Synopsis from Goodreads
Dylan Stone and Serena Fields have been best of friends their entire lives. For Dylan, she’s the solid, dependable woman in his life. His person. The one who has been there for him through the best and worst of times and doesn’t see him for the millions he has in the bank. And even though he’s been secretly attracted to her for years, there are some lines that best friends don’t cross—even if he does spend most of their time together entertaining dirty thoughts about her that have no business being in his head.
Serena has been in love with Dylan Stone for as long as she can remember, but she’s searching for her happily-ever-after and that’s not her best friend’s thing. Unfortunately, her dating life is one disaster after another, yet Dylan is always there with a pint of her favorite ice cream and a listening ear after each and every disappointing encounter.
It’s the perfect arrangement, until one night changes everything.
I just have to say I don’t think the cover actually fits in with the rest of the series, especially when the original looked like this:
Anywho, Tall, Dark and Tempting focuses on the youngest Stone sibling, Dylan. Like his older brothers, Dylan has a lot of emotional baggage stemming from his father’s abandonment of their mother at the time when she needed him the most. Believing himself incapable of a long-term committed relationship he has kept Serena firmly in the friend zone all of their lives.
Despite his brilliant impersonation of obliviousness, Dylan is fully aware of Serena’s feelings for him, but his lack of belief in himself prevents him from returning her affections in the way Serena’s hopes for. I honestly don’t know how I feel about Dylan knowing Serena had deep feelings for him, alongside his attraction to her, yet keeping her in the friend zone as a way to remain close to her without the possibility of hurting her in the same way his father hurt his mother. It seems rather selfish to be honest.
Serena is adorable and I loved how she valued herself enough to go after the relationship she dreamed of and deserved.
A wild Vegas weekend and a serious case of foot in mouth syndrome in Dylan’s case alters the status quo between Dylan and Serena. Making Dylan take a long hard look at the emotional baggage he has been carrying without dealing with it in any positive way.
Tall, Dark and Tempting is a quick, smooth read that will reinforce the belief in romantic fairy tales and their possibility of occurring in real life if we are only willing to hold onto the dream 💕