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.
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It was nine o’clock on a Saturday night and I was totally out of my f*cking 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 f*ck 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.
When I read the blurb for Slow & Steady, I knew I needed to check this story out. It's got a lot of things I love to read about-a former Navy SEAL, a woman who's gone through terrible loss but endures and rises above that to try and make a better life for herself and her daughter, a bit of drama from an unwanted admirer, a bit of rescuing...and of course love.
I will tell you flat out that Greyson really makes this book for me. He is supportive, loving, honorable, giving, and oh yeah...hot and sexy. He goes above and beyond to try and help Finley and her daughter, even if Finley tries to decline his help. I loved that Finley was a strong female lead, a woman who's gone through the heartache of losing the love of her life and still perseveres to provide for her daughter. I get that she blames Greyson for the loss of her husband, and understand the struggle she goes through trying to reconcile her growing feelings toward him.
As if Finley hasn't been through enough, there's drama with one of her "customers" from the club where she dances, and this introduces conflict and gives Greyson the opportunity to shine.
The story is engrossing and has a dose of suspense, all while Finley and Greyson grow closer and closer. Finley's daughter Maple is a sweetie and watching Greyson easily interact with her is quite satisfying since it shows how effortlessly he fits into their lives.
Slow & Steady is a great romance story, and was a solid 4-star read for me. I'd recommend it to contemporary romance fans 18+ due to adult language and sexual content.
About the Author
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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