Review: Sweet Fate (Dirty Sweet Duet #2) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Sweet Fate
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Paige Press 3/7/19
Length:  266 Pages
Series:  Dirty Sweet Duet #2

Overview

Dylan Locke knows that pining over the young ingenue Audrey Lind is pointless. He can’t offer her what she wants. He definitely can’t give her what she needs. Thank goodness she’s half a world away, and he doesn’t have to deal with his attraction head on.

But fate has other plans for him, and when Audrey once again lands in his path, it’s only too easy to fall back into their easy rhythm. And then their easy banter. And of course, each other’s arms.

He tells himself nothing has changed. She still wants forever, and he still thinks tomorrow is long enough. But watching her search isn’t as easy as he thought it would be, and now Dylan must figure out if he’s really the love Scrooge he professes to be or if he’s been Fate’s willing victim all along.

My Thoughts

We pick this story back up at the unplanned wedding of Donovan and Sabrina, where Dylan has decided to make an appearance and Audrey of course is helping execute all the arrangements. After this pairs time together back around Thanksgiving, she is all that Dylan can think about even once he’s resumed his life back in London. It’s hard to get Audrey out of his head even though he knows that he’s not the right guy for her based on her romantic notions. Audrey on the other hand has managed to go on with her life, somehow working to finish her degree and is now on the path to get her first real job.

What’s nice here is that the chemistry picks up right where they left off all those months earlier, but they both have a level of restraint (or denial) sine they don’t act on their attraction. The handle all the duties that come with being friends with the couple getting married and then they go their separate ways. What Dylan hates though is that apparently to Donovan, he’s transparent and we know that Donovan is a pupeteer and has the ability to make whatever he wants happen – and apparently that means putting this couple together.

So we fast forward to London where Audrey has apparently unexpectedly gotten her first job working at the national gallery. She doesn’t remember applying for the position but it puts her in Dylan’s path and that sets them on a journey that’s not what they planned for but one that’s interesting for us readers to watch.

There’s clearly an attraction between them, and like I mentioned from the last book, the skill that our author has in writing this couple’s dynamic so differently than the previous two gives us something to dig deeper into. They circle each other – they play games both with each other and with themselves since they won’t admit what’s really going on. Audrey still has her romantic notions and the idea of moving to London and finding The One is definitely in the forefront of everything. She’s quite smitten still with Dylan but knows what he’s willing to put out there, so she settles for a complex friendship and kind of works him like she did back in New York in the hopes that it’ll make progress. (mind you this isn’t admitted overtly, but it’s Audrey’s MO I think so i assumed).

There’s Dylan on the other hand who’s clearly interested in all that Audrey has to offer and while he doesn’t go after her, he also doesn’t date anyone at all. he’s always available for Audrey when ever she calls or texts and we watch him get sucked in further and further.

The dynamic that started us off in book one of teacher and student carries through here with a new twist of mature advisor to an innocent. it’s great to see how our author wraps it all together throughout this story line.

When they realize that the lines that they don’t want to cross are stupid, they cross them and we know there’s no going back. The issue though is that neither wants the future that the other see and that means that it’s really just a short lived physical connection that they’r going to play out. It’s not until one set of cards are on the table and tragedy hits that things are forced to change.taking one back to america, leaving the other behind in the UK. What happens from there is heartbreak, fear and a twist to the story that’s expected yet not. Definitely the closure that they needed.

What I can’t wait for though is the story that’s set up around Cade. I do’nt know if the next one in this journey is Cade or Nate, but we know enough about Nate from the Slay series to guess where it’ll go. Cade on the other hand is a complete mystery and one that i’m really excited to dig into . so i’m off to find the next book. Enjoy!

Review: Sweet Liar (Dirty Sweet Duet #1) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Sweet Liar
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Paige Press 1/17/19
Length:  156 Pages
Series:  Dirty Sweet Duet #1

Overview

British ad exec Dylan Locke isn’t looking for love. He isn’t looking for fate. He’s definitely not looking for Audrey Lind. She’s pretty, far too young, and overly romantic–in short, exhausting.

But when the girl, young enough to be his daughter, literally lands in his lap and asks for his expertise, he’d be lying if he said he wasn’t interested. In her body, in her innocence, in her philosophy.

In the kind of kismet that starts with kisses.

But Audrey isn’t looking for love either–she’s looking for lessons, and she’s certain Dylan knows everything she needs to learn.

If he agrees to play the teacher can he keep his heart?

Of course he can.

Then again, he might be lying.

My Thoughts

We met Dylan back when we were in Donovan’s bit of the story – learning that there was more that connected him to Reach than just the business – he’s the step father of Amanda, Donovan’s first love, and the girl that died as a result of Donovan’s obsession.  Dylan is a man with his own romantic entanglements as well, so there’s really more to his story than that, and from the tease that we got in that mini-series, we know that we’re up for something Dark and Great.

Audrey- our leading lady here is Sabrina’s younger sister and a girl who’s a force to be reckoned with. While all the prior female leads were experienced and powerful in business, Audrey has this innocence about her – she’s twenty three, in college and a romantic at heart. All the things that should have Dylan running from her, but all the same things that pull her to him as well.

In this first book in their duet, we get to see the beginnings of whatever it is that they are doing. We know that the dynamic here is one of intense chemistry, but where it differs from the other series is that they don’t act on it in the same vein. Bri and Donovan had a past history, Weston and Lizzie were in an arrangement, but here, there’s just the notion that the attraction they feel is wrong on many levels and there are many forces that make it impossible.

Audrey is a smart girl who goes after what she wants – using her wiles to get the attention and education of what she needs sexually since she’s yet to have that in her life. Dylan is a man of many years of experience and he’s just the person to teach her without attachment…..or perhaps there IS attachment?

It’s nice to watch the attempts that Audrey tries to get Dylan’s attention and to get past his walls. The man that he appears to be isn’t the man he is, but one that he’s forced himself to become because of his life experiences. What we can only hope through reading their story is that the innocence that Audrey brings gives Dylan a new perspective and hope. I think though that it’s not an easy fight, and when we leave these two, it’s with a lot of sexual tension, the notion that New York and London really are worlds apart and 19 years, and many lives lived will be too much to overcome. I can’t wait to see what’s next knowing that they didn’t leave with the same heartbreak that we had as cliff hangers in the previous series, but there’s still a draw and a need to see this one come to closure. Enjoy!