Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tour-Review & Giveaway: DARK ROOM by Heidi McLaughlin & L.P. Dover

Title: Dark Room: A Society X Novel
Authors: Heidi McLaughlin & L.P. Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen from Okay Creations
Photographer: Eric David Battershell

The rules of Society X are simple . . . break them and you're out.

Rule #1 - No names

It doesn't matter if you want to know, it's forbidden.

Rule #2 - No exchanging numbers

It doesn't matter if you want to call, it's forbidden.

Rule #3 - Everything is to remain strictly anonymous.

It doesn't matter if you want to tell, it's forbidden.

The Dark Room is the only place you can live out your fantasies and no one will ever know it’s you.

For Parker, what started out as a business transaction has turned into an addiction.
For Mia, it's been a chance to discover who she truly is.

What happens in the dark will have you begging for more . . .


Dark Room is hot, provocative, and scintillating. But it's also so much more than only sex. There's a love story at its core - one that's filled with twists and turns. And just when you think you have it all figured out Dover and McLaughlin take you down a different path. Fast paced,emotionally charged, and beyond hot Dark Room will leave you satisfied in all the right ways... Melissa Collins, NYT & USA Today Best Selling author of The Love Series
Sexy, sexy, sexy! You're going to love playing in the dark!~ M. Never author of the bestselling Decadence After Dark Series 
This book hit the spot in oh-so-many ways! Dark Room is a fun, sexy, twisty read that I devoured. It's a sweet romance set in a sinful spot - the perfect read! ~Adriana Locke, USA Today Best Selling author of Sacrifice
Seamless collaboration. Sexy, mysterious, empowering. The Dark Room is like Fight Club...only with sex. ~ Mandi Beck author of the Caged Love series


So, I actually have mixed feelings about Dark Room.  Let's start off with the characters.

I really liked both main characters Parker and Mia.  I admired that Mia was brave enough to go for it with the club, and that she knew what she wanted to do with her life but set aside her dreams to help her brother.  As for Parker, he's wonderfully alpha-strong and sexy, self-assured, loyal to his friends-the classic leading man.  And I'm always a fan of the best friend's sister/brother's best friend matchup.

The concept of Society X is intriguing and has me wondering if I could find something like that in my town...or it would have me wondering if I wasn't already married.  Especially fascinating is the dark room itself, the idea of the sensual overload is totally captivating and just the though of that room is enough to stimulate your imagination.

My reservations come with the pace of the story-at times it felt rushed, even when it came to the scenes in the dark room.  I guess due to the nature of the room, it just seemed like those scenes should have been a bit more drawn out and more of a tease for the senses...but instead to me it felt like they went pretty quickly.  It also felt like the overall writing was not as polished as I would expect from these authors based on their individual books that I have read previously.

But overall, it's an interesting story, and my curiosity is piqued for more books in this world.  In particular for Andrew (Mia's brother/Parker's best friend), I'd definitely be on board for his story.  Dark Room was a 3.5-star read for me, and fans of the more sensual contemporary romances will want to pick this one up.  Recommended for 18+ only due to adult language and sexual content.

Heidi is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author.

Originally from Portland, Oregon and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she now lives in picturesque Vermont, with her husband and two daughters. Also renting space in their home is an over-hyper Beagle/Jack Russell, Buttercup, and their newest addition of a Highland Westie/Mini Schnauzer, JiLL.
During the day Heidi is behind a desk talking about Land Use. At night, she's writing one of the many stories planned for release or sitting courtside during either daughter's basketball games.

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can't forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.
Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over fifteen novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.


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