Angel After Dark (After Dark, #1) by Kahlen Aymes
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.
Elizabeth - 5 Crowns
OMG...this book is soooooooooo real....so amazing...I can't wait for ALL of you to read this...
OMG... I am soooooo super excited that you all can delve into Angel After Dark!!!
I have to tell you that Kahlen Aymes is one of my fave fave authors!! If you haven't read her Remembrance Series and lived the love story of Ryan and Julia.. then you are missing out on three of my absolute favorite books!!! Kahlen is a wonderful writer that just has this amazing intelligent flow in her stories... they just capture you in a way that few other authors can....
Now onto Angel and Alex... let me tell you.. there are powerfully HOT!!!
what i love about this story is that Angel is not the shy little virgen that gets rolled over by that dominant Alpha... nooooo... she is a very strong and intelligent character that holds her own, and finally we see a dominant alpha brought to his knees to actually woo and love and fall in love. Alex is that no strings attached type of guy who meets a girl who can match him toe to toe.. and they fall hard and fast for each other, by fighting that love at the same time... Its beautiful and sexy... ohhhh so very sexy!!
drop everything and read this now!!!!
Joanne - 5 Crowns
I love a good romantic fairy tale and Angel after dark delivers. They met at a home depot and never knew each other’s name – finding each other hit the fairytale mark I love. It hit every emotion in me that I need hit to love a book. It was a slow burn and I think in having a slow start the characters seeped into my psyche a little more and stayed with me long after I was done with the book. There was no insta-love which I hate – they didn’t even meet until ¼ of the way through the book – then things got good!!!! This has a HFN (HAPPY FOR NOW) ending and I can’t wait to see what Kahlen comes up with for the next installment. Read this book! Also check out Kahlens Remembrance Trilogy – as they are awesome as well.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
Angel After Dark is a riveting, passionate and honest account of how two intelligent, professional and emotionally detached individuals find solace in another. It’s a story of relinquishing control and inviting someone in, even though the concept is alien and utterly terrifying.
In the past sex has always been about release. Scratch the itch, smile, say thank you and move on. Although both monogamous with their sexual partners, neither has ever truly believed in ‘happily ever after,’ so it makes for such a fun and compelling read when our two main protagonists both fall victim to the insatiable need and learn what it is to connect for the very first time.
The consensus of this story is that emotions are dangerous. They seek to destroy. With a head for business and a need to help others after an incident in college, Angel is more than capable of looking after herself. She’s feisty, sassy with a dry wit and a no-nonsense attitude that make grown men weep. Not only is she smart and financially sound, she is beautiful - a real woman of the 21st century.
Alex Avery is the son of the founder of Avery Enterprises. He has the weight of the conglomerate world on his shoulders every single day; when he isn’t dealing with acquisitions worth millions of dollars, he is known to be out with his friends or paying late night visits to his ‘on-call’ girlfriend, Whitney.
Whitney loves the designer clothes, expensive apartment and the hot CEO on her arm, but she wants more. When Dr Angeline Hemming accepts a request to host an evening radio chat show, she gives Whitney some solid advice: ‘Take your power back or move on...’
Darian is Angel’s boss and immediately recognises the voice on the other end of the line. He’s not surprised at his best-friend’s reaction when he tells Alex about Whitney’s phone call on late night radio. Alex is even more enraged with the one-sided advice and he makes no hesitation in letting this Dr. Hemming know exactly what he thinks.
Angel is surprised at this man’s arrogance and immediately goes on the defensive when he tells her straight that his ‘girlfriend’ knew of the arrangement and not once did he ever promise her more. Angel can identify with that, but it doesn’t mean she has to like his attitude as she gives back as good as she gets, live on air!
Alex is floored! This is a woman who knows her own mind, her intellect is refreshing and if she looks anything like she sounds, then she could prove a worthy conquest. Darian won't shut up about her either, so with his interest peaked, he knows that a rendezvous will soon become inevitable.
When Darian sets up a blind meeting at a karaoke bar, fireworks explode, and not in a good way. You see... Alex and Angel have met before, very briefly at Home Depot and often wondered about the other. They are both undoubtedly attracted to each-other, but now it has become a battle of wills. Angel will not give in, while Alex on the other hand...will not give up!
Relenting control is an issue they both have, it is just a case of who breaks first.
Hello Alex Avery, he has just entered the ‘hot alpha billionaire hall of fame.’ Oh yes.. if you love your controlling types suited and booted then you have come to the right place! The transition of his characterisation from the early chapters until the end was such an indulgence that I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. He did give off an air of arrogance but it wasn’t overdone, because deep down you knew a very good man with a kind heart lingered. The relationship with his parents and loyalty to his ‘black-sheep’ Brother spoke volumes. Take away the CEO persona and suit, and deep down he is just a man scared of commitment. That spoke to me as a reader, I could identify with his logic and the way he chose to live his life.
Dr Angeline ‘Angel’ Hemming is a breath of fresh air. She is one heroine who knows her own mind and doesn’t take any prisoners, yet she didn’t come across arrogant but remained honest, her integrity continuing to shine throughout it all. She is the kind of woman you would want in your corner. Although her view of men was somewhat jaded at times, you learn why later, and it all makes sense.
The flow, the banter, the dialogue, the connection between the characters in and out of the bedroom made for one profound and honest read; incorporate some laugh out loud comedy moments succeeded in creating the perfect blend of storytelling genius. Yes, as expected with Kahlen, the bedroom scenes are scorching hot but most importantly, they are heartfelt, tummy-tingling and realistic, as both characters connect on an intellectual level as well as an intimate one.
I can’t thank Kahlen Aymes enough for proving me with an ARC. If you enjoyed her Remembrance Trilogy, then you will love this!
Looking forward to book two!