Title: Addicted To Mr. Parks (The Parks, #2)
Author: Lilly James
Genre: Erotic Romance
Release Date: November 24, 2015
Evelyn Banks is alone, and she has only herself to blame.
Overwhelmed by her feelings for the enigmatic, dominant Wade Parks, she pushed him—and everybody else—away and drowned her torment in alcohol. Now at rock bottom, she needs help…and the only help she’ll accept is from Mr. Parks. Mr. Parks has done the unthinkable…he’s fallen in love. Beneath his completely controlled surface, his heart is in turmoil. Despite his inner conflict, he’s committed to helping Evelyn regain her emotional equilibrium and giving her the life she deserves. Evelyn has more secrets, and one could be a deal-breaker. One dark chapter from Evelyn’s past is uncomfortably similar to Mr. Parks’ own, leaving him at a loss as to how to connect with her in the only way he knows. He structures his life around dominance and submission, but how can he use discipline on someone who has been so broken? If Mr. Parks can eliminate a looming danger, maybe he can save them both. He’s determined to find the culprit threatening Evelyn, but when his own dark past is revealed, his illusion of a perfect life is shattered.
Their love has become an addiction, but when the fantasy is stripped away to reveal their hidden truths, will love be enough to hold them together?
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ExcerptParks had to take care of business when we arrived home late Sunday afternoon, so instead of lounging around the apartment, I decided to go visit Steph. I changed into ripped jeans, a white shirt, and heels and stalked into the office to inform Parks about my plans. His gaze drifted up from his computer screen, where he’d stopped vigorously typing. It hit my face, soft and warm, but when he saw what I was wearing on bottom, he glowered. “Your jeans are ripped.” “They’re meant to be.” I chuckled. “But I can see the tops of your thighs, Evelyn. Which means so can other men.” “I’m going to Steph’s. Don’t be ridiculous.” He pushed to his feet and made his way towards me with determined strides. When he reached me, he bent down and ripped the hole in my jeans, making it even bigger. “Now you can’t wear them.” I remained gobsmacked, immobilised, and fucking pissed off. “You’re insane. I can’t believe you just did that.” “I can’t believe you think I would allow you out with the tops of your thighs on display.” He turned his back on me, shoulders intensely flexing as he walked away. Reasonably, he was in a foul mood because his work was stressful and he’d been taken away from me for a few hours. Unreasonably, he was taking it out on me. “These jeans are from the wardrobe you gifted me with, dumbass.” He froze on the spot, taking a moment to turn and face me. His eyes were brimming with cold, calm rage when he did. “Did you just call me a dumbass?” Oh shit. “Well, you stocked the damn thing.” My heart was thrashing against my rib cage. The look in his eyes was far too familiar. It was the one that came just before a spanking. He crooked his finger, speaking low and menacing. “Come here.” The power and command in his voice pulled out a submissive side of mine that I loved coming out to play. I began to walk backwards, my feet working slowly. For every step back I took, he took a step forwards. “Don’t make me chase you, Evelyn, because if I do, your punishment will enhance.” “Maybe I want it to enhance,” I breathed. My steps suddenly ran out when my back came into contact with the wall. Seeing his chance, Parks charged at me. Mercilessly, he turned my body around and pushed my front into the wall. My cheek pressed up against it. A gasp heaved out of my mouth, my body already aching and wanting. Parks pressed himself into me, keeping me from moving. His whispers tickled at my ear. “You love to push my buttons, don’t you, Evelyn?” My breathing was heavy, my words gasping. “You know I do.”
About The Author
British Author Lilly James is a woman with a wild imagination that has to be set free into the arms of a keyboard. Writing gives Lilly that chance to escape the real world and live in a world of fantasy with her characters. When she’s not writing you’ll find her singing terribly to music, curled up with her kindle, or doing something boring like everyday chores that unfortunately need attention. Lilly lives in Wales, is a mother of one beautiful little girl, and loves reading, chocolate and wine. All in that order.
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4 Infuriating Stars
Caught in a downward spiral, with book 2 picking up right where book 1 ended. Mr. Parks has left Evelyn and she is also out on her own. She reverts to her old ways, being drunk and having this high and mighty attitude, where she feels everyone owes her something. Why oh why, Evey can't see her own mistakes, is beyond my own comprehension. Evey's own fears are what keeps her world collapsing in on itself.
I still hated Evey's behaviour in this instalment as I did in book 1. I just couldn't understand that darn attitude. It simply stunk for me.
Now Parks, decides to show his gorgeous head. He realizes that he cannot function without Evelyn. Thus leading him to come to terms with her addiction, and he is more than willing to help her fight the cycle of addiction.
“When I left you it was like walking out of heaven and straight back into hell again. I thought staying away would be the appropriate option for both of us. But now I see that staying away from you isn’t going to work.”
I absolutely loved the amped up possessive behaviour displayed by Wade. Nothing gets me hot and bothered like a man who knows what he wants and is more than determined to take any necessary route to obtain the end result.
“You are my Princess and when I say I love you, I mean I fucking LOVE you. I want to take care of you forever. Let me.”
It was noticeable, to me at least, that in fighting the addiction of drugs, her rebound drug of choice was Wade. The pull was so strong, that she couldn't function without him. Like he was her lifeline. While, Wade is aiding Evelyn with her own demons, we see Wade struggling daily to keep his own demons at bay. They both drew strength from the other. Yin and Yang. Staying away wasn't an option anymore. Fighting together, even though more emotional that ever, was the only way they both could survive. They were every representative of the Yin and Yang.
“We are going to be the death of each other, Wade.”
The chemistry is enthralling and the sex, mind blowing, and the emotions are running rampant. Will these two survive, when all the demons are laid bare.
“The things that are worth fighting for are never easy, but that doesn't mean we give up.”
*ARC provided by LBTSP on behalf of the author for an honest review* Thanks!!
PS. Evey still is unlikeable to me.