7/22/15

JESSICA'S REVIEW: EXPOSED BY BRIGHTON WALSH!

Title: Exposed
Author: Brighton Walsh
Release Date: AVAILABLE NOW!

SYNOPSIS:
In this sexy, suspenseful New Adult novel, a young woman hiding from her criminal past is taken captive by her ex-boyfriend, the ultimate bad boy.
Evie is about to embark on the perfect life. Beautiful, poised, and engaged to a rising business star, she fits the part of trophy wife perfectly, except for one thing: her entire identity is a lie.
Five years ago she created a new identity for herself, but it all crashes back when something she witnessed years ago comes back to haunt her. Now she's in danger of losing more than her social status.
Determined to protect the careful life she's built for herself, Evie doesn't want anything to do with Riley, the criminal for hire who broke her heart years ago. But Riley has other ideas. He's never forgotten Evie, and to protect her, he steals her away. Hidden from the world, sparks begin to fly as old memories resurface and their passion reignites.
PURCHASE HERE:
 Exposed is veiled in mystery and intrigue right out of the gate. It's not often a story literally grabs you from the very first page. Brighton Walsh just did it though, pulling me in and demanding my full attention immediately. I'm a huge fan of this author's writing, but within those brilliantly placed words is an intriguing story that needed to be peeled back layer by layer, exposed. Who is Evie and why is she hiding?

Where Captive had introduced Gage "Ghost," as the dangerous captor who kidnaps unknowing, vulnerable Madison for reasons unknown, Exposed changes things up. Riley is Gage's younger brother and they're in the same line of work, doing not so legal jobs at a high price and trying to keep their hands as clean as they can. When Riley gets the call to go nab Genevieve, the reader has no idea who these characters actually were to each other 5 years prior. As the story unfolds, it's clear that Evie is not another Madison... she can hold her own, fight her own fights, and when Riley pushes, she pushes right back. This isn't just another story of a dangerous captor and a naive, weak heroine. There's nothing weak about Evie, she's pretty badass actually. And if anyone is a little vulnerable and raw, it's Riley, with his never quite healed broken heart he's been living with since he thought his Evie had died.

Five years have passed with Evie being in hiding, Riley believing her dead, and no answers as to why. What's clear, however, is the scorching hot sexual tension brimming between them, the evident longing even though the two are so stubborn and reluctant to admit it. Instead, their longing is masked beneath snarky, sarcastic digs at the other and underhanded banter whipping back and forth. I loved that...loved the push and pull, the mystery, the obvious desire and romance woven throughout a suspenseful story fraught with danger and mystery.

This story takes sexy up several notches from previous Brighton Walsh books. The chemistry and heat between Riley and Evie is off the charts. While everything seems uncertain, secrets and lies make a happy ending seem far out of reach, the physical nature of this relationship is the one thing they get right. It's hot...so so hot.

I swear Brighton Walsh's writing gets better and better with each new release. She tackles some intense material in this book, allowing Evie to tell her painful story in a way that feels very honest and authentic. Layered beyond that story line is the complex, suspense-driven aspect of why Evie is hiding and who she's running from. The gravity of the history Evie and Riley shared, all that was between them and all that was lost when she disappeared, all of it culminates with the danger lurking outside and Evie's demons coming back to haunt her to make this one seriously consuming story. So much is happening within these pages, so much meaty layers juxtapose together to make these characters who they are. This story is intense in moments, frightening in others, and always sexy. This angsty romance captivated me from the very start and never let up. With Exposed comes my certainty that Brighton Walsh is an author everyone needs to be reading.

Jessica's Rating:

 Brighton Walsh spent nearly a decade as a professional photographer before deciding to take her storytelling in a different direction and reconnect with writing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two children.

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