Confessions After Dark (After Dark, #2) by Kahlen Aymes
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.
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Confessions After Dark is the second instalment in the ‘After Dark’ series and one that will put you through the emotional gamut. Angeline and Alex are both empowering and strong-willed characters, pragmatic, professional, each knowing their own mind while succumbing to their needs and desires. But nothing can ever prepare them for the depth of their feelings that come when feeding the addiction.
Love was never supposed to play a part in this equation, and when it does, it doesn’t just hold the power to rule hearts, but the mind. In this instance, love has the power to break, and all in the name of fear.
Their lust is tangible although heartfelt. Their concerns are very real, making for a potent and fulfilling read. What I love about Kahlen’s writing is her injection of realism.
Although Alex Avery is an internationally successful multi-millionaire businessman, their story of how they met, come together (pun intended) and the challenges they face gave this story vivid plausibility. The threat from outside sources felt very real, and I was immediately enamoured in both instances with the lengths one will go to, to protect those they care about.
I won’t lie, certain notions made me want to smack Angel around the head, she can be so pig-headed and stubborn at times, but I can understand her elusiveness when it comes to relationships. Having been burnt before, and experiencing the heartbreak second hand from countless late-night callers, she believes no good can come from committed relationships, not when so many are destined to fail.
“Alex has been different since he met you, Angel. You’ve changed him.”
“He’s changed me, too. He makes me weak.”
Darian’s face split in a knowing smile.
“Needing someone doesn’t make you weak, doll. It makes you human.”
Alex Avery on the other hand is the hero in this series. Where Angeline is continually trying to stay at arms length, Alex is the one pushing forward. He may never have had a real relationship before, but he’s not afraid to try and I admired him greatly for his resilience and boldness when it came to proving his worth.
“Why did you have to come here tonight?”
“Because, I can’t stay away. I don’t know if I’d be strong enough to fight it even if I wanted to.”
“You’re the strongest man I know.”
“Not when it comes to you.”
Alas, Angel has her reasons for her incessant drive to distance herself and that is due to a case that is crumbling beneath her feet. Mark Swanson is an evil low-life businessman who deserves to rot in prison for abusing his Step-Daughter. The case she is working on is lacking in evidence even though Angel knows he’s guilty.
Taking a step back is not an option, and soon Angel becomes a target for revenge, as Swanson and his goons threaten not only her, but the one person who she has come to care for more than anything… Alex.
Alex secretly knows what Swanson is planning, and he needs to make it clear that no-one messes with what is rightfully his, Angel included as he sets a new plan in motion; Mark Swanson will suffer, Avery Corporation is going to bring him to his knees but there will be consequences… ones that will likely affect them both.
From lust, to love, to heartbreak, to fear, to loss and back again, Kahlen Aymes certainly knows how to spin a beautifully written tale. This series doesn’t just focus on explosive dynamics in the bedroom even though it plays a pivotal role, but demonstrates her ability to deliver one creative and thrilling storyline that will have you gripped until the very end.
This series is an absolute MUST READ!!!