Author: Leighton Riley
Release: June 8, 2014
***Warning 18+ only due to mature subject matter and strong sexual content***
She played the game by her own rules...until he changed them...
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?
First off, I loved that Payton is a self-published author. I felt like I was getting a glimpse into the life of and what some of my favorite authors go through getting their books published.
Payton seems like an incredibly smart and fin-loving person who just wants to live her life. I enjoyed the sort of double life that she had going for her regular home life and her Las Vegas persona. However, I feel like she wasn't fully committed to the relationship with Ryder in the beginning.
Ryder is determined and a hard worker. He also has some emotional baggage that hinders the relationship a bit.
I feel like it took the couple a little longer than I would have liked for them to get together. Partially due to a case of mistaken identity, or neither one wanting to fully disclose information.
Despite that, I liked that there were multiple layers in this novel. It wasn't simply a couple falling in love and living HEA. There were ups and downs, stalker issues, trust issues, and even a part where they are broken up. Although all of these things left me frustrated because I wanted them to be together, they helped to create a complete and well-rounded story that was in no way one-dimensional.
The hook-ups are great and very descriptive. I also liked Payton's descriptions in her erotic novel that I wouldn't mind reading.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I really liked the romance between Payton and Ryder. I also loved the twist at the end of the novel. I think it really served to shake up a storyline where I thought I knew where it was going. I like books that involve a stalker element in them because I always like to try and guess who it is.
*** 4 stakes ***
I hadn’t felt so alone in a while. Vegas was usually the place where I felt at peace and didn’t have to deal with any of the bullshit that had occurred over past twenty-four hours. I took the hottest shower I could stand to wipe myself clean of the day, followed by a luxurious bubble bath while I drank the bottle of Moscato I had bought to be shared with someone other than myself. I submerged myself under the water, holding my breath for as long as I could while I floated back to the top. It felt liberating being able to only hear the roar of the water, without noises from the real world getting through. I must have repeated the process six or seven times until it lost its fun. I didn’t want to go home and I didn’t want to stay there. Both places reminded me of Ryder. I can’t believe he ruined Vegas for me. I had no idea where I would go the next day.
After the water started to turn lukewarm, I hopped out and air dried as I packed my bags. It felt nice to walk around my room, feeling the air against my cool skin. I was high enough that no one would see me when I walked close to the windows and the feeling of possibly being seen was highly erotic. I was packing my heels in my bag when there was a weak knock at the door. Turning suddenly, I had to wonder if it was meant for my door or maybe I was hearing someone knock next door.
I threw on a t-shirt and thong and stepped closer to the door. Just as I got on my tippy toes to see through the peep hole, I heard and felt another knock. Looking through the hole, I saw Tate walking away from my door. I opened the door without another thought and followed him, tapping on his shoulder.
Tate stopped, turned toward me, and then looked back at my door. “Were you planning on going back out like that?” He had a hint of amusement in his eyes.
“No, I heard you knock and threw the first thing I saw on to see who it was.”
“So you weren’t dressed?” His smile was full force.
“I was just packing to leave and hadn’t decided what to wear for the rest of the night. Why aren’t you with whore-face?” I didn’t need to tell him I wasn’t sure when I was leaving or where I was going. I hadn’t quite figured it out.
“Ahh, the more important question is how you’re going to get back in your room, doll. Seeing you strut downstairs to the front desk with your tight little ass peeking out from under your very thin t-shirt might gather even more looks than you and Tyler got on the casino floor earlier. You do know he’s getting married tomorrow, right?”