I wish you were mine. Only mine.
I love romance books. I am open to giving pretty much any sub-trope a try. But if I had to tell you the short list of tropes that are generally my least favorite, they would be, in no particular order, dark romance, new adult romance, mob/mafia related romance, romances with cliffhangers, and romances that contain violence. And Tia Louise’s Under the Lights contains EVERY. SINGLE. ONE of these. And I STILL LOVED IT. If that doesn’t tell you what an incredible story this is, then I don’t know how else to persuade you.
From the setting- a seedy burlesque club located in a shady part of New Orleans, to the characters- the innocent, but streetwise Larissa, to the handsome hero, Mark, and their loyal friends, and dangerous enemies, every detail of the book is carefully crafted. Ms. Louise will have you completely investing all of yourself in this tale of love and tragedy, happiness found and innocence lost, and decisions that will change lives forever.
The language is beautiful. The violence is stark. The love is true. And the the cliffhanger is heartbreaking. And I can only hope that if Under the Lights left me moved to tears, that Under the Stars will once again make me whole.