Review: Secrets of Daddy’s Best Friend (Daddy’s Billionaire Best Friend #3) by Lacy Ryder

Title: Secrets of Daddy’s Best Friend
Author:  Lacy Ryder
Publisher/Year:  Smutpire Press 4/9/20
Length:  23 Pages
Series: Daddy’s Billionaire Best Friend #3

Overview

Mark has a secret, and it’s threatening to ruin everything…
My body pulses every time I see him. Thoughts of the dirty, secret things we’ve been up to rush through my mind and consume me.

I’m in a constant state of arousal, always waiting for his next command. He’s more than forbidden, which just makes me want him more.

But Mark has a past, and with it comes a secret that has me questioning everything we’ve been up to… can we get through this or will this tear us apart?

My Thoughts

The summary is a bit misleading as we don’t ever know what the secret is until the very end and it doesn’t seem like it has any implication. Not anything material at least since the story plays out exactly how we expect.

So we left this couple after they had an exciting night in the underground BDSM club under Marquee – Katie was taken to heights that she could have never imagined and Mark seem to be quite smitten with her.

What I wonder though is what the interest is there – is it purely because she’s so young, is there something more – deeper? I really don’t know and we don’t quite get to that point. On her way out of the club though, he does share a secret with her that apparently shocks her and makes her think, but at the same time, we have no idea what it is and we don’t really see the implication until the end.

We’re in this third chapter now at Katie’s father’s birthday party. we watch how there’s chemistry between Mark and Katie and somehow no one picks up on it. the innuendos, the touches, and still everyone’s oblivious. even her mom. Mark throws caution to the wind, although we know that he’s all for the risk and convinces Katie to meet him in her father’s office. What we get there is an incredibly hot scene, one that makes us wonder how no one knows what’s going on, but that’s not for this conversation.

We continue to watch these two find moments to steal away together, and all while the party is going on. She wonders if there could be something more and how to go about it without getting caught. It’s only at the end of this novella that we find out what the secret was and the concern/question that it raises in Katie as to why they’re doing what they’re doing and if it’s ‘ok’. I won’t reveal the secret – you need to read this for yourself to find out, but perhaps thats the most compelling bit of this story – aside from the hot and steamy BDSM moments. Enjoy!

Review: Obsessed with Daddy’s Best Friend (Daddy’s Billionaire Best Friend #2) by Lacy Ryder

Title: Obsessed with Daddy’s Best Friend
Author:  Lacy Ryder
Publisher/Year:  Smutpire Press 4/9/20
Length:  23 Pages
Series: Daddy’s Billionaire Best Friend #2

Overview

Mark has me on the edge, in more ways than one…
I’ve never felt this way before. Not about anyone before Mark. Everything we do is so forbidden, yet so satisfying.

If anyone ever found out that my dad’s best friend took me to a place called The Dungeon…

If anyone ever found out that he’s tied me up and had his way with me more than once…

If anyone ever caught us in the act at work… well, let’s just say I’d never be able to look them in the eyes ever again and my life would be over. But, I just can’t help myself around him. The naughty things he makes me to do are well worth the risk and I’ll gladly satisfy him over and over again.

My Thoughts

Well, my hopes were dashed in thinking that this would be more than another chapter – but oh well. What we have here is the continuation of a slim level BDSM type story – with Katie continuing her experience with Mark. We saw their play time go from one night into something more. He invites her to Marquee for a night that she assumes will be entertaining clients, but instead finds that he’s rented the entire place for them – to play and to learn more about the chemistry between them.

Katie’s taken to levels that she could never imagine, not surprising given her young age, but still, Mark has a dark side and that’s the delicious kind. There’s an underground to Marquee that no one knows about – it’s a secret BDSM club and Mark’s a member. He takes her there for their private night and shows her parts of his world that he knows she’ll love but knows that she’s never experienced.

There’s a hint of angst and more to come as we see what secrets they’ll have to keep. They both know that there will be issues if Katie’s father realizes what they do with each other, and we know the bubble will burst in the coming weekend when it’s her. father’s birthday and they’ll be in the same party together. So, if nothing else, there’s a bit of excitement coming in the third chapter – so I guess that means that I have to go pick it up. Enjoy!

Review: Taken by Daddy’s Best Friend (Daddy’s Best Friend #1) by Lacy Ryder

Title: Taken by Daddy’s Best Friend
Author:  Lacy Ryder
Publisher/Year:  Smutpire Press 4/9/20
Length:  22 Pages
Series: Daddy’s Best Friend #1

Overview

I’ve fantasized about him for as long as I can remember…

Mark Logan. Household name and CEO of a company named after himself. Of the lesser known facts, he’s also my father’s best friend since like… forever. Luckily for me, that was enough to get me in as his secretary, on one condition. No special treatment will be given and I have to perform if I want to keep the job.

Easy, right? Not even close.

The first thing I do is walk in on him dominating his current secretary all over his desk. Then, instead of backing away slowly and forgetting the whole thing I find myself eagerly watching; wishing that it was me sprawled out over his desk.

Now, I can barely look him in the eyes and in Mark’s own words, he wants me to “take over all of her responsibilities.” But, what exactly does he mean by that?

There’s only one way to find out…

My Thoughts

I feel like that summary was longer than the book -and it was almost the case. I didn’t realize that it at the time that I purchased it but what we have here I guess is an interesting chapter of sorts – watching a teenage Katie get a job working for her father’s best friend. A man that’s always been of interest to her because of how he carries himself, but he’s always been off limits.

At the same time, we learn that Mark has always been intrigued by Katie – always found her to be something special and now that he’s got the chance to taste that – to sample it, he goes for it.

So what we get in this novella of sorts is the first day of Katie going to work, walking in on Mark and his secretary doing all sorts of hot and steamy things on his desk, and of course she’s afraid that she’ll be caught but can’t seem to turn away. She doesn’t realize that Mark knows that she’s there, and then we get the pleasure of watching how things play out from her after that.

So…i’m not sure what book two will hold for us, but hopefully it’s longer than 22 pages and we can get something hotter! Enjoy!

Review: The Palace (Chateau #4) by Penelope Sky

TitleThe Palace
Author:  Penelope Sky
Publisher/Year:  Hartwick Publishing 5/25/21
Length:  250 Pages
Series: Chateau #4

Overview

A line was drawn in the sand.

I made my choice.

I picked her over him.

But I begin to regret that choice, and when Raven wants to destroy the camp, I know I’ll regret it even more.

My Thoughts

It’s great that we get to see the full story play out from both sides – watching Raven’s story evolve first with Magnus and then now seeing Melanie and Fender. The crux of the story is still the same, however this version has a different approach and connection.

We know that in the first installment of Melanie’s story, we watched Fender first lay eyes on her and fall in love with her in a way that no one expected of him. He was patient and refused to take anything from her that she wasn’t willing to give and that’s something that he’s never allowed of anyone. We watched how his long standing butler Gilbert took issue with Melanie being in his life and then realized that it was a losing battle to have problem with.

So all in all, we felt that this was a story on the right path. The challenge of course is that even though Melanie developed deep feelings for Fender and that all he wanted in return was to give her the world, there was still the looming issue of Raven – her sister. Who wanted nothing more than to take down everything that Fender and Magnus had built, just on principle. She refused to believe that there was more to either man in the sense of what they could or couldn’t do and even at the back story of it all, and that really played out to the worst extent when Raven forced Melanie to choose. Her for Fender. And she chose Raven.

We start off this second bit of the story with Melanie and Raven living in Paris, ‘free’ from the camp and all that it was, trying to rebuild their lives. Melanie is heartbroken of course because Fender was the perfect man for her but she couldn’t choose him over family. She tries to move on with her life in the sense of getting a job and finding purpose, however she knows that she’ll never find a man to take his place. Raven goes through the process of getting back to her life – dating and getting back into things, but she still wants revenge and we know how that goes.

They sneak back to the camp, burn it down and in return, they get a new level of hatred for both of them. While Magnus helped free Raven before, she’s his most hated person now. Fender takes this as a personal slight and that results in Raven being captured and Melanie being shunned.

From that point on, we watch Melanie realize that her life is empty without Fender and she tries all that she can to get back into his life. To try to gain his trust and his love back. It’s a tough battle since he’s not one to let those walls down again, and we watch her try her best to make that happen. At the same time we also watch Melanie do what she can to get Raven’s freedom but that’s a losing battle.

The sub plot here that we remember from the previous installments is that Fender wants to make his empire bigger and more powerful. He wants to bring in a partner Napoleon who we know Magnus has doubts on and we know how this will end. I was expecting to see more of an interaction there to better understand why Fender was so adamant about having Napoleon as his partner, but sadly that doesn’t come. Instead we just watch the demise of everything that they’ve built, and watch the massacre that takes everyone at the camp, and causes dire damage to Magnus and Fender’s health.

The culmination of this series in this last installment gives us the flip side of the story – the romance of it, the side of a woman who wants to be valued for more than her beauty and cherished above all. It’s an uphill battle but one that is meant to be since she’s truly strong and a force to be reckoned with. She believe in change and she pushed that belief on someone else and as a result, we saw the story turn a corner.

The epilogue was quite interesting though – taking us to the camp – and the hands of an unknown person. There’s a fear now in my mind of what’s to come next and the short blurb at the end of the story introducing ‘The Cult’ makes me scared for what will find its way to that area. It was bad before with the drug trade and I have shivers thinking about what’s next. Now I just have to wait a few months for that story to come out. So…on that note – Enjoy and let’s be patient for the next story to begin.

Review: Love on Fire (Stars #2) by E.L. Todd

Title: Love on Fire
Author:  E.L. Todd
Publisher/Year:  E.L. Todd 8/6/19
Length:  200 Pages
Series: Stars #2

Overview

Neil Crimson is back from his mission. We promised we would just be friends, to keep our hands to ourselves and have a platonic relationship.

But I haven’t been with anyone since he’s been gone…and I miss him so much. When he walks in the door, he’s just as strong and handsome as I remember. He’s a little thinner than before, but still regal and powerful. When I look at Neil Crimson, I don’t see a friend…I see the best I’ve ever had.

But it could never happen again.

Until one night when he shows up on my doorstep…and says I’m the best he’s ever had too.

My Thoughts

This is certainly a story of star crossed lovers. they’re so meant to be but they are in vastly different places in their lives with different wants for the future. If Charlotte wasn’t so understanding of what Neil truly needed in his life and if Neil wasn’t so focused on what else is out there in space, I think that we could have a wonderful love story.

We pick back up right after Neil’s come home from his mission to the moon. It’s been three months and while we expect things to change, we hope they stay the same. Unfortunately there’s been a lot of change.

Charlotte’s moved out of Neil’s house and has bought her own house – she’s laid the groundwork for her own positive future. She’s living her best life and seems to be in a good place with things. She worries and cares about Neil but also wants to stay true to their deal.

Vic and Stacy promised to start a family, and that’s what happens – she’s pregnant and we watch how that news affects and changes Charlotte since we know that her marriage fell apart because she wasn’t able to have kids. (at least that’s what we were told)

So Neil comes back, and we learn that he’s still focused on Charlotte. That makes us happy but at the same time we know that there’s complications that will come of it. Stacy and Vic really don’t want them to be together since it’s clear that their futures hold different things, and we even see Charlotte and Neil fight the feelings that they have for one another. It becomes too hard to do and they agree that they’re going to try again. To be more than just friends since that’s what is natural.

We’re all hoping for the happy ending, but we know that there is a secret mission that Neil’s got on the docket and we know that it’ll only mean heartbreak for Charlotte.

There’s another story line here where we watch Cameron (Char’s ex) come back to her after his pregnant girlfriend loses their baby. He realizes what he had and he wants her back. The question arises will she take him back.

then there’s Kyle – we know that he’s in love with her and we watch that cause problems. He makes his move and she pushes him away and then we see him try again. Complications!

Where we net in this story is a baby is born, a baby is on the way, someone leaves and lots of people are heartbroken. There’s a big question mark on where this story will go and I wonder if anyone will be happy, if people will survive and what the outcome of this wrong way love story will go. I just got book 3 so i’m diving right in. Enjoy!

Review: Savage Ending (Savage Series #4) by Lisa Renee Jones

Title: Savage Ending
Author:  Lisa Renee Jones
Publisher/Year:  Julie Patra Publishing 5/25/21
Length:  300 Pages
Series: Savage #4

Overview

A man, a former assassin, who is now in love, a man on his honeymoon, who vows to leave the killing behind him.

That is, until someone sets their eyes on revenge and goes after his woman. Now someone is going to find out just what a Savage he really is.

My Thoughts

We all watched Savage find his way back to Candace and get her to fall back in love with him – although we know that she never fell out of love with him. Their story was rough – watching their families be a huge cause of pain between them, knowing there were secrets and unknown alliances (good or bad). We have been waiting for their happy ending, but we also know that there’s no way for their wedding to go off without a hitch.

We join this couple as they are on their way to the church that Candace wants to get married and the same church that Savage thinks he’s not suited for. There’s so much in his past that he firmly believes he will burn in hell for, that it’s amazing that Candace is the right woman to help him find the bright side.

We watch as they make their final wedding preps and how the Walkers continue to watch over them and even welcome Candace into the family even more. They are a week out when things go pear shaped.

You’ll remember Max from previous installments. Savage’s buddy from his black ops missions, and a guy that we’re still not sold on because it seems like he’s on the wrong side of things even when he swears otherwise to Savage. There’s one more thing that he’s asking of Savage – claiming that he’s owed one more debt, so of course Savage has to pick up and take care of things. He’s being asked to retrieve a hard drive and deliver it to an unknown person, and then to bring money to Max at his cabin in CO. When the Wlakers catch wind of this, they don’t let him go alone, which turns out to be a good thing.

They’re days away from the wedding and they’re ambushed. We are in the throes of a gun battle where we know that there will be casualties. We can only hope that these guys get out unscathed, but things area always dicey when Savage is involved. They manage to get the drive, get it to where it’s supposed to be and then go on the hunt for Max. Who turns up missing.

This puts everyone on red alert, increasing security and potentially putting the happiness of the wedding at risk. The story isn’t over here- we know that there’s going to be someone coming for them, we know that Savage was set up, and the balance of this story takes us through what that looks like for the soon to be happy couple.

It’s no surprise to see how this nets out, and to hear why and how it’s come to pass. We also know that Savage does his best to distance himself from Walker security often, and he trusts no one, so when there are new Walker guys introduced, he’s even less trustworthy. You really have to wonder who’s been planted where and what that means for the guys we love so much.

The nice thing about this story is that we continue to see Adam in his amazing light – but not yet getting his own trilogy. I hope our amazing author gives him his due. There are also several new guys that seem a bit on edge and dark that I’m dying to see how those stories play out. There’s no shortage of excitement, peppered with trust, loyalty and hot hot steam and passion. All that means is that now I have to be patient to see what’s next. Enjoy!

Review: The Fighter (Doctor #4) by E.L. Todd

TitleThe Fighter
Author:  E.L. Todd
Publisher/Year:  Independent 5/14/19
Length:  199 Pages
Series: Doctor #4

Overview

Finn did the unthinkable.

He left.

Just as my parents abandoned me, he left to live a better life.

It took so long to pick up the pieces, but I’ve sworn to never fall in love again.

And to never take Finn back…no matter how much he begs.

My Thoughts

This fourth installment breaks my heart. We knew that the love story of Finn and Pepper wasn’t meant to be, and that’s what we see as a culmination in this series. Finn, the nomad, was offered the job of a lifetime, going to run the Doctors without Borders program in Africa, meaning that he’d be away for a year, and then when that time was up, he’d get a job at the Mayo Clinic, the opportunity that would give him the career gig that he’s always wanted. He thought that Pepper would follow him anywhere – she proved the she supported his profession when he went to Florida to help the red cross for a month and was surprised when she wouldn’t bend here.

A month is one thing

A year is another

Uganda and Minnesota are not Seattle, and that means that Pepper will never be happy.

So they go their separate ways. The engagement is off. The relationship is off, and now they have to figure out what life looks like separately.

Pepper has decided that romance and love are not her future. She’s been in love and abandoned by everyone, Colton, Finn and even her birth mother so now she’s a player. All she wants to do is have meaningless relationships that never go longer than one night. Her friend are worried about her but they know that they can’t reason with her right now. Things change slightly one night when it’s really late and she’s alone in a bar, and a handsome, powerful, strong sexy man approaches her. The description that we get of him reminds us of Finn, but we know that this guy is the opposite of Finn. What starts as a one night stand turns into something else. She doesn’t realize who this guy is – Brutus…until her friends identify him based on his description. He’s a Billionaire and a man who can give Pepper what she needs. Mind you, she’s damaged and doesn’t want a relationship and she learns that he is as well, so they are in a good casual relationship together.

Brutus shows Pepper the world, takes her to Fiji, and makes her happier than she’s been in a while. There’s no talk of the future, but they know that the ‘now’ is what is in important.

Across the world, we watch how Finn is doing the job that he signed up for, but he’s miserable. He knows that he’s helping people that would never have the care he provides, but he’s empty. he knows that he made the wrong choice and he’s even attempted to talk to Colton about it, but no one in the states wants anything to do with him. He has a meaningless relationship with one of the doctors there because he doesn’t want to be alone, but he’s definitely not enjoying anything that the program should give him. Colton tells him that Pepper’s moved on, yet that’s not enough to get him to give up, and that’s where we know this story will go downhill.

Finn comes back to the states and wants to get Pepper back. Pepper is happy in her new situation with Brutus. He’s transformed her business so that she’s now making 3x as much money – and she’s got employees working for her so that she’s able to take time for herself. She’s working out with Stella now and she’s in the best shape of her life. Finn coming back will ruin all that.

The story from here is a roller coaster. Finn won’t give up his quest to win her back, but Brutus is a formidable opponent. A stupid one as well when he makes decisions that could push Pepper back to Finn if only she knew. That’s now how Finn is going to play things, so we watch Pepper and Brutus evolve their casual relationship into something deeper.

There’s a payout, a beating and a lot of lies and deception that bring this story to a close for those three and I think that the ending justifies the process.

The other story line that I really enjoyed here is the evolution of Colton and Tom. Colton deserves his own happiness too and now that he’s really comfortable with who he is and the relationship that he’s in now, it’s nice to see that there’s really something tangible there. It’s been over a year and they are still happy together and that means that their future is open to so many opportunities. We want to see him in his forever relationship, so it’s nice that this story shows us that side of things along with the complex and difficult story of Pepper.

I’m sad to see how this fourth installment ends, but it was even more traumatic to see how it began. The closure that we get warranted the journey that we went on and now it’s time to move on to something else. Great thing about the eBooks that i’ve been getting – the first book of this series was in the last book of the prior series that i read – and the same goes here. I’ve already got my next series to jump into – so off I go. Enjoy!

Review: The Lover (Doctor #3) by E.L.Todd

TitleThe Lover
Author:  E.L. Todd
Publisher/Year:  Independent 5/14/19
Length:  199 Pages
Series: Doctor #3

Overview

Against all odds, Finn and I have managed to be together.

Colton continues to warn me, says that Finn will never change.

But he already has.

I don’t know what the future holds…but I think Finn fits in somewhere.

My Thoughts

This third installment is yet another example of the insanity that we’re living in. From the summary, we know that Pepper and Finn are together, but we don’t know what that means for the future relationship and for the relationship with Colton. He’s still not thrilled with the idea of his brother and Pepper together and that drives an even bigger wedge.

Everyone wants to live their lives towards the end goal of happiness, but what we’re learning throughout this third installment is that it’s not possible. This isn’t fantasy land, and there’s no chance that everyone will have their happy ending.

What IS happy though is Colton’s story. He’s come out of his shell and has really started to thrive in his life. He’s in a great relationship with a guy who seems to be right for him – and his friends and family really like Tom as well. He’s enjoying his new job and really feels like he’s doing something for the greater good. The only problem that he has in life is that he’s not in a great place with Finn and that’s going to be a long road to get to a happy spot again.

On the other hand, we have an intense romance with Finn and Pepper to focus on. they are beyond deeply in love, even if they don’t admit the words to one another for quite some time. Their chemistry is off the charts and the white hot inferno that we saw in the last book continues to burn even hotter here, giving us some of the hottest scenes out there. Something that our author is known for and something that carries this story through.

We’re spending a lot of time here relying on trust, and love. We see what’s possible when you have so much love for someone that you give them unconditional trust, and it’s really great to see a healthy relationship in that sense. What concerns me though is that they have such different impressions of what the future should look like. We know that Pepper wants the family and kids. She wants to settle down and live in Seattle near her friends and her business. That’s never been Finn’s story. He’s always moved around – never staying in one place for too long and really not committing to much of anything and even though he sometimes feels like he can commit to Pepper, it’s always on his terms.

And that’s where we end this third book. We are on such a high knowing that Finn wants to commit to Pepper, wants to have a future with her which is very uncharacteristic for him, but again it’s on his terms. He wants her to give everything up and that’s something that she just can’t do. So sadly, we are not in a happy place when this third book ends, and I hope that we can figure out what that means in the long run. There’s really no way that they can both get what they want together, so we’ll see if they can get it apart. Sadly – Enjoy!

Review: The Man (Doctor #2) by E.L. Todd

TitleThe Man
Author:  E.L. Todd
Publisher/Year:  Independent 4/16/19
Length:  164 Pages
Series: Doctor #2

Overview

Now that Jax is gone and I’m single once again, I’m supposed to be finding Mr. Right.

But Finn is the only guy I want. 

Every time we’re in the same room together, the heat is explosive. We can barely look at each other without our hands shaking. As days turn into weeks, our resolve softens.

And then we can’t fight it anymore.

My Thoughts

So when we were last with these characters, we saw lots and lots of heartbreak and uncertainty. There were failed attempts at restarting lives, making a change to the positive, and yet those things crashed and burned. Colton had put himself out there and met a guy named Aaron, felt that there may be something there, but sadly that fizzled out. Pepper started something with Mr Gorgeous, but he felt far too uncomfortable with the relationship that she had with her ex husband, and even forgiveness wasn’t enough. Ultimatums are never good and we saw how that ended.

So we’re into the second installment here, watching them try to pick up the pieces of things. It’s hard to watch happiness slip through everyone’s fingers, and we want the best, however the problems keep piling up.

The chemistry between Finn and Pepper is palpable. You feel the temperature rise in the room when ever they are near each other, and it’s really anyone’s guess on who they’re fooling by not acting on what they feel, but at the same time, they are trying not to act on what they feel. We know they kissed in the first book, and we know that they tried to draw a line there -but we also know that their connection is something that they can’t even fight, and that means that we’re going to see a fiery hot inferno erupt.

What happens in this piece of the story is intense. Pepper and Finn find that they have more than just a surface attraction and that there’s potential for something great, but they are also forced to hide what’s going on from Colton and we know that it can’t last that long.

Colton has a bit of a personal roller coaster in this book as well. He knows that he has to come clean with his parents and that means telling them that he’s divorced from Pepper, gay and without a job. At the same time, Finn gets to make his reentry to the family – and frankly there’s no way that the night will go well..and it doesn’t.

From there, there’s the challenge of Colton coming to terms with his parent’s reaction, but at the same time, finding a new job, and a new man. There are so many ups even with the downs.

We know the other shoe is going to drop when / if he finds out about Finn and Pepper, and when Finn even tries to do the right thing, is blows up in their face. So that means that no one is happy at the end of this book, just like in the first one. Now i’m off to book three because well….I have no choice but to dive right back in and see what’s going to happen. Enjoy!

Review: The Doctor (Doctor #1) by E.L. Todd

TitleThe Doctor
Author:  E.L. Todd
Publisher/Year:  Independent 4/16/19
Length:  198 Pages
Series: Doctor #1

Overview

My husband left me.

After five years together, he realized he was gay.

Once the anger had faded away, there was nothing but love left behind. This man is still my best friend and I want him in my life. So I move across the hall so we can be as close as we always have.

Then his brother moves in for a couple of weeks, a man I’ve never met. He relocates to Seattle to work as an ER doctor at the local hospital.

And he’s NOTHING like his brother.

The strong and silent type, he looks at me with a gaze so fierce it’s like he hates me. Every time we’re alone in a room together, the chemistry is so suffocating I can barely breathe. The guy never wears a shirt around the apartment so that makes it a million times worse…or better depending on how you look at it.

But this man is off-limits. He’s the only man in the world I can’t have. And he can’t have me either.

So we’ll just have to keep pretending there’s nothing here….even though there is.

My Thoughts

The summary doesn’t quite do this intro the a new series justice. Yes, we meet our leading lady Pepper on the day that she’s signing her divorce papers from her true love match – Colton. The guy that she’s been married happily to for five years. It makes it complicated too when he texts her ‘baby are you coming’ which makes us wonder the circumstances of their divorce.

We learn them quickly – while they were happy together, there was something that Colton couldn’t deny anymore – that he was gay. So they part ways as husband and wife, and we see what their new relationship develops into over time. They still have so much love for one another, but not the in-love type. and it’s really amazing to see how they’re always there for each other throughout everything.

The beginning of story takes the readers on the journey of rediscovery and understanding who you are now that your life circumstances are different. Pepper had swagger and confidence before she married Colton and now she questioned it. People who knew the couple in the past and knew that Colton was now gay, well they questioned what it was that Pepper did to turn him off women and that isn’t something that’s justified. Even though Pepper is gorgeous, and owns a luxury lingerie store, she’s having trouble getting her stride back, and it’s only when a man comes into her store repeatedly to pick up lingerie for a variety of different women that she decides to get back in the saddle and use him as her entry back into the world.

Enter Jax – a man who’s so attractive that he’s got the nickname Mr Gorgeous. He’s everything that Pepper wanted, with no expectations. She uses him for a night and walks away. It’s only when their paths cross that he realizes that she’s worth more than just one night, and pushes her for more. We know that’s going to be complicated and this is how we see their story continue for the balance of the book.

There are a few other plot lines to note. Colton is trying to get his footing in the world now that he’s come out and has the opportunity to explore what feels natural to him. He’s nervous and doesn’t really know how to put himself out in the dating world, but he’s got friends around him like pepper that are beyond supportive. On top of that, we see Colton struggle at work as well – because his law firm apparently isn’t inclusive, and they don’t like the fact that he’s come out as gay and his opportunities on cases there dwindle. We watch how that makes things stressful for him, and makes him question everything in life yet again, until he’s forced to make a decision.

Then there’s Finn. Colton’s older brother who’s back from the military and setting down roots as an ER doc in Seattle. He’s cold, focused, but at the same time masculine, powerful and has this magnetism that draws every women to him (which he enjoys), and then creates some type of interesting bond and friction with Pepper.

This is the good bit of the story – we watch them dance around each other – knowing that there’s something there but also knowing that they can’t act on it given that Colton is their common denominator. It’s a shame since as a reader we get the sense that there could be something amazing, however….sadly there’s no other option.

Where we are left at the end of this first installment is a place of great sadness. Colton has admitted to his family who he is and what that means for Pepper. And his parents are not accepting of this. We also see that any happiness that Pepper was developing in her own personal life crumbles when she’s forced to make a choice that she’s not willing to make. The only bright star here is that the brooding nature of Finn ramps up more and more and that means we HAVE to dive into book two to see what that means for everyone. I’m excited for the passion that can come up and the intensity that his story line will bring. So on that note – Enjoy!