Under The Lights
Bright Lights Duet #1
by Tia Louise
Heroes don’t last long around here…
Fall in love with the sexiest girl in New Orleans?
Prepare to die for her?
Larissa is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.
She’s the rising star of the Pussycat Angels, the hottest burlesque show in the French Quarter.
I’ll never forget the first time I saw her.
The curve of her breast outlined by sparkling rhinestones.
Slim hips wrapped in black fishnets.
Long, dark hair…
She’s the Dark Angel who stole my heart.
Her body is intoxicating, our love overwhelming.
Cat eyes and blood red lips.
Sizzling fingers on white-hot skin.
I couldn’t keep my hands off her…
But her fame had a dark side,
A sinister shadow lurking under the lights.
I would do anything to save her…
He would do anything to see me dead.
Excerpt:“You’re so good.” Her voice is soft, and she traces her finger along the bandage before lifting her blue eyes to meet mine. “Thank you for buying me lunch. For saving me…” Without warning, she steps forward and wraps her arms around my waist, pressing her face against my chest, and I don’t hold back. She fits perfectly in my arms, and I inhale the sweet scent of her hair just before I press my lips to the top of her head. Her voice is muffled against my shirt. “It feels so safe here.” “Lara,” I whisper in her hair. “I want to keep you safe.” She pulls back, and I loosen my hold. But she doesn’t leave. She puts her hand against my cheek, lifting her chin as she rises higher on her toes. Hell if I make her work for it. Leaning forward, I capture her lips. They part, and our tongues meet, curling together as I hug her closer to me. She exhales a little noise, and her fingers thread in the sides of my hair. I trace a line with my lips to her ear. “I want you so much,” I whisper. She turns, searching for my mouth, and I kiss her. She fists my shirt in her hands, pulling it up and placing her palm against my bare stomach. I groan deeply, and my hands slide under her ass. I lift her against my chest, and her legs go around my waist. Our kisses are wildfire, fast-moving, lips pulling, hungry for something more. Something just within reach. She moving subtly against my waist, and the blood rushes downward. I’m hard and she’s riding me, stroking my erection with her crotch. “Lara,” I groan. Her lips still, and she holds my cheeks, looking into my eyes. “That night on the catwalk… The way you looked at me…” My brow collapses at the memory. “You’re the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.” “I only want you to see me.” Her lips are pink and swollen from my kisses. I lean forward and kiss her again, tasting her like she’s water in the desert. She exhales a little noise, and it’s a charge straight to my cock. I love her lips. I love her mouth. I want more. I want all of her. “Does your waist hurt?” She leans forward, running her nose along my jaw. “Nothing hurts. Everything is amazing.”
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4.5 out of 5 Stars
The seedier side of New Orleans is the background to this dark romance. Lara is barely surviving working at a "burlesque" show. Added to her troubles is the fact she is protecting a thirteen-year-old orphan named Molly. Men surrounding them in that business leer at them both, while Lara is trying her best to protect Molly from the pedophiles.
Mark accepts a job at the theatre because he has no other option. No money, no family... he needs to eat and have a roof over his head. Once he meets Lara, he falls hard for her. She is an innocent caught in this web of malice that is the undercurrent at this theatre. Her dreams to become a singer since it is the only thing she knows to do to earn a living, drive her and scare her at the same time. This appeals to Mark's instinctual need to protect. He swears to be there for her.
The forces of evil at this theatre all sum up to one scumbag~ Guy! This is a man from which all humans should run and hide. His depravity was more than I could stand.
This is a strong, dark, and emotional series. Not for the faint of heart. Our author is very classy in how she depicts the horrors of the secrets kept at this theatre. It is the subject matter that you must be cautioned about.
There is a sequel coming out on January 22nd. I hope this story will give us the twist we need to reach a somewhat happy ending for these innocents caught in this web of evil.
I am voluntarily reviewing this book. Thank you to the author for sharing a copy with me.
About the Author:Tia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of When We Touch, the “One to Hold” and “Dirty Players” series, and co-author of the #4 Amazon bestseller The Last Guy. She loves all the books (as long as they have romance), all the chocolate (as long as it’s dark), strong coffee and sparkling wine. After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped. Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat.
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