Publisher: Ellora's Cave
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Heat Rating: 3
Actress Valerie Vincent is less than thrilled when her newest onscreen guy turns out to be A-list actor Hugh Faraday. Until they meet, and her body demands what her mind rejects. She wants him now—the worst of all her bad moves.
Paying off his brother’s debt, Hugh grits his teeth and agrees to appear opposite trashy starlet Val one time only. Then, despite his rational self, he becomes intrigued. What lies beneath her plastic, perfect beauty?
Wrong as they are for each other, Val and Hugh’s chemistry sizzles both onscreen and off.
Dark Venues is great, it’s a story in a story so you really get a literary treat. I was instantly thrown into the glamorous world of Hollywood where Valerie Vincent is filming her regular show. She gets a new on-screen love which she is thrilled about, he not so much, he’s there paying off a debt. But when they have to film the sex scene the chemistry is explosive. I was willing them to forget that they were being filmed – I think they did!
Valerie is a real LA character stereotype and I adored her for that. She is surgically enhanced and has an endearing amount of vulnerability. Hugh, the new main man in her life, becomes suitably smitten. Together they make for a great cast. There are enough twists in the plot to keep a reader interested and enough sex to keep you turning the pages.
This was my first Mardi Ballou book and I hope it won’t be my last. She has a very easy to read style and I adored her take on contemporary erotic romance. I recommend this book to lovers of fun, easy reads which tick all the satisfaction boxes.
4 Tea Cups!