Series: Sinful Nights #4
Published by Lauren Blakely Books
Publication Date: March 28th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
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.
SINFUL LOVE is the fourth and final book in the steamy, sexy, suspenseful New York Times Bestselling Sinful Nights series from Lauren Blakely, author of the wildly popular Seductive Nights series…
Missed connections, rekindled love and the resolution of a years-old murder make this a heartbreaking, exciting, dreamy and absolutely explosive conclusion to this series.
Eighteen years ago, Michael Sloan was a carefree high school teenager in love with his girlfriend and excited about his future. And then life happened and he grew up very fast to become the brooding, intense and protective older brother of the Sloan siblings, in love with a woman he could never have and consumed with unraveling the mystery behind his father’s death. Now his past is about to become his present, maybe his future and definitely the key to finding and bringing his father’s killers to justice.
Annalise was Michael’s first love and the one woman he’s always measured every other by, but time and distance weakened their connection and her marriage to another put her beyond his reach forever, or so he thought. But all it takes is one letter from her and he gets another chance to find out if their connection is real or just a figment of his imagination.
I adore the fact that even though Annalise went on to find happiness, Michael was the only person she thought of when she wanted to get back into a relationship and that she took a risk that he would be open to reconnecting with her.
This is such a sweet and old-fashioned love story that is reminiscent of old school romances and is definitely not one I would have associated with Michael Sloan before now, but we get to see a different side to him: the man who loves wholeheartedly, even to the extent of learning a whole new language for his ladylove, the man who cherishes hand-written letters over emails and text messages and we also see a man who has every reason to adore his father as much as he does.
Annalise is very confident and without artifice and I loved her refreshing openness and honesty. I enjoyed the easy connection she had with Michael and the intense chemistry between them. In addition to bringing love back to him, it’s fitting that she is the key to the final pieces needed to complete the investigation into his father’s murder and bring him closure. This is such a great second chance romance and I loved all of it.
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.”
And don’t miss the first three titles in the Sinful Nights Series
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