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Seduction in Session (Perfect Gentlemen, #2) by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

Seduction in Session (The Perfect Gentlemen, #2)Seduction in Session by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: Seduction in Session
Author: Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
Series: Perfect Gentlemen, #2
Pages: 400
Publisher: Berkley
Date: January 5, 2016

Summary:

Privileged, wealthy, and wild: they are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy. But the threat of a scandal has one of them employing his most deceptive—and seductive—talents…

Recruited into the CIA at a young age, Connor Sparks knows how dirty the world can be. Only when he’s with his friends can he find some peace. So when an anonymous journalist threatens one of the Perfect Gentlemen, Connor vows to take down the person behind the computer, by whatever means necessary—even if it means posing as his target’s bodyguard.

Publishing a tabloid revealing Washington’s most subversive scandals has earned Lara Anderson the ire of the political scene—and a slew of death threats. To keep herself from ending up a headline, Lara hires a bodyguard, a man as handsome as he is lethal.

When the bullets start to fly, Lara is surprised to find herself in Connor’s arms. But as they begin to unravel a mystery that just might bring down the White House, Lara is devastated when she discovers Connor’s true identity—and finds herself at the mercy of forces who will stop at nothing to advance their deadly agenda.

Review:

Alright, I’ll tell you how I feel about this book. Before I was even finished, I was checking to see when the next book was to be released. (Big Easy Temptation – May 3, 2016) I liked the first book in the series, Scandal Never Sleeps, but this one was even better. I think the difference was most of the world building took place in the first book. This one seemed to move faster.

Which brings up something I was a little worried about. I read the first book six months ago and I was afraid I would have forgotten so much, it would be difficult to follow the new book. Fortunately, I had nothing to worry about. The authors did an excellent job of giving just enough backstory for continuity without bogging down the flow of the plot.

Just like in the first book, there is an overarching plotline that is not settled in this book. However, that does not mean there is a cliffhanger. I HATE cliffhangers and have given up on authors who tend to use them. This is not one of those books. The story between Connor and Lara is settled and we are given a lead in for the next book.

What can I say? No, the series is not done, but the ending of the individual books is satisfying. I cannot wait for the next book.

The “brothers” are all back and we get more of their stories. It is obvious that there will be at least three more books, but I am hoping for a fourth. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but there is a plotline that I have hopes for that is not obvious. If so, I think there will be an extra book and that will be great.

I highly recommend the series, but do NOT try to read this book without reading Scandal Never Sleeps. It will mean so much more.

This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Secret SistersSecret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Title: Secret Sisters
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Series: n/a
Pages: 352
Publisher: Berkley
Date: December 8, 2015

Summary:

Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.

Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel—a place she never wanted to see again—a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.

Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.

Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth….

Review:

I have been a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz’s books since I discovered her as Stephanie James. People, we’re talking about the early 1980s, so I have been reading her books for over thirty years. In my world, release day is reading day and it does not matter what else is going on: another book, work, Christmas, nothing! If there is a new Jayne Ann Krentz book out, everything stops. I have to read it now.

So, why did I not jump on this book as soon as I received an advanced copy? I must have had it two or three weeks before I actually read it. Yes, I had other books I was reading, but that has never made a difference in the past. Why this time?
I’ll tell you why. The descriptions I read made it seem like she was trying something different with her writing and I did not want anything different. Krentz is a wonderful author whether she is writing historical, contemporary, science fiction . . .

or romantic suspense . . . which is definitely what Secret Sisters is described as being. I just had a really bad feeling that she was making a major change to her writing style and I couldn’t stand it.

And I was WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

The book is wonderful. Yes, it is romantic suspense and there is a strong mystery (or maybe more than one), but the romance is integral to the plot. It is more intense than some of her books, but it is not dark. It starts out with a bang and then jumps almost twenty years, but that’s okay. It works with this book.

Secret Sisters is primarily a murder mystery and involves the leading family of an isolated island in the Pacific Northwest. The family consists a possibly violent, arrogant, womanizing husband, his long suffering wife, two sons, and a daughter-in-law. Every time I was sure who the “bad guy” was, the plot took a twist. Nothing from left field, just nothing I expected.

In other words, the plot kept me engrossed. I never did figure out the end until the end.

The good guys were likable. The bad guys were NOT. Even the secondary characters felt well developed.

All of my fears were for nothing. Secret Sisters is a step above and beyond Krentz’s other writing and I did not think there was room for improvement.

My only problem is it appears to be a stand alone and I would have enjoyed learning more about the characters in this book. Maybe she’ll give us more of their story later on.

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