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…
I found this book very intriguing as it takes a taboo topic of affairs and gives it a realistic spin that leave you realizing no one is above doing it when the circumstances are right.
Laurie loved her husband, or maybe she was comfortable and didn’t feel she needed to put forth more effort. She had a career she loved, a beautiful home and a husband, what more could this woman want? When she finds out her husband and best friend had been having an affair behind her back, her world comes crashing down.
While out of town on business, and to get some space to put her marriage in perspective, she bumps into Liam, a man that melted Laurie’s resolve. With the promise of one night to get her mind off her troubles at home, she accepted. She reasoned that her marriage was over, it was ok for her to do this and it was for only one night, what could it hurt.
Little did she know Liam was going to not only invade her dreams at night, her job was going to be at risk and the truth was going to come out and soon her husband would know what she did. I am sure we all have thought there is no way we could do something like that to our spouse, but the S. Layne proved with this story that events that are beyond our control in life can change a person. It makes their morals weak from the pain they are enduring. It gives reason to the most unreasonable situations. She also proved with Laurie, what happens one night doesn’t always stay in that night, the truth sneaks into our world and could destroy who we are and what we have built. Her writing style is smooth, quick to read as the story just flows off the pages and captures your attention.
I look forward to the next book to see what Laurie finally decides. She has two men who want her, a job that she is desperate to keep, how can she manage all of this and finally decide what is right for her.
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.
I have to say this installment to the series was not what I expected. Before I go on, you must read Entice before Embrace or nothing will make sense for you regarding Laurie and her story. Laurie is devastated with yet another man betraying her and Liam has a lot of explaining to do concerning his connection to the latest betrayal.
James, her ex-husband, is determined to not let go of their marriage. He recognizes what he had done wrong in the marriage which goes beyond the affair but what drove him to do such a devastating act.
Laurie is just an emotional mess. Her job is falling apart, the lies are becoming too much to deal with. Her own family has been less than supportive and her heart and body wants Liam. Seems clear cut right? She could go with Liam, fall even deeper with his accent and sex God body and turn a blind eye to his dealings in the company but her heart is also screaming that she can’t throw away what she and James have created.
I have to say when I started the book I had my choice as to who I wanted her to go with and even with the temptations that S. Layne threw at us in this book, I am still firm on my choice but I could understand what drove her to her final decision. One thing is for sure, I would never want to be in Laurie’s shoes.
Once again I was blown away with the talent of S. Layne. She has a way with words that weaves a story which takes the reader away and into a realm that will leave them questioning what they believe and what they would do. She makes the sinful sound pleasant and the innocent appear guilty. I am looking forward to reading the next book which will feature Talia, Laurie’s friend. The character development is so fabulous in this series, even the side characters were strong and interesting and going into Enflame shouldn’t be a problem at all.