Kendall Shaw loves her job as a boudoir photographer. When she enlists hot, gorgeous, 100% alpha male, Jase Burns for a custom photo shoot for a romance novel cover, she quickly discovers that he only took the job to get close to her.
But her painful divorce has made her wary of men, and especially one who is eight years younger than she is.
The moment Jase sets his sights on beautiful, sexy Kendall, he wants her. Despite their mutual attraction, she’s rejected his every advance. But Jase loves a good challenge, and one steamy, seductive night at The Players Club changes everything between them.
Kendall has never experienced such overwhelming passion, or been pursued so tenaciously. Jase is addicting, in every way, and she soon finds herself falling for a man who doesn’t fit into her ideal future.
Panty Scorching -3.5 Angst – 0 Tissues – 0 Storyline – 3.5 Value – 3.5 Overall – 3.5
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Reviewed by: Ladyballs
I’m kind of on the fence with this book. While it held my interest there was just not a “wow” factor. No drama, no angst, no twists. It was just a plain Jane….
Kendall is a mid-thirties woman who takes boudoir photos for a living. She is recently divorced and was put through the ringer by her ex. She stood by his side for YEARS working her ass off to help put him through college and pay tons of bills off, all while he procrastinated having a family. Needless to say once the bills were paid off and his college was done, he wants a divorce and hooks up with a younger chick…who is pregnant with his child. To say Kendall got the short end of the stick would be being nice…
So when the young, hot model she is taking pictures of asks her out and expresses an interest in her, the age difference makes her put the brakes on. What would he want with an older woman, he can have any woman he wants….she doesn’t want history to repeat itself by getting dumped again for a younger version, so she puts up her walls and turns down all his advances.
Jace, however, is not giving up and goes to great lengths to get her attention….which he does. But Kendall makes it clear that what they have is purely sexual and thinks once she gets her fill of him she will be on her merry way…Naturally she starts to fall for him….and it’s a cute little cat and mouse game. Sex scenes are okay but like I said there was just no “wow” factor for me but it was a good read…just not great.
“HOLY SHIT. DID the temperature just rise in here, or am I having premature hot flash?”
Kendall Shaw laughed at her friend’s tongue-in-cheek comment, along with the dramatic way she fanned her face with her hand. She knew Stephanie Randall wasn’t alluding to menopause but rather the gorgeous, sexy guy who’d just walked into Pure Bliss Boudoir Photography.
Yes, Jase Burns was the epitome of hot. Everything about him radiated the kind of sweltering heat that made a woman—Kendall especially—soften and melt in all the right places. And that was with him fully dressed. Once he peeled away his shirt and jeans and she had free access to stare at his perfectly sculpted body, it was difficult to keep her mouth from watering and her sorely neglected female parts from perking up, as well.
He was heading their way, where Kendall was getting her equipment ready for the photo shoot Jase had arrived for—which was why Stephanie was there in the first place. Her friend’s business in creating fantasy bedrooms for clients came in handy for Kendall’s various boudoir displays. And in this case, today she’d helped set up a seductive setting for the romance novel cover shoot a bestselling author had hired Kendall to do.
Jase’s stride was confident as he approached them, his dark, chocolate-brown eyes solely focused on Kendall. The light stubble along his jawline and chin, which Kendall’s client had requested for this particular series of photographs, was distracting as hell, because it made her wonder how it would feel to have that light dusting of facial hair abrading her neck, across her breasts, between her thighs…
She swallowed back a moan at the thought, even as her inner hussy responded to the erotic images filling her head. Yeah, let the melting commence.
“Hey, sweetheart,” Jase drawled, greeting her with the pet name he’d given her and a smile that hinted at all kinds of sin. “This is the third time
you’ve had me back. If you can’t get enough, all you have to do is say yes to going out on a date with me, and I’m all yours.”
Kendall bit the inside of her cheek to keep from returning his smile. The man was absolutely shameless. A charming, gorgeous, persistent flirt who wasn’t the least bit deterred by her many rejections, despite her excuse that she didn’t mix business with pleasure. No, her reasons for turning down Jase in particular ran much deeper and were based on her personal hang-ups, courtesy of the way her ex-husband, Drew, had blind-sided her with the end to their marriage.
“It’s all about what the client wants,” she said in a light, teasing voice, aware of the fact that Stephanie was watching the exchange with interest.
“You know that.”
He tipped his head slightly and arched a light brown eyebrow. “But what about what you want.”
Kendall tried not to think about what she wanted with a guy like Jase, because it was all x-rated and belonged in her bedroom—when she was alone at night and could indulge in those wicked fantasies that, lately, always starred him.
When she didn’t reply, Jase shifted his gaze to Stephanie. The two had never met before, and he flashed her a dazzling grin before introducing himself. “I’m Jase Burns.”
“Nice to meet you.” Stephanie’s eyes twinkled mischievously as she slid her hand into the bigger one he’d extended her way. “I’m Kendall’s very good friend, Stephanie.”
“As Kendall’s very good friend, don’t you think she ought to give me a chance?” he said without missing a beat. “I’m really a nice guy. I’m former military and I work for Noble and Associates as a security analyst, so you know I’m not some crazy stalker.”
Kendall’s jaw nearly dropped open. She couldn’t believe he was enlisting Stephanie’s help in persuading her, and she so didn’t trust the sudden look of commiseration on her friend’s face.
“I absolutely agree she should give you a chance,” Stephanie said, laughter in her voice. “She desperately needs to loosen up and have some fun.”
Before Jase could respond to the fact that Stephanie had just unintentionally labeled her as boring and mundane, which was something that still had the ability to make her stomach twist with stupid insecurities, Kendall changed the subject.
“Nicole is already in one of the dressing rooms getting ready,” she said, her tone all business, which she decided was the best way to handle Jase. “You can do the same. I need you to strip down to just your black briefs for today’s photo shoot, per the author’s request.”
“You got it,” he replied, then turned his friendly gaze to Stephanie. “I hope to see you again.”
Catch Up On The Players Club Series
About The Author
So, why the new pen name?
As Janelle Denison I’ve always written sexy books, but lately my writing has taken on more erotic elements that I wanted to keep separate for readers because not everyone likes their reading material on the spicier, kinkier side of romance. However, please be assured that even as Erika Wilde, you will still get an emotionally layered story with characters you’ll care about and fall in love with. That is always my goal, whether I’m writing straight contemporary romances, or more erotically charged stories.
Currently, I’m working on The Marriage Diaries and making sure that Dean and Jillian enjoy exploring the more erotic side to their marriage. The series will be on-going, with no foreseeable ending as of right now, for as long as readers want to be voyeurs to Dean and Jillian’s sizzling new relationship.
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