The Layton Family, 3
Uptight history professor Sam Layton may have the abs of a movie action hero, but he stopped believing in the joy of adventure a long time ago. However, when a one-night stand with a tattooed bombshell leads to a treasure map for the long-buried Rebecca’s Bounty, the call to action is too strong to ignore.
All Las Vegas cocktail waitress Josie Winarsky wants to do is paint. But when she lands smack dab in the middle in a mob plot, she has to push aside her dreams to find a treasure in Dry Creek, Nebraska and save her family from harm. With Sam at her side and a Vegas loan shark on her tail, the treasure she finds turn out to be much more valuable than emeralds and rubies.
Wind whipped at Josie's hair, its cold fingers digging underneath her collar despite her coat being zipped up to her neck.
McPherson's Bluff loomed above them looking like a huge, solid, snow-covered brick. It rose nearly a mile from the flat prairie that reached out in every direction from its base. Off to the left a gnarled path of sunken ravines snaked out toward the horizon. A wide path had been cut down the center of the monument and a modern road weaved its way up the pine tree speckled bluff. Josie couldn't help but admire its fierce, solitary and utterly unwelcoming beauty.
Sam chuckled. "Imagine seeing that from the front seat of a wagon after you've abandoned your old life to create a new one in a place you've never seen and with people you've never met. What kind of person would risk everything to travel through hostile territory for a slim chance at a better life?"
"You sound like you wish you were that kind of person."
"No." He slammed the car door shut and stormed over to her, stopping inches from the tips of her black boots. "I'm not that kind of person. I like order and I like certainty. I like standing in the back of the room away from the attention and the talk. I want steak on Friday nights and pancakes every Sunday morning. I like going to my office at the same time every day and having the same roast beef sandwich for lunch Monday through Friday."
He moved in close enough for her to feel the heat pulsing off of his flushed cheeks. Or maybe it was the heat moving up from her wet pussy that caused the breathless jittering in her stomach. Her entire being focused on him as her nipples hardened in anticipation of the electric flash that would explode inside her the moment they touched. She should say something, do something but the golden flecks in his hazel eyes held her mesmerized. Josie hung on the edge of a sheer cliff of need—not wanting to pull back, but unable to take that final step forward into the oblivion of passion.
"I have a boring life in a small town where nothing ever happens. My plans for the future involve putting fifteen percent of my salary into my 401K and publishing papers in dry history journals that no one reads. There is no room on my calendar for adventure or treasure hunting with a woman who stands out in the room like a shiny new penny."
His lips were only millimeters from hers, his breath pushing against her parted lips like a heated caress. Josie's body vibrated from toes to eyebrows. If he didn't touch her soon she would have to pounce on him.
"You probably don't even eat leftovers," he grumbled.
"Or drive the exact same route to work every day." He drew a gloved finger down the zipper of her leather coat, frustratingly close to her breasts but not touching them.
"Uh-uh." So much of her brain had evaporated she couldn't even form words any more.
"We're nothing alike." He grabbed her shoulders, squeezing the tender flesh. "I am content with my routine. I don't want to change anything about it. Do you understand me?"
Josie could only blink in response to his growled pronouncement as her heart raced and her body cried out for him.
Sam dropped his hands from her as if she'd burnt him and stepped back. "So why do you make me think that I'm missing out on something extraordinary?"
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Posted by Unknown on 26th Nov 2012
osie Winarsky is planning to leave Las Vegas no matter what. She’s on her way to an artist colony. She’s a waitress who wants more for herself. But she also takes her family very seriously. And now she has to deal with something that most of us wouldn’t even have to. Just when she thinks she has to give up on her dreams, he sits next to her.
Sam Layton has been intrigued by Josie right from the moment he laid eyes on her. As they talk, they find that they have something in common. Their connection is instantaneous. They have sex shortly after meeting. That doesn’t surprise me because they both appear to have strong personalities and they know what they want and one of them isn’t afraid to go after it.
Avery has Josie say something that is so true “…life doesn’t work out like you think it will when you’re young…” But isn’t it up to us if this will be true or not? Life is what we make it. Only we can change our destiny.
I loved finding out that one of Sam’s goal is to publish a paper in a history journal. I happen to work at a University that publishes none other than a history journal. Almost like a personal connection to the story. How many of you find that when you read a book, you come across a personal connection to something in the story?
This story is very to the point. The words are very graphic and not for someone who is easily offended. It’s a story that is more true to life – definitely not like the romance stories your mother or grandmother probably grew up reading. It’s not for someone that thinks romance between two people is all “vanilla”.
Avery has left me wishing that I read books one and two. But the good thing is that I can find them on Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/, or Evernight Publishing, http://www.evernightpublishing.com/. And I can’t wait to see what she has in store for her readers next. (Reviewed by Lynn from Romance Reader Enthusiast)
Posted by Unknown on 1st Nov 2012
Sam Layton is uptight and tightly wound. He lives his life with ironclad resolve and lets nothing touch him, until one hot night with a cocktail waitress rocks his world. Josie Winarsky is a free spirited artist who is on the run from the mob. Now they are on a treasure hunt and trying to save her family's life. Can they find the treasure in time?
I was so looking forward to this installment in the Layton Family series. Sam intrigued me from book one and I haven't been able to get him out of my mind. I am happy to say my expectations were well met by Ms. Flynn. The steamy hot, opposites attract chemistry between Sam and Josie was off the charts. At the same time, there were moments I wanted to whack Sam upside the head. The motivation behind his character's behaviors is revealed to us and made me fall in love with him all the more.
This book had everything I love and want in a story. Buried treasure is the objective of the day. Mad hot chemistry is denied, but eventually wins out. Heroine is in peril, will she be saved in time? This book hit all my buttons. A romance story with suspense is my addiction. I love that the most uptight Layton of all has fallen for such a free spirit. I loved the back-story that we discovered about the characters and how it shaped their growth. This book kept me riveted from page one and I eagerly devoured the book in one sitting. I am eager to see what happens in the next story. The last Layton sibling has been a bit of an enigma though out this series. I am hoping the next book will be about him. Meanwhile, I will just be reading this one (and the other two) again and again to tide me over.
Posted by Unknown on 9th Oct 2012
I was given Passion Creek and loved the aesthetics of the cover. The cover told me a lot. I understood going in that it was erotica, so, note to others, this book is for adult eyes only! It took me a few hours to read and was a lovely way to forget all my troubles. I’m not a huge fan of erotica so the sex was a touch much for me. But, I’m a big girl, I simply skipped some parts, very well written steamy as heck scenes (note, didn’t skip them all) LOL . The story was well told and the characters well written. I loved that she wrote a strong female lead and paired her with a hot handsome male who was also very vulnerable. The backstory of the treasure that was yet to be found kept it interesting. I give it a 4 out of 5 stars. A good story that allowed me to enjoy the journey that Josie and Sam took me on! Thank you Avery for a great read!
Posted by Stressed Rach on 2nd Oct 2012
Passion Creek was a great short read with a great story line The main character was Josie, she lived in Las Vegas and worked as a waitress but only until she had saved enough money to continue on her dream of being an artist by taking classes in Dry Creek.
On her last night at work she is given a diary from a kind man who had kept it in his possession for 9 years, she thinks nothing of it and takes it, she is then hounded by Snips, a nasty little man and he tells her that her twin brother Cy owes him $40,000. Josie’s dream is falling apart.
She ends up in a bar and has a one night with Sam. Upon leaving Josie drops a piece of paper from the diary, unbeknownst to Josie that the diary was written by one of Sam’s ancestors and that the piece of paper was a map to Rebecca’s Bounty.
Sam thinks Josie only slept with him because of Rebecca’s Bounty even though Josie hasn’t a clue what he is on about. When she finds out though she knows she must find it to get her brother out of trouble. She ends up in Dry Creek and eventually seeks Sam out and discovers hes a nerdy history professor.
Sam tries to stay away but the problem is they cannot keep their hands off each other but Sam still thinks she is only after the bounty and not in him. Will they work it out?
Passion Creek was well written, it had a mix of action, erotic romance and suspense. It was very enjoyable. I liked that the book had an actually story to tell and it wasn’t all about the sexual chemistry.
It is book 3 of the Layton series but it can be read as a stand alone.
Posted by Unknown on 24th Sep 2012
Avery Flynn pens "Passion Creek" with loads of action, suspense, and totally erotically hot scenes. I found it extremely hard to put the book down until I finished it. A must read for all who love a good hot romance!
I give "Passion Creek" a 5 star rating.
Posted by Unknown on 24th Sep 2012
Josie is a waitress and her last day did not go as planned. She has found a map to a treasure in Dry Creek where she is headed to begin with. All she wanted to do was head to Dry Creek to paint and be happy for 6 months. She has a one night stand with Sam Layton who finds out she has the map he too is looking for as it belongs to his family. The two try to work together and between misunderstandings and keeping their hands off of each other things heat up.
This is the 3rd book in the Layton Family series. I have read all three and love each one. The author knows how to tell a story and make you fall for the characters. You want to learn more about the Layton family and their ways and the people they fall in love with.
This is a great series.
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Sep 2012
Avery Flynn has written a wonderful suspenseful romance. She pulls you into a world of intrigue and swirls in a lot of love and romance. Passion Creek begins in the hot spot of Las Vegas and ends in the small town of Dry Creek Nebraska. From the beginning when you meet waitress Josie Winarsky you love her character. She is intelligent, sexy and wise ass. She is a phenomenal heroine. After meeting Josie we soon meet Sam Layton. A very hunky history professor. With the picture that Avery Flynn paints of Sam I don’t blame Josie for jumping right into his bed.
Passion Creek brings treasure hunting and hot sex together in a phenomenal story. I read this book in one day because I couldn’t put it down. Josie and Sam have such wonderful chemistry that the story just took on a natural feel. The only thing I wish there had been more of was of the Layton family. They were on the perifary of the story, but I would have liked to have met more of them. I feel now I need to read the other two books in this series. I definitely recommend reading Passion Creek. But, one warning I hope you have a husband, a boyfriend or a handy little friend because you will definitely be very hot and bothered after reading this book.
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Sep 2012
Passion Creek is a story that brings some of the hottest romance I’ve ever read to the pages of a book. Each scene brings spark of tantalizing fury as Josie and Sam ignite their passion during a search for a lost treasure. The very treasure she needs to save her family from the wrath of a sleazy, slimy mobster trying to climb the ranks.
There is intense action, suspense, and of course erotically written scenes that leave you with feelings that will rock you to the core. You can try to put this one down, but you will quickly find your way back to the pages yearning to read more and more. Passion Creek is adult romance at its best, and even that statement doesn’t do it any justice.
I have to commend the author for not watering it down. When I want a good hot romance this is the type I seek out, but so many fail to deliver. There is a need as a reader to be moved and feel the raw emotion of the characters, to find yourself in the story, and watching scenes unfold. In some ways I felt my heart race during the moments of danger, and my heart definitely skipped a few beats during the hot sexual scenes of Passion Creek. Yes, Passion Creek was the perfect name for this novel, and I look forward to reading more.
I want to add that though this book is apart of a series that it can be read as a stand alone. However don’t be surprised if you find yourself running to read the first two.