Jen’s 5 Star Review ~ After This Night by Lauren Blakely

Jen’s 5 Star Review ~ After This Night by Lauren Blakely


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Synopsis 1

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 1

“I wish I were there wearing your clothes right now.”

He laughed. “That’s what you want to be doing? Because I’d like to be fucking you if you were here.”

“Well, that too. But then I’d put on your shirt.”

“You like that, don’t you?”

“I know you do too,” she said.

“I do. Seeing you in my shirt and your heels is my kryptonite.”

“Oh, is that it? That’s your kryptonite?”

“Or maybe it’s just that you are,” he whispered, admitting more than he wanted to.

“I think the same could be said here.”

There was a pause, and though they were three thousand miles apart, the silence was heady. He was in a drugged-out state tonight. This woman was his pill, and closeness with her was what he craved most even as he feared she would destroy his heart. Smash it to a million tiny pieces and eat it for lunch. But he had a built-in barrier in distance, and with no trips to San Francisco on his immediate calendar he saw nothing wrong with this temporary moment of relief from the pressure inside of him from wanting her. They couldn’t be together in any meaningful way, and he couldn’t get hurt if he didn’t actually see her. Right? Right, he answered for himself.

“What are we doing, Julia?” he asked, and he was sure she could hear the longing in his tone, but he didn’t care. There was no need to hide it after they’d just broken down and pleasured themselves together.

“I wish I knew,” she said, her voice wistful and full of yearning. “I really wish I knew.”

He heaved a sigh, trying to sort out his thoughts, but his brain was a mixed-up mess and he didn’t know how to untangle all the threads. Or if he wanted to remain tangled up with her instead.

“What are you going to do when we hang up?” he asked, changing direction.

“Read a book.”

“What are you reading these days?”

“A crazy story about a guy who treks across Antarctica.”

“That does sound crazy.”

“Yeah. He’s kind of hallucinating and talking to penguins right now,” she said with a small laugh.

“Can you blame him? I have to imagine if you’re stuck in the polar ice cap that talking to penguins might be a rare source of comfort.”

“As long as he doesn’t eat the penguins I’ll keep reading it.”

“Here’s to no penguin meals in the books we read.”

“What will you do?”

“I suspect I will fall fast asleep and dream of a beautiful redhead on the other side of the country.”

“She would like that dream very much,” she said in a sweet voice, the kind that worked its way beneath all the hard edges in him, and settled deep in his heart. “Will I talk to you again soon?”

He took a fueling breath, and put his armor back on, steeling himself. “I don’t know the answer to that.”

 

Jen's Review 1

Clay and Julia are one of my favorite book couples – EVER.   I want to be couple besties with them.  I want to hang out with Julia and have her make me a Purple Snow Globe.  It’s not fair that these two only exist on paper.  I may be pouting a bit.  Okay fine, I’m pouting A LOT.   Lauren Blakely has made me a believer in these two.  The Seductive Nights series is at the tippy top of my all-time favorites and I don’t want their story to end.

Hot as fuck and sweet as sin… that describes Clay and Julia to a T.  I couldn’t get enough of these two, whether it was during their most intimate times or during the casual moments, their story commands your attention.  After This Night was one of those books I didn’t want to put down but it killed me to keep reading because it meant I was getting closer to the end.  I really felt Clay and Julia bond in this book.  All of the getting to know you stuff that happened in Night After Night is built upon in After This Night.  We still have the hot dirty talking romance but now we see a softer, more intimate side to both Julia and Clay.  We see them come to rely on each other.  We see them starting to plan a future with the other.   Because they are more connected emotionally, their intimacy feels so much more meaningful.

After This Night isn’t all sexy times, Clay and Julia have some issues to work out.  For the first time in this series, I was pretty pissed at Clay.  I get why he was doing what he was doing, but I also wanted to kick him in the shin for doing it.   Clay has always been such a strong presence in this series, but Julia really matured and grew.  She finally lets some walls down and learns to trust Clay with everything.  Even when Clay was ticking me off, it was only because he was doing everything he could to protect his woman.  His devotion to Julia is one of my favorite things about him.

For not wanting this series to end, I sure did enjoy the ending.  It was perfectly constructed to really fit the characters and what I think they would have done in real life.  I hope Lauren will consider writing more Clay and Julia in the future.   Be on the lookout for book #3 in the Seductive Nights Series,  Nights With Him, which will be Michele’s book!    5 red stars

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About the Author 1

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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. Her novels include Caught Up In UsPretending He’s MinePlaying With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.

Website: http://www.laurenblakely.com/

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AFTER THIS NIGHT Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21420593-after-this-night?ac=1

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