Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review and Giveaway: Travis and Kaleb by Nicole Edwards

Travis Walker, the oldest of the seven Walker brothers, has been referred to as moody and mysterious, and for the most part, he would agree. Until recently, he spent his days helping his brothers run the family business. Now, he dedicates his time and energy to building a resort, Alluring Indulgence, that caters to fetishes and fantasies. And despite his attempt to work himself into the ground, Travis has never denied – at least not to himself – that something is missing. 

Ten years ago, Travis made the hardest decision of his life, breaking his own heart in the process. A decade later, he is learning that life has a strange way of turning things upside down before placing the pieces exactly where they were meant to go?

Review by Jen Hagen

Zoey Stranford might’ve had a crush on the sexy boy next door since middle school, but she’s a woman now, and that crush has turned into a full blown case of lust. So why is it that at twenty nine, her libido decides to ramp into high gear and the only thing she can focus on is the intensely sexy, scorching hot boy next door who is definitely not a boy anymore? 

The only problem is that Zoey and Kaleb have been best friends for as long as she can remember. Not to mention, Kaleb and his brothers are working on buying Stranford land to build a new resort, and she’s more than a little hesitant about his intentions.

Kaleb Walker has had his eye on Zoey for close to twenty years, but never before has he considered taking their friendship to the next level, no matter how many fantasies he’s had about her over the years. That doesn’t explain why Kaleb is hell bent on having her – in as many ways as possible. 

Kaleb finds himself in a precarious situation. His brothers have nominated him to pursue Zoey’s father about purchasing the land needed to get their new resort off the ground. Finding out that Carl Stranford is on the brink of foreclosure and Zoey might just lose her house and the land, Kaleb now has to convince her to put aside her pride and let him help her.

It doesn’t take long before the flames start burning bright and hot, and the two of them burn up the nights and the days as they explore each other’s forbidden fantasies. But can their friendship survive a business transaction or the new friends with benefits clause? Or will they realize that they’ve been overlooking something much deeper that’s been right in front of them all along?

Warning: This book contains sexual encounters and graphic language that some readers may find objectionable, including, but not limited to m/f/m encounters, anal sex, exhibitionism, and voyeurism. Consider yourself warned! Contains graphic material that is not suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Erotic Romance Mature Audience

4.5 Star Review by Jen Hagen

We’ve been introduced to Travis Walker throughout the first two books in the Alluring Indulgence series, Kaleb and Zane.  At the end of Zane we were left with a slight cliffhanger involving Travis and a woman who makes an appearance and is introduced to us as his wife…  I believe we all left that book with our mouths opened and our fingers rushing to the computer keyboard to find out when the next book would be released. 

We are all thrilled to meet Travis and his complex character complete with flaws in his own book.  He has always been so guarded and rough around the edges when we’ve seen him in the previous books.  He has come off as self-centered and focused on success with the Walker business including the building of a new sex club.  I think of the all that characters that Ms. Edwards has written, Travis was the one that had the most layers to peel away before we could see the entirety of his character.  He struggles with who he is, who he wants to be, and who he wants to have close to him.

“He wasn’t sure he had the balls to own up to what he’d been fighting all these years.  Because if he did, that would mean he’d been wrong.  And Travis was never wrong.”

Travis may be a strong-willed man, but eventually his guard is taken down and his feelings and desires are made visible.   And in true Nicole Edwards fashion, she makes the desires play out in the hottest scenes you will ever read. 

“Last night had been the introduction, and tonight was all about exploration.  The connection was made, the only thing left to do was to escape from reality and get lost in one another.”

Little by little Travis is exposed to us and it turns out he is a very lovable character.  He works hard and he loves deeply.  And he isn’t afraid to voice his feelings…who knew that Travis could actually speak more than a few gruff words?

“I want anything and everything you’re willing to give me…and it far surpasses anything physical.”

The Walker boys are certainly characters that keep us intrigued and I like how they all make an appearance in the books, even in small trivial roles.  We are able to continue on with their lives even after their named book has been published.  There are several boys remaining in the family to read about and I look forward to reading their stories.  Ms. Edwards seems to step the hotness factor up with each release so by the time that 7th boy has his story, my Kindle is going to spontaneously combust.

Nook Travis

Nook Kaleb

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