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.
I enjoyed the first book in this series, and I’m glad that the second installment was a decent read too. Kendall Ryan is fast becoming one of my favorite authors and I enjoy her signature style of writing. You are guaranteed a smoking hot read with plenty of interesting, complex characters, plots with emotional depth, and swoon-worthy leading men who would literally burn the world down for their women.
Grey is no exception. Wallowing in a pit of guilt for what happened with Mason, Finley’s deceased husband, Grey hasn’t lived much of a life in the two years since his death. He has thrown himself into his work and casual hook-ups and not allowed himself to even anticipate happiness. A chance encounter with Finley changes everything.
As a struggling single mom, Finley has taken to the strip pole. It’s dangerous, especially with a creepy guy who appears to be fixated on her, but she feels she is all out of options. When Grey turns up unexpectedly, she is brash and aloof, still bearing the scars of grief, something she feels is his fault. Gradually, she opens up to him, sharing her family life with him, and that exposes deeper vulnerabilities. Ashamed of their growing attraction, she continually pushes him away, conflicted by feelings of guilt and betrayal. Grey is upset at her persistent rejection though he has an inkling of what is going through her head.
I was anxiously waiting for the plot regarding the stalker to develop, and when it did it was a bit of a letdown. It was over in the blink of an eye, and I wish this had been fleshed out more. As it’s written, I didn’t feel like she was ever in any real danger. I would have liked this to have been darker, and more realistic. I think if a guy had a girl he had been fantasizing about in his house for three days he would have taken it further. It’s the only reason this is a 4-star rather than 5-star review, because I can’t find fault with anything else.
The writing is good, the pacing is spot on, romance is perfect, characterization is superb.
All in all, another great read from this author.
Thanks to Inkslinger PR and the publisher for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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.
About the Author:
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.
She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.
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