Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Blog Tour Stop + GIVEAWAY! "Confessions After Dark" by Kahlen Aymes

Confessions After Dark
After Dark #2
Sparks Fly … Lines Blur… and 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 the profiling case Angel is working on 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 powerful and seemingly untouchable. Professional ethics insist she keep the details or her work away from her lover, 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.

5 Stars

The synopsis for this book alone is compelling. It told me that I was in for a crazy ride.

Second books always worry me in the way that it just won’t live up to the hype of the first book, or they drag on to make the story long enough for the third book and they just have fluff to make the beginning and the end come together. FOR ME, that is a huge concern, but man-o-man, did Kahlen deliver!!!! Yes. She most certainly did. I thoroughly enjoyed this book….and I might go so far as to say that I think I liked it more than Angel After Dark, and that was a 5* review for me. This book went deeper into the love and lives of Alex and Angel.  Exploring their love on the level that we did….we were just immersed in their powerful ‘love’. We really got to see Alex discover his more emotional and loving side, along with his jealous side, and I really think that Kahlen wrote it perfectly! I loved seeing that Alex was just as shocked as we were at how deep he was falling! I enjoyed watching the realization through his eyes…it just made it more ‘real’.

“What are you doing to me?” he asked as his mouth dragged across her cheekbone. “I think of nothing but touching you, my mouth on yours, being inside you….just being able to look at you.”

This book also brought us deeper into the suspense side of the story as well, dealing with Swanson and his goons, as well as how Cole was making a significant impression in his new job under Alex’s management.  We got to see more of Ally and Darian as well. This book just really brought the secondary characters into the storyline that were so well placed in the first book. And kudos to Kahlen for that. Honestly, one of the best mergers I have seen in a while, where the characters made this big of an entrance and you didn’t lose focus on the original story…it embellished it. I really enjoyed seeing the story unfold.

Truth be told, I love the alpha love side of any love story. This story was NO different for me. Alex’s domineering side played a pivotal role in this story. It was truly sexy and it really sealed the deal for me. It was believable, and he wasn’t out of control….I could really see this play out in real life!

“This is mine,” he said just before his mouth claimed hers and he lost himself in her body. “No one fucking touches you but me. Ever again.”

Mmmmm…..strong, sexy man. Yummy!!! This book was very explosive and sensual. When Alex and Angel were together, time stood still. The love they had and felt was beautiful.  However, this is also what caused the majority of the problems that Angel and Alex had to work through. Both Angel and Alex’s stubbornness reared its ugly head, and the hurt and anger felt by BOTH of them, it was very well written. Once again, I felt the emotions and feelings that Alex and Angel were feeling. There is one scene that the FEAR and the anger from Alex alone truly made me breathe funny!!! Holding my breath as I read, it was like watching your biggest fear materialize in front of you….man!! That was a rough scene! Rough, I tell ya. It was an agonizing pain, the gripping emotions…oh my goodness. Well played Kahlen, well played.

With the way this part of the story unfolded, it had the perfect ups and downs needed for the angst to come into play. With everything going on with Swanson, this allowed us to see the over-protective side to Alex and the strong, yet very stubborn side of Angel. With a relationship status so new to Alex, and Angel still not ‘trusting’ that it really was going to work, this just compounded the feelings that were being thrown about. Was I feeling the stress during this book? Yes…I most certainly was. This book was so much more angsty than the first book.  I had to stop and message a friend-work out my feelings- JUST to get through this book. I am so glad someone was on the other side to talk me down from the ledge!! At 80%, I seriously think I was going to tear off all my nails in a matter of seconds from my nerves…..and I loved it! I absolutely loved it. The turn of events during this part choked me up. I wasn’t too sure how this book was going to end, and knowing that I had to wait to read the next book….I was scared to death.  The painful emotions being thrown around, and reading them as if I WAS LIVING THROUGH IT, it was almost too much for me to handle. That’s how I know it was a really good, angsty book….it had me nervous and it made me think. And because of that, I would recommend this book to ANYONE.

Kahlen has a way with her words, with her storytelling, that really gets the point across. This book was not slow, it didn’t stutter at all during the delivery of this second part of the story. It reinforced my love of Kahlen’s style.

“There was no surrender. There is no escape in this,” he said with quiet urgency and reached for her hand. His fingers were warm, his thumb rubbing over the smooth skin on the top of her hand. “For either one of us.”

Once again, I easily give this an angsty 5 emotional stars. This book captivated me and I couldn’t put it down.  I anxiously await book three, Promises After Dark, coming this summer. This finale will be one of epic proportions based on the revelations from this book. EPIC. I can’t wait to see how Alex and Angel’s story concludes and I know I will smile like no other….



After Dark Series

Angel After Dark
After Dark #1
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.

5 Stars

I knew from the get go, before reading the synopsis, that this series was going to be hot….because Kahlen Aymes was writing it. I admit; I am biased because I love her work. She was the first author I followed on Facebook back when I read The Remembrance Trilogy. And she didn’t let me down.

Angel is a very strong woman in a very demanding job. Not bitchy, not rude….but very straight to the point. She doesn’t let things muddle around and makes sure everything has clear and precise rules. She is on it! Angel has long gorgeous hair, a very fit and toned body, and a brain to boot. She is really a very stunning woman, the whole package.

There was a softness about the stranger that Alex found extremely appealing, like he could sink into her and they would melt together, yet there was a tiger behind her expression. Alex found the combination intriguing and unpretentious…

Alex is a business man. He knows how to work things, and he can wheel and deal and make sure there are no missing links; after all, his business depends on it.  Alex is very handsome, sexier beyond sexy and has a voice as smooth as velvet. He will melt your panties off….I promise. I speak from experience.

He was so fucking sexy: his scent, his voice, his words and his body, the confident way he moved, how he knew exactly how to please a woman.

Angel doesn’t do relationships. She has learned the hard way how they work. She has a mutual agreement with a ‘friend’, and that takes care of her needs.  Alex is only in monogamous ‘business deals’ that mutually benefit each other and there are no messes to clean up. This is the way they deal with relationships. Not very healthy, if you ask me. Ha!

Hello??!? They are exactly alike…..YET THEY FIGHT THEIR ATTRACTION!!!! Ok….so now that I have put that out there, heed my advice: grab this book and find your favorite reading spot. I can’t tell you enough that this book was the perfect opener for this series. Alex is all alpha….and I love a good alpha. Maybe slightly crazy, but I love them super controlling with a super sensitive and loving side. Alex fit that bill to a “T”. He literally was perfect….perfect. He was so hot, and it wasn’t overdone. And the best part is, Angel was not a weak minded girl. She was very smart, but a bit stubborn. She has a good, cautious head on her shoulders….and that is what causes the problems between them. Her mind works over time, yet her body fights her the whole way.

The sexual tension vibrated in the air between them, and they were both bristling in the plush leather seats of the limousine. It was all Alex could do not to reach out and run his hand down the smooth skin of her arm. Angel felt his glances like a physical caress.

Angel has it set in her mind that this relationship between the two of them just won’t work based on their very first conversation they have. Alex is very determined to make this relationship different from all his other ‘relationships’…..determined!! After he finally gets her to go out with him, the sparks fly off the charts. Off. The. Charts.  This book had the perfect work up in sexual tension and the right amount of angst to keep you going. I loved this book….loved it! It read so easily and so PURE that I didn’t have to put any pieces together….it all flowed so well.

These two are drawn to each other….it’s explosive, magnetic and powerful. Their draw is one that was written so perfectly that it was very ‘real’ to me. I felt the angst, the giddiness, the raw sexual tension. I felt it all. I also got to see the stubborn personal debates that Angel had with herself about Alex. Alex struggled too, because he has never EVER had to deal with a woman with such strength and determination, mixed with everything sexy.

“If you want to kiss me, then do it,” she urged softly. “Do it.”
“No.” He shook his head and inhaled deeply. “The next time my mouth is on yours it’s going to end in an orgasm or two. Otherwise, I can’t go there.”

Angel and Alex have a lot to work through individually and together, but when they are together, it is one that needs no words. I am just shaking my head….as I was reading it, I would just get the chills and break out in goofy grins!! I just soaked up their intimacy…..reading it was like being there; feeling it, breathing it, enjoying it. I loved how they discovered each other’s body and what made them tick. It was a beautiful and powerful love story.

….their incredible passion igniting like spontaneous combustion. It was a living thing. Undeniable.

When something happened to break down their communication and problems arise, Alex fights with everything he has to make sure she knows how he feels, all the while making sure he understands how HE feels, which is very foreign to him.  The ending to this book is the perfect lead up to the next book….it’s not a cliffhanger, but it makes you yearn for more. More Alex and Angel. More sexiness. More romance. More emotion. This really was an easy and angsty read with an amazing storyline. There was some action and suspense added into the mix, but the love story made the book hum. It moved along so well; the characters grew, the relationship was a very believable and understandable one and the secondary characters played vital roles and I loved how it all meshed together.

5 Undeniably Orgasmic stars.



Kahlen Aymes
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!

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