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Series: The Players Club #3
on October 19th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, General, Contemporary
Purchase Links: Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | IndieBound
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Kendall Shaw loves her job as a boudoir photographer. When she enlists hot, gorgeous, 100% alpha male, Jase Burns for a custom photo shoot for a romance novel cover, she quickly discovers that he only took the job to get close to her. But her painful divorce has made her wary of men, and especially one who is eight years younger than she is.
The moment Jase sets his sights on beautiful, sexy Kendall, he wants her. Despite their mutual attraction, she's rejected his every advance. But Jase loves a good challenge, and one steamy, seductive night at The Players Club changes everything between them.
Kendall has never experienced such overwhelming passion, or been pursued so tenaciously. Jase is addicting, in every way, and she soon finds herself falling for a man who doesn't fit into her ideal future.
Can Jase convince Kendall to let go of her past and take a risk on a second chance at love—with him?
Also in this series: Playing with Pleasure (The Players Club, Book 2)
Also by this author: Playing with Pleasure (The Players Club, Book 2), Dirty Sexy Saint, Dirty Sexy Inked
Playing with Seduction plays with the age difference trope, putting a refreshing spin on the idea by having the female be the older partner. This isn’t exactly a May-December romance, more of a May-July, early August romance. Eight years separate Kendall and Jace, which may seem like much as she’s 35 and he’s 27. The most important impediment to their relationship is the fact they are at very different points in their lives. Both ultimately want the same thing, only the timing is off.
Kendall spent 10 years married to her college sweetheart, working two jobs and delaying her dream of starting a family so they could eliminate their debt by the time he completed his medical training. You can guess the outcome – finally debt free and ready for the next phase of their marriage, her husband leaves her for a younger woman. Kendall reignited her creative spirit and created a successful boudoir photography business. Now all she needs is a compatible, like-minded man to settle down with and start her long delayed family. Kendall certainly isn’t looking for passion and lust or a simple fling. She wasn’t looking for a man like Jace, but after finding him she tries her darnedest to her heart out of it.
After serving in the military for eight years, Jace has just settled into a new lucrative position in private security. He plans to work hard, save money and eventually find the right woman to help him create the loving, close-knit family he’s always wanted. Problem is, he finds her way too early in his planned timeline. Falling in love with Kendall was easy for Jace, deviating from his plotted course was the hard part. Jace’s background and time in the Service have ruined him for young immature twenty-something girls. Kendall satisfies his emotional (and physical 😊) needs. Her insistence that their relationship is only temporary grates on him from the beginning but he understands her needs and wants her happiness above all else.
The resolution to the timing issue for Jace and Kendall felt rushed and not as emotionally satisfying as it could have been. Circumstances forced their hand before they could each fully realize and act on the consequences of their decisions. The maturity of their emotional connection was a highlight and should have played a larger part in achieving their happy ending. As usual, author Erika Wilde creates sensual energy between her protagonists that radiates through the story, not just in the more intimate scenes. Jace and Kendall were both provided with detailed backstories that informed their decisions and help create fully developed, and fully likable, characters.
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“Holy shit. Did the temperature just rise in here, or am I having a premature hot flash?”
Kendall Shaw laughed at her friend’s tongue-in-cheek comment, along with the dramatic way she fanned her face with her hand. She knew Stephanie Randall wasn’t alluding to menopause but rather the gorgeous, sexy guy who’d just walked into Pure Bliss Boudoir Photography.
Yes, Jase Burns was the epitome of hot. Everything about him radiated the kind of sweltering heat that made a woman—Kendall especially—soften and melt in all the right places. And that was with him fully dressed. Once he peeled away his shirt and jeans and she had free access to stare at his perfectly sculpted body, it was difficult to keep her mouth from watering and her sorely neglected female parts from perking up, as well.
He was heading their way, where Kendall was getting her equipment ready for the photo shoot Jase had arrived for—which was why Stephanie was there in the first place. Her friend’s business in creating fantasy bedrooms for clients came in handy for Kendall’s various boudoir displays. And in this case, today she’d helped set up a seductive setting for the romance novel cover shoot a bestselling author had hired Kendall to do.
Jase’s stride was confident as he approached them, his dark, chocolate-brown eyes solely focused on Kendall. The light stubble along his jawline and chin, which Kendall’s client had requested for this particular series of photographs, was distracting as hell, because it made her wonder how it would feel to have that light dusting of facial hair abrading her neck, across her breasts, between her thighs…
She swallowed back a moan at the thought, even as her inner hussy responded to the erotic images filling her head. Yeah, let the melting commence.
“Hey, sweetheart,” Jase drawled, greeting her with the pet name he’d given her and a smile that hinted at all kinds of sin. “This is the third time you’ve had me back. If you can’t get enough, all you have to do is say yes to going out on a date with me, and I’m all yours.”
Kendall bit the inside of her cheek to keep from returning his smile. The man was absolutely shameless. A charming, gorgeous, persistent flirt who wasn’t the least bit deterred by her many rejections, despite her excuse that she didn’t mix business with pleasure. No, her reasons for turning down Jase in particular ran much deeper and were based on her personal hang-ups, courtesy of the way her ex-husband, Drew, had blind-sided her with the end to their marriage.
“It’s all about what the client wants,” she said in a light, teasing voice, aware of the fact that Stephanie was watching the exchange with interest. “You know that.”
He tipped his head slightly and arched a light brown eyebrow. “But what about what you want?”
Kendall tried not to think about what she wanted with a guy like Jase, because it was all x-rated and belonged in her bedroom—when she was alone at night and could indulge in those wicked fantasies that, lately, always starred him.
When she didn’t reply, Jase shifted his gaze to Stephanie. The two had never met before, and he flashed her a dazzling grin before introducing himself. “I’m Jase Burns.”
“Nice to meet you.” Stephanie’s eyes twinkled mischievously as she slid her hand into the bigger one he’d extended her way. “I’m Kendall’s very good friend, Stephanie.”
“As Kendall’s very good friend, don’t you think she ought to give me a chance?” he said without missing a beat. “I’m really a nice guy. I’m former military and I work for Noble and Associates as a security analyst, so you know I’m not some crazy stalker.”
Kendall’s jaw nearly dropped open. She couldn’t believe he was enlisting Stephanie’s help in persuading her, and she so didn’t trust the sudden look of commiseration on her friend’s face.
“I absolutely agree she should give you a chance,” Stephanie said, laughter in her voice. “She desperately needs to loosen up and have some fun.”
Before Jase could respond to the fact that Stephanie had just unintentionally labeled her as boring and mundane, which was something that still had the ability to make her stomach twist with stupid insecurities, Kendall changed the subject.
“Nicole is already in one of the dressing rooms getting ready,” she said, her tone all business, which she decided was the best way to handle Jase. “You can do the same. I need you to strip down to just your black briefs for today’s photo shoot, per the author’s request.”
“You got it,” he replied, then turned his friendly gaze to Stephanie. “I hope to see you again.”
About Author Erika Wilde
Erika Wilde (aka Janelle Denison) is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 contemporary romances for multiple print publishers.
So, why the new pen name?
As Janelle Denison I’ve always written sexy books, but lately my writing has taken on more erotic elements that I wanted to keep separate for readers because not everyone likes their reading material on the spicier, kinkier side of romance. However, please be assured that even as Erika Wilde, you will still get an emotionally layered story with characters you’ll care about and fall in love with. That is always my goal, whether I’m writing straight contemporary romances, or more erotically charged stories.
Currently, I’m working on The Marriage Diaries and making sure that Dean and Jillian enjoy exploring the more erotic side to their marriage. The series will be on-going, with no foreseeable ending as of right now, for as long as readers want to be voyeurs to Dean and Jillian’s sizzling new relationship.
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The Players Club Series
Playing with Temptation (The Players Club #1)
When Raina Beck is given an invitation to The Players Club, all she wants is a night of decadence with a gorgeous, sexy stranger. The seductive, mysterious man she meets fulfills her deepest desires and most erotic fantasies, giving her a night she’ll never forget. But forgetting him isn’t quite so easy.Logan Cruz prefers his women submissive and compliant in the bedroom …everything the independent Raina is not. Yet from the first moment he lays eyes on her, he’s determined to make Raina his. Despite her resistance.
When Logan is assigned to protect Raina from a stalker, everything between them changes. Sex becomes more than just physical, and emotions run deep. Falling in love was never on Raina’s agenda, but can she let go of the past and surrender the one thing he wants the most . . . her heart?
Playing with Pleasure (The Players Club #2)
Paige Moore has a fulfilling business designing couture corsets for her high profile clientele, but her love life is sorely lacking. Being burned in the worst way possible by Sawyer Burrows has left her guarded and wary when it comes to men and their motives. When her best friend presents her with an invitation to The Players Club, she embraces the chance to enjoy a hot night with a stranger, and finally put her past heartbreak, and Sawyer, behind her.
Sawyer knows he devastated Paige with his careless actions a year and a half ago, and he’s lived every day since with those regrets. Now, seeing Paige at The Players Club, he knows this is his chance to make amends and prove that there is still something between them worth pursuing. If sensual pleasure is what Paige is looking for, then he intends to be the man to spend the night seducing every part of her.
Paige’s surrender is Sawyer’s ultimate goal, but once her desires are sated, will she give them the second chance they deserve?