Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Review - Sinful Longing by Lauren Blakely

Title: Sinful Longing
Series: Sinful Nights #3
Author: Lauren Blakely
Release Date: November 17, 2015

He's the inked brother. The one you're wondering about. The bad boy of the family. 

Colin Sloan has a past. He's done things he's not proud of, but he's living differently now. Making changes in his life. Working hard, working out harder, and trying to win over one woman. He's utterly crazy about Elle Mariano, and though the sex is epic, their friends-with-benefits arrangement just isn’t cutting it anymore. He wants all of her, and is determined to prove he’s what she needs in her life. 

Elle is fiery, loyal, and in major lust with Colin Sloan. He’s everything she craves in a man -- smart, sexy, kind -- and a rock star between the sheets. But his past hits too close to home for her, and the people she has to protect. There isn't room in her life for a relationship with Colin. Especially when she’s forced to keep a secret that could tear his family apart… 

SINFUL LONGING is the third book in the steamy, sexy, suspenseful New York Times Bestselling Sinful Nights series from Lauren Blakely, author of the wildly popular Seductive Nights series...This high-heat, high-stakes romance series follows the Sloan family as each sibling falls madly in love against the backdrop of sin, money, greed, passion, mystery and suspense...

Ha, I was definitely LONGING to get my hands on Sinful Longing, especially given the way that Sinful Desire ended—with a little cliffhangery moment that propelled the overarching mystery of this series forward…and maybe a little sideways. But also because…COLIN. 

Colin Sloan hasn't always been the stand-up guy he is now. Now, he's a good guy in a bad boy’s body—tatted, tempting, smart, kind, and all kinds of sinful in the sack. And he wants Elle Mariano. But his past…well, that makes it difficult for Elle, what with her own past dredging up too many painful memories. No matter how much she wants him, too. Add in a secret that could derail them before they get started, and the continuation of a decades-old mystery, and Colin and Elle are going to have their work cut out for them if they're to go from wanting, to having. 

I am absolutely in love with this series. I have questions (both new ones, and some that are still lingering from previous installments), and I am excited each time we edge a little closer to the final reveal, answer, conclusion...whatever you want to call it. But I am also thrilled that each book gives us a chance to fall in love with a new Sloan sibling, and this brother, Colin… *Swoon* Man alive, is this man sexy! Good with numbers, his fingers, words, his tongue, Elle, in bed. You get the idea, right? Colin Sloan, my (and yours, I would venture to suggest) newest, dirty-talking book boyfriend. 

Sinful Longing didn't pick up exactly where I expected it to—and I actually really appreciated that. Ms. Blakely instead took us back a little further, to moments that paralleled Sophie and Ryan's story, and used it to establish a connection between this new couple, making their love story sweeter, more believable, more rewarding. And all the while ramping up the mystery surrounding Dora and the secrets she kept, the lies she told and the misdeeds she carried out... 

And oh, what a mystery it is!! I'm impressed with how Ms. Blakely is bringing this story together. I loved how she worked Elle into the story—making her a part of the suspense, demonstrating her loyalty, her passion and her resolve. I loved that we got to see what Ryan and Sophie were up to, and got to know a little more about Michael (cannot WAIT for Sinful Love, FYI). And I loved that we got a doozy of a reveal at the very end…only to be left hanging. 

Did I mention that I cannot wait for Michael’s book? That I'd LOVE to get my hands on it, right now? Because I can't, and I would. *Sigh* Back to my LONGING, I guess. 
~ Review by Beth

Holy hell… just when I didn’t think this Sinful Nights series could get any steamier, enter Colin Sloan and Elle Mariano. Two of the hottest dirty talkers I’ve read. Whoa. And while they smolder in between the sheets, they’re both equally amazing fully clothed.

Colin is trying to make up for his past mistakes. Questionable choices he made as a teen led him down some very bad paths with equally very bad people. But he’s now clean and sober—working hard and trying to woo one woman beyond a super sexy friends-with-benefits agreement to something more substantial. Something real.

But Elle’s doesn’t want to announce to the world the relationship status she shares with Colin—she’s not quite ready for that step. She’s haunted by her past and cannot allow her present to mess up the future life she’s set up for herself. Especially now when there is so much hanging in the balance for both Colin and Elle. 

I just love this series. It’s suspenseful, funny, sexy, smart, sassy… much like both Colin and Elle. They’re amazing together but also separately. Colin is brilliant with his math acuity, Elle with running the youth center. Both so willing to help others, that they sometimes put their own needs second. 

It was great spending more time with Ryan and Sophie, and Michael. And the boys from the youth center, Rex and Marcus. I’m anxiously awaiting book four, Michael’s story, not just because of the epic declaration at the end of Sinful Longing, but because I think Michael’s going to be put on his ass in Sinful Love. I. CANNOT. WAIT. 
~ Review by Missy

Sinful Longing is the third book in the Sinful Nights series and this one focused on Colin and Elle. It also included all of the other Sloans, and gave us some more answers to the family drama. I loved it!

Colin is the tattooed one, the one with a shady past, the bad boy, but he turned his life around and now has a heart of gold. He only wants want is best for those in his life and spends time volunteering with the at-risk youth at the center Elle runs. He is a math superstar and works in finance. 

Elle is the owner of at-risk youth center. She also plays roller derby—talk about kick-ass! She has a son who is her whole world. She is drawn to the forbidden and can’t stay away from Colin, even though she knows she should. 

“So you came here tonight already wanting me?” he asked as he stroked her skin.
“More than I should,” she murmured.

The Queen of dirty talkers is back. And in this book it isn’t just Colin, though he is a master at it. But Elle, sweet, feisty, dirty Elle loves hearing her man talk dirty to her and giving it right back to him.

“You think about me fucking you?
“Fucking your hand. Fucking your face. Fucking your dick. I picture it all.”

The two of them together are hot as hell. They can’t keep their hands off each other and some of these places they get it on are highly creative. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this story! I loved Elle and her fierceness. I loved Colin and his protectiveness. I loved seeing all of the Sloans as well as all of the boys at the center. Alex, Camille, and Elle’s mom rounded out the cast perfectly. I am anxiously awaiting Michael’s story and the end of this crazy secret-filled Sloan family drama. 
~ Review by Tiffany

Lauren Blakely writes sexy contemporary romance novels with heat, heart, and humor, and she has had seven books on the New York Times Bestseller list and twelve on the USA Today Bestseller list. 

Like the heroine in her novel, FAR TOO TEMPTING, she thinks life should be filled with family, laughter, and the kind of love that love songs promise. Lauren lives in California with her husband, children, and dogs. She loves hearing from readers! 

Her bestselling series include Caught Up in Love, Seductive Nights, No Regrets and Fighting Fire. She recently released Forbidden Nights, a standalone novel in her New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series that became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Her new adult forbidden romance, 21 Stolen Kisses, hit e-readers in May and landed on the USA Today Bestseller list.

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