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Denying Mr Parks

(Parks #1)

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Evelyn Banks is her own worst enemy…

A recovering alcoholic, the key to Evelyn’s continuing sobriety is to remain focused and controlled. She finally has her life on track with a new job at a law firm, but her world is shaken when she meets the firm’s gorgeous, charming, dominant CEO.

Wade Parks asks for only one thing—to be obeyed…

Wade’s perfect world is one of discipline a
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Paperback, 458 pages
Published July 24th 2015 by Limitless Publishing LLC (first published February 15th 2015)
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Lilly James Hi Jess, Denying Mr Parks will be available again August 4th. I firstly self-published the book, then it was picked up by a publisher so had to be tak…moreHi Jess, Denying Mr Parks will be available again August 4th. I firstly self-published the book, then it was picked up by a publisher so had to be taken down for re-release. :) (less)
Lilly James Hi Isobel.

Sorry for the delay in replying.

Denying Mr Parks will be available again August 4th. I firstly self-published the book, then it was picked …more
Hi Isobel.

Sorry for the delay in replying.

Denying Mr Parks will be available again August 4th. I firstly self-published the book, then it was picked up by a publisher so had to be taken down for re-release. :) (less)
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Flo
5 “watermelon” STARS



“Why was I so afraid of him finding out about my past when I never wanted him in my future?”


First time author Lilly James just did something wildly unusual, she brought the big guns and totally blew me away with one hell of an emotionally draining, infuriating, raw and highly addictive read. What an amazing ride. It sucked me in completely and spit me out totally messed up in the end.

There was absolutely nothing that didn't work for me in Denying Mr. Parks. I lov
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Pam
4 push pull stars
“If I tell you my past, I’m scared you won’t want my future.”



Evey Banks is a broken woman who has finally made strides to better her life all with the help of her best friend, Steph. Sober for quite some time now, employed (with a bitchy boss), dating her best friend's brother who seems to be interested in starting where they left off and she is happy. At least happier than she has been in a while. She's a complex introvert with a bad attitude who tends to scare peo
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S.M. West
3-3.5 “impossible sum” STARS

This is Lilly James’ debut novel about an average, young woman and a dominant millionaire. I know, colour me grey, it’s been done many times over. But that’s where the cliché ends. This story was nothing like I expected; it was endearing, bittersweet and refreshing.



Evelyn (Evey) Banks is a 25 year old associate secretary in a law firm and to say she was brash, foul mouthed and abrasive would be an understatement. Harsh words, sarcasm and indifference were her wea
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Michelle
*ARC provided by the author for an honest review*

OMFG this book was just so AMAZIN I luvd it

The story is so good I enjoyed every min of it
Its about Evey she as had a really hard life goin up she is tryin 2 get herself back 2gether an is doin a good job until she meets the CEO of the company she is working 4 the gorgeous Mr Wade Parks Evey is tryin 2 stay away from relationships an man cause Evey is an alcoholic an when thinks get bad or she gets down the first thing she goes 2 is a large g
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Michelle
*ARC provided by the author for an honest review*

OMFG this book was just so AMAZIN I luvd it



The story is so good I enjoyed every min of it
Its about Evey she as had a really hard life goin up she is tryin 2 get herself back 2gether an is doin a good job until she meets the CEO of the company she is working 4 the gorgeous Mr Wade Parks Evey is tryin 2 stay away from relationships an man cause Evey is an alcoholic an when thinks get bad or she gets down the first thing she goes 2 is a large g
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Carissa
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s-2015

3 Infuriating Stars

Lilly James gives us an infuriating story with deeply flawed characters, that will either make you love them or hate them. But, in the end, sometimes,  glass houses are meant to be shattered.(For you Mr.Parks)



Evelyn Banks is a by-product of her parents drug and alcohol addictions. A young girl, hardened against the world; remaining emotionless and withdrawn from any form of intimacy, as an adult. Living her life by her own rules, without any exceptions and with abso
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Michelle
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review

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Can a broken and damaged woman be healed? Through time, maybe. But what happens when an explosive force comes knocking down walls and pushing the limits? Will the push and pull dynamic set a whirlwind of destruction or will it be the saving grace? In Denying Mr. Parks, Ms. Lilly James truly captures her readers attentions as she delicately pulls the strings of the hearts of her readers as we feel the emotional struggle of a hero
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Elle aka Leftie aka Shoebelle
1 ★ for the storyline + 1 ★ for Wade + 1 ★ for the smexy times – 1.5 ★ for Evey = 1.5 ★

I was just really frustrated with this one. As in really frustrated!!! Especially with Evey, the h!!! Gah!!! Sigh… And seriously, how many times can you say “whilst”?!? Apparently, 123 times! Sigh…



While this is a storyline that I know I would have enjoyed thoroughly albeit not original, there were just too many things I couldn’t ignore. Mind you, this is getting a lot of high reviews so you might think that
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Natalie M
4 stars. This was a great debut from Ms. James. I always love coming across new authors and even better when I love their work! On the surface, the story seemed like one that has been done numerous times. Uber-dominant millionaire CEO is awestruck by the executive assistant working at his firm. He makes it known that he must have her and she puts up a fight at every turn. I have to admit, I'm a sucker for that plot and sometimes it works out and other times it does not. This time it definitely w ...more
Amber Rose
DNF at 30%.

I am a huge fan of dark erotica. This one was not pulling my attention at all. I couldn't find a connection to the characters from any point in the book. The writing was good, but it wasn't working for me.

ARC provided by author exchange for an honest review.

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My Pink Fairytales
You know the biggest cliche in the world?
"It's not you, it's me"?
That's what I feel like saying now, after reading this. "It's not you, it's me."

This was recommended by a great friend I found on GR and she was sure I'll love it. I was sure i will too, because we have similar taste in books, so imagine my surprise.

I definitely didn't hate it and saying I didn't like it makes me feel like a liar, so.....
Let me explain.

Meet Evelyn Banks and Wade Parks.
She's working as an assistant secretary a
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Dana ~ The Dirty Smut'atter
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2015
I have to say I love reading books that are written by English authors. It has to be the small things like how the language is different that takes me to a special place. Isn't that the point of reading and I love finding new authors that spark my fancy.

I don't know there is just something about referring to the trunk of the car as a boot. Then factor into the mix the boot of a Red Ferrari………..



Let me just say that the car is bad ass, but the man behind the car is the real key to the story!!



Wade
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Lilly James
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Denying him was just the beginning....

*Update on 03/08/2012**

I am extremely excited for the re-release of Denying Mr. Parks and just want to give you a heads-up :)

If you’re looking for a light, fluffy romance then this is not the book for you.

Denying Mr. Parks will divide opinions, love or hate, and I understood that from the very beginning.

I just want to quickly thank all readers, those who loved it when it was first self-published, and now new ones, for reading what has been my ‘baby’ from t
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L.J (Lisa Jane)
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, series
*ARR (Advance Reader Review) - copy provided as a gift in exchange for an honest review...


WOW!
An emotional, raw read.
This is the first book from Lilly James and it drew all kinds of emotions from me.
I couldn't even get the words out....

This book is not for the faint of heart. It's emotional and not everyone will get it.
Those that do, will be taken on an emotional ride. My emotions are all over the map on this book and I know it will haunt me for a long time. I can't wait for the next book in thi
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Coco.V
Nov 03, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Carol***BeautyandtheBeastlyBooks
**ARC received in exchange of an honest review***

One stars are rare from me these days, but unfortunately I couldn't even with this book...

Starting with the heroine...I find Evey completely innaproachable as a character, I felt no connection with her. She was quite rude in my opinion, the way she demoralized all her work collegues. I don't know if it was meant to be funny, but she just sounded like an awful person. No matter how right she was, she gave me the impression of a hollier than thou at
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Lydia H
Jun 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you love a HOT and sexy ALPHA male, you must one-click Denying Mr. Parks right now.
Wade Parks is one yummy and determined HUNK of a man. In this first installment in The Parks Series we're taken through a steamy journey full of ups and downs that make up Evey (Evelyn) and Wade's story.

Evey is broken. She has inner demons she fights on a daily basis and has made herself an expert in keeping people at bay, especially men. But you see, Wade Parks is not a man that takes 'no' for an answer. He's
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Livimum
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Arghhhh, this book!

It is littered with mistakes. ... spelling, grammar, incorrect words, missing words. This made it really frustrating to read. I ended up looking for the inevitable next mistake rather than being able enjoy the story.

The book is in SERIOUS need of editing.

I also noticed that that feel of the book and some actual scenes play more than a passing resemblance to a couple of other books which didn't sit hugely well with me.
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Đurđica Sarjanović
Great intro. Parks guy is a bit annoying, but I think that's exactly how these characters should be. Lilly James described everything great, and all the characters are special on their own way. Evey and Parks are going to have an emotional rollercoaster obviously. I continued this series so I'll tell everything later :) ...more
Keesha
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It's been so long since a book grabbed me. Looking forward to book 2! ...more
Palabasalibro
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it

This review has been a long time coming. I just actually finished the book since life got in the way and I couldn't better manage my time. I started this book two weeks ago and got to about 50% of it but eventually stopped, then resumed earlier last night and finished the rest of it in one go.


I don't know where to start actually, cause I really have a lot to say.


Caution: I haven't done a long review in a long time, but this one will be very long and may contain spoilers. :)




"I would ra

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Tbird London
I admit I had some preconceived judgments going into this book. New author, rich business man, office girl, dominate male, weak submissive female. Man was I wrong, this was a brilliant book, well written, emotionally driven characters, passionate scenes, head strong introverted woman, controlling yet very protective alpha male who has a sensitive side to him. This book blew me out of the water and left me with a major book hangover. I was beating myself up for leaving this on my kindle unread fo ...more
Melissa Mendoza
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

“I looked up into his suggestive brown eyes and saw what gave me the hots for him in the first place. But I couldn’t go back to the past, and Travie had too many demons to remind me of. I shook my head and shifted away.”

4 stars. This was a refreshing take on an almost “Grey” like book. Great debut novel from Lilly! Excited to see what she comes out with next!

Evelyn Banks is her own worst enemy…

A recovering alcoholic, the key to Evelyn’s continuing
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Reflections of a Book Geek
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-from-author, j

4 Stars

Evey Banks is a 25 year old secretary in a law firm. Her childhood was a bleak one with parents who weren’t the best and addicted to drugs to boot. As an addict herself now, life is tough and with 8 months of sobriety behind her she is trying very hard to get herself back on track.

Wade Parks owns the law firm where Evey works. Once he sets his sights on her he wants her in every way and he lets her know this too. Wade is hot, and with an American accent to compliment his sexiness he is a
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Allana Walker
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
***** 5 HUGE STARS FOR YOU LILLY! *****

I could not put this book down, but when I did all I thought about was Evelyn and Wade. What was going to happen next?

I connected from page one with Evey, although I wasn't too keen on Steph! I agreed with Evey in the beginning, that Wade Parks was an obnoxious assclown! But I soon warmed to him and started swooning!

Even though I finished the book yesterday I'm still thinking about the characters now, that's how much they effected me.

I loved the way the rel
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Book Loving Fairy-Blog
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
***ARC gifted by author in exchange for an honest review***

RATED A SOLID 4 STARS!!!

The wealthy CEO, Wade Parks and the recovering alcoholic executive assistant, Evelyn make Denying Mr. Parks a very entertaining book. There is never a dull moment with these two, while Evey is hiding her past and current activities from her co-workers, friends, family and Mr. Park. Mr. Park is actively persuing Evey, for reasons that are even unknown to himself.

This book illustrated some of the ugly sides of addi
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Meaghan Royce- Love Infinity Book Blog
Denying Mr. Parks by Lilly James was definitely an interesting storyline. It starts with Evelyn Banks who works at a law firm. She meets the CEO of the company, Wade Banks, and that's when the real story starts. He is a dominating, controlling, bastard who also happens to be super hot and Evelyn keeps trying to push him away. She knows nothing good will come of even thinking about being with him. The storyline keeps you intrigued although there are times I felt Evelyn should either really stay a ...more
S.L.E.N.C.Y
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
thank you for writing a novel that touches so many lives. i am a social worker by profession and i found myself relating the issues of alcohol addiction i this novel to those i come across everyday. it was such a lovely read that so educative, interesting, excited and addictive. definitely outdone yourself!!

favourite line from the trilogy
"healing starts when you talk about it. the suffering begins when you keep it inside."

such a powerful book!!
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Mandy Sawyer
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow...this book is so well written, the last chapter especially. I'm sitting here with my heart in my throat downloading the next book. I warn you it's a cliffhanger but omg it's the best cliffhanger I've read in a very long time! The flow of the story and the chemistry between the characters is great. Onto the next book. ...more
Danielle ⚾️ (Danielle's Escape)
4.5 Dynamite Stars

This is definitely a late night keep you awake read!

Lilly James and her writing style had me captured and sucked into this story. Just be warned it is a cliffy but be ready for an emotional hold on to your seat ride!

Denying him is only the beginning....

Happy Reading ;)
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