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 Armstrong 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.
“What belongs to me? Be specific. I want the words.”
“My pussy belongs to you. I belong to you. No matter what I do, I know I belong to you. I love you. I love you so much, Connor.” She poured her heart into those words, willing him to believe her.
“And I belong to you. No matter what I fucking do. You remember that. You take those words and memorize them because no matter what happens, they’re true and they’re going to stay true. I won’t let you take them back. Ever.”
She wouldn’t want to. “I love you.”
“That means everything to me, princess.” He withdrew his fingers and gripped her hips. She felt his erection probe between her thighs. “I’ve never wanted anything the way I want you. Remember that, too.”
She couldn’t reply because the head of his cock breached her in one hard thrust. He didn’t ease into her or give her time to adjust. He gave her every inch he had, holding her hips and forcing himself inside her. She was invaded and dominated. He controlled and conquered. A shock of tingles rolled through her body. She whimpered.
“Push back against me,” he commanded.
She thrust back and tossed her head at the feel of him sliding in to the hilt. It was almost too much. He held himself steady, and his left hand slid up to her breasts. He shoved the bra above her mounds and cupped her as he pulled out and stroked back in. He thumbed her nipple then gave it a twist.
“Never again, Lara. I swear to god if you lie to me again, I won’t be responsible for what I do to you. I’ll tie you to the bed and I won’t ever let you leave again. Your whole life will be about taking my cock. You won’t see the fucking outside world. You’ll spend every day on your back and your knees and any other way that pleases me.”
She found him endlessly amusing when he was angry. Somehow she couldn’t see him actually turning her into a sex slave, but she was sure in the moment it seemed like a viable option to him.
He twisted her nipple again, and a pleasurable pain shimmered through her. She responded before he could do it again. “Yes, Connor. I won’t see the light of day. I understand.”
“I’ll chain you to me, Lara.” He anchored his hands back on her hips as he thrust in and out of her body in rough, rhythmic strokes. “I won’t let you leave my sight. Fuck, you feel so good.”
She let her head fall back, giving over to the euphoria of having Connor inside her. He was so big. When he filled her, she always had a moment when she wasn’t sure she could handle it, but she ached to try. And once she succeeded in accommodating every inch of him . . . She groaned. There was nothing like it. There was certainly no one like him.
He caressed every bit of her skin that he could reach, her breasts and her belly, the curves of her waist and hips, before he found her clitoris again and strummed it—fucking her with force all the while.
Lara pressed back against him. If she hadn’t, the strength of his thrusts would have sent her headfirst into the wall. Still, he didn’t hold back. He simply picked up the pace and she moved with him. The push and pull of his strokes formed a rhythm she sank into. Over and over his cock sank deep before he dragged back out, sensitizing her flesh and drawing her to the edge.
She groaned as he toyed with her clitoris in earnest now.
“I can’t hold out. You feel so good. You’re so hot and tight around me. Come for me, princess.”
** ARC Received for Honest Review **
This is my first book in the “Perfect Gentleman Series” by Shayla Black and Lexie Blake. I do intend to go back and read “Scandal Never Sleeps”, the first one. It can be read alone but if you have the time, read “Scandal Never Sleeps” first so you understand the whole plot, the bigger story of what is going on in the series.
This book is about the Perfect Gentleman of Creighton Academy. Six boys, well now they are men. They are privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a bit of a wild side. The group formed a friendship in prep school, the “Perfect Gentleman,” so named by a sarcastic counselor. They are a tight group. They are brothers in every sense of the word. Each of the boys came from very distinguished ancestors and has a place all set up for them in society. Including the Presidency. Everyone, except Connor Sparks.
Connor Sparks grew up in a “sad-sack single-wide with cracked linoleum and broken stairs” with a mother who was a drug addict who slept around with anyone who wanted to be in her bed, but none of his friends knew that. He never went home for the holidays, spending most of them with his brothers. They became his family. When it came time to graduate and move on to Yale, Connor knew he wasn’t going to join them. No one else did. He didn’t have the money and the financial aid wasn’t enough. He didn’t have the family connections to fall back on either. Yet he couldn’t tell his brothers. So the night of the big beach graduation party, Connor had an opportunity dropped in his lap that would allow him to go to Yale, get a degree and guaranteed him a job when he graduated. The brothers thought they would take over the world. Together.
Meet Lara Armstrong, owner of Capital Scandals Blog, a Vegan, protector of the environment and all things in the world. Big or little. Her heart and door were open to anyone that needed help. Anyone. She would stop and talk to a homeless person and offer help. In working on her blog to better the political word, Lara has uncovered something interesting involving the President in her research. But someone doesn’t want her to investigate the topic and her life is in danger. Real danger. Bullets and blood danger. It’s decided that she needs a bodyguard. Enter Connor Sparks and his brotherhood.
This book is a very interesting read, full of mysteries and story lines that spin off of the main story. Once I got into the story (wasn’t until about chapter 6 or 7) I needed to know what happened. And warning now, there is a cliffhanger. Yep. I said it, a cliffhanger.
If you like politics and mystery with some romance thrown in, this is your book. I loved the connection to Washington, almost feeling like it was Scandal or 24 episode. I also appreciate the brotherhood the boys have formed and how they have each others back, regardless. The story time line takes about two to three weeks (if i read it correctly) and there are many incidental characters that add to the spice of the story. Just when you think it is all figured out…you are wrong or a wrench is thrown in to mix things up. I love the ongoing mystery, it kept me reading and reading and reading. I love the mention of the brothers all throughout the book. Once you understand who the six are and what their connection to each other is, you see them again and again helping one another with the mysteries going on. And it’s worth repeating, the have each other’s back time and time again. They are a good thing, probably one of the best things in Connor’s life.
The only thing I found unbelievable was the relationship that forms between Connor and Lara in such a short time. I just found it a little unrealistic. At first Connor is in the bodyguard mode and serious, barking orders and then his actions resemble a school boy in love. The two characters are polar opposites! To me, he lost the strong bodyguard persona. He softened too much for my liking. He still protected Lara and still did his job, don’t get me wrong, but his heart went from closed and padlocked to open with a neon sign flashing in bright pink in a very short period of time. For someone who had never had a parent’s love, or unconditional love, I found that a little unrealistic. I would have expected him to be more guarded and careful with his feelings, not as forth coming as he was, needing to build trust first and in this story with politics involved there are plenty of lies and scandals in his world. That is my only negative about the book. The sex was very caveman like at first but understandable since Connor is who Connor is, his background explains that. He does care about pleasing the woman and making sure he gets is, but it was a bit awkward at first, almost humorous to hear him demand things from a woman like Lara. But it gets better! She transforms into a beautiful “princess” in the story.
So I am anxious to read the first book in the series now, “Scandal Never Sleeps”, and of course the next one in the series when it comes out, “Big East Temptation.” Can you read this before the first, yes, but do yourself a favor and go back and read the first one so you can understand what happened to Maddox and how this all works together somehow.
From the book:
“I would love some peace, Lara. I’ve been at war most of my life so i would love some peace. And normalcy.”
From Connor, a statement that truly describes him and his journey in this book. Does he ever find it though?
Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages.
Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.
Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.
Her first novel, Their Virgin Captive: Masters of Ménage, Book 1, was a collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black. There are six more books available in the series: Their Virgin’s Secret, Their Virgin Concubine, Their Virgin Princess, Their Virgin Hostage, Their Virgin Secretary, and Their Virgin Mistress.
In addition to the Masters of Ménage series, she is the author of the Masters and Mercenaries series. The first nine novels, The Dom Who Loved Me, The Men with the Golden Cuffs, A Dom is Forever, On Her Master’s Secret Service, Love and Let Die, Dungeon Royale, A View to a Thrill, You Only Love Twice, and Master No are available now, along with the novellas Sanctum, Unconditional, Dungeon Games, Cherished, Luscious, Adored, and Just One Taste. The tenth novel, From Sanctum with Love, is coming February 23, 2016, along with a new novella, Devoted, on April 12, 2016.
In 2013, Lexi also began releasing her urban fantasy series, Thieves. The full series, Steal the Light, Steal the Day, Steal the Moon, Steal the Sun, and Steal the Night, are available now on Amazon. The first two books in a spin-off of the series, Ripper and Addict, were released in 2015. Look for Sleeper, the next book in the spin-off series, to be released in Fall of 2016.
Lexi again collaborated with Shayla Black in a new series The Perfect Gentlemen. The first book, Scandal Never Sleeps, is now available. Book two, Seduction in Session, will release on January 5, 2016, followed by book three, Big Easy Temptation, on May 3, 2016.
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