A SAHM that reads and reviews romance (all sub genres of romance), Urban Fantasy & Sci-Fi, sometimes Horror, and YA (some sub genres of it).
I've been reading since I was my oldest daughter's age….thanks to R.L. Stine & Christopher Pike…and later on thanks to Anne Rice. Those 3 authors changed my life and I have been obsessed with reading ever since.
After this Night is the second book in Lauren Blakely’s Seductive Nights series and it concludes Julia’s and Clay’s story together. Here is when Julia’s big dilemma finally has been fixed and Clay’s true feelings come out. Warning: If you have not read the prequel First Night or the first book Night After Night, you will definitely need to before diving into After this Night. Otherwise, you will be lost and you definitely don’t want to miss out on the first encounter with Julia and Clay and their weekend together in New York.
Lauren Blakely picks up the second book where the characters were left from Night After Night, where Clay was being stubborn with what Julia kept from him, but she had every right to keep it from him. In After this Night though, Clay does something that will have Julia not trusting him. Although, in my opinion Julia went over the top with her reaction, but I will give the girl props on making a guy sweat. I won’t go into detail with what happens in the book because I definitely do not want to spoil it for anyone who wants to read this series or hasn’t yet got to this book yet.
Things I loved about this book were the VERY steamy scenes between Clay and Julia. It seems every book got steamier and steamier between the two, but this one topped the other two books….because Clay finally opened up more. *sigh* ( I definitely loved Clay )
Julia’s character became even more daring and frisky in After this Night. She let Clay do something to her, she had a challenge with at first. Clay even allowed Julia to take the reigns every once in a while. These two were definitely a very HOT couple in the bedroom, in the bathroom, on the balcony…etc. (You get the idea)
I loved how Lauren Blakely tied up the storyline on what was happening with Julia from the beginning, and the best part is what happened to her ex-boyfriend. I was wondering if he would ever be found. I was seriously fist-pumping just like Julia was. He deserved what he got. =)
The only things that bothered me was Julia acting the way she did once she found out what Clay did for her. He was very protective of her and she could have handled it better (I saw her reasons why towards the end…she’s very independent) And then there’s Michele…Clay’s friend. I knew there was something I did not like about her. Although, I’m curious to find out about her character in the next book in the Seductive Night series. Maybe she will finally get her happily ever after. I just didn’t like her in these books…so maybe I will like her in her own books.
All in all, this book was my favorite for Clay and Julia. Lauren Blakely did an amazing job on finishing up their story and I loved the sneak peek into the next book.
I give this book 4.5 moons and recommend it to contemporary erotic romance readers out there.
***Oh…and if you read Lauren Blakely’s No Regrets series…there is a small mention in the story of a certain tattoo shop. =)
I received a complimentary copy of the book from InkSlinger PR for the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.