When Greyson Archer tosses a twenty on the stage of a strip club, the last thing he expects to see are the haunted
green eyes staring back at him. Finley should be home raising her infant daughter and baking cookies, not tucking singles into her G-string and giving lap dances.
Greyson can’t deny that he’d like his own private show, but there’s not a chance in hell of that happening. The last time the former Navy SEAL saw her she was dressed in black, holding a folded flag and sobbing that it was all his fault… and he agreed with every single word. He couldn’t do anything to help her then, but he can now.
Finley deserves better than this dingy club, and when an obsessed customer crosses the line, Greyson leads the rescue and will do whatever it takes to make amends for their broken past.
He never expected to want to settle down, but with Finley, everything is different. For the first time ever, he can breathe. But Greyson will have to fight for what he wants in order to keep the woman with the green eyes he’s dreamed about so often.
Slow & Steady is book 2 in the Alphas Undone series, but can be read as a standalone novel, as it features a new couple.
It was nine o’clock on a Saturday night and I was totally out of my fucking element. A bottle of red wine tucked under one arm. A bouquet of wild flowers in the other. A condom tucked into my wallet, just in case. I was in foreign territory, and my entire body knew it – tense shoulders, my heart beating like a drum, and arousal barely contained beneath the surface.
Finley was standing at the doorway, watching me with a confused expression.
She looked gorgeous, makeup free, pink-painted toes, hair mussed and loose. Little cotton pajama shorts and a tank top that hugged her lush breasts.
“Maple’s not here.” She said the words, but she knew as well as I did I wasn’t here for Maple.
“I know that.” My voice was sure and confident.
“Then why are you … oh.” Finley shifted her weight, her eyes dropping from mine as she saw the wine and flowers. She could read it all, plain as day. I knew she could see my intentions, my uncertainty, and underneath it all, my desire. Maybe it was the desire to fix everything I’d broken, or maybe it was just my desire for her as a man desires a woman.
Normally when I felt that primal urge for sex, I headed to West’s bar. I’d pick out a woman for the night. Share a few drinks with her, a few laughs. Later, we’d head back to my place and fuck until dawn. And that was it. I’d be set for a few months.
This … with the courting and the nerves … it was nothing like my standard operating procedure.
I’d never felt so stripped bare and vulnerable. Never put myself out there so completely with a woman before. But then again, Finley was unlike any woman I’d ever met.
And she was still just standing there. “Can I come inside?” I asked, heart in my throat.
She didn’t say anything. But she opened the door wider.
With Nolan’s words ringing in my ears, I stepped over the threshold, sure that whatever happened tonight had the power to heal us both.
3.5 stars – a quick and easy read
We met Grayson Archer in the first book (Bait & Switch) as Nolan’s best friend and former navy SEAL. Both were in a mission that ended badly with the loss of their friend and colleague, Marcus Sutton. Gray feels a tremendous amount of guilt over Marcus’s death, that feeling isn’t going away anytime soon and when he walks into a seedy strip joint, the last person he expected to see was her, the girl with the green eyes who blames him for her husband’s death; Finlay Sutton.
Things haven’t been easy for Finlay since Marcus’s death. Pregnant and all alone, she did what she had to do to survive and ultimately care for her daughter, Maple. When she catches sight of Gray, all the bitterness, anger and resentment that she had buried comes bubbling to the surface and she lashes out at him. He desperately wants to help her but there is no way she is accepting anything from him and what is more confusing is the immense attraction and desire she feels towards him of which the feeling is mutual. Finlay is stubborn and determined and used to being on her own and there is no way she is going to let Gray into their lives easily but their mutual attraction becomes too much to ignore
I did enjoy this story however, for me it felt too short with not enough time for the characters to develop fully in the way that I would have liked. There were parts that felt a little rushed and parts of the story seemed to be resolved too quickly without much development. I’m a lover of Kendall’s books and this is a great read for a Sunday afternoon curled up with a nice coffee – if you are looking for a quick and easy read then this is definitely the book for you.
Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
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