Author: S.L. Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 7, 2017
Cover Design: RBA Designs
Cover Image: Scott Hoover Photography
From New York Times Bestselling Author, S.L. Scott, comes a ROMANTIC SUSPENSE STANDALONE that will have you on the edge of your seat and swooning over this ALPHA BILLIONAIRE.
Six foot three. Dynamic green eyes. Utterly irresistible.
Ethan Everest stole my breath the first time I saw him. He romanced me with skill, dazzled me with his charisma, and proceeded to steal my heart right after.
I might have fallen for his easy going smile the first time we met, but I fell for him the second time.
Honey-colored hair. Cherry-kissed lips. Captivatingly gorgeous.
Singer Davis was the first, and only, woman to ever intimidate me. She spoke to my heart with her wit, seduced me with her eyes, and became the only thing that made sense in a world that made none.
I let her slip through my fingers once. I won’t make that mistake twice.
Secrets broke us apart. Can a second chance bring us back together?
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Slipping off my shoes, I dim the lights on the wall panel. I take my clothes off and hang them on a hook near the door before returning to the tub.
The tub, warm and inviting as I step in, eases my aching feet from my high heels and the tension in my shoulders. I pour some of the bubble suds and giggle. That was so cute and showed me a whole new side to Ethan—the at-home Texan who relates to his roots—instead of the strong, quieter, broodier man I see sometimes.
While the suds foam and the tub fills, I look out the window. The sky is clear up here. The buildings are far enough apart to avoid spying on neighbors. It’s like floating in heaven.
I hear his knock on the door, so I call, “Come in,” while making sure the bubbles cover all the important parts.
Ethan walks in with two glasses of champagne in one hand and the bottle in the other.
“You came prepared,” I note, leaning back on one side of the tub.
“I thought I might join you.” He waggles his eyebrows.
I giggle and reach for a glass. “Come on in,” I reply and wonder if he will really take me up on my dare.
He sets the bottle and his glass down on the side of the tub. His tie was removed before he came in and I notice his shoes are long gone, along with his jacket. When he starts on the buttons of his shirt, I sit up, scooping suds over me. “Wait, for real?”
“Yep. I think that tub’s big enough for the two of us.”
“But you said you don’t take baths.”
“I also said I’ve never used this one. Seems like an opportune time.”
“But I’m naked,” I say, worried about everything—his body naked next to mine, not shaving my legs before I went out tonight. My mind flickers through my flaws. Ugh. No. Just no. Not like that. That stuff should be shared in the dark of a bedroom under the influence of alcohol and desperate sex. We’re too sober for this. I’m too sober for this. What does he possibly see in me when he has women like Nicolina waiting?
He’s more than I’ve imagined, and in some senses, it scares me. He’s the sort of man women like Nicolina land. For once though, it was as if she saw me as competition. The feeling is exhilarating.
“Like I said, seems like an opportune time.”
His shirt is dropped, his undershirt following quickly behind. Good God Almighty. What does a guy who looks like that see in me? “I see you like to work out.” I clear my throat and want to bonk my head on the side of the tub for saying it out loud.
Chuckling, he says, “I have a gym down the hall. It’s how I relieve stress.”
“I thought that’s what sex was for.” I gasp and cover my mouth, wishing I could keep my crazy thoughts in my head where they belong instead of on my tongue. His eyes are heavy, a smirky smirk restraining a laugh. “God, you cannot let me talk when I’m nervous.”
“If this is what happens when you’re nervous, I’ll make you nervous more often.” His pants come down and my curiosity is answered. Tonight he’s in boxers. When he catches my eyes on his package, I’m thankful I’m wearing waterproof mascara because I immediately go underwater. Screw my makeup. It’s really the only way to keep my mouth in check at this point. I count to five and then pop back up. With my hands covering my boobs, I ask, “You’re really coming in?”
“Yes, scoot over.”
Good God Almighty.
~ABOUT S.L. SCOTT~
Living in the capital of Texas with her family, Scott loves traveling and avocados, beaches, and cooking with her kids. She’s obsessed with epic romances and loves a good plot twist. Her favorite color is blue, but she likens it more toward the sky than the emotion. Her home is filled with the welcoming symbol of the pineapple and finds surfing a challenge though she likes to think she’s a pro.
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I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. I found it to be very well written. The pace was OK. The first half of this book was S-L-O-W for me. Part of the reason for that was my irritation with the hero and his indecisiveness. That said, the plot was still very engaging and kept me turning the pages and the second half kicked up the pace quite a bit. There was a nice bit of suspense that came into play in the second half as well and that added an extra layer of intrigue to the story. There was also an incident that made me cry (OMG did I cry), and I’ll be honest I am still not sure how I feel about it. I get the purpose it served, but I would have rather it hadn’t had happened. I wouldn’t say this was overly angsty and there was no OM drama. There was some OW drama, but it didn’t bother me as much as I thought it would. This was a bit of a slow burn with the first sex scenes coming in at 50%. When we do get some action, the scenes were suitably hot. There was a good cast of secondary characters. I loved Singer’s BFF, and I ADORED Aaron, Lars, and Frank. They all need to get books of their own.
The main characters were OK. I can’t say I liked this hero very much for the first half of the book. He came across flighty, wishy-washy and easily distracted. He waxes poetically about how much he wants Singer and the connection he feels for her at a party, but then he let another woman pull him away from her and then goes on to date said OW. And it’s not like she disappeared into thin air. It’s mentioned they saw each other several times over the course of the year because they run in the same circles. When they meet up again a year later he is so hot and cold and back and forth. It drove me nuts. I wanted him to grow an f-ing pair of balls and man up. We are also never given a legit reason to why he just walked away from the connection in the first place. All he really says is “the bubble popped and the moment had passed.” Seriously dude?? I think had the author used a lighter hand with his feelings for Singer when he meets her at the beginning I would have had an easier time understanding how he turned and walked away. I will say though that once he got his head out of his ass (around 50%) he became a fantastic hero I adored quite a bit. Singer, I loved right from the start. She was honest and open. Was a great friend and wore her heart on her sleeve. The first half of this book I wanted her to stop letting Ethan jerk her around with his hot and cold act. But that is about the only negative thing I can say about her. She was a great heroine. Last, this was all wrapped up in a sweet ending that brought things full circle and left me with a smile on my face.
So yea, I was a little nervous going into this one after reading a couple of reviews, but I ended up enjoying it a lot. I think the first half of the book could have been condensed a little (it was quite a long book) and that would have helped it pace-wise, but yours truly is giving this one a solid two thumbs up and I look forward to reading more by this author.