Review: Sinful Longing (Sinful Nights, #3) by Lauren Blakely

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Review: Sinful Longing (Sinful Nights, #3) by Lauren BlakelySinful Longing
Series: Sinful Nights #3
Author: Lauren Blakely
Pages: 300 (Kindle)
Release Date: November 17, 2015
Source: Purchased
Purchase: AmazonTBD (affiliate link)

He's the inked brother. The one you're wondering about. The bad boy of the family.

Colin Sloan has a past. He's done things he's not proud of, but he's living differently now. Making changes in his life. Working hard, working out harder, and trying to win over one woman. He's utterly crazy about Elle Mariano, and though the sex is epic, their friends-with-benefits arrangement just isn’t cutting it anymore. He wants all of her, and is determined to prove he’s what she needs in her life.

Elle is fiery, loyal, and in major lust with Colin Sloan. He’s everything she craves in a man -- smart, sexy, kind -- and a rock star between the sheets. But his past hits too close to home for her, and the people she has to protect. There isn't room in her life for a relationship with Colin. Especially when she’s forced to keep a secret that could tear his family apart…

2 Stars

Sinful Longing is sadly the first book by this author that I haven’t enjoyed. This time we’re following Colin and Elle who have known each other for awhile. They’re basically friends with benefits, although Colin wants more. Elle is reluctant to let him in because he’s a recovering addict and her ex-husband had died from an overdose. Meanwhile, Elle is also the social worker for Marcus who has revealed to her that he’s Colin’s secret younger brother. Then she starts getting threatening messages which may be linked to Colin’s mother’s murder case.

After the shocking ending of Sinful Desire, I was eager to jump into Sinful Longing. However, it doesn’t pick up where the previous book left off. That epilogue actually happens in the middle of the book, meaning most of it is taking place concurrently. Which is fine, but I needed to know more about Marcus! Plus, the romance was just doing nothing for me. It’s like we’re thrown into the middle of everything since Colin and Elle already have a kind of relationship going on. There’s no build up. It’s just them having a lot of sex before Elle finally decides to date him for real. There was no time for me to really get to know either of them or them as a couple.

As for the suspense plot, nothing much happens. Like I said, Marcus introduces himself toward the middle. This prompts the predictable drama, since Elle knew about him but didn’t tell Colin. But he should have known that she couldn’t tell him because of confidentiality! His feelings are not more important than her job ethics! Get over it! On top of that, some arrests are made, but that’s all kind of in the background. Like, hey we just caught some random bad guys! The end! What?!

Sinful Longing was just disappointing all around. But the ending? Yep, another shocking twist!

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