This review is for the first three books of the series.
Julia Bell is the owner and bartender of Cubic Z with a big problem hanging above her head: her idiot of an ex-boyfriend left her after “borrowing” money from the mafia and now Julia is the one who has to pay it back. The only problem is that she doesn’t have that kind of money so the only way to do it is by playing poker for her dealer.
Clay Nichols is an entertainment lawyer raised in Vegas with a unique yet perfect family. No secrets, no lies. These are the rules he plays by, but then one sexy bartender comes in the way and all his rules do not apply anymore because he sure as hell will lie if that’s what keeps the woman he loves safe.
First Night: This is a prequel novella and it sure will leave you panting! They have the hottest sex ever (trust me, it is) with the promise of just one night, but then one night wasn’t nearly enough.
“Come back to my hotel. Spend the night with me,” he said softly. “I want to curl up with you. I want to wake up with you. I want to make love to you before I live.”
This prequel is about the night they met in San Francisco and their first sexual encounter and I really loved this one. Everything is just so exciting and perfect and you will want to run to the next one!
Night after night: in this book, things keep getting really exciting! After that unforgettable night, they give a try to a relationship at distance and all is going just fine until her secrets come in the way of their relationship: Julia doesn’t want to reveal her secret to anyone, not even Clay, so she can pay her debt by herself without anyone’s help. But after a liar as an ex-girlfriend, the fact that Julia doesn’t want to open up to him about her problems is a deal breaker for him.
“Now, I am going to tease the ever loving fuck out of you, gorgeous.”
This is where I started second guessing my love for the series. Don’t get me wrong, this book is still really good, the sex sure as hell keeps getting better and better, but besides that, things are just too easy. We are talking about a woman involved with the mafia, even though against her wishes, so things are not supposed to go easy on anyone. I just expected something stronger and darker. This book ends with a cliffhanger.
After this night: Julia finally shares her secrets with Clay and, together, they work it all out.
“Every woman should be jealous of you because of how I feel about you. Because no man has ever wanted a woman like I want you. No man has ever craved a woman as deeply as I rave you. And no man has ever fallen this hard and this fast for a woman.”
This series still has some books about Julia and Clay but since this one doesn’t end with a cliffhanger, I’m not really motivated to read the rest. This was a little unsatisfactory. Things kept happening too easily for my taste and the mafia plot was just too thin. On the bright side, they explore their limits regarding kink and the book has a happy ending.
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