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Review: Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

Scandal Never SleepsTitle: Scandal Never Sleeps

Author: Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Series: The Perfect Gentlemen (Book #1)

Publication Date: August 18, 2015

Format: Paperback, 400 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425275329 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425275320 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

They are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives . . .

Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him . . .

Mad groomed Everly Parker to be a rising star in the executive world. Now that he’s gone, she’s sure her job will be the next thing she mourns, especially after she ends up accidentally sleeping with her new boss. If only their night together hadn’t been so incendiary—or Gabe like a fantasy come true . . .

As Gabe and Everly struggle to control the heated tension between them, they discover evidence that Mad’s death was no accident. Now they must bank their smoldering passions to hunt down a murderer—because Mad had secrets that someone was willing to kill for, and Gabe or Everly could be the next target . .

Quick & Dirty: A one night stand, can two strangers figure out who killed Maddox before something happens to either one of them?

Opening Sentence: “Gabriel Bond really wanted to murder his best friend.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Gabriel is helping put together the funeral for his best friend Maddox, who also happens to be the father of Sarah’s unborn baby (Gabriel’s sister), when he meets Eve and decides to have a one night weekend with her. Eve or Everly is the head of cyber security for Maddox’s company and pretending to be someone else for the weekend just might help her deal with her boss’s death. After the weekend ends it soon becomes clear there is so much more going on here than a weekend. Eve finds out that Gabriel is a super rich playboy, and Gabriel hears rumors of Maddox’s affair with Everly, except he hasn’t quite figured out that Eve and Everly are the same person.

Before they even begin to figure out things between them Eve starts receiving texts from a mysterious informant who warns her not to get too close to Gabriel. Gabriel finds out that he is the number one suspect in Mad’s death and things just keep getting deeper and deeper. As Eve and Gabe get closer to each other, they also get in deeper trying to figure out why and who murdered Mad.

This is one where it was hard not to say so much more about the book to avoid spoilers. Some of the information doesn’t seem spoilery, but it is and you have to read this book without spoilers! This book was great, I really like Eve, she was super smart and really unwilling to put up with a lot of BS. Gabe was okay, but he did improve by the end of the book. The mystery was really good, I did suspect one of the people before it was revealed but I really didn’t get the whole picture until the author laid it out. Plus, there was so much in the revelation department that you really didn’t get a good feel for the whole ending until all the pieces were laid out.

Eve and Gabe are the romantic couple in this book, and they start off as strangers who fall in bed, than in love all while trying to figure out who to trust and solve Mad’s murder, with some help from the other Perfect Gentlemen. Considering this is a new series, I thought it was really bold that the authors’ killed off one of the Perfect Gentlemen in the first book. But a in some ways a smart move, because it really allows them to introduce the remaining group and get a sense of them before their books are even written. Plus, all of them are in the other books as well! So, if you like your romance shaken, not stirred, then read Scandal Never Sleeps! It’s got everything from mystery, to sex trafficking, murder and love!

Notable Scene:

“His words shook her to her core because the feel of him, of this shared pleasure, haunted her, too.”

“And this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.”

“She had until then to find everything she could about Maddox’s death and decide what she would do next.”

“It was time to figure out who her informant was and what the hell he knew.”

“As Everly stared at the woman, a flood of fear paralyzed her.”

The Perfect Gentlemen:

1. Scandal Never Sleeps

2. Seduction in Session (January 5, 2016)

3. Big Easy Temptation (May 3, 2016)

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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Scandal Never Sleeps. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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