Promo and Review: Three of Diamonds: W. Ferraro

Three of Diamonds (Book 3)
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Lola Nash’s life edges on safe and controlled, containing few people; her brother, Boyd, a handful of friends and the facility for special needs children where she volunteers, called Aaron’s Place. However, a chance meeting shatters her control when she learns someone else’s closely held secret. The kind of secret causing her explicit and sexy dreams, all centering around Wes Thompson; known as Adonis in the ultra-exclusive world of the sex club, Olympus. Wes is intrigued by the voluptuous beauty who won’t give him the time of day. Like the God he emulates, he has never been the type to give in when he wants something or someone; Lola is exactly what he wants. Is Lola the one that can bring a God to his knees or will Wes conquer her, and then walk away as planned? Is the chance at love worth the cost of giving up everything you hold important? When the cards are down, will Wes and Lola call or fold?

Other books in this series:

Three of Hearts (Book 1)          
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Mae Turney is searching for the type of life and happiness she has never known but has only dreamed about. She's fortunate enough to find a great opportunity to live in an exterior apartment of a beautiful lake house in a small town in Vermont. When she realizes the apartment and scenery are not the only gorgeous appeal but the home owner, Seth Finn, is as well, she puts it all on the line for the chance at love. When she becomes comfortable and confident in her own skin and sexuality, Mae realizes that this place and this man is exactly what she came looking for. Knowing Seth and his three children are as special as they come, Mae bets the house, and prays she and her gamble are enough.

Three of Spades (Book 2)     
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Dylan Cross is the type of man that enjoys everything female, and enjoy it he does, but always on his terms. However, his terms are pushed to their limit when Natalie Parker proposes an offer; teach her and her delectable little body, all about sex and desire. There is one catch. He has to play the part of Natalie’s madly in love boyfriend for her dying mother. Dylan signs on, and finds that separating the two is harder than he thought. Natalie’s days of shyness and lack of confidence come to a quick close as she learns what her body craves and demands in the bedroom. Soon, Dylan becomes the student as Natalie teaches him things he didn’t even know he wanted. Will Hamden’s notorious playboy, bachelor be able to keep calling the shots, or will he find that, he, himself, is just another player at the card game of life, as we all are?

He planned to discover all of Lola's depths and secrets, which she had hidden behind her self-made walls.

We met Lola in Three of Spades and it was obvious that they shared some kind of history, but it was really kind of mysterious. They have several meetings, but Wes does not understand why Lola appears to hate him so much. But Lola has her reasons to be guarded, and she knows Wes' secrets and how he lives his very private life. 

"So you've been shot down?" Dylan asked....
"Yeah, shot down, driven over and then again for good measure...."
"What she got against you? Most women are usually falling at your feet..."
"She saw behind the curtain and apparently thinks it isn't worth the trip through Oz."

Wes cannot fully understand his strong reaction to her and her negative one to him. But they keep crossing paths. Eventually he stops being patient and pulls out the big guns and unleashes his passion that in turn allows her to set hers free. They are fire and ice. He is sexy, bossy, and domineering. He has many layers to his personality and secrets that he does not really share. She is spirited, sassy, and opinionated. I love that she is a fuller figured woman and that Wes admires her curves. Lola is so fiercely independent and stubborn that it adds even more spice to their connection. She is not some woman who will be kept and rarely even wants to accept help. Wes just wants to give, but she does not want to take anything. Wes knows what he wants and when he wants it. He likes control and to exert his power. But Lola is a tough cookie. 

"I'm going to need a long block of uninterrupted time to even begin to satisfy my appetite for you."

But their wild passionate sexual fling soon begins to involve more emotions that they both find difficult to admit and face. They have secrets, pasts, and feelings to share but it involves trust and a certain level of commitment. And it is hard for them to get on the same page and stay there. They both lead their own lives and have commitments that often intrude. So it is not a quick and easy road of boy meets girl, boy gets girl....

I enjoyed the verbal sparring, physical chemistry, and breaking down of Wes and Lola. They were hard nuts to crack. They were cold, they were hot, and they were interesting. Wes pushes Lola out of her comfort zone while finding comfort with her he never dreamed possible. But they have challenges, issues and barriers that interfere and there is a certain amount of suspense and danger lurking as well. 

"I'm not enough, we will never be enough."
"You're right, You are not enough.  You are everything."

Will the man who does not get attached finally meet his match? And will the woman who thinks she does not need anyone be just the one to do it?

I loved some of the new characters. We are introduced to  Lola's rambunctious, special, younger brother Boyd; her sweet and supportive friend Aimee; and his muscle bound, humorous friend Jax. And of course there are visits from our favorite Hamden friends that always make me happy. This installment was definitely different than the previous two books and pushed the envelope a bit, but it really fit with Wes and Lola's personalities. It was seductive, funny, frustrating, complicated, and sweet. I look forward to more books in the Hamden series.

Thanks to Wendy Ferraro for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on a BETA read/Arc read  for this book. 

W. Ferraro 

I live in New England with my young family. I'm a stay at home mom to two very active children. For all of you who are familiar with the stress of this job, I decided to complete an item on my bucket list and write a book. When I'm not writing, you will find me cooking, reading, shopping or being silly with the kids.

I wish you all happy reading and hope you fall in love with the men of Hamden.


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