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They are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives . . .Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, GabeThey are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives . . .Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him . . .Mad groomed Everly Parker to be a rising star in the executive world. Now that he’s gone, she’s sure her job will be the next thing she mourns, especially after she ends up accidentally sleeping with her new boss. If only their night together hadn’t been so incendiary—or Gabe like a fantasy come true . . .As Gabe and Everly struggle to control the heated tension between them, they discover evidence that Mad’s death was no accident. Now they must bank their smoldering passions to hunt down a murderer—because Mad had secrets that someone was willing to kill for, and Gabe or Everly could be the next target . . ....

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ISBN : 9780425275320
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Number of Pages : 386 Pages
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Scandal Never Sleeps Reviews

  • Jacqueline's Reads
    2019-04-15 23:19

    5 Mysterious starsI’m a huge fan of Shayla Black and this is my first Lexi Blake read. Scandal Never Sleeps is the first book in The Perfect Gentlemen series and is a standalone. Each book will be focused on one of the guys in the group. Six guys went to the same prep school together, Gabe, Dax, Connor, Zach, Roman and Maddox (Mad). This is Gabe’s story. Mad dies and it has left the group with a bucket full of questions. What did Mad get himself involved with prior to his death? Everly works for Mad’s company and was really close to the guy. After Mad’s death, he leaves Gabe’s sister pregnant. Gabe is very protective of his family and questions what really happened to Mad before he died.The first question Gabe wants answered is who is Everly and why was she so close to Mad if Mad wasn’t sleeping with her?First off, I want to say this isn’t your typical Shayla Black read (I haven’t read a Lexi book, so I have nothing to compare it to). This isn’t your overly romance book, BUT I really loved that. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of steam and tension. But, it’s a super suspenseful read with so much that goes on. I couldn’t get enough. I was consumed with the plot and I was gripping the pages. I needed to find out what was going to happen next.I’m sad that Mad dies, it’s not like we got to know him but throughout the book, we kind of do as the main characters uncover his secrets. I kind of hope his book will be written in the future *hint *hint, please. I absolutely loved this book. I’m of suspense and I love a good mystery book, but what really worked for me was that I was completely stumped throughout the whole book. I really liked that.I had no idea what was going on and every time I got a clue, my little eyes got super excited. I was like a little toddler getting a treat here and there as I kept on reading. I felt like I was in with it with Gabe and Everly. I was trying to figure out the clues and wondering who they could really trust. I love the banter between Gabe and Everly too. When Gabe and Everly first meet, sparks fly and everything is spicy. Then as they get to know each other, we get tension. Gabe doesn’t fully trust Everly because he thinks she had a fling with Mad. I know, I love and hated Gabe at the same time. He can be so brooding, but so sexy. It was perfect. Everly isn’t some damsel in distress. I love how she holds her own and stands up to Gabe. She doesn’t let Gabe push her around and it makes Gabe wiggle a bit. I loved reading those parts. “Buttering me up with compliments won’t change my mind”“I wasn’t buttering you up. I was gloating because all this pretty flesh is mine” I love that each book focuses on a Hero and each Hero has his own quirks. I’m highly interested in Zack, who is the president! This book got me hooked from page one. It will make you feel a roller coaster of emotions and you will be in the thick of the drama. I am so eager about this series and I can’t wait for the next story!AN ARC was provided Scandal Never Sleeps AMAZON

  • ♥Rachel♥
    2019-04-07 01:21

    Gabriel and Everly’s lives collide during very inconvenient circumstances, but their combustible attraction can’t be denied or ignored, and so they spend a passionate 48 hours together not knowing how very connected their troubles are. Both are hit hard when Maddox Crawford is killed. Maddox was Gabriel’s best friend, but they recently had a big falling out, and now he’s inherited Maddox’s company. Everly is an executive in Maddox’s company and they shared a very close friendship, one that many speculated was more, and so with his loss, Everly is not sure she’ll still have a job. The situation turns even more precarious when it becomes apparent Maddox’s death wasn’t an accident. When Gabriel and Everly’s identities come to light it creates problems and suspicions, but that must be put on the back burner when it becomes apparent and there's a threat to both Everly and Gabe, and they must work together to find a murderer.Everly and Gabe instant attraction was all consuming! It started out with a sizzling 48 hours, and I do mean sizzling! Gabriel was insatiable, surprising himself with just how much he wanted Eve. He couldn't get enough of not only her body, but her mind too. Gabriel's life is turned upside down when Maddox is murdered, and Everly provided a much needed distraction, but their connection turns into so much more. In spite of everything going on Gabe tries to figure out a way to hold on to her, and I so loved his determination! Very sexy indeed!Everly feels overcome by her attraction, wanting more, but in the background thinking it’s just not possible. It feels like too many things are in flux and her life is in upheaval after her mentor dies. With her future is uncertain, having time for a relationship seems unrealistic. Plus, Everly suspects Gabriel is the playboy type and while it seems like what they have is more, she doesn’t want to get her hopes up. When they discover just who each other are, things become even more complicated, and Everly is prepared to walk away, and I really didn’t blame her. Everly was a strong, feisty heroine, capable on her own and I liked her immediately. Thankfully, Gabe and Everly are forced to work together and sort out their emotions along the way. Scandal Never Sleeps was an exciting start to The Perfect Gentlemen series! Shayla Black and Lexi Blake expertly combined mystery, danger, twists and romance in just the right amounts to keep me glued to the pages. I can’t wait for the next installment! A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Marta Cox
    2019-04-20 23:38

    Wow what an incredible book this was. I picked it up expecting a very erotic collaboration from these two authors and got so much more than I was expecting. The idea of friends meeting up at school and years later going on to hold down very prestigious positions may not be entirely original but the approach taken by these two experienced authors made for a riveting read. From captains of industry to war heroes and above and beyond as far as the commander in chief these six men have all made a place for themselves .The story truly begins with the death of Maddox, one of the friends and the aftermath of his funeral sees Gabriel meeting Everly . The attraction they share is off the charts and both take a chance and act on it but that isn't all they share as both are keeping secrets. Gabe has been left the company Maddox owned but has no idea that the woman who everyone believed was having an affair with his friend is the lovely Everly. What's even more astounding is the fact that she is now working for him! Gabriel is beside himself with grief and rage as it's soon pretty clear that Maddox was murdered and somehow Everly just might be involved right up to her pretty little neck.So this was a very interesting beginning to what might turn out to be one of the hottest suspense series I've read. Fuelled by passion and romance these immensely likeable characters truly deserve their happy ending. Gabriel is used to the finer things in life but I liked that he doesn't have a snobbish attitude and really works on convincing Everly that he loves her. Everly is a bright tech savvy woman and yet I wanted to shake her at times not just because of her stubbornness but also because something was just glaringly obvious and it took her a while to twig! Having said that she's a courageous heroine who really does hold her own.Here's where I should point out that the mystery concerning the death of Maddox is not entirely laid to rest and it's clear the supporting characters are about to feature even more heavily. I'm loathe to say too much more as the political intrigue is only just coming to the surface. There's scandal aplenty touched on in this story but is it possible it reaches all the way to the White House? Yes this first book sets the scene and it features a passionate romance but it's all the mystery unfolding that kept me turning the pages and I can't wait to read more!I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review

  • Lauren
    2019-03-27 20:21

    Scandal Never Sleeps4 StarsReeling from the sudden death of his best friend, Gabriel Bond seeks solace in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But the situation becomes more complicated when Gabriel is accused of murder and his one night stand turns out to be an employee of the company he has inherited. Struggling with their attraction and trying to find a killer, Gabriel and Everly Parker must work together to uncover a deadly web of deception before it is too late.The prologue is engaging as it introduces six close friends each of whom is destined to play an important role in various domains including politics, the military and business. This installment focuses on billionaire playboy Gabriel Bond who meets his match in geeky hacker, Everly Parker. The romance is steamy and satisfying although Gabe does exhibit some rather annoying asshat traits based on his preconceived notions regarding Everly's relationship with his best friend. Everly is sweet and charming, but it is her ability to stand up to Gabe's domineering swagger that make her such an appealing heroine. The suspense plot is compelling and develops in intriguing directions. While the mystery is quite straightforward and the villains easily identified, some questions remain unanswered and a larger story arc is obviously in the works. In sum, a well-written mix of action, suspense and romance. The rest of the books will obviously focus on the remaining "Perfect Gentlemen" and I am eager to see what happens next.

  • Erin
    2019-04-17 01:37

    I loved this book hard. This story is so complex that even the thought of writing a proper review exhausts me. I loved the mystery, suspense, and sexiness that this story provided. I couldn't put it down. Not only is the story a page turner, but ALL the characters were amazing. The MCs of course, Gabe & Everly, but the secondary characters (which all get their own book) were just as lovely. Gabe & Everly get their HEA, but the story is nowhere near finished as it involves all the secondary characters. I just hope I love the following ones as much as this one. Spoiler shit: (view spoiler)[I honestly can't think of anything that would bother anyone a great deal. The H is a manwhore, the h is inexperienced but not a virgin. Condoms are used. There is violence. If you are wondering about anything else, ask me and I'll try to remember. (hide spoiler)]

  • Shayna
    2019-04-17 02:25

    The extremely talented dynamic duo are back with a brand new, scorching hot, scandalous, and shocking series! Brace yourselves for one HELL OF A RIDE! I was fascinated, I was amazed, and I was hypnotized till the very end. SCANDAL NEVER SLEEPS is just one piece of the steamy and mysterious puzzle. Black and Blake are just getting started!Gabriel Bond and Everly Parker, two people who have lost someone very special in their lives, end up meeting in a bar. Neither one of them realize the connection they share, but all they want to do for that one night is get lost in each other's bodies. They want to feel something aside from their numbness and grief. They want an escape. This one night stand ends up being so much more than either of them expected. The passion and immediate connection they share, fuels the fire that brings them closer still. But scandal is the name of the game, and it follows them wherever they go. Mystery, deception, secrets, and lies. When the dust settles and the scandal breaks, who will you trust?OMG! Everything about this book was fantastic! I couldn't read fast enough. But this is no surprise when you have the talents of two of my favorite authors working together to create a sexy and mysterious masterpiece. Separately, Shayla Black and Lexi Blake have turned out such great stories, blowing my mind page after page, chapter after chapter, book after book. Together, they have taken this genre to new heights. They are dominating the romance genre, one sexy title at a time. Like Gabriel and Everly, these fabulous authors give us characters that embed themselves into the reader's hearts, so that we only have to hear their names, and flood after flood of emotions come pouring out, taking us back to their stories, making us remember and experience it all over again. Black and Blake has created something special here. Of course, Gabriel and Everly get their happily ever after, but the mystery remains unsolved. You get a taste of The Perfect Gentlemen, meeting the members and achieving some sort of connection with each one, learning a little bit of their past and how they came to be what they are today. Breadcrumbs are all that remain. Pieces of the puzzle scattered all around in your mind, just waiting, craving the minute they all come together to reveal the truth. Scandal Never Sleeps is bursting with so much erotic goodness, tons of alpha males, and enough mystery to make your head spin. Get ready for a heart-pounding, mind-spinning, sexy good time!*Gifted copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

  • Wendy Darling
    2019-04-11 19:14

    Eh. I liked this overall, but didn't love it. He's awfully into her awfully fast, which didn't quite gel for me for the type of character he's set up to be...and the powerful/wealthy/sexy male/band of brothers thing wasn't totally convincing to me in this case, either. And the sex is fine, but not fantastic.I also really hate it when books are set up to be series and a bunch of characters are thrown at you at the very beginning--it's hard to keep track and get invested in the primary characters when that happens. Authors, please take pity on your readers and trust that you'll have time to set up those other characters and relationships in later books, please. It's much more engrossing and emotionally satisfying (not to mention less confusing) if you let us learn about your main characters before you divert our attention towards something else. Interestingly, I thought the mystery was done pretty well, however, which is often not the case in romantic thrillers. I liked the heroine, too. So I think your overall feeling towards this book probably depends a lot on whether you find the hero charming? And he didn't do all that much for me, I'm afraid. Oh, well.An advance copy was provided by the publisher.

  • Anna's Herding Cats
    2019-03-20 21:13

    omg I'm gonna need book two NOW! I'm feeling seriously smitten over The Perfect Gentlemen already. Heat, scandal, danger, sexy as hell hero and his best friends and a heroine who is solid through and through...definitely a fun ride. It edged on erotic but I think was more contemporary that had high heat. The two had some scorching chemistry and quite the stormy relationship as their one night stand turned into more and they found themselves faced with a suspicious death and trying to unravel what really happened to their mutual friend. Full review to come.

  • Lissy Liz
    2019-04-03 21:22

    Man o man, now I'm intrigued and of course will have to read the whole series.Gabriel is a billionaire, born into money. Went to boarding school and made friends for a lifetime, until danger, murder and many secrets surround him.Everly is a computer geek, super smart and with a bit of a temper. They have steamy sex and get tangled up in some dangerous situations.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2019-04-07 19:37

    Kimber's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews4.5 starsScandal Never Sleeps is the first book in a new romantic suspense series by Lexi Blake and Shayla Black. I’ve read some of their other collaborations and this writing duo make a great writing team. I enjoy series by both of these established authors but when they write together it’s incredible, and puts them in a league of their own.Setting up the “world” in a new series can sometimes weigh down the book and cause it to drag a bit, but not in this case. From the first page I was hooked and more than intrigued with the key players. We have a group of six guys who call themselves the Perfect Gentlemen, all classmates at their boarding school, Creighton Academy. The title is quite ironic seeing that they are considered anything but gentlemen. They stay in trouble and I can only imagine that during their enrollment they caused much havoc, especially since the opening scene places us in the headmaster’s office and he’s deadset on expelling them all. The authors did a great job describing each of the boys’ personalities, and honestly I could have read more of their earlier years. So yeah… I LOVED the prologue. Fast forward almost twenty years and they are attending the funeral of one of the pack, Maddox. Gabe is really unsettled by Mad’s death. For one, Mad was his best friend and two, the last time they spoke an argument ensued and Gabe said some things he wished he could take back. After the funeral Gabe sees a woman he’s completely taken by. Everly is so unlike any woman he’s ever seen or dated and he is drawn to her immediately. Their chance meeting leads to what is supposed to be a one and done but ends up being anything but. Based on half-truths, deceit and lust their relationship gets complicated really quick. Nothing is as it seems. Hold on for the ride because there are twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.I really enjoyed this story, especially the characters. Not just the main characters, but the rest of the pack as well. They are all highly successful overachievers in different fields, but as you’ll discover they are all intertwined making the story that much more compelling. In fact, I was so excited and engrossed in the story the first time around, I’ve already reread it, and I’m eagerly anticipating the next addition in January 2016. This is a happily ever after romance but the mystery part will be an on-going arch throughout the series. I’d also like to mention this story kept me guessing the entire time. I have a few of my own theories and I can’t wait to see how everything plays out. The writing duo of Shayla Black and Lexi Blake never disappoint. Scandal Never Sleeps was a fantastic beginning to what will for sure be another winning series full of passion, mystery, and intrigue.Review copy provided for an honest review.

  • Danielle
    2019-04-15 23:21

    This was my first time reading a Shayla Black and Lexi Blake collabo and I honestly had no idea what to expect... All I knew was that that blurb sucked me in and I couldn't wait to dive into this baby. And now that I've finished? Well, now I'm waiting not so patiently for the next book in this series!So what's it all about? Everly and Gabe meet a at bar following their mutual friends' funeral, but neither of them know that they're both dealing with the same loss. The sparks start flying between them from the get-go and they agree to one night, which then turns into them spending the entire weekend together.But what happens when they show up at work, the company their mutual friend, Maddox, owned, and find out that Gabe is Everly's new boss? What's worse is that Gabe finds out that Everly is supposedly the mistress Maddox left his pregnant sister for... So to say they get off on the wrong foot is a serious understatement.Being the first book in a new series, Scandal Never Sleeps has a major case of information overload, which, unfortunately made this one a little hard for me to get into... But once the ball really got rolling? I was hooked!Everly and Gabe definitely have a lot of obstacles in their way, most of which is thanks to Maddox and the big mystery around his death, and I did get a little frustrated with the back and forth. The sexual tension is so palpable between them, but at times I felt like that was all their relationship really was, especially as they tried to navigate their feelings and trust issues.Along with romance there's a whole lot of suspense in this one that kept me on the edge of my seat, along with some twists and turns that I did not see coming. We're left with a pretty big cliffy regarding Maddox's death that will carry over to the next book in the series, but Everly and Gabe did manage to get their HEA in the end.Even though this one took me a little while to get into, it turned out to be a great read in the end. And I absolutely cannot wait to see what's in store for us in the next book!*ARC kindly provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Christy LoveOfBooks
    2019-03-25 21:24

    Ah, romantic-suspense can be a hit or miss genre with me. While not amazing, I still thoroughly enjoyed Scandal Never Sleeps.I love how the group of men are such close friends and they’re all so involved in this book. I also enjoyed the prologue that showed us how they became known as the Perfect Gentlemen, and that we got a good sense of what each guy is like.I really liked Everly and the fact that she’s a geeky hacker who doesn’t become a shy wallflower in the presence of these guys, in fact she has no problem putting them in their place. Which brings me to Gabe. I like him, I really do, but his possessiveness and alpha male antics got annoying. However, he got better by the end because Everly stood her ground until he understood that she won’t put up with it.It gets pretty steamy between Gabe and Everly. Often. There were some weird moments though, like when she was being serious about her concerns, and he suddenly says “show me your breast”. It was a total what the hell moment I couldn’t help but to laugh at. Also, their internal dialogue became redundant, so I eventually started skimming parts.The mystery was fairly easy to figure out, but it was still interesting and had me wanting to see how it all unfolded. Even though this book wraps up nicely, there appears to be a larger story arc that continues into the next book.Overall, Scandal Never Sleeps was a pretty good, and definitely has me wanting the second book.

  • *TANYA*
    2019-04-11 19:25

    I'm intrigued, on to the next book in the series.

  • Scandal (Scandalicious Book Reviews)
    2019-03-27 18:09

    I enjoyed this one very, very much and I can not wait to see where we go next with this one! Excellent character development, great twists, tons of chemistry...very fun read

  • Jan
    2019-04-03 00:13

    REALLLLLLY like this one!Waiting for Connan :)

  • Dark Faerie Tales
    2019-04-20 21:28

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A one night stand, can two strangers figure out who killed Maddox before something happens to either one of them?Opening Sentence: “Gabriel Bond really wanted to murder his best friend.”The Review:Gabriel is helping put together the funeral for his best friend Maddox, who also happens to be the father of Sarah’s unborn baby (Gabriel’s sister), when he meets Eve and decides to have a one night weekend with her. Eve or Everly is the head of cyber security for Maddox’s company and pretending to be someone else for the weekend just might help her deal with her boss’s death. After the weekend ends it soon becomes clear there is so much more going on here than a weekend. Eve finds out that Gabriel is a super rich playboy, and Gabriel hears rumors of Maddox’s affair with Everly, except he hasn’t quite figured out that Eve and Everly are the same person.Before they even begin to figure out things between them Eve starts receiving texts from a mysterious informant who warns her not to get too close to Gabriel. Gabriel finds out that he is the number one suspect in Mad’s death and things just keep getting deeper and deeper. As Eve and Gabe get closer to each other, they also get in deeper trying to figure out why and who murdered Mad.This is one where it was hard not to say so much more about the book to avoid spoilers. Some of the information doesn’t seem spoilery, but it is and you have to read this book without spoilers! This book was great, I really like Eve, she was super smart and really unwilling to put up with a lot of BS. Gabe was okay, but he did improve by the end of the book. The mystery was really good, I did suspect one of the people before it was revealed but I really didn’t get the whole picture until the author laid it out. Plus, there was so much in the revelation department that you really didn’t get a good feel for the whole ending until all the pieces were laid out.Eve and Gabe are the romantic couple in this book, and they start off as strangers who fall in bed, than in love all while trying to figure out who to trust and solve Mad’s murder, with some help from the other Perfect Gentlemen. Considering this is a new series, I thought it was really bold that the authors’ killed off one of the Perfect Gentlemen in the first book. But a in some ways a smart move, because it really allows them to introduce the remaining group and get a sense of them before their books are even written. Plus, all of them are in the other books as well! So, if you like your romance shaken, not stirred, then read Scandal Never Sleeps! It’s got everything from mystery, to sex trafficking, murder and love!Notable Scene:“His words shook her to her core because the feel of him, of this shared pleasure, haunted her, too.”“And this situation is going to get worse before it gets better.”“She had until then to find everything she could about Maddox’s death and decide what she would do next.”“It was time to figure out who her informant was and what the hell he knew.”“As Everly stared at the woman, a flood of fear paralyzed her.”FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Scandal Never Sleeps. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

  • Brittany
    2019-04-14 00:14

    For more book reviews check out Britt's Book BlogActual rating: 3.5 starsAs soon as I saw the cover and read the synopsis of Scandal Never Sleeps I thought it would be interesting. I wasn’t wrong.Gabriel and Everly are both suffering from losing someone in their life. The two of them end up meeting in a bar, early in the book, and are immediately attracted to each other. Combine their attraction for each other and each of them wanting to numb their pain, they end up spending 48 hours together. Forgetting everything except each other. Gabriel and Everly are unaware that they both lost the same person. They’re unaware of just how connected their lives are about to become.Gabriel has lost his best friend, Maddox Crawford. Gabriel ends up inheriting Maddox’s company. Everly is an executive at the company. On top of the realization that Gabriel is now Everly’s boss, the two of them quickly realize that Maddox was murdered. Gabriel and Everly work together to try to find the murderer.Gabriel and Everly look for clues as to who killed their friend, and uncover secrets and lies along the way. The attraction they felt when they first met only becomes stronger with more time they spend together. The two of them have chemistry and they can’t put what they have in the past.I really liked Everly. Her life was flipped upside down when Maddox died and she doesn’t know what she wants or which way to turn. She’s uncertain of beginning a relationship with Gabriel because she believes he will end up hurting her. She wants more, she just doesn’t think he’ll be able to give up his playboy ways. I wasn’t too sure about Gabriel myself, but I came around. He was determined not to let Everly go.The plot is excellent with romance, suspense, and mystery all woven together. There is a lot going on. We’re introduced to 6 main characters and it was a tad bit confusing at times-my only issue with this book. The writing is amazing and I can’t wait to read more in this series.Scandal Never Sleeps is an exciting for first book in a series that keeps you guessing and glued to the pages. It definitely sets the stage for the rest of the series and leaves you wanting the next book right away.In Conclusion:Scandal Never Sleeps is a wonderful beginning to a new series. This is only the start. We only uncover some of the puzzle pieces and the mystery is left unresolved. Scandal Never Sleeps is a thrilling, well-written story that has twists, romance, and suspense. You won’t be able to stop thinking about this story and wondering what is to come.Recommended To:Anyone who likes romance, suspense, and mystery all in one.

  • Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
    2019-04-20 02:30

    I have a confession to make. It’s been years since I’ve read a book by Shayla Black. I used to jump on every single one of her releases and then I stopped. But when this showed up at my door, it just seemed like something I wanted to try. And you know me, never reading blurbs and all, I really had no idea what it was about other than the title and the fact that this is co-written with Lexi Blake.SCANDAL NEVER SLEEPS is full of…well…scandal. This series centers around a group of college buddies that are all rich and successful. Some went on to run massive companies, some went on to be top CIA agents, and one even became the President of the USA. But they never broke that bond of friendship. They are more like brothers. And when one of them mysteriously dies in a plane crash, they all rally to investigate why that happened and who could be behind it. Even one of them might be a suspect.Hooked yet? Well, the premise of this book was extremely interesting and fresh! With the suspense element that you can expect from a Black/Blake read, SCANDAL NEVER SLEEPS keeps you on the edge of your seat. Entwining that with a hot romance between Gabriel and the head of internet security of his dead friend’s company, Everly Parker.The storyline in this book doesn’t have a final resolution and it’s one of those threads that I imagine will continue throughout the series. There is a bigger mystery than just solving the one case, a bigger reason why things are happening. And I can’t wait for all the clues to fall into place to figure it out. But I won’t be telling you! You have to read it and find out.As far as the romance, I found it hot and the progression was ok but I just couldn’t buy into the quick-love thing that was happening. Lust yeah, sure. I’m glad this didn’t quite suffer from insta-love but it was pretty quick to get there and it seemed like there were too many unknowns to overcome for it to have happened so fast. Nevertheless, that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story. And surprisingly for me, this didn’t include BDSM!For fans of a good mystery and political intrigue, packed full of intense alpha males with over the top lives and lots of hot sex….then this is the read for you!

  • StephanieG
    2019-04-07 20:15

    After discovering that their friend’s death was no accident, Gabriel Bond and Everly Parker struggle to unravel the secret that Mad was willing to die for in this thrilling contemporary romantic suspense.Maddox Crawford’s death has left Gabriel and Everly reeling and his troubled company in a mess but none of that compares to the heated tension that has these two in its grip and the reader can’t help but get caught up in the intrigue and secrets that revolve around Maddox’s death and the heated clashes that result from Gabriel and Everly’s rocky relationship. The chemistry is certainly hot enough but you got a rich playboy with some stubborn preconceived notions and a whole bunch of secrets that interfere in this relationship and these strong captivating characters demand that you join them in not only in finding the killer but in their turbulent romance filled with scorching hot sex scenes and the fast paced, smooth flowing plot keeps readers glued to the pages with lots of suspense, excitement and romance.The more secrets that are revealed, the more the danger escalates with a ripple like effect that ensures that the characters are kept on edge which in return ensures that the readers are too while the intriguing conspiracy plot and unexpected twists keeps everyone guessing. The authors use well written scenes and vivid details to bring the story to life and make it easy for the reader to become completely absorbed in the story while well-orchestrated events ensure that there is never a dull moment.This fascinating new series brings readers some sexy, privileged men to lust after while providing lots of complex suspenseful events in a conspiracy filled setting that adds to the ambiance. I was completely caught up in the story from the very beginning and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.- Eva

  • Jessie Potts
    2019-03-23 19:36

    Why you should read it: I love the idea behind a group of close heroes each getting their book and Happy Ever After. Shayla Black and Lexi Blake do the best combustible attraction and energy between heroes and heroines, and Scandal Never Sleeps is no exception. Gabe is hot, alpha, and the way he connects with Everly is just wow! Definite recommend for Shayla Black and Lexi Blake fans as well as readers looking for something hot and sizzling.INTERVIEW WITH SHAYLA BLACKTell us about this new series!Shayla: Think spicy romance meets nighttime soap. Each book contains its own happily-ever-after and a new mystery to solve. We're excited for you to meet The Perfect Gentlemen. Between us, they can be anything but … however, that's part of their charm. They're a wealthy, powerful brotherhood of friends who dominate in industry, espionage, society, politics and love.How do you balance the mystery, suspense and steam?Shayla: Both Lexi and I approach plots very similarly. We devise internal and external conflicts that feed off one another and create these suspense elements we both love to write. The steam actually balances the tension of the mystery woven throughout this book and this series. So all the facets of the plot might leave you breathless but for different reasons. And while Scandal Never Sleeps is sexy (but not erotic), we wanted to give it a healthy dose of heat. What good is a bad boy who can't make you blush a little?To read more of Shayla's interview head over to the HEA Blog!http://www.usatoday.com/story/happyev...

  • Louise
    2019-03-24 22:12

    Scandal really does some this story up!Between the salacious gossip,political intrigue, murder, russian mafia there is a smart,intelligent & seriously steaming hot romance playing out. The relationships in this story are the true gem...not just of the romantic kind. Its the bonds between friends, family and lovers that shine in this story. Can't wait to find the next one!

  • Aly is so frigging bored
    2019-04-01 21:15

    I won this ARC on Lexi Blake's FB pageThis book was great! A cool mystery, an amazing love story and an exceptional cast of characters. Don't miss it!

  • Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
    2019-04-06 19:18

    "No matter how much she loved being with him, the pain wasn't worth the momentary pleasure."I confess, I'm late to the party. I kinda discovered Shayla Black by accident. She rocked my world, and now I can't get enough. So, now I'm playing catch up, ready to devour her backlist. Which is how I ended up falling for Lexi Blake too. I heard that there would be a new book in The Perfect Gentlemen series soon, so I decided to start here and read the beginning books so I'll be ready.The story starts out with an introduction to the 'boys' at Creighton Academy. There are six of them. All from different places, with different situations and stories. They found each other and became family-by-choice, always having each other's backs. Yes, that part was necessary because they got in trouble. They had fun. They kept in touch. They are still brothers. I'm assuming that each gentleman will get his own book, at least I hope so. They are all amazing.Though not all of the men started out rich, at least one of them attended on scholorship, they are all doing well now. They've each gone different directions, but their friendship is strong and if one of them needs help, they will all come running. Unfortunately, they are down to five. Maddox, the class clown that brought most of the trouble to the group, is dead. It was sudden. No warning. No opportunity to say goodbye. He left behind broken hearts, misunderstanding, pain, and problems. He had secrets that nobody knew about, and trying to discover clues to solve the mystery after his death is a challenge.Gabe is hit the hardest by his best friend's unexpected death. It makes it even worse that they had an argument before it happened. Of course, they've had many arguments over the years, because it's Mad. He's always doing something to stir the pot. This time, they didn't get a chance to make up, and that's a hard pill for Gabe to swallow. And being his best friend, he's the one left to clean up the mess he left behind. Gabe is struggling with his emotions and needs some relief, without the headache of strings. When he sees a beautiful woman in a bar after his friend's funeral, he lays it out for her, letting her know it's just for tonight. She agrees. She rocks his world. She leaves. He doesn't expect to think about her or want to see her again, but he does. Imagine his surprise when that happens the next day....Everly is a good girl. She doesn't do one-night-stands. "Yes, she knew she shouldn't run off with a stranger. Serial killers could be beautiful, too." But she had a good instinct about people and was able to read them. Her gut had served her well and she felt strangely comfortable with Gabriel. She was so sad, having lost a good friend, who also happened to be her boss. She didn't know what the future held and was worried that when she showed up to work on Monday she wouldn't have a job. So, she decides to do something crazy, and enjoy herself. She would forget about her problems for just one night. She doesn't expect to ever see him again. Imagine her surprise when that happens the next day...That's just a taste to whet your whistle. There's so much more goodness that I can't even begin to share with you. You need to do like I did and just dive in. I became invested in the lives of these amazing characters immediately and was formulating plots and plans in my mind as the suspense built and the secrets unraveled. It was very engrossing and stimulating. The chemistry between Gabe and Everly was off the charts and very believable. I was mentally cheering for them, hoping that they would be able to get past their fears and suspicions and find their way back to each other. I was also excited about the other gentlemen who gave me just a taste, leaving me hungry for more. I can't wait to spend more time with them in future books in the series. The line forms here...

  • Maria Rose
    2019-04-04 02:08

    This is the first in The Perfect Gentleman series, about 6 childhood friends who have all attained positions of power or prestige (or both) as they’ve graduated from their boarding school past into the real world. Unfortunately, one of them, Maddox, has also ended up dead. The mystery of his death and the romantic entanglements of the five men left is the basis of the series.In this particular story, after we’re introduced to the main characters, it’s Gabriel, the billionaire aeronautics playboy, who will be searching for his happy ever after. When he meets a lovely woman at a bar after his best friend’s funeral, a one-night stand quickly turns into a whole weekend of passionate lovemaking. But come Monday, when it turns out the woman he was with, Everly, worked for Maddox in cyber security and that the company has become Gabriel’s via Maddox’s will, their anonymous encounter has far-reaching implications. Rumors abound that Everly and Maddox were intimately involved, and as Gabriel’s pregnant sister had been involved with Maddox (who for unknown reasons had unceremoniously dumped her prior to his death), his duty to family insists that he fire Everly. But his attraction to her is too strong, and when it appears that Maddox’s death was no accident, they are both caught up in a dangerous game of lies and mistrust. The clock is ticking and as the investigation takes a sinister turn, one of them could wind up dead– unless they can find out the truth and learn to trust each other.It should be noted that while this book is quite lengthy, the full mystery of Maddox’s death remains unsolved though lots of things are revealed and there is a fair amount of action and suspense. If you are looking for a story with a complete resolution, you won’t find it here. However the romantic story arc between Gabriel and Everly is complete, and it’s clear that the next story will involve another of the perfect gentlemen even while continuing the suspense plot introduced in this one. The story has a lot going for it, with continual eyebrow-raising surprises from one chapter to the next. In fact, just when I thought I knew what was going on, I was blindsided by another plot twist, so if you enjoy that kind of story, you’ll definitely like this one.The romance between Gabriel and Evelyn started out great, with their weekend of fun sexy times to forget their troubles. As the story progressed, I felt like their romance got overshadowed by the rest of the plot and they go through an on again/off again relationship. There was a lot of mistrust on Gabriel’s side in the beginning in believing that Everly hadn’t been sleeping with his friend (even though she’s quite truthful about their platonic relationship) and then once Gabriel has decided that he believes her, she freezes him out for a while too. The sex between them is definitely steamy and well written. But I would have liked to see them trusting each other a little sooner, the back and forth got a bit tiresome. Gabriel also starts out as a more alpha male character at the beginning, but kind of stepped back and his character didn’t have the same zing for me as it did at the start. I liked Everly and it was great to see a female character in the geeky computer role, though she did seem a bit naive to me at times and I felt like there were some computer issues that she should have been able to figure out sooner based on her job. Still, the two of them together made a likable couple. Gabriel does a good job of making Everly understand that she is beautiful even if she’s a bit curvier than his usual women.By the end of the story there’s been a lot going on, many character introductions, and still unresolved plot lines that hopefully will be addressed in the next book in the series, which I’m looking forward to reading. 3.5 stars.Note: a copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.Note 2 : this review appears as a blog post at: http://straightshootinbookreviews.com...

  • Elaine
    2019-04-10 22:19

    Title: Scandal Never SleepsAuthor: Shayla Black and Lexi BlakeSeries: The Perfect Gentlemen, #1Pages: 400Publisher: Berkley Date: August 18, 2015Summary:They are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives . . .Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him . . .Mad groomed Everly Parker to be a rising star in the executive world. Now that he’s gone, she’s sure her job will be the next thing she mourns, especially after she ends up accidentally sleeping with her new boss. If only their night together hadn’t been so incendiary—or Gabe like a fantasy come true . . .As Gabe and Everly struggle to control the heated tension between them, they discover evidence that Mad’s death was no accident. Now they must bank their smoldering passions to hunt down a murderer—because Mad had secrets that someone was willing to kill for, and Gabe or Everly could be the next target . . .Review:I only gave this book three stars not because it is an average book, but because it is the first book in the series . . . and that is not fair.We are introduced to six major characters in the prologue. We are introduced to six different personalities. We are given hints of how these six different characters will mature (or not, as the case may be.)And that is a lot to absorb in a matter of a few pages.I felt like I should be taking notes on who everyone was and their personality traits. I keep harping on their personalities because they are a diverse group of best friends/brothers.Unfortunately, I never got past that state of confusion.The story itself is excellent. Everly is a wonderful girl who gets in over her head with Gabe. Gabe is not a bad person, but he has always been entitled and his attitude reflects this. However, in Everly, he has met the one person who means more to him than even his friends. His problem is convincing Everly of that.There is a strong, overarching storyline (Maddox’ death) . . . and that was another problem for me. I expected this plotline to be resolved. Instead, I was only given clues about the next book. The relationship between Gabe and Everly is settled and firmly on the way to a HEA. However, the reason Maddox is killed is not explained.I don’t like cliffhangers, in fact, I hate them. I would not have read this book if I realized there was going to be one. What I would have done is wait for the series to be complete and then read them all at once.Book two, Seduction in Session, is due out in January 2016. And yes, I will buy it as well as the others. I just hope the ending of this one is more settled.This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.

  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    2019-03-30 22:20

    Scandal Never Sleeps (The Perfect Gentlemen #1) by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake was AH-MAZING! The perfect combination of suspense, mystery and sexy! All of the things that keep me coming back for more. Gabriel Bond - Mr. Bond, if you please - and Everly Parker mysteriously meet at a bar following the death of someone special in their lives. Neither realizes the connection between the two. What follows is copious amounts of fabulous sex, a mystery that seems to become more and more complex, The Perfect Gentlemen and superb sex. I love, love, love this book! A well-written mystery that can't be figured out in the first 100 pages is one of my favorite things to read. Add smokin' hot sex, a couple who have off-the-pages intense chemistry and a couple of additional alpha men. SOLD! I'll take one of each please. Gabe. Dax. Connor. Zach. Roman. ALL MINE :) ~ Heather, 5 stars ~~~ Everly Parker is reeling over the death of her boss, Maddox “Mad” Crawford. Fear of the unknown future of her executive position sends Everly to the bar with her co-workers after Mad’s funeral. Upon meeting the hottest man she’s ever seen, Everly gives in to her need to forget and agrees to a one night stand.Gabriel “Gabe” Bond has had a horrible week. He’s just buried one of his oldest and best friends and now he’s left cleaning up Mad’s messes. Grieving and needing to feel something other than the pain from his loss, Gabe gives in and spends what was supposed to be a one night stand with a gorgeous mystery woman, Eve.What neither one can predict is that this one night stand is going to come back to haunt them—Gabe is Everly’s new boss and the tension is high. Along with this tension is a level of distrust and secrets that may be deadly if revealed. Secrets that have already killed Mad. Gabe and Everly need to put aside their feelings if they’re to figure out the real secret to Mad’s death.Oh, I love a great romantic suspense! Especially a hot and dirty one! Scandal Never Sleeps ticks off all the boxes: intrigue, romance, hot and dirty sexy scenes, rich playboys, powerful friends, secrets and lies…did I mention hot and dirty sexy scenes? I loved the interconnection with all of Gabe’s friends, who date back to the time spent in boarding school at the Creighton Academy. They know each other—their actions and reactions that which only lifelong friendships can foster. I can’t wait for the next book in the series! ~ Missy, 5 stars

  • Jessica
    2019-03-31 02:19

    I am usually a fan of spoilers and finding out what happens in books, but I have to say I'm quite proud that I didn't peek to find out who was behind the murder of Maddox Crawford. I actually wanted to see everything unfold on its own for once! I really loved the element of suspense in this book. It was more than just a romance, though that does play a huge role in the book.I really like Everly and Gabe together. Their romance moves kind of fast and it's borderline insta-love, but with everything else going on around them, trying to find out Mad's killer and if they are the next targets, it really didn't bother me that much. What starts off as a one night stand turns into more and I really liked the guy Gabe was with Everly. He is not perfect and makes his fair share of mistakes where she's concerned. He does prove himself worthy of her though and I was happy she decided to follow her heart. I loved how prominent the secondary characters were in this one. Having all attended school together, the Perfect Gentlemen, as they've been dubbed, are the best of friends. They have been through a lot together and I love how protective they are of one another, even years later. After Maddox (Mad) is killed, the group comes together and is determined to get to the bottom of it. Maddox has always been a playboy, but had fallen for Gabe's sister, Sara. He swore she was the only one for him, but unexpectedly ends things with her, and he is suspected of having another woman on the side. There are so many factors at work here, but I don't feel I can really delve much deeper, as I don't want to ruin those extra twists and turns! While this is a companion series, I feel reading these books in order is going to be critical to the development of future books. So much will intertwine and while the plot may be different, I still think they are going to be connected to one another. Connor's book is up next and after his role towards the end of this book I am super intrigued for his story! Gabe and Everly are explosive together and I liked seeing them become a true couple and form a partnership based on trust and respect. Pinpointing who was behind everything was not an easy task and I can't say that I was able to figure it out ahead of time. I was starting to suspect everyone! Sexy, seductive, and full suspense, Scandal Never Sleeps definitely delivered for me. *Received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

  • Romance Readers Retreat
    2019-03-29 01:20

    Holy crap this was good! Like freaking amazingly good! I cannot stop thinking about these characters!!Gabriel's best friend has recently died in a plane crash, at the wake of his funeral he meets Eve and is immediately attracted to her. He decides to approach her for a night of passion, needing comfort from the grief he is feeling at the loss of his best friend.Everly is also seeking comfort after the death of her boss and mentor. When the handsome and charismatic Gabriel approaches her in the bar she decides to do something out of character for her, indulge in a one night stand to take her mind off the sadness she is feeling.Neither one knows of the others connection to Maddox, and they're about to get a shock once the weekend is over! And with Maddox's death not being all as it first seemed and it becoming clear somebody is deadly intent on covering up what really happened, these two are thrust together to solve the mystery and stay safe in the process.Now, I have to thank these two authors, Shayla Black and Lexi Blake were both new to me, this is the first book from either of them I've read but now I'll definitely be checking out both of their back catalogues. So I'd been in a horrible book funk for the last several weeks where I'd struggled getting into almost everything I picked up and it was taking me over a week to finish a book (definitely not normal for me, I'm a book a day kinda gal ordinarily!) This book cured me!! I picked this up and from the first page I barely put it down! I was hooked, desperate to know what the hell was going on in the world of the Perfect Gentlemen. I needed answers, and I also could have done with a buddy to read along with because I found myself talking to friends, who had no clue what I was talking about, about my need to discuss theories on where the story was going. Yes, I was probably quite annoying while I was reading this haha!This book is incredibly well written, I can't wait too see what The Perfect Gentlemen get up to next, this group of men has piqued my interest and there's a guy in this mix to suit anyone's taste in alpha males.So if you like your stories with some mystery and intrigue, some toe-curling racy sex scenes and a super sexy alpha male with a bossy and over-protective streak then this book is definitely for you!

  • Aileen
    2019-04-08 21:36

    Repeat after me: Women are independent human beings and can make their own decisions Ugh, I don't even know what to say right now...This started off really great; there are these six outsiders that went to an expensive boarding school together and are now (22 years later) really successful business men etc (one even is the fucking president for Christ's sake). But then, one of them (the leader and the guy who brought them all together) dies and his best friend is accused of his murder so he teams up with this nerd/hacker girl to find out what on earth happened. Sounds really great, doesn't it? Well, yeah that's what I thought and hell was I wrong. (view spoiler)[- so the first thing was the insta love- then there are some really weird sex scenes (like he parts her flower petals or sth like that - I mean srsly?)- but that's not even the worst - not by far- the worst was the "no you can't go there", "can't do that", "you can't be alone it's dangerous", "I only want to protect you" bullshit- Gabe, our protagonist, constantly orders Eve, the other protagonist, around and she just... let's him - she is mad at him (and for good reason) but he just looks at her in some way or touches her and that's it (do I have to say more?)- then FINALLY in the end there is a scene where Eve tells Gabe that she won't be the brainless girl that just sits at home and does everything he says and guess what he answers???- "I could lock you up somewhere if I want to" - and she's like "are you even listening to me?" and he says "show me your breasts"- and she actually does it and then they're having sex and NO just NO fuck you very muchI don't write reviews like this very often (don't even know if I ever did - at least not on here) but this book JUST THIS BOOK I don't think I've ever been this pissed after finishing a book (hide spoiler)]

  • Once Upon
    2019-03-24 20:08

    I can not empathize enough how much I recommend Scandal Never Sleeps to another reader, I could assure any reader that they will also be staying up all night with the Perfect Gentleman.I love each author in their own accord in their style of writing as well as when they came together for the Masters of Ménage series. Scandal Never Sleeps brings their steamy artistic style of writing to another level and this book leaves you constantly on the edge.The book starts off with a story of the closeness that the men have formed in college, each character so different and unique in their own way but have bonded a closeness in a sense of a brotherhood. Supporting one another in every which way possible.When tragedy occurs, you feel the pain and the impact that happens to each person and the way they cope. In the form of grieving, two people have what was intended to be a one night stand turn into a weekend. They connect with each other that they haven't been able to with anyone else. They want more but both are not in a position to have more than a weekend. They both end up their separate ways that was not easy for either one of them only to find each other where they least expect.There is so much that occurs in this story that no small detail is left unnoticed where the small details end up being a huge part of a scandal...or should I say scandals. Leaves the reader wanting more, trying to figure out the mystery of what happened, happens, and will happen. Just when the reader thinks they have figured it out, you find out your nowhere close and continuing to turn the pages faster, weaving though the beautifully written twists and turns. I can not say enough about this book but I'm thrilled that this new series from Black & Blake has brought their work to another level that leaves the reader in awe. I can not wait for the next book Seduction in Session. January 2016 can't arrive fast enough!