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.
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~ 5 Stars ~
Slow & Steady is a perfect title for this book. It described Greyson and Finley’s relationship to a T.
As always Kendall Ryan gave us an excellent storyline and characters who both melted my heart but also broke it at times too. This was a fairly quick read, but I didn’t feel like it was missing anything. This story touched on all of my emotions while reading it and when that happens, it makes it a 5 star read for me. I thought the pace and flow of the story was excellent. Even though the story takes place over a short period of time, it really didn’t feel rushed to me. I loved the pace she took Finley and Greyson at. Their relationship was one that needed to be nurtured….they had a lot to work out because of their connection to the same past.
Slow & Steady is the second book in Kendall’s Alphas Undone Series. This is a stand alone book and I believe it can be read that way. I don’t feel that if this is the first book you read in this series that you would be lost. We do see the other characters from the first book, but they don’t play a huge part in the storyline, and Kendall fills in the spots that might lead to questions.
In this book we follow the journey of Finley and Greyson. Finley is a single mom who is struggling to make a good life for her and her daughter Maple, since her husband was killed while in the service. What makes things hard for Finley is how her husband died. He was on a mission with his Navy SEAL commander and friend Greyson. So to say that Finley places a lot of blame on Greyson is an understatement. Greyson also has some severe guilt over his friends death and also blames himself. When he runs into Finley working at a local strip club, he is determined to help her and Maple. He is met with some serious resistance on behalf of Finley. Will these two ever get over the past and be able to look to a future together?? You will need to read this book to see how everything plays out. I will say that Kendall through in some shockers along the way with the storyline. There was one part I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest 😉
What I loved the most about this book was that it focused on the healing that Greyson and Finley needed to do and really didn’t focus on the sex we see in most books lately. Yes there are sex scenes in this book, but not until close to the end of the story. And to tell the truth I really didn’t miss it that much. I felt the connection to these two characters without having it turn physical. Like I said, I think they had so much to work out, that I was glad to see that sex didn’t play into the mix. I also enjoyed that even though Finley and Greyson weren’t being intimate during most of the book, they didn’t turn to others for comfort. That was refreshing to see!!
So if you are a fan of Kendall Ryan’s, you are going to want to 1-click this book and get to reading!!! I also think that if Kendall is a new author to you, this is a great book to start with. You get to see all the love and emotion that Kendall puts into her books.
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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