These two books passed the time pleasantly enough, but were nothing special or particularly compelling. The first was cheap and highly recommended, the second was cheaper and had equal reviews. I didn’t bother with the third in the After Hours series. Elle Kennedy has a large back catalogue I am looking at and I can already recommend to of her new adult romances, The Deal and The Mistake, more highly.
One Night of Sin and One Night of Scandal are for all the well-behaved women out there who have longed for a big, tattooed bad boy. Not just nightclub owners, but also former MMA fighters, the men are big softies hiding behind tough, traditionally, emphatically masculine exteriors. The women are romance novel average which means that they have ordinary careers, but are gorgeous, secretly wild, sensual goddesses, but then aren’t we all.
One Night of Sin
Short Version: Bad boy who’s not so bad, nice girl who needs to cut loose. Relations lead to a relationship.
Long Version Cheat from Amazon: When it comes to sex, good girl Skyler Thompson always plays it safe, choosing stable and sedate over wild and thrilling. She doesn’t do one-night-stands, but one look at sinfully sexy Gage Holt and she’s willing to reconsider. He makes her want to be bad for once in her life, and she’s prepared to take what she wants. Danger follows former MMA fighter Gage Holt like a shadow. Despite his successes as part owner of Sin, an exclusive nightclub in Boston, Gage can’t risk getting involved with a woman, especially one as sweet as Skyler. Still, he can’t resist a taste—and it’s so damn good he has to see her again.
One Night of Scandal
Short version: Bad boy and nice girl who have been secretly pining for each other while she dated his best friend get their chance.
Long Version Cheat from Amazon: Ex-fighter Reed Miller has been secretly lusting over his best friend’s girl for months, but he refuses to jeopardize a friendship over a woman–especially one who doesn’t like him all that much. Now that Darcy’s on the market again, it’s even more imperative to stick to his strict hands-off policy. But the sizzling attraction between them is too powerful to ignore, and once he’s had a taste of her…all bets are off. Darcy Grant is tired of walking the straight and narrow path. She’s on the hunt for passion, and there’s no denying Reed is just the man to give it to her. Although she has no interest in dating a bad boy, and certainly not her ex’s best friend, it’s impossible not to melt beneath Reed’s skillful touch. Now it’s just a matter of setting a few ground rules–and hoping her rule-breaking, sweet-talking bad boy agrees to follow them.