Genres: Erotic Romance
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WHAT WE DO IN THE NIGHT by Stylo Fantome
Series: Day to Night #1
Release Date: 21st June 2019
Just five months ago, Valentine O’Dell started working at a very special kind of club – one where you can dance the night away, or live out your greatest fantasy. She’s learned to lose herself to her nights, forgetting all her day time woes as she charms every man she meets. It’s easy enough to do when she doesn’t let her feelings get involved.
Then Ari Sharapov walked in and changed everything.
Working for his father’s law firm has left Ari with very little control over his life, so when he meets Valentine for the first time, he sees a girl who is desperate for someone to take care of her. To take over her. So what he can’t get for himself in the day time, he’ll simply take for himself at night. But when power struggles lead to real feelings, who’s actually controlling whom?
Some relationships are better left in the dark.
It’s been a while since I last read a novel by Stylo Fantome and I’m not ashamed to say it was the cover art that first attracted me to this one. However, once having read the blurb I was more than attracted to the sensual intrigue it promised.
What We Do in the Night is apt in both title and theme of Valentine O’Dell’s life of late. By day she is a hard working student majoring in Design Management and at night she brings peoples fantasies to life at exclusive adult playground, Caché. Not quite a club, Caché is a place where people can either have an incredible night out, or indulge in a more hedonist experience if they so wish. It’s Val’s job as fixer of sorts to find out what it is the client wants, and to make sure they get it.
Val is a character I knew I was going to like from the outset. She has a story, and her circumstances have led her to Caché. But rather than let it affect her she grits her teeth and absorbs the blows that life socks her with. She’s not immune to being overwhelmed at times, which is why when Ari Sharapov makes her a proposition, she feels a relief in pressure and says yes.
When you take control, it means I don’t have to be in control anymore. It means for just a little while, I don’t have to be making the big decisions.
Ari is an asshole plain and simple. He’s successful, handsome and can turn most situations into one that is advantageous to him. He’s rather clinical in his attraction to Val. He acknowledges and wants to explore it until I suspect it wears off and he moves on. As we get to get to know him we realise that indeed he’s still an asshole, but it’s more of a device he uses with Val to mask his admiration and fierce feelings of protectiveness he has for her. Ari was once smug enough to think of Val as a commodity, and it was enjoyable for me and humbling for him to realise she is in fact his most valuable asset.
What We Do in the Night is a sinfully good exploration of desire and finding love in the most unlikely of places. It was addictive and pleasurable reading which left me on a high and desperate for the conclusion to Val and Ari’s story.
About the Author:
Crazy woman living in an undisclosed location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since …, forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I’m clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.
I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there’s your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can’t understand me.
Yeah. I think that about sums me up.
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