by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake
This is the second book in the Perfect Gentleman series.
Privileged, wealthy, and wild: they are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy. But the threat of a scandal has one of them employing his most deceptive—and seductive—talents…
Recruited into the CIA at a young age, Connor Sparks knows how dirty the world can be. Only when he’s with his friends can he find some peace. So when an anonymous journalist threatens one of the Perfect Gentlemen, Connor vows to take down the person behind the computer, by whatever means necessary—even if it means posing as his target’s bodyguard.
Publishing a tabloid revealing Washington’s most subversive scandals has earned Lara Armstrong the ire of the political scene—and a slew of death threats. To keep herself from ending up a headline, Lara hires a bodyguard, a man as handsome as he is lethal.
When the bullets start to fly, Lara is surprised to find herself in Connor’s arms. But as they begin to unravel a mystery that just might bring down the White House, Lara is devastated when she discovers Connor’s true identity—and finds herself at the mercy of forces who will stop at nothing to advance their deadly agenda.
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.
The group is shaken to hear about the death of one of their own, Maddox. They are even more surprised to learn that his 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.
Connor Sparks is not like the rest of the group. He doesn’t come from a wealthy home. He doesn’t even come from a loving home. The only reason he was able to go to Creighton Academy was because of a scholarship program. No one knows it, but the only way he was able to attend Yale with the rest of his friends was because of sponsorship from the CIA. Now he is a special high-level operative that uses everything he learned on the job to help keep his friends safe. So now Connor is going undercover chasing a lead that might threaten his friend Zack, and possibly help them understand why their friend Mad was killed.
Lara Armstrong is not what you would expect from a senator’s daughter. She is philanthropic to a fault, and the secret proprietary of a notorious political gossip rag, Capital Scandals. When her secret informant shares highly sensitive information it puts her life in danger, requiring the services of a bodyguard.
Connor goes undercover to find out what Lara knows about the situation threatening 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.
This story is completely engrossing. I absolutely love Connor. He is a badass that can fit in with the American royalty. I’ve read and enjoyed Black and Blake’s work as individuals. So diving into the Perfect Gentleman series was a no brainer. As a team Black and Blake have moved to the next level. The story is enticing. The characters are scrumptious. Add a bottle of wine, and you have yourself one decadent dessert.
April’s Audiobook review:
Like book one, Seduction in Session was narrated by Kaleo Griffith. He has a great voice and does a wonderful job brining to life the story. I think it may be easier to differentiate stories and character personalities if each of the gentlemen had their own narrator.
Why did I choose this book:
After you read book one you know somethings, but you don't know enough. There is no way you can stop at one book in this series.
Who should read this book:
If you enjoyed book one of the Perfect Gentlemen series, Scandal Never Sleeps, then book two is a no brainer.
An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review.
About the Authors:
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.
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.