When Greyson Archer tosses a twenty on the stage of a strip club, the last thing he expects to see are the haunted
green eyes staring back at him. Finley should be home raising her infant daughter and baking cookies, not tucking singles into her G-string and giving lap dances.
Greyson can't deny that he'd like his own private show, but there's not a chance in hell of that happening. The last time the former Navy SEAL saw her she was dressed in black, holding a folded flag and sobbing that it was all his fault... and he agreed with every single word. He couldn't do anything to help her then, but he can now.
Finley deserves better than this dingy club, and when an obsessed customer crosses the line, Greyson leads the rescue and will do whatever it takes to make amends for their broken past.
He never expected to want to settle down, but with Finley, everything is different. For the first time ever, he can breathe. But Greyson will have to fight for what he wants in order to keep the woman with the green eyes he's dreamed about so often.
Slow & Steady is book 2 in the Alphas Undone series, but can be read as a standalone novel, as it features a new couple.
Review by Lisa Kane
"I stopped believing in fairy tales a long time ago."
Greyson Archer is a former Navy SEAL now working for a private security firm. After a horrible day at work, he stops at Dolly House Gentleman's Club, a strip joint. He throws back a few drinks, but isn't really interested in the girls offering to make him feel good. That is until a curvy, hot chick works the pole. His eyes just about bug out of his head when he realizes its Finley Sutton, the widow of Marcus Sutton, one of his fellow SEALs. What is she doing here when she should be home taking care of her baby daughter? He confronts her and she shoots him down. This isn't over by a long shot.
It'd been almost two years since I'd seen her, but not much had changed.
Finley is still fuming the next day about her run in with Grey. How dare he question how she makes a living! She is a single mom, loaded down with debt from her complicated pregnancy and she's doing the best she can do to survive. Dancing nude pays the bills. Sure the guys there are a bit out there, especially one weirdo who pays far too much attention to her, but she does what she has to do to get by. But Grey is not going to stay away. He barges his way into her life.
I stroked men's egos enough at work, and I got paid well for it.
Finley blames Grey for her husband, Marcus's death. Grey has enough guilt over Marcus' death without any added guilt from her. He wants to help her and her baby, Maple. Ok, maybe he is more than a little attracted to her and this is about more than just helping out his widow.
Slow and Steady is a quick read with some mild angst and drama. Grey's alpha protective side comes out when Finley finds herself in danger. Will she ever stop blaming him for Marcus' death? Can they find happiness in their mutual grief?
"I don't want to live any more of my days without you."
It was nine o’clock on a Saturday night and I was totally out of my fucking element. A bottle of red wine tucked under one arm. A bouquet of wild flowers in the other. A condom tucked into my wallet, just in case. I was in foreign territory, and my entire body knew it – tense shoulders, my heart beating like a drum, and arousal barely contained beneath the surface. Finley was standing at the doorway, watching me with a confused expression. She looked gorgeous, makeup free, pink-painted toes, hair mussed and loose. Little cotton pajama shorts and a tank top that hugged her lush breasts. “Maple’s not here.” She said the words, but she knew as well as I did I wasn’t here for Maple. “I know that.” My voice was sure and confident. “Then why are you … oh.” Finley shifted her weight, her eyes dropping from mine as she saw the wine and flowers. She could read it all, plain as day. I knew she could see my intentions, my uncertainty, and underneath it all, my desire. Maybe it was the desire to fix everything I’d broken, or maybe it was just my desire for her as a man desires a woman. Normally when I felt that primal urge for sex, I headed to West’s bar. I’d pick out a woman for the night. Share a few drinks with her, a few laughs. Later, we’d head back to my place and fuck until dawn. And that was it. I’d be set for a few months. This … with the courting and the nerves … it was nothing like my standard operating procedure. I’d never felt so stripped bare and vulnerable. Never put myself out there so completely with a woman before. But then again, Finley was unlike any woman I'd ever met. And she was still just standing there. “Can I come inside?” I asked, heart in my throat. She didn't say anything. But she opened the door wider. With Nolan’s words ringing in my ears, I stepped over the threshold, sure that whatever happened tonight had the power to heal us both.
Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She's a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.
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