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Spend the Night: The Hotel Collection Episode #1
By Elizabeth Lee
Adult Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Spend the Night – Episode 1
Welcome to The Wellesley-Crawford…
Hannah Wellesley has spent her entire life running the halls of her family-owned hotel, the infamous and opulent Wellesley-Crawford. Noted as one of the city’s richest, most luxurious hotels in Chicago, the WC is what Hannah has devoted her life and career to.
The hotel’s Annual Masquerade Gala is the event of the year, but this year Hannah’s evening involves more than just handing out masks. After a mysterious rendezvous in a secluded stairwell with an irresistible and unidentifiable man, Hannah becomes consumed with discovering the identity of her masked lover. Just as she’s about to give up the search, two men blow back into her life with drastically different intentions. They both have secrets and uncovering them will lead Hannah down a darkly dangerous path.
Drawn to both of the intriguing bachelors, she’ll have to determine which one is after her heart and which one plans to do her deadly harm before it’s too late.
I scanned the room as I walked through the door. Checked my watch, four minutes after ten. No sign of Carter yet. I knew the restaurant shut down at nine-thirty that night. He probably wasn’t done closing the kitchen down. I made my way over to an empty barstool and sat down.
“Hey, Hannah!” Myles, my favorite bartender, shouted over the music coming from the in-house deejay. “What can I getcha?”
“Hi, Myles,” I smiled. “I’ll think I’ll have a rum and diet tonight.”
He quickly went to work mixing up my drink. Myles was probably the nicest guy who worked at the hotel. He was average height and build. His hipster style suited him so well. Tonight he was wearing a pair of straight-legged black jeans, a pair of black converse tennis shoes, a vintage AC/DC T-shirt with his signature thick-framed black glasses. His thick, brown hair was styled in his just-got-out-of-bed way, which could be described as perfected chaos. He placed my drink down in front of me and started wiping down the bar with the towel he had tossed over his shoulder. “Want me to run this on your tab?”
Before I could answer, a twenty-dollar bill appeared next to I drink. “I’ve got it.”
I assumed it was Carter, but was surprised when I looked over my shoulder to see Trent standing there.
“Sure thing, Mr. Crawford.” Myles took the cash and made his way towards the cash register.
“I can buy my own drink,” I interjected, placing my clutch on the top of the bar. “Here Myles,” I started to hand him my own twenty-dollar bill, when Trent held up his hand.
“I know you that you can afford your own drinks, Hannah,” he said waving Myles off. “Keep the change. And call me Trent,” he said, as they exchanged courteous nods. He turned his attention back to me. “Consider this a peace offering.” He clinked his beer bottle against my glass.
“It’s going to take more than just a drink,” I scoffed, pulling my glass to my lips. After the way he’d embarrassed me in front of the board, he could have shown up with a truck load of Bacardi and I still would have been pissed.
“Sorry for being a dick today. That was not at all the way I wanted you to find out that I was interested in running the hotel.”
“It was a pretty shitty way for me to find out. You could have said something last night.”
“I know,” he agreed. “It’s just…my family has a really complicated way of doing things.”
“I’m well aware,” I reassured him. I may have been young when the drama with Damien happened, but I’d heard enough over the years that ‘easy’ and ‘breezy’ were not words that were often associated with the Crawford name. “What I’d really like to know is why you have a sudden interest in running this hotel at all? You haven’t been here for years.”
This book is exactly why I LOVE serials!! I am a big, big fan of serial series’, so when I heard Elizabeth Lee was writing one, I couldn’t have been more excited. And man, was I blown away!!!
Spend The Night follows the story of Hannah Wellesley. Her entire life has been spent in her family’s hotel and she’s devoted her life to it. One of her biggest events of the year is the hotel’s masquerade gala. But this years gala will be unlike any before. A chance encounter with a masked stranger during a blackout will turn her entire world upside down. Now, eight months later, Hannah finds herself still thinking of her masked stranger. She’s clinging to the hope that he will walk back into her life. When Hannah finally decides to try to move on, her fate takes an interesting turn. Suddenly her career is looking more promising than ever and now she’s got two handsome men fighting for her attention. But, both men appear to have motives of their own…….
I was so intrigued by this story from the first page. I loved the steam and scorching chemistry between Hannah and her mysterious stranger. I loved the little bread crumb of clues that were left along the way and I am completely intrigued by who “HIM” is. This is definitely one of those stories that will have on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen next!
Spend The Night is a fantastic start to this series! This story will pull you in and completely captivate you, leaving you breathless and wanting more. I loved the mystery, suspense and intrigue that surrounded the story. The chemistry between the characters are off the charts and will have you questioning what their real motives are. I for one can not wait to get my hands on the next episode!!
* I recieved an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
THE SERIES CONTINUES!
Spend the Night – Episode 2
Someone’s playing a deadly game…
Two men vying for your attention—seems like every girl’s dream come true. For Hannah Wellesley, the dream has become a nightmare. As she continues to navigate her feelings to determine which man she truly belongs with—the first love who’s become her current business rival or the enticing new chef who’s testing her sexual limits at every turn—a new set of problems presents itself. One that includes a breach in hotel security that has her fearing for her own safety and the reputation of the Wellesley-Crawford.
Soon she finds herself playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse that might just cost her everything she’s worked for—and maybe even her life.
Spend the Night – Episode 3
All games must eventually come to an end…
Hannah’s new reality is that someone is stalking her. Aggressively. The only question now is who. Fingers are pointed and accusations are made as every clue leads to her down another twisted path of questions without answers. Her feelings for both Carter and Trent cloud her judgment as the investigation delves deeper into her personal life and into her heart. Carter’s past is a mystery and Trent has every reason to try and make her seem crazy. Her loss would be his gain after all.
Hannah will have to choose, but making the wrong choice will cost much more than a broken heart.
Everyone has a motive.
But only one of them has a plan.
Expect the unexpected in the thrilling conclusion to the Spend the Night series.
About The Author
Born and raised in the middle of a Midwestern cornfield (not literally, that would be weird), I’ve spent my entire life imagining stories. Stories where the right guy always gets the right girl, first kisses are as magical as they are on the big screen and anything is completely possible if you believe.
Although this journey began years ago, it recently took on a whole new life. After years of devouring hundreds of Romance, YA and New Adult novels, I had an epiphany… I should write a book. And I did it!
If I’m not reading, writing, enjoying drinks with my amazing group of girlfriends or chasing around a sarcastically funny kid, I’m probably watching television shows that were created for teenagers, while my husband teases that I’m too old to watch them.
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