There was a fantastic cast of secondary characters that I hope we will read more about in the second book. Both main characters were very likable.
They were also very young 21 hero and 20 heroine. To be honest, they came across older in their portrayal late 20's , but it wasn't something that bothered me enough to affect my rating. Mark was pretty much perfect. He was strong. All in from the moment he met Lara. Lara was a little less perfect for me. I struggled with her decisions. I get she had to do what she felt she had to do to support herself and Molly, but geez sometimes it came across like all she cared about was money Last, this one wrapped up in a doozy of a cliffhanger.
I am dying to get my grubby little hands on book two because I need to see where the author is headed with this story. I love me a good revenge plot. So like I said, third time seem to be the charm for me and yours truly is giving this one two HUGE thumbs up. In this we meet twenty one year old Mark and twenty year old Lara but in the book they do appear a lot older which I was glad about. An orphan who wanted to make it big, she managed to sing her way into a spot on the show, but having no family, no money and nowhere to go, she's slowly she's pulled into the darker side of the business and she's scared for the young thirteen year old she's taken under her wing.
How long can she protect her for? The last thing she needs is to become involved with a stagehand. Mark's dream was to become a policeman that was his main drive when he moved to New Orleans but in the blink of an eye he's fleeing a crime scene. He hears of crew needed on set at the 'Pussycat Angel's' which was only temporarily.. Not looking for romance he's taken aback when he's drawn to one of the dancers..
Everything is fake. No one comes out unscathed. Then he was doing underhanded things for the boss, being one of the good guys and chasing his dream was disappearing far into the distance. Once your in the 'Pussycat Angels' there's no way out.. The only negative I have for this is that it appeared drawn out towards the middle segment and I found my attention span waning, but as your nearing the last few chapters it re-picks up and throws us over a doozy of a cliffy which has me craving the next book which is due on the 22nd of this month!!
View all 18 comments. Lara and Mark meet at the club, she a dancer and he a stage hand. Their connection is instant but Lara can't take the risk of being with him when her focus is on getting herself and her sister to a safer place than the club, and the only way to do that is with someone much richer than Mark. But Mark isn't ready to give up on Lara that easily and will follow her down the path of darkness in order to keep her safe.
Holy hell I was not expecting this story to kick my ass the way it did. The intrigue and suspense of not knowing what exactly was happening behind closed doors had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I loved that the story captivated me so much and had me wanting to climb into the dark underground of New Orleans along with these characters.
Mark and Lara were both amazing to learn about, and there is much more that I want to know in the next book. I'm dying to get my hands on their conclusion so I can finally see what they make of themselves. The way this ended broke my heart and had me screaming for more. Any book that can make me that crazy is a win in my book and one that I highly recommend. ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. View all 11 comments.
Ever wonder what happens under the lights, it sometimes never as pretty as what you see on stage, in every dark corner there are secrets that haunt and own your mind, body and soul. Two lovers who want nothing more than a better life and better circumstances; not afraid to dream big but trapped in their consequences.
There are some dark elements to the story that might not be for everyone, but for those willing to take the journey, its definitely worth the fall. There is a cliffhanger, but the second book is out and ready to dive in.
View all 5 comments. BAD things could happen Basically anything could happen. Mysterious, magical, beautiful, dangerous A boy and a girl dare to fall in love, and it's first love, it's forbidden love It's HOT and sweet and dangerous, and eeeek! View all 6 comments. Dec 31, Chris C - A Midlife Wife rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviews , dark , crime , ebooks , romance , cliffhanger , adult-romance , contemporary-fiction , triggers. Oh yeah. A cliffhanger and a violent sad ending. Always exciting with detailed elements that beg you to keep reading late into the night. This new release is chalk full of pain, emotion, love, violence, tragedy, and heartbreak.
So why read it? Because inbetween the lines there is a light there The character development is awesome.
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You become so attached and invested in these characters that whenever something horrible or tragic happens, you almost feel the pain too. I hated the ending. Hated it! I knew what was going to happen and did not want to face it at all. But yet, I know when we go through some pain, the happiness will come too. Excellent read and a fabulous plot that is raw, edgy and dark, just like we like! View all 3 comments. Dec 28, Olga therebelreader rated it liked it Shelves: arcs-by-author , second-chance-romance , kindle , arc-cc-final-review , contemporary-romance. A sexy and romantic read with a bit of an edge.
I enjoyed the story for what it was, and Mark was a great alpha male. The end was satisfying.
Oh my gawd!!! This book absolutely blew me away!!! All Lara wanted to do was sing. In her effort to do so she performs at a burlesque show in New Orleans. Unfortunately, there are some rather shady activities going on there that are revealed a bit at a time. As the darkness around her closes in she struggles to protect Molly, a young girl she rescued from the streets, even as she has no resources to rely upon. While Lara Oh my gawd!!!
While Lara wants to be a star, Mark wants to be a hero by becoming a cop. However, things never work out for him because he meets Lara. In an effort to stay with her he is forced to take a job that is the complete opposite of anything a hero would do. He finds himself stuck in a place that limits his ability to remove Lara from the hell she is living.
Just their day to day lives as they struggled to find a way out of the wretchedness they lived in was difficult to read at times. Everything seemed so hopeless for them individually and as a couple. The atmosphere at the theater led to such a sense of despair that it almost felt like another character in the story. And I am freaking excited to find out what the heck is going to happen with Mark and Lara especially after that crazy cliffhanger!!
View all 12 comments. Jan 01, Ilsa Madden-Mills rated it it was amazing Shelves: awaiting-release , angsty , emotional , i-can-t-wait , hero-is-hot-as-hell , character-development-tr , naughty , fav-author-list , dark-and-twisty. Tia Louise is the absolute best at creating a world with unforgettable characters that practically leap off the page. I love everything she writes, but Under the Lights is at the top. I flew through the pages with my heart pounding! I'm biting my nails waiting for the next one!!!! Jan 09, Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle rated it it was amazing. You know what I want to do?
I want to pick my chin up off the floor, pick up the pieces of my shattered heart, and mail them to Tia Louise. Although this is normally a detraction from the story, their vague characterization fits with the roles they play. What we do learn is that Mark is incredibly protective, and he loves fiercely. His dedication to Lara is unwavering. Her perseverance shows a strength that most would not have when she is faced with obstacles and amoral acts.
Most importantly, the chemistry between Mark and Lara is HOT, and Tia Louise does a fantastic job at making it about the physicality of their relationship. From the first page, readers will be sucked into this seedy burlesque club. There is danger and seduction, and readers will feel ensnared by the suspense crafter by this author.
This is a duet so it does end in a cliffhanger, but the epilogue left me with such hope. This is my favorite Tia Louise novel, without question. I was consumed by this sultry and seedy world, and I cannot wait to see how it will all end. Under The Lights Duet This story is so intense, full of drama, realistic in it's detail of telling how one girls attempt to try to save another, keeps them held in a place, that is controlled by another.
Lara has a friend who tries watching out for her, keeping her somewhat safe, but he can only do so much. Mark moving to New Orleans, gets a job at this theatre, only to be smitten with Lara, wants to save her from there. As you get further into their story, will see covers pimping, prostitution, Under The Lights Duet This story is so intense, full of drama, realistic in it's detail of telling how one girls attempt to try to save another, keeps them held in a place, that is controlled by another.
As you get further into their story, will see covers pimping, prostitution, abuse, drug addiction, rape, will be very, very intense at times. Dec 14, Shayna rated it really liked it Shelves: arc-review , second-chance-love , read-in , genre-contemporary-romance , january , author-tia-louise , series-bright-lights-duet. She always brings me to my happy place, and this time around, she throws some heavy angst into the mix to keep me on my toes! Louise sets the scene in none other than New Orleans, the city where anything could happen. There is a touch of mystery and intrigue.
It will suck you in and leave you wanting so much more! I have a feeling that Tia Louise is just getting started with these two, as well as the multiple other characters we are introduced to in this romance duet starter. I crave the angst! I crave the mystery! I crave the unyielding love that is sure to surface in book two.
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Louise has done it again! She has created characters that stole my heart in an instant. She has created a storyline that is addicting, emotional, and sexy! Jan 09, Cindy rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc-books Under The Lights is a highly intense read Full of emotions, suspenseful, yet SEXY as sin!! I found the whole story very intriguing, wrapped in a shroud of darkness. Lara is a young woman who has no one except this young girl she is helping to take care of. Working in a burlesque show. Then she meets Mark.
Mark comes to the burlesque after his uncles death. His dream is to one day be a police officer. Under The Lights was an edgy,fast-paced read that I devoured!!! Tia Lo Under The Lights is a highly intense read Tia Louise is fast becoming a favorite author of mine. Her writing style is one of a kind. Her characters are loveable, and relatable. An absolutely beautifully, dark, twisty at times story. I can't wait for the rest of Lara and Mark's story!
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