Living In..., Book 3
Lawyers Connor and Victoria Blake had a high-powered marriage to match their meteoric careers-until a secret from Victoria's past came back to haunt her. A year after it all fell apart, Victoria is ready for a new job, a new town.
Instead of signing the divorce papers, though, her husband has a tempting proposal-one week of no holds barred before moving on with their lives. She's never stopped wanting him, but he's always kept the deepest part of himself locked away.
Connor already endured one brutal betrayal in his life, and Victoria's cut him to the core. But during a naughty game of one-upmanship with a sexy stranger, he sees a different woman, whose warmth and passion he craves like a drug.
In one week they expose dark passions that set them both free. But amidst searing desire that should fuse them together, Connor is coming to the brink of a decision to choose what's more important. The last secret he's holding inside, or the woman he can't let go.
Warning: Contains a man coming to terms with his inner darkness, a woman ready to match him kink for kink, secrets, lies, and a marriage getting its sexy back. Could take readers on a one-way ticket to WTF city.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this scorching erotic romance, we are treated to the story of Connor and Victoria. They've been separated for a year and are on the verge of divorce but Connor can't make himself sign the papers, even though their marriage more of convenience than anything and harboring secrets that shattered their illusion of happiness isn't capable of being revived. But one night in the presence of his soon-to-be ex wife shatters his reserve when she shows up at a party as a sexy, sultry woman he doesn't recognize. And when she taunts him with another man, Connor's plans change. He wants one week of this woman, the one he's never seen before, and then he'll agree to the divorce. But once they've had a taste of the passion hidden from each other for so long, will they be able to go their separate ways? If there is one thing I've come to expect from this author, it's that she has a no holds barred approach to pulling the reader in from the start and presenting them with a tense, emotional, erotic journey from the first page onward. Connor and Victoria are so not perfect for each other in the guises they presented in their marriage, but now that it's almost over, their true selves are coming to the forefront and the sexual attraction they feel for each other as this happens threatens to overwhelm them both. Their first time together post separation happens with a third party, sexy handsome Raphael, who understands his role is to be an extra serving to buffer Connor and Victoria as they realize what they've been missing all this time. The sex scenes are explosive, sensual and harsh as they fall into roles they never would have when married. Connor gives as good as Victoria takes, though she ultimately has the power in the decision of staying or going at the end of the night, in their week long quest to get each other out of their systems and move on. They both have secrets that prevented them from fully engaging in their marriage but somehow, in this new and fragile peace they've established they have the trust finally needed to open their souls to each other thus establishing a new and so much better relationship than before. When their week of satiation is completed, the decision to move forward with the divorce or back into each other's arms is not taken lightly by either party, but suffice it to say the happy ending is worth the wait. This is one of those stories that will keep you engaged into the wee hours of the night and leave you fully satisfied and eagerly awaiting the next release from this author. 5 steamy and emotional stars!
I’ve enjoyed this series from the start and when I read the club scene (don’t worry you’ll KNOW the one), I knew LIVING IN SECRET would be my favorite. I thought Victoria and Connor’s story was unique and not one that I’ve encountered before. They’ve been separated for over a year and Victoria is ready to move on and is pressing Connor to sign the divorce paper before she leaves the country. He only agrees to sign them under one condition- she spend one week in his bed living out his fantasies. Like I said, this was my favorite and I would’ve easily rated it 5 stars if the early stage of their relationship was explored. I was left with a lot of unanswered questions because I don’t even know why they got married. They didn’t seem to know each other let alone like one another. IMO it would’ve brought a bit more to their story. I’m very curious to see what else Ms. Ashenden has up her sleeve and can’t wait to jump into another series of hers.