When Greyson Archer tosses a twenty on the stage of a strip club, the last thing he expects to see are the haunted
green eyes staring back at him. Finley should be home raising her infant daughter and baking cookies, not tucking singles into her G-string and giving lap dances.
Greyson can’t deny that he’d like his own private show, but there’s not a chance in hell of that happening. The last time the former Navy SEAL saw her she was dressed in black, holding a folded flag and sobbing that it was all his fault… and he agreed with every single word. He couldn’t do anything to help her then, but he can now.
Finley deserves better than this dingy club, and when an obsessed customer crosses the line, Greyson leads the rescue and will do whatever it takes to make amends for their broken past.
He never expected to want to settle down, but with Finley, everything is different. For the first time ever, he can breathe. But Greyson will have to fight for what he wants in order to keep the woman with the green eyes he’s dreamed about so often.
Slow & Steady is book 2 in the Alphas Undone series, but can be read as a standalone novel, as it features a new couple.
Slow & Steady by Kendall Ryan is such a sweet love story! It was such an easy read, and like so many other great books, I couldn’t put it down. I literally read it in one evening!
Finley, is a widowed, single-Mom trying to make ends meet. She lost her Navy SEAL husband, who was the love of her life, in a tragic military accident while he was defending our country overseas. At the time, she was newly pregnant and her life quickly down spiraled. She was so grief stricken and depressed that she was forced into bed rest so that she could make it through the pregnancy, which led to her losing her job- and really losing her entire life.
Now, she’s working evenings at a sleazy highway strip club patroned by exactly the type of men you’d expect. The only benefits to this job are that it allows her to stay home during the day with her beautiful daughter, Maple, and forming friendships with the other ladies working there. She barely makes enough money to pay the bills and put food on the table, but this doesn’t take away from her pride- she’s making it on her own, without anyone’s handouts or help.
Then one evening, in walks Greyson. He’s the one man who she blames for her husband’s death. She never wanted to see him again after the funeral, let alone while she is in the middle of a dance routine, half-naked on stage… but their eyes meet and their entire world changes instantly.
He’s just as shocked to see her. He carries a load of guilt for failing at the mission overseas and for returning to the States with one less brother. To add to that guilt, now he see his best friend’s widow dancing at a strip club, making him feel even more like a failure. Greyson knows that he needs to help Finley create a better life for herself and her daughter, but will she allow him to do this? After all, in her eyes, he’s the reason that she’s a struggling single-Mom.
Finley’s defenses were up instantly and she wasn’t about to let him into her and Maple’s life, but what I love about Greyson is his patience with her. He understands her struggles and he allows her to slowly accept him into their world. It’s beautiful the way that he steps in and cares for Maple. She has never had a male figure in her life, and we all know how much little girls love their Daddies-the bond that Greyson and Maple form is so lovely.
Slow & Steady is absolutely a beautiful story!
The more that I think about it, especially in today’s world, where we have lost so many military men and women overseas, this could easily be a non-fiction story. I’m sure there are many widows and widowers who are struggling to overcome the guilt that they feel for trying to create a new life for themselves after the death of their husbands and wives. Going through something so tragic is unimaginable, and in this story, Kendall Ryan does an excellent job at portraying the emotions that someone in this situation might experience. At one point, Finley finally allows herself to enjoy the feelings of arousal with Greyson, only to turn her head and see the photo of her husband sitting on the shelf looking back at her- which instantly creates shame. She goes back and forth with her emotions, which seems so realistic, and Greyson allows her to take her time, helping her to work through those feelings.
This story has some great plot twists too, creating suspense and excitement that was quite unexpected. Buy this book, you’ll be so glad that you did!
I give Slow & Steady by Kendall Ryan 4 Silver Buckles!
It was nine o’clock on a Saturday night and I was totally out of my fucking element. A bottle of red wine tucked under one arm. A bouquet of wild flowers in the other. A condom tucked into my wallet, just in case. I was in foreign territory, and my entire body knew it – tense shoulders, my heart beating like a drum, and arousal barely contained beneath the surface.
Finley was standing at the doorway, watching me with a confused expression.
She looked gorgeous, makeup free, pink-painted toes, hair mussed and loose. Little cotton pajama shorts and a tank top that hugged her lush breasts.
“Maple’s not here.” She said the words, but she knew as well as I did I wasn’t here for Maple.
“I know that.” My voice was sure and confident.
“Then why are you … oh.” Finley shifted her weight, her eyes dropping from mine as she saw the wine and flowers. She could read it all, plain as day. I knew she could see my intentions, my uncertainty, and underneath it all, my desire. Maybe it was the desire to fix everything I’d broken, or maybe it was just my desire for her as a man desires a woman.
Normally when I felt that primal urge for sex, I headed to West’s bar. I’d pick out a woman for the night. Share a few drinks with her, a few laughs. Later, we’d head back to my place and fuck until dawn. And that was it. I’d be set for a few months.
This … with the courting and the nerves … it was nothing like my standard operating procedure.
I’d never felt so stripped bare and vulnerable. Never put myself out there so completely with a woman before. But then again, Finley was unlike any woman I’d ever met.
And she was still just standing there. “Can I come inside?” I asked, heart in my throat.
She didn’t say anything. But she opened the door wider.
With Nolan’s words ringing in my ears, I stepped over the threshold, sure that whatever happened tonight had the power to heal us both.
Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.
She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.
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