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CONFESSIONS AFTER DARK (After Dark #2) by KAHLEN AYMES

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SYNOPSIS

Sparks Fly … Lines Blur… Hearts Break
Alexander Avery is rich, powerful and the sexiest man Angeline Hemming has ever laid eyes on: a man like every woman dreams about. Angel is not immune to his sensual and ruthless pursuit, and Alex is intoxicated by the beautiful doctor; overwhelmed with desire like he’s never known.

As one of Angel’s profiling cases gets more and more dangerous, Alex finds himself filled with unfamiliar panic and emotional turmoil; his need to protect her goes against Angel’s adamant insistence that she doesn’t need his help. He isn’t a man to sit on the sidelines when the woman he’s obsessed with is threatened, so he takes control to protect her without telling her of his plans.

Angel’s fortitude is shaken when her stalker invades not only her personal life but also those close to her… even when that someone is as powerful and seemingly untouchable as Alexander Avery. Professional ethics insist she keep the details or her work secret, even as their newfound closeness has her yearning to confide in him. But, as Angel’s quest to protect her heart from Alex’s 
undeniable pull equals her need to keep him out of a dangerous situation, circumstances dictate a huge decision; which could have detrimental, and irreversible consequences for them both. 

When danger threatens and jealousy reaches the boiling point, lies will be told and secrets kept… Even with the best intentions and the most undeniable connection … the deepest of loves will be tested.

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Confessions after Dark

Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G: 3 1/2 stars

“Don’t break my heart…I love you, so much. You’ll destroy me.”

Gitte: I fell in love with both Alex and Angel in Angel after Dark for different reasons. Alex because he’s just an ideal book boyfriend isn’t he, Jenny. Gorgeous, sexy, passionate and protective. He was a bit of a Ladies man but then he heard and saw Angel and our man fell hard. He didn’t change much in this instalment; if anything his qualities were magnified and he went all out for Angel. I fell harder, which I didn’t think was possible. Alex is LUSH!

‘He was passion personified; the epitome of sex for sure, but he possessed an unexpected tenderness….’

As for Angel; well she did change and sadly not for the better. The main reason I didn’t love this one as much as book #1 was, in my opinion, because she became one of those heroines I just can’t enjoy or get on with. She became childish, whiney and weak and blamed Alex for something she selflessly instigated initially, in order to protect him. She also expected him to do things despite her telling him not to. She became the kind of woman I don’t like in real life, you know the ones who blame the man for not second guessing her and blaming men in general for not being psychic. This was so disappointing as I thought the continuing storyline was great with plenty of intrigue, drama and suspense. The passion was off the charts hot and I was really enjoying it as the story unfolded until Angel just took the wrong turn. She became everything she wasn’t in book #1.

“Agony and ecstasy all rolled up into one. You are everything to me.”

Again, it has to be said Kahlen Aymes is a fantastic writer and whilst I enjoyed this one I didn’t love it, I just couldn’t. I can’t wait for the final book now to find out how it all ties up in the end.

“I believe in the kind of love that leaves you breathless, aching, and feeling like you’re flying and dying all at the same time.”

I just hope Angel reverts into that fantastic level headed, gutsy and sassy chick she was in book #1 don’t you Jenny?

Jenny:  Oh Alex is definitely the stuff book boyfriends are made of. You pretty much summed him up and let’s not forget he’s good with children…le sigh…..I really did fall hard for this guy in book one and if it’s at all possible, his fierce love and protective stance for Angel in this book only intensified my feelings for him. He is divine and boy, didn’t Angel bring him to his knees. She had him at sixes and sevens.

“I’ve worshiped you.”

I agree with you about Angel, Gitte! Angel was one of my favourite heroines in the first installment and I missed that woman in this one. She was sexy, witty upfront and pragmatic. She didn’t play games, she didn’t mess about and that’s what I loved that about her.

“I can’t stay away. I don’t know if I’d be strong enough to fight it even if I wanted to.” Alex
“You’re the strongest man I know.” Angel
“Not when it comes to you.” Alex

So it begs the question….what happened to that sassy no nonsense Angel in this one? Here was this wonderful guy who continually proved himself, laying his feeling bare and what does she do? Pushes him away because of ‘what ifs’? Yes, I can understand her being skittish because of Alex’s past and I understood her desir to protect him but instead of coming across stoic and unselfish, she ended up frustrating me.  As you said, poor Alex needed a crash course in mind reading to keep up with her.  But…when these two are good together they make for addictive reading.

“Do you dream of me often?” – Angel
“Every time I close my eyes.” – Alex

Like you I loved the drama, the wit, the suspense and the passion…wow! These certainly fire up the pages and the heat is there in abundance. I did enjoy Confessions After Dark but I didn’t love it as much as book one. In saying that, I’m dying to delve into Promises.  I look forward to their banter, the intense passion and seeing how their relationship evolves because I’m definitely invested in these two!

 

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 ANGEL AFTER DARK (After Dark Book One)
TB review here
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 CONFESSIONS AFTER DARK (After Dark Book Two)
TB review here
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 PROMISES AFTER DARK (After Dark Book Three)
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ANGEL AFTER DARK (After Dark #1) by KAHLEN AYMES

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SYNOPSIS

Book one of the After Dark, Series

Dr. Angeline Hemming is a beautiful, sassy, no-nonsense type of girl who has risen from a difficult past to become one of Chicago’s most successful and respected criminal profilers. In exchange for free commercials to promote her favorite charitable causes, Angel answers calls and gives relationship advice on a Friday night radio program.

Alexander Avery is a gorgeous and successful corporate genius who doesn’t believe in love. When his girlfriend-of-convenience calls into Angel’s program, he is furious with the show’s host who doles out (what he considers) blind advice, without knowing all the facts… and he decides to give her a piece of his mind, and his side of the story!

When Angel informs Alex he’s the one in need of a much-deserved lesson, all hell breaks loose as these two type-A personalities battle it out for control over minds and hearts, and yes, in bed. Not only are they fighting each other at every turn, but they are also struggling to uphold the convictions they each live by.

It’s unclear who is stronger, but both must discover that to get what they desperately want, they may have to give a little… or a lot.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

J&G : 4.5 Stars

Gitte: So we’ve had this one on our kindles for a while haven’t we, Jenny and we’ve been missing out that’s for sure. The writing was ‘spot on’ flawless; the characters written with such precision and attention to detail. The atmosphere of the story was brilliant too as were the other characters who I really enjoyed. I laughed at the hilarious banter, I swooned at the romantic passion and I felt the emotion of the hurt and darkness lurking within.

‘You leave me defenceless…it’s like I’m drowning, grasping and clawing for every breath.’

What a slow building luscious intro to a new series with a fabulous strong kick arse heroine who also has a sweet broken side and a very commanding presence.

“She’s gonna chew him up and spit him out. I love it.”

I loved the fact that Angeline was an honest, intelligent ‘no nonsense’ woman. She knows who she is and what she wants, despite a few issues as a consequence of heartbreak in her past. Her reluctance to give her heart fully was understandable and whilst her indecision towards the end started to grate on me a little; it never became a huge issue for me.

Jenny:  All I can think about at this moment is Alexander Avery. Swoon city! Boy am I glad we finally took the plunge to meet the divine Mr Avery because we sure have been missing out…on both the story and this delectable man!

“When we’re together like this, all I want to do is feel. There is no other choice.”

I was pulled into Angel After Dark from the very beginning Gitte and loved how the author slowly and teasingly led us in to Alex and Angel’s story which was mixed with a bit of mystery, suspense and lots of sexual chemistry, all with the promise of more to come! I relished the deliciously flirty and naughty banter which was like a form of foreplay between two sexy and sassy characters. I couldn’t help but become engulfed in the passion and humour between two people who were completely taken aback by their sizzling connection.

“Do you have anything real? Has anyone ever touched you on a deeper level? Motivated you to really want? Want so much with your heart and body that it left you literally aching….?”

Angeline was very much her own woman and a woman of many layers too. As sweet as she was tough, she was successful, kind, resilient and although like you her indecision did grate a little…really? How could you second guess yourself with this man?  However, once we got to the gist of Angeline’s back story I understood her reluctance and admired her for what she had made of herself.

Gitte: Then there’s Alex, our hero, who let’s face it, has just about everything you’d desire in a book boyfriend! I fell in love with this guy and at times I just couldn’t understand Angel’s hesitation but then at the same time I respected the hell out of her for it. Don’t think I could have been that strong to resist!

“…damn it, he was funny and sexy and brilliant. Lethal.”

The sexual tension, the emotional connection and the comedic stand-off between Alex and Angel was fab; I loved it! What a journey for both of them on their individual path in life as well as the one they reluctantly embark upon together.

“Why do you want to break me? Make me lose control? Lose myself?”

My favourite scenes has to be the radio ones which set the ball rolling. I was in stitches and thought the writing was class! There was also a threat and suspense simmering in the background which I can’t wait to get my teeth into in book #2…wait hang on, that’s Alex I can’t……I of course mean that I can’t wait to experience the action and drama which I’m sure will explode….oh wait, that would also be Alex or me…or both…… I’m going to stop here I think!

“I don’t want you to lose yourself, honey. I’m trying to find you. To keep you with me.”

As for cliff-hangers, in my opinion I thought this was a walk in the park, though I am gagging to find out how the suspenseful drama will unfold and what happens next. Do you agree, Jenny?

Jenny:  No thinking needed my book soulmate,  I completely share your befuddlement.   I can’t form a coherent thought every time I think about the sexy, sensual, successful and totally scrumptious Alex. This is one determined man in business and in pleasure, providing it’s on a purely physical level that is because Alex doesn’t have time for complications or emotions in his relationships . I admit that I fell in insta love with him and my feelings only intensified as the story progressed.

“Just kiss me. I need you to kiss me. Give in to this.”

Angel’s a better woman than me because I couldn’t have shown such fortitude in attempting to resist this man’s advances. He would have had me at hello! But as you said, I understood her reasoning’s and respected them.

“Baby, I’m right here, too.”

I loved how Kahlen Aymes set the groundwork in this first book. She allowed us to dip our toes in just enough without getting completely wet and I feel there is much to uncover in Confessions After Dark.  I completely agree with you about the ending Gitte. It was done splendidly and left me anticipating the next book all the more. More Alex…yipppeeee! More great story, more drama, more intrigue and suspense, more passion….….like you said….mmmmmmm more Alex. I can’t wait to see how this story unfolds.

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 ANGEL AFTER DARK (After Dark Book One)
Currently FREEEE!
TB review here
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 CONFESSIONS AFTER DARK (After Dark Book Two)
TB review here
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 PROMISES AFTER DARK (After Dark Book Three)
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