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Published by Self Published on May 10th 2017
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Two strangers in Paris ...
One passionate, earth-shattering kiss.
He was the artist upstairs
with the tantalizing smile and laughing eyes.
He was the devil inviting me to sin,
seducing me to dance in the bright moonlight.
He was desire and need.
When he touched me, my body sang.
My soul came alive.
But I belonged to another man,
and he didn't want to let me go.
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Book Review: 5 stars
Everyone who has ever read a book by Mia Asher knows that she has the uncanny ability to make you suffer through the most realistic and grounding situations possible in a very poetic way. She can deliver blow after emotional blow, all packed up into a beautiful bow. Well, “Love me in the dark” is not as intensive as some of her other books but not any less beautiful.
Mia Asher created two of the most amazing characters ever in a book. Whereas I had an immediate crush on her hero Sébastien, it took me a longer time to warm up to the heroine Valentina. She has been a real doormat for too long and I wanted to shake her at times, tell her how much more of worth she is than she has been treated by certain people. That leads me to another fact – I have rarely – if ever – hated a character in a book as much as I hated William, the scumbag of a husband. How in the heavens did Mia Asher find it in herself to write such an evil and ugly character so well? That really made second guess a lot of morals I have but no, I’m still hating the guy’s guts more than anything.
The pace of the story was not as fast as in “Arsen” for example. Not one situation after another happening, it was more of a sliding through the pages from time to time. A slight lingering in beautiful surroundings and encounters that made my heart beat faster. I really enjoyed it. But wouldn’t call it a slow burn romance by any means. No need to worry, Mia Asher delivered the angst just fine! The sex-scenes were amazing, they were really only for the purpose of deepening the situation’s emotional statement rather than a filler. Let me tell you, the hero was simply an Adonis *dreamy sigh* The writing was downright poetic. I’m not one for marking certain passages in my books, just not my thing. But if I would, “Love me in the dark” would probably be as colorful as the fireworks on a New Year’s night. So many beautiful thoughts put into even more beautiful words. I’m in love here, in case you couldn’t tell.
When I started the book, the prologue had me sniffling already and I just knew I was hooked. Don’t worry, the book has a beautiful ending. But there goes my only complaint here – the ending was too abrupt. Just like it seems to be the MO with Mia Asher, there were a few flashbacks in time to a younger heroine and her love-history. And then there is a time-hop for 6 months right before the ending. There might be a HFN ending but for all they’ve been through and the time apart right before the happy ending, I just wasn’t satisfied with the short glimpse into their reunion. I would never tell an author how to write her book, you can see that Mia Asher has written her heart out for this one but maybe this would have been better packed into a final chapter for the reunion and an epilogue some time into the future, just to see that this time around everything worked out. But maybe it’s just my damn sappy heart speaking here, wishing for more and more and more. Insatiable fool LOL
All in all, I have to say that “Arsen” will always be my favorite by Mia Asher but even I have to admit that she took writing, plot and character growth to a whole new level of awesomeness in “Love me in the dark” and despite my disappointment over a clipped ending, I rate it with 5 solid stars and can recommend EVERYONE to read the book. Believe me, you won’t regret it. How can someone not like ‘beautiful’…
If I had the chance to pass some personal words on to Mia, it’d be that I’d thank her for this beautiful tale and beg her to give us hopeless romantics some more loving aka. Sébastien and Valentina in the future.