After my last breakup, I have new rules. No more dating bad boys or fighters.
But now, I have a new understanding about Eve and that apple.
Ex-fighter Reed Miller is temptation walking in one hard body and that face—don’t even get me started. He’s everything I shouldn’t want.
Oh, and did I mention he’s my ex’s best friend and the baddest of them all?
I should want absolutely nothing to do with him.
But his touch—oh, man.
The wrong man has never felt so right...
Each book in the After Hours series is STANDALONE:
* One Night of Sin (novella)
* One Night of Scandal
* One Night of Trouble
About the Author
A RITA-award-nominated, 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!
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One Night of Scandal
An After Hours Novel
By Elle Kennedy, Gwen Hayes
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Elle Kennedy
All rights reserved.
Reed Miller hated nightclubs. Which was damn ironic considering he co-owned one of the hottest clubs in Boston, but hey, that was just smart business. When it came to his personal life, a club was the last place he'd ever associate with a good time.
Most of the women he met at nightclubs were already there looking to get laid, and they were more than willing to go back to his place without much effort on his part. For a man who lived for the excitement of the chase, where was the fun in that?
Right now, however, he was chasing an entirely different type of conquest.
Not for recreational use, of course. He wasn't about to poison his body with that crap. Even during his glory days as a mixed martial arts fighter, he'd never once used performance enhancers. Those were a surefire way to not only get kicked off the circuit, but a pathetic attempt to cheat yourself to victory.
Tonight was for reconnaissance purposes only. For the past couple of months, some a- hole had been selling Ecstasy over at Sin, the club Reed operated with his two best friends. None of the customers they'd questioned knew the identity of the pusher, and if they did know, they sure as hell weren't eager to reveal it. But the flow of E needed to be cut off ASAP, before the Boston PD decided to launch its own investigation, which could lead to Sin being shut down indefinitely.
Reed had decided to pay a visit to a rival nightclub in the hope that the patrons there might know something, but the only info he'd succeeded in gathering at the Krib so far was the phone numbers of half a dozen girls he wasn't the least bit interested in.
A cute brunette in a skintight pink minidress voiced the eager request, sidling up to his table with a daiquiri in her manicured hand. He was about to turn her down, but she looked so damn hopeful he didn't have the heart to disappoint her.
"Sure," Reed relented.
He waited as she set her glass on the table, then took her hand and led her to the crowded dance floor. On a raised platform high above the main room, the DJ was spinning a deafening drum-and-bass track that was more suited for fast, frenetic dancing, but the brunette wasn't interested in fast. Instead, she twined her arms around Reed's neck and started grinding into him in a slow, sensual rhythm.
Normally he'd be all over that. A pretty girl rubbing up on his groin? Hell yeah.
Tonight it felt like a chore.
Christ, he was sick to death of random hookups with women whose names he couldn't even remember the morning after. Maybe the fact that he'd just turned thirty was souring him on the whole casual sex scene, or maybe it was seeing his best friends happily involved in committed relationships. With Gage and AJ no longer serving as his wingmen, Reed was all alone in the land of the single, and he was really starting to hate it.
"You're so sexy." His dance partner brought her red-painted lips to his ear and shouted to be heard over the pounding music.
Reed lightly grazed her hips with his hands, trying to ease back from the undulating pelvis that was targeting his crotch like a heat-seeking missile.
"Thanks," he answered awkwardly.
"Wanna get out of here?" A bright flash of strobe revealed the meaningful smile on her face.
"Naah, I'm not ready to leave yet." He raised his voice. "I'm looking for some party favors. Don't wanna go home until I find some."
Interest flickered in her eyes. "Like what?"
"Ecstasy. Do you know if anyone's holding?"
His dance partner's response was swift and unexpected. Previously eager arms dropped from his shoulders, annoyance streaking through her expression as she took an angry step back.
"Seriously? You're into that crap? Ugh! Why does every guy I meet end up being a total tweaker!"
With a loud, unladylike expletive, she huffed off and abandoned him on the dance floor.
How ironically delightful. Rejected by a chick he hadn't even been into.
Torn between groaning in frustration and chuckling with amusement, Reed once again threaded through the mob of sweaty people. He'd intended on returning to his table, but he stopped in his tracks when he spotted a familiar face in the crowd.
Son of a bitch.
Was that Darcy?
It was hard to be sure thanks to the wild blinking of the strobe lights and the darkness obscuring her face every other second. Without hesitation, he changed course and headed in her direction. A part of him wished like hell that it was simply a case of mistaken identity.
Because if it was Darcy, then he'd just witnessed his best friend's girlfriend kissing another man.
No, wait. He squinted, realizing the couple he'd glimpsed wasn't actually kissing. Their faces were close, but they seemed to only be talking.
And yup, it was definitely Darcy Grant. Now that he was five feet away, he was clearly able to make out her features. Wide-set blue eyes, high cheekbones, that sexy mouth —
He forcibly shoved the last thought out of his head. He wasn't allowed to even think the word "sexy" in relation to AJ's girl. It was a total violation of bro code.
Then again, who was he kidding? He'd broken the code a hundred times over when it came to Darcy. All those dirty, dirty thoughts he'd had about her pretty much ensured he'd be going straight to shitty friend hell.
At the moment, though, he was more concerned with why AJ's girlfriend was flirting with another man. Maybe it wasn't his place to interfere, but damned if he'd let his best friend get played for a fool.
AJ Walsh was the closest thing Reed had to a brother. The two of them had grown up together in South Boston, attended the same schools, played on the same sports teams. Reed would take a bullet for his buddy, and he knew that if their roles had been reversed, AJ wouldn't hesitate to stick up for him.
Squaring his shoulders, he marched up to the couple's table and donned his best death glare. "Hey, Darcy," he said loudly.
Her head swiveled, eyes widening when she recognized him. "Reed!" Her voice came out shrill, and there was no mistaking the guilty note ringing there.
He shifted his gaze to her companion, a lanky man with pale blond hair and a smug grin. "Can we help you?" the guy demanded.
Reed experienced a case of instant dislike. Scowling deeply, he jabbed a finger in the air and snapped, "Get out of here."
The guy's jaw dropped. "No way, man. The lady and I were in the middle of —"
"Nothing," Reed finished. "You were in the middle of nothing. So get lost."
Darcy's companion turned to her with visible wariness. "Is this your boyfriend or something?"
"Or something," Reed answered for her.
Several more seconds ticked by, until the blond guy finally hopped off his stool and glowered at Darcy. "You should have fucking told me you had a boyfriend instead of wasting my goddamn time."
As he stormed off, Reed usurped the empty seat, rested his elbows on the table, and looked at AJ's girlfriend with cold eyes. "What. The. Fuck. Is. This?" He could barely get the question out he was so pissed.
Christ. How was he supposed to tell his best friend about this? AJ would be devastated when he learned what his girlfriend was up to.
"We were just talking," Darcy retorted, sounding as mad as Reed felt.
"Bullshit," he shot back. "Whatever this was, it was leading toward a hookup, and we both know it."
"So what if it was?" Her blue eyes blazed. "Yeah, maybe it's kinda soon, but what I do and who I see is none of your damn business! If I want to have a rebound fling with some guy I met at a club, then I'm damn well allowed to!"
Reed furrowed his brows, wondering if he'd misheard her. No way had she and AJ broken up. From the moment AJ had introduced her to his friends, Reed had known that Darcy was perfect for the guy, which only made this messed-up attraction he felt for her a million times more wrong. Her easygoing, bubbly personality suited AJ's equally laidback demeanor, while her adventurous nature balanced AJ's tendency to constantly play it safe.
The fact that she was sexy as hell was only icing on the cake.
AJ's cake. Reed clung to the reminder, as he'd done often ever since AJ and Darcy had started dating. It didn't matter that each time he saw her he wanted to bury his face in her graceful neck and breathe her in. Or that his fingers tingled with the urge to stroke her thick, strawberry-blond waves. Or that his cock damn near burst out of his pants at the thought of sinking into her hot, tight —
AJ's girl, yelled the reprimanding voice in his head.
Right. Didn't matter how hot the woman got him. She was off-limits.
But God, did she ever look gorgeous when she was pissed off.
"And you know what else?" Darcy went on, her fair cheeks flushed with anger. "You're not exactly one to judge. You're the biggest player on the planet! But I guess it's okay for you to pick up strangers at nightclubs, right, Reed? But when I, an unattached adult woman, does it, suddenly it's sooooo wrong and —"
"You and AJ broke up?" he interrupted.
She blinked in surprise. "What?"
"Did you guys break up?" he repeated through clenched teeth.
Looking bewildered, she offered a nod. "Yeah. Last night. He didn't tell you?"
Reed had trouble thinking clearly, what with the massive doses of shock and confusion spiraling through his body. He realized he hadn't spoken to AJ at all today. And his friend had the weekend off, which was why Reed had been tending bar at Sin before he'd headed over to the Krib. Normally, he handled the business end of things, working up in his office on the club's top floor while Gage handled security and AJ managed the bartending staff.
AJ had planned to go away with Darcy this weekend, Reed suddenly remembered.
But Darcy was here.
Picking up dudes.
"Did you dump him?" he demanded.
Her expression grew sad. "No. It was mutual."
That summoned a groan of disbelief. "Break-ups are never mutual."
"This one was." Her lips tightened. "Not that it's any of your business, but AJ and I broke up with each other. We both knew it wasn't working, and we both decided to end it."
"Why wasn't it working?"
She raked an exasperated hand through her wavy hair. "I'm not giving you any details, Reed. It's between me and AJ, okay?"
Okay? There was nothing okay about any of this. In fact, he seriously needed to walk away, right frickin' now, before the little burst of joy that Darcy's admission had evoked in him turned into something else.
He wasn't allowed to be happy about the breakup. No siree. He was supposed to be sad and upset on his best friend's behalf, because no matter what Darcy said, their parting couldn't have been mutual. The guy was crazy about her, for chrissake.
So are you.
Reed silenced the inner taunt. Nope, not going there. He couldn't deny that he was attracted to the woman, but desire was a fickle thing. Sooner or later it would fade.
Or at least, that's what he'd been telling himself for the past five months.
So far, the heat he felt in Darcy's presence still hadn't cooled, but he was certain it would happen eventually.
It had to.
"Anyway, there you have it," Darcy finished. "I'm single again. Woo-hoo. I'm sure you're thrilled to have me out of your BFF's life. And now, as you so graciously put it before, get lost."
He narrowed his eyes. "Why do you want me to go so badly?"
She blew out an irritated breath. "Because I came here to have fun! There's zero chance of that happening when you're around."
Reed didn't budge from his chair.
"I'm serious, go away," she grumbled. "We're not friends, okay? And no guy is going to ask me to dance when you're sitting here scowling at everyo —"
"You want to dance?" he cut in. "Let's dance."
Her jaw fell open. Then slammed shut. Wariness filled her expression, and she looked at him like he'd offered to murder her and dump her body in the river.
He didn't blame her. Truth was, she hadn't been too far off the mark. They weren't friends. Mostly because he'd learned early on that the only way to curb this inappropriate attraction was to keep a very cold, very polite distance around the woman.
He couldn't do that now, though. Because if he walked away, he risked Darcy getting hit on by some horny fucker and possibly going home with him. He couldn't, in good conscience, let that happen. Break-ups weren't set in stone, especially when they were less than twenty-four hours old, and Reed knew AJ would be devastated if he tried to win his girl back only to find out she'd already slept with another dude.
"I'm not dancing with you," Darcy said coolly.
He smirked. "Fine, then we'll just sit here in silence, for all I care."
"You're acting ridiculous."
"And you're acting insensitive. If you cared about AJ at all, you'd respect him enough not to screw someone else before the break-up ink is even dry."
Annoyance marred her face. "If I choose to have a rebound, you can't exactly stop me."
"Oh yes, I can. As of right now? Consider me your shadow. I'm not leaving your side, baby doll. Not until I tuck you safely into a cab and watch you speed away. Alone." Setting his jaw, Reed slid off the stool and held out his hand.
"So are we dancing or what?"
* * *
Darcy was dumbfounded.
And unbelievably peeved.
She'd purposely come to the Krib tonight because she'd known there'd be no possibility of running into AJ, and just her luck, she'd run into his best friend instead. A man who'd made it abundantly clear that he didn't like her.
Well, eff Reed. She didn't particularly like him either. AJ always insisted that Reed was an awesome guy, singing his praises whenever Darcy said otherwise, but in all the months she'd known the guy, he'd only ever shown her a cold, grumpy side that left a sour taste in her mouth.
Oh, and he was bossy. Who could forget that annoying little trait? Certainly not her, because right now that bossiness was throwing a wrench in her plans.
Some women got dolled up for any old occasion, but Darcy wasn't one of them. Nope, there was a reason she'd donned a short dress and punished her feet with three-inch heels — passion.
Yep, passion. With a capital P and everything. She was twenty-seven years old, and not once had she experienced anything remotely close to the elusive P. Granted, that was probably because she only dated nice, wholesome guys like AJ. She couldn't deny that her as-of-yesterday ex was smoking hot, but passionate? Not so much.
On the bright side, at least she didn't have to worry that she'd broken his heart. Despite what his aggravating best friend thought, their break-up really had been mutual.
After more than five months of dating, the two of them could no longer ignore the depressing truth: they were great friends, but terrible lovers.
Darcy had hoped the initial spark between them would eventually ignite into a fiery affair for the ages, but sadly, it had fizzled out faster than a candle in a hurricane. And now, thanks to Reed Miller, her quest for a wild night of passion was equally unattainable.
She swept her gaze over his face, ticked off by how good-looking he was. Actually, correction: he was gorgeous. Like be-still-my-heart-and-rip-my-panties-off gorgeous. He had close-cropped black hair and piercing blue eyes, and his features were more rugged than pretty, starkly masculine and incredibly appealing.
And south of the border? Holy moly. He was shredded like lettuce, hard muscles and long limbs and a tight ass you could bounce quarters off.
"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 cock-blocking 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."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
## Another amazing book by Elle Kennedy. I enjoyed this book so much. The hero and heroine had fabulous chemistry. My only complaint was that the heroine ended up going after the hero in the end and it should've been the other way around after what he did and they way he treated her. Wow kudos to Ms. Kennedy for the hurt she conveyed during that scene. My heart actually skipped a beat when I read that. I will definitely read Gage and Reeds' stories again and look forward to AJ's story. Well done.
I genuinely enjoyed this story, and I loved hearing about how Reed worked to better himself, but I was so irritated with Darcy and her behavior. She judged him, put him down and second-guess him the entire time, and it made it really hard to sympathize with her when things when awry. I think it would have had more potency to hear about Darcy's dad visit from Darcy, and I think there should have been more of a focus on her insecurities, ; I would have liked to hear less mention of her rules and more of her reasons behind them. Overall, it was a good story, and I will be looking for this author again.
Reed Miller part owns a nightclub (Sin) with his two best friends, Gage and AJ, he is also a little in love with AJ’s girlfriend, Darcy, who he avoids like the plague, there’s no way he wants his feelings known by anybody, so that’s why he stays well clear. That is until he thinks she’s cheating on his best friend. Yep, that’ll get the sparks flying, and it most certainly does. When the chips are down, and all Reed and Darcy have is self restraint to keep them from each other, excitement, passion and good old fashioned chemistry take over. Let’s also not forget how, sexy and alpha Mr I’m an ex MMA fighter is. What a sexy read this is, great words, great writing, and an all round fun easy read. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is my honest review.
hmmmm I am still deciding how I feel about this book. In one hand I am saying you go not go for your best friends ex. Especially if he is as nice as AJ was. There is code amongs friends and that is you never go for an ex, it isn't done and even though these two (Darcy and Reed) claimed that no they were not going there, they really didn't fight it much. However on the other hand when Reed went to AJ, he gave his blessing, showing again what a good guy he was and knew that Reed always had a thing for Darcy. Anywho I guess it was up to them, not something I would have done, but Reed needed to get over the boo hoo is me and grow the hell up, and his little game with flirting with someone so that he wont be hurt, yeah shows your maturity buddy, so not crazy about him. Hope AJ gets a much better woman. Rcvd and ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions
3.75/5 MMA fighter is all I needed to see. I really enjoyed Reed and Darcy’s story. They wanted to have a no strings attached relationship but how often does that work out. Someone or both parties end up catching feelings for the other and it can sometimes turn out bad. In this situation, that was not the case. Their chemistry was very hot. This is the first book of this series that I have read and I am going to go back and read the others.
This is a contemporary romance between Reed and Reed's best friend's ex-girlfriend....so forbidden, but only slightly. Reed has had a crush on Darcy for months, but has stayed away because she was AJ's girl. When that changes, neither Reed or Darcy can stay away from the other, despite their guilt. If you enjoy a sexy romance hot enough to melt your kindle, you will love this book. It's hot, sexy, and just a bit naughty with likeable characters that I fell in love with. Reed is the naughty bad boy who wants to change his ways that made me swoon, while Darcy is the good girl with just a bit of bad in her. Put this at the top of your TBR list. The author is on my must read authors' list.
One Night Of Scandal is book two in the After Hours series by Elle Kennedy. Reed Miller is one of the three owners of the hot night club, Sin, along with his two best friends, Gage and Aj. He has lusted secretly over Aj’s girlfriend Darcy for months, always careful to keep his feelings hidden. He would never do that to his best friend. Darcy was off limits. So why was he seeing her in the club alone and it looked like she was flirting with other guys. He was shocked when she told him that she and Aj had called it quits, and that it was a mutual decision. He can’t believe she’s free. But still, his best friends ex-girlfriend is just as hands off as a current girlfriend. Darcy is a school teacher and feels like her life is about as predictable as it could be. She wants passion in her life. When she sees the look in Reed’s eyes, she thinks that even though Reed is known for his bad boy ways and is definitely not boyfriend material, why not have a fling with him. A sexy, hook up only fling with no emotional ties involved. Only this is easier said than done when hearts are involved. Reed knows once will never be enough with Darcy. He has wanted her for so long. So he decides to accept her fling. But he is determined to show her that there is more to him than just a fling. That he is boyfriend material as well. This is a sexy, fun little book. While Reed and Darcy fight the feelings between them, their club, Sin, is fighting to find the person that is selling drugs in their club, endangering everything Reed, Gage and Aj have worked for. I loved not only seeing Reed and Darcy’s hearts finally open to each other but also for Reed to finally accept that he is a changed man, a better man then he once was. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series, One Night of Trouble, where Aj will finally get his own chance at a happy ever after.
My Thoughts: After the awesomeness that is One Night of Sin, I had to get my hands on One Night of Scandal. It was practically a no brainer. When you find a great book, your first instinct is to check out everything else by the author, especially the continuation in the series. And while I love love loved One Night of Sin, the feelings I have for One Night of Scandal were much grander. So, we've got Reed, the guy who's been pining over his best friend's girlfriend, Darcy. Even though Darcy and AJ are no longer together, the unwritten rule of not dating a friend's ex is still in play. The attraction, however, is impossible to ignore. Reed tries to resist, but Darcy pushes him into admitting how he feels... leading them into a kiss that throws their lives off balance. They think that's the end of it, especially considering the unwritten rule, but they can't stay away. Is there a chance that there's more to the two of them than meets the eye? One Night of Scandal is so captivating, it'll have you flipping pages quicker than normal. Reed and Darcy's chemistry is off the charts. It's not a lie that Elle Kennedy has quickly become a favorite, and she'll remain a favorite if she keeps writing such amazing stories. My Rating: Exceptional
I loved Gage and Skylar in the first book, but this one was pretty boring. I ended up skimming more as we got closer to the end. No real action and any conflict was surface only and juvenile. I am not inspired enough to read book 3.
Wow – another hot read in this series! After reading One Night of Sin, the first book in this series, I wasn't sure how Elle Kennedy was going to top her hero Gage, but Reed certainly gave him a run for his money! After watching the few scenes with Reed and Darcy in the first book I just knew there was going to be a good story behind why Reed was always so nasty to Darcy – and of course in this book we find out it’s because he’s been so attracted to her he couldn't let his guard down…not cool to be hitting on your best friend’s girl. But when Darcy and AJ breakup, Reed finds it harder and harder to keep his attraction under wraps. Darcy had the perfect boyfriend in AJ, but there was no spark, no passion…and AJ felt the same. Now she’s looking for a little excitement in her love life. She certainly doesn't expect to feel that spark with Reed, but once she does it’s hard to ignore. She knows Reed is a player – she’s seen him with his conquests all too often when she was with AJ….but she thinks that maybe this player is just what she needs to get a taste of that passion so she can move on. When Reed and Darcy finally give in to their attraction, that spark turns in to a full blown inferno, which would be fine except for the fact that Darcy is Reed’s best friend’s ex…but even that isn't enough to keep them away from each other, and the “one time” just keeps repeating itself. Reed knows he is just a temporary thing for Darcy, but he’s set on changing her mind about him – but Reed’s guilt and Darcy’s image of Reed being a player seem to be stopping them from a happy ever after. Darcy was a great character. She was a teacher and it was great to see her interact with the kids in the afterschool program she coordinated. And through that, it was awesome to see Reed show a nurturing side, from his teaching the kids self-defense, to his participation in the big brother program. These two really seemed to bring out the best in each other which made them a great couple. There was a little extra drama thrown in with the sub-plot of the drug deals happening in the club, but that was a very small part of the story and really just gave a good excuse for Reed and Darcy to find themselves alone in a dark corner. All in all, another hot, dirty-talking read by Elle Kennedy. I was given a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 4 out of 5 Licks The continuation of the After Hours series gets right to the tension that we saw briefly between Darcy and Reed in One Night of Sin. They try hard to fight what's clearly between them but you can only fight chemistry for so long. After a small dry humping session in the corner of Reeds club Sin they try to steer clear of each other. They both feel a bit guilty about their attraction since Darcy just got out of a relationship with one of Reed's best friends-AJ. Darcy discovers her inner vixen whenever she's near Reed. She just can't help but tease and push him all the while hoping he will finally break. And when he finally does break it's so smoking hot they break the smoke detectors-well not really but read this book and you'll see what I mean. Poor Reed has a bad boy reputation that he can't seem to shake. He wants to prove to Darcy that he wants a serious relationship, but she's so busy trying to prove to him that she can do casual that she doesn't realize that's not what he wants. It was a lot of fun watching these two fight and finally submit to their desires. They do a lot to keep the excitement level up and Reed slowly proves to her that she's what he wants. The end is so sweet I almost cried, but the epilogue brought back the fun, outgoing couple again. Another great book from Elle and I'm definitely going to have to read more of her books.
Love the series
Reed Miller had it bad for his best friends girl, Darcy Grant. After Darcy and AJ broke up, he still couldn't have her because of that bro code that says you can't go after your best friends ex. So, he stayed away from her. Well, at least he tried to. This book is a light hearted, ultra sexy, afternoon romance. Reed and Darcy are steaming up the windows and setting fire to the sheets...and the couch, and the car, and you get my meaning. It was hard to watch this gorgeous, sexy, smart man struggle with being good enough. He'd changed since he was younger but no one bothered to notice, which hurt him. Now maybe his friends will open their eyes. Thank you Elle Kennedy! You write some fine alpha men! I can't wait to read AJ's story. Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Great second book in series! This is the second book in the series and follows on from 'One Night of Sin' and, as I'd hoped, continues with the same core characters, Gage, AJ and Reed who own and run their own nightclub, 'Sin'. They all have history in competitive fighting. In the first book, AJ was going out with Darcy and Reed was being something of a 'manwhore'. This book tells the story of Reed fighting to deny his attraction to Darcy in any way he can. Both feel guilty because their attraction to each other is mutual, even though AJ and Darcy have split up. They are in an emotional quagmire, struggling to determine how to get out and keep their friendship with AJ whilst acknowledging their rampant chemistry. Can love find a way to bring these two together? You'll just have to read the book to find out! I really like it when all the books in a series are currently available, enabling readers to continue reading without having to wait for the next saga to be released. That's certainly true with this trilogy as the third book is now available, too - review coming shortly! Thanks to the author and publishers for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
One Night of Scandal, Elle Kennedy Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Contemporary Romance I really enjoyed the first novel in this trio. The books cover three friends who co own a nightclub, and this time its Bad Boy Reed that’s featured. He’s had a problems for a while – his best friend AJ’s girlfriend...he’s really, really attracted to her. That's not part of the bro code though, so he stays away from her when he can and is brusque to the point of rudeness when he can’t. Now they’ve split up and she’s in another club clearly looking for someone new. Darcy’s always been the good girl and while she loves AJ and he her, there was no passion between them, it was like love of family, sibling, best friend rather than lover, and they agreed it wasn’t working. Now she’s decided maybe its time to look for a bad boy, take a walk on the wild side, she’s tired of always being the good girl. When she’s spotted by Reed something breaks between them, and though she always thought he disliked her its clear that's the opposite of the truth! The sexual tension between them is almost solid, the air is thick with it and they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. She knows he’s not one for relationships, that nothing long term will happen, but maybe its time she gave in and just had a fling, knowing it’ll go no-where. If she is aware of that and sets the parameters she can protect her heart. They embark of a short term, no strings, no dates quick and hot sex affair. Its sizzling and the more they see of each other the more they want. Seems both of them got it wrong but neither will admit it – and then just as they both realise they have deeper feelings for each other and maybe they could make something it all goes wrong. Cue a major split and much heartache. ( yes, you know how I love that bit!) Can they get past the misunderstandings and get together or are they doomed to be apart? Its a fun read, very real feeling but...somehow it didn’t quite get me in the way the first book did. The characters were great, felt real and I love the club connection that links the books, it felt like meeting an old friend when Gage was mentioned, and its clear the others will crop up in all books, and that’s something I enjoy. Its a shortish read, but as we already know the setting and the characters it means Elle can jump straight into the romance part. Parts seemed a little forced though, but the sex scenes were certainly hot and well done. The big break up seemed a bit storm in a teacup to me, I really needed stronger reasons. Still, it was a solid easy read and a good way to lose myself in a book. Stars: Four, a fun read, though a little light. ARC supplied by publishers
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