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The One Night Plan by Riley Long
Crushing Series, Book 3
Lucas landed his dream job working public relations for bands in LA, and to kick off his new life, he allows himself a scorching one night stand with a sexy stranger. The only problem? The stranger turns out to be his most famous client. Working this closely together will be hard, but it turns out keeping their hands off of each other is harder. Can Lucas resist his rockstar’s charisma and stick to the one night plan? If he can’t, can he convince the rockstar of a new plan: love?
Lucas nodded and stood, ready to follow Nick just about anywhere. The guy was hot, with his husky voice and his muscular arms, and his confidence was magnetic, drawing Lucas in. The way he’d touched Lucas’s thigh made his whole body scream out for more. Lucas didn’t see any red flags or hear any warning bells. He’d had a handful of hookups with varying degrees of satisfaction, though usually not with strangers. Something about this guy felt right. And just like moving to LA, just like taking off to find the bar, when something felt right, Lucas felt compelled to go with it.
Outside of the bar, Nick led the way, guiding Lucas several blocks farther into the city. They soon arrived at a hotel that was … well, not what Lucas had expected. He’d figured Nick would guide him to a cheap, anonymous motel with questionable cleanliness. That’s what usually happened with his one-night stands, right? Instead, they’d arrived at a shiny new building, several stories high, the front modern glass and metal, everything very angular. Lucas raised his eyebrows, mentally reassessing the situation. Who are you, Nick, to take a stranger to such a nice hotel for a hook-up?
Nick didn’t hesitate when they entered the brightly lit lobby. He led Lucas over to the elevator and hit the button firmly. The moment they were inside, Nick was on Lucas, placing his strong hands on either side of Lucas’s face. He pressed their bodies together and then their mouths. He had Lucas pinned against the wall, and Lucas’s heart pounded, his dick getting harder with every passing second. Nick’s hands gripped him firmly, rough fingers stroking his jawline as his hot mouth captured Lucas’s, tasting of gin.
They kissed frantically, Lucas tugging at Nick’s clothes, already desperate for the feel of skin, which he was rewarded with briefly before the elevator dinged softly and the doors slid open. Nick pulled away, cleared his throat, and adjusted his shirt, standing straighter in an effort to look composed. Lucas couldn’t help but grin. Luckily, there was nobody waiting to board.
Nick grabbed Lucas’s hand. “This way.” The hall branched in several directions and Nick put a hand on Lucas’s lower back. The touch sent sparks up Lucas’s spine as Nick guided Lucas to a room a few doors down.
The beep of the door lock sent a twist through Lucas’s stomach and he licked his lips to moisten his suddenly dry mouth. I’m really doing this—hooking up with a sexy stranger my first night in LA. He fought to suppress a bubble of laughter. What a cliché.
But really, Nick was sexy. As they entered the room, the dimly lit lamp in the corner illuminated Nick’s strong, square jaw and the high cheekbones that made him look like a model. Broad shoulders stretched his t-shirt to its limits. Lucas could hardly wait to be wrapped in Nick’s muscular arms.
My Review: It’s adventure time for Lucas! He’s taken a chance on life! He quit his dead-end job then picked up and moved to Los Angeles for a new opportunity. He has reconnected with his high school friend, Ari who takes him out to meet up with a semi-famous band.
Lucas meets a hot guy at the bar… and they hook up. Why not? Lucas is celebrating his new life and moving on. The encounter is fast and hot… and “Nick” is just Lucas’ type… but then just as quickly as they find one another, Nick is gone.
When Lucas has a meeting with his first account at the new job. he realizes that he’s doing PR for Boyfriend of the Loveless. And Nicky, yes, the Nick from the night of wild sex, is the drummer in the band.
There’s not much in terms of a theme in this book. It’s basically a casual to wanting more type of relationship. Both Nick and Lucas are physically attracted to one another… they have no problem in that department. The issue is that Lucas realizes he wants to date. Nick doesn’t date. He doesn’t have enough space in his life for a relationship. What with the band and the way he is at his friend Ryan’s beck and call 24 hours a day.
Nicky definitely has an unhealthy relationship with his friend. They go way back, and Nicky has had some events in his past that make it really difficult for him to let people stand on their own. Nicky has some real history that explains his character’s behaviour, but he’s pretty wrapped up in his own life. Perhaps too much so to have a boyfriend.
I liked the way the author kept the plot moving and the relationship progression seemed pretty authentic. I can see how someone can think that they can only commit to a friend’s-with-benefits relationship only to find that the feelings deepen as time passes. There’s an awful lot tangled up between Nick and Ryan.
This is a fast read, a cute plot and some really steamy pages!
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Riley Long is a wife and mother living a quiet life in Virginia, with her husband, son, and one goofy pit bull. She passes her evenings writing, reading, and watching bad television (or not so bad television). For fun, Riley participates in NaNoWriMo, GISH, and reads with her book club, the BAMFs. She likes things with silly acronyms. The craziest thing Riley has ever done involves whipped cream and hugs. Riley writes sweet and sexy romance, with a special place in her heart for hipsters and musicians.
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