ARC Review + Author Interview – SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS by Lauren Blakely

ARC Review + Author Interview – SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS by Lauren BlakelySweet Sinful Nights by Lauren Blakely
Series: Sinful Nights #1
Published by: Self Published
on June 30, 2015
Genres: Erotic Romance
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A sexy, suspenseful new romance novel from Lauren Blakely, author of the New York Times Bestselling Seductive Nights series…. 

She was the one who got away… 

Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It’s his greatest regret, especially since she’s all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he’s determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won’t make the same mistake twice.

Easier said than done…

Shannon Paige has hardened her heart to the man she was once engaged to be married to. After the way he left, and after the hell she’s been through with her checkered family, there’s no way she’s letting him into her life again. The problem is, the second she sees him, he’s more handsome and charming than before. And she’s torn between wanting to fight with him and wanting to sleep with him - maybe both. Soon they fall into each other’s arms, consumed with a desire that burns through the years.

But if these two fiery lovers are going to have a real second chance at this kind of intense, passionate, bone-deep love, he’ll have to give her his whole heart, and she’ll have to give up all the secrets from her messy past.

And that messy past is about to spill over into her carefully constructed present… 

SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS is book one in SINFUL NIGHTS, a four-book series. Each book will follow a new couple.


Sweet Sinful Nights is one of those books that pull you in like an unbelievable and unforgiving riptide – taking over your body, your mind, making you blind to the fact that there is actual real life outside of these pages. Lauren Blakely continues to put me under her spell, pulling me under, until there is nothing left but her wonderful characters and her captivating and emotional storylines. I completely immersed myself into this powerful, second chance love story. I loved every single minute of it!

Seductive, Sinful, and Sexy with a dash of Suspense! A story that brought out all the feels – from heartbroken and breathless – to hot and bothered – to all warm and fuzzy! I am, and always will be a huge fan of Ms. Blakely’s writing. I’m addicted and I never want it to end!

Ten years ago, they had it all. They thought they were unbreakable. A few choice words – a career choice that broke them apart – an ultimatum cast in the heat of the moment…regret consumes them. Even though they were apart, they never were off of each other’s minds. When they are thrust together years later, the fire, the emotions, the yearning comes tumbling forward. Brent and Shannon are not the same people that they once were. The past has hardened both of their hearts. Yes, they are successful people, but something has always been missing. Their puzzle has never been completed. A flicker of lust burns brighter with every day they see each other. They learn to trust one another again, slowly breaking down the concrete structure that has surrounded their hearts. But all too soon, secrets threaten to tear them apart and one of them might be forced to walk away once again.

This is a love story that anchored me emotionally with addictive angst and heartbreak. Blakely continues to give us stories that consumes us, stories that make us feel on every possible level. She brings the HEAT. She brings the SWEET. She brings the SUSPENSE. She constantly gives her all in these stories and it shows time and time again. Loyal readers will ADORE Brent and Shannon’s romance, and new readers will discover why Blakely continues to be one of my favorite erotic romance authors out there today!

Sweet Sinful Nights by Lauren Blakely is a second chance love story that ends in a HEA. It DOES have a continuing story line, and each following book in the series deals with a different couple.




author interview

Thanks for coming back to Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads to chat with me Lauren. I want to talk to you about your latest release SWEET SINFUL NIGHTS. For readers who haven’t heard of the series yet, can you please explain what wonderful things they are to expect from the Sinful Nights Series?

The Sinful Nights series is a high-heat, high-stakes, high-glamour series set in Las Vegas and following four siblings as each falls madly in love with their perfect match across a backdrop of sin, money, sex, greed, passion and love. Each novel follows a new couple, but a continuing storyline of suspense carries across the series. I think of this series as Seductive Nights, high-octane style — Longer stories, much more suspense, and a strong family element that spans an entire generation as past and present mysteries entwine.

She was the one who got away… 

I’m a HUGE fan of Second Chance love stories. What is your favorite literary trope to write?

Like you, I LOVE second chance stories because the characters are often already in love, but for the stories to truly work, they need to fall in love yet again, and to fall with the changed person. So it’s a great trope to show passion, and falling in love anew.

For Lauren Blakely DIE HARD fans like myself, we all know our hero Brent Nichols, *tries to stop from swooning too much* is Clay Nichols brother from the AMAZING Seductive Nights Series. Was it FAN REQUESTS that pushed his story, or was it always the plan to give Brent his HEA?

Great question! When I wrote Night After Night, I only intended for that series to be two books, not five. So, I didn’t have a plan for Brent when he was first introduced in passing in Night After Night. However, fans wanted to know quickly if Clay’s brother would get a story! By the time I wrote One More Night (a fan-requested book!), it was time to give Brent a much bigger role, and natural then to start teeing him up for his book. But it wasn’t until Forbidden Nights that I knew he’d have a second chance love story.

I love our heroine, Shannon Paige, in Sweet Sinful Nights. She is such a complex character, one that I related to on multiple levels. She is a strong woman, and yet so vulnerable. How do you go about building your incredible female leads? Do you play off of the hero when creating her or does she just make her way into your mind and demand to be put on the page?

I like strong women! And while the men are often what readers want most, the strong men don’t work unless they are paired with a deserving woman. I knew Shannon the second I started the first scene. Since the book starts with a fight, Shannon had to be tough, fiery, feisty, and able to hold her own. But for readers to love her, she has to melt from Brent’s love and passion. And, ya know, she does 🙂

Some authors struggle with the ‘emotion factor’ in erotic romances. Sometimes I feel like they are too heavy on the sex and there isn’t one lick of emotion coming out of it, and sometimes in romance, it’s the other way around – So much emotion, but I’m missing the yummy sex! You seem to bring the right amount of both to the table. You write some incredible sex scenes, total panty melting quality, and yet the amount of emotions you put on every single page is unbelievable to me. I laugh, I cry, I scream, I yell, and so on and so forth. How do you do that so well? Does it take a lot out of you when you pour so much emotion on to the pages?

A good scene can definitely require some digging deep! I am also a big believer in the underlying premise of erotic romance — the sex drives the love story. So the panty-melting sex needs to be present, but the love grows from them. That’s how I try to approach each sex scene — what does a scene bring in heat, and how does it bring the couple closer?

Have you or do you plan on venturing out to any other genres? You know I would probably read pretty much ANYTHING you wrote right? 🙂

I’m pretty happy writing sexy romance!

What is next for the talented Ms. Lauren Blakely?

Ooh! Stay tuned for SINFUL DESIRE, book 2 in this series, releasing in Sept. That’s Ryan’s story, and it’s one of the hottest books I’ve ever written! Can’t wait for you to meet him!

It is always a pleasure having you here Lauren. Thank you SO much for sharing with us and PLEASE come back anytime! XOXO


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Sinful Nights series!








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About Lauren Blakely

A #1 New York Times Bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that’s hot, sweet and sexy. She lives in California with her family and has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than seventy-five times, and she’s sold more than 1.5 million books. In May she’ll release JOY RIDE, a standalone romantic comedy. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter!

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