Eight Ways to Ecstasy (Art of Passion, # 2) by Jeanette Grey ~ 4.5 Stars
“Kate Reid’s whirlwind romance with billionaire playboy Rylan Bellamy complicated her life in ways she’d worked to avoid. She’d fallen hard for his flirtatious charm and given him the one thing no other man had: her trust. Just as Kate began to imagine a future with Rylan, everything fell apart.
Now she’s starting over in New York…but even the glittering streets of Manhattan can’t erase the memory of Rylan knocking her off her feet and sweeping her into the most erotic, unforgettable week of her life.
It’s been months, and Rylan still can’t forget Kate. Months since he bared his soul at her feet. Months since he drove away the only woman to ever make him feel. Kate changed his world and now Rylan is determined to win her back-no matter what it takes. After crossing an ocean to reach her, he makes a deal with Kate: One more week, for one more chance. Now it’s up to Rylan to show Kate all the ways they fit together . . . and prove that this player has met his perfect match.”
*** This review may contain some spoilers if you have not read book one Seven Nights to Surrender.
Seven Nights to Surrender summary – Kate graduated from college and set out to Paris hoping to find herself and new inspiration. She is passionate about art but her family thinks it’s a waste of time. Torn about her future path, she hopes to find some answers in Paris. There, she meets Rylan. He is mysterious, sexy and speaks fluent French 😍. Rylan is running from his past family secrets, hiding in Paris and away from his family. He is a playboy, wooing tourists with his charm. Rylan is a no-strings attached, no commitment kind of guy. That is until he meets the shy, innocent Kate. She intrigues him and he finds himself wanting to take care of her and show her the world. They only have a week together but Kate is falling hard and fast for Rylan. Rylan is also emotionally attached – he finally found someone to share his wants and needs with. But he is guarding his identity therefore risking losing Kate forever.
“Love doesn’t have to be a weakness. It doesn’t make you less than you are.”
Eight Ways to Ecstasy picked up right at the end of book one. Kate left Rylan in Paris. She is trying to move on, busying herself with school until one day Kate finds Rylan on her apartment door step. Rylan decides to move back to NY and he is determined to win Kate back, but it is not going to be easy. They both have skeletons that they have to deal with. Kate was hurt so after 3 months apart she is not sure if she can trust Rylan again. It took a lot of shoveling but Kate finally gives in and gives Ryland 7 nights together to see if they can rekindle the sparks they once had in Paris.
In the second part I did not feel same angst and butterflies in my stomach. Both Kate and Ryland already had that first shy, tender, and exciting meeting from the first book. Even though they took a break, neither one had moved on with their lives. Kate, who does not trust anyone, gave her whole heart to Rylan in Paris and she really never got it back. Rylan is on the other hand a rich playboy but could not help himself from falling deeply for one woman. Rylan wants desperately to win her back and he vows not to lie to Kate ever again but she needs time to trust Rylan. So in this book we get to see how they spent the whirlwind seven nights together including disastrous dates, jealousy, and meeting the families.
“I trust you.”
“I’ll never give you a reason not to again.”
“And I won’t go looking for them.”
This book is told in the third person’s POV and has quite a bit of narrative however it does not bother me because I actually was lost in the story. I love the author’s writing style, the dialogues, and just the sweet love story. Rylan is actually sweet and caring. Kate is not really comfortable around money so she may come off unappreciative when Rylan tries to shower her with nice dates. She is more comfortable getting lost in the art gallery, watching a movie and having pizza in a comfortable home. I think being around Kate, Rylan really finds himself and what he truly loves in life. Vice se versa, Kate found herself and her muse – she learns to trust herself and her feelings. Their love story is definitely steamy, sexy, sweet and romantic. I really enjoyed the witty banters between Kate and Rylan; and even on occasion with Rylan’s sister Lexie. She seems like a spit-fire – I would love to read her story next.
*** Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.