Monday, August 17, 2015

Scandal Never Sleeps (The Perfect Gentlemen, #1) by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake [Review + Giveaway]


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...
5 Mysterious stars
I’m a huge fan of Shayla Black and this is my first Lexi Blake read.  Scandal Never Sleeps is the first book in The Perfect Gentlemen series and is a standalone. Each book will be focused on one of the guys in the group.
Six guys went to the same prep school together, Gabe, Dax, Connor, Zach, Roman and Maddox (Mad).  This is Gabe’s story.
Mad dies and it has left the group with a bucket full of questions. What did Mad get himself involved with prior to his death? Everly works for Mad’s company and was really close to the guy. After Mad’s death, he leaves Gabe’s sister pregnant. Gabe is very protective of his family and questions what really happened to Mad before he died.
The first question Gabe wants answered is who is Everly and why was she so close to Mad if Mad wasn’t sleeping with her?
First off, I want to say this isn’t your typical Shayla Black read (I haven’t read a Lexi book, so I have nothing to compare it to). This isn’t your overly romance book, BUT I really loved that. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of steam and tension. But, it’s a super suspenseful read with so much that goes on. I couldn’t get enough. I was consumed with the plot and I was gripping the pages. I needed to find out what was going to happen next.
I’m sad that Mad dies, it’s not like we got to know him but throughout the book, we kind of do as the main characters uncover his secrets. I kind of hope his book will be written in the future *hint *hint, please. I absolutely loved this book. I’m of suspense and I love a good mystery book, but what really worked for me was that I was completely stumped throughout the whole book. I really liked that.
I had no idea what was going on and every time I got a clue, my little eyes got super excited. I was like a little toddler getting a treat here and there as I kept on reading. I felt like I was in with it with Gabe and Everly. I was trying to figure out the clues and wondering who they could really trust.
I love the banter between Gabe and Everly too. When Gabe and Everly first meet, sparks fly and everything is spicy. Then as they get to know each other, we get tension. Gabe doesn’t fully trust Everly because he thinks she had a fling with Mad. I know, I love and hated Gabe at the same time. He can be so brooding, but so sexy. It was perfect. Everly isn’t some damsel in distress. I love how she holds her own and stands up to Gabe. She doesn’t let Gabe push her around and it makes Gabe wiggle a bit. I loved reading those parts.
"Buttering me up with compliments won’t change my mind”
“I wasn’t buttering you up. I was gloating because all this pretty flesh is mine"
I love that each book focuses on a Hero and each Hero has his own quirks. I’m highly interested in Zack, who is the president! 
This book got me hooked from page one. It will make you feel a roller coaster of emotions and you will be in the thick of the drama. I am so eager about this series and I can’t wait for the next story!
An ARC was provided

“What are your plans tonight, Eve?”
That was a loaded question. Her current plan included going to a lonely apartment where she could worry about her future and try to figure out if someone had murdered her friend. She could be alone with her fear and doubt . . . but she didn’t really want to. “I was getting ready to leave. What about you?”
“So was I. I thought I’d get some dinner before I called it a night. I don’t think the food here is going to be any good. Giovanni’s is one block over. Italian might be nice. I can promise you won’t have any trouble getting a glass of wine there.”
“You’re asking me out?” It was a little surreal. She saw much more attractive women still in the bar. Why had he chosen her? Maybe he liked a curvier girl. Some guys did.
His face settled into a polite mask. “I don’t know that I would call it a date.”
“What would you call it, then?”
He stepped closer, into her personal space. “Eve, I want to be honest with you.”
Eve. She wasn’t Everly to Gabriel. Which meant that he didn’t expect her to be a good, polite girl. She didn’t have to be shy about what she wanted.
She stood a bit taller and met his beautiful blue eyes. She could see the five‑o’clock shadow darkening his jaw and wondered what it would feel like to brush her fingertips over his face, to run her thumb across that full bottom lip of his. “Honesty is good.”
She wasn’t being entirely honest with him, but it didn’t matter. They were sharing a moment out of time. She wouldn’t see him again. She didn’t even know his last name.
“I’m looking for an escape tonight. I can find it in the bottom of a bottle or I can take you out of here and try to make us both feel good. Why don’t you let me buy you dinner and plead my case?”
He was asking her to sleep with him. A one-night stand. She’d never had one. She’d slept with two men in her whole life, and they’d both been her boyfriends. Sex had been all right, but something about the look in Gabriel’s eyes told her this would be far better.
He wanted to escape. She wasn’t sure from what, but she glimpsed a world of worries and sorrow in his expression that drew her. She understood loss and longing. She knew what it meant to need a few hours of escape. Hadn’t she been wanting that herself?
A single memory pierced her in that moment. Two days before he died, Maddox had shaken his head over her nonexistent dating life. He’d tried to persuade her to let him set her up on a blind date, but she’d said she didn’t have time. She’d needed to get some reports done and go through the purchase orders on the new hard drives and security systems. He’d rolled those piercing eyes of his.
You need to live a little. Your whole life can’t be spent behind a computer screen. Life is often about taking risks. Sometimes you have to leave yourself to figure out who you really are.
She didn’t have to be herself. Not tonight.
“Kiss me.” The words were out of her mouth before she could stop them. She was never bold or brazen when it came to men. She’d never demanded anything sexually of a lover, but she wanted Gabriel to kiss her. She wanted to see if that spark she felt translated to something truly physical.
She expected some discussion, and when he hesitated, she was more than willing to admit that she’d been hasty. Everly was about to shake her head and try to laugh the incident off when he cupped her face and his body brushed hers. He tilted her head up and his mouth descended.
Soft. His lips were soft on hers. Gentle. He moved with predatory grace. His fingers sank into her hair, and her hands seemed to naturally find the lean muscles at his waist. Even through his crisp dress shirt, she could feel the heat of his body. It practically poured off him and into her, warming her skin and making her come to life.
He was gentle, but Everly knew precisely who was in charge. His lips locked onto hers, leading her. A little tug on her hair told her which way he wanted her to move.
Everything about him—scent,taste, feel—made her melt. She forgot where she was, forgot that they were in public. The noise of the bar receded until all she could hear was her own heart beating furiously in her ears. Nothing mattered at all but the feel of his body under her hands, the masterful way he moved her.
“Is that what you wanted, Eve?” He breathed the words against her mouth. “You wanted to see if I can kiss? I can give you more. I don’t simply want to kiss your lips. I want to strip you down and find out if you’re as sweet and soft everywhere as you look. I want to run my tongue over your skin until I memorize how you taste. I want to kiss you so long and hard that you’ll forget you were ever kissed before.” He lifted his head up and dragged in a breath. “So what do you say? Will you have dinner with me?”
She swallowed. His words made everything but her need fall away. “It’s not dinner I’m interested in anymore.”

I was so lucky I got to meet Shayla Black, isn't she the cutest! I love her steamy reads and I'm completely addicted to them. More photos - > HERE
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Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal and historical romances.  Shayla has received or been nominated for the Passionate Plume, the Holt Medallion, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence and the National Readers Choice Award.  She lives in Texas with her family. 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism.  It wasn’t until she started writing romance that she found success.  Lexi lives in North Texas with her family. 

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