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More than a decade ago, Roman Calder had a scorching affair with the sister of one of his best friends. Augustine Spencer drove him so crazy he thought of nothing but her. The only thing they did more often than heat the sheets was fight. Unprepared for the intensity of their relationship, Roman broke things off and concentrated on the things that made sense to him: his caMore than a decade ago, Roman Calder had a scorching affair with the sister of one of his best friends. Augustine Spencer drove him so crazy he thought of nothing but her. The only thing they did more often than heat the sheets was fight. Unprepared for the intensity of their relationship, Roman broke things off and concentrated on the things that made sense to him: his career and putting his best friend, Zack Hayes, in the White House. Gus Spencer is known to Washington insiders as the president’s secret weapon. Gorgeous and brilliant, Gus runs the press pool with the determination of a shark. No one dares to cross her, not when she’s known for having a spine of steel. But long ago one man melted her down. Despite the fact that she’ll never forgive Roman for breaking her heart, now that they work together she can’t get him off her mind. When a dangerous investigation leads both Roman and Gus to London, the heat between them becomes unbearable. As they begin to unravel an international conspiracy, they find themselves falling all over again. But when a killer threatens their world, can they fight to stay together or will the sins of their past keep them forever apart?...

Title : Smoke and Sin
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ISBN : 29991485
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Number of Pages : 571 Pages
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Smoke and Sin Reviews

  • Shayla
    2018-09-13 22:51

    I need this book now. I already know I will love this book. These 2 authors teaming up can do no wrong. Please get this to us readers asap, aka now :) thanks

  • Kristina
    2018-09-03 22:50

    What a load of crap. She's pathetic, he's worse. It takes him 13 years to even bother trying to be with her again. Even then, he's not sure if he wants that. He was a massive manwhore for 13 years, fell in love with another woman and thought about marriage with others. She was a womanwhore for 13 years, and pined for this loser.This is not a love story, and certainly not romantic. Just plain bad.

  • Anna's Herding Cats
    2018-09-09 02:01


  • Shayna
    2018-09-20 20:07

    When it comes to romantic suspense, Shayla Black and Lexi Blake are the absolute PROS! Whether they are writing individually or as a team, nobody brings us sex, excitement, and danger quite like this pair! There’s passion. There’s heart-pumping suspense. It’s romance at its finest with enough grit and raw sensuality to have you blushing for days. Black and Blake are my GO TO authors in the romance genre, period. And every single new release they present to the world, makes me fall harder than the one before. This dynamic duo brings PURE MAGIC to the romance community and as a reader, I’m telling you, your life will be changed once you dive into their worlds. “Nothing has ever made me feel as alive as you.”Her eyes had gone cold. ”And no one has ever broken me the way you did, Roman.”SMOKE AND SIN is book #4 in The Perfect Gentlemen Series. This is a romantic suspense series that MUST BE read in order. Each book features a different couple, but it’s an ongoing complex storyline throughout the series. Be warned that when you start this series, there is NO turning back. You WILL become addicted, hooked, and obsessed! SMOKE AND SIN brings us Roman Calder and Gus (Augustine) Spencer - two of the most STUBBORN characters in this series, which of course makes for a FANTASTIC love story. There’s obvious chemistry the first AND second go-round. There’s the push/pull aspect that makes you tingle all over. They are super INTENSE, super PASSIONATE, and they will make you FEEL all sorts of wonderful things. Of course, there is danger around every corner, but Gus is a woman who can handle her own, so it’s so fun to watch these two fight for control. It makes the surrender and the passionate moments that much sweeter.“God, she tasted like heaven, like something sweet and forbidden. Like precious memories he’d forgotten. Like perfection.”Two AMAZING characters. One UNDENIABLE connection. A SECOND CHANCE they never knew they wanted. SMOKE AND SIN was absolute PERFECTION!

  • Tiffany Shaw
    2018-08-29 20:06

    I need this book like I need my next breath. I have been in agony waiting for the next installment in this series. Just tell me when the release date is. I'm so excited!!!!

  • Sheila Melo
    2018-09-02 02:01

    DO NOT SPOIL THIS BOOK FOR YOURSELF. Avoid spoilers and this book will not disappoint."Dealing with any of the Perfect Gentlemen was always an intricate game of chess. Thankfully, she'd had a lifetime to become a master."FINAL DECISION: Hot, angst filled, dramatic and full of surprises. This second chance at love story kept me up until 3am and then all I wanted to do was re-read it.THE STORY: Years ago Roman Calder and Gus Spencer had a hot affair. Things blew up because the passion and intensity of the relationship was something that scared Roman. Yet the two cannot completely avoid one another because Gus is the sister of one of Roman's best friends. And perhaps they don't actually want to avoid one another as Gus took a job at the White House where Roman is chief of staff. As the Perfect Gentlemen's investigation takes them to London, their proximity heats up the lingering passion between them. The question is whether they have a better chance the second time around.OPINION: This is a difficult book for me to review. Not because I didn't love it, I certainly did. Not because I'm confused, I'm not. The problem is that almost anything gives away too much in this series now. This book was so good that I started reading it immediately upon it downloading to my Kindle and then just kept reading, without stopping, until I finished at 3am. When I got up in the morning (after only 3 hours sleep), I just kept thinking "I need to re-read _________". And that is why I give this book 5 stars. The romance, the story, everything worked for me in this book. For me, the only part I hated is that the next book of the series won't be out until October 2018.On the plot, readers of the series will be familiar with the Perfect Gentlemen's quest. Beginning with the death of the sixth of their group, Maddox, in the first book of the series, the conspiracy has expanded to include the deaths of a number of people and a connection to the Russian mafia. As book 3 ended, a number of the PG were on their way to London to investigate another suspicious death. That is the setup for this book which begins just as the prior book ended.As I warn at the beginning of this review, this is a book that is meant to be experienced as the story unfolds. I encourage you to not read spoilers because this book is packed with secrets and reveals.I won't give anything away, but I assure you that the investigation continues, there is more danger and suspense and the plot continues to unfold. AND I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED how the story line continues to be interwoven and reexplained and unraveled. I generally find the plot in romance books to merely be vehicles for the romance, but here the plot is so exciting and well done that I continue to puzzle over the details between books. That continues to be true here as I keep wondering about the details and what they mean. That's all I'm giving away on the plot. You'll have to read the rest yourself.Even as the plot was thrilling, what I really love about these books are the relationships: between the PG, between the heroes and heroines, and the developing friendships between the women. In the prior books, Roman and Gus were the most difficult characters for me. There was something unclear about who they were. That explodes here as the story between these character covers a lot of ground.Gus is a strong, vibrant woman. She is brash and unapologetic, openly a sexual being, intelligent. She's put the PGs in their place for years. What I didn't expect was how I would fall in love with Gus because of all those qualities that I knew but also the softer side of her character that is revealed here. Both Roman and Gus present themselves as impervious and yet there are depths to them that are shown here and which I would never have expected.Roman was also a surprise for me because he is more unsure of himself than I expected. This book tackles head on the idea that he was threatened by Gus in ways that romance books rarely address. I thought their story was thoughtful and difficult. Lots of angst and pain between these two (but totally different vibe than between Dax and Holland in book 3). By the end of this book, Roman has had to ask himself some fundamental questions about himself and I liked the journey so much.This book is hot and exciting, but I really felt the pain and desire for connection between these characters. And perhaps that is why I felt the most satisfied with the conclusion of their story -- because they had to travel so far and overcome so much to be together and yet they managed to make that journey.WORTH MENTIONING: Readers of the series won't be surprised that much of the overarching story isn't resolved here. In fact, the story goes in a whole new direction.CONNECTED BOOKS: SMOKE AND SIN is the fourth book in the Perfect Gentlemen series. This series is meant to be read in order and the book really doesn't stand alone because it depends upon information in the prior books (although the romance is self-contained).STAR RATING:  I give this book 5 stars.This review was originally posted on

  • Jessica
    2018-09-19 01:51

    I can't wait to read this book. I wish we knew when it will be released.

  • Bambi Unbridled
    2018-08-29 00:44

    Shayla and Lexi have been extremely evil with this series - giving us the teases of Mad and not answering the question of "is he or isn't he?" But I have been riveted to this series arc as they have dribbled out the facts of the conspiracy and huge political secret. I think it speaks to the quality of the writing that I have enjoyed this series despite being overtired of everything political over the past year. The Perfect Gentlemen up in this installment is Roman Calder, right hand to the president, Zack Hayes. Roman is known around the White House as the Hitman... protecting the president with an iron hand. It seems that Roman's entire existence (at least since prep school) has been aimed at getting Zack Hayes to the White House. Nothing, and no one, is more important than his friend Zack. His single-minded focus has turned him into an asshole playboy, refusing to get serious about any woman unless she fits his cookie cutter mold for the perfect political wife. Unfortunately, when he found that woman, she was married to his best friend. He left a lot of broken hearts in the dust, including that of our heroine. I really had a hard time liking Roman... he seemed cold and manipulative, and he was very slow to learn a lesson from past mistakes. There were many times that I wanted to tell him to STFU and pay attention!Augustine Spencer is the sister of one of the other Perfect Gentlemen, Dax. She and Roman went hot and heavy during law school, and she thought they would become an intimate power couple in Washington politics. But Roman treated Gus more like a dirty little secret, and broke her heart when she expressed an interest about the future. So after that heartbreak and then a further personal tragedy, Gus distanced herself from everyone except Maddox. I really liked Gus. She is an independent assertive heroine, dubbed the Ice Queen around the White House, but she hides a fiercely loyal heart of gold beneath her icy demeanor. I felt so bad for her when it came to Roman and the way he treated her, but I loved that she was unapologetic about herself, her sexuality, and her life and ambitions in general. I was a little worried a couple times when it seemed that Gus would go off half-cocked into danger... but she didn't cross the line into that TSTL heroine role.Needless to say the relationship between Roman and Gus was a lot of hot and cold. They have explosive sexual chemistry but a lot of drama between them. Roman really needs to grovel and realize that he doesn't treat Gus the way she deserves to be treated, and Gus will have to come to terms with what happened in the past and forgive Roman for his part in it. And of course when they fall into bed, things are very intense.As has been the case with most of this series, I have been more obsessed with the political intrigue than the romance. We are finally starting to get some answers as it seems the series is winding down... and let me tell you that I was squee'ing by the end. I can't wait for the next book!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, Tantor Audio.

  • Devika
    2018-09-19 19:47

    love this series..too bad i have to wait one year for the next book!

  • JackieKiwibooknerd
    2018-09-03 17:47

    Love love loved it!!!! Just sad there is a whole freaking year to wait till Zack and Liz's that time I will have forgotten the previous books....:(

  • Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
    2018-08-26 01:14

    "Long ago she'd decided that action was better than reaction."I must say, this series is blowing my mind. I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of the story that focused on Roman and Gus. I knew it was gonna be good, but no way did I expect it to be that good.Smoke and Sin kept me up all night, even when I did go to bed my mind kept playing out all the possibilities. The plot thickens, some secrets stay hidden and others are revealed. Some of the players are identified, and others remain hidden in the dark. Emotions run high and passion even higher.I've had so much fun trying to guess what is gonna happen next in this mind-bending story. I'm exhausted from straining so hard to mentally will the characters to fall in line with my plans. And then something exciting happens and I have to admit the authors have much better ideas and I need to stay on this side of the story. Good advice, but I never follow it, I keep meddling and throwing out unsolicited advice to the characters which they always ignore. But I love them anyway.Each of the Perfect Gentlemen are different but special in their own way. As each book is released and I get to spend more quality time with them, I fall even harder. "The perfect gentlemen loved to keep their secrets." But not even they are able to keep Gus off of their trail. I know this was supposed to be Roman's book because he is the PG, but Gus stole the show as far as I'm concerned. She's badass and bull-headed. I love her to bits, she's my hero. Actually, all of the women so far have been pretty amazing, full of sweetness and sass. Able to stand up to their alpha-cavemen. I have to agree with the PG assessment that, "We have a type, guys. They're all troublemakers." This is so true and it's so fun to see what trouble the girls get into. They are so funny. And they have their men so whooped. It's beautiful. I can't wait to see who comes next. I know she's gonna be perfect and fit right in with the other females as they plot and plan.As I learned previously, Roman and Gus had an explosive relationship during their college years. The had, "incendiary chemistry" and "If they weren't fighting, they were fucking." Roman walked away from their passion to pursue his plan to help his best friend, Zack, make it to the White House. Over a decade later, Gus shows up at the White House, and the sparks are still there. Only now they are older and wiser, and they play harder and fight to win. The only difference is the prize they are fighting for. Will they give in, or give up, this time? Will either be left standing when the fire consumes them? When the secrets start coming out, will they work together or against each other? Can they let go of the past and make peace with their pain?Damn! It was so good that after all their sinning, I'm ready for a smoke. And I don't smoke. As the authors take us closer and closer to the big finale I'm about to burst with excitement and curiosity. It just keeps getting better and better. I'm so ready for whatever comes next. The line forms here...

  • juviasft
    2018-09-18 19:56

    BOOOIII AM I EXCITED FOR ZACK'S BOOK since the beginning of the series, really, BUT this one make me want it harder.I've been reading this series for what feels like forever and, as I always said, the plot is so well written and thought with every book that you read you get more and more invested in the story, which I find it hard to achieve by most author I've read so far.But these two? I'm not disappointed (except for Connor's book, but whatever nothing is perfect)I enjoyed this one, mostly because it wasn't as long as the others and it got to the point quickcly, romance wise speaking, and I got to learn more about the general plot! Gus is a cool woman, Roman is a little bit of a dick and I couldn't really understand his thought process, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book. I can't wait for the next, and final, book.

  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    2018-09-05 20:55

    I swear. I need a minute to catch my breath after that AMAZING and SHOCKING ride!! GAHH this series just keeps getting better and better!! I absolutely love Shayla Black and Lexi Blake's Perfect Gentlemen series as it legit has the perfect combination of action, romance, heat, a compelling storyline and HOT characters!! They always deliver a sassy heroine who will take no prisoners and a hero who will fight to protect her at all costs. I have been waiting for Roman Calder and Augustine "Gus" Spencer's book for ages. It was emotional, sexy, full of political intrigue and was so so intense! I seriously cannot get enough of The Perfect Gentlemen and the women who love them!! Smoke and Sin was an exceptional addition to the Perfect Gentlemen series as it seamlessly weaved all the pertinent details from the first three books with allllllll the new revelations from this book. In addition, we see the past history between Roman and Gus from years ago and the reason why they have such an acrimonious relationship today. More than ten years ago, after an intense and scorching affair, Roman abruptly ended things with Gus, breaking her heart. Thinking their relationship was too passionate and volatile similar to his dysfunctional parents, he leaves her thinking he was better off settling down for a demure woman he could make a peaceful life with and one who did not challenge him. But years later, Gus is still the only woman to evoke such visceral emotions in him. What happens when a dangerous investigation and international conspiracy lead them to London? Can they fight to stay together or will they allow a killer and the sins of their past keep to them forever apart?YOU GUYS - this book was everything. I'm obsessed with all of the characters but most impressed with Roman and Gus. It was VERY painful watching their breakup and feeling the pain that Gus did. I felt like I was right alongside with her, holding her hand, hoping she moved on from him. But like the gifted storytellers Black and Blake are - I was hooked from the get go!! I loved Roman's obsession with Gus and the fact that she was it for him. I just needed this hard-headed man to see it and prove it to her! I can talk on and on about this book but just know there was love, pain, explosive passion and SHOCKING OMG revelations. I seriously can not wait for the next book!! Bravo! 5 stars! ~Ratula

  • Allyson
    2018-09-10 21:02

    The BEST of The Perfect Gentlemen! Roman and Gus are a perfect mix of angst, lust and sin!!“...with any of the Perfect Gentlemen was always an intricate game of chess.”The dynamic duo are at it again with the fourth book of The Perfect Gentlemen series, Smoke and Sin. Shayla Black and Lexi Blake are quite the team with their impeccable writing skills, giving us a book that we race to 1-click on Amazon! These two are the Queens for romantic suspense novels delivering 5 Stars of passion, red hot lust with a side of mystery and suspense! Sin with the two most hardheaded, stubborn characters of the series; Roman Calder and Augustine (Gus) Spencer. Not only are they just stubborn, they are fiercely independent, one-minded and stuck in their own ways. “Hell, he and Gus were oil and water. God, they were like his parents. Always fucking or fighting—with almost nothing in between.” 13 years ago changed both Roman and Gus’s lives and not for the better. Making them both bitter and moody. Once a hot and heavy fling, Roman decided to side with the Perfect Gentlemen to get Zach to the white house, which meant leaving Gus to the wind. “But no man could love her more. No one would ever love Augustine Spencer as completely as he did. Fucking no one. Too bad he was broken and couldn’t give her his whole heart, the way she deserved.     Maybe it was better if she hated him.”Now, 13 years later, both are working in the same vicinity, within the White House for Zach. You could cut the tension with a knife when they are present in the same room, but they mind their manners only speaking to one another when needed. The danger is still ever present behind the mystery of The Perfect Gentlemen and the lurkers in the shadows. Can Roman keep Gus safe without divulging the secrets? And can Gus keep up with the men of the group or will she cause drama of her own? What about Gus’s secrets that she has hidden away for so long, what happens when hers come to shine? I am a sucker for second chance romances and with Smoke and Sin, I was on the edge of my seat, getting no sleep, wanting/not wanting to finish this book. Intense like no other and multiple times I was giddy with joy at the end with all the revelations! Out of all The Perfect Gentlemen books, this was my FAVORITE! The best banter award between characters goes to Roman and Gus; it was riveting, superior and I enjoyed it immensely!“I’d like a sharp knife-- serrated would be nice--and a tarp, please. There’s no reason to ruin a perfectly good Aubusson rug. It’s innocent. The rug, that is. My victim isn’t. He deserves to feel a lot of pain.”Roman rushed over and nudged her from the doorway. “Don’t mind her. She’s upset because The Bachelor isn’t airing here in the UK and I spoiled the ending for her.”  This is an EPIC MUST READ!

  • MarieBrown (Marie's Tempting Reads)
    2018-09-16 02:09

    Marie's Tempting Reads ARC Review:Things get more intense in the fourth book in Lexi Blake and Shayla Black's newest Perfect Gentlemen book, Smoke and Sin! Another puzzle piece gets added from the secrets that are revealed and then another intricate and eye opening clue gets revealed all while the flame between Gus and Roman (which has been brewing for years) comes roaring back to life, hot and fast and definitely more sexy than you can imagine! The one thing I love most about this series is the amazing action and danger with every new secret and piece to the puzzle of Mad's death that gets exposed. And the way Gus takes charge and wades through everything with bravery and takes no crap attitude had me rooting for her from the get go. Roman is stubborn, trying to keep his distance from the one woman who he has always loved and will do just about anything to protect had me wanting to wack him on the head yet had me softening toward him with every insane thing that came out of his mouth. But I could NOT deny the amazing, sizzling chemistry between him and Gus. Their hate-love relationship kept me on my toes and kept the sex scorching hot and lip-biting GOOD! Out of the other Perfect Gentlemen books, this one has to be my number 1 read! Not only can I feel that things will finally come to a glorious ending once the last book gets here, but I just LOVED how I could never figure out how Roman and Gus would be like together with every new chapter. These two had stubborn-ness in spades but the lust and obvious love they have for each other was too irresistible. Smoke And Sin is a thrilling, exciting, fast-paced, super sexy read that gets a RIVETING FIVE SHOOTING STARS!

  • amy r
    2018-09-10 21:53

    ***** 5 AMAZING STARS!!-- this review contains spoilers --I love this series! Each of the perfect gentlemen and their ladies are AMAZING! Gus is so strong and fun, she is a balls-to-the-wall kinda girl and takes no prisoners. She is by far the best part of this book. I like the fact that Shayla Black writes such strong female characters and each one is different but totally kiss-ass yet soft in their own way. After a long ago affair that ended in heartache for both Gus & Roman and years of walking on eggs shells around each other, Gus & Roman finally rekindle the fire between them. Gus is determined to avenge her dead friend Maddox and knows that the PG are hiding something. Not a woman to sit back and let things go she seeks answers. This leads to England where she is investigating one of the secret service agents she suspects is involved in Maddox's death. Roman has regretted letting Gus go for years and has sought every opportunity to get her back in his circle. The sparks between these two are HOT! He uses a bit of blackmail and scheming to keep Gus close in England while keeping her out of the dangerous investigation that has resulted in several deaths already. However DEEP THROAT is back and only will speak with Gus. (Spoiler: DEEP THROAT IS MADDOX!!!!!) At the end they suspect Zach is really a russian born citizen and we get to find out MADDOX is alive and has been pulling the strings of his friends from the sidelines.

  • Lidia
    2018-09-06 00:51

    Among all the male characters that are very unbearable prick ,ipocrit, caveman selfish, fake ... and I could write more adjectives about, there is Roman, and to the end of book I don't like he however. Gus is a strong and smart and caring woman, only not, when it's about Roman. Then she accepts to be treated as a whore. So , what there is positive and intersting in this book is as the mystery about Zack go on. Sure the two truly protagonist are Roman and Gus, naturally I'm partial to Gus but I have found their relationship very offensive for the woman, for me, Roman does little and too late in the book to redeem his actions and the adjectives up above. Gus ,however is the grown up of couple and so she makes solid the second chance with Roman. Only , but big saddidfation is that Roman to the end recognizes Gus as a strong and smart woman more than himself.

  • Darcy
    2018-09-17 18:46

    For most of this book I wanted to bitch slap Roman, especially with how he dropped Gus like a hot potato at the start. I hated how he made her feel, the dirty secret, how she was ok for sex, but not for a real relationship. It didn't help that he seemed to hold Gus moving on and liking sex against her, such a stupid double standard. The bickering between them drove me nuts, I wished they would have talked once and for all, to confront both elephants in the room. This one ended on a cliff hanger, since the first book I've been expecting this to happen and was happy it did. I have a feeling that what Zack learned isn't right, or maybe it's my wishful thinking. We'll find out for sure in the next book.

  • Ratula
    2018-09-11 01:59

    SO AMAZING!! Full Review:

  • Nikki
    2018-09-16 02:07

    Smoke and SinThe Perfect Gentlemen series book #4Release Date: September 26, 2017Review copy provided by the publisher Holy crap. Holy crap! I knew it! I can't believe it finally happened, but I freakin' knew it! And I can't tell you anything about it. You need to read the book to find out what I'm talking about. It's killing me to not sing it from the rooftop. Plus, I would probably look like a crazy person if I did. The series has building up to this. And there's still more books to come! I have been intrigued by the stoic and brooding Roman Calder since I met him in the first book. And Augustine Spencer ( Gus ) is a whirling ball of sassy feistiness that I've admired from the start. I knew these two would explode on the pages. I knew that their story would be deep and pull at my heart. I'm so happy that I wasn't wrong.Roman has always wanted Gus, but she isn't what he thinks he needs. Which is why things ended so badly for them more than a decade before. Augustine is carrying around a heartache that has never truly gone away. Roman destroyed her all those years ago. She's learned to tuck it all away, but whenever she sees him, it comes rushing back. The relationship between these two is complicated. There is so much history and hurt. But when they finally succumb to years of frustration and wanting...sweet baby Jesus! It's incredible. I got a little flutter in my belly when everything came full circle.Roman and Gus are both trying to solve the mystery that has been plaguing their group of close friends. People around them are dying, and the story continues to get deeper and more complex. When they finally start to work together, they find some of the answers they need. Or maybe more like answers to riddles that just open another set of doors.The continuing story arc in this series continues to draw me in deeper with each book. While each couple in every book gets their HEA, the suspense and mystery plot play out through the series. I've become somewhat of an amateur sleuth reading these books. I've got all sorts of theories whirling around in my head. I talk to myself often while reading because I'm trying to work it all out. I think my husband is starting suspect that I'm certifiable. Like in previous reviews of this series, I can't really go into too much detail. I don't want to ruin the experience for you. Part of the adventure is reading all the layers as they get peeled back. But I can talk about the phenomenal writing. When Lexi Blake and Shayla Black get together and write a book, magic happens. A book baby is born and a miracle has been given to us. Ok, that's a bit nutters sounding, but kinda true! These two authors write perfection on their own, but together is almost indescribable. Can you tell I'm a huge fan? Each book leaves me with more questions than the last. But it also answers so many at the same time. Like I said, each couple gets their HEA, so there's no cliffhangers in that regard. Trust me, if there were cliffhangers like that, I would be crazy stabby! I don't read those. So you're safe! The last couple of pages had my heart beating like crazy! I knew it was going to happen, I had a feeling from the start. Gah! I can't tell you what I'm talking about. When you get to the moment yourself you'll know why I was so cryptic and crazy about it!You need to start with the first book in the series to understand the continuing story arc. I think you'd be lost without the other books. But honestly, you don't want to miss the first three Perfect Gentlemen. Do yourself a favour and pick up book #1, Scandal Never Sleeps. You'll be happy you started the journey at the beginning.

  • Michelle
    2018-09-14 00:00

    4.5 stars. I've been anxiously awaiting Roman Calder's story for a long time because Roman comes off so emotionally untouchable. He's very cool on the outside and always ready to pounce, especially anyone who comes sniffing around his best friend and the President of the United States, Zack Hayes. Then Roman will extinguish them immediately. While Connor might not be afraid to get blood on his hands and is the muscle behind the dirty work, Roman will get his hands dirty, too, in a much more stealthy way to crush the opponent. And so it really struck me as odd that Roman prefers a more tame, demure and obedient woman for his counterpart, basically someone submissive and agreeable at all times. To me, that seemed like a person who would constantly be shrinking back from Roman's cutthroat personality and he needed to be challenged instead. Because the actual woman who heats up his blood is never going to cower in a corner. Augustine Spencer is a force to be reckoned with and she can give Roman a run for his money. All of the Perfect Gentlemen are brilliant and captivating in their own ways, but Dax's sister is in a league of her own where she can keep up with the best of them with her wit, intelligence and shark teeth. I adored Gus, especially knowing how she never gave up on Holland as a friend in the previous book. Gus has instincts that have never failed her, and while she may come off as a tidal wave on the outside with the personality to match it, she is definitely soft and all woman with emotions on the inside. Gus is completely devoted to the people she loves, she would never turn her back on a friend and Maddox was one of them. I really enjoyed learning more about the friendship between the two of them. What was hilarious in this story is the complete lack of covert ops skill on Gus and even Roman's behalf. Everly, Connor, Holland and Dax all know how to wield a gun and/or fight. Gus knows how to shoot a gun, but she's terrible with stealth. And Roman is always an authority figure behind calculated decisions, but doesn't have a fighting style outside of words. Roman is a complicated guy. He always follows and protects Zack fiercely, but when it comes to Gus, he'd rather run than face what he really feels for her because Roman likes things uncomplicated and unemotional since he's so career-oriented. Gus brings too much turmoil into his life and Roman hates feeling like he's riding a roller coaster. And as much as I wanted to have Gus avoid Roman or even string him along as payback, I could begrudgingly accept that Roman was beginning to compromise for her sake and not always putting his allegiance to Zack first. The dynamic between them was combustible with intense emotions, which is par for the course between them as always. I was completely sucked into their relationship and all of the secrets to uncover with background plot that is bigger than everyone realizes. And because it's Roman's story, there's more Zack in this book and now I'm really excited for Zack to get his turn next. As for that surprise reveal in the ending - I knew it all along!

  • April Symes
    2018-09-08 21:58

    I have been counting down Roman Calder & Augustine Spencer ‘s book for quite some time. I knew it would be a doozy of a story and whoa howdy, was this. I couldn’t put this book down, for the heat and the angst, the passion and the pain drew me in. It was quite possibly the best 2nd chance romance story I have read in some time. Not to mention the murder mystery on who killed their best friend Maddox Crawford, which is definitely heating up along with the mystery surrounding Sergei .What made this one my favorite Perfect Gentlemen book was Augustine and Roman were lovers back in law school. She is also the sister of another group member, Dax. Back then she thought they could be together when Roman decided it was time to end things and how he did it was by breaking her heart. It was brutal.From then on, Augustine never let him back into her life and they were apart for over 10 years. She ends up working for the president and keeping her distance from Roman. It is during this trip for the President they end up in close quarters. There is a lot of angst and a lot of pain related to their past that keeps popping up-- Things that cause them both emotional harm/pain because they haven’t confronted the events of the past and until they do together, it will cause them both emotional harm and the contentious feelings will continued to be stirred up between them. Then Augustine has stepped into what perilous mystery that Zack and Roman are secretly into and finds herself in danger all due to what she uncovered not known to the others . What does Roman want to do? Protect her from all danger and at the same time, make sure they make it out alive. As they are trying to figure out what is going on between them and uncover this mystery, a secret from the past is finally revealed. Roman and Augustine have a complex and brilliant love story that spans over a decade. There is a lot of things that made it so complicated and emotional, tissues will be needed. I can say at times I wanted to throw my kindle when Roman acted like a jerk and there were times when I wanted to shake Augustine, to get her to just open up more with Roman. But that is how it is when the love is deep, and the past is riddled with so many misunderstandings and misapprehensions and just straight up pride. I loved reading how these lovers finally get together. As always, the writing team of Lexi Blake and Shayla Black hit it out of the park with a complete home run with this book and in fact, with this series. Lots of answers provided but in the final pages of the book, a super surprise ending that involves Zack which leads us to his book. I can’t say more but I can say this blew me out of the water and took my breath away. I am psyched for Zack’s story next. My Rating: 4.9 stars *****"I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***

  • Hillary
    2018-09-05 02:02

    Title: Smoke & SinSeries: The Perfect GentlemenAuthor: Shayla Black & Lexi Blake Release Date: September 26, 20175 out of 5The fourth book took the Perfect Gentlemen series to the next level. You get the past history of Gus & Roman, which helps set the scene for the present story. The books is choke full of the other couples, so If you haven’t read Scandal Never Sleeps, Seduction Session, and Big Easy Temptation please stop here and read those one first. The impact between I liked it & I LOVED IT could be affected by not truly seeing the growth of the characters throughout the series. Roman Calder, Chief of Staff, Hot Shot Lawyers, and according to the press the President’s HitMan is a multi-faceted character that in one moment you are like - “such a dumbass”- one moment, and then like - “Get is Roman!” In the next. I have to say that surprises are definitely had in this novel. You gotta read it to truly enjoy those moment. This journey takes the Perfect Gentlemen over the pond to Jolly Ole’ England - London Specifically - as the metaphorical rope around all of their necks is tightened, and threats are made.I have discovered through this series and other by the two lovely authors - Shayla Black & Lexi Blake - that the characters surrounding the main couple are so lovable and quirky. These authors world building skills are A+ status. Their character for me are so real when I read. This series has the potential to suck you in and keep you spinning until the conclusion of the book, and then the anticipation sets in for the next release. I can’t wait for the next one to come out which is At the Pleasure of the President. Shayla Black & Lexi Blake make for a fabulous writing team. If you are a fan of any of the following you gotta jump on board this plane: Shayla Black, Lexi Blake, Wicked Lovers Series, Masters & Mercenaries Series, Doms of Her Life, steamy romance, and just a fan of great romance you gotta read this series.Hashtags:Book Specific: #smokeandsin #romancalder #augustinespencer #romanandgus4ever #romanticsuspense #whitehousehijinks #london #perfectgentlemenseries #menofpower #lexiblake #shaylablackStandard:#booklovers #bookreview #bookworld #lovedit #getitnow #romance #romanceauthors #romancenovel #gobblegobble #gobblegobbleditup #fortheloveofbooks #bookwormadventures #808bookworm #808bookreveiw #hill #causeilovebooks

  • Deana-Coffee, Books, Life Blog
    2018-09-13 19:48

    4.5 StarsSmoke and Sin Shayla Black Lexi Black The Perfect Gentleman Series, Book 4 4.5 Stars I truly don't think I can say anything that will do justice to the page turning, edge of your seat read that is Smoke and Sin. Gus is the type of woman that can stand her ground and bust any man's balls while handing them to him on a silver platter, while smiling. I totally fell for Gus. She's hard headed, brash and very confident in what she does. The amount of passion and compassion this woman possesses is remarkable. Roman is called the Hitman for a reason. He can and will make it happen. Cool, calm and collective and the right hand of one of the most powerful men. What Roman allows people to see is only a fraction of how and what he truly is. Roman surprised me in many ways. This man is able to scare the crap of you one minute and make your toes curl in the best way the next. Two of the most stubborn characters are about to take readers on a non stop, jaw dropping, insatiable ride. Gus and Roman are amazing. The chemistry, the struggle, the passion. And that is just the beginning. Shayla Black and Lexi Blake have given readers something truly special and unique with the Perfect Gentleman Series. Smoke and Sin is an edge of your seat, oh my God- did that just happened, scandalous and sexy read. I have never had a book keep me so completely wrapped in its pages. Smoke and Sin is one of those books that needs to unfold as you read it. Allowing the reader to experience the store and not just read it. It's simply an amazing piece of the puzzle that is The Perfect Gentleman! The Perfect Gentleman Series should be read in order. A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

  • Melanie Marnell
    2018-08-20 17:55

    Lexi Blake and Shayla Black not only hit a home run with this latest installment of The Perfect Gentlemen they hit a grand slam. The writing is smart and so finely detailed that you feel you are right there in the scene with the characters. The dialogue is crisp, snappy pand rovocative. The characters are strong, intelligent and complex. The plot is dramatic, intense and suspenseful edge of your seat moments.The contentious nature of Roman and Gus' interactions absolutely stunning in its volatility and sensuality Together they are incendiary. Having spent over a decade of avoiding each other because of past events that have caused almost irrevocable emotional harm they are finally forced to really be together because of Roman's intense need to protect Gus from danger. Gus has unknowingly stepped into the perilous mystery that is plaguing Zack and the rest of The Perfect Gentlemen. She has uncovered things not known to the others and Roman insists they join forces in their investigations. Meanwhile they explore a renewed relationship that is rocky at best but re-examining their feelings is a good if not painful thing when a secret from the past is finally revealed.Lots of answers to questions from previous books this time including how Zack's nickname of "scooter" came about. The end of the mystery surrounding Sergei is closer but there are seeds of doubt planted characters and events that leave the reader begging for more. Bravo, Shayla and Lexi! You've done it again!!!

  • Margie
    2018-08-30 00:01

    Wow! Just wow! Smoke and Sin, the latest in The Perfect Gentlemen series has blown me away. This book is absolutely fantastic – one of the best stories of 2017! Co-authors Shayla Black and Lexi Blake have truly outdone themselves with this one. It has everything a great story has to have. We have met most of the characters in earlier books in the series but we get to learn lots more about them, especiallyRoman Calder, known to White House staffers as The Hitman and Augustine “Gus” Spencer, known to White House staffers the Ice Queen. The storyline not only flows, it sizzles. There’s so much excitement, action, suspense and hot lovin’ in this book. The conflict is well defined and the overarching mystery continues but there is resolution for many of the conflicts introduced here. The dialogue is excellent, so very entertaining and just perfect for the characters. Take this for example:Connor says, “And Gus, you carrying?”Gus answers, “Of course.”Conner then responds, “Don’t be afraid to use it.”Roman speaks up next, “What are you carrying? Please tell me it’s a rape whistle.” Of course it’s not a rape whistle.I can’t say enough good things about this story. If you haven’t read any of The Perfect Gentlemen series you need to get started – pronto. I recommend that you read them in order.Scandal Never SleepsSeduction in SessionBig East TemptationSmoke and Sin Smoke and Sin has been the absolute best so far. Don’t hesitate, start reading.For the record: I have been vindicated.

  • Sharon
    2018-09-17 20:56

    The perfect gentlemen are back with a vengeance and what a welcome it is. This story has everything from secrets to betrayal to surprise twists that the reader just feels as if he/she has been blown away. The best part is the relationship between Roman Calder and Augustine Spencer. If there was ever a woman who could give Roman a what for then Augustine is definitely the one. She is his match in every way. It is sad that the two have such challenges communicating with each other. There is so much history between them and you wonder if it can be overcome. Things change on the trip to London as they each try to uncover the hidden secrets with regards to Zack’s mother and her time spent in an institution and the fur almost flies when they are caught unawares. They try to form a truce and work together but are they able to really trust one another? Is Zack really safe or is a member of his own security detail out to kill him?When Shayla Black and Lexi Blake get together you just know that the book is going to be spectacular as these are two authors who do not disappoint. There is so much to be said about this story but all I can say is get it for yourself and let it take you away on an intense ride. I would give this book more than five stars if there was an option to do so.I volunteered to read an arc for a review.

  • Jessica Moro
    2018-09-10 01:02

    This is the fourth book in the The Perfect Gentleman series and what an anxiety inducing book it was. Each book has to be read in order as the mystery builds from the first book. Smoke and Sin adds another layer to the mystery that surrounds these best friends. They’ve gone from prep school antics to being embroiled in political mayhem and murder. Maddox’ murder started it all and it may seem like the guilty party could be one of their own. As they uncover more clues they realize they may be in over their heads and they must rely on more than each other. Their partners will prove to be essential to solving this puzzle. Set amongst the backdrop of one of the biggest scandals to hit the presidency, Roman and Augustina have their second chance at love. Gus and Roman initially started off as a fling in law school and their chemistry was hard to ignore. However, a tragedy tears them apart and years go by before they even see each other again. Now working together has proved to be harder than they thought. Miscommunications and broken trust steal years away from them. When they realize there’s more at stake in this game they’re playing, they myst finally rely on each other. I loved Gus! She breaks every stereotype and is a strong female character. She doesn’t hide in the corners amongst the shark ridden political water of D.C. Gus wades in and holds her own. She stole the show for me and I loved how she went toe to toe with each other Gentlemen. Being the sister of one of them doesn’t hurt either, she knows exactly how to get what she wants. Filled with hot, smoking sexy times, Smoke and Sin reminds you that where there’s smoke there’s fire and Gus and Roman set the pages on fire.

  • dintyrk
    2018-08-26 20:57

    “You’re auditioning, too.” Her murmur sounded hoarse, strained. He nodded. “Eventually, I’ll need a wife.” “And that won’t be me. So what you’re telling me is that you do think about having a family, but you don’t want one with me.”OH MY HEART. It broke and it hurt so much I didn’t know how Roman would manage to bring the pieces all back but as with most of the romance novels, the hero did manage to make me understand. I love Gus, too. She’s probably one of the strongest heroines I’ve ever encountered. Love them. I love all the Perfect Gentlemen and their wives, too.OMG OMG OMG THIS BOOK!!!!it’s not really difficult to follow, the plot is even a little predictable but, shit, I don’t care, I love this book! Haha! Everything I loved in a book is completely packaged in this fourth installment - which is the best in the series thus far. The angst is there, second chances, hero is brother’s bestfriend of the heroine, romantic suspense. Gah! I would reread this again now if I had the time!!!! I know I’m babbling but my brain is kind of all over the place. It’s so hard to write a book review of a book this good. I don’t know where to start!!!! I probably should have let myself calm a bit first. The only thing that I hate about it is that the next installment would take a whole darn year to come out!

  • Rebecca Goss
    2018-08-25 02:02

    This book continues the tales of The Perfect Gentlemen, a group of friends that have bonded since their boarding school days. They are now intertwined and striving to protect each other and their country. Augustine and Roman were lovers in law school. She is the sister of another group member, Dax. Roman claimed that he wanted their relationship kept a secret because he thought Dax would disapprove. He ended up breaking Augustine’s heart and they were apart for over a decade. As the story continues, they are both working for the president. As they reunite as friends and lovers, it is clear that Roman needs therapy. He thinks way more than most men do. He over-analyzes every emotion and every action. He confuses what he wants with what would be easy. They are seldom the same. Augustine has a strong vibrant personality that could easily intimidate the average man. I think she does intimidate Roman, at times, and he is far from average. The journey back together for this couple was filled with intrigue and passion. The ending was such a treat! I won’t spoil it but, fan will cheer wholeheartedly. I know I did!