I think this is my third book so far by this author and I have enjoyed the ones I’ve read before.
I love second chances romance tropes, it offers promises of a good groveling, sexy and sparkling reconciliation, low drama and if we are lucky, a nice epilogue.
It was with these expectations in mind that I started Sweet Sinful Nights.
A sexy, suspenseful new romance novel from Lauren Blakely, author of the New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series….
She was the one who got away…
Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It’s his greatest regret, especially since she’s all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he’s determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won’t make the same mistake twice.
Easier said than done…
Shannon Paige has hardened her heart to the man she was once engaged to be married to. After the way he left, and after the hell she’s been through with her checkered family, there’s no way she’s letting him into her life again. The problem is, the second she sees him, he’s more handsome and charming than before. And she’s torn between wanting to fight with him and wanting to sleep with him – maybe both. Soon they fall into each other’s arms, consumed with a desire that burns through the years.
But if these two fiery lovers are going to have a real second chance at this kind of intense, passionate, bone-deep love, he’ll have to give her his whole heart, and she’ll have to give up all the secrets from her messy past.
And that messy past is about to spill over into her carefully constructed present…
SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is book one in SINFUL NIGHTS, a four-book series. Each book will follow a new couple.
Author : Lauren Blakely
Title : Sweet Sinful Nights
Series : Sinful Nights #1
Publisher : Lauren Blakely Books
Pages : 350
Release date : June 30, 2015
Genre : Contemporary, Erotica.
The prologue set the tone of Brent and Shannon’s explosive chemistry as they are on the verge of breaking up after an insensitive and selfish decision Brent made. He’s a wannabe comedian and accepted a one of a lifetime opportunity to work for a TV show without consulting his soon to be wife, Shannon. Shannon is a dancer, she lost her ability to get first roles or perform on stage because of a bad injury and tries to find a job as choreographer.
She had a proposition in New York, when Brent accepted an offer in LA… Brent gives her an ultimatum to follow him to LA, she refuses and this causes their break-up.
Fast forward 10 years later, Brent is now a successful club owner and Shannon the head of a dance company specialized in nightclubs performances. Upon their meeting chemistry rekindles and their trying to get to know one another again putting their mistakes in the past.
From the start I have to say that I never connected either with Shannon or Brent. I didn’t care they were breaking up, to me it felt impetuous and a bit over dramatized to flush down a relationship and a pending marriage over a misunderstanding… I felt like Shannon was set to break up with him, or vice versa, which left me with a manufactured set-up after taste…
Their reunion was nothing unexpected, they fell into each other’s arms again, lust damn it all. The sex scenes and tension were definitely what kept me reading, and essentially that’s what this book was about. Lauren Blakely knows how to warm a bedroom and the sex scenes delivered were really hot. Brent and Shannon try to give a real chance to their second time together, both trying to fix their past mistakes.There was some underlying and minor drama, nothing new, but I don’t think it was necessary to the story to build some angst over it.
I never connected with Brent, he struck me as the egoistical type from the start and I couldn’t get a real feel of his character. He had his sweet moments, yes he had this ‘commanding in the bedroom’ vibe we love in alpha males heroes, but I just couldn’t get attached to him.
It was a little bit the same with Shannon…
Overall it was a nice read, the plot was simple, Lauren’s Blakely agreeable writing made it easy to read through but my indifference for both leads made it hard for me to appreciate Sweet Sinful Nights more than I did.
With that being said, I wouldn’t be against reading the next book in the series, Shannon has some sexy brothers I’m dying to get to know better!
( I received an Arc in exchange for an honest review.)
“My friend Ally showed me a video she saw on Facebook,” Shannon began. “It’s this clip of a girl who grinds on her boyfriend in public while his hand is under her skirt, and they don’t even try to hide that he’s fingering her and getting her off.”
“I like getting you off,” Brent said with a naughty glint in his brown eyes.
“You cannot resist segueing back to dirty talk when I’m telling you a story.”
“I’m so sorry,” he said, placing his palms together. “The story was about a guy making a girl come. Forgive me for thinking about making you come. It’s only my favorite thing in the entire world to do.”
She shot him a tell me more look.
“It’s a hobby I once practiced a few times a day,” he added. “One I’m very interested in taking up again.”
A ribbon of warmth spread through her chest, both from the suggestion of one of her favorite activities, too, but also from the way he was so quick on his toes, so fast with a joke. The man had always made her laugh.
“Anyway, back to the video. So the funny part is they had no clue they’d been caught on camera, even though they were totally obvious. They thought they were being quiet and sneaky when he was trying to make her come.”
“I could make you come quietly,” he said with an easy shrug of his shoulder. “I can make you come loudly, too. I can make you come in pretty much any way.”
She scoffed. Not because it was untrue, but because he was so damn sure of himself. “Confident much?”
“Yeah, I am. I have the track record to prove it. You’re pretty much the only class I aced in college.”
She laughed, looking down at her lap. He was too much sometimes. “Straight As, Brent?”
“Hell no. Higher. I earned A-pluses across the board in your pleasure.”
She rolled her eyes. “You’re relentless.”
He leaned forward across the table, flashing her that cocky grin she’d loved so much. “When it comes to delivering multiple orgasms for you, yes. Relentless is precisely what I am.”
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had seven books on the New York Times Bestseller list and eleven on the USA Today Bestseller list.
Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs.
She loves hearing from readers! Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, No Regrets and Fighting Fire. She recently released Forbidden Nights, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller.
This summer she’ll release Consumed by You, her next title in her NYT Bestselling Fighting Fire series about sexy firemen and the women they love, and Sweet Sinful Nights, the first book in her new series Sinful Nights.
She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.