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Title: Sinfully
Author: Leighton Riley
Release Date: June 8, 2014
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She played the game by her own rules...until he changed them...

Payton wrote a self-published book regaling her encounters with men while visiting Las Vegas. To her horror, life changes in more ways than one when someone finds out her true identity.

Ryder, a successful publisher, is determined to find and sign Reece Edwards. Using what little information he can find on her, he sets out to find her, feeling it will definitely be worth the chase.

While on his search for Reece, Ryder meets Payton and the chemistry is explosive. Payton has done well with not allowing anyone to get close to her, but something is different with Ryder. Ryder can’t get Payton out of his head, but he is still on his mission to locate Reece.

With two tragic pasts, Payton and Ryder each have demons to overcome. Will they be able to put those demons to rest or will it be all for nothing?


          I hadn’t felt so alone in a while. Vegas was usually the place where I felt at peace and didn’t have to deal with any of the bullshit that had occurred over past twenty-four hours. I took the hottest shower I could stand to wipe myself clean of the day, followed by a luxurious bubble bath while I drank the bottle of Moscato I had bought to be shared with someone other than myself. I submerged myself under the water, holding my breath for as long as I could while I floated back to the top. It felt liberating being able to only hear the roar of the water, without noises from the real world getting through. I must have repeated the process six or seven times until it lost its fun. I didn’t want to go home and I didn’t want to stay there. Both places reminded me of Ryder. I can’t believe he ruined Vegas for me. I had no idea where I would go the next day.
          After the water started to turn lukewarm, I hopped out and air dried as I packed my bags. It felt nice to walk around my room, feeling the air against my cool skin. I was high enough that no one would see me when I walked close to the windows and the feeling of possibly being seen was highly erotic. I was packing my heels in my bag when there was a weak knock at the door. Turning suddenly, I had to wonder if it was meant for my door or maybe I was hearing someone knock next door.
          I threw on a t-shirt and thong and stepped closer to the door. Just as I got on my tippy toes to see through the peep hole, I heard and felt another knock. Looking through the hole, I saw Tate walking away from my door. I opened the door without another thought and followed him, tapping on his shoulder.
          Tate stopped, turned toward me, and then looked back at my door. “Were you planning on going back out like that?” He had a hint of amusement in his eyes.
          “No, I heard you knock and threw the first thing I saw on to see who it was.”
          “So you weren’t dressed?” His smile was full force.
          “I was just packing to leave and hadn’t decided what to wear for the rest of the night. Why aren’t you with whore-face?” I didn’t need to tell him I wasn’t sure when I was leaving or where I was going. I hadn’t quite figured it out.
          “Ahh, the more important question is how you’re going to get back in your room, doll. Seeing you strut downstairs to the front desk with your tight little ass peeking out from under your very thin t-shirt might gather even more looks than you and Tyler got on the casino floor earlier. You do know he’s getting married tomorrow, right?”


Review:

I really enjoyed the whole concept of this book. The erotic romance writer who writes under a pen name and refuses every offer that a particular publisher keeps offering her. Her stories are her own and doesn't want the public to know about it. Oh, and said publisher is a hunky man, who will stop at nothing at finding and signing this new author. Hmm...sign me up! The mysterious vibe of the unknown, faceless writer is very alluring and also very relatable today. There are plenty of authors out there that use pen names and don't provide a picture, so I can totally see something like this actually happening. Ryder meets Payton on his search/stalker mission to find Reese (Payton's pen name), and instantly becomes enamored by her. They both stir up all kinds of emotions in one another, but as the reader we know that Ryder will eventually find out who she is and she will find out he is the publisher looking to sign her. When all the secret identities are revealed, emotional mayhem is sure to commence. It's like a car crash, you know it will be ugly, but you can't look away. 

"I wasn't going to just swing by and let her know that I figured out who she really was. That would be too easy and I wanted to see her in action to really see how 'Reece' was when she was in Vegas. Payton and Reece were two very different individuals and I was curious to see which side I liked more." -Ryder

As you can guess, Payton writes about her steamy hook-ups with men when she travels to Vegas. She has her own set of hefty emotional luggage she lugs around, which is why she steers clear of any real connections with men. She only does the casual, friendly hook-ups with guys and never in her hometown, only in Vegas.  Payton's newfound emotions towards Ryder both excites her and terrifies her. They quite literally scare her straight back to Vegas. She goes to escape those feelings in hope that she can forget them, even if its just for a little while. She had no idea that her escape to Vegas would turn into a hot mess of unexpected craziness. 

"Was she planning on being intimate with other guys? The thought made my stomach churn. I hated that I was falling for the chick but felt the need to be close to her all the damn time. Fucking pussy." -Ryder

Payton ends up needing to escape from her escape. She got way more than she bargained for when she got there--old hook-up looking for a repeat, drunken soon-to-be husband, surprise visit from Ryder, creepy stalker note to her hotel room, and identities revealed. Man, I would runaway too after all drama.

"Giving up on boys and turning into a lesbian or a nun seemed more appealing than it had a few hours before. I hated that I liked cock so much. Stupid penises and the men attached to them." -Payton

Well, we have all considered turning into a nun at one point or turning to the ladies instead, but unfortunately it never sticks. Payton's drama with men is not the only thing that await her when she gets back home, there is another mysterious element thrown in there as well. Payton and Ryder both have a troubled past that seems to get in the way of what promises to be a strong and passionate connection. Two stubborn individuals who would rather suffer in silence, then give in to what they most desire. The aggravation was thick and the frustrated air punching was running rampant during this part. Who's ego will break first? Will they find out who is behind all the mysterious letters showing up where ever she goes? Has too much time gone by for them to salvage what they had to begin with? Will they finally let each other in and air their dirty laundry? How can Payton turn off her insta-flight feelings when things get serious? Lots of question marks right? Well, everything gets answered one way or another. 

"I knew I would mess it up somehow. I knew distance. I knew how to walk away. What I didn't know was how to stay." -Payton

I was pleased with the storyline and the character development was great. The secondary characters were intriguing, and Leighton Riley successfully laid the foundation for the next book. I know that the second book in this series, which will be Tristen's story, is going to desperately pull at my heart strings. I could already feel his heart break and troubled soul from just reading this book. The emotional connection was good, characters were fun and charismatic, and the mystery element was nicely implemented. We didn't have to wait too long for their identities to be revealed, but that wasn't the only mysterious element in the story, so that successfully kept me reading. I would definitely recommend this book to my fellow readers out there.

4 out of 5 Sinfully Sexy, Letting Go, Passionate Stars!



1. I’m 24 and Texas born and raised (not fun per se, but mandatory, right?)
2. I will see any movie with Adam Sandler or Channing Tatum in them
3. I can’t drive with shoes on (I’ve had 8 ankle surgeries on my driving foot)
4. I plan out my books while I drive to work normally
5. I have the most random taste in music ranging from Alanis Morissette to Rob Zombie to Luke Bryan to Metric
6. I’ve been on over 600 flights in my lifetime
7. I’m scared of fire and have never ever lit a match or lighter
8. Apparently, I talk really fast
9. My favorite drink is Sweet Tea (not bottled, the real stuff)
10. I love chocolate and peanut butter
11. I don’t snore, but I talk in my sleep
12. I always bake cookies for road trips... a lot of them
13. I HATE beer
14. Brisket tacos are the shit
15. I’m tempted to move to Austin just so I can go to Gourdoughs whenever I want
16. I get excited when hurricanes form (I know, it’s horrible and feel for everyone who lives on the coastlines, but ever since I was little, I was always cheering them on to get bigger)
17. I would be an awesome getaway driver if you were to rob a bank or egg your boyfriends car
18. I say “y’all” and am proud of it
19. Bailey in Sinfully is modeled after my niece who still asks for the “Talk Dirty Tummy” song
20. I have the best PA in the world ;)
Texas born and raised, I found my love for dirty books rather recently. I work in real estate for my normal job and I write contemporary romance. I love sweet tea (made right!), cookie cake, and anything with chocolate and peanut butter.
I have a few guys at my gym that are my TDF’s (tall, dark, and fuckable) but also have a HSB (Hot Sauna Boy), because let’s be honest, they’re my motivation while I’m there! I go to Las Vegas often but I swear I don’t have as much fun as Payton does. Although, if I found myself a Tate there, I might change my opinion!
Authors such as Katy Evans, SE Hall, Angela Graham, Jasinda Wilder, and Jillian Dodd have been a large influence on me and I’m forever grateful. I decided to write Sinfully on Black Friday in November 2013, on a whim. I thought I’d get bored after a few pages but was captivated by the characters and it developed into something I am truly proud of. Sinfully will be the first of three in its series, but they will be able to be read separately if desired.
When it comes to book boyfriends, I love those who are strong but with a little imperfection or tragedy in their past (Remy, Kellan, Q, Twitch are just a few of my favorites). I LOVE talking to my readers so feel free to message me on Facebook. ♥
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