Series: Outlaws #2
Published by Signet on June 28th 2016
“I go where you go.”
FINAL DECISION: Friends to lovers story that is emotionally complicated, sexy and a great second book in the Outlaws series.
THE STORY: In the post-world outlaw world, Lennox and Jamie have known one another almost all their lives. They are the closet of friends — almost family. After the events of the first book in the series, CLAIMED, the two have moved into the Outlaws compound. Jamie has a crush on one of the Outlaws, but Lennox knows that she will always return to him. Jamie loves her hot friend, but what she is not willing to do, however is risk giving into the strong sexual attraction between them because their friendship is more important than sex. When Jamie realizes that her crush is futile, she turns to her best friend and things seriously heat up between them. The two have to discover whether it is possible to be the best of friends and the best of lovers.
OPINION: If a hot sexy, erotic romance can depict a hard violent life and yet have a sweet romance at its core, this book it is. Lennox and Jamie have a long relationship that they have kept as friends, but sexual attraction has been an underlying factor for a long time. The two have a deep relationship and understanding of one another. Once they begin their sexual relationship, they discover that no matter their hopes, things are different and they must learn to navigate their new feelings and desires. I thought the shifting relationship between Lennox and Jamie was particularly complex and subtle. These two love one another but learn to be in love with one another.
I was impressed with how Lennox and Jamie dealt with their sexual history with others (you have to accept that these two had sex with other people while in the same room) with such equanimity. I also loved how these two highly sexed people come to realize that they are so possessive of one another that they don’t want other people involved in their sex life at all.
This book begins to flesh out more the overarching story of the series. I have a great fondness for storylines which span a series. I believe this gives the books more depth and reward readers, like me, who like to commit to reading multiple books. This book doesn’t pick up that story right where CLAIMED left it (and if you haven’t read claimed, you can figure out all the pertinent points in ADDICTED). Instead, ADDICTED gives a new viewpoint and a new set of problems that I expect with intersect at some point with the events in the first book.
Finally, this book managed to surprise me. I didn’t expect the death of a character. I like it when writers can do the unexpected. I ended up liking this book better than the first one because the romance and conflict felt much more cohesive. I may even end up liking the first book better because the world these characters inhabit is becoming more familiar. I can’t wait until the next book (the romantic conflict begins here).
WORTH MENTIONING: The book depicts both the hero and heroine having sex with other people before they get together and a couple of MMF scenes including the hero and heroine together.
CONNECTED BOOKS: ADDICTED is the second book in the Outlaws series. While a reader of the first book will be ahead in knowing about this world, ADDICTED can be read as a standalone since all the relevant information is given here.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4.5 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book at the RT Convention from the publisher in order to write a review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.
We are also having a giveaway for a copy of CLAIMED, the first book in the Outlaws series. Enter here by 6/30. Claimed Giveaway