From foster kid to trophy wife, Tessa McAllen is about to reinvent herself all over again—and defy every insult her cheating ex-husband ever used against her: Selfish? She’s championing a charity. Stupid? She’s getting her degree.
Boring in bed?
Kade Vandergriff can help her with that one. When they encounter each other at a singles event held at one of his restaurants, Tessa blurts out that kink is for girls who try too hard, and Kade instantly wants to show this sassy stranger how thrilling a night under his command can be…but when he learns her name, the game changes for both of them.
In high school, Tessa was the popular girl who stuttering, awkward Kade fell for. But she chose another. Now, as she eagerly learns lesson after lesson, he’s going to make sure she never forgets him again
Type: Erotic Romance
Heat: 4 out of 5
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
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The quick of it is that Tessa and Kade knew each other years ago when they were struggling to survive their teen years. It's been ages since their young friendship was torn apart and now all these years later they're back in each others lives and things are getting down, dirty and flat out kinky as hell as they mend fences and get to know each other once again. ::shivers::
I loved these two. Tessa has spent years with an emotionally abusive husband but after finding her ass of a hubby screwing her tramp of a best friend--on her kitchen counter--she's done. I mean. Chickie is DONE! And she's ready to change her life--go back to school, make it on her own, and embrace her sexy side and have some wild naughty adventures. I really enjoyed her. She struggles with her confidence but not to a point it's frustrating. Everything about her felt real to me and understandable. She's working past a lot of issues and really going for it and I loved watching her explore and open herself up to new things--in and out of the bedroom. It was nice seeing her come to life and flourish in her new environment.
"And what do you think?"And Kade. Damn me. That man is sex fucking walking. He'd definitely have a girl squirming and ready to do anything he asked. He's passionate and a bit hard *snicker* and he's just a kinky fucker that embraces...everything. Thank God because damn it's HOT! Yeah, he's a total cocky bastard but he's sweet and caring under it and sporting his own insecurities that really make him relatble and God absolutely tore at my heart. Some of the things that came out about him had me in tears. It was amazing seeing how he'd changed his life and become the man he was.
She lifted her chin, jaunty. "I think I don't like cocky guys."
He stepped in front of her chair and braced his hands on the table behind her, caging her in. His expression held playful challenge when he leaned in her space. "Liar."
She raised her eyebrows. "How would you know?"
"Because you didn't wait a whole year only to waste a night with some guy who's unsure of himself." He put his lips next to her ear, his voice turning dark and ripe with promise. "I may be cocky, but I'm not going to fumble around. I'm not going to lie back and wait for you to take the lead. I'm going to feed you the best meal of your life. Bite by bite. Then I'm going to fuck you. And I promise, when you wake up tomorrow, you won't remember the food."
Kade closed the distance, his gaze like lead weights anywhere it landed on her. He reached out and grabbed the collar of her blouse with both hands and yanked, sending the buttons flying.The connection between Kade and Tessa was incredible. I loved how they dealt with their shared past and the hurts they'd caused each other. Both having regrets but not dwelling on it and just being...grown ups about it and moving on. You just don't see that too often and I really appreciated their maturity and poise.
"Kade! What are you doing?"
The buttons skittered along the wood floor, and he tossed the shredded blouse to the side. His hand went to her neck, collaring it. "I'm doing what I want. Take the jeans off."
Oh, shit. Hello, deep end of the pool, nice to meet you.
And the sexy bits. Fuck me. This book was hot. Scorching hot. And all about fantasy fulfillment and Tessa overcoming her very sexually sheltered married life. I loved that Kade was flat out completely supportive of anything she could possibly want to try--even if it wasn't his kink. I just loved his open mind and desire to help her grow and explore. She wants a threesome. He'll give her one. Wants to play out a slave being bought by a Prince fantasy? He'll fucking take her back in time and create a slave auction complete with period clothing and everything. Wants to be tied up? Done. Everything went in this one and I loved every second of it. Even the things that weren't my kink. Because there was passion and caring behind it all. Even if they went in to the whole arrangement as just sex and a good time you could feel it was more than that. Gah. It was just sexy as hell and totally did it for me
"Cocky bastard," she whispered, no ire behind it.Of course things can't just be naked fun all the time and demons from their past come back to get them. And lordy those scenes got me too. Now, Roni? Gotta say. Doug needed to die. Slow. Yall. everything so fit the storyline and added a nice layer to things but it got my blood boiling and made me feel a touch homicidal. Really. I wanted this ex of hers to die. Painfully. It was hard watching Tessa and Kade experience some of these things and just about gutted me. Whew.
"Yes, and a kinky one-- spanking included."
She lowered her forehead to rest on his shoulder, needing him for balance. His admission had her blood moving faster, fear of the unknown warring with ravenous curiosity. "How kinky?"
He cupped the back of her head with his free hand and touched his lips to her ear. "So kinky that there's probably not a fantasy you can tell me that I'm not willing to make happen for you. And a thousand filthier ones that you haven't even considered yet that I can introduce you to."
Guh. Her belly dropped to her toes and a hefty dose of oh-God-YES dumped into her bloodstream.
So all in all? Incredible read. I loved pretty much every second of Need You Tonight. The surprises, the humor the make-you-pant steamy moments that were thankfully abundant and just the taste of this world. I cannot wait to go back and meet some of the secondary characters and really look forward to seeing what happens next in this series. This is one I'd recommend to all erotic romance lovers. It's one of the best I've read in a long time.
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