Exposed to You: A One Night of Passion Novel Paperback – Nov 6 2012
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“A fabulous, sizzling-hot friends-to-lovers story—you’ll be addicted from page one!”—Julie James
Praise for Beth Kery, Recipient of the All About Romance Reader Poll for Best Erotica
“Wicked good storytelling.”—Jaci Burton
“Hot enough to make the pages smoke.”—Fallen Angel Reviews
“One of the best erotic romances I’ve ever read.”—All About Romance
“Nearly singed my eyebrows.”—Dear Author
About the Author
Beth Kery is the national bestselling author of the serial novel Because You Are Mine. She has also written under the name Bethany Kane.
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Joy Hightower is a talented art teacher. Joy is also a cancer survivor. She's had experience with the disease in the past. Her father couldn't deal with her mother's illness and up and left them both. Her father's rejection and mother's death has shaped Joy, although she has a lot of support and love from her Uncle Seth, who is a successful makeup artist in Hollywood. Seth asks Joy to help him on the set of what will be a big underwater motion picture called Maritime (think Kevin Costner's Waterworld, but this one won't bomb). Joy will help with the body art end of things and that's where she comes in contact with the superstar of tomorrow, Everett Hughes. Joy has no idea who Everett is, but there's a big attraction between both that they act on. Afterward Everett asks to meet Joy after both their workdays are done, but because of a miscommunication issue on where to meet (they really should have exchanged phone numbers), they both think the other has bailed out on each other and go their separate ways.
Fourteen months later, Joy is living in Chicago and teaching. She's moved from Los Angeles after her treatments and wanted to start anew where no one knows about her illness. She gets the biggest surprise of her life when Everett walks into a coffee shop she's at and the sparks fly between them once again. Everett is in town for the premiere of Maritime and he wants Joy to go as his date. He plans on finding out why she shafted him, which she really didn't, and after they talk, he decides to court Joy. Everett may have a reputation as a player, but he's more of a one woman type of guy, and he wants Joy. He has to figure out a way to prove to her that they belong together. She takes the chance and goes away with him for a long weekend where she gets to know his sister and her husband, as well as her Uncle Seth who tags along, but keeps a close eye on Everett for reasons Everett doesn't understand. He would never hurt Joy in a million years and only wants to love her. And loving Joy is Everett's goal. Joy gives into her passion for Everett and is more than willing to do some sexual acts she would have never been open to if not for Everett who is kind, understand and wonderful. But Joy continues to keep her distance and will only give Everett her body because she can't take the chance she could get sick again and Everett could leave her just like her father did to her mother.
Exposed To You had my every emotion engaged while I read. Everett is as close to perfect as you can get. Can I haz a Everett? Joy is one lucky woman because she's THE ONE for Everett. He falls hard for her and doesn't care if the entire world knows. He's also a gentleman and courts Joy as well as seduces her. Everett's seduction techniques would make any women swoon.Everett is the ultimate giver and doesn't expect anything in return.
The love scenes smolder and there are many sexual positions and acts shared between the two. Scorching is the perfect word, including some kink Everett introduces to Joy, who is very open to trying everything and anything.
Exposed to You gets high marks for me. It's one of the best contemporary romances I've read this year. Spicy, emotional and vroom-vroom love making that makes me want more.
Flash forward fourteen months later, Joy has relocated to Chicago away from her only family, her Uncle Seth, and underwent all her cancer treatments alone. She watched her mother fight cancer for years before finally seeing the disease take her life and she doesn't want anyone she loves to deal with what she had to as a young girl watching her mom. Her dad bailed on them so it was just Joy and her Uncle. She's now healthy and working as an art teacher in Chicago when Everett runs into her while he's in town for his movie's premiere. She realizes pretty quickly that he was the man she painted over a year ago and he's been thinking about her ever since.
What I loved most about this couple was how easy they were to simply like. They cleared up the misunderstanding of Everett standing her up and agreed to a date. Their romance takes off from there, they date, they get closer and they have some hot sex. Joy feels raw and exposed after each time they're together, the connection between them hits her deep and she's just not used to it. She's used to living her life alone, she keeps her cancer a secret from Everett, not wanting him to know what she went through and the fear she has of it recurring. She has vowed to keep the people she loves away from that part of her life. Her Uncle, who loves her so much, has been kept in the dark about most of it, and she refuses to tell Everett. For me, reading about a lead character dealing with an illness isn't something that I usually pick up. I like to read to escape reality but I thought Joy's journey was well done. Her illness felt only prominent at the very end, otherwise, it's a part of Joy, her feelings and emotions regarding it are described throughout, but the main story focused on her and Everett's relationship and how it could ever possibly work between an artist and Hollywood's leading man.
Everett is such a likable hero. He's grounded, he lives a crazy life in the spotlight but all he really wants is the life his sister has: marriage, kids and place to call home. He believes he may never find it but when Joy comes into his life he becomes certain that he can't ever let her go. Their sex scenes were erotic and just plain sexy but also packed with so much emotion. It's an addictive combination to read when the characters have you fanning yourself on one page and grabbing a tissue on the next. I simply loved getting to know this couple, both as individual characters and together.
This is book 2 in Beth Kery's One Night of Passion series, but absolutely reads as a stand alone. It's a well done, emotional story about two somewhat unlikely people finding their home with each other. It's sexy, it has moments that tugged at my heart and I was so satisfied with this couple's happy ending. A definite must read.
Blog rating: B+
"Exposed to You" by Beth Kery is the lovely contemporary romance that juxtaposes a very hot, relatively anonymous encounter and the struggles of a woman who has faced her own mortality after the trauma of watching her mother die from cancer and has commitment issues. Joy Hightower is a talented artist who has deliberately distanced herself from those who love her but whose self-defensive walls are in danger of being breached by Hollywood star Everett Hughes. He revels in the connection he has found with the reclusive woman but doesn't understand her reticence and, fortunately for her, he is willing to fight for what he wants.
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I absolutely loved Exposed to You. The characters are very well established, so they feel like actual people - something that's critical for me to enjoy erotic romance. The heroine has battled terrible health issues on her own (her choice, as she didn't want her loved ones to suffer with her), and her fear of her illness returning leads her to act in ways with the hero that she otherwise can't imagine.
The hero, a famous movie star, is one of the kindest, most devoted and down-to-earth alpha heroes I've ever read - again, something I really love. The emotion between them cranks up the heat. The sex scenes are erotic because of the intense emotional tension.
Really recommend this novel. I read the digital version, and I'll be buying the print version as soon as it comes out in the UK.