Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review Tour: Wrapped In Shadows by Lisa Eugene

One night of shadows. One night of bliss. One night of evil.

Katherine Regina Vandercamp has everything. Wealth. Beauty. Social standing. She’s the heiress to the Vandercamp fortune and engaged to the man of her dreams. One night it all shatters…

Finding her fiancé with another woman, she is distraught and makes a reckless decision to go with a friend to a sex club. Needing total anonymity, she has sex with a stranger in a room of total darkness, a sensuous cocoon of silky shadows. She has no idea who this man is or what he looks like. But it is in the shadows she finds solace. In the shadows she finds bliss.
She can’t forget this stranger’s touch, his taste, his scent. He infiltrates her dreams and holds her thoughts and body captive. But had she made a false assumption about her fiancĂ©? Had he really been unfaithful? She regrets her hasty actions and is tormented by guilt. She is determined to marry the man she loves and forget her stranger.
Sinister events unfolded at the sex club. There was a gruesome murder and her stranger has been charged with the crime. Katie knows he’s innocent because she was with him at the time of the murder. She is shocked to find that he’s not a stranger after all. Will she reveal her horrible secret? Will she besmirch the Vandercamp name? Will she risk losing the man who has her heart to save the man who’s touched her soul?

Will coming forward put her in danger? Her life is in turmoil. All because of that one night.

A night that changed everything…    

Wrapped in Shadows by Lisa Eugene is a story about an affluent woman, Kay, who yearns to be independent of her domineering parents who care more about appearances than they do about the feelings of their child.  A romance at heart with a touch of a murder mystery that leaves the reader wonder "who done it" until the very last chapter of the book.  This was a 3 star read for me and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a spin on your typical millionaire romance.

Kay is engaged to be married to Josh, her boyfriend of 3 years, when she dicovers him alone in his apartment with his ex-girlfriend in what can appear to be a compromising position, if taken at face value.  Upset that the nuptials that she, or rather her socialite mother, have been planning for the last year were nothing but a farce is Josh's eyes, she flees to her best friend Michelle's house, where she later convinces her to allow Kay to tag along to a very exclusive sex club.  Although quite nervous when entering the room, all second thoughts are pushed aside when a man, cloaked in the shadows of darkness, brings out feelings that she never knew she had and leaves her with a night that she will never forget, one that she continues to think about while Josh makes case after case for her to take him back.  

"I wanted to hold on to everything from this man and it was a feeling of possessiveness that scared the shit out of me."

With only the scent of sandlewood to revive her memory, Kay comes face to face with the man from her one night of passion when visiting Michelle at her office, her boss Luke Davenport.  Luke is just as entranced with Kay as she is with him, and he has thought of nothing else since their encounter, trying to come up with ways to find out her identity so that he can see her again.  Kay breaks down and spends another night with Luke in her apartment that is just as mind-blowing as the first while deciding if whether or not she really wants to call off her wedding to the douchy Josh.  She makes Luke promise to never tell anyone that she is the woman from his night at the club, as if it was leaked to the public, her image would be tarnished, her family name dragged through the mud and her beloved Foundation destroyed.  

"When I laughed with her, I felt it in my heart, when I kissed her, I felt it in my soul, and the absolute rightness of it was simply stunning."

It is when Luke is accused of the murder of the woman, Carmen, who ran the sex club, that the reader is able to see just how deep the feelings between Luke and Kay really run.  Luke refuses to use her as an aliby, knowing what stating that he was with her that night will do to her publically, while Kay knows that she has no choice but to come forward because the man she knows would never do such a thing.  It is how they interact with each other through this difficult time, that Kay finally gives in to her feelings for Luke and totally breaks it off with Josh, much to his dismay.  While telling him that the wedding is most definitely off, Kay discovers that Josh never really loved her and was only with her for the money.  When another woman who resembles Kay a little too closely also turns up dead, questions into Luke's deceased wife's murder arise, wondering if this is all an act committed by the same person.  Who killed Carmen, the blond woman from the party and Luke's wife?  The reader is led on the chase with both Luke and Kay, drawing conclusions from the evidence that is presented throughout the story.  But are those conclusions correct?

You will have to pick up the book in order to gain the answers to all of those thought pondering questions.  The only fault that I could find with the book, that prevented a higher star rating was the ending, as it felt very abrupt to me and left me wanting a little more closure.  I would recommend this book to others!

Lisa Eugene began writing as a way to mentally escape from the hectic medical world where she has been a practicing nurse for over twenty years. After publishing her first novel, STRICTLY BUSINESS, she quickly learned that readers couldn't get enough of the world she created and now she lives out her wildest fantasies by writing steamy romantic suspense for her fan-favorite Washington Memorial Hospital series.

When she's not plotting her next dangerous, fast-paced, sexy adventure, you can find her juggling a full time job, playing soccer mom, or curled up reading a good romance.