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Only For You by Naima Simone
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Only for You is the third story in the Lick series, a steamy set of novellas with heroes who are co-owners of an aphrodisiac club. Every story so far has been a delightfully sexy read and I’m happy to say that this one follows well in the footsteps of the previous ones, providing a second chance romance with a dose of redemption and forgiveness.

Killian is still haunted by the demons of his time in prison, the two years where he was locked up and especially the 30 days of solitary confinement that started his tenure continuing to give him nightmares and panic attacks. He takes out his anger and frustration in illegal fighting and meaningless sexual encounters. When Gabriella shows up at Lick, he wants to know why. It’s because of her that he ended up in jail in the first place. As a mob enforcer for the O’Bannon family, she’d known what she was getting into when she entered a relationship with him, but he never thought she’d betray him to the police.

Gabriella doesn’t know why she’s come to Lick, though she can’t deny that she’s always wondered how Killian fared after she saved his life from an act of mob betrayal, even if it did get him sent to prison. When he refused to see her after his arrest, she left the city, heartbroken but sure that she’d done the right thing. Back in town to see her uncle, she’s moved on with her life but when her cousins take her to Lick, she knows he’s a part owner with his longtime friends. When they meet face to face, it’s clear that he’s never going to forgive her for her part in what happened to him. So she offers him herself as atonement. One night where he can use her any way he wants, punish her for how things ended between them. Killian takes her up on that offer, leading her right back into the dirty sex that characterized their relationship from the start. But now that they’ve gotten under each other’s skin again, will they be able to let go?

This is a great second chance/reunion romance novella with lots of emotional heat. Things aren’t quite as cut and dried as Killian and Gabriella think they are, and it’s not long before they have to delve into the past and discover that what they thought had happened wasn’t all true. With new knowledge shared, they have a chance to start the healing process. They can’t deny that the sexual attraction that brought them together in the first place is still strong, and they share some steamy scenes in a private room of the club. This story doesn’t have the more voyeuristic or menage scenes of the previous books in the series, sticking to the heat between Gabriella and Killian alone but it’s more than enough to keep the story moving at a steamy pace. Their happy ending is well deserved. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book in the series, and would love to see more set in the Lick club!

Note: A copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.

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Reading Progress

November 9, 2016 – Shelved
November 9, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
November 12, 2016 – Started Reading
November 12, 2016 – Finished Reading
December 29, 2016 – Shelved as: sexy-as-all-get-out
December 29, 2016 – Shelved as: second-chance-or-reunion-romance
December 29, 2016 – Shelved as: novella
December 29, 2016 – Shelved as: fully-reviewed-books
December 29, 2016 – Shelved as: 4-star-reads

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