New York Times bestselling author, Emma Hart, brings together two polar-opposite single parents in the second book in the sinfully sexy Vegas Nights series.
Detective Adrian Potter had a lot to answer for. I didn’t care that he was tasked with shutting down the city’s most prolific hookers.
I cared that he was stopping me from providing for my daughter.
He didn’t care. Not at all. Until I broke down in the backseat of his car… And he let me go.
Adrian was a single parent, too. He knew how hard I had it. At least, he thought he did. He had a job. He had people who cared. He didn’t know just how lucky he was.
My name is Perrie Fox. I was a whore of the highest value.
Until Detective Adrian Potter.
Until the tattooed, redemption-seeking detective entered my life, looking for his fairytale.
The cop and the hooker.
Happily ever fucking never.
You’ve met one Fox sibling. Now meet the other…
(LUST is book two of the Vegas Nights series. While it is a standalone, the time frame does overlap with scenes in the previous book, SIN. You can, however, read LUST without reading SIN.)
I love Perrie and Adrian. I love that these people who you would think are so completely opposite, who are coming at a situation from such different views, WORK together. Do they see eye to eye on everything? No, but who does? But there's a rhythm, a connection that just flows between these two- no matter how hard they wish it didn't.
I have to say I'm a sucker for single parents in a story-so to have a book that has the hero and heroine both as single parents? Sign me up. Their circumstances are totally different but it just is another connection that the two of them need to figure out and balance. Zac and Lola positively stole my heart. It's often hard to write children well in books and Ms. Hart just is spot on with these two kids.
This book flowed perfectly. There were moments that had me laughing, moments that had me swooning, and I can't lie, there were moments that had me crying. This book doesn't shy away from difficult topics and I think the author handled them beautifully. These are characters I feel I could connect with in real life. They were just so authentic and true to themselves-and neither of them apologized for who they were or WHY they became who they were.
Technically this book is a standalone and can be enjoyed as one...but I enjoyed it even more after reading Sin. There is some storyline overlap and some character overlap that I think made Lust an even sweeter read for me. I absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend it.
And, a woman who makes her living as a prostitute, and the man who initially arrests her, definitely isn't a story that is full of rainbows and unicorns.
I loved it. For so many reasons. But, mostly because Emma Hart went there. Perrie is a prostitute. Yes, for the right reasons, and you understand. But, this is not her first time, and she is not new to the world. You learn this right off, and it is fascinating as usually, when the character is not perfect like this, there is the great "oh, that wasn't what was really happening" and I adored that you find out at the beginning that this is not what is going on here. I am guessing there will be people who don't like this about the book...but I am not one of them.
Adrian and Perrie are an unlikely couple. The man who upholds the law for a living; the woman who breaks the law for hers. I loved that this is the main conflict, and that it is enough, because, well, it is. And, I loved that the author let it be enough, let this be about the characters, and working through their relationship and attraction while dealing with the fact that their relationship should never be able to work.
The writing was strong and so was the pacing. You like the characters and you are interested in the story, and engaged with the story, from the beginning. This is the 2nd in the series and while it is technically a standalone, there is some overlap that is more meaningful if you have read the first book.
I enjoyed this and I definitely recommend it.
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies—usually wine—and writes books. Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love. She likes to be busy—unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.