The writing duo of Shayla Black and Lexi Blake never disappoint. Scandal Never Sleeps was a fantastic beginning to what will for sure be another winning series full of passion, mystery, and intrigue. ~ Kimber, Guilty Pleasures
They are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives . . .
Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him . . .
Mad groomed Everly Parker to be a rising star in the executive world. Now that he’s gone, she’s sure her job will be the next thing she mourns, especially after she ends up accidentally sleeping with her new boss. If only their night together hadn’t been so incendiary—or Gabe like a fantasy come true . . .
As Gabe and Everly struggle to control the heated tension between them, they discover evidence that Mad’s death was no accident. Now they must bank their smoldering passions to hunt down a murderer—because Mad had secrets that someone was willing to kill for, and Gabe or Everly could be the next target . . .
Review copy provided for an honest review
Scandal Never Sleeps is the first book in a new romantic suspense series by Lexi Blake and Shayla Black. I’ve read some of their other collaborations and this writing duo make a great writing team. I enjoy series by both of these established authors but when they write together it’s incredible, and puts them in a league of their own.
Setting up the “world” in a new series can sometimes weigh down the book and cause it to drag a bit, but not in this case. From the first page I was hooked and more than intrigued with the key players. We have a group of six guys who call themselves the Perfect Gentlemen, all classmates at their boarding school, Creighton Academy. The title is quite ironic seeing that they are considered anything but gentlemen. They stay in trouble and I can only imagine that during their enrollment they caused much havoc, especially since the opening scene places us in the headmaster’s office and he’s deadset on expelling them all. The authors did a great job describing each of the boys’ personalities, and honestly I could have read more of their earlier years. So yeah… I LOVED the prologue.
Fast forward almost twenty years and they are attending the funeral of one of the pack, Maddox. Gabe is really unsettled by Mad’s death. For one, Mad was his best friend and two, the last time they spoke an argument ensued and Gabe said some things he wished he could take back. After the funeral Gabe sees a woman he’s completely taken by. Everly is so unlike any woman he’s ever seen or dated and he is drawn to her immediately. Their chance meeting leads to what is supposed to be a one and done but ends up being anything but. Based on half-truths, deceit and lust their relationship gets complicated really quick. Nothing is as it seems. Hold on for the ride because there are twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I really enjoyed this story, especially the characters. Not just the main characters, but the rest of the pack as well. They are all highly successful overachievers in different fields, but as you’ll discover they are all intertwined making the story that much more compelling. In fact, I was so excited and engrossed in the story the first time around, I’ve already reread it, and I’m eagerly anticipating the next addition in January 2016. This is a happily ever after romance but the mystery part will be an on-going arch throughout the series. I’d also like to mention this story kept me guessing the entire time. I have a few of my own theories and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out.
The writing duo of Shayla Black and Lexi Blake never disappoint. Scandal Never Sleeps was a fantastic beginning to what will for sure be another winning series full of passion, mystery, and intrigue.