Bad Boys After Dark #3
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing July 11, 2017
World Literary Press
Second chances really do exist…
As the founder of a multimillion-dollar international security business, Carson Bad exposes secrets for a living. He knows better than to forge relationships built on them. But for years he did just that with his best friend, and secret lover, Tawny Bishop. She brought a sense of calm and understanding to his life–in and out of the bedroom. Until one fateful night when a knock at the door changed everything.
Tawny is no longer a naive college student. She’s a sought-after perfumer living in Paris. She has plenty of resources at her fingertips, and lots of lonely nights to think about the only man she’s ever loved–the one she ran away from all those years ago. She needs to move forward with her life, but how can she when Carson still owns her heart?
Maybe showing up in the middle of the night unannounced isn’t the best route to unraveling the past and figuring out her future, but Tawny has played it safe for ten long years, and it’s only made her long for the man she never should have walked away from. Now she’s back in Carson’s life, and he’s determined not to make the same mistake twice. If only he knew what that mistake was…
Carson and Tawny have history, but someone got scared and ran away .. that’s the gist of the past. Tawny wakes up one day and decides to take the bull by the horns and go after her future .. that’s the gist of the present.
I’ve always enjoyed Melissa’s stories. No matter what the trope is, her characters are fully developed and well paired. Her story-lines unfold nicely and don’t leave gaps. That being said, the resolution of the past to the present was a little to quick. A little too neat .. in my opinion that is. This is just one of those stories that while you’re reading pages and pages of a journey/struggle, when it comes to the resolution/HEA it just happens … BAM. As an avid reader I’m intelligent enough to know that not every single conversation that happens between the characters becomes part of the story you read. I get that. Some things you just have to assume, but it should never be the conflict or its resolution. So I wish I was privy to more of how they managed to get past the past. I know it happened, I just didn’t get to read it. But rainbow …. it’s still a ridiculously well thought out story with some serious sexy-sexy 🙂
I loved that the story took place in the now but flashed back to the past intermittently so we could get a full picture of their desire and connection to one another. These two were not only secret lovers, but they were the best of friends. Communication and insecurities is what did them in but also age. They were young college students. Their whole lives ahead. Speaking from experience, that time in your life can be daunting. And so they moved in separate directions. I believe their pull towards one another was always there and their chemistry was off the charts from the get-go. This is definitely one story I would categorize as sexually driven. (and that’s really a very good thing lol)
Go forth and enjoy another great masterpiece by Melissa Foster. Her talent hold no bounds!
Copy provided for blog tour review
With her heart in her throat, she lifted her gaze, and lost her breath at the sight of the strikingly handsome man who had once been her lover and best friend standing a few feet away with his brother, Brett. She’d met Brett once when he’d come to visit Carson at college.
Her attention moved swiftly back to Carson, and she was unable to look away. His white dress shirt was rolled up to his elbows, revealing muscular forearms, and tucked into perfectly tailored dark slacks. He was broader now, tall, and sturdy. A big, beautiful man with the classic good looks of a 1950s movie star. He raked a hand through his short hair, laughing at something Brett must have said. His familiar laughter made her knees weak.
Please look over.
No. Don’t. Her heart might explode.
Wait. Yes, look over.
What was she doing? She was a professional, educated woman. She should not be weak-kneed over the sight of a man. But apparently her body didn’t get the memo, because her pulse skyrocketed, and she could barely breathe. She gripped the handle of her suitcase tighter, using it for balance. Carson turned, his chiseled features softened by the hint of a five-o’clock shadow. Their eyes connected, and his brows knitted, his jaw tensed.
Disappointment clutched her. Didn’t he recognize her? Or did he? Was he angry? She should walk away, but she was pinned in place by his riveting gaze.
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes steamy contemporary romance and contemporary women’s fiction – perfect beach reads – with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page.