Six nights to remember, six days to forgive…
Esther is grateful for the strong arms that saved her and her young son from an earthquake. But she wishes their rescuer was someone else. Anyone other than the man who left her pregnant after a holiday fling.
Toby’s carpentry skills take him wherever there’s work, and right now that work is definitely cut out for him. He has to get over the shock that the little boy in his arms is his own son—and convince Esther that he’s always regretted walking away from her.
Esther can’t bring herself to deny Toby his right to get to know Charlie. Besides, with her own home flattened, she has nowhere to go but with him to his apartment…where she discovers a sexy role-playing card game tucked in his suitcase.
When Toby invites her to accompany him to the Northland to attend his best friend’s wedding, the opportunity to explore their still-simmering attraction is too tempting to resist. As the steamy scenarios heat up, they start to realize this is more than a game. But Esther’s hiding a secret that could cause as much devastation as the earthquake…
Contains role-playing fun including Roman slave and master, sexy schoolgirl spanking, and interrogation of a spy. Silk scarves included.
The first in this series was the reason I so readily agreed to review this one and the similarities made it both fabulous and frustrating at the same time. In this one, Toby meets back up with an old flame, which he can’t quite put out of his head, in the midst of an Earthquake. There, he realises that the young boy that she has with her is his son and that he has unknowingly been a Daddy for a while. It is, Ladies and Gents, a secret baby plotJ *happy dance*
I love this trope and this one had the usual “Mom though Dad was an A-Hole who was only after sex, so didn’t tell him” plot line, except, this time, mom was dead wrong. Toby was LOVELY. Once he found out he had a son he did everything in his power to try to get to know his son and, bar a few very inappropriate but funny quips, I thought he did a fine job! He was sweet yet firm with the very cute little munchkin and my heart melted with every hair ruffle he threw his father-starved child. I adored him in all ways but I especially loved him in his relationship in Ester. He was so set on not trying to scare her off, that he put his own feelings and wants at bay. True, he was running scared from them too, but, deep down, he knew what he wanted. I loved him.
Ester was a good heroine but her decision making was terrible. What woman decides to not tell the man who was the father of her child that he was a father, even after he came looking for her, because she was piqued that he treated their holiday romance as thus? Then she made scenes at a wedding (great timing there) and perpetually voiced that Toby couldn’t be attracted to her, even when he showed her differently often. She frustrated me because she was so stubborn in her beliefs but I did like that she could be swayed by tangible proof. She could see that Toby was a fabulous father and she knew that they lit up the sheets together. It was so odd the way she was a different character in bed and out; out she was over-analytical and closed off out of bed but within situations with Toby she was a fabulous sex-kitten who was willing to try anything. I liked her in the sexual scenes but she annoyed me periodically in the ones outside of the bedroom.
The sex scenes are what I read this book for and they didn’t disappoint. The premise of the Naughty Nights game was a simple one; the game contained challenge cards for role playing sex games and there were male and female cards. My favourite was probably the inquisitor role play *fans*. Every single sex scene was amazingly hot, even the rougher ones, and these two together were absolutely explosive. Serenity Woods writes incredibly raunchy sex scenes that are not simply there as icing on the cake of the plot.
The similarities between book one and two are obvious; in both books the H/h have a previous relationship and in both they decide on sex for a set period of time, with some risqué themes, just ‘cos they both were single. In both books the downfall is obvious to the reader; you cannot have sex with someone you have any sort of feeling for without it becoming more than just sex. It was obvious that it would be the same plot, with slightly different types of baggage, in this one as with the last and that was a little disappointing to me. Overall, I did enjoy the book a great deal, but only after I accepted the similarities and moved on.
If you want a sexy read with a secret baby plot and amazingly inventive sex scenes, this is one for you. With a heavenly hero, with a very dirty side, this is a tale that will melt your heart and your panties at the same time. Read with an ice-pop nearby.