Thursday, November 26, 2015

review || TRYST { book tour } by S.L. Jennings

Avon | November 10, 2015 | Genre
Sexual Education, book 2


From New York Times bestselling author S.L. Jennings comes another scandalously sexy, incredibly hot story about a woman who knows what she wants...and the two men who are dying to give her what she needs.

Heidi DuCane is a tough-as-nails publicist with a passion for success and her husband Tucker. While they’re polar opposites, what they do have in common is a fierce love and commitment to each other. But their relationship-in and out of the bedroom-will be put to the ultimate test.

Rock superstar Ransom Reed is every woman’s fantasy, including Heidi’s. When she meets Ransom, she shares a wild night with him where Heidi gets to play-and Tucker watches, and enjoys, the pleasure Ransom gives Heidi. Though Tucker was a willing participant, Heidi still can’t help reeling with guilt. There’s no doubt that she loves her husband. While Tucker is the perfect lover-generous, attentive and gentle-she needs much more. She needs the mind-blowing ecstasy Ransom offers.

Tucker isn’t blind to the fact that Heidi has unconventional needs which he can’t satisfy. He loves his wife and will do anything to please her The night he watched her and Ransom was so scorching hot amnd Tucker can’t stop thinking about it. He decides he wants to join Ransom in pleasing Heidi. But as Tucker and Heidi soon realize, it’s not just the sex that is enticing. Heidi felt something within her awaken, and she felt so deliciously sated and loved by both men. Tucker felt it too, and he finds it impossible not to want that feeling again.

Ransom and Tucker satisfy a need within Heidi. And now that she’s had them, she can never go back to the way things were before.
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{ about s.l. jennings } .

S.L. Jennings is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance, reality TV junkie, obsessive coffee drinker and collector of crazy.

{ excerpt } .

“I dare you…to let me touch your wife.”

An audible gasp escapes my kiss-swollen lips and turn to Tucker, awaiting his wrath. He returns Ransom’s intent stare, his expression unreadable. Yet, the younger man doesn’t back down, cocking a challenging brow at Tuck’s silence. He remains unmovable, a master at the art of restraint from his years as a shrink. No doubt he’s had to answer some odd questions, but never any involving his wife.

“I don’t let Heidi do anything. She has her own mind…her own body.”

“So maybe I should be asking her.” A sinister smile on his lips, Ransom angles his focus on me. “Heidi, would you let me touch you?”

My first reaction is to say no—hell no. But Tucker quickly grasps my knee, capturing my attention.

“This is what you want,” he whispers. “He…is what you want. And I can accept that. This is your fantasy, baby. Let me help you make it come true.”

I search his face, waiting for him to break into laughter, but he’s completely serious. My husband is telling me to let another man put his hands on me—his wife. This isn’t right. This isn’t what married people are supposed to do. But even as that rational part of my brain lists all the reasons why I shouldn’t allow this to go any further, my body is already tingling with anticipation. My face and chest are flush.

My nipples harden in exhilaration. And my mouth waters with the prospect of tasting Ransom’s skin.

Oh, God. I do want this. And now the decision is mine and mine alone.

“So?” Ransom asks, awaiting our fate.

Say no.

Say no.

Grab Tucker’s hand and get the fuck out of here. Go home and make love to him. Let that kind, good, gentle man be enough.

Once again, Ransom Reed steals the truth from my lips, forcing me to abandon all decency and sanity. Making me take the sanctity of my marriage and soil it with my own slick arousal.

In one single breath, I shatter ten years of devotion, trust and love. And although I know what I’m destroying by lighting this fire, I can’t do much more than stand back and watch it all go up in flames.


{ review } .

Unlike TAINT, I had a bit of a difficult time rating this addition to S.L. Jennings's SEXUAL EDUCATION series. The writing is flawless. The thoughts, the emotions, the actions... everything is written extremely well.

My problem was Heidi.

I didn't like her.

I don't remember having feelings about her one way or another previously, but from page one in TRYST, she wasn't my favorite person. To me, she starts the book out extremely self-centered. She's self-driven and independent, yes, but I felt she took for granted the love that Tucker had for her. Granted, he let their relationship slowly dwindle over the past ten years, too. Tuck and Heidi's marriage at the beginning of this story is very dry -- they have their scheduled date night (many couples do), but there's was pretty much the only time they connected... if they even did that. Everything in their marriage was stagnant and stale -- but they did have glimpses of the early years' happy times.

As much as I'm not a big fan of threesomes, however they come across, I will definitely admit that these scenes were written well. Even though the story is only told in Heidi's point of view, save for the epilogue, as a reader you see what she sees by way of emotion in Ransom and Tucker.

Ransom was her "unattainable list" guy -- don't act like you don't have that list, the one with a couple of extremely unattainable people who you would be given a pardon for from your significant other if the opportunity ever presented itself to be with them for the night. When her PR gig has her going to his show, and Tucker oddly comes along, her fantasy wish list has the opportunity to come true.

Regardless of being unable to hear inside Tucker's head, my heart went out for this man. I had more respect for him throughout the story than I did Heidi. He was older that Heidi by a little bit, sure, but his love for her was full and thorough. He cared about her and only wanted what he thought was best for her. He could read her -- it was his job to read people -- but at times he handled her with kid gloves. I felt his reasons were legit, though, and wish that perhaps Heidi had felt more comfortable talking about those issues rather than finding the avenue she did.

And then there was Justice...

I loved meeting up with Justice and Ally again. I loved Justice's friendly care for Tucker, and not wanting Heidi to do something she'd regret. I loved his distasteful scowls and unimpressed crossed arms. I loved seeing how much he had grown since TAINT -- with the help of his light, Ally, of course.

So while the story itself wasn't my favorite, I rated it because of everything that made up the story. The story is extremely character driven, the characters are well-rounded and well-thought out. The plot progresses well and not only is there the boom to the relationship, but there's a nice little twist to the story too -- I love unexpected twists. I would have liked a little more with the end: a little more closure, a little more hope for the future. The last handful of chapters do show, though, some of the best contemporary romance writing in the entire book. S.L. Jennings is a talented writer, and I think her writing style is one that many readers will enjoy.

for other reviews & tour goodies,

{ previous reviews in the series } .

TAINT 5{ review }

{ giveaway } .

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