Friday, January 25, 2019

Take Me Again by Carly Phillips Blog Tour

He’s alpha, he’s sexy, and he’s sure he’s got life in his hands… Until Ashley Easton returns, wanting nothing to do with the playboy who broke her heart.

Sebastian Knight is a closer. Be it a business deal or the woman of his choice, everything he wants is his for the taking. Sexy and irresistible, a wink, a smile, or a handshake always seals the deal. Until Ashley returns at the worst possible time, and everything unravels around him.

The Ashley who returns is sassy and sexy—everything Sebastian craves and he wants a second chance. Despite her reluctance, his sex appeal makes it harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.

Sebastian might have a talent for sealing the deal, but Ashley is no longer easily charmed. This time he’s going to have to work to win.

A Standalone Romance

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Though she and Sebastian had been sharing a suite in California, the fact was, they lived in separate apartments in New York. No matter what she felt for him, London, her job, and her life awaited her. The sooner they got used to being apart the better.

“I’m tired,” she said. “I didn’t rest much on the flight, and we have to be up early tomorrow to meet with Ethan.”

His grin turned into a frown. “Why do I get the feeling you’re pulling away?”

She rubbed her hands over her arms and turned away, not wanting to face him. It was one thing to pull back, another to look him in the eye while doing it. Not when all she really wanted to do was throw herself into his arms. But she lived in reality. So here they were.

“Hey.” He grasped her and turned her around. “I have a question for you.”

“Okay…” she said warily.

“Why are you still here?”

“What?” She hadn’t anticipated that question.

“Why are you still here, in New York? You said you came for Ethan, but when he sent you away, you came with me. And now we’ve wrapped things up. We’re talking to Ethan in the morning. Is your flight home booked?” As he spoke, his hands on her forearms felt like a brand, a reminder that she belonged here, with him.

And she couldn’t let that sway her. Although she’d put work out of her mind, she had checked in with her bosses while she was away, assured them she was returning. She’d bought herself another week, that was it. They understood her leave of absence but wanted her back as soon as possible.

“I’ll take your silence to be a no,” Sebastian said, releasing her arms. “Which brings me back to why? Do you still want to be here? Or are you avoiding Mr. Perfectly Nice?”

She didn’t want to talk about any of this. She still had a week left, and in that time, Ethan would need her once he found out about Mandy’s cheating. Or was that just an excuse? Because she wasn’t ready to leave Sebastian, her conscience asked her.

She glared at him. “Why are you pushing me so hard just because I said I was tired?” she asked, more annoyed with herself but taking it out on him.

“Because of what we shared in California. Because of what we feel for each other, even if you’re not ready to admit it. And because I want to know.”

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars
M/F Second chance romance
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Sebastian believes that he has the world at his fingertips. But when his family suffers a tragic death, he realizes that despite his idea of how his life is working out, his family doesn't trust him with their secrets. Rather, they keep him in the dark because they think he's not mature enough to be confided in.

When things at their company take a strange turn, it will take all of the siblings to pull together and figure out how to fix things. But when a blast from their past comes back too, in support of one of them, can they all find a way through the hurt and disappointment?

Sebastian was young and immature when he last saw Ashley. Ashley was heartbroken and didn't know which way to turn. Both of them went on to lead their own lives, but always with their hearts locked away. When both are put back in the same vicinity, each will have to decide whether or not taking a risk with each other is worth it.

This is a sweet second chance romance. I loved that all of the siblings were involved and hope that more get their own stories. While I didn't think that Ashley and Sebastian had great chemistry, their history helped make up for that.

As a new to Carly Phillips reader, I picked this because the blurb sounded interesting. I found the story entertaining and well written but did a fair amount of skimming through mundane daily details. I liked Ashley and Sebastian's backstory and maybe would have liked a bit more setup or flashbacks to endear the couple to me more as this is a second-chance-at-love novel. I found them just likeable but not finding myself really super involved. So just okay for me, there's setup for the other brothers in this story but I don’t know if I found them interesting enough to read their story.

Mary Jo☆☆☆
A second chance at romance that had the hero taking a long look at himself and not liking what he saw. Sebastian is the quintessential hot guy in the room and doesn't have to wonder where his next date is going to come from. He likes being the guy about town, new girl on his arm, living carefree.

Until the unthinkable happens and his sister-in-law dies from an overdose and he's nowhere to be found. Not only that, he finds that his siblings think, and rightly so, that he's more fluff than substance and they keep a lot of sensitive information from him. And then Ashley walks back into his life and he has to own up to his actions that caused her to be sent away to boarding school an ocean away.

Trying to clean up his act and make changes not only for himself but for his family is hard. He wants to be someone his family can count and makes an effort to do so when the family company takes a hit.

Ashley is back because of Ethan, Sebastian's oldest brother. They remained friends and close as siblings even after she was sent off to boarding school. She's harbored a grudge against Sebastian for years for taking her away from the first real family she had in a long time, and now she's not quite sure what to make of him. She knows that giving into lust will lead to nowhere good, but what if it’s more? What she does know is that she's not going to settle for less than what she deserves.

I liked the characters of Sebastian and Ashley and they learned to work together. To see beyond the attraction, but to what makes each of them tick. The subplots set up the next stories in this series and I can't wait to read them.

This is the first in a new series, and it has definite potential to be another very successful series for Carly Phillips. I will definitely be reading the next one when it is released.

What I really liked about this book was that Sebastian, who we immediately know is a player, takes a hard look at himself and decides it is time to change. He is lucky that he has a supportive family who gives him the chance to work through his issues and prove himself a worthy member of the family business. And newly returned Ashley gives him a chance to explain his behaviour and to apologise.

The situation with Ethan's wife and the chaos she left behind is somewhat tragic and also gives Sebastian the chance to make things right. And he doesn't stop just at business, oh no, he sets his sights on making his attraction to Ashley count. He delights in showing her what sex can be like, after she claims it is not that important... loved that red rag to a bull moment... and he delivered!

Looking forward to Parker's story.

Carly Phillips is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of over 50 sexy contemporary romance novels, including the Indie published, Dare to Love Series. She is happily married to her college sweetheart, the mother of two nearly adult daughters and three crazy dogs. Carly loves social media and is always around to interact with her readers.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Take Me Again (The Knight Brothers #1) by Carly Phillips to read and review for this tour.

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