Thursday, August 13, 2020

REVIEW: The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane



If you know anything about Nikki Sloane's previous books you have to take one look at the title and the cover and know that this book is going to be hotter than hot. SPOILER ALERT: it is. Gah. The other thing fans of her work know is that the hotness is just part of it--it's the story that just pulls you in and keeps you coming back for everything she writes. 

In the case of The Pool Boy, it's really the story of Erika that initially grabbed me. Her burgeoning confidence and confrontation of flaws was refreshing and my favorite thing? Her age. So many times an age gap story line is about an older man and a younger woman. Heck, even in the real world the scandal is less with the older man/younger woman than with the older woman/younger man and it's just so ridiculous and dumb. As long as you're two consenting adults, who cares? WHO CARES?!!! Gah. But it's this stigma and fear of scandal that drives a large part of the emotional conflicts of Erika. It's real and the way that it's handled is just so well done. As much as I appreciate Erika's story arc, I really loved how Troy was written. He was the perfect mate for her and if I had my magic fairy wand, I would have loved for Nikki Sloane to add more chapters to see how things are going for them--I am imagining all sorts of HEAs for them, in addition to the one they were given. 

One final thing--when I was reading, I initially thought the neighbor and their story was a reference to Katee Robert's delightfully naughty Your Dad Will Do (if you haven't read it and you liked The Pool Boy, you definitely should read it!). But I was wrong. Somehow, someway, I never read Nikki Sloane's The Doctor. The neighbor's story is actually told in that one and you better believe, I'm buying and reading that next! And I'm super excited to see they'll be a third novel in this series of stand alones--can't wait to see who's next!

So to sum up, if you're looking for a quick, hot af, age gap read with a lot of heart this is definitely the novel for you.

You're going to get wet...

The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane is now live!

Nothing says happy birthday like catching your husband in a compromising position with his boss.

His male boss.

Why, hello, midlife crisis. I'm starting over, but this time I'm doing it right. Or at least I'm doing what I want.

Taking the day off from work to hang out poolside? Yup. Do I leave the swimsuit in my house? Sure.

Does my very hot, twenty-something pool boy happen to catch me naked? Oh, yeah, he does. And he likes what he sees... a lot.

My best friend keeps telling me to have a fling and get back out there. But I'm not so sure she meant for me to do it with her son.

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Troy Osbourne came once a week to service both my pool and the freestanding spa. I’d hired him last year to handle closing and covering the pool for the winter, then reopening it for me last month, and his weekly visits that followed had kept the water crystal clear and the pH perfectly balanced.

My pool had never looked so good.

But Troy always came when I was at work and let himself in through the gate at the side of my fence, so I had completely forgotten his schedule. He must have gone behind the pool house and inside to fetch his supplies, and when he’d rounded the corner and discovered me topless, he’d dropped everything in his arms.

Including the long pole with the net on the end.

It was as if someone had put their foot down on the sustain pedal of a piano, only this piano played the music of time, and the moment suspended with my long, drawn out gasp.

I was topless, and he was frozen, and holy shit, he was my best friend’s twenty-four-year-old son.

It burst from my lips in horror. “Oh, fuck!”

 In my panic, I grasped at my towel to cover myself, only to struggle, hopelessly, since it was pinned beneath my body. I leapt to my feet and yanked the terrycloth up, pressing it over my naked chest.

Troy still hadn’t moved. His lips were open, as if he’d planned to say something, but now he was frozen and unable to do anything. I couldn’t see his eyes behind his mirrored Aviator sunglasses, but he didn’t seem to be breathing.

So, I did what any reasonable woman would when a gorgeous, almost-stranger caught her naked.

I ran.

Meet Nikki

USA Today bestselling author Nikki Sloane landed in graphic design after her careers as a waitress, a screenwriter, and a ballroom dance instructor fell through. For eight years she worked for a design firm in that extremely tall, black, and tiered building in Chicago that went through an unfortunate name change during her time there.

Now she lives in Kentucky, is married and has two sons. She is a three-time Romance Writers of America RITA© Finalist, a Passionate Plume winner, a two-time HOLT Medallion finalist, and couldn't be any happier that people enjoy reading her sexy words.

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