Monday, March 28, 2016

review || SINFUL LOVE { release blitz } by Lauren Blakely

Lauren Blakely Books | March 28, 2016 | Contemporary Romance
Sinful Nights, book 4


Intense. Devoted. Protective.

Michael Sloan is all of the above, with a hard tough edge to boot. He's not the guy he used to be. Years ago, before all the s&%t went down, he was laidback, carefree, and even happy-go-lucky.

Life changed him. Hardened him.

There's one woman though who can break down his walls. Someone who knew him then. Who can reach inside to that heart he protects fiercely...because she's the only one he ever gave it to. When they collide, it's tender and savage, gentle and rough, and makes them both hungry for more of this electric, once-in-a-blue moon kind of sexual chemistry. But it's a battle of wills between Michael and the woman he loves, with words and emotions held close to the vest.

She doesn't believe she can ever move on from her own heartbreak, but when Michael makes her feel for the first time in years, it's both thrilling and scares the hell out of her, setting off all her flight instincts. He's determined not to lose her again, but he'll have to learn to let her in if he ever wants to fully heal from the past...

The problem is, she knows something about the night his family shattered. She has the missing puzzle piece...but neither one of them realizes it.


{ about lauren blakely } .

Since self-publishing her debut romance novel CAUGHT UP IN US three years ago, Lauren Blakely has sold more than 1 million books. She is known for her sexy contemporary romance style that’s full of heat, heart and humor. A devout fan of cake and canines, Lauren has plotted entire novels while walking her four-legged friends. She lives in California with her family. With nine New York Times bestsellers,her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller List more than three dozen times. Her bestselling series include Sinful Nights, Seductive Nights, No Regrets, Caught Up in Love and Fighting Fire. She recently released BIG ROCK, a sexy standalone romantic comedy that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. In the late spring, she’ll release MISTER O, another standalone romantic comedy.

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{ excerpt } .

A rush of heat flooded him at those three words. He wanted to be the only one for her, even if he was only able to have her for a small moment in time. He would take what he could get, and he would savor it. She was here right now, with him and no one else.

“You have no idea how glad I am that I’m the one you thought of, Annalise,” he whispered.

A smile tugged at her lips.

Then, he went for it. Just fucking let it all out. A hope, a wish, a what if question. “Do you ever wonder what would have happened that day if you weren’t engaged? If you’d never have met him?”

She shook her head. “No. I don’t think about it. I don’t have to wonder,” she said, her tone steady and certain as she looked straight at him, the rest of the restaurant fading into a blur. “Because I know what would have happened.”

His hands shook and his heart stuttered as he rasped out, “What would have happened?”

She leaned in closer, placing a hand on his cheek.“I’d have stolen you. Taken you away from the army. Brought you home with me to Paris. Kept you all for myself for all the years and made up for lost time,” she said, and his heart beat furiously, slamming against his chest, loving those words.

“Stop saying those things,” he whispered, shaking his head.

“What things?”

“Things that make this harder for me.”

“Why is it hard for you?”

He drew a breath. “Because you say things like that and it makes me want to steal you away. Maybe this is my only chance.”

“What if it is?”

That was the question, wasn’t it? What if this night, this trip, these hours were all they’d have? He didn’t know if he could risk putting any more of his heart on the line for her. One thing was certain—his original notion that one touch and she’d be out of his system was well and truly gone.“Then we make the most of it.”

{ review } .

Each of these Sloan siblings has proven to be a little more interesting than the last, and while Colin (and Elle) are likely my favorite, Michael is like his brothers in the sense he has secrets, dark spots he wants to keep hidden. He, too, has his quiet, broody moments.

Michael and Annalise have a history, and when Annalise reaches out, both have their nerves and fears. Watching these two fumble the rocks of relearning one another, figuring out if what they had could possibly become something they can have now.. It was enjoyable.

Annalise was a well-rounded character and certainly well-written for the stumbles her life has given her. Kudos to Ms. Blakely for making her that way.

It could not be the last in the series without some answers -- it was great to see everything wrap up and not in a rushed fashion. I enjoyed the flashbacks as much as I enjoyed seeing all the Sloans and their significant others.

{ previous reviews in series } .

SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS 4.5 { review }
SINFUL DESIRES 5 { review }
SINFUL LONGING 5 { review }

{ giveaway } .

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