Saturday, April 9, 2016

review || YOUR CAPTIVATING LOVE { blog tour } by Layla Hagen

Self-Published | April 12, 2016 | Contemporary Romance
The Bennett Family, book 2


Logan Bennett knows his priorities. He is loyal to his family and his company. He has no time for love, and no desire for it. Not after a disastrous engagement left him brokenhearted. When Nadine enters his life, she turns everything upside down.

She’s sexy, funny, and utterly captivating. She’s also more stubborn than anyone he’s met…including himself. 

Nadine Hawthorne is finally pursuing her dream: opening her own clothing shop. After working so hard to get here, she needs to concentrate on her new business, and can’t afford distractions. Not even if they come in the form of Logan Bennett. He’s handsome, charming, and doesn’t take no for an answer. After bitter disappointments, Nadine doesn’t believe in love. But being around Logan is addicting. It doesn’t help that Logan’s family is scheming to bring them together at every turn. 

Their attraction is sizzling, their connection undeniable. Slowly, Logan wins her over. What starts out as a fling, soon spirals into much more than they are prepared for. 

When a mistake threatens to tear them apart, will they have the strength to hold on to each other? 

*This book is a standalone. Each book in The Bennett Family series will follow a different couple.*
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{ about layla hagen } .

I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it.

{ excerpt } .

Blake opens his mouth, but a knock on the door interrupts us.

“Come in,” I call out.

The door opens, and Nadine comes in, wearing an elegant cardigan… And two seconds after stepping inside, she drops the cardigan to the floor. She’s stark naked underneath it.

Then she notices Blake.

“Oh, my God,” Nadine exclaims. Hurriedly, she covers herself with the cardigan again.

“I haven’t seen anything,” Blake says, turning to face the wall. Judging by his grin, he took an eyeful. The bastard.

Nadine’s blushing, Blake’s biting his fist to keep from laughing, and my dick’s twitching. Perfect.

“I thought you were alone, Logan,” Nadine says, mortified. She clutches the collar of her cardigan with both hands. “The security guard said all the employees on your floor have left.”

“I’m not an employee,” Blake chimes in. “He wasn’t there when I came into the building. Anyway, I’m leaving now.”

Nadine flattens herself against the wall as Blake heads to the door. She stares at a spot on the carpet the entire time. He doesn’t wipe off his smile, but at least he has the decency not to joke about it in front of her.

Nadine covers her face with her palms after he leaves. “I’m never going to be able to look Blake in the eyes again.”

I walk up to her, lying through my teeth. “He didn’t see anything.”

She peeks at me between her fingers. “You’re lying.”

“Fine, I am. Let’s forget about him.”

“I can’t believe this. The first time I was in this building, I soaked my dress and shoved my boobs in your face, and now—”

“Shh,” I say, fighting not to laugh.

{ review } .

The matchmaking has begun yet again with this jewelry, rags-to-riches, but so freaking kind, family. Last time it was the founder and eldest, Sebastian, to fall; this time, it's his right hand man, CFO of the company, brother Logan's turn.

Nadine was a bit down on her luck, but she was the type of heroine who fought for what she wanted and needed out of life. She wanted to finish a project and call it her own. So when Logan steps up to help her, she accepts the help, but has her conditions. Logan, though, falls for her and wants nothing more than to protect her -- even from harms she may not see.

These two were a fun couple. One of the things I've noticed between this and the last book is that the 'black moment', the big boom of the relationship, is fairly minimal. The relationships aren't anything too extraordinary and the fights are the little bickerings that could happen in any relationship. While on one hand, that simply doesn't fit the 'romance formula'... but on the other? It's refreshing. I would have liked to see a bit more go into the make-up at the end but...

Again, Ms. Hagen brings forth a book with likeable characters and believable dialogue. The situations that Logan and Nadine go through are the same as any other person in their position might. Some parts a bit excelled, but again, it's fiction. I love watching the Bennett family come together and help not only a friend, but a woman who is coming to mean a lot to one of their own. More than that though, we get to see some plotting the goes on for the next siblings. There's a lot of them, and there's some major work going down for two siblings for sure, with some other feelings going on with one of the brothers... Time will tell!

This is a fun family to read about; I can't wait for more.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your lovely review. So happy you enjoyed this :)