Review: Big Easy Temptation by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

26067931Big Easy Temptation

Series: The Perfect Gentlemen, #3

Authors: Shayla Black, Lexi Blake

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense

Note: I received this book from the publisher via Goodreads in exchange for an unbiased review.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series present the third scintillating novel featuring the privileged, wealthy, wild men of Creighton Academy—the Perfect Gentlemen.

Years ago, Naval officer Dax Spencer and NCIS agent Holland Kirk indulged in a steamy affair—until she betrayed him in the wake of his father’s death. Dax tried to put her behind him with a payback of his own. But he never forgot Holland…

Now, as Dax and his fellow Perfect Gentlemen unravel a web of lies, he discovers his family’s tragedy is part of a much larger conspiracy. Soon, all clues point him back to New Orleans…where Holland waits, protecting her deadly secret and holding a torch for the only man she’s ever loved.

Once reunited, they can’t fight the passion flaring hot and wild. But something sinister lurks around every corner, from the elegance of the Garden district to the beauty of the bayou. Dax and Holland may find their way back to each other—if they survive…

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I haven’t read the first two books in The Perfect Gentlemen series, but I have a feeling it would have been helpful to have read them prior to reading Big Easy Temptation. The background and storylines of all of the gentlemen would have been helpful. That being said, I was still able to read it and understand what was going on.

The writing in Big Easy Temptation was very good. It was a dual point of view story and both Holland and Dax had distinctive voices. I also couldn’t tell when the authors switched back and forth. It could easily have been written by one author. The plot was mysterious and kept me guessing.

Dax was a man who grew up with many privileges but chose to work hard. He was devoted to his family and friends. I loved his cocky and almost forceful nature. Dax went for what he wanted and wasn’t likely to take no for an answer.

Holland was sweet and intelligent, but she also had a lot of strength. She was willing to put the safety of those she loved before her heart.

Dax and Holland’s relationship was my favorite part of the story. They were both strong personalities, so their interactions were filled with intensity. When they clashed, neither was willing to give in. When they loved, they burnt brightly. It was easy to see why their separation didn’t leave much room for them to bond with other people.

The one major thing I didn’t enjoy about this book was the way it was set up. Between the Prologue and Chapter 1, the book abruptly flipped back and forth between three different time frames. Since I was new to the series and was still trying to figure out the characters’ relationships, it confused me a bit. From the first chapter on, the book was set in the past. It mostly set up the present and I found it slower paced than I would have liked. I had to keep pushing myself to read. The second half of the book was set in present day. I loved this part of the book. It was fast-paced, exciting and steamy. I wish the book had focused more on the present and less on the past.

Overall, I enjoyed the mystery and romance of Big Easy Temptation. I would recommend readers who are interested in Big Easy Temptation start with book one to get the most out of the story.


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