Scandal Never Sleeps (The Perfect Gentlemen #1)
by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake
They are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives...
Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him...
Mad groomed Everly Parker to be a rising star in the executive world. Now that he’s gone, she’s sure her job will be the next thing she mourns, especially after she ends up accidentally sleeping with her new boss. If only their night together hadn’t been so incendiary—or Gabe like a fantasy come true...
As Gabe and Everly struggle to control the heated tension between them, they discover evidence that Mad’s death was no accident. Now they must bank their smoldering passions to hunt down a murderer—because Mad had secrets that someone was willing to kill for, and Gabe or Everly could be the next target...
This was my first time reading a Shayla Black and Lexi Blake collabo and I honestly had no idea what to expect... All I knew was that that blurb sucked me in and I couldn't wait to dive into this baby. And now that I've finished? Well, now I'm waiting not so patiently for the next book in this series!
So what's it all about? Everly and Gabe meet a at bar following their mutual friends' funeral, but neither of them know that they're both dealing with the same loss. The sparks start flying between them from the get-go and they agree to one night, which then turns into them spending the entire weekend together.
But what happens when they show up at work, the company their mutual friend, Maddox, owned, and find out that Gabe is Everly's new boss? What's worse is that Gabe finds out that Everly is supposedly the mistress Maddox left his pregnant sister for... So to say they get off on the wrong foot is a serious understatement.
Being the first book in a new series, Scandal Never Sleeps has a major case of information overload, which, unfortunately made this one a little hard for me to get into... But once the ball really got rolling? I was hooked!
Everly and Gabe definitely have a lot of obstacles in their way, most of which is thanks to Maddox and the big mystery around his death, and I did get a little frustrated with the back and forth. The sexual tension is so palpable between them, but at times I felt like that was all their relationship really was, especially as they tried to navigate their feelings and trust issues.
Along with romance there's a whole lot of suspense in this one that kept me on the edge of my seat, along with some twists and turns that I did not see coming. We're left with a pretty big cliffy regarding Maddox's death that will carry over to the next book in the series, but Everly and Gabe did manage to get their HEA in the end.
Even though this one took me a little while to get into, it turned out to be a great read in the end. And I absolutely cannot wait to see what's in store for us in the next book!
Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Scandal Never Sleeps through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.