What a perfectly dazzling ending for the Sinful Men series! Set about a year after the previous book, this one shows us how the Sloan family is moving on while showcasing the budding romance between Brent’s best friend, Mindy, and Sophie’s brother, John. Both of these characters are very familiar to anyone who has read the earlier books in this series, so this novella doesn’t have to take long to get us to the good stuff. Mindy is at a career crossroads, and her timing with moving from friends to more with John couldn’t be worse. She’s not even sure if her future lies in Las Vegas or if it’s time to move on. John is in between cases for a while, but he’s not sure how much he’ll be able to put into a meaningful relationship once he’s assigned to another all-consuming case. Watching these two navigate through these and other emotional roadblocks was pure poetry, with a huge helping of steam on the side, and I loved every last bit of it. Just when you think their HEA is everything, we’re treated to a blissfully satisfying epilogue that catches us up on all the characters from the entire five-book series. The tribute in store was beautifully heartwarming, and the solution to the main conflict of the story was truly a stroke of genius. I couldn’t have loved this more. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Sweet serving of Temptation. This is the story of John Winston and Mindy Gamble. John is the detective that solved the Price-Paige murder, and Mindy is Brent’s best friend. They’ve been here from the beginning, but now it’s their turn to find a happy ever after. Both have been attracted to the other since they first met, but the murder mystery took precedence in John’s head, and the ended up just good friends instead. But, that attraction hadn’t faded. Now, with the case closed and time to ponder, John starts seeing Mindy in the way he first did. As a woman, a sexual creature not just a friend. And Mindy, she’d pushed her feelings to the back of her mind, ignored but not forgotten. So, when John gets that gleam in his eye and his chats are more than flirty, she doesn’t hold back and soon they are in the place where they should’ve have been a year ago. And, boy, does Mr. stoic and in charge, have a hidden side. Mindy is more than happy to comply and play along. John is one hot between the sheets lover and he likes to be in control. It’s a sexy and seductive, just the way I like it. This was a wonderful addition to the other four ‘Sinful’ books by Lauren Blakely and truly worth reading if you’ve read the series. It can be read as a stand-alone as well as it doesn’t delve too much into the previous story.
This novella was the absolute best way to wrap this amazing series up! Not only do Mindy and John finally find their way out of the friend zone in this sweet little story; we also get a nice wrap up of all the couples from the series. I really love John and Mindy and they are so great together! Such awesome chemistry and so much passion was hiding right beneath the surface! I really enjoyed this one!!!