After years of travelling the world using his trust fund, college-dropout Joshua Silverton returns to London to discover two shocking truths; his estranged and wealthy father has been dead for over a year and he left his fortune to a total stranger. Joshua soon meets the man who stole his inheritance and even though he expects to hate Ezra Steele, he can’t ignore the strange attraction he suddenly feels towards him.
Bill Silverton saved Ezra Steele from his troubled past when he signed Silverton Tower over to him on his deathbed. Ezra now has the house, the business, the cars, the money and a different man in his bed every night. It’s a life he wants to cling to, so when Bill’s gorgeous son unexpectedly turns up and demands he hand everything back, his life is turned upside down in more ways than one.
A need to finally prove himself to his dead father forces Joshua to challenge Ezra but will he be able to ignore the attraction in order to be ruthless? Ezra tries to keep his enemies close by getting Joshua into his bed but as history catches up with him, he is forced to face himself. They are both running from their past, so in a battle between head and heart, Joshua and Ezra must choose what is more important – money or each other.
Taken From Chapter Thirteen
Ezra backed off and pulled open the double fronted refrigerator. He dug through the food, yanking open the fruit and veg drawers, sloshing his red wine all over the dark tiles.
“Strawberries,” he announced, pulling out a plastic carton with one of hand, “expensive ones too. Your cousin is a girl after my own heart.”
“She’ll probably notice they’re missing,” Joshua scratched the back of his messy hair.
“So I’ll leave some money in their place,” Ezra shrugged, “relax!”
Nobody ever says no to this guy.
Ezra ripped back the plastic sheet, plucking a fat, juicy strawberry from the bunch. He bobbed it into his wine, before lifting it slowly and outlining his lips. The dark liquid dripped down his chin and onto the stiff collar of his white shirt. He slowly bit into the fruit’s flesh, his lips wrapping around the red skin as his eyes stared powerfully into Joshua’s, narrowing without blinking.
“They’re aphrodisiacs,” he tossed the green stem into the carton, before plucking out another, “try one.”
He shook his head and stepped back slightly. The growing semi in his underwear let him know that he didn’t need any aphrodisiacs. Ezra Steele is a fucking aphrodisiac. He wanted to rearrange himself but he knew it would only draw Ezra’s eyes down there.
“I’m alright,” Joshua bit his lip, “not hungry.”
“Just take a bloody strawberry,” Ezra shook the carton in his face with a wicked smirk.
This is how Chitty Chitty Bang Bang started. I’ll be in a cage next.
Joshua was about to dip his hand into the strawberries but before he had a chance, Ezra lifted the strawberry he was about to go for. Dangling it in front of Joshua’s lips, his brows darted up and down, as if daring him to eat it from his fingers. He stared at the strawberry, his eyes crossing as he looked down his own nose. Heart pounding, he told himself he wasn’t going to eat a strawberry from another guy’s hand. His tongue poked through his lips before sucking it back in.
The strawberry hung in front of him. It was so tempting. It looked so fresh and ripe.
“Go on,” Ezra’s voice dropped to a seductive whisper, “try it. Are you afraid you’ll enjoy it?”
Joshua was sure Ezra wasn’t just talking about the strawberry. His lashes fluttered, his heartbeat rising above the loud music. He dashed up to Ezra’s eyes but they were still fixed on him, like they always were. He wanted to pull away, he really did. Before he could stop himself, he was ducking under the strawberry, letting Ezra dangle it into his mouth.
Before it met his teeth, Ezra pulled it out of reach.
“Are you sure you really want it?” Ezra looked up at the strawberry, “Sometimes, they can be a little bitter.”
Joshua had no clue what he was doing. Looking up to the strawberry, he watched as Ezra dipped it into his wine and slowly lowered it towards his lips again. The bumpy flesh ran delicately against his lips before he opened his mouth to it. Catching it between his teeth, he expected Ezra to move his hand but he didn’t. He quickly bit into the strawberry, the sugary juices mixing bitterly with the red wine.
“Nice, isn’t it?” Ezra pulled away the leaves, tossing them into the carton.
Joshua chewed the strawberry in silence as a restless feeling grew in the pit of his stomach. I have no idea why I’m going along with this. I can’t seem to stop myself.
“Juicy and sweet,” Ezra whispered, sipping his wine, “ripe.”
I have been looking forward to this book, I had never read any of the author’s other works. This book was sexy, fun and very hard to put down. At first I thought Joshua was going to be one to those spoilt rich kids, which he kinda was at first glance, but he had depth perception. Now Ezra, now he was a dark horse, I kept trying to guess what his deal was. Come to find out it wasn’t that big of a mystery/secret. These characters had their flaws and their ups and downs but that is what made them work. I highly recommend this book.
Ashley…you had me at Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!
Really looking forward to the next book in this series in Dec. 2015.
***ARC received for my honest review***