Sunday, January 11, 2015

Author Spotlight, Review & Giveaway : One Night of Trouble (After Hours, #3) by Elle Kennedy


One Night of Trouble
After Hours, #3
by Elle Kennedy

Release Date:
January 5th, 2015

Publisher:
Entangled: Brazen

Source:
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eARC received in exchange of honest review

Synopsis:

No More Mr. Nice Guy… 

The moment AJ Walsh sees the sexy, tattooed pixie walk up to his bar, it's lust at first sight. He's always been labeled the "nice" guy―opening doors, buying flowers, and never, ever having one-night stands. But with this wicked little angel with red lips and unfathomably dark eyes? Oh, yeah. Tonight, "nice" has nothing to do with it... 

Brett Conlon is trying to convince her family that she's put away her reckless wild girl side for good. Nothing―and no one―could be better for her reputation than golden boy AJ Walsh. So they make a deal: if he plays The Good Boyfriend for her family, he can be a very, very bad boy with her. Now their one naughty night is about to turn into a whole lot of trouble..


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Excerpt:
He flashed that boyish smile she was growing accustomed to. “All right. Ask me.” 

She knit her brows. “Ask you what?” 

“To be your pretend boyfriend. Isn’t that what this heart-to-heart has been leading to?” Brett faltered. 

“Actually, I was only going to invite you to the barbecue. I figured a few days after that, I can just tell them I dumped you.” Those green eyes sparkled. 

“Bullshit. They’d never believe it.” 

“Why not?” 

“Because I’m fucking awesome, Brett. You’d never dump me.” 

“Gee, it’s good to know you don’t suffer from any confidence deficiencies.” 

“Seriously, it would look too suspicious if you announce out of the blue that we broke up. Besides…” The twinkle in his eye turned to smoky promise. “We have the perfect opportunity here, and I’m not about to pass it up.” 

“What opportunity?” she said slowly. 

“To turn this one-night stand into a several-nights stand.” AJ smiled again, and a dimple she hadn’t noticed before appeared in his chin. Sweet Lord, the guy was unbelievably cute. No, he wasn’t cute. 

He was sexy. And she’d be lying through her teeth if she said the idea of sleeping with him again wasn’t incredibly appealing. 

As if he’d read her mind, his voice grew low and husky. “You still want me as much as I want you.”

“Oh, do I?” she mocked. 

“Don’t play games, angel. We both know it’s true.” He paused. “Your dad is giving you an answer at the end of the month, right?” 

She nodded warily. 

“That gives us three and a half weeks to keep doing what we’re doing.” There was no mistaking the reckless glint in his eyes. 

“And what exactly are we doing?” 

“Having fun. Making each other come.” 

She ignored the hot shiver that traveled up her spine. “And then what?” 

“Then your dad gives you the manager job, you tell your family we broke up, and we go our separate ways.” 

Biting her lip, Brett mulled over what was beginning to sound like a solid plan—especially the sex part. Three more weeks of super-sexy naked time with this man? Sign her up. 

Review:

I have been following the After Hours series, by Elle Kennedy, since the very beginning. I loved the previous books in this series and could not wait to get my hands on AJ's book. 

AJ was a bit of an enigma for me. The more I read about him in the previous books, the more I wanted to know what big secret he was hiding. I got to find out in One Night of Trouble, and it broke my heart!  When Brett Conlon enters his life, AJ has no doubt that the little tattooed pixie will be the perfect person who can make him say SAYONARA to his Mr. Nice Guy reputation. Will she also be the one to make him want more? 

I really enjoyed this story. I usually read books about a good girl falling for the bad boy. This was a bit different. Brett is the wild one in this sexy couple and AJ is the good guy who wants nothing more than to take a walk on the wild side. AJ has lost himself. He always has done stuff for the approval of others and it's time for a change. Brett is exactly the person who can help him with that. What he does not expect is that Brett will open his eyes and show him who the real AJ Walsh is. 

Brett and AJ were a great couple to follow and I really loved their chemistry. They shared a lot of sexy times, but emotional and eye-opening moments as well. Their relationship was realistic and I think that is what made me connect with them from the very beginning. They both had insecurities and I loved how they talked to each other about what they wanted from life. It was nice to see them grow as a couple, but as individual as well. Brett wants to prove to her family that she can put her wild side in the past so that she can get involved in their family business, and AJ is proud to be working at Club Sin with Gage and Reed, but what bothers him is that his parents don't agree with some decisions he's made. 

Overall, the After Hours series by Elle Kennedy, has been a scorching reading escape! It was nice to reconnect with the couples from the previous books. I absolutely loved Skyler, Gage, Darcy and Reed. This was a great series, and I can't wait to see what Elle Kennedy will write next!

Rating:

I give, One Night of Trouble, by Elle Kennedy 4 fun, sexy, alpha-hotness filled stars!





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One Night of Sin
After Hours, #1



Synopsis:


Sometimes it’s good to be bad… 

When it comes to sex, good girl Skyler Thompson always plays it safe, choosing stable and sedate over wild and thrilling. She doesn’t do one-night-stands, but one look at sinfully sexy Gage Holt and she’s willing to reconsider. He makes her want to be bad for once in her life, and she’s prepared to take what she wants. 


Danger follows former MMA fighter Gage Holt like a shadow. Despite his successes as part owner of Sin, an exclusive nightclub in Boston, Gage can’t risk getting involved with a woman, especially one as sweet as Skyler. Still, he can’t resist a taste—and it’s so damn good he has to see her again. 


As addicted as he is to her, Gage knows there’s no future for him and Skyler—not with his past lurking in the dark corners of an MMA cage. But Skyler’s tougher than she looks, and she’s ready to fight for her man.



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My Review of One Night of Sin HERE

Excerpt:

He rummaged in his pocket for his e-cigarette, lifted his head—and froze. 

His blue-eyed angel sat eight feet away. Slender body up on the wooden crate next to the staff door, chestnut-brown hair falling over one shoulder, dress riding up her thighs to reveal long, silky legs. 

He sucked in a breath. Lord, she was even more appealing up close. Not beautiful in the Hollywood sense, but intriguingly attractive in a very real way. The enormous blue eyes were her best feature, and her mouth was just pouty enough to conjure up the image of plump lips wrapped around his dick. 

Gage cleared his throat. “You shouldn’t be out here.” 

She jumped at the sound of his voice, head swiveling and gaze flying to his. She instantly hopped off the crate, smoothing out the front of her dress as a frown creased her lips. “Why not?” 

“A pretty girl all alone in an alley at midnight—I don’t think it needs much more explanation than that.” He inhaled a quick drag of the e-cigarette. The mint-flavored vapor was no substitute for a real smoke, and he wasn’t sure why he even bothered with it. 

“I just needed some air.” Her voice was huskier than he’d imagined it would be. Sexier. “I’ll go back inside soon.” 

Wait—she’d only come outside for air? And her date had been asking about prostitutes in her absence? Wow. Real stand-up guy. 

“It’s so crowded in there,” she added. 

“Nightclubs usually are,” he said dryly. 

“Yeah, I guess they are. I’m not much of a clubber, but Mick wouldn’t take no for an answer. He said I haven’t lived until I’ve gone to Sin.” A sigh slipped out. “It’s our first date…” 

Gage waited for her to continue. When she didn’t, he filled in the rest. “And you’re not at all into him.” “Why do you say that?” 

His gaze slid back to hers, slow and purposeful. “Because if you were, you wouldn’t have been eye-fucking me all night.” 

Her breath hitched, cheeks growing the most appealing shade of pink. 

He had to laugh. “Am I wrong?” 

The denial he’d expected didn’t come. “No, you’re not wrong.” 

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One Night of Scandal
After Hours, #2


Synopsis:

The wrong man never felt so right... 

Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize a friendship over a woman—especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her…all bets are off. 

Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s no denying Reed is just the man to give it to her. Although she has no interest in dating a bad boy, and certainly not her ex’s best friend, it’s impossible not to melt beneath Reed’s skillful touch. Now it’s just a matter of setting a few ground rules—and hoping her rule-breaking, sweet-talking bad boy agrees to follow them. But if she lets Reed into her bed, does she stand a chance of keeping him out of her heart?

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My review of One Night of Scandal HERE

Excerpt:

“Stall as long as you want. I ain’t going anywhere, Darce.” 

His deep, razor-sharp voice snapped her from her inappropriate ogling. Fortunately, he didn’t seem to notice she’d been checking him out. His expression displayed a cloud of displeasure mingled with steely determination, leaving no doubt as to how serious he was about cockblocking her tonight. 

Or was it vagina-blocking for girls? She wasn’t sure. 

“You’re being totally unreasonable,” she said, raising her voice over the music. “I’m not seeing AJ anymore, which means it’s not considered cheating if I happen to meet someone I like.” 

“Don’t care. Won’t be happening on my watch.” 

God. He wasn’t going to back down. 

Cut your losses, girl. You’re not the one-night-stand type, anyway. 

The defeated voice in her head was spot on. Hopping into bed with strangers wasn’t something she indulged in very often. Or ever. 

Darcy stifled a sigh. Maybe this had been a mistake from the start. A stupid, spur-of-the-moment decision brought on by her break-up with AJ, which, in all honesty, had seriously bummed her out. Not because she’d lost the love of her life or anything, but because their relationship had been so lacking it only highlighted everything she’d been missing. Everything she craved. 

Fun. Laughter. Excitement. Passion. 

Yep, full circle, right back to passion. 

“C’mon, quit being a brat.” 

She felt herself being tugged, blinking to find Reed’s fingers curled over her forearm. His hand was big and warm, and utterly impersonal as he guided her to the dance floor. Darcy swallowed her anger as they maneuvered through the crowd. Fine, if he wanted to act like a macho jerk and be her shadow, then she’d let him. Clearly passion wasn’t on the table anymore, but fun and dancing were still up for grabs, and she might as well get something out of this botched evening. Though maybe just the dancing part. After all, fun and Reed Miller didn’t exactly go together. 

The sultry beat pounding out of the DJ’s turntables immediately snaked its way into Darcy’s blood, and her body responded of its own volition. AJ had hated to dance. Poor guy had no moves, either, but his best friend didn’t seem to share that affliction. To her surprise, Reed wasted no time yanking her toward him. He rested one hand on her hip and began to dance to the pulsing, decadent rhythm as if he’d done it a hundred times before. 

His head dipped to her ear, his warm breath fanning over her neck. “Why is your dress so short?” he rasped. 

She stiffened at his disapproving tone, glancing down at the silky green dress that nearly reached her knees. “It’s not that short. Look around us—half these girls are practically naked.” 

“Half these girls aren’t you.” 

“What the hell is that supposed to mean?” she demanded. 

Rather than answer, he brought his other hand into play, running it up and down her back as his hips rotated in a slow, addictive rhythm. Oh boy. He smelled fantastic. Sandalwood, citrus, and something uniquely male flooded her nostrils, giving her a bit of a head rush. And his chest was rock-hard beneath her palms she wanted so badly to stroke it that she had to redirect her hands to his shoulders in an attempt to quell the temptation. Except his shoulders were equally enticing, big and broad and rippling with power. 

AJ was built the same lean, muscular way—she knew it had everything to do with the fact that both men had once been professional fighters—but even though she’d slept with AJ many, many times, her hands had never itched to explore every hard, sinewy inch of his body the way they itched now. 

Reed’s palm grazed her hipbone at the same time he thrust a thigh between her legs, turning the dance from vaguely sensual to downright erotic. Heat unfurled in Darcy’s belly and tingled in her sex, triggering a jolt of shock. Holy crap. She was dirty dancing with AJ’s best friend. And it was turning her on.

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About the Author

A USA Today bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a BA in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting! 

Elle loves to hear from her readers. Visit her website www.ellekennedy.com or sign up for her newsletter to receive updates about upcoming books and exclusive excerpts. You can also find her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter and visit her Goodreads Page.


4 comments:

  1. I liked the synopsis and the excerpt. They help me to choose my new book that I buy and or read.

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  2. I just became familiar with this author and love her thanks for the review

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  3. Exceptional entry! I found it very interesting. I'll check back later to see if more posts are added.

    Missy Jubilee

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