Author: Maria Luis
For years, I’ve lived in the grey… until her.
Avery Washington didn’t belong in the shadows, but I dragged her into the darkness anyway.
One kiss, and I would stop at nothing to possess her.
One caress, and my need to destroy wavered.
Our attraction was poison and pleasure.
They say the devil recognizes his own, but I never saw Avery coming.
She’s determined to light the matchsticks, and I can’t resist going down in flames…
Maria Luis is the author of sexy contemporary romances, though she may or may not have a few historical romances hiding in the cobwebs of her computer.
When she’s not writing about strong men and the sassy women who sweep them off their feet, Maria is a historian who specializes in medieval England and 19th century New Orleans. What do the two eras have in common, you ask? Not much, except for disease, scandalous activities, and crime–Maria’s favorite topics.
Maria lives in New Orleans with her better half, where she can generally be found hiking with her two dogs, Zeus and Athena, kayaking in Louisiana’s inter-coastal waterways, or curled up on the couch with a good book.
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I have to say in all honesty, this turned out to be an amazingly good duet. Book two picks up right after the epic cliffhanger of book one, and both our main characters are reeling from the shocking revelations. What follows is a fantastically well written and well-paced conclusion to their story. The plot was super engaging and kept me turning the pages. There are twists and turns galore. Who is good? Who is bad? Who should you trust? So many secrets and lies will come out it will leave your head spinning! Last, it was all wrapped up in a very sweet and satisfying ending.
LINCOLN…I loved Lincoln in book one and I continued to love him in this book. He remained sexy as f-ck. He was a bit less of an a$$hole in this one. He was sweet. He was alpha, and he remained all about Avery.
AVERY…Like Linc, I loved Avery in book one and I loved her even more in this book. She remained feisty. She was sweet. She was funny. She was a bit of a bada$$ herself, and she fully embraced Linc and all his demons and scars.
There were quite a few secondary characters in this one mostly in the form of baddies and a few surprise allies. I still really liked Avery’s roommate Katie as well. Although we don’t really see her too much in this one.
Mediumish I guess. I was kind of expecting a bit more in the sex (and kink) department, but we got a handful of very sexy scenes and the frequency felt organic to the story. I adored this couple and thought they have fantastic on page chemistry as well.
~ANGST LEVEL – SEXUAL HISTORIES~
Pretty low all things considered. This couple has a bit of a rough patch to start, but they are pretty solid through the entirety of the book. Neither were virgins (Avery having lost hers in the previous book). There was no OW or OM drama either.
~IN THE END~
I loved both books in this series. They were both pretty much perfect, and that is saying something since I have been a nitpicky pain in the a$$ recently (lol). It was a well written duet. It was fast paced. The plot was engaging and full of twists and turns. I LOVED the setting on New Orleans. The sex was smokin’ hot. The characters both main and secondary were well developed and intriguing. This will be especially popular with those who love their books on the “safe” side. There really isn’t much left for me to say. Yours truly highly recommends it, so go forth and enjoy!