Exposed To You by Beth Kery (One Night Of Passion)

Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

Losing control is just the beginning… 

“What would you do if the sexiest man in the world was bent on bringing you unbearable pleasure again and again? Joy Hightower wasn’t sure she could survive the experience…or live without it.” 

It’s not often you’re hired to paint a body tattoo—and what a body—on a total stranger at a Hollywood film set. A reserved and careful art teacher, Joy would never forget it. In a rare fit of raw desire she gave herself completely, knowing she’d never see him again, or ever repeat such a shameless, naked impulse.

Little did she know, the man with whom she shared that lightning bolt of lust was star Everett Hughes. For Everett, women and sex came as easily as fame. But how could he hope to convince the guarded Joy that beneath the hard body and sexy façade of celebrity was a real man who wanted only one, real woman?

In the heat of an intoxicating affair, Everett endeavors to break down her barriers, gain her trust, and expose himself as the real deal. But can Joy do the same, and reveal to him the vulnerable woman who longs to be loved, wanted, and desired forever?

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In the reading world where erotic romance is quickly becoming the normal, there has been a surge in available books in the genre. One simply has to check out the new releases in any bookstore. As with any surge in popularity, the market becomes flooded with things exactly like what started the uproar. Exposed To You by Beth Kery is an example of an erotic romance in the aftermath of the book that I refuse to name.

Joy, an art teacher, has just gotten devastating news  regarding her health. The cancer diagnosis feels like a death sentence and not knowing what the future holds, she allows herself a moment of passion while applying body art to who she assumes is only a background actor. Her hot encounter with the mystery man is cut short with a misunderstanding of a meeting place and Joy disappears in order to get her health under control.

A year later she runs into her mystery man across the country in a coffee shop. He’s no background actor though, he’s Everett Hughes, the leading man. Fighting her desires isn’t an option with this man and she soon finds herself immersed in his world. Everett is much more intense then any man she’s ever known and Joy finds herself wondering if she can handle both their desires without burning herself out.

Ok firstly, how lucky is Joy? If I decided to randomly give a guy in costume a blow job I would never get lucky enough to get my lips around the movies star. Come on now. I’d prob blow the janitor or something equally horrifying. Definitely one of the best BJ scenes. But after the deed, when the guy asks you to meet him at a statue it wouldn’t cross your mind to double check which statue he was talking about? Or when you realize he’s not there you wouldn’t check the rest of the lot to make sure there wasn’t other statues around? Nope, not Joy. She automatically assumes he stood her up.

Joys inability to let anyone help her was just annoying. She watched her mother die of cancer and didn’t want anyone to suffer along with her so she instead isolates herself completely and refuses help from even the closest of family and friends. She just can’t understand how not letting people help her hurts them just as much as watching her suffer. I understood her fear of the disease returning, but allowing that fear to control her life made me want to scream.

While I did find the sex scenes decent I didn’t think they were  particularly inventive and I was hoping that Everett would be a bit darker then he was. There were a few times when he restrained Joy slightly, but in the end not nearly as much as I was hoping. I have a slight kink in that area though. :) Everett enjoys long winded sex, which means he can go for a long time. In romance novel land I enjoyed this aspect too. In real life land I’d probably be thinking about what was on tv later that I was going to miss and wondering if I set the DVR.

The plot meanders a bit throughout the middle and seems to pull itself along at a slow speed. I guess I just wanted something more to happen. Joy spends the entire book either trying to keep her cancer a secret from Everett and then the rest pushing him away after she has a re-occurrence scare. At least Everett tries his best to break down her walls. That’s generally the female role and I enjoyed the role reversal in this. As much as I liked him he just couldn’t save this one for me. He’s a decent guy who handles his lavish life well and treats Joy with the respect any female would deserve. I liked him, but the story left me conflicted and wanting more.

I give Exposed To You by Beth Kery 3 stars!

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