"And now?" she whispered.
His fingers drifted over her cheek, a whisper of a touch. "Now I'm a man, spending a quiet evening with a woman I'm crazy about."
The Sex, Love & Stiletto Series Bundle
Sex, Love, & Stiletto #1-4
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date of Publication: November 24, 2015
Number of pages: 912
Cover Artist: Derek Walls
Julie Greene loves flings. Loves steamy first dates, sizzling first kisses, and every now and then, that first sexy romp between the sheets. Comfy pants, sleepy Sundays, movie nights on the couch? Shudder. But when Julie gets assigned the hardest story of her career—a first-person account of that magical shift between dating and "I do"—she'll need a man brave enough to give a total commitment-phobe a chance at more.
Normally, Mitchell Forbes would be exactly that man. A devastatingly hot workaholic who tends to stay in relationships for far too long, he should be the perfect subject for Julie's "research." But what Julie doesn't know is that Mitchell is looking to cut loose for once in his life. And the leggy journalist notorious for avoiding love is exactly the type of no-strings fling he's looking for. In other words, Mitchell is the polar opposite of what Julie needs right now. And, at the same time, he's exactly what she wants.
As a leading columnist for Stiletto, Grace Brighton has built a career warning women about rotten, cheating liars. She just never suspected her fiancé would be one of them. After Grace takes a heart-mending hiatus, her first assignment is to go on a couple of dates with a counterpart from the men's magazine Oxford and report her impressions. Grace 1.0 may have been instantly smitten with the gorgeous correspondent, but Grace 2.0 has sworn off relationships for six months, and she's not falling for his outstanding bod and trophy-winning kisses... or is she?
Jake Malone wants to get back to the fly-by-night, who-knows-what's-next guy he used to be, and he knows exactly how to do it. Oxford is adding a travel section, and Jake—with no wife and no kids and a willingness to live anywhere, eat anything, do everything—is perfect for the job... except that his playboy reputation makes his new editor nervous. To get the gig, he must agree to a fluffy joint article with Stiletto.
But after just one date with snooty, sumptuous, sensational Grace Brighton, Jake starts taking this assignment a whole lot more seriously...
Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex… Her articles in Stiletto magazine are consistently the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But Riley has a secret… all that sexy talk? Not an ounce of it comes from personal experience. Her own bedroom escapades are more limited than even her best friends know. When her editor requests that all columnists write something more personal for Stiletto’s anniversary issue, Riley turns to the one man she’s always been able to count on and calls in the favor of a lifetime.
Sam Compton would do anything for Riley McKenna. Anything except be her experimental sex toy. He refuses her request. At least until she tells him that it’ll either be him or she’ll go to someone else. And that, Sam can’t accept. Reluctantly he agrees to her terms—one night of completely meaningless sex in the name of research. Riley thinks she’s prepared for what awaits her in Sam’s bed. After ten years of writing about sex, actually doing it shouldn’t be that different, right? So wrong. What starts as “one time only” becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn first-hand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.
As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.
After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée... right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.
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Julie, Grace, Riley & Emma want to bring a little “heat” to your Holiday Season, so they are playing NAUGHTY, NICE, STILETTO & SPICE!
Each heroine has chosen the perfect blend of Naughty, Nice, Stiletto & Spice for four different personality types…so make sure to follow the tour to find out if you are Flirty, Luscious, Sweet or Sophisticated!
Lauren Layne is the USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance.
Prior to becoming an author, Lauren worked in e-commerce and web-marketing. In 2011, she and her husband moved from Seattle to New York City, where Lauren decided to pursue a full-time writing career. It took six months to get her first book deal (despite ardent assurances to her husband that it would only take three). Since then, Lauren's gone on to publish ten books, including the bestselling Stiletto series, with several more on the way in 2015.
Lauren currently lives in Chicago with her husband and spoiled Pomeranian. When not writing, you'll find her at happy hour, running at a doggedly slow pace, or trying to straighten her naturally curly hair.
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Emma and Alex's story is a long and twisted one. Five years ago, she was a debutante marrying the man of her dreams. He was an injured ex-soccer player who broke her heart with a deal he made with her dad. The wedding never happened.
Now, Emma Sinclair and Alex Cassidy work in the same building for the same parent company. That's just awkward and not at the same time. Neither one of them wants to admit it bothers them. Still, it does.
Emma thinks he wanted her twin sister and not her. She cannot let him back in for fear she will get hurt again. The attraction is still there. The handsome man still makes her insides quiver.
Alex wants just for once for Emma to hear what he has to say - and to believe him. He never wanted anyone but her and the fact that they are both still single is telling. For a short time, he becomes her boss and tells her she must write about her ex-boyfriends for an issue in the magazine. Secretly, he wants information she is unwilling to share with him.
They share mutual friends, and those friends are getting married. It twists the knife a bit for both Emma and Alex. Their friends want them to get back together and are giving out not so subtle hints about it. Emma, as a writer for Stiletto magazine, she often talks about break-ups and heartache. She is what most would call an expert.
This is the 4th installment in Lauren Layne's Sex, Love, & Stiletto Series it tells the tale for Emma and Alex that we almost did not get. Only the fan response brought it to light. I loved this story and like all the others in this series it is an easy, sexy read. The characters are fun and the other characters from the series appear in this book and have plenty to say!
***This ARC copy is given free from Netgalley.com for an honest review.