Book Review: Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi BlakeTitle: Scandal Never Sleeps
Series: The Perfect Gentlemen, Book 1
Author: Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Sensuality Rating: Erotic
Source: review copy provided by publisher
Published: August 18, 2015 by Berkley

They are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives . . .

Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him . . .

Mad groomed Everly Parker to be a rising star in the executive world. Now that he’s gone, she’s sure her job will be the next thing she mourns, especially after she ends up accidentally sleeping with her new boss. If only their night together hadn’t been so incendiary—or Gabe like a fantasy come true . . .

As Gabe and Everly struggle to control the heated tension between them, they discover evidence that Mad’s death was no accident. Now they must bank their smoldering passions to hunt down a murderer—because Mad had secrets that someone was willing to kill for, and Gabe or Everly could be the next target . . .

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Reviewed by: Crissy

Why I Read This Book: While this is my first Shayla Black book, Lexi Blake is one of my must-read authors. Her Masters and Mercenaries series is one I drop everything to read.

In A Nutshell: Whatever I was expecting, this book was so much more. More heat. More action. More drama. More smexiness. Just more. And all of it fabulous.

What I Liked: Everything. Ev-ery-thing! But if I have to start off with a favorite, let me tell you about the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton. Gabe, Dax, Connor, Nate, and Roman. This group of guys is tighter than family and it shows by the fact that at time they despise one another, but they always trust and always back one another. They’re this conglomerate of power that are known worldwide. Women want them and men want to be with them. I won’t lie and tell you that someday I’m hoping that these authors write a m/m story about one or more of them, because damn.

Most importantly, Gabe (since this is his book) is a strong compelling hero. While, to the outside world, he’s seen as a playboy, I love that he’s so much more. His love for his friends and his sister make Gabe who he is. And then Everly—the scandal that rocks his family and his life is the one thing he won’t give up. I love his internal war with his feelings of need for Everly and or devotion to his family. He’s cunning and surprisingly soft.

What I Also Liked: It’s a well-known fact that I like my heroines to be seen as equals or equally as strong as their male counterparts. Everly is one such heroine. She’s strong, capable, and independent. And while she falls for Gabe fairly quickly (I mean, who wouldn’t?), she keeps a good head on her shoulders and her eyes always open. She doesn’t trust easily and gets caught up in a scandal that is bigger than her and Gabe—and mad for that matter. But she’s always thinking ahead, always piecing together the puzzle. She’s always making herself equally as valuable as the rest of the Perfect Gentlemen.

The plot in this story is so many things rolled into one. A few of them I’d pieced together by myself, but the authors did an amazing job at keeping me guessing and surprising the heck out of me near the end. I was so engrossed in this world and in this story I found it hard to crawl out.

In My Opinion: This book is worth the read in so many ways. I’m dying for the next book.

Memorable Moment:

“Sometimes happiness requires a certain suspension of disbelief, especially the romantic kind.”

Crissy’s Rating:
5 Frogs

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1 comment:

  1. You convinced me. Just ordered it in paperback. Great review. smiles....


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