Zoey Stranford might've had a crush on the sexy boy next door since middle school, but she's a woman now, and that crush has turned into a full-blown case of lust. So why is it that at twenty-nine her libido decides to ramp into high gear, making her only focus the intensely sexy, scorching hot boy next door - who is definitely not a boy anymore? The problem is, Zoey and Kaleb have been best friends for as long as she can remember. Not to mention that Kaleb and his brothers are trying to buy Stranford land to build a new resort, and she's more than a little uncertain about his intentions.
Kaleb Walker has had his eye on Zoey for close to twenty years, but never before has he considered taking their friendship to the next level, no matter how many fantasies he's had about her over the years. Suddenly he is hell-bent on having her - in as many ways as possible. Kaleb finds himself in a precarious situation. His brothers have nominated him to pursue Zoey's father about the land needed to get their new resort off the ground. When he learns Carl Stranford is on the brink of foreclosure and Zoey might lose her house and the land, Kaleb must convince her to put aside her pride and let him help her.
It doesn't take long before the flames start burning bright and hot, and the two of them burn up the nights and the days as they explore each other's forbidden fantasies. But can their friendship survive a business transaction or the new friends-with-benefits clause? Or will they realize that they've been overlooking something much deeper that's been right in front of them all along?
©2013 Nicole Edwards (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Avid reader for 45 years
I was pleasantly surprised with Kaleb, my first Nicole Edwards book. More than just romance and/or erotica, Kaleb introduced the seven Walker brothers and assorted friends living in small Texas town. While containing lots of kinky sex and graphic language, there was an actual plot and the characters were engaging & humorous. For me, the only drawback was one or two scenes with "spanking" which I find personally offensive - physical violence is not my idea of romantic behavior. The narrator was pretty good.
Not only was the storyline hot but the narrator's voices really brought it all together.
That Zoey & Kaleb were best friends for most of their lives first.
Their voices were amazing!
I had read the story, but listening brings a whole new level
The level of intimacy the characters have together
Listening to this book was alluring, I only hope Nicole brings all the AI to audio, and seriously Club Destiny too
If he wasn't a total contradiction. On one hand he is this nice guy who Zoe has known since high school, yet he is also a total horn dog sexual deviant. He was in love with Zoe, yet he was totally comfortable sharing her with his best friend and totally comfortable watching her get f*cked six ways to Sunday by another man? Then he goes on to goddamn propose to her? No. Just no.
This book was equal parts boring and cringe inducing. The fact that the two characters knew each other for so long and NEVER pursued anything until now was ridiculous. There was so much unnecessary background that had no use and wasn't pursued by the author (Zoe's ex-husband, Kaleb's ex fiancee) which just made the book so much more amateur.
And what the f*ck was up with the threesome situation??? Zoe and Kaleb decide to pursue a romance of sorts together and then all of a sudden she is getting double teamed by her long term crush AND his best friend? This made no sense to me Kaleb showed hurt and disdain for his ex-fiancée when she tried to sleep with one of his brothers. I have to say that the threesome scenes made me grit my teeth and shake my head in disgust.
The whole book was an utter waste of time and I am actually angry that rubbish like this even gets published.
Freddie Bates was fine, Eliza Grace made her characters sound stupid and she didn't change her inflection enough for you to realise a male character was speaking.
Kaleb's parents, his ex, Zoe's ex... there were way too many characters that offered no input.
This is the first book of Nicole Edwards' I've read and I am NOT impressed. This book was rubbish and I am going to ask for my credit back.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I liked both Zoey and Kaleb and their story was very interesting and I enjoyed it. I’m not sure why people term this as BDSM though because there’s anal, ménage and a bit of spanking but outside of that there’s nothing overly kinky and it's not what I'd term as BDSM. This is the first story I've read by this author and based on this I'm likely to read more of her work in the future.
Zoey is a nice young woman who takes care of her aging father. She had been married but her husband wasn't the best man (he cheated on her) and when they split she wasn't all that anxious to try again. Zoey’s mother died and her dad is getting on the senile side so she lives in the guest house to look after him. She also has a cleaning business with her BFF that’s going well and gaining business.
Kaleb is one of seven brothers that are very close. Kaleb and his brothers all still live on the family property (in their own places) and work together in a demolition business. They've recently decided to expand into construction and have decided to open a resort as their first endeavor. Kaleb and his brothers are known for being man-whores and being rather outrageous in their sexual behaviors, even to the point of sharing their women (although usually just short term).
Zoey and Kaleb have been best friends for years, ever since they were kids. They spend a lot of time together and regularly go out but only as friends. Kaleb and Zoey have both been attracted to each other since they were young but they've both pulled back from anything more wanting to keep their friendship intact. When the story begins, Kaleb is trying to get Zoey's dad to sell 100 acres of his land to Kaleb and his brothers to use for the resort. Zoey's dad is reluctant though and Kaleb is having problems convincing him to proceed with things and it’s been 6 months. Kaleb has discussed the property sale with Zoey before but hasn't asked her to intervene, not wanting to make her uncomfortable or make her feel like he’s trying to use her to get to her dad. It’s about this time that Kaleb’s attraction for Zoey seems to spike out of the tight control he’s always kept on it and now he’s having problems not pursuing her. Zoey has always been attracted to Kaleb and when Kaleb seems more interested than normal then she starts to wonder if maybe something can happen between them. After a bit of a stumbling start, Kaleb and Zoey decide to try starting something together. Kaleb actually is interested in something serious with Zoey but she (I think believing that Kaleb couldn't want anything more) thinks they’re just doing a “friends with benefits” relationship.
Zoey and Kaleb explore their new relationship but mostly keep things light as they start. Kaleb is still talking to Zoey’s dad about the land but she stays out of it for the most part. Things get more difficult though as the depth of the financial difficulties that Zoey's dad is in becomes apparent and a misunderstanding almost causes a split between them. They manage to recover from that and things go deeper for them, both of them developing more feelings for each other (although Zoey continues to be in denial). At first, Kaleb tries to hold back with Zoey, thinking she’s too sweet to indulge in his more dirty sexual proclivities. Zoey isn't ready to be so sedate though and pushes him to go further with her and he’s surprised when he loses control and she enjoys what happens. After that Zoey and Kaleb’s sexual exploits go further and get more adventuresome and both are happy with how things unfold. Things go better for them and they cruise that way for a while. Unfortunately, things get a bit rough again when multiple instances of drama come up to cause issues for them. They get past things well though and I liked the way things worked out in the end, both with the business deal and the relationship, as Zoey and Kaleb start their HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. I liked both Kaleb and Zoey very much and was rooting for them realize just how perfect they are for each other. Overall, this was a very enjoyable and sexy story and I'm looking forward to reading the books for the rest of the brothers. I’d recommend this book. :D
* note - I listened to the audio version of this book and the narrators did a very good job. There were 2 narrators, a female for the parts in Zoey's PoV and a male for the parts in Kaleb's PoV. I did feel it was slightly slow though and played it back at the 1.25% speed.
I am on chapter 5 and am contacting Audible now to give me my credit back. It is soooo boring and the robotic narrator (especially the girl just tops the cake!)
I don't feel any chemistry for any of the characters.
Phoenix, AZ, USA
The writing was very uneven and derivative. Not very well edited at all. The "f" word was used in ridiculous excess in the course of normal conversations amongst the characters. It was overkill. But the BIGGEST disappointment was the narration. Freddie Bates was maybe a 2-star, but Eliza Grace was a -1, so I gave the performance 1 star. I couldn't finish the book because the narration was so bad. I notice there's a review already posted that says the narrations was amazing. I suspect that person must be a close relative of one of the narrators.
Sebastian York and Grace Grant (although she seems to have dropped off the audiobook scene lately - I miss her).
I like stories about big, tight-knit families. The thing about the Walker family is that all the sons formed a company and work together. That's a bit too much togetherness to be believable (not to mention that they share women - that's DEFINITELY more togetherness than necessary!).
There's erotica and there's smut. I think this falls into the latter category.
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