Tuesday, June 10, 2014

eARC Review: Sinfully by Leighton Riley

by Leighton Riley
eBook, Expected publication: June 10th 2014

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Payton wrote a self-published book regaling her encounters with men while visiting Las Vegas. To her horror, life changes in more ways than one when someone finds out her true identity.
Ryder, a successful publisher, is determined to find and sign Reece Edwards. Using what little information he can find on her, he sets out to find her, feeling it will definitely be worth the chase.
While on his search for Reece, Ryder meets Payton and the chemistry is explosive. Payton has done well with not allowing anyone to get close to her, but something is different with Ryder. Ryder can’t get Payton out of his head, but he is still on his mission to locate Reece.
With two tragic pasts, Payton and Ryder each have demons to overcome. Will they be able to put those demons to rest or will it be all for nothing?

When your writing prompt says, "Narrate something interesting that happened to you today," and your favorite activity is meeting hot guys, you'd end up with a book like Sinfully. Of course, author Leighton Riley ups the hot and sexy factor by 200%, making her main character Payton hide behind a pen name, Reece, in order to continue her, er, enjoyable pastimes in Vegas.

Payton really is a writer, but she pens children's books, not erotica. However, when she wants to cut loose, she takes trips to Vegas and looks for hot guys she can shed inhibitions with. It's never a permanent thing, just hot fun. Those times are so not run of the mill and could make up a good book, which she did!

It's so well done it catches Ryder's attention. Now, what's a man doing reading tell-all erotica? Not really his preferred fodder but Ryder's a publisher and is looking for new authors with works climbing the charts. He knows he's onto something when he can't put her story down and finds himself fantasizing of those very same situations. This is a writer he just needs to sign up.

After some digging (stalking?), he finds out she lives in San Diego. Period. Polite refusals through email frustrate him and the hunt is on. As luck would have it, he bumps into Payton while in search of Reece in San Diego and the sparks fly. Both of them aren't interested in anything long term but this encounter is a pull neither can seem to ignore.

Their game of chase-and-pull back fills this light, fun, and hot read. These two have some heavy problems, which hinder their ability to want a forever with anyone, but for the first time make a try at facing and solving them because the person they lust after deserves more than just a one night stand!

For a book with such a light beginning, I wasn't prepared to be going into something with a very complex draw! A main character with two personas would be one clue, but weaving a complicated web between the two mains and several supporting characters made this read truly enjoyable. There is even a twist near the end that I didn't predict. And I really liked how, during the introduction to the next installment, Payton's past comes back to bite her in a place she didn't know existed. Plus, that precious dirty tummy moment is something that had me laughing for quite a while after I was done.

Leighton Riley's made Sinfully into such a fun book: it's a perfect steamy read for the beach, a take-along novel for any vacation, or just for any time your brain craves an escape - like Reece!

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