Their world was sex, love, and lies.
He intoxicated her. Commanded. Consumed.
With a dirty mind and a mouth to match, Clay Nichols is everything Julia never knew she wanted and exactly what she cannot have. He walked into her life one night and unlocked pleasure in her that she never knew was possible. Possessing her body, captivating her every thought. Which makes him way too dangerous for Julia to risk her heart, given that she has a price tag on her head. She ran after one mind-blowing week with him, but now he’s back, and determined to make her his own.
No matter the cost.
She was a sexy drug to him. Fiery, unforgettable, and never enough, Julia is an enigma, and Clay isn’t willing to let her go without a fight. But she’s got dark secrets of her own that threaten to destroy any chance of happiness. She’s a wanted woman—the stakes are high, her every move is watched, and yet the lure between them can’t be denied. Can two people burned by love trust again when desire and passion are met by danger at every turn?
Lauren Blakely has become such a guilty pleasure for me. I saw this book on sale for Kindle and I had to buy it. Then when I finished it I had to buy the sequel. So far I’ve resisted buying the third one but honestly it’s only a matter of time.
The version of the novel that I got thankfully came with the short prequel novella, First Night, that explained Julia and Clay’s first night together. I thought that added a lot to the story and I couldn’t imagine diving into this book without having that context so I definitely recommend reading that first.
This story begins when Clay makes his way to Julia’s bar when he’s in San Francisco for business, at the recommendation of Julia’s sister who he met in New York. One thing leads to another and Clay and Julia end up hooking up before Clay has to go back to New York.
But Julia has a messy past that’s currently affecting her present and she hasn’t told anyone about it and doesn’t plan to. Julia wants to handle her troubles on her own, which is why she keeps them a secret from Clay and tries to keep him at a distance. Unfortunately for Julia, her heart and body don’t want to leave Clay alone and Clay definitely doesn’t want to leave her alone.
However what Clay can’t deal with is secrets and lies. After being burned by an ex Clay hates liars but Julia has to lie to keep her secret. Clay has to decide just how much he’s willing to trust Julia even though she doesn’t trust him.
I loved Julia and Clay’s relationship. It was like a better version of Fifty Shades of Grey. They even had emails just like Anna and Christian did (which was my favorite part of that trilogy). It even seemed like Blakely was throwing a dig at Fifty Shades when Clay told Julia, “I’m not playing out some childhood trauma in the way I like to have sex.” Shade or coincidence? We may never know.
Clay and Julia were funny and flirty together and although I started skimming the erotic parts (they all start to sound the same to me) it was still pretty steamy. This was definitely a fun, quick read. I finished it all in one day because I couldn’t put it down. So good!
“If it’s that a drink, no. If purple snow globe is a secret code word for something naughty, I’m game.”