Thursday, October 24, 2013

Light In Mourning by Adriane Leigh

They say that madness is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results...but what happens when the very person that brought your heart back to life has the ability to shatter it with one confession?

After an explosive affair left their hearts shattered and scarred, Georgia and Tristan are trying for a fresh start. She is determined to take it slow and not repeat the mistakes of the past, while Tristan is willing to throw caution to the wind as long as he has his dark-haired girl in his life...and in his bed.

But Georgia and Tristan can't shelter their love from the outside world, and the moments of exquisite passion they share aren't enough to sustain the relationship. When scars from the past resurface-will their hearts meld together as one? Or will outside forces tear them apart, leaving an empty shell where love and passion once thrived?
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4.5 "I wouldn't survive you" smooches!!

Light In Mourning is book two in the Mourning series. If you have not read The Mourning After, read that first. It is fabulous! A little tease and purchase links are posted after this review of Light in Mourning!

Light In Mourning picks up right where The Mourning After left off. It begins in Tristan's POV and we get to see how he was feeling after Georgia abandoned him and what was going through his mind when he purchased the cottage next door to her beach house.

I knew if I had that cottage, I would know if she came back. I realized this made me a full-on stalker. I knew that. I just didn't care.
Georgia is still harboring guilt about the way she and Tristan hooked up last summer. No matter how good you are together, when a relationship starts off with lies and deceit there will always be some apprehension. Georgia wants to take things really slow. To learn to love herself first before loving anyone else.

I wasn't sure if it was more painful not having her in my life, or seeing her occasionally, knowing she was just down the beach and I couldn't touch her.
Tristan and Georgia take things slow and they fall in love again. But, Georgia doesn't trust easily. She was badly burned by Kyle and it is hard for her to trust that Tristan won't go back to his old ways. Tristan has his own insecurities. Georgia has always gone back to Kyle. She has already left him once for Kyle… why would this time be any different? These insecurities are tested time and time again. It seems like their pasts just keep coming back trying to tear them apart.

It was like he was holding onto me for dear life, as if despite everything I'd told him, he was still afraid I would run… I wondered if this would be our battle. He would always fear that I would leave, and I was afraid his past would forever haunt us.
Can a relationship survive without trust?

"If you left, it would shatter me. I wouldn't survive it… I wouldn't survive you Georgia."

"He took my breath away. Every day he took my breath away and as long as I had him, I was okay with it. He could have it. Because he gave me back so much more."
Light In Mourning is the perfect ending to Georgia and Tristan's story. I feel like it was complete. I am happy with where everyone ends up and we even get a glimpse into the future in a fabulous epilogue!

A sequel is a tricky-tricky thing. It can be great but normally, they pale in comparison to the first book. That is not the case with Light In Mourning. My usual issues with a sequel are either #1. The author is grasping at straws and the storyline is extremely off the wall and unbelievable or #2. It is uneventful. I NEED a climax. Adriane succeeded in balancing these two. Something not all authors can do!
I LOVED this book. I love Adriane's writing style. The emotion of the characters was very real to me. The brain babble... just like my brain would have been talking to me. It is not overdone. And MAN can she write sex. Goodness. That feels real too. *fans self* It is not too crass. There is the perfect blend of tender and rough. Adriane goes into just enough detail to give you goosies and get your juices flowin' without being outright nasty(not that nasty is always bad *wink*). I am a fan and can't wait to see what Adriane has for us next!

The Mourning After(Mourning #1)


From Adriane Leigh, an Amazon Bestselling author in Erotica, comes a passionately evocative story about wanting what's forbidden, and giving in to desire so sharp and sweet it threatens to consume...

On impulse, Georgia Montgomery buys a beach house on the North Carolina coast looking for a summer of sun, sand, margaritas and best friends. A charming, seductive, and sexy-as-sin visitor isn't what she bargained for.

Georgia is instantly drawn to Tristan Howell, the pleasure-seeking playboy with an easy smile and eyes the deepest shade of green she's ever seen. She tries to ignore the desire that burns between them, but just like an addiction-one look, one touch, one taste is never enough. Tristan shows her pleasure like she's never known, and over the course of the summer she must decide if she can let go of the world she's always known to embrace the future she isn't even sure she has with the irresistible ladies man who makes it his goal to free her body and soul.

For mature audiences.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from The Mourning After:

"Fire shot through my body at his touch. The scent of his skin caused my brain to short circuit. I knew I was only feeling that way because I'd been missing Kyle. This was the longest we'd been apart. Nearly a week and we'd been so busy we hadn't had a chance to really talk. That's what this was-I missed Kyle. I needed to remind myself not to mistake the pull I felt toward Tristan as anything other than my yearning for Kyle."

"I wanted to break myself in two. I wanted to give my heart to both of the men in my life. I wanted to give Kyle the part of myself that needed the safety and comfort of his arms, and I wanted to give Tristan the piece that craved the sense of lightness and happiness he made me feel."

"I tried to get over you. I wanted so fucking bad to forget you. But every time I was with someone, it was you. Your hair, your eyes, your touch. You're all I fucking saw. You have a choice Georgia but I don't. I don't have a fucking choice, I never did. It's always been you. You destroyed me. I'm not the person I was before I met you and I can't go back. Nothing works anymore without you."

"I fucking loved him and I hated it. I hated him for making me love him. I hated Kyle for leaving me alone so many nights for so many years. And mostly I just hated myself for doing this to all of us."

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Author Bio

Born and raised in a snowbank in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and now lives amongst the sand dunes of the Lake Michigan lakeshore.
Graduated with a Literature degree but never particularly enjoyed reading Shakespeare or Chaucer.
Married to a tall, dark and handsome guy, and plays mama to two sweet baby girls. Also a voracious reader and knitter.

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