Paige’s Review – Under the Lights (Bright Lights Book 1) by Tia Louise

I’m a fan of Tia Louise and excited to read this darker love story. In Under the Lights we’re shown the seedy underbelly of New Orleans and what happens when you’re stuck in a sea of despair. ~ Paige, Guilty Pleasures 


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“Tia Louise goes darker, amping up the suspense and turning up the heat.”

–Aleatha Romig, New York Times bestselling author

Under the Lights, book one in the thrilling, white-hot second-chance Bright Lights Duet from USA Today bestselling author Tia Louise is LIVE!


Under The Lights

Heroes don’t last long around here…

Fall in love with the sexiest girl in New Orleans?


Prepare to die for her?


Larissa is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.

She’s the rising star of the Pussycat Angels, the hottest burlesque show in the French Quarter.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw her.

The curve of her breast outlined by sparkling rhinestones.

Slim hips wrapped in black fishnets.

Long, dark hair…

She’s the Dark Angel who stole my heart.

Her body is intoxicating, our love overwhelming.

Cat eyes and blood red lips.

Sizzling fingers on white-hot skin.

I couldn’t keep my hands off her…

But her fame had a dark side,

A sinister shadow lurking under the lights.

I would do anything to save her…

He would do anything to see me dead.

I was immediately drawn into this world and found the book difficult to put down. That being said I found a lot of unanswered storylines but since this is a duet with a cliffhanger ending, I’m hoping the author will fill in the blanks. The author brought to life the characters and the world in which they lived. Mark and Lara lived surrounded by a dark side. They found a few rays of hope but it was a struggle to survive. It was easy to see why these two felt a connection with one another. The each had a sweet side although they had issues trusting.

I really liked Mark. He seemed like a stand up guy for the most part. He knew he was taking part in a risky business but wanted to ensure the safety of Lara. One piece I sent understand is what happened to his family. What brought him to New Orleans? What happened to his Uncle?

I had a harder time liking Lara. She was naive but cunning. She was a user and seemed like she didn’t care who fell in her trap. She befriends Molly, a 13 old and keeps her locked in her room knowing she needs to get out but doesn’t do anything to change her surroundings.
Again, where not really given her story and how she ended up in the Burlesque sex show.

While I found it hard to put down I had a hard time with the a few of the storylines especially the after child sexual assault ……and the lack of a moral compass for most of the characters in the book. They all seemed ok using others for their benefit. . Perhaps this discomfort was what the author was hoping for.

I’m glad the conclusion will be out in a few weeks. I don’t know how long I can wait!

3.5 stars


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About the Author:

Tia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of When We Touch, the “One to Hold” and “Dirty Players” series, and co-author of the #4 Amazon bestseller The Last Guy.

She loves all the books (as long as they have romance), all the chocolate (as long as it’s dark), strong coffee and sparkling wine.

After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped.

Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat.

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One thought on “Paige’s Review – Under the Lights (Bright Lights Book 1) by Tia Louise

  1. I some issues with this book as well. I’m hoping the second part is a lot better. Thanks for the review Paige

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