Posted in Erotica, Romance

Hearts in Darkness – Laura Kaye

Synopsis

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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My Review

Before I start this review, I’ve just realized the last three books I have read have involved guys who are heavily tattooed and have piercing someplace or another. I have a major problem.

Anyway back to the review.

Hearts in Darkness is about two strangers, Makenna/MJ and Caden who become trapped in an elevator, or lift, if you’re British for a number of hours, encased in the tiny metal box in complete darkness.

It starts when MaKenna, or Red to Caden as he had no idea who she is, literally falls at his feet into the elevator. His amusement at the situation suddenly takes a turn for the worst when the lift jolts and stops and they are thrown into darkness. For a heavily tattooed and pierced guy, hes trapped in his worst nightmare, the dark and confined spaces from the secrets of his past.

Makenna seems fine with this situation, doubling over in laughter as her day has just gotten worse for her. Trapped with a stranger, the only thing she saw of him before everything happened with the Dragon tattoo on his hand.

Throughout their ordeal, they begin to talk, first with the game 20 questions and it suddenly flies into their past, with Caden sharing his scars especially now as MJ has helped him through his fear of confined spaces and the darkness by just being there with him.

The pitch black darkness hides their imperfections and insecurities and allows them to be themselves, without the other person knowing what they look like and being rejected. They can express themselves emotionally to one another. This only fuels their chemistry and you can literally feel the sexual tension steaming from the book.

But once out of the elevator, will their chemistry and soul baring closeness remain when the lights are back on?

The author did a great job in writing both characters, especially the POV from Caden and MJ as you got a feel of what they were both thinking throughout the darkness and about each other, which carried on once they were free. She also backtracked a conversation or action so we could see what the other person was thinking while it has happening.

You got to see that Caden wasn’t your ‘tough’ guy, as you would expect from his appearance, he was actually complete sweet and shy and at times he was vulnerable, especially when he had an panic attack in the lift and when he kept asking MJ how far he could go or if it was okay to do this or that. He was such a sweet character to read, and it was a major great turn of events that he never lets anyone in, but around MJ, she had this aura to her that he just needed and wanted to be around her all the time.

MJ was a great read as well. She has an amazing sense of humour, which helps Caden out in the worst of it all. From having the worst day of her life, with the elevator topping it off, she’s attracted to Caden, despite not seeing his face until they get out of the lift. She’s intrigued by his tattoos and she absolutely loves his piercings, which turns Caden on as he was afraid they would turn her off. It was so nice to read that MJ was the one helping Caden through everything, as normally it’s the damsel in distress being rescued, but it showed her soft side and her caring side which was lovely to read.

Now this book doesn’t come without a lot of sexual chemistry and tension in the lift and of course you get drawn into it too. Although they don’t have sex in the lift, stuff does happen and you’ll have to wait and see what happens after they are released from the lift, but hello, tell me where to get one of these men!

Such a different book than I read, but it was great to read something where the characters can’t see each other but they are definitely attracted to one another literally based on being stuck together, their answers and the little touches they give that really heats up the situation.

Posted in Cherrie Lynn, Erotica, Romance

Rock Me – Cherrie Lynn (Book #2)

Synopsis

Loving him couldn’t be worse than losing him. Could it?

Candace Andrews has had enough of pleasing others. In an act of birthday rebellion, she sets out to please herself—by walking into the tattoo parlor owned by her cousin’s ex-boyfriend. All she wants is a little ink, and Brian’s just the guy to give it to her.

As soon as she submits to his masterful hands, though, the forbidden attraction she’s always felt for him resurfaces…and she realizes the devilishly sexy artist could give her so much more.

Sweet, innocent Candace is the last person Brian expected to see again. She’s everything he’s not, and her family despises him. He doesn’t need the hassle, but he needs her, and this time no one is taking her away. Not even those who threaten to make his life a living hell.

Backed into a corner, Candace faces the worst kind of choice. Cave in to those who think Brian is a living nightmare…or hold her ground and risk it all for the one man who rocks her world.

Warning: This book contains explicit sex, naughty language, tattoos aplenty, family drama, a hot rock concert…and a bad boy hero who’s pierced in all the right places.

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My Review

This is book two in the Ross Siblings trilogy and it focuses on Brian, Evan’s brother and his ex’s cousin Candy.

As a birthday rebellion, Candace decides she’s had enough of pleasing others and so she wants to do something for herself, which is how she found herself walking through the door of the tattoo parlour owned by her cousin’s ex-boyfriend Brian.

All she wants is a little ink scratched on her, and she wants Brian to tattoo her, somewhere private where her parents would never find out. Seeing Candace for the first time since he split up with her cousin, he’s attracted to her but knows her family hate him, yet he can’t seem to let her go, so he slips her his number and it all starts from there.

At 23, Candace has lived a sheltered life and is still a virgin, but with Brian, heavily tattooed, pierced in all the right places…yes that’s right, down south, he takes her on a journey into his world where she is accepted and takes her to another world, where great sex is involved.

There’s a lot of drama throughout the book, mostly from Candace’s family as they don’t like Brian because he’s not the typical boy Candace should be with and they don’t want her daughter going out with him because they have a reputation to uphold within their rich social circle.

But although Candace didn’t want to disappoint her parents, she loves Brian and you can understand her frustration. She takes time out from Brian, to make sure he wasn’t some kind of rebellion against her parents and although it pained her, I admired that she did that, so she could think it through.

And with all the drama, Brain and Candace’s love is stronger that anything that can be pushed their way, and there is a lot that could split them up for good, but they stand their ground and come out stronger, not caring for anyone’s opinions because they just want to be together.

Macy, Candace’s friend, tried hopelessly to put her off Brian, but if you read Leave You Breathless, you will understand why she did this. There’s a part in this book where her and Brian’s best friend/colleague, Ghost/Seth get together for a night, and this is why book three is about these two. Although he is no Ross Sibling, Brian is the closest thing to a brother he has, and he has a brother, somewhere.

I really loved this book, probably more than Unleashed because you watch a sheltered innocent girl grow into something that was always there, just her parents stopped her doing anything, and you see a tattooed, pierced guy, who beneath it all, is so kind and caring and will stop at nothing to keep Candace as his.