✭ARC Review✭ Night Fever by Jessica Hawkins

Publication Date: November 4, 2014 

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Lola Winters’ heart already belongs to Johnny, but for him, she’d sell the devil her soul. Unfortunately, the devil wants something else. 
Beau Olivier is the kind of wealthy that buys anything—even people. When he makes Lola a proposition, she finds herself tempted into a seduction that will have her walking the line between comfort and humiliation, desire and resistance. 
He would own her—for one night. 
She would be his—for a price. 
It was wrong. It was scandalous. It was the opportunity of a lifetime. 
Sex, music, neon on the Sunset Strip—right in the middle of it all, he would have her. Come sunrise, he would let her go. 
At least, that was the plan.

Lola Winters is a waitress and assistant manager of Hey Joe, the has-been of nightlife hot spots in Los Angeles. It’s just not bringing in the clientele like it used to. The owner ready to sell, everyone’s worried about their jobs and the future of the actual bar. Johnny’s always dreamed of owning his own bar and Hey Joe would be perfect. They live from paycheck-to-paycheck and are both tired of living like that and want more for themselves. If they don’t find a way to get it under their ownership, it’ll end up being bought out by someone who’ll turn it into a fancy, douchey lounge bar. 

In walks Beau Olivier, Mr. Smooth Operator. He’s out of place in his fine business suit and high roller vibe. Lola and the rest of the crew are intrigued by him, but little do they know, Beau’s going to make them an offer they just can’t refuse. No matter how much they try.

The second he laid eyes on her and saw her feisty personality, Beau knew he had to have her. He wouldn’t let anything get in his way of spending the night with her. Not even her boyfriend. Or her flat out rejection.
He learns of Lola and Johnny’s desire to own Hey Joe, so he proposes a deal in which they’ll get quite a large sum of money to buy the bar and then some, and he’ll get something he desires. The object of his desire? Lola.

She loves her boyfriend and there’s no way she could cheat on him, even if said boyfriend actually knows about it and gives her the okay. Lola’s kidding herself though. She may love Johnny dearly, which is why she’s appalled by this stranger’s proposition, but there’s also a part of her that is undeniably attracted to him and what he says. Which is part of the reason she’s so eager to decline Beau’s offer. She’s afraid of what she’s feeling towards this debonair stranger.

What will happen when Johnny says yes. When Lola says yes. When Beau says, I own you.
Jessica Hawkins, my goodness woman! This book was sexy and drool-worthy beyond belief. It wasn’t overly sexual, but the eye of the story was what kept me captivated. The idea of this handsome, powerful stranger coming into your world and wanting you is, for lack of a better word, HOT. 
Then there are those scenes where Beau does throw some sexy goodness out of his mouth, and it makes you go “awooogah!” That is after you’ve regained all motor skills, had a change of panties, and picked your jaw off the ground, of course.

The sex scenes in this book are perfection. I can’t even explain how amazing they are. Arousing moments that slowly captivate you and then wham!—climax of the century. Beau teases and makes us wait for a while and then the strip club scene happens. OMG! Then the rest of the night continues on and… *melts*.

Technically there is cheating in this book, but everyone is in the know so it’s a difficult situation. I found myself cheering her on and wanting her to be with Beau. Despite everything I loved Lola and I loved Beau, and I just wanted her to really take a look at her life and think about what she truly wanted. 
She’s sassy and headstrong and certainly poses a challenge for Beau. He enjoys that about her, but still infuriates him and turns stand-offish. Beau’s possessive in just the right way and he’s suave in everything he does. I loved the way he built her up whenever she talked negatively about herself or confessed to feeling cheap and worthless.
I had this strange feeling there’s more to Beau than meets the eye and definitely more to him than what we learned in this first installment. 

Sad to say this is my first exposure to Jessica Hawkins’ writing, but I’m already hooked. She was so descriptive, but the right amount of it. It allowed me to easily visualize what was happening and saw it play out in my head like a film. The dialogue, which can sometimes be a bit staccato in books, was wonderfully written. Every single word had me bewitched.
This series kicked off with a bang! It does end on a cliffhanger of sorts, and you’re left wondering what’s next, if anything at all, for Lola & Beau. Looking forward to seeing where the journey goes for these two.
I can easily see this being optioned for a film. Highly recommend starting this serial as soon as possible!

*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

❤︎Rating: 4.5 Neon Kisses

About Jessica Hawkins

Jessica Hawkins grew up between the purple mountains and under the endless sun of Palm Springs, California. She studied international business at Arizona State University and has also lived in Costa Rica and New York City. Some of her favorite things include traveling, her dog Kimo, Scrabble, driving aimlessly and creating Top Five lists. She is the helpless victim of an overactive imagination that finds inspiration in music and tranquility in writing. Currently she resides wherever her head lands, which lately is the unexpected (but warm) keyboard of her trusty MacBook.