Series: Sinful Nights #1
Author: Lauren Blakely
Pages: 350 (Kindle)
Release Date: June 30, 2015
She was the one who got away…
Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It’s his greatest regret, especially since she’s all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he’s determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won’t make the same mistake twice.
Easier said than done…
Shannon Paige has hardened her heart to the man she was once engaged to be married to. After the way he left, and after the hell she’s been through with her checkered family, there’s no way she’s letting him into her life again. The problem is, the second she sees him, he’s more handsome and charming than before. And she’s torn between wanting to fight with him and wanting to sleep with him -- Maybe both. Soon they fall into each other’s arms, consumed with a desire that burns through the years.
But if these two fiery lovers are going to have a real second chance at this kind of intense, passionate, bone-deep love, he’ll have to give her his whole heart, and she’ll have to give up all the secrets from her messy past.
And that messy past is about to spill over into her carefully constructed present…
Sweet Sinful Nights is a second chance Romance, which is not my favorite trope, but I found myself enjoying this one. Shannon and Brent dated through college, but had a very hard break-up when he chose his career over her while also belittling her career. Ten years later, they’re both extremely successful and their paths have crossed as Brent’s company hires Shannon’s dancers for his new club. They’re shocked to see each other again after all this time, but the attraction is still there.
Sweet Sinful Nights is jam packed with drama! Some of it I liked, some of it I wasn’t that into. I really believed Shannon and Brent’s fight and their break-up. It was a messed up situation, and he really should have talked to her about it before making decisions for both of them. I also liked how she didn’t immediately fall back into his arms. He had to work for it! Of course, there are plenty of sexy times along the way, but the two do fall back in love. They also have more fights, but always come back together. The big one that almost breaks them up again was the one that I didn’t really care about. It’s not really fair to call that situation “drama” since it is something tragic that happens to lots of people, but I really didn’t care.
The only thing that kept me from loving Sweet Sinful Nights was the dialogue. It was all very melodramatic and occasionally had me rolling my eyes. I just don’t believe that real people speak this way, even when caught up in passion. It also made them seem kind of obsessed with each other, which they probably are, but it still didn’t feel natural. At least they talked out their feelings though.
Sweet Sinful Nights was a good read. It’s not my favorite of the author’s Romances, but I enjoyed it. I do wish the Romantic Suspense elements had been more prominent. I was very interested in what was going on with Shannon’s mother and her case. That final page especially had me eager for more!