Series: Pineapple Grove #2
Author: Jocelynn Drake & Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Drake and Elliott Publishing LLC
Release Date: October 4, 2019
Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex
A B&B owner takes on a posh hotel developer in this enemies-to-lovers story with plenty of South Florida heat.
The grudge match is set to get nasty.
Wesley and Nathan are willing to pull out all the stops to achieve their dreams.
They just never expected the heat between them to carry over to the bedroom.
After one reckless night burning up the sheets, Wes and Nathan can’t stay away from each other.
But is there any hope of them having their happily ever after when it means someone has to give up his dream?
All For Wesley is a standalone enemies-to-lovers MM romance with sneaking, spying, family troubles, helpful movie stars, one poorly timed hurricane, and all the feels.
Closing his eyes for a moment, Wesley mentally chastised himself. This whole plan had been insane. Following Nathan into the gym only to trap himself? Freaking brilliant. At least he knew if the B and B thing didn’t work out, his future was not in private investigation.
Wesley hid among the lockers for what felt like a long time, listening to some low conversations, though none were Nathan’s voice. A couple of lockers slammed shut, and it sounded like people were heading for the shower. When it grew quiet, Wesley released the breath he’d been holding for far too long. He sneaked out from the last row of lockers, aiming to make a beeline straight to the exit and back to Wilton Cottage.
Except Nathan was waiting for him, leaning against the lockers.
In a towel.
They were alone in the locker room.
“You positively suck at being inconspicuous, do you know that? That bright shirt can be seen a mile away.” Nathan chuckled and crossed his arms over his wide, bare chest.
The towel slipped an inch lower, and all Wesley could do was stare at the light-brown happy trail below his navel and wonder how it would feel under his tongue. He could drop to his knees and tug that towel off, wouldn’t take much to dislodge it…
He blinked up to find Nathan’s eyes narrowed as he stared at him. Heat crept up his neck, and he worked to remember why he was there. Hell, he could barely remember his name right then. His gaze slipped down that muscular chest again. He couldn’t help himself. Damn, but Nathan Randall was built. A lot more than he’d expected. Those damn suits hid all the good stuff.
“Are you even capable of conversation right now?”
“Hmm?” Had that towel moved when his abs contracted?
The soft laugh that met his ears did little to pull him out of his stupor. Had his mouth been dry before? Because now it was watering something fierce.
Nathan stepped closer and lifted his chin with warm fingers. “There’s an…interesting scent coming from you.”
That slammed Wesley right back down to earth. “I stepped in dog shit.” The humor of the situation got to him all of a sudden and he snorted.
Nathan grinned and Wesley was stunned at how such a little thing could transform Nathan’s entire demeanor. Had he really never seen Nathan smile at him? Well, he was sure he had, but there had always been a look of calculation in his eyes. Like he hadn’t really felt the warm emotion that went with the smile. He’d only done it to put Wesley at ease. But this time, the grin was matched with amusement in his eyes and those adorable little crinkles that stretched out from the corners. “It’s not a pleasant smell,” Nathan murmured.
“I promise, I usually smell better.”
4 of 5 Stars
I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Enemies-to-lovers is typically hard to believably pull off and I usually don’t care for that trope, but I really liked this one. This is book two in the series and although it’s not required to read book one first, I recommend it because 1) it’s good and 2) it will make it easier to keep up with all the characters.
Wesley and Nathan initially seem nothing alike but as we get to know both of them, we discover they have some similarities. Nathan’s background is heartbreaking which complicates his goal of attempting to take over Pineapple Grove. He’s not the bad guy we thought and it’s hard for Wesley to stand his ground as he gets closer to Nathan. While they are adversaries bickering over the space, they get to know each other, which honestly was the only way this story could have unfolded. Their relationship grew quickly but organically, and I just loved the decision they made together.
There is some foreshadowing of things to come for this couple at the end, but we were teased with something similar in another series by this author pair and didn’t get to see the big event so I’m not going to hold my breath there but I’m guessing we’ll see these guys again.
I’m betting the next book or novella will feature Lincoln and Jamison based on their teasing. I’ve read every book this duo has written so I’d be in for that one as well.
Read Book 1
Meet the Authors
Jocelynn Drake and Rinda Elliott have teamed up to combine their evil genius to create intense gay romantic suspense stories that have car chases, shoot outs, explosions, scorching hot love scenes, and tender, tear-jerking moments. Their first joint books are in the Unbreakable Bonds series.
Rinda Elliott is an author who loves unusual stories and credits growing up in a family of curious life-lovers who moved all over the country. Books and movies full of fantasy, science fiction, and romance kept them amused, especially in some of the stranger places. For years, she tried to separate her darker side with her humorous and romantic one.
She published short fiction, but things really started happening when she gave in and mixed it up.
When not lost in fiction, she loves making wine, collecting music, gaming, and spending time with her husband and two children.
She is the author of the Beri O’Dell urban fantasy series, the YA Sister of Fate Trilogy, and the paranormal romance Brothers Bernaux Trilogy.
She can be found at www.RindaElliott.com.
It started with a battered notebook. Jocelynn Drake wrote her first story when she was 12 years old. It was a retelling of Robin Hood that now included a kickass female who could keep up with all the boys and be more than just a sad little love interest. From there, she explored space, talked to dragons, and fell in love again and again and again.
This former Kentucky girl has moved up, down, and across the U.S. with her patient husband. They’ve settled near the Rockies…for now. She spends the majority of her time lost in the strong embrace of a good book.
When she’s not hammering away at her keyboard or curled up with a book, she can usually be found cuddling with her cat Demona, walking her dog Ace, or flinging curses at the TV while playing a video game. Outside of books, furry babies, and video games, she is completely enamored of Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, and fast cars.
She is the author of the urban fantasy series: The Dark Days series and the Asylum Tales. She is also working on a gay romantic suspense series called The Exit Strategy. She has also co-authored with Rinda Elliot the following series: Unbreakable Bonds, Ward Security, and Pineapple Grove. She can be found at JocelynnDrake.com.