August 12, 2020

BLOG TOUR & BOOK REVIEW: The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane

From USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane comes a sexy, edgy new standalone in the Nashville Neighborhood series.




BOOK BLURB


Nothing says happy birthday like catching your husband in a compromising position with his boss. 

His male boss.

Why, hello, midlife crisis.
I'm starting over, but this time I'm doing it right.
Or at least I'm doing what I want.

Taking the day off from work to hang out poolside?
Yup.
Do I leave the swimsuit in my house?
Sure.

Does my very hot, twenty-something pool boy happen to catch me naked?
Oh, yeah, he does. And he likes what he sees... a lot.

My best friend keeps telling me to have a fling and get back out there.
But I'm not so sure she meant for me to do it with her son.

EXCERPT


Troy Osbourne came once a week to service both my pool and the freestanding spa. I'd hired him last year to handle closing and covering the pool for the winter, then reopening it for me last month, and the weekly visits that followed had kept the water crystal clear and the pH perfectly balanced.

My pool had never looked so good.

But Troy always came when I was at work and let himself in through the gate at the side of my fence, so I had completely forgotten his schedule. He must have gone behind the pool house and inside to fetch his supplies, and when he'd rounded the corner and discovered me topless, he'd dropped everything in his arms. 

Including the long pole with the net at the end.

It was as if someone had put their foot down on the sustain pedal of a piano, only this piano played the music of time, and the moment suspended with my long, drawn out gasp.

I was topless, and he was frozen, and holy shit, he's my best friend's twenty-four-year-old son.

It burst from my lips in horror. "Oh, f*ck!"

In my panic, I grasped at my towel to cover myself, only to struggle, hopelessly, since it was pinned beneath my body. I leapt to my feet and yanked the terrycloth up, pressing it over my naked chest.

Troy still hadn't moved. His lips were open, as if he'd planned to say something, but now he was frozen and unable to do anything. I couldn't see his eyes behind his mirrored Aviator sunglasses, but he didn't seem to be breathing. 

So, I did what any reasonable woman would when a gorgeous almost-stranger caught her naked.

I ran.

MY THOUGHTS


Genre: Contemporary / Erotic Romance 
POV: Alternating First Person 
Overall: ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Character Development: 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨👩‍❤️‍💋‍👨
Steam Factor: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

I've said it before and I'll say it again -- Nikki Sloane never disappoints. I've read every single book, novella, and short story she's ever published, and every single book, novella, and short story has been nothing short of spectacular




THE POOL BOY strikes the perfect balance between steamy and heartfelt moments. It's a perfect mix of sweetness and filth.


At the age of 42, Erika is in the best shape of her life. So, she doesn't understand why her husband's sex drive seems to be fading until she catches him cheating on her with his male boss.  

Fast forward ten months. Erika is desperate for release (if ya know what I mean), but her fear of striking out has kept her from the dating scene. Instead, she keeps herself busy working as talent scout a Nashville music agency. She once dreamed of being a singer-songwriter, but fear kept her from pursuing that dream too.

Meanwhile...

At the age of 24, Troy is stuck working for his stepdad's construction company. It's one of a few jobs he keeps -- he also teaches a fitness class at the gym and cleans the pool for one Ms. Erika Graham. 

Troy's stepdad wants him to take over the business someday, but Troy hates the work and secretly dreams of performing music. So, he picks up gigs at a local dive bar on the weekends.

Troy has harbored a crush on Erika for years, but he knows that, realistically, the only place he can hook up with her is in his fantasies.
Cue: fantasy come to life. 




Erika is mortified when Troy sees her topless, but her mortification quickly shifts into fascination when she sees how it affected him.  


He said it like it wasn't his fault.
"You were topless."

"You're saying," I glanced at his erection, "I caused that?"

"Can we, like, forget that happened?"

"Show me," I pleaded.
"I want to see it."

"What?"

"You saw me," I offered.
"I... want to see you."

The corner of his mouth lifted in a hesitant smile,
and he delivered a look that said we shouldn't
but also let's do it anyway.
It was playful and reckless.
A deadly combination.

"I'll show you mine," he said,
both joking and entirely serious,
"if you show me yours."





As you can imagine, things escalate quickly. And, aside from the age difference, Troy and Erika seem perfect for one another. The relationship feels easy and natural, and they have a lot in common. Erika encourages Troy to pursue his dreams, and songwriting seems to pour out of Erika when Troy is around.  


"His mouth was the same as his singing voice. Gentle one second and full of commanding power the next."


Yet... no matter how easy things might seem, forming a solid relationship will NOT be easy for Troy and Erika.

For one thing, Troy's overbearing mom is Erika's best friend and they've both been lying to her. For another, Erika has agreed to manage Troy's music career and it wouldn't be appropriate to form a personal relationship with him. Finally, Erika struggles with the age gap and worries that Troy will miss out on typical 24-year-old experiences by being with her. 




FINAL TAKE


I loved watching Troy and Erika's relationship grow and evolve. They lift each other up, and that's a beautiful thing. Like THE DOCTOR (the first book in this series), THE POOL BOY is a fun, steamy, quick, and easy read. I loved the connection between Erika's ex-husband and Hale Banking and Holding (Filthy Rich Americans, shout out!), and the cameo of Dr. Lowe and Cassidy was great. He's the perfect person to give Erika advice!

It should come as no surprise that I loved this book; I love everything that Sloane has written. The woman can write a sex scene like nobody's business -- they are super hot without the cringe. That's no easy feat, but Sloane manages to nail it every time.
Giggity.



Download THE POOL BOY today!


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USA TODAY bestselling author Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years, she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there.

Now she lives in Kentucky, is married and has two sons. She is a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA Finalist, a Passionate Plume winner, a two-time HOLT Medallion finalist, and couldn't be happier that people enjoy reading her sexy words.

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*A big thank you to the author and her PR group for granting me the opportunity to read an advanced reader copy of this book. The thoughts expressed here are my own personal opinions and have been written in my own words.

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