Monday, July 13, 2015

Enflame - S. Layne - NEW RELEASE

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Title: ENFLAME (The Affair, #3)
Author: Stacey Lynn writing as S. Layne
Release Date: July 13, 2015
Genre: Erotic Romance
Talia Merchant dropped the idea of a forever kind of love after the first guy she loved stole not only her heart, but he also took her virginity….and then he took off. Now, busy with caring for her father and trying to save her teen shelter, Talia doesn’t need the messy entanglements that come with real relationships she doesn’t have time for. But after a mysterious benefactor saves her free clinic and reveals himself…everything changes. Donovan Lore doesn’t just want in Talia’s bed, which is the only thing she offers —he wants inside her heart and he doesn’t care what type of fight Talia puts up. He’s determined to break through every one of her walls until she’s pliable and needy in his hands and writhing beneath him. And Donovan always gets what he wants.

  ENTICE (The Affair, #1) Amazon US | Amazon UK 24852557 When the most difficult decision of Laurie Baker’s life needed to be made, she took off for a weekend alone to weigh her pros and cons and consider all her options. What she didn’t expect was to run face first into one more complication her life didn’t need. Distracting, sexy, and British, Liam Parker offered Laurie exactly what she needed when she was desperate for attention. One night of pleasure. She wanted it. She craved it. She took it. And when the sunlight dawned and the lusty haze of one night of passion disappeared and reality revealed itself… Laurie returned home knowing that everything she had once believed, everything she had once loved and desired, was about to be tossed upside down and shaken in a way she could never imagine.  
EMBRACE (The Affair, #2)
24852565 Liam Parker crash landed into Laurie’s life when everything else was crumbling all around her. Her marriage and career were in pieces and her mind was left spinning. But one touch from Liam, and Laurie could forget everything else around her. She thought she had it all figured out. As Laurie lost herself in Liam’s warm caresses and his commanding blue eyes, her husband refused to go quietly into the night. While Laurie fought to move on, it was James who was working his way back into her life, fighting for the marriage they had once held dear. Forced to make choices she never imagined having to make, Laurie finally found herself on firm footing, knowing which way she was going to turn. But then life threw her another curveball. And when she once again began picking up the pieces, learning how to survive and rebuild after everything exploded, there was only one man still there, one man who remained by her side, showing her that sometimes life isn’t about learning how to survive… It’s about learning how to thrive.    
About S. Layne
Layne currently lives in Minnesota with her husband and four children. When she’s not conquering mountains of laundry and fighting a war against dust bunnies and cracker crumbs, you can find her playing with her children, curled up on the couch with a good book, or on the boat with her family enjoying Minnesota’s beautiful, yet too short, summer. She lives off her daily pot of coffee, can only write with a bowlful of Skittles nearby, and has been in love with romance novels since before she could drive herself to the library.  
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Elizabeth's Review

3.5 stars

Review copy provided by author

When I first started this book, it didn’t seem all that different from others I’ve read. Wealthy man sees something he wants and he makes it happen – and to be honest, there is an element of that here, but there is also love and history to make the story interesting.
Talia and Donovan dated in college, his father died and he disappeared only to reappear 8 years later needing her help. I really didn’t like Donovan at first. He was egotistical and cold and I could understand why his nephew resisted him. Early on, Talia was more personable and it was easier to understand her motives if not support her actions.
Enflame follows the frenemies to lover’s path.  Donovan never comes across as warm and fuzzy, but you do get to see a softer side that makes him much more likeable. I appreciated how he finally opened up and explained to Talia what happened in the past and then stood up for her and their relationship in the present.
I enjoyed Enflame, but honestly felt that it was a little on the long side for the story being told. One element of the story, that I felt was a little overdone was the sexy time. The point was made early on that these two can’t keep their hands off of each other, so the multitude of sex scenes seemed to be over kill. Some of the ways Donovan talked to Talia while they were intimate also came across as overly harsh and I could understand why she didn’t know where she stood with him emotionally. The sexy time thing is a matter of taste, but I felt there was a little too much where it didn’t really serve the story. 
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