Monday, May 15, 2017

Book Review for Love Me in the Dark by Mia Asher

LOVE ME IN THE DARK
by MIA ASHER

 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.





REVIEW: 4 Beautiful Stars
"Love is cruel for it makes one weak."

I am not entirely sure if I am upset that I expected this to be angsty, or that there just wasn't any angst at all. Because, let's be honest:  Mia is known for her breath-withholding angst. Right?? She just is, and this one had NONE. But, my gosh, the beauty that flowed through this story, and the words that she used while describing this love affair, was just exquisite. It truly was. This book was what book review inspirations are made of. It was really beautiful and a very easy read; one that kept me turning the pages. I highlighted so much and notated so much more than any other book I've read in a very long time! But while I loved the writing so very much, I had a few issues with the actual story, and that is what made this review really hard for me to write. I will be honest while I try to work this out in my heart and my mind, but please understand that I am coming from a place that LOVES Mia's writing and have ONLY known the agony she brings to my heart and I have willingly accepted it.

Characters:
VALENTINA was a meek woman without a backbone of her own. She allowed her husband to redefine who she was and how she acted, and that was really hard to see because you just knew that her heart was always in the right spot. She was always doing for him, or making him happy, making his life easier, all the while she was suffering and losing sight of who she was. That's what made a lot of this hard for me, because I don't generally like weak females. I suppose I could ask myself if she was being strong for the both of them? Do I justify her behavior and actions with my own questions? That's what Mia's writing does for me; she makes me think outside the norm. This wasn't her normal style. This wasn't high angst with questionable actions. This wasn't a fast paced, edge-of-my-seat read. This was a slow moving read that took us through the parallels of all three of the main characters while slowly revealing this unbreakable, undeniable love that was deeply embedded in their souls.

SEBASTIEN was a delicious man with a delicious body and a delicious mouth. Did I mention he was delicious? No? He was. Very delicious. He was sin walking and temptation talking. He was every desire manifested into one delicious man. (Hint: he was delicious) I just loved the way he treated Val and the way he made her feel alive again. He inspired her to start to question her life back home and to realize there was more to life than just living for someone else's needs. With dreamy eyes and smooth lips, Sebastien caresses Val's emotional side with power and ease. He manipulates her self confidence and shows her she's truly desirable. He makes her feel worthy in the sexiest of ways.

"He's danger inviting you to play, and only a fool would accept his invitation, or, perhaps only a fool wouldn't."

Sebastien made this story for me. I honestly enjoyed his character and the ways he made me crave his touch for her. I knew she was married. We saw it. We felt their attraction. He made her weak in the knees and made her unable to think straight. That kind of attraction is so fun to read! But, with Val so stuck on her morals regarding her marriage to her husband William, it made it a little hard to accept that she went back and forth. Do I understand why she would do that? As a married woman, YES, because we are responsible for our actions when we are married.....but, when your husband is a 100% certifiable douche, well that makes it more black and white to me, no grey area at all, whatsoever. From a selfish husband to an enigmatic, romantic and giving lover. She was repressed in her old lifestyle, but accepted it because she was in love. Seb opened her eyes to life and love.
Sometimes our favorite authors write a story that just doesn't quite live up to our own unwarranted expectations. Does that make this a bad story? NO! Hell no. Did I love this story? Gosh, I loved the words. I did. I loved the way it was written and how the words flowed; it was just so beautiful. But I think I kept waiting for a shoe to drop, or for Valentina to get a backbone, or Sebastian to just take her and prove to her what true love really feels like. I felt like I was just.....waiting. After the amazing prologue that gave me chills on my scalp, my hair standing on end, I was hoping for more lip-biting angst and depth. Having said that, don't miss out and don't NOT read this book. I will gift a few copies because it was that beautiful....it really truly was.

I always say a cover makes me look at a book, but the synopsis sells me on a book. At this point, Mia's words steal my senses. I don't need a sexy cover or a witty synopsis. I just need the knowledge that she's writing a book and I will know I'll want to read it. I'm a slave to her words and I'll forever want them in my mind and heart. She is truly an amazing writer. I'm moved by her ability to suck me in and hold me captive from cover to cover because she can weave a forbidden love so erotic and necessary, you forget to breathe. Mia is a top 5 author for me and I will go to her time and time again, without fail because I know she will have all the words I want to read.

“Tell me to go. Tell me to leave you alone.”
“I can’t.”

~BEE


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