Thursday 26 February 2015

Reviews - Alluring Indulgence Series by Nicole Edwards

Nicole Edwards


Two neighbors and long-time friends come face-to-face with their forbidden fantasies in this sizzling ebook from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nicole Edwards.
Zoey Stranford might’ve had a crush on the sexy boy next door since middle school, but she’s a woman now, and that crush has turned into a full-blown case of lust. So why is it that at twenty-nine, her libido decides to ramp into high gear and the only thing she can focus on is the intensely sexy, scorching hot boy next door who is definitely not a boy anymore?  

The only problem is that Zoey and Kaleb have been best friends for as long as she can remember. Not to mention, Kaleb and his brothers are working on buying Stranford land to build a new resort, and she’s more than a little hesitant about his intentions.

Kaleb Walker has had his eye on Zoey for close to twenty years, but never before has he considered taking their friendship to the next level, no matter how many fantasies he’s had about her over the years. That doesn’t explain why Kaleb is hell bent on having her—in as many ways as possible.

Kaleb finds himself in a precarious situation. His brothers have nominated him to pursue Zoey’s father about purchasing the land needed to get their new resort off the ground. Finding out that Carl Stranford is on the brink of foreclosure and Zoey might just lose her house and the land, Kaleb now has to convince her to put aside her pride and let him help her. 

It doesn’t take long before the flames start burning bright and hot, and the two of them burn up the nights and the days as they explore each other’s forbidden fantasies. But can their friendship survive a business transaction or the new friends with benefits clause? Or will they realize that they’ve been overlooking something much deeper that’s been right in front of them all along?

Well, Walker Brothers...where have you been all my life? What a killer start to what has the potential to be a steamy, sexy, dirty, damn-good series. Kaleb sucked me right in – and I am going to have trouble keeping my hands off the rest of these filthy Texans.

Kaleb Walker has been halfway in love with his best friend, Zoey Stranford, for damn-near his whole life. He wants her – and he wants to do things to her that would make her blush...or so he thinks.

Zoey Stranford thinks that Kaleb is the hottest, sexiest thing in her small town. It’s hard keeping her hands and mind off her sinful best friend, but he doesn’t want her like she wants him....right?

When their sexual chemistry combusts, when friends becomes friends with benefits, and when a business transaction threatens to come between them, Zoey and Kaleb find themselves fighting more than just their feelings for each other. They’re fighting for their futures too.
HOLY HOT THREESOME, BATMAN. Jesus. I knew that ménage was the name of the game when it came to Nicole Edwards, but even so... I should have kept a spare pair of knickers and the Lelo handy while reading Kaleb. It, WHOA.

I loved this opener to the Alluring Indulgence series, and there’s enough going on in terms of plot (the resort) and multiple hot brothers (hey, Sawyer! Call me sometime, because you’re officially my favorite...for now) to make me want to keep reading. Not just to the end of this installment either, but the rest of the series too. While I was, at times, a little thrown trying to remember all the hot men, their place in the Walker Brother’s hierarchy, and their particular personality traits, I did so enjoy the interplay between them. I love the idea of them sharing their women, because hello, that’s f*cking HOT. (Not touching, boys, because incest is NOT hot....)

I struggled a bit with Zoey as a character – there were times I really liked and envied her, like when she was up to her eyeballs in Gage and Kaleb, and there were times when I really wanted to smack her upside the head. Her blindness when it came to Kaleb’s feelings, her propensity for walking away, and her self-doubt were major factors in my frustration with her. But, at the end of the day, I loved her with Kaleb. I loved that she opened herself up to his....tendencies, and embraced his dominant, dirty side. Smart move, Ms. Stranford, smart move.

I’m intrigued to see what *comes* next in this series. With a cliffhanger teasing Zane, it’s *hard* for me to not ignore my other responsibilities and launch straight into the second book. I kinda need more kinky Texans in my life...

Kaleb is the first book in the Alluring Indulgence series and can be read standalone.

~ Review by Beth


Vanessa must learn to open her heart to the one man with the key to hers in this sexy ebook from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nicole Edwards.

Vanessa Carmichael will never forget that horrible day for as long as she lives. With Zane fully on the mend from the brutal attack he suffered right in her very own yard, she knows she should be grateful, which she is. She also knows that walking away from Zane might be the only way to keep him safe. Despite her denial, V knows she can’t trust her own heart, especially when it comes to the youngest Walker brother, but he’s not the kind of man who will walk away when there is something he wants. He wants her even if it isn’t safe for him, and she’s not sure she is strong enough to walk away.

Zane Walker might have been brutally attacked and after months in the hospital, walked away with his life spared, but now that he’s out of the hospital, he has only one goal in mind. Getting the girl. From the first time he kissed her, Zane knew V was the one for him. He also knew that getting her wasn’t going to be as easy as he hoped. She’s stubborn and the walls she has erected around her heart are nearly impenetrable. However, there’s one thing about Zane—he never gives up. And he’s not about to start now.

Can V learn to open her heart to the one man who is desperate to get past those walls she has erected, or will she walk away to protect him? How long will Zane allow her to deny what he knows is growing between them? Or is the only option to obscure the underlying emotions with spine-tingling lust?

When V and Zane come together, smoke detectors go on the fritz, but when they bring Zane’s best friend, Beau, into the mix, extra fire extinguishers are needed.

Have you ever read a book that makes your stomach dip and lust shoot through your body, even days after finishing it? I have – a few times, in fact. And Zane was, for me, one of those books. It was so damn sexy, every time I ponder on it (which is often, FYI), I experience that same overwhelming need to throw myself at the nearest cowboy....

After being set upon by four men wielding tire irons, and several subsequent months of recovery, all Zane Walker wants is to win back Vanessa Carmichael. V has been absent in the time he’s been in hospital, but now he’s standing on his own two feet, nothing will stop him from getting the girl.

V is still horrified by the violent attack she witnessed in her own front yard. As much as she desires the man, she is determined to protect Zane from danger – and her heart from him. That’s easier said than done though. Zane’s not one to walk away and it’s hard for V to ignore the sparks that fly whenever they are near each other.

Soon Zane has V where he wants her, and he’s going to keep her matter what it takes.
SWEET BABY JESUS, I thought Kaleb was hot (and it SO was) but this one just about blew me away. It was panty-melting, dirty-talking, dominant cowboy sex, with a little ménage action as a side dish. I absolutely devoured this excellent book. From cover to cover, I was mad about both Zane and V. Add Beau, and a little personal experimentation/discovery, and you have the recipe for a scorching page turner.  

There was a lot going in this book. Zane and V’s relationship was the focus but it was perfectly supported by the storylines revolving around the other Walker brothers. The secondary characters were charming, amusing and engaging. Nicole Edwards expertly weaved in teases for upcoming books (oh god, if I don’t get to read Ethan soon, I may have to throw an epic tantrum), as well as gave a glimpse of what was happening with Kaleb and Zoey from book one.

I finished Zane in much the same way as I did Kaleb. Frustrated that I couldn’t just select Travis on my Kindle and keep reading until I couldn’t keep my eyes open, completely and utterly in love with all the Walker boys and their various friends, and excited that, as a latecomer to this series, there is still a LOT of reading left for me to do before I catch up. In fact, it gives me those same lustful chills just thinking about what may be in store for me...and the rest of the Walker clan.

Zane is the second book in the Alluring Indulgence series and can be read standalone.

~ Review by Beth


The oldest of the Walker brothers opens a unique resort—catering to fetishes and fantasies—in this sizzling ebook from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nicole Edwards.

Travis Walker, the oldest of the seven Walker brothers, has been referred to as moody and mysterious, and for the most part, he would agree. Until recently, he spent his days helping his brothers run the family business. Now, he dedicates his time and energy to building a resort, Alluring Indulgence, that caters to fetishes and fantasies. And despite his attempt to work himself into the ground, Travis has never denied—at least not to himself—that something is missing.

Ten years ago, Travis made the hardest decision of his life, breaking his own heart in the process. A decade later, he is learning that life has a strange way of turning things upside down before placing the pieces exactly where they were meant to go.

HOW DO THESE BOOKS KEEP GETTING HOTTER? Jesus, I need something stronger than a cold shower and a cigarette to calm down after reading Travis.

Travis Walker is not known for being a happy-go-lucky kind of guy. In fact, he’s downright grumpy most of time. After walking away a decade ago from his chance at happiness, he’s spent years focusing on two things: carnal pleasure and work. But something is missing – and he knows what.

When his past walks back into his life, colliding with his present and his future, he sees the years of distraction haven’t changed his longing for something more. Can he find what he needs and move forward, or will he break his own heart all over again?

Ok, seriously, Nicole Edwards knows how to write a f*cking sexy, dirty and damn enjoyable book. And Travis is all of those spades. I think my eyes may have actually bugged out of my head as I was reading the M/M/F scenes, which were off the Richter scale HOT, and I know that I was left feeling like I’d like to be the very lucky woman in that man-sandwich. (And no, I can’t believe I just used the words “man-sandwich” either.)

Travis was tough-going for me early on – both Gage and the titular Walker brother were major as*holes, and although I usually embrace the fictional as*hole, for some reason it took me time to warm to these two men. However, once I did, I SO did. Their chemistry, along with their sizzle with Kylie, was excellent – and the perfect payoff for those that have followed the beginnings of Travis’ story in the earlier Alluring Indulgence books.

Once again, Ms. Edwards propelled the overarching story forward, and gave us both glimpses of the previous and future couples, all while making the central characters loveable, huggable and f*ckable. I am loving this series and I can’t wait to catch up with the Walker boys in book four.

Oh, and side note: The Walker brother’s parents – Curtis and Lorrie – are the best fictional parents. They’re loving, accepting and funny, and evidently really good looking to produce seven(*sigh*) divine men.

Travis is the third book in the Alluring Indulgence series. No cliffhanger.

~ Review by Beth


The seven Walker brothers heat things up in this romantic ebook from New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nicole Edwards.

You are personally invited to spend the holidays with the Walker brothers and their families. As with any other time of the year, the seven brothers know how to heat things up while stirring up trouble, and between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, they don’t hold back.

See how Kaleb, Zane, Travis, Sawyer, Brendon, Ethan, and Braydon spend their days and nights through the holiday season. But just a warning…it doesn’t snow much in Coyote Ridge, Texas, and they may just be the reason for that.

Okay, I have just finished book four in the Alluring Indulgence series and I am both excited that I am getting closer to the (current) end of the series, because I am DYING to read Ethan and Braydon’s books, and sad, because I know that soon I’ll be caught up and will have to wait for more, like everyone else. Boo!

It’s Christmastime and the Walker family is gearing up for a big celebration. All seven boys, their women (and men, as the case may be), their parents and their friends are spending the holidays getting down-and-dirty, planning parties and presents and just trying to make it through the season...

Well, this was a super fun, very sexy and rewarding book for loyal Nicole Edward’s readers. I loved that each Walker boy (including those yet to get their HEA) was spotlighted many times throughout the book, as well as their parents and their loved ones. I’m all for slowing it down a little – after reading the first three scorching hot books, I need a little breather – but I am pleased to report that while it wasn’t as kinky, filthy, dirty and sexy as the earlier books, Holidays with the Walker Brothers still had its share of steam.

I admire the way that Ms. Edwards made this story about family, and gave that urgent, frustrated seasonal vibe to the characters while showing that, to this tight-knit group of cowboys and girls, said family is still important and loved. I admire that she set up/propelled the stories for the upcoming Walker brother’s stories while proving that after the HEA for Kaleb, Zane and Travis comes even more HEA – and I mean that in the clean and dirty sense.

Yes, this book leaves things a little open-ended, and there were a couple of moments I needed to go back and make sure I knew whose POV I was reading (it wasn’t just limited to the boys, after all) but by the end, as with all the Alluring Indulgence books so far, I was DESPERATE to read more and disappointed I couldn’t just dive straight in to the next book, Ethan...

Holidays with the Walker Brothers is the fourth book in the Alluring Indulgence series.

~ Review by Beth


How long did it take you to find your place in the world?

For Ethan Walker, going through the motions of life, keeping his distance, and never getting attached has become the mantra he lives by. Success is measured by how many hours he can work and how little attention he can draw. That was until he landed on Beau Bennett’s radar. Until Beau, Ethan had never met a man who could get him to question his own logic and even consider taking a different path.

Beau Bennett knows exactly who he is—now. It might’ve taken him some time to figure it out, but now that he has his bearings, Beau has set his sights on the mysteriously sexy Ethan Walker. Pursuing someone has never been his style, but something is telling him to keep at it because the end result is going to be worth it.

Now that they’ve found one another, how long will it take Ethan and Beau to accept that their place in the world is...Together?

I have a MAJOR book hangover after this, the fifth book in Nicole Edwards' exceptional Alluring Indulgence series. I have loved each book I've had the pleasure of reading so far, but this one? This one is far-and-away my favorite. The one that made me swoon and cry and smile. Ethan just captivated me from the start, and even now, days after finishing it, I cannot get this amazing love story and these newly-hearthealed men out of my mind.

Ethan Walker is content to just work the hours of his life away. He has no desire to draw unwanted attention to himself or to his family. He's watched his brothers find their happiness, but he knows...that's simply not on the cards for him.

Beau Bennett is just learning who he really is, but that doesn't mean he's unsure of what he wants. And what he wants is Ethan Walker. He's content to make his desire known and give Ethan the space he needs...for now.

Can Beau put cracks the wall that Ethan has hidden his heart behind and find out why the man he wants is so willing to hide away from prying eyes?
I adored both Ethan and Beau. They are officially one of my favorite all-time book couples. I felt every single moment they shared - good and bad. I shook with anger with them, I hurt with them and I loved with them. The chemistry between these two men was palpable and real, the emotions they tried (and thankfully failed) to hide were raw and touching, and damn, the sex between them was scorching hot.  

Ethan was not as out-and-out (pardon the pun) dirty and steamy as the previous books in this series, although it certainly had this reviewer fanning herself. No, this book built a relationship on a foundation of trust, friendship and monogamy and I was, quite simply, thrilled by the connection these men shared, in and out of the bedroom. 

Of all the Alluring Indulgence books, this is the only one that has brought me to tears. There is a message in this book. A message about being who you are without shame; a message about sharing your pain and your burdens with those that love you; a message about acceptance that everyone could stand to read. It doesn't matter who you love, as long as you love them right. And these Walker Brothers, this whole family, know how to love exactly right.

I can't wait for more of this series. I don't think I'll ever want to stop reading about these sexy, kind, Alpha cowboys. I hope I never have to.

Ethan is the fifth book in the Alluring Indulgence series. It can be read standalone, but why would you want to miss the other, excellent stories that come before it? 5 stars, plus one for each tear this book wrung from me. 

~ Review by Beth


From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Nicole Edwards comes the sixth searing adventure in her Alluring Indulgence erotic romance series, which follows the seven Walker brothers and their sizzling-hot love interests!

Braydon Walker has always shared everything with his identical twin brother Brendon—hopes, dreams, career choices, and yes, even women. Known for tag-teaming their love interests in every way imaginable, Braydon is surprised and unnerved when he finds himself wanting to keep their newest lover all to himself. Will the twins’ relationship evolve to fit this new mold, or will Braydon’s desire for independence tear them apart?

I expected nothing less than hot when I read this book. Nicole Edwards either has an amazing sex life or an extremely erotic imagination. Whether you like M/F, M/M, or M/F/M she's got it and holy sh*t does she know how to write it.

I have loved this series from the very beginning. Thank you, Lorrie and Curtis Walker for producing so many hot and sexy cowboys. If it weren't for you (and Nicole Edwards, of course) we wouldn't have so many books to enjoy. Each book focuses on a different brother. But don't worry, ALL the hot siblings make an appearance in each book.

This book focuses on Braydon....a twin....yes, I said a twin. Double the hotness and definitely double the fun.
If you are looking for a light read with a great story line and incredible sex, this is your book. Not too heavy, probably won't make you cry but will probably make you run to the nearest Walmart to change out those batteries...*wink*
Excellent continuation on a remarkable series. I would have expected nothing less. I give Braydon 5 penetrating stars.

~ Review by Stacey

I've been on a journey with these brothers, and now, having finally caught up with all currently available books, I'm at a bit of a loss... How will I find the patience to wait for the next installment in this sexy-as-f*ck, engaging-as-hell series when Braydon left me wanting more?

Braydon Walker has always followed his identical twin, Brendon. As the more laid back of the two, Bray has never questioned the fact they share everything, including their women. Until now.

For the first time in their lives, Braydon wants to keep a girl all for himself. He's seen his brothers fall in love and he wants that too. But how will Brendon cope when he senses his brother start to pull away?

Hot damn, I love the Alluring Indulgence books and Braydon was, unsurprisingly, another sexy and touching reading experience. This book had a little more grit and bite than the previous ones but it absolutely needed it. It set Braydon apart, and I truly ached inside for these boys.

I worried over reading this book so soon after the amazing Ethan broke and mended my poor heart and I'll admit I struggled to get into it at first. The dynamic between the twins and their girl set me on edge and, for the first time, I disliked one of the Walker men. Nevertheless, I trudged on and I am oh-so-glad I did.

Braydon was a remarkable story and, by the end, I was both happy and sad. The bittersweet nature of Braydon finding love and the way that changes his relationship with his twin - and the mistakes Brendon consciously and sub-consciously makes - left me wishing I could skip ahead to Brendon's book so I could experience his HEA and know it's all going to be okay. It's teased throughout, with snippets of his affection for and attraction to a certain female singer, so I'm confident I'll be rewarded when the times comes.

Once again, Nicole Edwards astounded and thrilled me with teases from the other Walker brothers and I swear, I love my main man, Sawyer, more with each new book. From the first moment he was mentioned in this series the fun-loving, fiercely loyal, second oldest brother captured my heart and I am damn glad his story comes next, regardless of my need for closure on Brendon and Braydon's tale. Ugh, why do I have to wait??
Braydon is the sixth in the Alluring Indulgence series and ends with a few unanswered questions. It can be read standalone but read them all. You'll thank me.

~ Review by Beth

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nicole Edwards lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, their three kids, and four rambunctious dogs. When she's not writing about sexy alpha males, Nicole can often be found with her Kindle in hand or making an attempt to keep the dogs happy. You can find her hanging out on Facebook and interacting with her readers - even when she's supposed to be writing.

Nicole also writes contemporary/new adult romance as Timberlyn Scott.


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