From Wall Street Journal bestselling author J.S. Scott
A-list movie star and billionaire Julian Sinclair learned from past tragedy that life doesn’t come with multiple takes. Now that he’s figured out what he wants—in the lush form of redheaded Kristin Moore—he’s got one chance to claim it. Between working as a medical assistant and filling in at her parents’ bar, Kristin has no time for pleasure. So Julian is bringing her to his brother’s Vegas wedding, where their mutual attraction can finally get a starring role.
What happened in Vegas has followed Kristin right back to Amesport, Maine. In the space of one magical weekend, the leading man in all her X-rated fantasies whisked her off to Sin City for breathtaking sex, followed by an “accidental” marriage she doesn’t remember. Kristin fully expects Julian to demand a quickie divorce. But instead he’s daring her to go all-in. To gamble everything on a love that might be too good to be true…or the best, wildest adventure of their lives.
I have to say the title of the book says it all, but only at the beginning. While Julian is somewhat overpowering and definitely used to getting his way, you can’t control matters of the heart.
Kristin and Julian seem to fight every time they see each other, and the day before his eldest brother’s wedding is no exception. Overriding Kristin’s every objection with a suitable solution, he leaves her no choice but to travel with him to Vegas to see her friend marry his brother as he affectionately calls their arguing ‘foreplay’.
Kristin never relaxes and being in Vegas she lets her hair down and her inhibitions as well. Now we all know ‘What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’, unfortunately that is not always the case. Sometimes what happens follows you home even if you aren’t aware of it.
This is a favorite scene when Kristin finds out what followed her from Vegas as she is on a coffee date setup by her friend Mara.
Because he’s not Julian.
Irritated with herself that she was still thinking about him, she took another sip of her chocolate caramel coffee as she listened to Rob talk about how much he admired Mara, and how much he appreciated his job.
She suddenly realized that her mind had drifted off somewhere else as Rob had been singing his praises about Mara’s company. “Yes?” She trained her eyes on his face, determined not to let her mind wander . . . again.
Rob had a kind face, dark hair and eyes, and the slight, slender build of a man who looked like he worked in an office.
“I asked if you wanted to go to the office holiday party with me. You didn’t answer.”
Maybe because she hadn’t heard the question. “I’m sorry. I don’t know what to say.”
He smiled at her, and she noticed his teeth were perfect. Rob had the kind of friendly smile and brilliant teeth that were perfect for a marketer. Kristin was pretty sure he could be persuasive given the right audience.
“Say yes,” he said, his smile growing even larger and more inviting.
She didn’t want to think about holiday parties, but Christmas would be here and gone before she even noticed, this year, if she didn’t start planning her Christmas list. She’d done the Christmas cards for Sarah’s office right after Thanksgiving, but she hadn’t done anything for her personal friends yet.
This just isn’t working for me!
Rob was a nice guy, and he deserved to be going somewhere with a woman who was really interested in him. As much as she’d tried, this evening, Kristin knew she was edgy and distracted. Honestly, she wondered why Rob even wanted her to go to the party with him.
Maybe because I’m Mara’s best friend and he thinks it will get him in a better position with the boss?
Instantly, Kristin hated herself for thinking the worst of a guy who’d taken the time out of his evening just to meet her. Sure, Rob was polished, but it was part of his job to be a communicator, a polite person who was able to persuade people to buy Mara’s products.
But, for Kristin, she couldn’t lead him on by accepting and giving him the impression that she was interested in anything more than being his friend. It wouldn’t be fair to him. “I really—”
“Can’t make it,” a husky baritone finished her answer as he slid into the seat beside her. “Sorry, she can’t go.”
She turned her head in surprise, already knowing who was sitting right next to her because his scent and his voice had immediately gotten her attention.
He looked angry, his blue eyes emanating malice as he looked at Rob.
Annoyed, Kristin told Rob, “That wasn’t what I was going to say.” Turning to Julian, she asked irritably, “What are you doing here?”
He shrugged. “Where else would I be, sweetheart? Sorry it took me so long to get back. There was a little accident while we were filming, so we went over schedule. And the damn location was in the middle of nowhere. Bad cell service.”
He looked all banged up, bruises to his forehead and plenty of scrapes on his face. “What happened?” she asked, concerned as she looked at his visible injuries.
“Nothing real serious.” He blew off her concern. “Who’s your friend?”
“My date,” she corrected, looking back at Rob. “This is Julian Sinclair.”
Obviously not one to miss a good connection, Rob reached across the table to shake Julian’s hand. “I recognized you. Robert Larkin. I work for your cousin’s wife, Mara. It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ve seen your movies. Liked the last one the best.”
Julian mumbled under his breath, “You seem like the type who would.”
Kristin jabbed him in the side with her elbow, only to hear him groan with pain. “Oh, God. You really are hurt.”
She was starting to get worried about Julian’s physical condition.
“I’m fine,” Julian answered gruffly, his eyes still focused on Rob. “You aren’t really on a date,” he informed Rob matter-of-factly.
“We are,” Rob pronounced happily. “I just met Kristin tonight, but I can tell she’s special. She and Mara have been friends forever. I can see why. I’d like her to go to the holiday party with me this year.”
“She can’t,” Julian remarked angrily.
“I don’t see why not,” Rob replied, still wearing a winning smile.
Julian leaned forward, putting him physically closer to Rob as he stared the smaller man down. “Because if you ever touch her, I’ll have to kill you.”
“Julian, don’t be ridiculous,” Kristin told him, her heart starting to pound in alarm. What the hell was wrong with him? Had he hit his head harder than she imagined?
“Hey, man, I didn’t know you liked her.” Rob put his hands up in surrender.
“Of course I fucking like her. She’s my wife,” Julian growled, seizing Kristin’s hand and pulling her to her feet. “Let’s go home.”
Scott, J. S.. The Billionaire Takes All (The Sinclairs Book 5) (pp. 93-96). Montlake Romance. Kindle Edition.
It doesn’t get any easier from here, a negotiation worthy of a peace treaty has to take place before Kristin agrees to give the marriage thing a shot.
A page turner for sure, as Julian and Kristin maneuver around all the stumbling blocks in the way of their relationship. Plenty of sizzling sex has Kristin wondering if that’s all it is, or can she trust her heart.
I can’t wait for the next in this series, I love the Sinclairs!
5 Contented Purrs for J.S.!
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J.S. “Jan” Scott is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of steamy romance. She’s an avid reader of all types of books and literature. Writing what she loves to read, J.S. Scott writes both contemporary steamy romance stories and paranormal romance. They almost always feature an Alpha Male and have a happily ever after because she just can’t seem to write them any other way! She lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her husband and two very spoiled German Shepherds.