“All the sin, heat, and dirty underbelly that comes with it. I’m dying to read Under the Stars!” –Nora Flite, USA Today
Under the Lights, book one in the thrilling, white-hot second-chance Bright Lights Duet from USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise is available NOW!
5 *+#~*#^% CROWNS
Well, what do I do now? You know what I want to do? I want to pick my chin up off the floor, pick up the pieces of my shattered heart, and mail them to Tia Louise. She can put them in her jar of broken hearts, because I’m sure she has caused a lot of emotional breakdowns with this suspense-filled, edge-of-your-seat romance.
It is difficult to talk about the characters, because, honestly, we don’t get a lot of background on either the hero or the heroine.. Although this is normally a detraction from the story, their vague characterization fits with the roles they play. What we do learn is that Mark is incredibly protective, and he loves fiercely. His dedication to Lara is unwavering. Lara, like Mark, has a protective streak a mile wide, and her desperation to protect Molly drives her to do many things she doesn’t want to do. Her perseverance shows a strength that most would not have when she is faced with obstacles and amoral acts she chooses to do in order to protect others. Most importantly, the chemistry between Mark and Lara is HOT, and Tia Louise does a fantastic job at making it about the physicality of their relationship.
From the first page, readers will be sucked into this seedy burlesque club. There is danger and seduction, and readers will feel ensnared by the suspense crafted by this author. There are parts of the plot that will be hard for readers, but the author doesn’t make readers endure the trauma, and spends more time with the after effects, hammering home the ramifications of what has occurred. This is a duet so it does end in a cliffhanger, but the epilogue left me with such hope.
This is my favorite Tia Louise novel, without question. I couldn’t put it down. I was consumed by this sultry and seedy world, and I cannot wait to see how it will all end.
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