Capture, bondage and fantasies fulfilled. It’s all fun and games until someone gets killed.
Bestselling crime novelist Jett Lewis is stumbling over a wicked case of writer’s block, his fast-flowing words having run dry. His publisher’s screaming “deadline”, the fans are ready to riot, and Jett just wants to disappear. His friend Carissa suggests he get away, clear his head…get laid. And she has just the ticket. Literally. Two passes to Eden, an exclusive island paradise.
Recently sans girlfriend, Jett convinces Carissa to go with him, and the resort is more than either of them bargained for—especially when the simple beach trip turns to murder. Thrust into a plot sinister enough to rival Jett’s books, the couple embarks on a search for the killer. The most shocking revelation of all might be their mutual attraction…and how much Jett and Carissa love working undercover.
4.5 Stars - Great (Best) Friends to Lovers story.
*Purchased and read as part of THE BAD BOYS OF EDEN: Billionaires, Alphas, Bikers, and Doms Boxed Set.
Rough Draft by Mari Carr
Invitation to Eden #13
Part of a Series: Big Easy #4
Tags: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Friends to Lovers, M/F, BDSM, Suspense
Length: 9 Chapters + Epilogue
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Best friends for seven years, Jett and Carissa have never seen themselves in a sexual or romantic relationship with each other. Jett worked hard to become a famous author, and Carissa felt out of his league, running her father's bar.
While suffering from writer's block and with a deadline hanging over his head, Jett receives an invitation to Eden for two. Since they could both use a vacation, he finally manages to get her to tag along. Once there, they discover that what they needed had been right in front of them all this time.
I loved this story and this couple. Carissa was confident in all aspects of her life, except when the lines of her long time friendship with Jett began to blur. The tug of war between her heart and her head (or her libido) made the blooming romance so much fun to watch as it unfolded. Nothing scared her more than potentially losing her best friend because of uncontrollable urges. Their first night in particular was amusing, especially when she discovered that Jett's secret lifestyle matched her fantasies.
Jett was sexy, honorable and so sweet towards her. I loved how he didn't give up and kept nudging her along to embrace her desires. It wasn't always easy, but he seemed to have a lot of patience and love enough to wait for her to be ready.
The sexual relationship was a slow burn because they did everything but have intercourse for the majority of the story. And the murder mystery, I felt, was a good catalyst to get Jett's creative juices flowing again, and it jolted Carissa into taking a chance on love.