Thursday, July 2, 2015

Sweet Sinful Nights (Sinful Nights #1) by Lauren Blakely: Release Week Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


Blurb:

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.
 





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Excerpt:

She turned to look at him, and neither one of them said a word. Her green eyes were dark and intense. Her lips were so close. The inches between them were swallowed whole by the connection that crackled between them. She seemed to sway closer, and he moved in, seizing the moment.

He lifted his hand to her hair, still sleek in its twist, different from the shade she’d had when he knew her, but beautiful just the same. A strand had fallen loose, chestnut brown and curled. He touched it, ran his finger across the single lock. Time melted away as he leaned into the familiar crook of her neck. The craving for her ran so damn deep it lived inside his bones.

He inhaled her, that honey scent, a new smell that in an instant marked her.

“Shan,” he whispered, rough and gravelly, filled with so much want for her, which had built over the years, grown higher, spread further, formed roots. Inhabited him. He was desperate to have her in his arms again, to smother her in kisses that erased all the years.

“Brent,” she whispered, his name sounding like sugar on her tongue.

He buried his face in her neck, layering kisses on her soft skin. “Where have you been?” he asked, though it was entirely rhetorical. She hadn’t been with him. He hadn’t been with her. That was the answer.

“Where were you?” she countered softly.

He lifted his face and looked her in the eyes as he brushed the back of his fingers along her cheek. “Thinking of you,” he said. He didn’t know how he’d gone from breaking two glasses to finding her falling into his arms. But that was where they were. He cupped her cheeks in his hands. “You’re so fucking beautiful,” he rasped out, and then he crushed her mouth. He consumed her lips. He kissed her hard, and greedily, and the world around him turned black and small. It faded into a speck of nothingness because there was room for nothing else in his world but her.

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:

When it comes to creating combustible chemistry, Lauren Blakely is unmatched, building an intense physical and emotional connection between her protagonists from their first meeting and further strengthening that connection as the narrative progresses. Case in point: her newest release, Sweet Sinful Nights, which reunites former lovers, Brent and Shannon, after ten years apart. As a second chance romance, there’s a shared history between the couple, which is evident in every heated conversation and in the way they can’t help gravitate to each other. Uncontrollable passion, burning desire, undisguised yearning, and fiery anger – all of these ingredients combine to make a potent cocktail of chemistry and lust between Brent and Shannon, making Sweet Sinful Nights an unforgettable romantic read.

With Brent and Shannon’s romance being front and center, Sweet Sinful Nights is very much a character-driven story. The narrative switches perspectives between the duo, catching readers up on their past and their present, which finds them working together on a business venture. From the moment they see each other, the unresolved emotions between them – the anger, the regret, and the bitterness – reignite their considerable spark and stir up lingering feelings. I love that their chemistry seems to be fueled by their hot-headed tempers because, even while their past mistakes forms a barrier between them, their mutual attraction is overwhelming. The banter between them is flirtatious and suggestive, with an ever-present undercurrent of sexual tension. Then again, with Brent being the “bad boy of comedy” I would expect no less. Their back-and-forth, give-and-take rapport had me laughing aloud, swooning, and silently giving thanks for those dirty-talking Nichols brothers. If you thought Clay cornered the market on that count, just wait until you meet Brent.

While Brent’s quick-witted humor and effortless charm bring levity to the story, it is counterbalanced by Shannon’s mysterious past involving her family. Brent is refreshingly upfront about his intentions toward Shannon whereas she’s more closed off. I found Shannon to be an intriguing combination of strength and vulnerability, and the more her character is unraveled, the more I connected with where she’s coming from. It’s through Shannon that the book’s element of suspense is introduced, detailing the family drama that follows her and her three brothers. While there was just a taste of the suspense-filled plot that I assume will play out in future books, Sweet Sinful Nights sets up the backstory and, more importantly, introduces us to the attention-grabbing personalities of the Sloan brothers.

Shamelessly sexy, emotionally captivating, and just plain entertaining, Sweet Sinful Nights is everything you could want in a second chance romance. The writing is rich and vibrantly detailed, transmitting the reader into the fast-paced, high stakes setting of Las Vegas, which provides the perfect backdrop for Brent and Shannon’s reunion. Sweet Sinful Nights is the type of book that will put you through the emotional wringer, putting on your smile on your face one minute and have you tearing up the next. The narrative was incredibly sweet and undoubtedly sinful, delivering on the promise of its title and offering a tantalizing taste of what's sure to be a thrilling series following the Sloan siblings.

*complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 5 Stars

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