In this edgy, sizzling romance for fans of Monica Murphy and Abbi Glines, a bad boy shows a straitlaced law student how to slow down and savor the good things.
Everly Parker is about to graduate from law school, always busy, and can’t stop rushing through life. Her late grandmother left her a bucket list of meaningful, can’t-miss experiences, but she hasn’t completed a single one. Then searing-hot Max Levin bursts into her world. As a casting director for a porn production company, Max is loaded, cocky, and all wrong for Everly. Still, she’s tempted enough to cross the first item off her list: Go out with someone you’d never give the time of day.
Inheriting a porn empire isn’t every guy’s dream (well, actually, it probably is), but Max isn’t complaining. It’s just that until he meets Everly, he has no idea what he’s been missing. As the pressure mounts to take over the family business, Max can’t help wondering what would happen if he chose Everly instead. So far, his life has been a wild ride, but only Everly promises the greatest rush of all: love.
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Another day, another woman screws on camera for money.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It pays my bills, and it’s how my father spent the last thirty years building his empire.
As the heir to White Lace Productions, it’s my responsibility to find the hottest and most willing women in the city. It’s what I do, and I’m damn good at it.
I wrapped my hand around the front door handle to the 24-hour café and stepped into the bright light of the establishment. My director, and best friend, Ben Lockwood, by my side, as he has been since we were eight years old.
“This is definitely your most creative attempt at finding new talent.” Ben cleared his throat beside me.
I clapped him on the shoulder, his shaggy blond hair catching under my fingers. “Madam assured me these are her best girls. This is going to work.”
I’d never been more sure about anything in my life and if I could have given myself an award for innovation, I would have. Not to mention, this was an untapped resource. A way to prove to my father that I had what it took to take over White Lace.
When you grow up with sex toys in the family room, half-naked women at your breakfast table, and lose your virginity to a porn star at sixteen, there’s no question you’ll follow in your father’s footsteps. Besides, what red-blooded male wouldn’t want to work in porn? Not many, and I owed it to every single one of them to make the most if it.
“Can I help you?” A blond-haired hostess greeted us with a pretty smile from her perch behind the desk.
“We’re meeting some . . . friends.” I quirked my eyebrow. “I believe the reservation is under Jade.”
A working girl’s name, no question. But when selling sex for money, pseudonyms were an occupational must.
The hostess motioned to two women sitting on opposite sides of a booth. I nodded and thanked her for her help.
I strode across the café checking out my surroundings. It was your typical establishment. The far wall was lined with booths, the benches covered in easy-wipe brown plastic. Wood tables and matching chairs sat in the middle. The seating area was sectioned off with a metal railing from the order counter, where a large refrigerated showcase housed many delicious-looking desserts. My eye caught on a chocolate cheesecake. Thanks to my mother, I had a weakness for all things sweet. It’s a good thing I spent a lot of time on the running track.
Ben’s voice carried over my shoulder. “It still surprises me that our business meetings consist of meeting as many girls as we can and asking them to take off their clothes.”
Although tonight was only a meet-and-greet, before I offered a contract, I had to inspect the merchandise. It used to be my favorite part of the job. Don’t get me wrong, at first, I was as giddy as a thirteen-year-old boy finding his first Penthouse magazine, but then it got old. Boring. Mundane. There was no excitement in it anymore. A naked woman was just as enticing as a route canal.
And wasn’t that just completely fucked-up.
Everly Parker is the perfect girl next door. She is attending her last year of law school fulfilling her parents’ dreams of her becoming a successful lawyer. She has had a nose in a book for as long as she could remember. She never did anything that was not working toward her parents’ dream of her future, until she meets Max Levine, VP of White Lace productions. Max is struggling in his own life, when he realizes he no longer wants to take over the company from his father.
Together Everly and Max help each other realize there is more to life than going through the motions and living some else’s dreams.
This is the first book I have read from Gina Gordon. The cover is amazing. The story is sincere, yet steamy. The characters were developed and likeable. I was not a fan of Max until about half way through the book, then I realized I was judging his profession and not the person. As he started to truly fall for Everly, I fell in love with Max. I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Gordon’s work.
– Denise –
When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn’t pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream: becoming a writer. And she hasn’t looked back. A self-proclaimed happily-ever-after junkie and cupcake connoisseur, Gordon loves spinning contemporary tales of knee-bending first kisses, unconditional love, and super-hot sex. She lives in Milton, Ontario, with her husband and their lovable dog.