REVIEW: Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

October 1, 2015 Adrienne's Reviews, Blog Post, Reviews 0 ★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for readers under 17 years of age due to sexual content, drug and alcohol use, suicide, and/or violence.
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Scandal Never Sleeps by Lexi Blake, Shayla Black
on August 18, 2015
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Erotica, Mystery, New Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Travel
Pages: 392
ASIN: B00OQS4BUC
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From the New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series . . .

They are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives . . .

Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him . . .

Mad groomed Everly Parker to be a rising star in the executive world. Now that he’s gone, she’s sure her job will be the next thing she mourns, especially after she ends up accidentally sleeping with her new boss. If only their night together hadn’t been so incendiary—or Gabe like a fantasy come true . . .

As Gabe and Everly struggle to control the heated tension between them, they discover evidence that Mad’s death was no accident. Now they must bank their smoldering passions to hunt down a murderer—because Mad had secrets that someone was willing to kill for, and Gabe or Everly could be the next target . . .
Adrienne's Review v2

A story of scandal amongst five childhood friends, Shayla Black and Lexi Blake draws you in with murder, intrigue, suspense, and smoldering intense sexual tension.

From the moment I picked up Scandal Never Sleeps till the very last page, I couldn’t put it down.  I WAS HOOKED.  The reader is pulled quickly in from the very beginning, it’s a classic whodunit.  Maddox Crawford the childhood friend of Gabriel Bond is dead.  Plan and simple except maybe it’s not.  Gabriel isn’t so sure that his best friend’s death was as innocent as a plane crash.

I absolutely loved the dynamic between Gabriel and his buddies from school.  Each character unique, each with an obvious story to tell, and all of them in one way shape or form play a significant role in this book.  I love knowing that each of the following stories in this series will be based around this one.  I mean it has to.  I hope it does.  I had no idea who to believe in this oh so wicked web of intrigue.  Black and Blake did a phenomenal job of juggling secrecy, scandal, and sex.  I didn’t know what I wanted to have happen.  The dynamic between Everly and Gabriel was some of the best push and pull, sexual tension I’ve ever read.

Once the two main protagonists tussle in the sheets they quickly find themselves stuck with each other trying to figure out what really happened to Maddox.  Both from two different sides of the track, both can’t decide if they can trust each other, neither of them wants to stop touching each other.  That tension, you know when you can’t decide if you want to kiss him or throttle him?  Yea that tension is hard to write but this dynamic writing duo hit that nail right on the head.  I found myself rooting for Gabriel only to switch sides and start rooting for Everly.  I didn’t know what I wanted have the time which was good because neither did they.

Add to all of that the main plot of murder and mayhem and you have the perfect recipe for a sexy, scandalous story.  I read the book quickly and felt that wonderful stated happiness you only get from a well told book.  The one and only thing that would have made it perfect, not ending it so abruptly.  I just felt like the ending was a bit rushed.  I would have liked to savor the finish.  Other than that you’re gonna love Scandal Never Sleeps.

*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

About Lexi Blake

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

Her first novel, Their Virgin Captive: Masters of Ménage, Book 1, was a collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black. There are five more books available in the series: Their Virgin’s Secret, Their Virgin Concubine, Their Virgin Princess, Their Virgin Hostage, and Their Virgin Secretary. The next book in the series, Their Virgin Mistress, is releasing this April.

In addition to the Masters of Ménage series, she is the author of the Masters and Mercenaries series. There are eight full-length novels and four novellas available now, with more coming in 2015.

In 2013, Lexi also began releasing her urban fantasy series, Thieves. The first five are available now, with Ripper, a spin-off to the series, coming in 2015.

About Shayla Black

Shayla Black (aka Shelley Bradley) is the the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 40+ sizzling contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances for multiple print and electronic publishers. She lives in Texas with her husband, munchkin, and one very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

Shayla has won or placed in over a dozen writing contests, including Passionate Ink’s Passionate Plume, Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence, and the National Reader’s Choice Awards. Romantic Times has awarded her Top Picks, a KISS Hero Award and a nomination for Best Erotic Romance of 2007.

A writing risk-taker, Shayla enjoys tackling writing challenges with every book.

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