RATING: READ IT
I just finished Love Me in the Dark by Mia Asher and my mind refuses to stop tossing everything around in my head. I’ll be honest, there are things that I loved and things that I didn’t, but I think it’s because this isn’t your typical love story. It will make you think and it will make you uncomfortable and yet, it will make you swoon and keep you hopeful.
Love Me in the Dark is the story of Valentina, a married woman of 14 years that has lost herself along the way. Married to William, a wealthy, golden god—albeit one that she found cheating on her a year ago. Trust once broken is never easy to repair and we meet these two shortly before a trip to Paris that Valentina ultimately takes alone. There, she meets Sébastien. An artist who lives upstairs to which she feels an instant connection. The buzz and anticipation in their relationship is visceral. And yet, she approaches it in a clear-headed, honest manner. She’s honest with herself and her feelings. There’s no scapegoat. This is a rediscovery of herself. A very sexy, seductive one.
I think love triangles, as a trope,—especially when two of the three parties are married—is very difficult for a writer to traverse. How do you keep the reader sympathetic to the heroine? How do you make the reader fall in love with the new man and how do you not have a reader cry foul? Many readers have zero tolerance for cheating in novels, so it’s simply a very tough road to take. Mia Asher, however, handles it all beautifully. There were times that it felt a bit too careful, too aware of the reader and their critical eye, but ultimately, it was a story that I found thoughtful, moving and insightful.
This was my first book by Mia Asher and even though I’m still torn on how I felt about this book, I have zero doubts about how I feel about her writing. I absolutely loved it. I love her cadence, her choice of words. I love her ability to make us feel as though we are there in the scene every step of the way. And, I love, love, love how she captured the delicious Sébastien. This may have been my first Mia Asher book, but it certainly won’t be my last.
As of 5.16.17, Love Me in the Dark is available on Kindle Unlimited.