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

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Type: Romance Suspense

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

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 . . .

This is an intriguing romantic suspense that starts a new series. This author collaboration has been a winner for me in the past and I could not pass up reading about these six friends who are now caught up in mystery and danger.

Creighton Academy is a prestigious boarding school where six young men met and continue to be good friends to this day. They are all successful in their adult lives and often do not see each other, but when one of their friends is killed, they come together to get answers, and what they find are more questions and that danger is closer than they think.

Gabe Bond is a wealthy businessman who is devastated when one of his best friends is killed in a plane crash. While attending the funeral, he meets a woman he can’t seem to forget and they spend an amazing weekend together before coming back to earth Monday morning. When they see each other again it is to come to terms with the fact that he has inherited his friend’s business and she is an employee.

Everly Parker worked for Maddox Crawford as head of security. They became good friends during her employment, although many thought there was more to their relationship. When she meets Gabe she decides to enjoy a guilt free weekend with a stranger but things turn uncomfortable when they meet again. And questions about Mad’s death have them running for cover.

I truly enjoyed this suspense filled romance with enough heat and danger to satisfy many who enjoy this genre. These successful friends are all swoon worthy and I look forward to learning more about them as the series continues.

Everly is an interesting young woman who was raised by a cop after her mother disappeared; she is a computer geek who enjoys a quiet life. She likes her job as head of security but is cognizant of the fact that she is young and inexperienced. I really like how she defends Mad, even though he was hiding many secrets, some that affect her, but she knew a different man than most and she is very protective.

I like Gabe, although there were times when I wanted to throttle him because of issues between him and Everly. But I think his relationship with his friends is amazing, the camaraderie is heartwarming as they come together for Maddox. Everly and Gabe’s connection is electric, and the chemistry created is amazing; these two writers know how to heat up a scene.

The pace of the story is fast, it is a page turner from the start as questions mount and the danger ramps up. The six friends are all intriguing and extremely important people in their own right, I am excited to find out their secrets. It is also good to note that this has a definite continuing story arc as things are not totally wrapped up, and we find Conner who works for the CIA, featured next and I can hardly wait to see what is uncovered. I highly recommend this romantic suspense full of intrigue and action that features these enigmatic friends and their loves.

I give Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake 4 stars!

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