Eden Summers is an author from Australia who asked me to review her book, Concealed Desire. I had no idea what to expect at all was was so happy that it turned out to be a GREAT read! I loved this book! It was a quick, hot, happy romance that actually had a great HEA! No Cliffhanger!!!! YAY!
This book actually has almost everything I look for in a book. It has a totally hot alpha, romance, steamy sex, humor, sexy banter, a little angst, an HEA and a great epilogue. It took place in Melbourne, but it honestly could have been Melbourne FL…it didn’t seem like it was written outside of the USA (damn, no kangaroos or koalas or anything). This is how I felt while reading it.
Beth is propositioned by her much, much older boss. Disgusted, since she had looked at him as a father figure, she doesn’t know how to answer, and says she needs the weekend to think about it. She then proceeds to go down to the bar and drink herself silly. Complicating the issue more, is that it was the wrong Sutherland who propositioned her. She had had the hots for the boss’s player son since a drunken kiss the previous year. But Beth is NOT a player, and casual sex isn’t her thing. She doesn’t want to get her heart involved and then get dropped like a hot potato. After getting a little too drunk, she is rescued. This time, by the right Sutherland boss, Dean, who takes her home, fighting the urge he has to take advantage of her drunken state. He’s wanted her just as long as she him.
“Beth shamelessly stared at Dean the entire trip home….His tentage was damn impressive. The elevation alone could shelter a family of five”
He was a gentleman when she was drunk, though it took all the self control he had. But this time he wasn’t going to let her go again, he waited until she was sober and went in for the kill. Lets just say. His tongue is talented.
“You what? You want my mouth back on your sweet pussy?” He raised his eyebrows. “You want me inside you? You want me to make you scream again?” um……yes please.
When Dean’s father shows up at her house to reiterate his offer, Beth decides that Dean is using her, and pushes him away. But he stands firm, convincing her to spend the day with hime with one rule. No sex.
“Who was she kidding? She couldn’t turn down more time with Dean. She already wanted to lick a trail from the muscular join of his hips–or cum-gutters….all the way up to his dark red nipples.” (best expression ever!)
“She wasn’t sure Captain Copulation could agree to a no-sex rule without his manhood shriveling away.”
“Unless you plan on begging,” she whispered with a curve to her lips.
“I’m not too proud to beg. For you.”
But that didn’t stop her from accompanying him home while he showered…and she watched. Holy hell, after reading that shower scene, I needed a cold shower myself!
- Tons of funny little one liners and banter.
- Dean has a good alpha streak, especially in the bedroom.
- The story was told in both points of view (but in 3rd person).
- I smiled the whole time.
- I loved Dean!
- I wanted to punch Beth a little, and smack sense into Dean–all marks of a good story.
- It had everything I love in a book.
- Great epilogue.
- Use of expressions like “baloney pony” and “thrill drill”.
- Way too short for the price.
Rating: 4.5 stars, 4.5 Heat
I went into this knowing nothing about the author or the book, and I’m so happy I took a chance and read it! I never would have if the author had not contacted me. While this may not be the most memorable book for me, it was such a satisfying read from start to finish, despite it’s length, that it is one I will re-read in the future. I highly recommend this one!
*Special note: In this book, Beth is given some advice by her best friend that I wish every stubborn heroine in every romance book could hear:
“Now I know you’re hurting and I also know you have doubts. You aren’t entirely convinced that he’s done something unforgivable. You’re just too hurt and insecure because of his reputation to get the facts.”
Purchase Concealed Desire (about 150 pages) at
I loved this so much, I asked Eden if she had any swag or books to give away, she offered to send a lucky person a beaded phone charm or zipper charm. Cute, huh?
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