Scandal Never Sleeps (The Perfect Gentlemen, #1) by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

Scandal Never Sleeps (The Perfect Gentlemen, #1)Scandal Never Sleeps (The Perfect Gentlemen, #1) by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones

"No matter how much she loved being with him, the pain wasn't worth the momentary pleasure."

I confess, I'm late to the party. I kinda discovered Shayla Black by accident. She rocked my world, and now I can't get enough. So, now I'm playing catch up, ready to devour her backlist. Which is how I ended up falling for Lexi Blake too. I heard that there would be a new book in The Perfect Gentlemen series soon, so I decided to start here and read the beginning books so I'll be ready.

The story starts out with an introduction to the 'boys' at Creighton Academy. There are six of them. All from different places, with different situations and stories. They found each other and became family-by-choice, always having each other's backs. Yes, that part was necessary because they got in trouble. They had fun. They kept in touch. They are still brothers. I'm assuming that each gentleman will get his own book, at least I hope so. They are all amazing.

Though not all of the men started out rich, at least one of them attended on scholorship, they are all doing well now. They've each gone different directions, but their friendship is strong and if one of them needs help, they will all come running. Unfortunately, they are down to five. Maddox, the class clown that brought most of the trouble to the group, is dead. It was sudden. No warning. No opportunity to say goodbye. He left behind broken hearts, misunderstanding, pain, and problems. He had secrets that nobody knew about, and trying to discover clues to solve the mystery after his death is a challenge.

Gabe is hit the hardest by his best friend's unexpected death. It makes it even worse that they had an argument before it happened. Of course, they've had many arguments over the years, because it's Mad. He's always doing something to stir the pot. This time, they didn't get a chance to make up, and that's a hard pill for Gabe to swallow. And being his best friend, he's the one left to clean up the mess he left behind. Gabe is struggling with his emotions and needs some relief, without the headache of strings. When he sees a beautiful woman in a bar after his friend's funeral, he lays it out for her, letting her know it's just for tonight. She agrees. She rocks his world. She leaves. He doesn't expect to think about her or want to see her again, but he does. Imagine his surprise when that happens the next day....

Everly is a good girl. She doesn't do one-night-stands. "Yes, she knew she shouldn't run off with a stranger. Serial killers could be beautiful, too." But she had a good instinct about people and was able to read them. Her gut had served her well and she felt strangely comfortable with Gabriel. She was so sad, having lost a good friend, who also happened to be her boss. She didn't know what the future held and was worried that when she showed up to work on Monday she wouldn't have a job. So, she decides to do something crazy, and enjoy herself. She would forget about her problems for just one night. She doesn't expect to ever see him again. Imagine her surprise when that happens the next day...

That's just a taste to whet your whistle. There's so much more goodness that I can't even begin to share with you. You need to do like I did and just dive in. I became invested in the lives of these amazing characters immediately and was formulating plots and plans in my mind as the suspense built and the secrets unraveled. It was very engrossing and stimulating. The chemistry between Gabe and Everly was off the charts and very believable. I was mentally cheering for them, hoping that they would be able to get past their fears and suspicions and find their way back to each other. I was also excited about the other gentlemen who gave me just a taste, leaving me hungry for more. I can't wait to spend more time with them in future books in the series. The line forms here...



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