About the Book:
Michael Sloan is all of the above, with a hard tough edge to boot. He's not the guy he used to be. Years ago, before all the s&%t went down, he was laidback, carefree, and even happy-go-lucky.
Life changed him. Hardened him.
There's one woman though who can break down his walls. Someone who knew him then. Who can reach inside to that heart he protects fiercely...because she's the only one he ever gave it to. When they collide, it's tender and savage, gentle and rough, and makes them both hungry for more of this electric, once-in-a-blue moon kind of sexual chemistry. But it's a battle of wills between Michael and the woman he loves, with words and emotions held close to the vest.
She doesn't believe she can ever move on from her own heartbreak, but when Michael makes her feel for the first time in years, it's both thrilling and scares the hell out of her, setting off all her flight instincts. He's determined not to lose her again, but he'll have to learn to let her in if he ever wants to fully heal from the past...
The problem is, she knows something about the night his family shattered. She has the missing puzzle piece...but neither one of them realizes it.
SINFUL LOVE is the fourth and final book in the steamy, sexy, suspenseful New York Times Bestselling Sinful Nights series from Lauren Blakely, author of the wildly popular Seductive Nights series...
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Sinful Love, Boring Romance
What I liked:
The dirty talk was F#$%KING filthy! I was turned on more by the bedroom dialog than I was the bedroom gymnastics. Lauren writes incredibly naughty dialog. Me likey. A lot. Also, some of the filthy dialog was in FRENCH! HOLY DAMN HELL! I could hear Michael's deep, arousal heavy voice in my ear, telling me to F#*K him harder, in French. <<SHUDDER>>
I liked that we finally see the conclusion to the over-arching story of Michael's father's death. We see justice served for that horrible crime. While I was glad to see the bad guys get caught, there wasn't enough intensity in the final confrontation scenes to raise them above the MEH factor. It was too tame. I read who the real players behind the crime were, and then I skipped over the rest of it to get to the end.
I liked seeing the Sloan family act like a family. As someone who has family close, I realize what a treasure having close family can be. I enjoyed the back and forth between the brothers, and I enjoyed seeing how the other brothers' romances had progressed after their separate books.
What I didn't like:
I didn't like Annalise. Sure, she was SWEET, but she was too... bland. She was a butane lighter - one minute turned off and the next turned on and burning up whatever she was touching. The love scenes became a little too predictable. She was always wet, always right on the edge of coming, and, turns out, she likes it rough. While that is as sexy as hell (in a guy) it made me think of her as too eager to please -- do whatever you want with me, as long as you screw my brains out against this bathroom door. Her character was boring and I skipped most of her internal dialog.
I didn't like that Annalise got married to another man even though she still had deep feelings for Michael. I understand that she met Julien while she and Michael had drifted apart, but shouldn't she've at least reached out to Michael, one last time, to see if the spark was still there? To see if she could still be with the man who was supposedly her first love? To me, it felt like she just shut that book and opened another. No big deal. THEN when Julien died (spoiler) she just decides to rummage in the attic, find that old book entitled MICHAEL, and open it again. At least she used a book mark instead of dog-earring the pages.
I sympathized with Michael. He never stopped loving her but she pushed pause on her feelings for him, had a whole romantic life with a HUSBAND, and then pushed play again when it suited her. Michael deserved better. I wouldn't feel comfortable being someone's "Oh, well, I guess I'll try you again," lover.
All in all, this book wasn't as wonderful as I'd hoped it would be. The sex TALK was scorching, the romance was meh, and the conclusion to the running plot line was only kind of satisfying.