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Seven Minutes in Heaven (Naughty Games #1)

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  551 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Naughty Games, Book One

In honor of her friend's birthday, Bev Navarro does something she swore never to do again, enter Holden Lancaster's home. At one time the two had been part of a close-knit group of friends, but that all changed thanks to one game of Seven Minutes in Heaven.

Holden can't understand why Bev is avoiding him. He can only hope tonight's festivities will gi
ebook, 86 pages
Published January 30th 2008 by Ellora's Cave
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Heather in FL
I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. The ratings seem to be all over the place and a lot of them without explanation of good OR bad, but some of my GR friends liked it, so that was a good sign. I thought this was really cute. We have a group of friends who met in college and have been relatively close-knit ever since.

Two years ago, at Holden's housewarming party, one of the friends decided to play Seven Minutes in Heaven. A little high-school-y, but hey... these are 28-year-olds. Maybe it
Sep 30, 2013 Maria rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica, adult
The writing wasn't bad but the conflict seemed forced and trivial in comparison to the amount of time that passed. Considering that this is the introductory story to a series, more time could've been taken. The lack of background work makes the characters come across as two dimensional and that leads to sex scenes that don't quite hit the mark. But I didn't hate it and am curious about the following stories.
Sep 07, 2011 Heather rated it did not like it
So lame! I read all the time and thought this would be a fun read based on the reviews. WRONG. I can not believe how many people gave this good reviews. Clearly the people who reviewed this book were teenage girls! I'm embarrassed that I read the book.
Leisa Prater
May 07, 2012 Leisa Prater rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Holden.....i would love 7 minutes in a closet with him...loved the story...wanted it to be longer but an awesome read!!!!!
May 10, 2012 peachbird76 rated it liked it
I quite liked ths boook. It was a bit on the short side but enjoyable none the less. I liked the characters and the story was believable. The sex scenes were hot.
Jul 22, 2012 Kimchi added it
Jun 29, 2016 Camille rated it it was ok
Interested in the rest of the series.

(Lendle loan).
May 05, 2012 Paula rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Autumn Jean
Dec 30, 2012 Autumn Jean rated it did not like it
Waste of time. Would be more beneficial to just download and watch crappy porn.
Favorite quote:

“I’m willing to concede at most the problem lay with both of us, but with me being the one who…might have accelerated the situation to a proportion that was…maybe…not as critical as I thought it might have been.”

I'm glad I read Matthews' Joker's Wild series first (Call Me is on my DIK list) - Seven Minutes was enjoyable, but we don't get the same attention to character development that's so important in bringing a novella from straight erotica to erotic romance.

Matthews writes so
Jun 19, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really great free read from Amazon. The reason I enjoyed it so much is because I felt it utilized the opportunity to introduce new readers to the author, Lena Matthews, and left you wanting more. At least, I was left excited to pick up the next book in the series. This was a great introduction to a group of friends that over the years have become attracted to and have paired off. Except no one has had their happily ever after so each book in this trilogy explores what went wrong and h ...more
Jo Notary
Feb 15, 2016 Jo Notary marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ellora-s-cave
85p Naughty Games, Book OneIn honor of her friend's birthday, Bev Navarro does something she swore never to do again, enter Holden Lancaster's home. At one time the two had been part of a close-knit group of friends, but that all changed thanks to one game of Seven Minutes in Heaven.Holden can't understand why Bev is avoiding him. He can only hope tonight's festivities will give them the time needed to mend old wounds. But one look at her face tells him he's in for a night of disappointments.The ...more
Maureen Hoar
May 13, 2012 Maureen Hoar rated it really liked it
This was a short and fun read. This is an adult story of the teenage game of 7 minutes in heaven that totally goes awry! Bev thinks that Holden chose her to spend her 7 minutes with him out of pitty. She spends the next 2 years avoiding him and suffering from a broken heart. They are brought together by a mutual friend's birthday and lets just say the sparks fly! If you are looking for a lite romping read this book is fun. I did find Holden a bit bossy and pretentious, but it was all in good fun ...more
May 15, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it
If I'm going to get alliterative here, I'd say this book is nicely naughty. It gives us some good backstory on the characters and some nice sexin'. I tend to like the friends to lovers story lines in shorter books simply because we don't have to go through the whole "meet and greet" before they get to the bed play. And, let's face it, that's the main reason I pick these sort of books up.

This book was a free Kindle download I picked up on 04/24/12 for the Why Buy the Cow? reading challenge.

Wicked Nyx
Two 1/2 stars
I liked it, but didn't love it. A good little friends to almost-lovers to enemies to lovers story. I found it hard to believe that Holden would wait two years to actually confront Bev about their relationship and the game that drove her away. He called apparently, but never physically went to see her or forced the issue...didn't strike me as true given his take-charge attitude about everything else.
May 16, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
3.5 / 5 stars

This was my very first romance novel. I thought the love scenes were well written, lots of good descriptions. The plot overall and the back stories were so-so. I also wanted to find out more about the other friends; how did their weekend turn out?

This book has piqued my interest in other romance novels, so I'll be sure to check more out. I think it was a good introduction to the genre for me.
The beginning was decent, but somewhere in the middle it tanked, and then it tried to swim back to the surface.

High-Points: Romantic Angst among 2 friends, "initial" dialogue that was great

Low, Low, Low Points= Goofy Sex talk, bad dialogue.

This book could have been & should have been a lot better. If I had actually bought this, instead of downloading it for free on Elloras Cave's website (, I would have been really upset.

Giving this one 2 stars.
Nov 17, 2012 Cestiani rated it really liked it
Shelves: ir-books
I enjoyed this story. Holden was the male character type I adore. Bev had the right about of bite. It was short and sweet. If you are not used to reading "filthy" words like P***Y and F**K, or any graphic sex, This isn't the book for you.
There are people who would complain about the length of the story..I am not one of them. I believe it was a perfect introduction to the next 2 book.
Lena Matthews had definitely one of my favorite authors, so far.
Jackie (Literary Escapism)
The Naughty Games series by Lena Matthews was definitely what my erotica romance mood needed. Not only did I get some great characters, but their stories were really engrossing despite having a very obvious plot. Once I started both Seven Minutes in Heaven and I Never, I couldn't put them down.

To read my full review, click here.
May 02, 2012 Jules rated it liked it
I got this as a freebie from Amazon and I found it interesting. There was no point in the story where I didn't care about the characters and I was cheering on our hero to get his girl. I would love to read Shane's story, but decided I didn't want to pay so much for such a short story. But who knows? Maybe I will. We'll see. :)
Shelby P
Mar 31, 2014 Shelby P rated it liked it
I was addicted to Lena Matthews when I first got my Kindle almost 4 years ago. I've had this book on my Kindle for a long time so I decided to finally read it. Lena can really write erotica but I've come further along now. I want a substantial plot in the books I read. I am curious about the other couples so I'll continue the series since I've already bought the books but I need more substance!!!
Katherine O'Grady
May 01, 2012 Katherine O'Grady rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This was a Kindle freebie and a short one.
The setup for the series is well done. The conflict between the hero and heroine is a little overwrought - it's a classic misunderstanding thing. The sex was smoking, per Ms. Matthews usual.

This is a fun, quick read.
May 05, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was ok
An erotic story that read like a bunch of high school kids. Even the premise of the games were things done in high school. It had way too many loose ends branching out to entice you to buy further novels when the material in this one was lacking.
Michele Crimson
Oct 06, 2012 Michele Crimson rated it liked it
This book was a nice, steamy short book that will get your blood pressure going but not drag you down with too many details. This is one of those books you read in the tub or when you just want to be alone with a book. *insert evil grin*
Jun 17, 2012 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erotica with a clever story line. Holden and Bev were cute, but I enjoyed the hint of drama from the other characters enough to have wanted more from them.
May 24, 2012 Kelsi rated it it was ok
Skipped over about 1/2 the book. No story...allllll graphic, slightly shocking ... much more so than Fifty Shades, in my opinion. Not Impressed
Apr 25, 2012 Dannielle rated it liked it
A nice short story. I was looking forward to Holden calling Bev out, and was glad when it happened.

Really looking forward to reading the other 2 stories in this series.
Selina Durio
May 02, 2012 Selina Durio rated it really liked it
I received this book as a freebie and I know this is one of Lena Matthews earlier books, but I loved it! It was witty and enjoyable quick read.
Ragatnia Clara
Nov 14, 2013 Ragatnia Clara rated it liked it
It was no doubt Lena Matthews could write a steamy story. It's a quick read you will enjoy without too much too think.
Pam Smith
Sep 24, 2014 Pam Smith rated it it was amazing
Sooooo very good. Really didn't think I would dig da 3 way couple but you made it work. I really enjoyed the book.
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