After Hours Series
by Elle Kennedy
A Contemporary Romance Series
From Entangled Publishing–Brazen
One Night of Sin (After Hours #1)
Sometimes it’s good to be bad…
When it comes to sex, good girl Skyler Thompson always plays it safe, choosing stable and sedate over wild and thrilling. She doesn’t do one-night-stands, but one look at sinfully sexy Gage Holt and she’s willing to reconsider. He makes her want to be bad for once in her life, and she’s prepared to take what she wants.
Danger follows former MMA fighter Gage Holt like a shadow. Despite his successes as part owner of Sin, an exclusive nightclub in Boston, Gage can’t risk getting involved with a woman, especially one as sweet as Skyler. Still, he can’t resist a taste—and it’s so damn good he has to see her again.
As addicted as he is to her, Gage knows there’s no future for him and Skyler—not with his past lurking in the dark corners of an MMA cage. But Skyler’s tougher than she looks, and she’s ready to fight for her man.
One Night of Scandal (After Hours, #2)
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?
One Night of Trouble (After Hours, #3)
No More Mr. Nice Guy…
The moment AJ Walsh sees the sexy, tattooed pixie walk up to his bar, it’s lust at first sight. He’s always been labeled the “nice” guy―opening doors, buying flowers, and never, ever having one-night stands. But with this wicked little angel with red lips and unfathomably dark eyes? Oh, yeah. Tonight, “nice” has nothing to do with it…
Brett Conlon is trying to convince her family that she’s put away her reckless wild girl side for good. Nothing―and no one―could be better for her reputation than golden boy AJ Walsh. So they make a deal: if he plays The Good Boyfriend for her family, he can be a very, very bad boy with her. Now their one naughty night is about to turn into a whole lot of trouble…
In One Night of Sin we meet the heroes of the series. Gage, Reed and AJ are long time friends and business partners in their club Sin.
Gage and Skyler meet at club Sin after exchanging heated looks across the floor. Actually, they met in the back alley of the club where they exchanged more than just mere looks. In that moment, their chemistry sizzled and I knew this was going to be one scorching read!
Skyler’s life revolves around her job and her studies–until that one encounter with Gage. Determined to be a bad girl she engages in a ‘no-string’ affair without expecting anything more than awesome sex with a hot guy. But Gage turned out to be a caring guy who carried the weight of the world on his shoulders.
Gage doesn’t do relationships. His past relationship ended badly and he’s convinced he’s got nothing to give to a woman other than a good time. Skylar is too sweet for the likes of him, but he can’t resist her, so he accepts her arrangement. But soon he comes to need her and the escape she provides. With Skylar, Gage can let go of his problems and just feel–something he hasn’t been able to do before now.
I loved everything about this story. The characters were intriguing, their chemistry intense and their connection was easily palpable. I especially enjoyed the mix of emotions the author brought to the page, especially since most of them came from Gage and his struggle with the feelings Skylar had awaken in him.
Of course, the sex scenes were superb. Elle Kennedy has definitely made it into my auto buy list! She brought the urgency the characters were feeling, the passion they shared for one another and the sweetness of the act once emotions came into play. I loved it! It was sexy, sensual and everything in between.
It is also in One Night of Sin that we meet Darcy, AJ’s girlfriend and the woman Reed cant’t stop thinking about. Their story takes place in the next book in the series One Night of Scandal.
Reed is considered a player. But in truth he’s just lusting after his best friend’s girlfriend. So when he sees her flirting with another guy at a club he confronts her only to find out that she and AJ had broken up already. Temptation hit him immediately, but his loyalty won out in the end and he didn’t give in into his attraction. That time.
Darcy wants a man that ignites her passionate side. She liked AJ and considers him a close friend, but there wasn’t a bit of spark in their relationship and she’s bound and determined to find it. And she does–in Reed’s arms.
I need to find me a Club Sin to hang out in because naughty, sexy things seem to take place there on a regular basis. How can a short, clothes-on interlude be so very hot?! Because Elle Kennedy wrote it, that’s why!
In Elle Kennedy’s fashion the sex was sizzling hot and very, very enjoyable. But it’s the emotions she throws into the mix what ultimately make her stories that much more worthwhile.
This time around we have a conflicted Reed fighting his feelings for a woman he’s not supposed to lust after. But for him is more than attraction and he can’t stay away. I loved Reed! He was caring and sweet and so very sexy with that filthy mouth of his.
I thought Darcy was a great partner for him. She gave as good as she got and even when she was torn between her feelings for Reed and the terms of their arrangement, she made an effort to get to know Reed better. I loved that she got to see him as more than a player and a hard edged fighter. I wanted to shake some sense into her a time or three–she was so oblivious it was ridiculous.
In any case, their story was a mix of the sweet and the hot with plenty of entertaining dialogue to complement Reed and Darcy’s explosive chemistry.
And now AJ is single and not necessarily on the prowl. He’s the boy next door, sweet and vanilla–at least that’s what he tries to portray to please his parents. But there is something about Brett that calls to him and he doesn’t think he can keep his real self hidden much longer–especially when she pushes every one of his buttons and offers him the chance to let lose with her while he pretends to be her boyfriend.
AJ, AJ, AJ. That man was hot while pretending to be the perfect gentleman, but when he allows himself to let go that man is downright steaming. He hides behind his facade, never being himself. I loved his wild side and how Darcy responded to him. She gave as good as she got, which made for some interesting scenes.
What I’ve come to enjoy about Elle Kennedy’s writing is that she infuses the story with humor, emotions and passionate moments while still keeping in the forefront the romance. AJ and Darcy’s connection was immediate and easily palpable, but I sure loved to see that connection being established as the story progressed. I enjoyed their flirty banter, their entertaining bickering and their ever-present chemistry which never failed to explode whenever they were together.
All in all, a fantastic addition to the series.
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
Excerpt One Night of Trouble
He flashed that boyish smile she was growing accustomed to. “All right. Ask me.”
She knit her brows. “Ask you what?”
“To be your pretend boyfriend. Isn’t that what this heart-to-heart has been leading to?”
Brett faltered. “Actually, I was only going to invite you to the barbecue. I figured a few days after that, I can just tell them I dumped you.”
Those green eyes sparkled. “Bullshit. They’d never believe it.”
“Because I’m fucking awesome, Brett. You’d never dump me.”
“Gee, it’s good to know you don’t suffer from any confidence deficiencies.”
“Seriously, it would look too suspicious if you announce out of the blue that we broke up. Besides…” The twinkle in his eye turned to smoky promise. “We have the perfect opportunity here, and I’m not about to pass it up.”
“What opportunity?” she said slowly.
“To turn this one-night stand into a several-nights stand.”
AJ smiled again, and a dimple she hadn’t noticed before appeared in his chin. Sweet Lord, the guy was unbelievably cute.
No, he wasn’t cute. He was sexy. And she’d be lying through her teeth if she said the idea of sleeping with him again wasn’t incredibly appealing.
As if he’d read her mind, his voice grew low and husky. “You still want me as much as I want you.”
“Oh, do I?” she mocked.
“Don’t play games, angel. We both know it’s true.” He paused. “Your dad is giving you an answer at the end of the month, right?”
She nodded warily.
“That gives us three and a half weeks to keep doing what we’re doing.” There was no mistaking the reckless glint in his eyes.
“And what exactly are we doing?”
“Having fun. Making each other come.”
She ignored the hot shiver that traveled up her spine. “And then what?”
“Then your dad gives you the manager job, you tell your family we broke up, and we go our separate ways.”
Biting her lip, Brett mulled over what was beginning to sound like a solid plan—especially the sex part. Three more weeks of super-sexy naked time with this man? Sign her up.
About the Author
bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a BA in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
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