Sunday, May 25, 2014

After this Night (Seductive Nights #2) by Lauren Blakely: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway





Blurb:

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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Excerpt:

Then he saw a new email land in his inbox. From her. The subject line gave nothing away: Hi. But Pavlovian response kicked in, and he opened it before he could think. Because seeing her name still felt like a damn good thing, still held the promise of a sexy note, a naughty line, or a sweet nothing. But more than any of those options, it held the promise of her.

from: purplesnowglobe@gmail.com
to: cnichols@gmail.com
date: April 25, 4:08 AM
subject: Hi

Clay,

Hi. I’m lying awake in bed thinking of last night. How only 24 hours ago you were here with me. How much better it was to sleep with your arms around me, all safe and warm and snug. How much I would love to have you here again. But I know that won’t happen. And I understand. I truly understand. If I were you, I would hate me too. If I were you, I’d be suspicious as hell. And I probably wouldn’t trust me either. So I get 100 percent where you’re coming from and I wish there were another way. I want you in my life so badly that I can feel this ache where you’re supposed to be. But I know I can’t have you, and I’m sorry I can’t be open right now. You deserve more than this. More than me. All I will say is this sucks, and if I could turn back time and do certain things over there’s a lot I would change.

But I wouldn’t change a second with you.

Wow. I just re-read my note. I think that’s the mushiest I’ve ever been with anyone. Damn, you did a number on me, and I’ve got it bad for you. I’m hitting send while I still have the guts in me to do so, even though I will probably regret it. Except this is all true.

Xoxo
Julia

He dropped his head in his hand, and cursed. A wave of frustration and longing rolled through him, and he knew he should turn the damn phone off and ignore her. But this woman, she was under his skin. He hated lies but he’d be lying to himself if he pretended he’d forgotten her in a day.

from: cnichols@gmail.com
to: purplesnowglobe@gmail.com
date: April 25, 7:12 AM
subject: Hi

I don’t hate you. The farthest thing from it.

He hit send before the regret washed over him, as it eventually would, he was sure.

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About Lauren Blakely:

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat,

heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in 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 novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He's Mine, Playing With Her Heart, Trophy Husband, and Far Too Tempting. On November 21, she'll release the edgy new adult novel THE THRILL OF IT. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

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Review by Yvette:

I was in agony after reading the cliffhanger at the end of Night After Night, desperately needing resolution in regards to Clay and Julia’s relationship. Luckily Lauren Blakely isn't one to draw out conflict, diving right back in to their whirlwind romance in After This Night. Just when I was convinced that Night After Night was Lauren Blakely's sexiest book yet, After This Night proved me wrong with every intimate encounter between Clay and Julia. After This Night has everything you could possibly want in a Lauren Blakely book: appearances by familiar characters, sexy and shall we say creative love scenes, and explosive chemistry between two unforgettable protagonists, plus extra doses of action and suspense.

After reading the ending of Night After Night, I will admit that my feelings towards Clay were probably lukewarm at best as a result of a certain cliffhanger ending, though it didn’t take long for me Clay to not only win back but strengthen my affections in After This Night. Time and again, Clay proves himself to be a hero in every sense of the word, not only accepting the repercussions of Julia’s past relationship, but tackling them head-on, even if his desire to help meant clashing with Julia’s need for independence. Whether fighting, making love, or everything in between, Clay and Julia continue to grow as a couple, with each interaction revealing their vulnerabilities as well as their strengths. 

My favorite fictional couples are the ones who are so perfectly suited to one another that you can’t imagine them ending up with anyone else. It isn’t often that I come across a book couple that has as strong of a connection as Clay and Julia, in regards to both emotional and physical intimacy. Not only do they have similar tastes and interests, but there is so much sexual tension between them, it’s no wonder they can’t keep their hands off each other. The balcony scene alone deserves some type of accolade to acknowledge the unabashed sexiness which the author infuses into every erotic rendezvous. After This Night is hands down one of the steamiest books I’ve ever read, but what I love about this book is that the relationship between Clay and Julia is the true heart of the story and Lauren Blakely develops this connection in both everyday interactions and amidst the throes of passion. If you loved Night After Night, it will be impossible for you not to fall head over heels in love with After This Night.

Rating: 5 Stars

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1 comment:

  1. I love this series!! Clay and Julia are fabulous!!!

    Thanks for the great review and amazing giveaway!!

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