Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review - One Night of Scandal by Elle Kennedy

One Night of Scandal
by Elle Kennedy
Series: After Hours, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 8, 2014

The wrong man never felt so right...

Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize a friendship over a woman—especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her…all bets are off.

Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s no denying Reed is just the man to give it to her. Although she has no interest in dating a bad boy, and certainly not her ex’s best friend, it’s impossible not to melt beneath Reed’s skillful touch. Now it’s just a matter of setting a few ground rules—and hoping her rule-breaking, sweet-talking bad boy agrees to follow them. But if she lets Reed into her bed, does she stand a chance of keeping him out of her heart?

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.
“These breasts deserve to be worshipped.”

“Hmmm. Then maybe you need to quit talking so much and start worshipping.”

His head lifted, one dark eyebrow propping up. “You really want me to shut up, Darce? ‘Cause it seems to me that you totally get off when I talk dirty to you.”

She pretended to think it over. “I guess I don’t mind some conversation. As long as you shut up every now and then and put that filthy mouth to good use.”
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.

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