Thursday, May 5, 2016

Big Easy Temptation by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake (The Perfect Gentlemen #3) [REVIEW]

The New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series present the third scintillating novel featuring the privileged, wealthy, wild men of Creighton Academy—the Perfect Gentlemen.

Years ago, Naval officer Dax Spencer and NCIS agent Holland Kirk indulged in a steamy affair—until she betrayed him in the wake of his father’s death. Dax tried to put her behind him with a payback of his own. But he never forgot Holland…

Now, as Dax and his fellow Perfect Gentlemen unravel a web of lies, he discovers his family’s tragedy is part of a much larger conspiracy. Soon, all clues point him back to New Orleans…where Holland waits, protecting her deadly secret and holding a torch for the only man she’s ever loved.

Once reunited, they can’t fight the passion flaring hot and wild. But something sinister lurks around every corner, from the elegance of the Garden district to the beauty of the bayou. Dax and Holland may find their way back to each other—if they survive...

4 Mr. Officer Dax Stars
Big Easy Temptation is a standalone and is part of The Perfect Gentlemen series. I’ve been reading this series from the beginning, each book builds upon each other, so if you haven’t started this series I would suggest you start with the first one, but you do not have to read the prior books.

This is Dax and Holland’s story.

Out of all the books in the series, Big Easy Temptation was written a little different. The book is structured in two parts and the first half of the book we get a glimpse of how Holland and Dax meet, we also get a glimpse of the gang, prior to Mad’s death. I have always been interested in Mad’s character (and I secretly want a book on him) so this was an interesting treat.

Also this book is a bit more mysterious and reads more crime thriller (in my opinion).

Dax and Holland have this unstoppable attraction for each other but the timing has never been right. Dax wants to be with Holland and has told her several times how much he wants it. Dax and Holland shared a kiss and that was it, but it was enough to leave an impression.

Now, Holland is working on her career and Dax needs a favor. Holland is strong, smart and loyal. Her career is her number one priority and as much as she wants to be with Dax, she doesn’t want to be a doormat wife. I understood her needs, but I wanted her to just give it all up and be with Dax.

Dax’s father commits suicide and Dax is determined to prove everyone wrong, no matter the cost. This is the focal point of the book and the mysterious aspect of it. Holland is assigned the case and Dax works with Holland to pursue the truth. He also pursues Holland at the same time.

I liked the mysterious element of the book and there’s a slight angst and tension between Holland and Dax, since we know something happens (it’s implied and foreshadowed in the book).

The second part of the book shifts and I really like this part. I really enjoyed reading Dax and I loved his determination for the truth and working out his issues towards Holland. The book has a lot of elements going on and you get the gang sprinkled throughout the read. Overall, a thrilling and mysterious read that keeps you on your toes. 

An ARC was provided

I got to meet Shayla at a book signing. She's so personable and sweet! I love her sexy reads. More photos HERE

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Shayla Black
Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 40+ sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for multiple print and electronic publishers. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.
Shayla has won or placed in over a dozen writing contests, including Passionate Ink’s Passionate Plume, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. Romantic Times has awarded her Top Picks, a KISS Hero Award and a nomination for Best Erotic Romance of 2007.
A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every book.
Lexi Blake
 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 five more books available in the series: Their Virgin's Secret, Their Virgin Concubine, Their Virgin Princess, Their Virgin Hostage, and Their Virgin Secretary. The next book in the series, Their Virgin Mistress, is releasing this April.
In addition to the Masters of Ménage series, she is the author of the Masters and Mercenaries series. There are eight full-length novels and four novellas available now, with more coming in 2015.
In 2013, Lexi also began releasing her urban fantasy series, Thieves. The first five are available now, with Ripper, a spin-off to the series, coming in 2015.

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