REVIEW: Scandal Never Sleeps

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By Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

This is the first book in the Perfect Gentlemen series.

Audiobook narrated by Kaleo Griffith

They are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives . . .

Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him . . .

Mad groomed Everly Parker to be a rising star in the executive world. Now that he’s gone, she’s sure her job will be the next thing she mourns, especially after she ends up accidentally sleeping with her new boss. If only their night together hadn’t been so incendiary—or Gabe like a fantasy come true . . .

As Gabe and Everly struggle to control the heated tension between them, they discover evidence that Mad’s death was no accident. Now they must bank their smoldering passions to hunt down a murderer—because Mad had secrets that someone was willing to kill for, and Gabe or Everly could be the next target . . .

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Synopsis:

Connor Sparks, Dax Spencer, Gabriel Bond, Maddox Crawford, Roman Clader, Zack Hayes met at Creighton Academy in the seventh grade and ironically became known as The Perfect Gentleman. Twenty-two years later this group of boys has grown into American royalty. So much so, one of them was elected President of the United States.

Gabriel Bond comes from a wealthy American family. As a matter of strict tradition he was sent to the Creighton Academy where he and his friends always managed to find trouble. Now as an adult the quintessential rich playboy. He parties all over the world and sleeps with a revolving bevy of super model beauties. The only woman that’s a constant in his life is his sister Sarah.

Everly Parker is a young computer nerd comes from humble beginnings. When her mother left, it was just her and her father. He was a cop and made sure that she knew how to take care of herself. Now, she’s in charge of cyber security as a VP of Crawford industries.

Everyone is shaken to hear about the death of one of their own, Maddox. When they all come together to mourn his passing and celebrate his life, Gabe sees a striking woman across the bar is drawn to her. Now that Mad’s gone Gabe has more responsibilities than ever, but he takes the opportunity to spends the weekend at the Plaza with Eve as a temporary reprieve from life. Gabe’s life is made even more complicated when they learn that Mad’s death may not have been an accident. In an effort to uncover the truth and stay alive themselves, the group must pull together their resources and connections to find the secret Mad was trying to uncover in this steamy murder mystery.  

April’s Book Review:

There is a common misconception that romance novels are full of sex and lack substance...well they do have sex and thank amen to that. This book is a great example to prove this line of thought wrong. This story definitely has romance and plenty of steamy hot sex. But, it is also a murder mystery. This isn’t just a story about a billionaire impressing a young virgin with his money before he takes her to bed (fyi...I like those kinds of stories too). This is a well thought out and researched story.

I really enjoyed this book. I love the close group of friends and their stories of growing up and their inside jokes (I hope I get to find out why they call Zack Scooter).

Usually I prefer first person narratives. But, Black and Blake did a great job of limiting the omnipotent narrator.

April’s Audiobook review:

This is the first story I’ve listened to narrated by Kaleo Griffith. He has a great voice. This story is told in the third person so it works only having a single narrator. His female voices are super cute. I’ll definitely be continuing the story. I look forward to listening to him again in another universe.

Why did we choose this book:

I chose this book after reading the Doms of Her Life Series by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob and Isabella LaPearl. I was only expecting a BDSM story, which it was. But, it was also more. I was surprised by the emotion and the very serious life topics. I finished one of the books in that series right around the time when Scandal Never Sleeps was announced and knew I would be intrigued.

Who should read this book:

If you’re looking for a good story that will “keep you on the edge of your seat” and love a good steamy sex scene, this is an amazing book. FYI...bet you can’t stop at just one.


Book Two: 

Seduction In Session

by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

Read a review of Seduction in Session by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake.

Connor Sparks goes undercover to find out what Lara Armstrong knows about the situation threatening his friend Zack. It’s a good thing he is around, because as it turns out Lara needs protecting. But, who is going to protect Connor when Lara finds out he has been lying to her? It may take a presidential pardon to get him back into her good graces.


About the Authors:

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Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author of more than forty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn't until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

Her first novel, Their Virgin Captive: Masters of Ménage, Book 1, was a collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black. There are six more books available in the series: Their Virgin's Secret, Their Virgin Concubine, Their Virgin Princess, Their Virgin Hostage, Their Virgin Secretary, and Their Virgin Mistress.

In addition to the Masters of Ménage series, she is the author of the Masters and Mercenaries series. The first nine novels, The Dom Who Loved Me, The Men with the Golden Cuffs, A Dom is Forever, On Her Master's Secret Service, Love and Let Die, Dungeon Royale, A View to a Thrill, You Only Love Twice, and Master No are available now, along with the novellas Sanctum, Unconditional, Dungeon Games, Cherished, Luscious, Adored, and Just One Taste. The tenth novel, From Sanctum with Love, is coming February 23, 2016, along with a new novella, Devoted, on April 12, 2016.

In 2013, Lexi also began releasing her urban fantasy series, Thieves. The full series, Steal the Light, Steal the Day, Steal the Moon, Steal the Sun, and Steal the Night, are available now on Amazon. The first two books in a spin-off of the series, Ripper and Addict, were released in 2015. Look for Sleeper, the next book in the spin-off series, to be released in Fall of 2016.

Lexi again collaborated with Shayla Black in a new series The Perfect Gentlemen. The first book, Scandal Never Sleeps, is now available. Book two, Seduction in Session, will release on January 5, 2016, followed by book three, Big Easy Temptation, on May 3, 2016.

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