Love Me in the Dark
by Mia Asher (Goodreads Author)
**Love Me in the Dark generously provided in exchange for an honest review.**
This is my first ever book by Mia Asher and I've finally found out what I've been missing after all this time. Precise, engaging, and purely magnetic prose coupled with an intriguing and sinfully delicious structured plot make up the pages of this standalone story, Love Me in the Dark.
Asher's writing sweeps you off your feet only to land you in the most romantic city on the planet. The bulk of this sweet and wicked romance story takes place in Paris. You'll feel every emotion Asher intends: pride, maturation, glee, lusty eroticism, and angst (my GOOOOSH so much angst). I know this book would knock on my on personal comfort zone door and it did without remorse. It knocked and barrelled right through into my reading heart.
"I had a masochist heart."
Valentina Fitzpatrick lives an unfulfilled life. Questioning how she got to her current place, the why's, where's, and what I am doings race through her mind relentlessly. A once happily married woman finds herself in Paris awaiting her husband to court her once more. In this waiting period Valentina blooms. She remembers parts of herself long forgotten in her marriage. Her will and strength get a little sturdier as she navigates the waters of who she is and who she really wants to be. Valentina is the most interesting case study. With so much love to give and little received she makes choices that will forever change her life. Choices that will gut you as a reader, make you question her, and yet choices that although provide the catalyst for the angst are ones that make you think deeply about the true meaning of strength and love.
"What are you really afraid of, Valentina?"
When asked this question by a perfectly sculpted and tempting stranger, Valentina is forced to look really deep inside herself and decide her own fate for once. She's a female lead I normally shy from in my reading or so I thought. I'm fascinated by women and the choices they make on pretty much a daily basis both in look life and out. Valentina is one such woman who rises from the ashes of her own fire. She stumbles, falls, gets kicked down but this woman has grit. She has power she's coming to realize and embody. And she's fun, witty, and full of love. Peeking out around her nefarious husband's shadow has her seeing a light she forgot existed.
"A man's face shouldn't be that sinful."
Oh Sebastien. This enigmatic character will charm you from beginning to end. Chased by his own particular demons, Sebastien is the good time boy. The love he tries to repress shines outward like a beacon you can't deny. Imagine your most favorite qualities in book boyfriends and I guarantee you'll find them in this stunning man. An artist, an open soul, a romantic, and a wickedly good time Sebastien devastates readers. He's the man you can't quit, won't stop, need to have. He's the man you want to know everything about. Hiding beneath his shiny veneer are troubles shrouded in a thick coat of strength. This man lives yet is missing something. Sebastien is the puzzle with the missing piece you'll search forever to complete.
"See, I told you."
Love Me in the Dark gives second chances at life and love in a uniquely heart pounding and wicked way. It's a romance you never expected full of devious paths of pleasure and pain. It's a beautifully contrasted story showcasing the light and dark sides of life. An exploration of self and growth paralleled with the romanticism of being just simply YOU with the person who wants you exactly as you come, no filter, no disguise. This book intrigues you, delights you, rips your heart apart and glues it back together. It's a glorious look at the power of true love and why we should all believe in it. Mia Asher's thoughtful and eloquent writing easily ebbs and flows through the turmoil and pain with burst of pleasure, fun, and eroticism. It's a book that you'll fight sleep to get through entranced in the beauty of this author's magnificent story telling. Enjoy. And BRAVO Mia Asher, you made a believer out of me.