Monday, March 28, 2016

Sinful Love (Sinful Nights #4) by Lauren Blakely: Release Blitz w/ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


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 heartache, 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.


SINFUL LOVE is the fourth and final book in the steamy, sexy, suspenseful New York Times Bestselling Sinful Nights series from Lauren Blakely, author of the wildly popular Seductive Nights series...

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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.”

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:

After the jaw-dropping revelation at the end of Sinful Longing, I was more than eager to get started on the conclusion to Lauren Blakely's Sinful Nights series, Sinful Love. Equally as enticing as unveiling the series-long mystery was getting the opportunity to delve inside the mind of the eldest Sloan brother, Michael and I have to say…it was a spectacular place to be. Apologies to Davis Milo (Playing with Her Heart) but I may have just found a new favorite Blakely boy. A dirty-talker and a romantic? I'm more than a little bit in love with Michael Sloan. With a swoon-worthy romance, pulse-pounding suspense, and a narrative that will keep you guessing, Sinful Love is a heartbreakingly beautiful, perpetually hopeful story about missed connections, second chances, and true love.

I love second chance romances and Sinful Love is a perfect example of why I can’t get enough of this trope. The reunion between former childhood sweethearts, Michael Sloan and Annalise Delacroix was heart-meltingly sweet and so unbelievably romantic that I was basically in a prolonged state of swoon for the first half of the book (if not longer). There's so much history between this couple, so many unresolved feelings that crave resolution that it wasn’t as simple for them as picking up where they left off. Michael and Annalise's longing for each other was like a tangible force, demanding its presence be felt. And boy, did I feel it. Together, Michael and Annalise are quite simply overwhelming. Their love story is nostalgic; it's optimistic; it's passionate; it's tragic. Their thoughts and words...their turbulent emotions...their lust-filled, intoxicating desire for each other is all-consuming and I helplessly (yet willingly) went along for the ride.

Sinful Love is first and foremost a love story, yet what I most appreciated was how the history between Michael and Annalise was interwoven with the mystery surrounding the murder of Michael’s father. Not only are more clues uncovered by digging into the past, but we get to dive even further into the backstories of these characters and learn just how each has changed throughout the years. As the ending of the Sinful Nights series, Sinful Love was everything I could have asked for. The twists and turns were riveting and intense, the romance was spellbinding, and every lingering question was answered satisfactorily. Overall, Sinful Love is undoubtedly one of my top favorite reads of 2016.

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

Rating: 5 Stars

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