Book Review – Good Intentions (Welcome to Paradise #2) by S.L. Scott

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Synopsis:

Two words sum up my summer in paradise—Evan Ashford. 

I have a life back home I must return to, though my heart battles this reality. What started as a carefree summer fling has become so much more. Evan has become so much more. He’s become everything. Cupping his face, I stare into his deep blue eyes, wanting to lose myself once more… needing to know he feels this too.

Although our connection won’t stop the summer’s end from rushing toward us or silence the demons Evan battles, I have faith our love can overcome the obstacles that will undoubtedly arise from us choosing to be together. I still worry… Will our good intentions be good enough? But I’m all in, willing to take the risk, knowing he can destroy my heart if I’m wrong.

Like a riptide, I was forever changed by one woman—Mallory Wray.

Our eyes meet and we spend a moment looking into the others’, reading the fear and the love that mingles within. I move slowly down and kiss her forehead, her nose, her eyelids, her cheeks, and her chin before I kiss her lips again—soft and gentle, not rushed, but sensual. She smiles and I die inside knowing that I won’t get to see her face every day. I’ve been spoiled by this sweet angel giving me all her days and nights. I possessively take hold of her wrists and like so many times before, the air stills as our connection intensifies. I can’t help myself when it comes to her.

I kiss her.

Rain pours down harder and I wrap my arms around her, engulfing her body, her love, her soul.

 

Ena’s 4 Star Review

I fell in love with Evan Ashford in Good Vibrations and fell even more in love with him in Good Intentions.  S.L. Scott brought us another wonderful book in this series and I am thrilled to have experienced it.  She picked up right where Good Vibrations left off and gave us more of the love between Evan and Mallory.  Her writing style is smooth and the story line runs effortlessly.

With the summer winding down Evan and Mallory find themselves spending more and more time together, getting to know each other better, and learning why they can’t be apart.  Everything isn’t always easy in paradise and there are times their commitment and love for each other is questioned and put to the ultimate test.  With a mother that has her head so far up her ass, to ex flings showing up and a dark secret from Evans past coming front and center the two will have to learn to open up and trust each other if they have any sort of chance at making their summer romance last not only through the summer but beyond.

“If you’re choosing to believe her over me, then yes, Mallory, we’re done.”

Evan has never felt so deeply for anyone before, he has never met that one special person that he could be 100% faithful too until he met Mallory and at times he isn’t sure he won’t turn back into the man whore he once was before she came crashing into his world with her snarky yet beautiful attitude.  Mallory finds it hard for her to put much trust in the opposite sex after having been cheated on by her previous boyfriend, she doesn’t put much faith into people knowing that in the end it would hurt a lot less after everything ends.  She battles with herself everyday to trust that Evan is being true and loves her completely and only her.

Every summer comes to an end and when it’s time for Mallory to head back to Colorado for college and Evan to meet his obligations of flying off to New York to help keep his father in charge of the family business their bond is put to the ultimate test.  Can Mallory trust Evan 100% to not become the person he once was and get wrapped up in the New York life he used to live, bouncing from one woman’s bed to the next?  Can Evan be strong enough to fight off the temptation that will surround him at every corner after moving back to New York which used to be his playground?  Is their bond strong enough to survive the separation until they are together again?  Read Good Intention and find out and I promise you will NOT be disappointed.

“No tears, okay.  We’re in this together.”

“Okay.” Only a one word response, but for now, that seems to be enough.

Evan Ashford is all sorts of yummy.  If you think for a second that he doesn’t get any sexier than you are very wrong.  He shows so much passion in Good Intentions.  He shows his vulnerable side and truly wears his heart on his sleeve.  He holds is heart out and all Mallory has to do is take it, she already owns it but he is fully giving it to her and trusts her to treat it with kindness.  Evan made my panties melt and my pulse race with his sexy dominate side and the things that boy can do with his body (and tongue).  I am so thankful that S.L. brought me such a delicious character to fall in love with because it has been a wonderful satisfying ride.   I feel like Evan opens up more in Good Intentions and shows us a side of him we haven’t seen before.  He is ready to put everything on the line and just hopes that it works out the way he wants.

“I want you.  I always fucking want you and it scares the shit out of me.  I don’t want to disappoint you like I have everyone else.”

Mallory has so many insecurities about her and its sad because she is such a beautiful character.  She needs to learn to trust Evan completely but she has such a hard time with that because of her past – and I understand completely.  Mallory shows her sexier side a little bit more in this book.  She stands up for herself and lets everyone around her know exactly what and who she wants.  She doesn’t back down and is brave when she needs to be.  She realizes exactly how much Evan means to her and she will fight until there is nothing to fight about.  She wants forever with him but doesn’t know if it’s in the cards for them.  I really wish that she would learn to love herself as much as Evan does and realize exactly how beautiful she is inside and out.

I plop back down in my seat while appreciating Evan.

“What?” he asks, smiling back.

“Just admiring.” He laughs to himself, a little embarrassed by the attention.  I’m hot and horny for the boy and if I want to eye fuck him, I will.  Speaking of fuck, “Have you ever had sex in this car?”

The connection and electricity between the two is still very present in Good Intentions – if not, more so.  Their attraction to each other is indescribable.  They literally crave each other and their bodies’ need the others touch and caress all the time (fine by me)….They can never seem to get enough of each other and every time they come together it’s like the first time.  They always seem to know exactly what the other person needs and are all too eager to fulfill those needs.  Their connection goes way beyond just sex it’s like they can’t breathe if the other isn’t breathing.  Souls mates, destiny, whatever you want to call it they have it and it’s stronger than ever.

“I crave the feeling of you inside of me, making me feel whole again.”

My confession doesn’t scare him away, but brings him closer.  He kisses me while maneuvering me into the shower under the warm flowing water.  Soap in hand, he lathers it up, and runs his hands tenderly down my body.  Gliding over my breasts, his thumbs run across my nipples, making them stand for his attention.  His hand slides down my stomach and between my legs, causing my breath to catch.  Leaning closer, he whispers, “Breathe because I can’t when you’re not.”

HOLY SWOONESS – right?! 

My heart broke when they finally had to say their good-byes and hope like God they would make it during their time apart.  I was scared that Evan would crack and fall back into his whorish ways.  I was scared that Mallory never came to fully trust Evan because of her past and will sabotage their relationship by not trusting him.  I was scared that outside influences would cause them to feel like the fight they were in for to make their relationship work proved to be too much.  I was nervous.

A cold wind blows as I walk to the car, abnormal for this time of year, but the universe understands loss and devastation, and responds accordingly. 

Shoving my hands in my pockets, my head lowers, feeling a new burden replacing the one I carried for years.  This is the first time I’ve been worried about anything in a while and it’s unsettling the way it has take hold of me.