Hate: to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward.
Scarlet Jennings, the preacher’s daughter who lived across the street, was a royal, uptight pain in my ass. When she looked at me, she saw a college quarterback asshole with rocks for brains, but she didn’t have a single word for what was happening between us.
When we were forced to ride together every single day that summer, there was definitely some dislike going on. Extreme hostility was a given, considering that we were spending so much time together in close quarters.
One night of bed-breaking, body-shattering, lose-your-voice-from-screaming passion had surprised us both, but it was only just the beginning…
In Alex Lucian’s second novel Beguiling (The Tempting #2), Lucian shows off his ability to steer away from the dramatic tension and angst and write an erotic romance novel from a completely different angle from his first book Tempting. Possible to be read as a standalone Beguiling is written about Leo Madsen, Adele’s best friend in tempting. Knowing that he only attracts the “crazies” and can’t seem to get his groove on with the ladies – readers will be interested in knowing his backstory.
Told in alternate perspectives readers are introduced to not only Leo Madsen but also Scarlett Jennings. Leo and Scarlett are neighbours and have been for a really long time. Distancing themselves from one another, their relationship is pretty much non-existent. When circumstances force them to say more than two words to one another and interesting connection is formed and explored.
Scarlett is rigid, uptight and attractively awkward and Leo is a big, burly football player, with women throwing themselves at him – or do they? Realizing that there is more than meets the eye on both accounts Scarlett and Leo indulge in a guilty pleasure that seems to have all roads pointing to heartache. Filled with sarcasm, humour, romance and a refreshing honesty in both characters, readers will fall in love with Leo, Scarlett and their eventful journey to finding their happy ever after.
Alex Lucian is an author I am happy to read at any time. His two books may be different from one another but his ability to engage and impress remains the same. Remaining true to his characters for the authenticity of the story, in Beguiling, Lucian manages to capture the essence of combining Romance, Erotica and New Adult all into one story. I anxiously await any future Alex Lucian books – especially from the characters of the Tempting Series.
OTHER BOOKS IN THIS SERIES
Alex Lucian is an author living on the eastern coast of the United States who appreciates being anonymous, for personal and professional reasons. Tempting is Alex’s first novel.