Lured In

Dark Paradise, #1

Romance - General
232 Pages
Reviewed on 10/07/2013
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Author Biography

A native Washingtonian, V. R. is a full-time medical billing and business office manager. She is a mother of one and lives in Washington, DC, with her beautiful daughter, Zréa. V. R. started her health care career in 2001 as a trained medical assistant, eventually becoming an administrator for a busy medical practice. Her love of erotica started after reading Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty series. She was only in her mid-teens. With her love of both clinical and administrative health care and erotic romance, it comes as no surprise that V. R. combines the two in her novels. When she isn't working, V. R. is home with her daughter, cooking and having a blast. Once Zréa is asleep, V. R. is busy at work, writing erotic romances.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

Abigail ‘Abi’ Winterfield has a lot of baggage that V.R. Avent releases slowly over the course of the novel, but we know from the beginning that it is very heavy baggage that she’s carried around for most of her life. When we meet Abi in Lured In, she has finally begun making some progress towards happiness and, as these things go, she meets Mr. Sexy, also known as Zach. They both have their demons and that makes their coming together more than a little tumultuous, with constant ups and downs, arguments, and reconciliations. Throw in a little additional drama from their respective exes and it’s a wonder they even have time to fall in love.

Lured In has moments of greatness within it but it is also packed to the brim with a lot of unnecessary drama. Taylor and Gabe, Abi and Zach’s former flames are doing their best to ruin relationships that they themselves ruined in the first place. Then throw in Abi’s unsupportive family and her pathological submissiveness and I’m surprised the poor woman isn’t in a sanitarium. V.R. Avent does present an intriguing story filled with sensuous sex scenes and raw emotions that make you wonder exactly what will happen next. Thankfully, Abi has the amazing character known as her best friend, Carmen. Carmen has been there for Abigail since they were children and she’s finally getting her love life right with her on-again off-again love and Zach’s friend, Matt.

My only wish for Lured In is that it would tell the story of Zach and Abigail in one story because their story feels unresolved. Thank goodness their journey is enough to keep you invested!