Under the Lights by Tia Louise
Bright Lights Duet Part 1
January 8, 2018
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.
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.
Jodi is a former elementary school teacher/curriculum writer turned SAHM. She lives in NH and has three girls ages 8, 6 and 3. Every day is a chaotic surprise in her house and reading is her stress reliever/escape hatch. She has enjoyed reading since she was very little, and loves a wide variety of genres, including everything from classics like Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice to sexy, smutty romance. She also enjoys coffee, chocolate, and wine, in that order throughout the day, and is very content any time she can go to the bathroom alone.