Monday 21 April 2014

Blog Tour ~ Review, Excerpt & Giveaway ~ Confessions After Dark (After Dark 2) by Kahlen Aymes

Book Description:
 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.

“Mmmmm… ” Alex murmured. The sound of his voice begged her to push the door open further. The smooth mahogany gave way beneath her trembling fingertips to reveal a lone figure sprawled face down on the bed.

Angel’s breath left her lungs in a grateful rush as she leaned on the doorframe, hands reaching out to take her weight. Relief washed through her. He was here and he was alone. God help her, that fact was just as important.

The sheet was falling low on his waist, clinging precariously to the curve of his butt, the strong expanse of his shoulders presented to her below the dark hair. It looked longer than she remembered, and she stood there, willing him to turn so she could see the lines of his face. Her lips parted to call his name, but he stopped her by calling hers first.

“Angel, don’t do this.”

She gasped softly and moved to the side of the bed, crawling gently onto it to kneel beside him, her rear resting on her feet. His scent surrounded her, a mixture of musky cologne and Alex. The skin, molded over the strong contours of his back, fascinated her. She wanted to touch, to feel the silken texture beneath her fingers, to run her nose down his spine, to taste the salty tang on her tongue.

Angel was falling apart, her weakness overwhelming her. Earlier, she’d fought ruthlessly, but now, she had no fight left. With Alex, she wanted to surrender. The truth of it was undeniable.

“What am I doing?” she asked softly, reaching out to smooth her hand over the back of his head and down the strong muscles of his back. He was warm, a sharp contrast to her own skin, and the familiar electricity ran between his flesh and hers—tangible and alive.

Alex shifted, turning his head toward her. He was still sleeping, his features soft in the dark blue glow of night. “You deny us..."
Our Review:
**ARC Received for honest review** 

Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 Stars

“Needing someone doesn’t make you weak, doll. It makes you human.”

Kahlen Aymes is back! I thought that the first book in this series (Angel After Dark) was the foundation builder and that has now been proven correct. The story really kicks off in this book and it is full on from the start. An alpha male and an alpha female was always going to make interesting reading and this is veryyyy interesting.

Angel is one strong woman on the outside, but is she really that strong on the inside? As a criminal psychologist she deals with a lot of tough stuff on a day to day basis and none more so than the case she is working on at the moment. We know from the last book that the suspect in that case is a very unsavoury character and is pressurising Angel in more ways than one and that plot line continues throughout this book. But despite her powerful, professional façade Angel is rocked to the core internally and the threats that Swanson makes against her leads her to make some uncharacteristic decisions. Angel’s feelings towards Alex are still alien to her and she is still struggling to come to terms with them. With outside forces testing her resilience and her loyalties you know that this is not going to be a walk in the park.

“Love is blind, and when you’ve got someone in front of you that is larger than life, it’s hard to know what the truth is.”
Alex really comes into his own in this book, like Angel alien feelings swamp him at times but because of what he feels for Angel is so strong he cannot help but fight for what he wants and what he wants is Angel. Despite Angel’s constant attempts to push him away, Alex does not give in. I was really proud of him in this book, despite his inexperience with “proper relationships” he does go all out and Alex Avery never does anything in half measures. He is head strong at times and does what he feels he has to do to protect what is his, although his intentions are totally admirable, sometimes they are not seen that way, domineering and dominating comes to mind.

“You’re the strongest man I know.”
“Not when it comes to you.”

I must admit, at times I could have whacked Angel around the head a few times to try and drum some common sense into her but I could understand her reluctance at times to let herself “feel” and “trust”. Her radio show is still going strong and I suppose hearing about failed relationships constantly does not instil confidence in the opposite sex but Alex truly was nigh on perfect in this book.

Their chemistry in this book is seriously off the charts and Kahlen puts this into words perfectly. You feel their chemistry and you cannot help but root for them to finally see that they are perfect for each other. Everyone notices the differences that their relationship is having on them both but at times they are both blinkered and this could be infuriating.

There is another Avery that comes into play in this book and I cannot wait to see what his story is. If Kahlen doesn’t plan a story about him I think that she should. I am sure that there is an intriguing back story to be told and no doubt he could be having a colourful future.

I cannot wait for book three; I am eagerly awaiting the conclusion of Angel and Alex’s story. You know that you are going to be treated to a fab, hot, steamy read that Kahlen always pens so magically, but also know that with this story you are treated to an intense, captivating, thrilling storyline.

“You’re everything. Do you hear me? Never doubt me. I can’t imagine being without you now.”
 Buy Links:
Angel After Dark (After Dark 1) 
Book Description:

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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About the Author:

Kahlen fell into writing by accident but discovered a deep love for it. She is an award-winning author of sizzling hot, deeply moving contemporary romance. Her books have reached #1 on Smashwords Bestseller List, #2 on Amazon Top 100 and #26 on Barnes & Noble Bestseller List. The Remembrance Trilogy is traditionally published in France and her latest book debuted at #30 on top 100 paid list.

Her stories draw readers in and lets them experience all of the love, passion and emotion her characters do! She lives near Omaha, Nebraska with her daughter, Olivia and their three dogs. Creative by nature, she enjoys the arts, music and theater, but has a BSBA in Business and Marketing from an ivy league university... She adores her readers, most of all, so don't be a stranger!
Twitter: Kahlen_Aymes
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