AFTER THIS NIGHT EXCERPT:
Then he saw a new email land in his inbox. From her. The subject line gave nothing away: Hi. But Pavlovian response kicked in, and he opened it before he could think. Because seeing her name still felt like a damn good thing, still held the promise of a sexy note, a naughty line, or a sweet nothing. But more than any of those options, it held the promise of her.
date: April 25, 4:08 AM
Hi. I’m lying awake in bed thinking of last night. How only 24 hours ago you were here with me. How much better it was to sleep with your arms around me, all safe and warm and snug. How much I would love to have you here again. But I know that won’t happen. And I understand. I truly understand. If I were you, I would hate me too. If I were you, I’d be suspicious as hell. And I probably wouldn’t trust me either. So I get 100 percent where you’re coming from and I wish there were another way. I want you in my life so badly that I can feel this ache where you’re supposed to be. But I know I can’t have you, and I’m sorry I can’t be open right now. You deserve more than this. More than me. All I will say is this sucks, and if I could turn back time and do certain things over there’s a lot I would change.
But I wouldn’t change a second with you.
Wow. I just re-read my note. I think that’s the mushiest I’ve ever been with anyone. Damn, you did a number on me, and I’ve got it bad for you. I’m hitting send while I still have the guts in me to do so, even though I will probably regret it. Except this is all true.
He dropped his head in his hand, and cursed. A wave of frustration and longing rolled through him, and he knew he should turn the damn phone off and ignore her. But this woman, she was under his skin. He hated lies but he’d be lying to himself if he pretended he’d forgotten her in a day.
date: April 25, 7:12 AM
I don’t hate you. The farthest thing from it.
He hit send before the regret washed over him, as it eventually would, he was sure.
Julia and Clay are drawn to each other like a moth to a flame. No matter how hard they try they just cannot resist one another. I fell in love with Julia’s tenacity and spunk. She is the definition of what a firery red head should be. She is stubborn and sexy as sin and Clay has fallen fast and hard forJulia especially when she shows him her vulnerable side.
“Every woman should be jealous of you because of how I feel for you. Because no man has ever wanted a woman like I want you. No man has ever craved a woman as deeply as I crave you. And no man has ever fallen this hard and fast for a woman.”
Clay is all alpha male and when he finally lets his guard down, and professes his love for Julia my heart just swooned. Julia knows that there is no one else for her and that Clay is the only man she will ever love. He is her Allness. He is everything. The only problem is that Clay has a secret and when Julia finds out will she run or can she find it in her heart to forgive him?
Lauren does an excellent job bringing together two very broken people and giving them a second chance at love. The kind of love that consumes you day after day and night after night. She shows us the true value of trusting another person with everything you have and everything you are.
Clay Nichols will melt your heart and your panties all at once. If you like your romance hot and steamy with a lot of dirty talking and sass you will love After This Night.
Is it possible, you might ask, to love Clay Nichols more than we already did after seeing him in all of his glorious hotness in ‘First Night’ and ‘Night After Night’? Oh my goodness, yes, yes, and YES again! Not only is it possible, but I challenge anyone to resist this man now.
When Clay left Julia Bell in San Francisco after she refused to open up to him about certain things going on in her life, he was determined to leave her behind for good. Having been burned in the past, Clay has zero tolerance for anything less than full disclosure. He heads back to New York, ready to resume his life without Julia. But love has a funny way of changing things, and neither Julia nor Clay is able to go back to ‘LBL’ (life before love), so Julia finally decides to risk everything and let Clay in. Is it all beautiful sunsets and happy times for them after this, though? No, because, what fun would that be? There are, of course, a few obstacles to overcome, but that’s what makes happy times that much more so, and the making up that much hotter. As an added bonus, we get to see Blakely characters that we know and love from other books, which made this story that much more enjoyable.
Lauren Blakely consistently writes characters and stories that draw you in and make you a part of the world she has created. She is definitely one of my go-to authors, and has really outdone herself with ‘After This Night.’ I cannot recommend this book, along with the rest of the ‘Seductive Nights’ series more. Grab this one now; you won’t be sorry.
About AFTER THIS NIGHT:
This is the conclusion of Julia and Clay’s story that began in the New York Times Bestseller Night After Night.
“Why do you like me tied up sometimes?”
“Because the way I feel for you is so out of control that this is one way for me to feel in control again.”
Their world was passion, pleasure and secrets.
Far too many secrets. But Clay Nichols can’t get Julia Bell out of his mind. He’s so drawn to her, and to the nights they shared, that he can’t focus on work or business. Only her. And she’s pissing him off with her hot and cold act. She has her reasons though-she’s trying to stay one step ahead of the trouble that’s been chasing her for months now, thanks to the criminal world her ex dragged her into. If only she can get out of this mess, then maybe she can invite the man who ignites her back in her life, so she can have him-heart, mind and body.
He won’t take less than all of her, and the full truth too. When he runs into her again at her sister’s wedding, they have a second chance but she’ll have to let him all the way in. And they’ll learn just how much more there is to the intense sexual chemistry they share, and whether love can carry them well past the danger of her past and into a new future, after this night…
Please note: This book is intended for 18+ due to dirty talk, light bondage, and lots of sexy scenes.
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And don’t miss the prequel novella, FIRST NIGHT, and the first full-length novel, NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, in the Seductive Nights Series!
About Lauren Blakely:
Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and her books have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks bestseller lists. Like the heroine in FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. Her novels include Caught Up In Us, Pretending He’s Mine, Playing With Her Heart, and Trophy Husband. She also writes for young adults under the name Daisy Whitney.
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