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Review Revisited-Hearts In Darkness by Laura Kaye

(this review was originally posted in 2011.  Laura Kaye now has the sequel just released.  I suggest you read this one first because it is really one of my all time favorites.  I will be reviewing the sequel, Love In the Light, also.)

Title:  Hearts in Darkness

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Erotica (novella)

Author: Laura Kaye

Publisher: Wild Rose Press, Aug. 2011

Source: purchase, Kindle $2.25 (now $.99)

Rating: 4.5 (4.5 star rating on Amazon with over 700 reviews)

Sexy Rating: 5++

Description from amazon.com:

Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stuck in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call and juggling too much stuff, the pin-striped accountant caught only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights went out.

Caden Grayson is amused when a redhead literally falls at his feet. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.

To fight fear, they must both reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

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I’m blushing!  But I’m also smiling and if Makenna wants to toss Caden out I will gladly take him, tats, piercings, scars and all.

This is one hot and steamy read.  It is the best erotic romance I have ever read but that’s not saying much since I’ve read about three altogether.  But what I have read prior to this has been more in the “slam, bam, thank you m’am” style of erotica, which is totally unsatisfying to me.  The character development here is really good.  The sexual tension is well done and totally believable and we actually like these two people. The sex is pretty  straight forward and not kinky, so no BDSM or anything like that.  If you are new or fairly new to this genre I highly recommend this novella, even if you are well versed in this genre, this is highly recommended.  Laura Kaye is a terrific writer and I look forward to reading more from her.

For those who like their steamy scenes fading to black or behind closed doors, this one is not for you.

the Sequel: Love In the Light by Laura Kaye

Love In The Light

Two hearts in the darkness…

Makenna James and Caden Grayson have been inseparable since the day they were trapped in a pitch-black elevator and found acceptance and love in the arms of a stranger. Makenna hopes that night put them on the path to forever—which can’t happen until she introduces her tattooed, pierced, and scarred boyfriend to her father and three over-protective brothers.

Must fight for love in the light…

Haunted by a childhood tragedy and the loss of his family, Caden never thought he’d find the love he shares with Makenna. But the deeper he falls, the more he fears the devastation sure to come if he ever lost her, too. When meeting her family doesn’t go smoothly, Caden questions whether Makenna deserves someone better, stronger, and just more…normal. Maybe they’re just too different—and he’s far too damaged—after all…

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Review- Dare To Resist by Laura Kaye

Title:  Dare To resist

Dare to Resist

 Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella/Erotic

Author: Laura Kaye

Publisher: Entangled: Brazen, May 2014

Source: Purchase for Kindle $.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5+

Description from Amazon.com:

Kady Dresco and Colton Brooks click on a level that defies logic. There are only two problems. One, he’s her older brother’s irritating best friend, and two, they’re bidding on the same military security services contract.

When the competition heats up, Colton is torn between wanting to strangle Kady (and her annoying brilliance) and kissing her into submission. Which is a bad idea for a million reasons, because Kady’s submission is exactly what he craves. Being trapped in a tiny motel room with the object of his darkest fantasies will require every ounce of his restraint.

Kady doesn’t want his restraint, but Colton knows better. She deserves love, marriage, and a white picket fence—three things Colton can’t give her. But her proximity and the memory of their steamy near-miss three years ago slowly destroys his resolve. And he’s not sure how much longer he can keep his hands off…or his heart closed.

**

If you are looking for HOT contemporary romance then look no further than Laura Kaye. All of her books are well written and sizzling with sensuous sex scenes. This novella which kicks off Entangled Publishings new Wedding Dare Series is even hotter than other novels by Ms Kaye. This is tagged by me as erotic because of the rough-sex that both hero and heroine enjoy. The character development is perfect and never suffers from this being a novella. Well written and an enjoyable quick read.

 

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Release Day Review- Hard As It Gets: A Hard Ink Novel by Laura Kaye

Title:  Hard As It Gets: A Hard Ink novel

Hard As It Gets

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Author: Laura Kaye

Publisher:  Avon, Nov 26, 2013

Source: Free for review from the Amazon vine Program

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome–pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He’s left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander’s daughter. Loyalty won’t let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too.

With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn’t expecting to want him so much. As their investigation turns into all-out war with an organized crime ring, only Nick can protect her. And only Becca can heal the scars no one else sees.

Desire is the easy part. Love is as hard as it gets. Good thing Nick is always up for a challenge…

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This is the first in the new HARD INK SERIES by Laura Kaye. Nick Rixey lives with his brother Jeremy in an apartment over the tattoo parlor that Jeremy owns and runs with Nick’s help.  Nick was second in command of a Special Forces military unit that ran into an ambush in which only a few survived.  He and the other survivors were dishonorably discharged on trumped up charges and their military records totally altered to their detriment.  So when Becca Merritt appears at the tattoo parlor asking for help in finding her missing brother, Nick is reluctant to help the daughter of his deceased commanding officer who he blames for the debacle. It soon becomes clear that finding Becca’s brother might lead to clearing Nick’s name and that of his fellow comrades.

This is an action packed, testosterone fueled delight.  We are introduced to the surviving team members as they help Nick and Becca solve the disappearance of her brother.  It is clear to see that each of these men will be the protagonists of future books in the series.  The romance was totally understandable; two people thrown together in a high stress situation gravitate toward each other.  The sex is sizzling with the added pleasure of a take charge woman.

My only negative is that some scenes just wouldn’t happen in reality, such as a stray dog being taken into a hospital by on-duty nurses and the team eating only pizza for what appears to be every meal.  Okay… I think they had Chinese food once. Otherwise the world building and setting is terrific and I highly recommend this book for all romantic suspense readers.

Note from Deet:  Sometimes I wonder if those who write the back-of-the-book blurbs actually read the book.  In this instance there is so much wrong with that blurb at the top of the review.  First off, Nick, as I understood it, is not a co-owner of the tattoo parlor.  He only works for his brother who owns the place.  Next, it isn’t loyalty or lust that drives Nick to help Becca initially; it was a feeling that her brother could help him clear his name. And Lastly, they get involved with a street crime gang which I supposed could be considered “organized crime” but to me is more street gang with a deep organization.  Okay maybe I’m splitting hairs on that last one but you get my drift.  All that aside this is a good read.

Oh yes, and here is an interesting vid from Laura Kaye.

This book received a nomination for the Reviewer’s Choice Award  in Romantic Suspense from Romantic Times Magazine.

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Review- In The Service of The King by Laura Kaye (PNR Novella)

Title:  In the Service of the King (Vampire Warrior Kings, book #1)

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Genre: Paranormal Romance Novella

Author: Laura Kaye

Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings, 2012

Source: Kindle Purchase

Rating: 3

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn’t enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn’t want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla’s beauty and poise…and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to please him. Will Kael give in to their overwhelming desire — even if it means risking Shayla’s life? Novella length ~90 pages

**

Ever since I read and loved Laura Kayes’s novella, HEART’S IN DARKNESS, I have wanted to read more by this author.  I did read her NORTH OF NEED, but then didn’t pick up anything until this novella was recommended.

I was not blown away by this novella.  The characters lacked a depth that I needed to involve myself in their story. I am a Paranormal Romance fan and this offering just didn’t live up to my expectations.  The writing was good.  Laura Kaye can write sizzling sex and for that it rates high also.  I am interested in giving another novella in this series a read since I do enjoy Ms. Kaye’s writing.  This novella was an okay read but Ms. Kaye has written better.

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Reblog-Writing Good Sex: Thinking About Steamy Sex Scenes From The Standpoint of a Reader and a Writer

Today I have a terrific post from Tori MacAllister.  Tori is an unpublished writer who will one day set the romance world on it’s ear.  You heard it here first. 

Thank you, Tori, for allowing me to reblog this fabulous post.

Check out Tori’s blog, you won’t be sorry. But first read her post here.

http://torimacallister.wordpress.com/

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A writer who can pen hot, steamy, and emotional sex scenes – interactions that are a lot more than tab A going into slot B – always win my loyalty.

I know there are people who love sweet romance and don’t need to to see what happens in the bedroom, but for me, those bedroom scenes often say more about a relationship than the dialogue or character descriptions. Sex also strips people down (no pun intended) to their essential self with the result being that it’s often obvious that a couple is in love with one another before they get around to actually revealing that fact in words. As Stacia Kane puts it “… the fact is, the deepest truths of our characters can be found when they are naked, when they are at their most vulnerable both physically and emotionally, when they let their guards down and just interact.” (Kane, p. 125)

A sex scene – a good one – is the epitome of showing and not telling. “I’m so hot for you” is not as strong as “His hand trembled as he touched his thumb to the thudding pulse in her neck, a beat he had to taste under his tongue while he reminded himself, go slow, don’t rush this…” Just like any other writing skill, some writers are better at this than others and no matter how much of a natural you are, understanding the elements of a good sex scene that take it from “okay, they are having sex” to “my book just burst into flames and not from an ereader malfunction” is vital to success.

Why We Need Great Sex Scenes

Stacia Kane’s fantastic primer for writers is infinitely valuable to readers as well. We know that we love a certain author or a certain scene but can’t always put our finger on why. In her book, Be a Sex Writing Strumpet, Kane took a series of blog posts and organized them into densely packed book focused on understanding why sex scenes can be so vital to plot and character development, how to write them well, and exercises to help each writer understand his or her sex writing voice and comfort level. It’s pure gold for $2.99.

But your crotchety uncle and that nun who taught you in the second grade definitely don’t feel sex should be in books, which begs the question, do we really need sex scenes? Hell, yes! I think I’m going to let Stacia Kane answer:

If you can find another way to illuminate the most private acts of your characters, to demonstrate their connection, their trust, the depth of their feelings…, their desire for each other, the moment their relationship deepens and changes beyond anything they’ve been through before, while also strengthening the story, increasing tension, and adding complications, and also—let’s be honest here—giving the reader what they’ve been waiting for, and you can do all of that in one scene, then no, you don’t need the sex scene. (Kane, p. 6)

That’s a lot of points in favor of the sex scene. Note she didn’t say titillation? One of the major criticisms of romance novels (and clearly plenty of books outside the genre have sex scenes but they are expected in romance) has always been the “pornographic” nature of the sex. This criticism has always seemed like total bull to me; I’ve never seen a crime or horror writer criticized for too gory a murder. Instead the critic just grimly mentions the level of violence to the reader, as if it’s a point in their favor about their writing style and that they don’t shy away from reality. But romance writers – and let’s face it, it’s because they are usually women writing for mainly other women – get the “mommy porn” thing because god forbid we should show anyone what two people engaged in a mutually satisfying, sexually healthy relationship looks like. Those soccer moms might get ideas or *gasp* expectations.

Some key points Kane touches upon for writers (and which are visible to readers) are vital for emotionally tying us to the characters. Her warning to make everyone wait (for example, the suggestion to write an amazing kissing scene that’s clearly headed you-know-where and interrupt it) builds anticipation. For writers blocked about writing sex scenes, she has the brilliant idea of writing a dialogue between your characters where they talk about their feelings – and then you turn it into a sex scene where they are showing all those emotions through their actions.

Because that’s the point, isn’t it? That our characters show their true selves via their actions (and okay, sometimes their words, when they are actually coherent having sex) and that everything – from first glance to foreplay to actual sex to the aftermath – is built around revealing their soul and their emotion for one another. Let’s take a look at my top love scenes that fit this bill.

Memorable Sex Scenes: The Mrrrrooowwww Worth Reading and Re-reading

If you’re a romance reader, there are memorable sex scenes that are so hot you can’t help but think of them as I’m writing about this topic. Naturally, the writers showcased are women who also happen to be incredibly talented at strong characterization and airtight plotting, but since I’ve seen those qualities in other writers who are terrible at writing sex scenes, I consider these ladies to be the total package. Here are my favorites and why, in no particular order.

Author: Jeaniene Frostone-foot-in-the-grave-lg
Book: This Side of the Grave (Night Huntress series #5)
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Couple: Cat & Bones
Why: I adore this series (Jeaniene Frost seems incapable of writing anything that’s not absolutely stellar) and I’m sure people familiar with it are surprised that I didn’t list the famous/infamous chapter from the second book in the series, One Foot in the Grave. I absolutely agree that half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire lover/husband/former professional whore Bones is an unbearably hot combination, but that truly astonishing sex scene is brought about the presence of Bones’ former lover Annette and his need to prove to her that she’s truly the love of his heart after she lays down a challenge to him to make her blush the next morning (and she does).

this side of the GraveBut the sex scene in This Side of the Grave is one between two people who have weathered ups and downs in their relationship and are secure as a result, and it gets listed here because of one very specific reason. It’s not just the unbelieveably inventive combination of candle wax and fangs, but the fact that Cat consciously lets down her final barrier in her relationship with Bones – the fear of how devastated he would be if she lost him. That realization makes this sex scene one in which she demonstrates how she’s decided to hold nothing back by consciously constructing a night of total pleasure for him. It’s so hot and moving that I find myself alternately fanning my face and choking up whenever I reread it.

Author: Stephanie LaurensARoguesProposal
Book: A Rogue’s Proposal (Cynster series #4)
Genre: Historical Romance
Couple: Demon & Flick
Why: I am the first to admit that Stephanie Laurens drives me insane with her tendency for purple prose. But the earlier Cynster books, while peppered with the occasional “flotsam” reference (ocean debris = not sexy, Stephanie!), possess fewer of these references with the sex scenes  stronger as a result, none more so than Flick’s deflowering scene. It happens on a dresser in an inn. Harry, aka Demon, is the most sensual beast of all the Cynsters and – as frustrating as his inability to express his love for her is – the one place he can show her how he feels is when they are intimate with each other. It’s not surprising she feels smug looking at his ass in the mirror as he makes love to her. Who wouldn’t?

Author: Lisa KleypasThe devil in Winter
Book: Devil in Winter (Wallflowers series #3)
Genre: Historical Romance
Couple: Sebastian & Evie
Why: Another deflowering scene that’s a favorite and honestly one that probably didn’t stop the clock in terms of how long it took. Sexy Viscount Sebastian needs a fortune and heiress Evie is happy to give him hers in trade for letting her escape her abusive relatives but they both agree the marriage has to be legal. Not a problem for Sebastian who’s seemingly bedded all of London’s females over age 17. Exhausted from their trek to Gretna Green and quickie marriage, Evie awakes from a very sexy dream to Sebastian kissing his way all over her naked body. What makes this so unbelievably sexy? The fact that he talks to her – playful, sexy, Sebastian talk that is the essence of his charming, roguish self – until you’re a puddle listening to him bring her to ecstasy  That he has an orgasm so mind-blowing and long that he feels that he might have been the virgin? Icing on the cake.

Author: Jennifer AshleyThe Madness of Lord Ian MacKensie
Book: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie (Highland Pleasures #1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Couple: Ian & Beth
Why: If you have to ask, you haven’t read this book yet! Lord Ian Mackenzie is one of the more memorable and unique heroes I’ve ever read. Landing on the autism spectrum in the 19th century meant you were thought mad no matter how brilliant you are, and it’s not like the era was renowned for the tender care of people with psychological differences. When Lord Ian meets the young and beautiful widow Beth, brought up in poverty and the recent heir to a fortune, he immediately wants her while his honest candor and devastating sexuality proves more than she can resist. While I like all their sex scenes, the one that stands out is the one where Beth visits him at his brother’s art studio in Paris to apologize for being nosy (she really didn’t need to). Ian worried he would never see her again and talks her into baring herself to him. Feeling her freedom, she takes off her clothes and dances a little around the studio in happiness with a sheer scarf, which Ian uses to reel her in and proceeds to bring her to orgasm, while never removing a stitch of his clothing. That in itself is damn erotic, but it’s his utter focus on her pleasure, the sensual enjoyment he takes of every little detail of helping her reach ecstasy, that makes this scene one of my favorites.

Author: Laura Kayehearts in darkness
Book: Hearts in Darkness
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Couple: Makenna & Caden
Why: Laura Kaye can throw down the hot emotional sex scenes with veterans in the business and always land at the top of the pack. In this book, our two protagonists are trapped in an elevator together, in the dark, and they didn’t get a good look at each other when they got in. Getting to know one another when it’s hot and stuffy in an enclosed space doesn’t sound awesome, but it is when the two people in question have a lot to reveal and the dark makes for perfect cover. That they get hot and heavy in the elevator (and then take it to her apartment) has been done before, but not like this. The unbridled sensuality and emotion inherent in Makenna, in the pitch black, feeling the piercings and scars on Caden face and connecting them with what he’s revealed to her makes your heart beat faster.

Author: Shelly LaurenstonThe Mane Event
Book: The Mane Event (Pride #1)
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Couple: Dez & Mace
Why: I adore Laurenston’s ability to bring her brand of earthy humor to this incredibly sexy paranormal series. Mace Llewellyn has left his elite military unit (one made up of shifters like himself) and has gone into the security business with his best friend. They’ve based themselves in New York, not just because Mace’s pride is located there, but because this lion has been head over heels in love with the husky-voiced, half-Irish, half-Puerto Rican (extremely busty) Desiree MacDermott since they began high school. He knows that she’s the one for him, and class issues and the pesky fact that he’s a shifter (and she has no idea about their existence) isn’t going to get in the way. This book makes the short list based on one particularly AMAZING scene – and let me tell you, there are plenty of sexy love scenes in this series! – where Dez handcuffs Mace to her bed and has her wicked way with him. The neighbors calling the police is a given since lions are extremely noisy while being tortured with sexual ecstasy. It’s off the hotness meter not just because of what Dez feels comfortable doing with herself in front of Mace but because he wants to prove himself to her so much that he lets her take control.

Author: Kele MoonDefying-the-Odds_coverin
Book: Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Couple: Melody & Clay
Why: If you haven’t jumped on the Kele Moon bandwagon, I honestly don’t know what you are waiting for. This astonishingly good writer won my heart with her unlikely tale of a working class victim of domestic abuse slaving long hours as a diner waitress who finds love with a UFC fighter. I knew absolutely nothing about this kind of fighting but Kele Moon’s plotting and characterization moved her into my “must-buy the pre-order” category and she’s never let me down. Clay Powers is a disciplined athlete with a tough beginning but good friends and the way he sees through Melody Dylan’s stress and exhaustion to the beautiful woman underneath will have you sniffling. That Melody discovers she is a highly sensual being at Clay’s hands is wonderful, and the make-up sex which occurs when she travels to Las Vegas to cheer on Clay in his big bout will have you never looking at a picture window over Sin City the same way again. Yowza.

The Future of Sex Scenes in Romance

While many people are crediting the Fifty Shades phenomena or the decline of civilization, the fact remains that romance novels, unless of a specific genre (like inspirational or Amish) are becoming more explicit in their sensuality levels. What RT Book Reviews lists as a “Scorcher” now would very likely have been erotica over a decade ago and there are classic romances that were considered hair curling in their time that I flip the page back with a “that’s it?” comment, thinking I’ve missed something.

My hope is twofold. One, that the trend toward explicit sex between characters means that readers and writers are more comfortable with sex as a natural expression between people. Clearly we see more sex on television and in movies, but a lot of it is objectification, not a loving expression between individuals, so romance fits a vital need to remind us of what sex can be. Second, I believe that there are a lot of truly great authors (see my shortlist above) and publishers who want women to demand their due both as consumers of the romance genre (hell, we deserve hot sex scenes between those fictional people we’ve fallen for!) and as healthy sexual beings in the bedroom. In the end, writers who write hot, emotional sex scenes have not only demonstrated their facility as people who have mastered a craft, but as pioneers showing us all what really love can look like in its most elemental form. And I would like to say to all of them – Thank You.

What favorite sex scenes of yours fits the criteria here? I’d love to hear about them. Happy Reading! 🙂

References

Kane, Stacia (2010-07-19). Be A Sex-Writing Strumpet. Kindle Edition.

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Review – North of Need by Laura Kaye

Title: North of Need

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Author: Laura Kaye

Publisher:  Entangled, 2011

Source: Kindle purchase, $4.99

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from amazon.com:

While attempting to escape the agonizing memories she associates with Christmas, twenty-nine-year-old widow Megan Snow builds a snow family outside the mountain cabin she once shared with her husband–and collapses in tears against the snowman at the sight of what she’ll never have.

Called to life by the power of Megan’s tears, snow god Owen Winters appears unconscious on her doorstep in the midst of a raging blizzard. As she nurses him to health, Owen finds unexpected solace in her company and unimagined pleasure in the warmth of her body, and vows to win her heart for a chance at humanity.

Megan is drawn to Owen’s mismatched eyes, otherworldly masculinity, and enthusiasm for the littlest things, and her heart opens enough to believe he’s a Christmas miracle. But this miracle comes with an expiration–before the snow melts and the temperature rises, Megan must let go of her widow’s grief and learn to trust love again, or she’ll lose Owen forever.

**

This novel is billed as a Paranormal Romance but it is also very much a Fantasy Romance.  Reading it brought to mind the old Frosty The Snowman tune and that silly movie about the dead father coming back as a snowman starring Michael Keaton.  But fairytales aside this was a good read but probably not my favorite.   The writing is good, the development is good.  So what didn’t make this better?  I couldn’t wrap my head around a guy who had no flaws…or maybe his flaw was he was too good.  Yes he had those “issues” in his past god-life but they really weren’t flaws.  The heroine had all the flaws and here she is bedding this guy like every two minutes and she still can’t tell him she loves him even though she does.  This is supposed to add tension but was a bit annoying.  Okay, sounds like I didn’t like it, not the case.  Stranded in a blizzard with a hunky god who only wants to love me?  Oh yeah!

This is my second Laura Kaye book after Hearts In Darkness reviewed last week.

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Review- Hearts in Darkness (Erotic Romance)

Title:  Hearts in Darkness

Genre: Contemporary Romantic Erotica (novella)

Author: Laura Kaye

Publisher: Wild Rose Press, Aug. 2011

Source: purchase, Kindle $2.25

(paperback available for $9.99)

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 5++

Description from amazon.com:

Makenna James thinks her day can’t get any worse, until she finds herself stuck in a pitch-black elevator with a complete stranger. Distracted by a phone call and juggling too much stuff, the pin-striped accountant caught only a glimpse of a dragon tattoo on his hand before the lights went out.

Caden Grayson is amused when a redhead literally falls at his feet. His amusement turns to panic when the power fails. Despite his piercings, tats, and vicious scar, he’s terrified of the dark and confined spaces. Now, he’s trapped in his own worst nightmare.

To fight fear, they must both reach out and open up. With no preconceived notions based on looks to hold them back, they discover just how much they have in common. In the warming darkness, attraction grows and sparks fly, but will they feel the same when the lights come back on?

**

I’m blushing!  But I’m also smiling and if Makenna wants to toss Caden out I will gladly take him, tats, piercings, scars and all.

This is one hot and steamy read.  It is the best erotic romance I have ever read but that’s not saying much since I’ve read about three altogether.  But what I have read prior to this has been more in the “slam, bam, thank you m’am” style of erotica, which is totally unsatisfying to me.  The character development here is really good.  The sexual tension is well done and totally believable and we actually like these two people. The sex is pretty  straight forward and not kinky, so no BDSM or anything like that.  If you are new or fairly new to this genre I highly recommend this novella, even if you are well versed in this genre, this is highly recommended.  Laura Kaye is a terrific writer and I look forward to reading more from her.

For those who like their steamy scenes fading to black or behind closed doors, this one is not for you.

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