Today I’m excited to share a book review on Lisa Fox’s latest novella A Kiss in the Dark. In addition to my review, I’ve also got a fabulous interview with the author for your reading pleasure. Read on to find out why I loved her novella and all of the things she and I have in common [I’m willing to bet you’ve got a few things in common too!] Enjoy! <3
A Kiss in the Dark by Lisa Fox
About the Book: Grace’s attraction to her new web designer, amateur boxer and all-around playboy, Ryan Granger, is off the charts. But the bad boy of programming is not someone she needs to get entangled with. She’s got too many responsibilities and no time for games. She has deadlines to meet and a sick father to care for. Ryan is tempting, but being with him is completely unrealistic. Still, a girl can fantasize, right?
Ryan wants Grace badly, but while he’s building her website, they have to keep things strictly professional. Thankfully, walking her home during a city-wide blackout is on his own time and whatever happens in the dark doesn’t count. He’s falling hard for Grace and he is a man used to winning. The only problem is, he’s got to convince her that he’s worthy of her trust.
A Kiss in the Dark opens with Ryan, a professional website programmer for Sharpe Designs who spends a bit of his free time fighting in the ring. He’s got a history of being a ladies man who lives by his self-proclaimed motto of drink hard, play hard, work hard.
Ryan’s bachelor status might be in for a complete change when he meets Grace Betancourt, the sexy and (very) single author that unfortunately also happens to be his first client. In addition to playing hard and working hard, Ryan has a no ditching responsibilities policy, so he’s torn between his professional and personal interests when it comes to all things involving Grace.
Grace Betancourt is a cozy mystery author that just got signed for a 4-book deal. She enters Ryan’s life when she decides to hire Sharpe Designs to create a professional and interactive website to help her sell more books. Not only does Ryan have the ability to create an amazing website for Grace, he also might be just the inspiration she needed to overcome her recent writer’s block. She’s constantly stressed about making her daily word count, and between her writing and responsibilities in her personal life, Grace doesn’t have the time to get involved in a relationship. Are Grace and Ryan doomed before they even have a chance to get started or will Ryan show Grace what she’s been missing and convince her that a relationship is worth the time and effort?
One of the major themes of the story was that meeting the right person can open your heart and your eyes to love. It’s incredibly important to have a strong support system of people that have your back, through the good stuff and the bad. No one should have to go through the tough stuff alone and having someone to share in the celebration of good things and divide the pain of the bad is part of what makes life enjoyable.
Now, I’ll be honest, most of Lisa’s writing sounds like it’s a bit on the other side of the intimate romance blush meter than I usually read. However, if reading this novella was any indicator of Fox’s writing overall, I have a strong suspicion that the intimate scenes are tastefully written and an addition to the novel, not the main point of the story. A Kiss in the Dark is a fun, flirty novella that had me thoroughly entertained and I will definitely be reading more of Fox’s work soon!
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
About the Author – Lisa Fox
Author Bio: World-renowned neurosurgeon, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all…in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day.
Feedback, comments, opinions, words of wisdom, chocolate cake and the addresses of super hot men are always appreciated and encouraged. Please feel free to contact Lisa any time.
Interview with the Author
Thank you so much for having me over!
1. Would you like to start by introducing yourself?
Hi everyone, I am Lisa Fox and I’m thrilled to be here. I like hot coffee, cold champagne, and Hugh Jackman any way I can get him.
2. Hugh Jackman is my number one celebrity crush! Can you give us a brief overview of your latest novel and the inspiration behind it?
A Kiss in the Dark is the third installment of my Midnight Kiss series with Harper Impulse. It features Ryan Granger, an amateur boxer and web designer, and Grace Betancourt, a cozy mystery writer. They meet when Grace hires Ryan to create her a new website. He’s bad boy, and she is a nice girl, and they are instantly attracted to one another. I think they have a lot of really good and very sweet chemistry and I loved writing about them.
3. And I loved reading about them! What other novels have you published and what are you working on at the moment?
I have about nine novella out now and quite a few sexy short stories. Right now, I’m working on what I hope will be a sweet and sexy contemporary romance novel.
4. If you were given an offer to turn A Kiss in the Dark into a movie, who would you want to see playing the roles of Grace and Ryan?
I think I’d want… Evangeline Lilly to be Grace and Liam Hemsworth to be Ryan. I think they’d be a cute couple!
5. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
Being able to do my job in my pjs.
6. That’s definitely a great career perk! Who are the authors that inspire you and what genres do you enjoy reading? Who are the authors that inspire you and what genres do you enjoy reading?
I LOVE Stephen King and I read a lot of horror and thriller titles. I like to read outside my genre. It gives my mind a much-needed break.
7. What are the things you can’t live without in your wardrobe?
Black garments and red shoes.
8. I completely agree about not being able to live without black! What would we find if we looked in your handbag right now?
Pens, gum, keys, ID, phone, a cosmic void
9. A few of your favorites…
Favorite scent? The ocean
Favorite color? Dark red
Favorite food? Coffee
Favorite word? Yes
Favorite book? Anything by Stephen King
Favorite vacation spot? Still searching
Favorite time period in history? I prefer the present
Favorite article of clothing? Jeans
Favorite drink of choice? Champagne
10. Either or…
Dogs or cats? Neither
Red wine or white? Both
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Summer or Winter? Summer
Sleep in or get up early? Depends on the day
Apple or PC? PC
Sending a big thank you to Lisa for participating in this fabulous interview and providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review! Don’t forget to check out her novella and other works! <3