Date Read: August 8, 2020
Published: August 2, 2020
Raised as a debutante, ladylike, and reserved, London Jones has stepped into unknown territory. From the moment her life collided with a man who should’ve been off-limits, a bachelor with a hot reputation—staying out of his way was the sensible thing to do. However, she finds herself caught in a tangled web of passionate fervor whenever he comes near. So much so that her ability to place a barrier between them becomes a futile battle. The heart wants what it wants, and London’s heart yearns for him.
She was the impetus of his desire. The only one who captured his eye for more than a moment and beckoned his soul to blend in beautiful bliss with hers. For software engineer Kyle Valentine, his attempt to hold back the hedonism that struck whenever they were together threatened to be his undoing. His heart yearned to connect with London’s soul, and soon he finds himself questioning if he’s worthy of her love. But now that he’s gotten next to London, determination becomes the motto for his pursuit and his ultimate will to hold on to her, forever.
*CAN BE READ AS A STANDALONE*
The sensual sounds of Seduction by Usher came to mind when I began this story. The melody and lyrics make you feel sensuous, sexy, and erotic. Stephanie delivered just that from the gate with Kyle and London. Unlike most, this book was my introduction to the Valentine men and their love stories. It won’t be my last though. I knew from the first chapter in that I would be going back to read the first seven books in this series. Kyle was as smooth as they come, but he took us through a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. Love, joy, grief, excitement. The overabundant need to protect. Some would describe London as a unicorn, rare. I don’t like to give away spoilers, so I won’t go into detail as to why I categorize her as such. However, shoutout to Stephanie for not making me feel like there aren’t more of us out there like London. Another thing, London knew what she wanted, and she pursued it. Gave me a few pointers.
My love for this story isn’t just centered around the bond between Kyle and London. The family dynamic between the Valentine’s, and even the Jones’, was something to idealize. London’s relationship with her parents was sweet, it sort of reminded me of the relationship I have with my parents. Now that Valentine bond, that was beautiful. From the relationship shared between the siblings to relationship they shared with their father. The men were mouthwatering, they were educated, they were successful, and they were black. I love stories that characterize our men as something other than street dudes looking for ways to make quick money. Rich from legal businesses and have a strong father figure in their lives that isn’t afraid to show them love and affection. Daddies boys.
To wraps things up, this was fun and sexy. I also loved the unpredictable storylines Stephanie weaved in. They were a nice addition to the romance oozing from the pages. And I can’t close out without mentioning Kyle and that darn Borboleta. Babyyyyy 😳🤤