Review: The Tryst by Lauren Blakely (The Virgin Society #2)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
The Tryst is the second novel in Lauren Blakely's delectable Virgin Society series, and yes, it translates well as a standalone, so if you're new to either the author or the series, you won't feel like you're missing something. The main characters are Layla Mayweather and Nick Adams, she being twenty-three and a recent business school graduate, and he the founder of the technology venture firm Alpha Ventures and a decade and a half older. It's during an innovation conference in Miami when they first meet. The attraction is instant and their time together proves to be a highly unforgettable one. Months pass and life has gone on. When David Bancroft, one of her good friends--who just happens to be an ex--introduces her to his father, she's gobsmacked to be staring into the face of none other than Nick. The last thing either of them wants is to hurt David, but there's only so much resistance they can offer. What they shared in Miami may have been a simple tryst, but in Manhattan everything becomes all too complicated.
There's something about this series that feels dangerous. I'm not talking in a romantic suspense sense. Maybe it's the idea of the relationships in the first two novels being considered the type that the characters should steer clear of, but the heart (and libido) wants what it wants. With Layla and Nick, it isn't only the fifteen-year age difference that makes the romance feel risque; it's the fact that Nick is Layla's ex's father. I liked seeing these two try to stay away from each other, and I loved when they finally gave in and then realized that this was more than what it started out as back in Miami. This had the kind of tension that makes for a far more enticing read. I appreciated the depth that Lauren Blakely gave her characters, allowing for this to be more than a tawdry story because of the connections and age difference. Blakely's definitely raised the bar with The Tryst, and I'm eager to see how she's going to push her personal envelope with the rest of the Virgin Society series. This second book snags five stars.
Read my reviews for the Virgin Society series:
The RSVP (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
The Tryst (book two) - five stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 05 April 2023
Date Read: 28 March 2023
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