Title – Pleasured By You
Author – Steph Nuss
Publication Date – March 20, 2015
Series – Love in the City, #3
*Can Be Read as a Standalone*
One night of pleasure turns into a summer full of lust.
Fletcher Haney owns several businesses all over New York City, gaining him access to tons of beautiful women. He has no intentions of stopping his womanizing ways, until he sees her again.
She’s the ultimate heartbreaker he can’t forget.
Pastry chef bombshell, Bayler Jennings knows she can have any guy she wants, but when her only memorable one-night stand confronts her, she breaks all of her rules.
He’s the love ‘em and leave ‘em flavor she craves.
But as the seasons change, this two-of-a-kind pair fights falling in love in the city, and they’ll soon realize that with pleasure always comes pain.
The Love in the City series by Steph Nuss is such a fun, sultry escape for me. Each book is centered on a group of friends that I’d kill to be friends with and how they live, love, and laugh! Pleasured by You is the story of Fletcher and Bayler, two characters who live according to their own rules and steer clear of any wining and dining. That is, of course, until they stumble upon each other and are forced to redraw their lines.
“I wanted the benefits of breaking all our rules again and again, because the pleasure that would come from breaking them would totally be worth it.”
What I really appreciated about Bayler was her strong sense of independence. Although this defining characteristic had the potential to become her greatest enemy, it likened me to her immediately. Furthermore, readers could tell that she was determined, family-oriented, and incredibly compassionate. However, she wasn’t without her fears and insecurities, especially concerning her relationship with Vail, which I thought presented her as much more relatable. Fletcher was someone who I found myself wishing I knew on a deeper level. Aside from being hot and successful with a fear of flying, I didn’t feel like I really got to know much about him. I wanted to see more of the characteristics we saw toward the end of the novel; those emotions that Bayler pulled out of him.
“We were each other’s dirty little secret, and up until now, I’d been fine with that.”
Overall, I had a slightly harder time connecting to these two than the characters in the past. I’m not sure if it was because I just didn’t feel their chemistry (other than the sexual), or if I was just too sidetracked with what was happening to the characters that I had already come to know and love. The scenes with their Littles provided tremendous insight and were probably my favorite of the book. I think it was in those moments that readers could get a feel for the potential the relationship had. The storyline flowed effortlessly and I loved the message of overcoming our fears for those who are worth it. There was something about the progression of these two that made me enjoy the ride, despite not connecting to them as much.
“Love is scary, but it’s the greatest, scariest thing you’ll ever experience. If he’s that for you, then you know you love him.”
I really did enjoy the writing in Pleasured by You by Steph Nuss. She writes with purpose and has a true talent for making each of her characters different from the others we’ve encountered. This installment was definitely steamier than her previous works and left me fanning myself a couple times. It completely fit the characters but it also showed that Nuss is growing and attempting to push her boundaries, which I love to see! If you’re looking for a fun weekend read, Pleasured by You will make you laugh and cheer, and is definitely one to enjoy!
On the evening of a certain lover’s holiday, our TV presented the DVD menu screen for the thriller, Valentine. Fletcher and I were cuddled onto the couch together with a bowl of popcorn in my hands. I wore my favorite black leggings and one of his hoodies, and he was currently sporting my favorite sweats of his and another one of his hoodies. We were going against everything tonight represented. No flowery or heartfelt gifts. No candlelit dinners or chocolate. No sexy lingerie hidden beneath my loungewear for him to tear off later. We agreed we didn’t need any of it, so when he pulled a card out of the pocket of his hoodie, I scoffed.
“What is that?” I asked, brows furrowed as I set the popcorn bowl on the coffee table. “We said we weren’t exchanging gifts.”
He laughed. “I know, and it’s not really a gift. Rook insisted I give you something for Valentine’s Day. This is what I came up at the last minute after arguing with him about what women want.”
A smile spread across my face as I suppressed a laugh. “Vail couldn’t shut up about the flowers and jewelry Rook gave her.”
Before Fletcher and I had gotten together, our littles, Rook Ballard and Vail Grant, had started dating. They were only high schoolers, but we continuously felt like they were outdoing us on this whole dating thing.
“Jewelry and flowers,” Fletcher sighed, rolling his eyes. “You would have let the flowers die, and I’ve hardly ever seen you wear jewelry.”
I nodded in agreement. We hadn’t been together long, but he knew me well.
He pushed the envelope into my hands. “He wouldn’t stop giving me shit, so here. Happy Valentine’s Day.”
Smiling, I dug my index finger into the seal and ripped it open, and then pulled out a Valentine’s Day card that was specifically designed for a monetary gift.
“Please tell me you didn’t get me money,” I quipped, peering over at him.
“It’s not money,” he laughed. “Just open it.”
I opened the card and laughed when a pile of hearts fell out of the money slot into my lap. Grabbing one, I read his handwriting scribbled across the red construction paper: Present this coupon to receive an hour massage from Fletcher Haney. Quickly, I reached for another and read it: Good for one month of meals by Fletcher Haney. Resting my head on his shoulder, I read about twenty or thirty more heart-shaped coupons, and then stuffed them back into the card.
“These are way better than flowers and jewelry,” I whispered, pressing my lips to his. “How long did it take you to cut out all those hearts?”
He chuckled against my mouth. “I made Rook cut while I thought of good coupon deals to write on them.”
“I’m surprised they’re not all sexual.”
“Hey, I can be a gentleman,” he retorted.
I eyed him suspiciously, biting back a grin.
“Okay.” He tossed the card onto the coffee table and shrugged his shoulders. “There might be a dirty one or two in the bunch, but it’s all stuff you like and not just for my benefit, I swear.”
“It’s the thought that counts.” Cupping his face, I drew him in for another kiss as shame pierced my chest. “Now, I feel bad for not getting you anything.”
“Don’t,” he said, shaking his head. “We agreed we weren’t doing gifts, but if you want to redeem one of the dirty coupons right now, I wouldn’t object.”
I laughed, admiring the way his blue eyes danced mischievously as he threw his arm around my shoulders. He pulled me into this side and a thought hit me.
The perfect gift for him.
“Actually,” I stated proudly, pushing up off the couch. I stood and faced him, his brows arched in amusement as a sexy smirk lingered on his lips. “I do have something for you.”
I got down on one knee before him and watched as the smile dropped from his face and he shook his head at me.
“Bayler, what the hell are you doing?” he asked unsteadily.
Taking his hand in mine, I took a deep, shaky breath but exhaled it surely. I thought I’d be more scared about taking this leap with him. I’d lost count of all the times he’d asked me already, but I knew, without a doubt, that I wanted more Valentine’s Days just like tonight, with no elaborate plans except watching a scary movie with the man I loved.
“No,” he snapped, pulling his hand back quick. “If you’re planning on doing what I’m supposed to do, then I’m going to lose it. I’ve been trying to do what you’re doing for months now, and I’m not going to let you take it away from me. My manhood is at stake here! You cannot do this! It’s the only thing the man should always do instead of the woman, and I don’t care how sexist that sounds! I’ll say no. I swear, I’ll say no, regardless of how much I love you. I won’t—”
“Fletcher!” I interjected, now down on both knees, my ass resting on the backs of my heels. When his breathing evened out and the anger cleared from his features, I took his hands in mine and continued. “I’m not proposing to you. I know how much you’ve wanted to, and how hesitant I’ve been about us taking that next big step. But right now, my gift to you is to let you know that no matter when, where, or how you ask, I promise I’ll say yes.”
“Really?” he asked incredulously, pulling me up to straddle his hips. He grabbed my face and brushed his thumbs across my cheeks, the look of pure joy blanketing his beautiful features. “You’ll say yes?”
I nodded fervently, a smile tugging at my lips as my eyes filled with happy tears. “Happy Valentine’s Day, Fletcher.”
He covered my lips with his for a slow, steady kiss that reiterated how ready we were for a future together. Then he leaned his forehead against mine and stated. “That was way better than any of my dirty coupons.”
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Don’t miss the rest of the series:
Fantasized By You (Love in the City, #2)
Cherished by You (Love in the City #4)
Challenged By You (Love in the City #5)
Inspired By You (Love in the City #6) – Coming Soon!
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Changed by You (Love in the City #7) – Coming Soon!
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Steph Nuss was born and raised in rural Kansas, where she currently resides with her black Labrador son named Gunner. She grew up with a passion for reading and writing. When she’s not immersed into the land of fiction, she enjoys listening to music that came before her time, watching movies and reruns of her favorite shows, and hanging out with her family and friends. She also has a bachelor’s degree in psychology that she’ll never use…unless she’s profiling her characters of course.