When Greyson Archer tosses a twenty on the stage of a strip club, the last thing he expects to see are the haunted
green eyes staring back at him. Finley should be home raising her infant daughter and baking cookies, not tucking singles into her G-string and giving lap dances.
Greyson can’t deny that he’d like his own private show, but there’s not a chance in hell of that happening. The last time the former Navy SEAL saw her she was dressed in black, holding a folded flag and sobbing that it was all his fault… and he agreed with every single word. He couldn’t do anything to help her then, but he can now.
Finley deserves better than this dingy club, and when an obsessed customer crosses the line, Greyson leads the rescue and will do whatever it takes to make amends for their broken past.
He never expected to want to settle down, but with Finley, everything is different. For the first time ever, he can breathe. But Greyson will have to fight for what he wants in order to keep the woman with the green eyes he’s dreamed about so often.
Slow & Steady is book 2 in the Alphas Undone series, but can be read as a standalone novel, as it features a new couple.
It was nine o’clock on a Saturday night and I was totally out of my fucking element. A bottle of red wine tucked under one arm. A bouquet of wild flowers in the other. A condom tucked into my wallet, just in case. I was in foreign territory, and my entire body knew it – tense shoulders, my heart beating like a drum, and arousal barely contained beneath the surface.
Finley was standing at the doorway, watching me with a confused expression.
She looked gorgeous, makeup free, pink-painted toes, hair mussed and loose. Little cotton pajama shorts and a tank top that hugged her lush breasts.
“Maple’s not here.” She said the words, but she knew as well as I did I wasn’t here for Maple.
“I know that.” My voice was sure and confident.
“Then why are you … oh.” Finley shifted her weight, her eyes dropping from mine as she saw the wine and flowers. She could read it all, plain as day. I knew she could see my intentions, my uncertainty, and underneath it all, my desire. Maybe it was the desire to fix everything I’d broken, or maybe it was just my desire for her as a man desires a woman.
Normally when I felt that primal urge for sex, I headed to West’s bar. I’d pick out a woman for the night. Share a few drinks with her, a few laughs. Later, we’d head back to my place and fuck until dawn. And that was it. I’d be set for a few months.
This … with the courting and the nerves … it was nothing like my standard operating procedure.
I’d never felt so stripped bare and vulnerable. Never put myself out there so completely with a woman before. But then again, Finley was unlike any woman I’d ever met.
And she was still just standing there. “Can I come inside?” I asked, heart in my throat.
She didn’t say anything. But she opened the door wider.
With Nolan’s words ringing in my ears, I stepped over the threshold, sure that whatever happened tonight had the power to heal us both.
Hmmmm…. Where to begin. Slow and steady is the perfect name for this book because just like the title implies the build up to the pinnacle is just that – slow and steady. Now granted, I didnt read the first book… Im the self titled Queen-of-reading-series-books-out-of-order but it didnt take me long to figure out what was going on. Greyson (sexy name) was a Navy Seal and he was the commander of a set of troops. They were on an exercise in book one in which his buddy Marcus was killed. Marcus left behind a wife, Finley (my daughter’s bff’s name) who was expecting a daughter who she named… Maple (Maple? really?).
Greyson, of course, has mental issues from his time in the service and he heads out to a strip club one night to drown his sorrows in booze and boobs. Up on the stage is none other than Finley, working the pole trying to support herself and little Maple. Greyson feels guilt… guilt for Marcus’ death and for Finley’s struggles. Finley feels anger toward Greyson and resentment that he is trying to help her. They both feel an undeniable attraction to each other. Will they or wont they give in??
I absolutely LOVE Kendall Ryan. I have read many of her books. They are all good, many of them are great. This one falls in the good category. I really liked the characters. I thought they were well developed, even for a relatively short story. The angsty part of the book worked itself out with relative ease so that was nice, no dragging it out for pages and pages. I loved the interaction between Greyson and Maple, that was adorable. The only real problem I had with the characters themselves was Finley. God, that woman was stubborn. But I cant say that being in her position I wouldnt have been also.
The editing and structure of the book itself was solid, even for an ARC, which I was given and the cover was gorgeous. All in all, I give Slow and Steady by Kendall Ryan a very solid 4**** WickedGoodStars and will recommend it to readers who are looking for a short, steamy read with possibly a military theme.
Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.
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