Title: Splendor (Inevitable #2)
Published: 11th June 2014
Author: Janet Nissenson
British hotelier Ian Gregson had it all – wealth, good looks, power, and a share in his family’s worldwide, multi-billion dollar luxury hotel chain. His very name was synonymous with sophistication and elegance, and any woman he wanted could be his with just a look. But the only woman he truly desired was strictly forbidden to him for too many reasons to count.
Tessa Lockwood was young, beautiful, and lonely, despite the fact that she was a married woman. Her life had not been an easy one, and the extravagant world she caught glimpses of as an employee of the Gregson Hotel Group was far beyond anything she could ever dream of. She could no more imagine herself ensconced in that sort of luxurious lifestyle than she could attracting the attention of her handsome, debonair boss.
Ian and Tessa secretly long for each other from afar, never daring to reveal their forbidden attraction to the other, until circumstances bring them together in a very unexpected way. And from that point on, nothing will stand in Ian’s way to finally make her his.
AUTHOR’S NOTE – despite what you might be thinking at this point, there is NO cheating in this story – just an incredibly romantic hero who will make you swoon with the way in which he sweeps the heroine off her feet!
This is the second book in the Inevitable series and I just have to say WOW. Another great storyline, you sort of get hooked as soon as you start reading. It can be read as a stand alone but with a book this good you will want to check out Janet’s others aswell to give yourself a better understanding about who all the characters are.
You kind of already got introduced to the two main characters from Serendipity. Ian is a very important businessman whose family owns a multi-billion dollar luxury hotel chain. He has had a thing for Tessa from the moment she walked into his office after being introduced as a new member of his staff. He fell for her like a ton of bricks and now two years later he is still longing for the one woman he wants most but can’t have due to her being married, as well as being an employee and fifteen years his junior.
Tessa is a bit of a shy to start with, wouldn’t say boo to a ghost, she isn’t very sure of herself and its not until you find out more about her back story that you understand a bit more about why she is the way she is. She isn’t very trusting of herself or people around her. You just want the best for her after all the hardships she has had to overcome. She has had a secret crush on her very attractive boss for as long as she can remember. Even though she is married its not your everyday marriage and once you find out why you can understand why she would want to live in her fantasy world for a bit longer. Longing for her boss who she wouldn’t think would look her way in a million years. The book starts out that she is still married but I have to point out that this book is not about infidelity in the slightest. You find out very early on that she is going to get a divorce, her husband deciding to let her go so she can try and find a partner who can give her the things that he can’t.
To say that Ian thinks all his Christmas’ have come at once at the Christmas party would be an understatement. When he sees Tessa leaving he decides to follow her out to make sure she gets home ok. He happens to ask about her husband and almost gets floored by her answer that they are actually getting a divorce. He starts to conduct an idea that he would slowly woo her the following week while she fills in for his PA but that all sort of changes the moment he sees her half naked standing in his office bathroom doorway. She has really only just got her blouse off wearing a bra that has seen better days barely keeping her in, but I don’t think he has ever been more thankful for an ink cartridge spilling in his life. When Tessa turns round to see Ian standing right there she is like a rabbit caught in head lights, not sure what to do. But with his domineering voice saying ‘come here’ she is just drawn to him completely. The first kiss they have is just like wow, very steamy, backed against a wall, hands over her head and being completely taken by Ian in the best way possible – not that Tessa is complaining. Showing you that it’s the start of what’s to come.
Ian and Tessa’s relationship is a very intense one, with her being so inexperienced in many ways he takes to giving her lots of firsts – the bedroom department being the main focus here. I would say that their relationship to start with is about 80% in the bedroom and not always restricted to there! When they start to get going its gets so hot in places that I thought my kindle was going to go up in flames. To say that they are addicted to each other would be an understatement. Tessa starts out as a shy timid little mouse but the moment she gets with Ian she turns in a bit a wild cat. With the amount of sexanthons that they have throughout you can see that they can’t seem to get enough of each other. It’s electrifying when you see them in a room together. It doesn’t need to start off as anything sexual, Tessa can just be looking at Ian from a distance and with the more she looks, the more she wants and when he sees he passion in her eyes you can tell that he will do everything to keep it there by taking her in every which way he can think of. The saying it’s the quiet ones you need to watch as they have the most fun definitely comes to mind when thinking about Tessa. Ian is a very domineering character who wants nothing more than to just take care of Tessa in everyway possible, especially when he finds out more about her past. The love and passion between them just grows and grows throughout.
I thought a few characters storylines could have been developed a bit further though – vial Jason’s being one of them, maybe made it a bit darker like the end of Serendipity when Julia gets shot at. I do love Ian’s mother though with Alicia, its hilarious when she finds her having a go at Tessa, Alicia can’t believe Ian would pick Tessa over someone like her, calling her a gold-digger and saying Ian will get board of her soon enough. So Ian’s mother calmly steps in and says ‘So how long have you been working for the company my dear’ and when she replies five years she’s like ‘Well that will look good on your CV, something I think you should touch up while writing your resignation tomorrow’ – brilliant just brilliant.
Even though it did feel a little long in places you do get a good ending for them; which is what you hope for with a romance. Ian seems like the best type of boyfriend in the world. He would do anything for Tessa and she in turn would do anything for him. It seems to be though that whenever she says something like ‘You’re my world, I’d do anything for you’, he turns into a bit of a wild animal, cave man mode almost in the bedroom which she does appreciate very much. I loved how you still had characters from Serendipity making an appearance – Nathan and Julia mainly but also her sister who I can’t wait to read more about. Overall a very interesting read, great story, great writing, amazing sex scenes, so well worth checking out. Looking forward to the rest in the series.
5 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.