mind and body.

He won't take less than all of her, and the full truth too. When he runs into her again at her sister's wedding, they have a second chance but she'll have to let him all the way in. And they'll learn just how much more there is to the intense sexual chemistry they share, and whether love can carry them well past the danger of her past and into a new future, after this night...

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My thoughts…

This is book two in the Seductive Nights series and I think I liked it more so then the first. There seemed to be a lot more going on in this one. I guess it may be because it’s the final book and that things needed to be tied up at the end. Book one ended with a cliffhanger so I was really excited to start this book. I wanted to see how things were going to turn out.

The story flowed smoothly and once I started I had trouble putting it down. It held my attention from beginning to end and I didn’t find myself skimming at any time. I was able to read it relatively quickly.

There are a lot of smexy times within the pages of this one. They are both well written and plentiful. They are also scorching hot. The chemistry Julia and Clay shared was really strong and I think Ms Blakely did a great job portraying that in the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this two book series. I liked the storyline, the characters, and hot smexy times. You should give it a try.

Note: There is a novella that was released before book one that you’ll want to read before starting the series. It sets things up for book one.

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REVIEW: Night After Night by Lauren BlakelyNight After Night by Lauren Blakely
Series: Seductive Nights #1
Published by Self Published on April 16, 2014
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
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**Warning: Spare panties are needed...you're welcome.**

"You are being rewarded for turning me on. But we're doing it my way. You teased the hell out of me, and now I want to watch you squirm. Crawl up on my bed and get on your hands and knees."

Their world was sex, love, and lies.
He intoxicated her. Commanded. Consumed.
With a dirty mind and a mouth to match, Clay Nichols is everything Julia never knew she wanted and exactly what she cannot have. He walked into her life one night and unlocked pleasure in her that she never knew was possible. Possessing her body, captivating her every thought. Which makes him way too dangerous for Julia to risk her heart, given that she has a price tag on her head. She ran after one mind-blowing week with him, but now he's back, and determined to make her his own.
No matter the cost.
She was a sexy drug to him. Fiery, unforgettable, and never enough, Julia is an enigma, and Clay isn't willing to let her go without a fight. But she's got dark secrets of her own that threaten to destroy any chance of happiness. She's a wanted woman - the stakes are high, her every move is watched, and yet the lure between them can't be denied. Can two people burned by love trust again when desire and passion are met by danger at every turn?

Please note: This book is intended for 18+ due to dirty talk, light bondage, and lots of sexy scenes. This ebook edition also includes the prequel novella First Night, which precedes Night After Night. The sequel, After This Night, is now available!

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My thoughts…

Dang! This book is hot. I own a couple books by Lauren Blakely. Sadly I haven’t had a chance to read either of them so this the first one I’ve read by her. I really enjoyed it.

The sex is majorly hot, plentiful, and well written. The storyline is unique and captivating. I liked both Clay & Julia. The intense attraction between these two and passion they shared was unbelievably hot. I had to fan myself a couple times while reading it.

Night After Night is a little on the short side. I was able to read it relatively quickly. It ends with an interesting cliffhanger and I can’t wait to dive into the next and final book to see how things work out for Clay & Julia.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one.

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Caught Up In Us by Lauren BlakelyCaught Up In Us by Lauren Blakely
Series: Caught Up In Us #1
Published by Lauren Blakely on January 20, 2013
Pages: 240
Format: eBook
Source: Amazon
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A second chance at first love...

Five years ago, Kat Harper fell into a dizzying summer romance with her brother's best friend Bryan. It was a mad, crazy love full of kisses all through the night -- but he broke her heart and she had to move on. Five years later, Kat is finishing her graduate degree and building her business as a jewelry designer, when Bryan, head of his own successful company, walks back into her life. Bryan has been assigned to Kat as her new business mentor and the rules are clear. No hanky panky permitted. Kat can handle that because she's totally over him... right? Except, he still makes her laugh, and he remembers all the things she likes. Not to mention that he's even more handsome now than he was then. Then there's the spark between them -- the simply undeniable chemistry, and the tender ways he shows he still cares for her. Can they resist each other the second time around or will first love trump all?

The thought of reading a New Adult novel strikes up an image of me reading  under my covers with the darkness of night to shield me. The few that I have read in the past seemed to be heavy on smut, and light on story and character development. I haven’t been a particular fan of the genre, or sought out any of these books to read for enjoyment. One thing I do seek out for enjoyment though,  is Pepe Toth and Sztella Tziotziosz on a book cover. That being said, when I saw Pepe and Sztella on the cover of Caught Up In Us, and noticed that it was also published on my birthday, I had to give it a try. Yes, people. This is one of the many ways I pick out books to read. The tag line, a second chance at first love called out to me and I decided to take my chances with this book.

Kat is a smart and warm character that I felt I could connect with through the wonderful internal dialogue and demeanor Lauren Blakely used to flesh her out. As I was storied into the cosmopolitan world of NYU business school , I imagined myself as Kat’s character. I could feel the glossy bounce of my hair and click of my heels on the fancy tiled floors as I made my way to my first day of experiential business class.  I could also feel the ultimate horror of finding out my mentor for the semester would be the guy that I had tried to forget for the past five years of my life. My first love and heartbreak. My jaw hit the floor, and I was mortified and excited at the same time to see how things panned out.

Bryan was an indulgent and too good to be true kind of character that I imagined as being played by Henry Cavill in a business suit. And by indulgent, I mean he was the whole package. He had all of the kind of qualities a gal could want when looking for love. He was double chocolate cake with a scoop of Rocky Road. I could taste his attractiveness and the intense, warring emotions Kat had for him and their awkward situation. Lauren Blakely struck gold with this character. I was in love with him after the first five sentences that left his mouth.

This story was heart warming  and well written. I didn’t feel dumb after reading it like I have with a few other adult titles I have read by YA authors that have decided to try their hand at NA. The story completely invested my emotions with the characters, and I even got teary eyed at the closing of the story, besides the fact that I was sad it was coming to end. Lauren Blakely writes the kind of adult fiction that is a delight to read. It felt like a present on Valentine’s Day. The steamy moments are well placed and feel intimate rather than voyeuristic. I felt they were a pleasant addition to the story, rather than the story being thrown in to accommodate the sensual scenes. I loved the unfolding of Kat and Bryan’s story, past and present included. It was the kind of book you want to finish in one or two sittings. I would definitely recommend this book to other’s like me, who have been turned off by NA in the past. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

 

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