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Series: After Hours #2
Published by Entangled Publishing on September 8, 2014
Source: the Publisher
The wrong man never felt so right...
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. But if she lets Reed into her bed, does she stand a chance of keeping him out of her heart?
Ex-mixed martial arts fighter Reed Miller has lusted after his friend AJ’s girlfriend, Darcy Grant, practically since he met her. And despite seeing her on a regular basis at the bar AJ and Reed own together, Reed has kept his distance out of respect for his friendship with AJ. But now AJ and Darcy are broken up and it’s all Reed can do to keep his hands away from her. Then Reed discovers that Darcy wants him too and that AJ, eternal saint that he is, gives Darcy and Reed his blessing. All bets (and clothes!) are off. Darcy know what kind of man Reed is and tries to protect herself by insisting they only carry on a non-committal fling. Just the sort of easy, no strings attached sex Darcy believes Reed to enjoy and the exciting adventure she thinks she craves. But soon Darcy is trying to help Reed and AJ sort out the mystery of exactly who is dealing drugs in their bar and as Reed and Darcy work together, they begin realizing exactly how compatible they are together both in and out of the bed.
Darcy is a passionate woman hiding under a direct, no-nonsense personality and schoolteacher demeanor. Though she is certainly a relationship-seeking kind of woman, she also craves the reckless adventure she believes she will find in Reed’s arms.
Reed is battling against others’ perception of him as an irresponsible, impulsive playboy. Like any bad boy, he has a checkered past, but it’s one he is trying to grow and move on from by taking ownership in the bar he runs with AJ. Through Darcy, Reed also becomes involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and teaches an after-school self-defense class to children at her school.
Reed and Darcy have excellent chemistry. They challenge one another and make each other grow as people. Darcy learns not to make assumptions about a person based on their past and Reed learns how to reach out to others who need his help. One Night of Scandal is a steamy erotica novel with a sweet and sensual romance, witty dialogue, and a dash of mystery (albeit one that wrapped up far too quickly). A quick, enjoyable beach-read or something to spice up a quiet afternoon.