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Review: Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

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Scandal Never Sleeps (The Perfect Gentlemen #1)
   by: Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Publication Date: Aug. 18, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Age Group: Adult
Source: Physical ARC received via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Page Count: 400 pages
Order Links: Amazon | B&N
My Rating: 4/5 stars

From the New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series . . .

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 . . .

I am usually a fan of spoilers and finding out what happens in books, but I have to say I'm quite proud that I didn't peek to find out who was behind the murder of Maddox Crawford. I actually wanted to see everything unfold on its own for once! I really loved the element of suspense in this book. It was more than just a romance, though that does play a huge role in the book.
I really like Everly and Gabe together. Their romance moves kind of fast and it's borderline insta-love, but with everything else going on around them, trying to find out Mad's killer and if they are the next targets, it really didn't bother me that much. What starts off as a one night stand turns into more and I really liked the guy Gabe was with Everly. He is not perfect and makes his fair share of mistakes where she's concerned. He does prove himself worthy of her though and I was happy she decided to follow her heart.
I loved how prominent the secondary characters were in this one. Having all attended school together, the Perfect Gentlemen, as they've been dubbed, are the best of friends. They have been through a lot together and I love how protective they are of one another, even years later. After Maddox (Mad) is killed, the group comes together and is determined to get to the bottom of it. Maddox has always been a playboy, but had fallen for Gabe's sister, Sara. He swore she was the only one for him, but unexpectedly ends things with her, and he is suspected of having another woman on the side. There are so many factors at work here, but I don't feel I can really delve much deeper, as I don't want to ruin those extra twists and turns!
While this is a companion series, I feel reading these books in order is going to be critical to the development of future books. So much will intertwine and while the plot may be different, I still think they are going to be connected to one another. Connor's book is up next and after his role towards the end of this book I am super intrigued for his story!
Gabe and Everly are explosive together and I liked seeing them become a true couple and form a partnership based on trust and respect. Pinpointing who was behind everything was not an easy task and I can't say that I was able to figure it out ahead of time. I was starting to suspect everyone! Sexy, seductive, and full suspense, Scandal Never Sleeps definitely delivered for me.

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  1. I wouldn't have given this book a 2nd thought if you hadn't mentioned it but it sounds amazing! I love romantic suspense novels, so I hope I love it as much as you did! :)
    Great review, Jess!

  2. I have been dying for more romantic suspense lately so this definitely sounds like something I need to check out. Awesome review!


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