Review: One Exquisite Touch by Lauren Blakely (The Extravagant #2)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
After the awesomeness that was her Ones That Got Away quartet of romantic comedies, bestselling author Lauren Blakely returns to her second After Dark series. One Exquisite Touch is the second book in The Extravagant, and it's the story of Sage Carmichael, twin sister of Ivy from the series starter, One Night Only. Sage is constantly on-point, the picture of perfection that colored inside the proverbial lines. When she decides to attend a masquerade, she knows that this is the opportunity for her to cross a line or two and not have to worry about repurcussions. No names or any sort of personal and identifiable information to be exchanged. She finds not one but two masked men ready and willing to join her. It's a night to remember, but when she comes face to face with rival hotelier Cole Donovan, Sage may be wishing she could forget. With Cole around, though, don't bet on it.
Lauren Blakely brings on the heat once again, and her characters make no apologies for it. Sage and Cole are rivals who engage in an anonymous romp (with Cole's best friend), and when they realize who they are the day after, the road to romance isn't particularly paved all that smoothly. But all that sexual tension and that pushing beyond one's self-imposed limits and boundaries in the bedroom made for some deliciously exquisite moments in the book. These two main characters had layers to them, and I appreciated how they had to work through their respective issues in order to seriously have a chance to have a future together. Their hotels being direct competitors offered up that bit of the forbidden--that much needed complication that made their romance even more entertaining and intriguing all throughout. I'm awarding One Exquisite Touch four stars.
Read my reviews for the Extravagant series:
One Night Only (book one) - four stars - My Review
One Exquisite Touch (book two) - four stars - My Review (posted above)