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Sinful Love (Sinful Nights #4), by Lauren Blakely
Publish Date: March 28, 2016
Format: e-ARC, provided by the author
Genre: adult contemporary romance
To Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Rating: 5 STARS
(Synopsis) Intense. Devoted. Protective.
Michael Sloan is all of the above, with a hard tough edge to boot. He's not the guy he used to be. Years ago, before all the s&%t went down, he was laidback, carefree, and even happy-go-lucky.
Life changed him. Hardened him.
There's one woman though who can break down his walls. Someone who knew him then. Who can reach inside to that heart he protects fiercely...because she's the only one he ever gave it to. When they collide, it's tender and savage, gentle and rough, and makes them both hungry for more of this electric, once-in-a-blue moon kind of sexual chemistry. But it's a battle of wills between Michael and the woman he loves, with words and emotions held close to the vest.
She doesn't believe she can ever move on from her own heartbreak, but when Michael makes her feel for the first time in years, it's both thrilling and scares the hell out of her, setting off all her flight instincts. He's determined not to lose her again, but he'll have to learn to let her in if he ever wants to fully heal from the past...
The problem is, she knows something about the night his family shattered. She has the missing puzzle piece...but neither one of them realizes it.
It feels like we've been leading up to this moment for such a long time. We've been getting bits and pieces of the puzzle, a little at a time, in each of the four siblings' books. And, now we have the chance to see how all these pieces fit together. It, obviously, doesn't happen until the very end. Of course Lauren Blakely wouldn't give us that satisfaction until the very end. As it should be.
But, alongside the big reveal, is a fantastic second-chance love story as Michael gets an unexpected opportunity to see the girl who got away 18 years ago.
Michael met Annalise when they were just kids. When you're only 16, even true love can keep you apart if you happen to live on separate continents. College and life and problems happened to both of them, and when a chance meeting happened 8 years later, Annalise had moved on. But, fate intervened once again, and 10 years after that, Michael and Annalise find themselves face-to-face once more, this time while both of them are available.
Lauren Blakely is wonderful at creating this awesome sexual tension between two people. It was off the charts in Sinful Love. Michael has never stopped loving Annalise, and he's afraid that, if he opens up fully to her again, she will completely destroy his heart this time. So, he holds back for awhile. Meanwhile, Annalise is dealing with feelings of guilt for wanting Michael a mere two years after her husband died. So, instead, these two dance around each other and the feelings that are obviously still there for quite awhile.
Thankfully, the relationship drama is very low in Sinful Love. There's plenty of other drama created as we race toward the arrest of all those involved in Michael's father's murder, so that meant that the angst quotient was dialed down. There was still lots going on, and just because there was very little relationship game playing, that doesn't mean that there wasn't some super sexy times. I mean, come on. This is Lauren Blakely. This was a ridiculously hot book.
I'm so sad this series has come to a close. It's been so exciting and sexy. I can't wait to see what's coming next!
A rush of heat flooded him at those three words. He wanted to be the only one for her, even if he was only able to have her for a small moment in time. He would take what he could get, and he would savor it. She was here right now, with him and no one else.
“You have no idea how glad I am that I’m the one you thought of, Annalise,” he whispered.
A smile tugged at her lips.
Then, he went for it. Just fucking let it all out. A hope, a wish, a what if question. “Do you ever wonder what would have happened that day if you weren’t engaged? If you’d never have met him?”
She shook her head. “No. I don’t think about it. I don’t have to wonder,” she said, her tone steady and certain as she looked straight at him, the rest of the restaurant fading into a blur. “Because I know what would have happened.”
His hands shook and his heart stuttered as he rasped out, “What would have happened?”
She leaned in closer, placing a hand on his cheek. “I’d have stolen you. Taken you away from the army. Brought you home with me to Paris. Kept you all for myself for all the years and made up for lost time,” she said, and his heart beat furiously, slamming against his chest, loving those words.
“Stop saying those things,” he whispered, shaking his head.
“Things that make this harder for me.”
“Why is it hard for you?”
He drew a breath. “Because you say things like that and it makes me want to steal you away. Maybe this is my only chance.”
“What if it is?”
That was the question, wasn’t it? What if this night, this trip, these hours were all they’d have? He didn’t know if he could risk putting any more of his heart on the line for her. One thing was certain—his original notion that one touch and she’d be out of his system was well and truly gone. “Then we make the most of it.”
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