Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Romantic Comedy
Published by Loveswept on April 22, 2014
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In Lauren Layne’s sizzling Sex, Love & Stiletto series, New York’s hottest “sexpert” has been living a lie—and it’s up to one man to keep her honest…all night long.
Riley McKenna knows sex—good sex, bad sex, kinky sex…Her articles inStiletto magazine are consistently the publication’s most scandalous—and the most read. But Riley has a secret…all that sexy talk? Not an ounce of it comes from personal experience. Her own bedroom escapades are more limited than even her best friends know. When her editor requests that all columnists write something more personal forStiletto’s anniversary issue, Riley turns to the one man she’s always been able to count on and calls in the favor of a lifetime.
Sam Compton would do anything for Riley McKenna. Anything except be her experimental sex toy. He refuses her request. At least until she tells him that it’ll either be him or she’ll go to someone else. And that, Sam can’t accept. Reluctantly he agrees to her terms—one night of completely meaningless sex in the name of research. Riley thinks she’s prepared for what awaits her in Sam’s bed. After ten years of writing about sex, actually doing it shouldn’t be that different, right? So wrong. What starts as “one time only” becomes “just one more time.” And then one more. And before they know it, Riley and Sam learn first-hand that when it comes to love, there’s no such thing as just one night.
“This is not happening,” Riley muttered, glancing at the ceiling. “My mother is not telling me my spanking article lacked passion.”
Lauren Layne is a new author for me, and she is now an author I am going to follow closely. After reading this book, I immediately purchased the first two and I plan on buying the fourth whenever that may be released. The four friends in this book are kind of hilarious. And if you ever watched “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” you have a general idea on how these books are made.
Four friends who work for a prominent women’s magazine called “Stiletto”, who all work in the romance department. It started off as just the three, Julie, Grace & Riley — Dating, Love and Sex, respectively… or the non-nice version: Kiss, Cuddle & Fuck (as referenced in book one, “After the Kiss”). All of their stories rise out of an article that they are assigned to do for the magazine and they are brash and bold and I have lady-crushes on all of them.
Moving past the girls, Sam is a fascinating character as well, always on the verge of something great, but due to some factors from his past, never going that last step. And Riley, thankfully, calls him on all of his bullshit and forces him to be a better man who is honest with himself. Both parties were very well written, in my honest opinion.
There are many amazing moments in this book (in all three books) that I absolutely loved and made me giggle out loud.
Sam half braced himself for a catfight, but Emma Sinclair merely stared at Riley over the rim of her wineglass with a raised brow that said I will kill you with this teaspoon.
Emma is a newer character, and in this book I had only just met her and I already cannot wait for her story — a southern belle who has moved to NYC, and has a history with the head of Stiletto’s male counterpart magazine.
Lauren Layne also, seemingly, gives a nod to the Divergent series, as Riley and Sam look at puppies and the little boy is scared of his sister, and Riley comments that they can count out “Dauntless” as a name for him. Ms Layne also understands some very basic principals of female rules:
“The same way a woman can never look at a man her best friend once had a half-second crush on in eighth grade…”
She gets it! There are some basis rules… though the rest of that sentence is the rule that is broken and needs to be broken in this book.
These books are well-written with a clever understanding of women, men and how they operate together in the best of ways. Knowing that women can be just as blind and stubborn as men can, and that both parties are equally stupid when it comes to the other sex at times.
So get this book when it comes out today and get the other two while you’re at it.
Ms Layne, I cannot wait for Emma’s book!