Stirred Paperback – Oct 31 2015
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About the Author
Nancy S. Thompson is the double award-winning author of the dark romantic thrillers, The Mistaken (Winner, Best Thriller & Best Audiobook, 2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards) and Leverage (2015 Kindle Book Awards semi-finalist for Best/Thriller), as well as Stirred, contemporary erotic suspense. She is a California transplant currently living in Seattle, Washington with her husband, their giant snow dog, Jack, and his kitty, Skye. Besides moonlighting as a freelance editor, Nancy also has her own interior design business within the model home merchandising industry. When she's not writing, editing, reading, or designing, Nancy keeps herself busy by cooking and baking.
Top Customer Reviews
I'm Eden MacLaird, and Fate screwed me good at the age of twenty-one, stole my first love, then my first child. Twenty years later, I still haven't found my happily-ever-after. Sure, from the outside, I have it all, including Declan, my gorgeous, rich-as-sin husband. But things aren't what they seem, and catching Declan in bed with my best friend destroys any dreams I harbor for love, much less sexual fulfillment. Then in walks Sean Bennett... Just months away from earning his post-graduate law degree, Sean's smart, driven, and serious, but an unexpected encounter between us in a bar one night changes everything. His best friend, Trinitee, warns against getting too involved, but the heat between us is beyond intense, and neither of us are willing to walk away. With my marriage in shambles, I'm eager to make a go of it with Sean, despite our sixteen-year age difference. But while I relish my sexual reawakening, I fear giving up the posh life I've grown accustomed to. That life, however, and everything in it, comes crashing down as bodies start piling up around us, and all clues point to me and Sean. Secrets, betrayal, and revenge threaten to destroy not just my carefully-crafted reputation, but my very life. With our freedom at stake, Sean and I join forces to uncover those plotting against us. But as doubt and evidence mount, I must choose: give in to my suspicions and save myself, or trust our new-found love and save us both.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
"I've made my bed, and now I have lie in it. "
Eden's life didn't turn out how she hoped it would have. Starting 20 years ago, when the love of her life Jacob was killed defending her one night out, Eden is left heart broken and pregnant.
Not knowing what to do, Eden's life takes a turn and she loses control of her life. Accepting the offer of Jacob's best friend, Declan, to marry him and he would be her rock and take care of them. Accepting his offer out of desperation, Eden thinks she is making the right decision. Tragedy strikes again and she loses her baby girl due to premature labor.
Double devastation leads Eden to a life of just accepting things how they are.
Twenty years pass and accepting a marriage of convenience, Eden plans a girls night out and catches bet BFF having sex with her husband. Time for a little "feel better" revenge, Eden meets Sean.
Sean is 15 years younger than Eden but that doesn't stop Sean for falling for Eden or Eden falling for Sean. Their connection is an explosion of passion.
So young, so tender, so giving.
And so sexy.
I just didn’t want to let the moment go.
I needed it like I needed air, like I hadn’t had a decent, full breath in two decades.
Eden knows she shouldn't peruse whatever this is between Sean and her, but she needs to feel the desire and need Sean has for her.
“Make no mistake, Eden. I’m no boy. I know you want me. I can see it. I can feel it. Just like I did at the bar when you kissed me."
"Everything about Sean was hypnotic—his smile gentle and reassuring, his eyes mellow and soothing, his voice low and calm."
The affair that Eden and Sean embark upon comes with secrets and lies that takes their relationship on a journey into a double murder that will ultimately test their love and whether or not they trust the either with their entire heart.
Never in a million years was I expecting such an amazing story filled with twists, turns, lies, secrets and heart breaking sadness caused by the hands of two people Eden and Sean thought they knew.
Eden's past will haunt her and Sean's present and the secrets that are exposed will try to rock the future.
Eden is a woman in a loveless marriage surrounded by "friends" and living in the lap of luxury. Her past was uncomfortable, raised by a struggling single mother and pregnant by her true love and boyfriend who was killed defending her. Her marriage to his best friend was one for their mutual benefit, but not for love. Now 20 years later this whip smart woman feels trapped.
Sean is a third year law student. Although he has an immense trust fund, he works hard to be at the top of his class. He's a triathlete and a rockstar big brother to a kid with special needs. And, he's in pain and riddled with guilt over events from the past that changed lives.
When these two flawed characters meet its instant chemistry. But, things are not what they seem. Friends might be enemies. The past can be misinterpreted. Trust can be broken.
Just past 50% this book takes a wild ride until the end. It's twisted and dark and had me on edge of my seat with the suspense. Even truly believing I knew the sides, good vs evil, it was one twist after another.
Ms. Thompson is a new author to me. This book, this twisted story, was amazing. It is told from dual POVs. It is a standalone and there is an HEA...at least for some of the characters. I highly recommend to anyone who loves a good romantic suspense.
I was given a complimentary copy in return for a honest review.
The book starts out in an unusual way that instigates suspicions from the beginning. The story is told through Eden McLaird’s POV. It starts when she is an impressionable young woman that has experienced a devastating tragedy. She is easily manipulated. At this point in her life she has no desire to battle her grief and become a stronger person. Time has a way of taking care of a person’s mind and heart. The book fast forwards to twenty years later.
Eden has become a stronger person in many ways. Her heart has healed. She has moved on in life and became a professional, a good wife, and a good mother. She has a successful career as an owner of a prestigious school. She has also pursued her dreams from her youth to become a published author. On paper her life looks perfect. To most people, including her friends, her life looks perfect. Appearances can be deceptive. She’s regretting some of her choices twenty years ago. She is in an unhappy marriage and will remain in that marriage no matter what. At least that is what she believes until she meets a young man that changes her views on life.
What starts out as a seduction game for Sean Bennett quickly turns into a real quest of the heart. Although a relationship with a married woman isn’t something he wanted, he can’t turn his back on Eden.
The stakes are high. They are both being manipulated. Someone is out to destroy Eden and Sean is merely a pawn. Who is out to destroy Eden? Why do they want to destroy a good caring woman? Can Eden survive another heartbreak that may lead to the ultimate grief and devastation? It may lead to her death.
The answers are there between the lines in this sizzling hot erotic romance. The answers will come as a complete surprise.
Read Stirred by Nancy S. Thompson, it’s a dark erotic thriller that will keep you Stirred until the end. Nancy S. Thompson has made my Must Read Authors list.
The encounters between Sean and Eden early in the novel are so well done, I got lost in their world and in the world of Seattle. The tension increased every time they were in a room together. Their relationship seemed to crackle at times, making it incredibly difficult to put the book down when I need to. Nancy managed to stay on point with the mystery plot, but still write some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read in a long time. Not only are the sex scenes hot, they’re littered with tension! Sean and Eden melted into the pages and seamlessly became real life to me as I read. I’m also giving Nancy extra points for offering us a lead woman character over 40. Who says good romance has to be between twentysomethings all the time? I found it refreshing to read about a hot, sexy, and incredibly smart MOM who was finally getting what she wanted in life. I also found it equally refreshing to see her love interest was a younger man. Romance novels are so often the other way around.
Congrats to Nancy S. Thompson on a fantastic, well-written, and stunning novel! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!