Review: Man in Love (Man in Charge Duet #2) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Man In Love
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Paige Press 11/24/20
Length:  304 Pages
Series: Man in Charge Duet #2

Overview

Scott Sebastian is a liar.

Fitting, since I’m a liar too.

Yet there’s no place for me in his glittering world of half-truths.

With all our secrets in the open, I should stop trying. What I’ve learned should send me running far away. I can’t keep pining for a man in love if I’m not the woman he’s in love with.

But it’s not that easy to escape the Sebastians. I already knew they owned this city.

Now I’ll find out if they also own their son.

My Thoughts

Well, I think that we all expected that Kendra would be the undoing of Tess, yet the way that it comes about is completely different than the path we were on. The assumption is that at some point K would come back from her ‘vacation’ and get the intel on what Tessa did to get DRF funded via the Sebastians and fire Tessa. What we didn’t know though is that there was more to the story there as to why she wouldn’t pitch the Sebastians before. Her fiance. Scott.

While i’m surprised, i’m not really, given the context of what he shared about himself to Tessa and how he evaded all questions tied to his past with Kendra. I was happy to see though that there wasn’t really anything malicious or evil going on, and that perhaps the surprise confirmation of an engagement was a surprise to scott at the same time as Tess.

Throughout this second book, we watch the truths unfold, and at the same time we watch the need to keep some lies going, even to the detriment of whatever happiness could be had. Scott has to stay with Kendra because of an agreement that he made with his father to get out of the role in the family business that he’s in now. He has to marry Kendra, but ironically, they probably both don’t want to get married for similar reasons.

Henry, Scott’s father is evil and vindictive, however we meet the elder Sebastian, Scott’s grandfather Irving who started the business and we get to see that there is something good at the core of the family and we start to see reason. Irving knows that Scott is a good guy, and wants to see him happy an would love nothing more than to see him out from under the thumb of his father, but clearly it’s more complex than that.

While that fight’s being fought, Kendra is beyond angry at what Tess did while she was away and has now threatened her livelihood, although Tess is at the point where perhaps she wants to move on anyway. All she really wants is to make sure that Teyana has the care that she needs which she would get through the DRF, and alas hands are tied.

The saucy and hot parts of this story though are around Tess and Scott. They have this insane chemistry and attraction that leaps off the pages and it’s truly entertaining watching Scott try to dive into her kinkier side all the time. At the same time, where there’s usually a gap in life styles given their background, they fall into a comfortable routine that works for them. When Tess decides that she needs more though, even though she loves him and he loves her, there’s still the engagement that’s looming, she walks away and we watch what that means to Scott and his world.

I think that there’s a lot to be said about standing up to your family and your heritage, but given that this family has endless personalities and branches, we can only hope that good can come of it. Brett as always is there to be a voice of reason, and Teyana is as well. (she’s got an interesting twist involved in this story as well). So on that note, i’m done with this duet but I believe we get Brett’s story in a few months – so i’m on the look out for that one. Enjoy!

Review: Man in Charge (Man in Charge Duet #1) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Man In Charge
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Paige Press 10/20/20
Length:  258 Pages
Series: Man in Charge Duet #1

Overview

The Sebastians own this city.

Hell, they own the whole world.

All I want is one little piece of it, a corner that I can call my own.

So when my boss runs away to “find herself”, I seize the opportunity and dive head first into the Sebastian’s glamorous universe. It’s everything I’ve ever wanted-fast paced and high stakes-and, even though I don’t fit in, I’m excellent at faking it.

Until I come face to face with the man in charge, Scott Sebastian, the arrogant, playboy heir with the mind of a devil and the body of a god and a mouth I can’t stop thinking about.

He’s infuriating. He’s a distraction. He’s the man who wants me in his bed as much as I want to be there.

And, if I get too close, he’ll be the one person who could expose me for what I really am-a fraud.

My Thoughts

The summary doesn’t quite do this story justice. It’s not so much that Tessa seized the opportunity to dive into the elite world, but she was pushed in part by her best friend who felt that she had to live more. So Tessa ends up at this fancy party, surrounded by hot sexy men, and ends up walking into a kinky voyer situation when she’s gone to the roof for air, which then turns into an amazing night of well….she’s not sure what. They agree on no names, but both are drunk, and Tessa’s memory of what happened wasn’t quite accurate.

Now Tessa is trying to land a sponsorship contract for a charity that’s close to hear heart, getting the Sebastians to invest, working sort of behind her bosses back since for some reason Kendra won’t let the Sebastians invest with her company, and well…..the world is turned upside down. The man that Tessa went home with that other night is a Sebastian, and a powerful one at that.

We spend much of this story watching a cat and mouse game between them. There’s an insane attraction between them, but there are so many secrets that Tessa is hiding that she’s afraid that it’ll be one more thing that will burst her bubble.

She finds friendship in a Lesser Sebstian and a romance with a Greater Sebastian, and she’s close to landing a deal that has potential to help her career and will help a charity close to her heart. The chemistry that these two have is insane, they can’t keep their hands off each other at the worst times of course, and there’s such tense banter between them all the time that im sure everyone else can feel it too. We know that Brett has a crush on her, yet he’s seeing what’s going on and continues to warn her off of Scott.

Scott says all the right things to her, telling her that he doesn’t date but he wants more, that he thinks she’s perfect, and of course that means that the other shoe will drop. And boy does that shoe drop….the night Kendra comes back from her ‘vacation’ and we find ourselves at a party. I”m desperate to see what happens at that party, but I think I just have to wait until next tuesday for the final book to be out. Enjoy!

Review: Man on Top (Man in Charge Duet #0.5) by Laurelin Paige

Title: Man on Top
Author:  Laurelin Paige
Publisher/Year:  Paige Press 9/29/20
Length:  80 Pages
Series: Man in Charge Duet #0.5

Overview

It was Teyana’s idea to crash the Sebastian’s party. Once in a lifetime, and all that.

Which was why I snuck in, even after she got sick and bailed, though it isn’t really fun without her. 

Until I end up on the rooftop with the most stupid-hot guy on the planet, and when he offers to take me home, I can’t imagine telling Teyana I turned him down. 

So I’ll be Cinderella for the party, and a very wicked girl in the bedroom. 

After that, I’ll disappear in the daylight, without even an exchange of names. I don’t belong in his world. One night is all we’ll get.

Unless, of course, fate has other plans…

My Thoughts

I needed something new to read and since we all know what a fan of Laurelin Paige I am, it made sense to pick up another series. Fortunately, this one had a novella come out as a prequel just recently so it’s easy to dive right in.

In this intro to the series, we meet who i’m going to guess is our leading lady, Tess. A girl who’s recently graduated from college and who’s a loyal friend to a fault. She’s part of a group of three girls who all met in college, yet once they left school, life hit hard, they realized that there’s maybe not so much in common. Tess is the glue it seems, Teyana is her closest friend but she was diagnosed with a disease that really puts her through her paces, and this diagnosis kind of put a crimp in the friendship they share with the third girl Kenda. Who turned out to be from New York’s elite and who doesn’t really like to focus or spend time on anything that’s not all about her. Where we find ourselves though is Tess works for Kendra and while Kendra’s ‘away on vacation’ yet again, Tess is able to really try to stand on her own.

Starting with an invitation to a party that Kendra received that Teyana convinced Tess she had to go to. This isn’t just any party, but one thrown by the most elite family in New York and what happens there is world altering.

Tess first walks in on a couple in the throes of it, and when she’s caught by the guy, she realizes that not only was she turned on by what she watched, but it’s the man too. Although he’s too cocky so she walks away. Into another guy who seems just as amazing yet they can’t mix business, which is what she proposes. She decides that while she knows that Kendra is against working with this particular family, she wants to make her best effort to grow,

What happens from here is a night of insane drinking and passion, without the exchange of names, in the hopes that it would help get Tess over her dry spell, but she quickly realizes that she’s mixed business with pleasure unintentionally and that’s where we are left at the end of this intro. So….i’m off to dive into book one since I have no choice but to see what happens. Enjoy!