Confessions in the Dark by Jeanette Grey
Overview by Publisher:
Anger. Guilt. Sorrow. They’ve strangled Cole for years-and now they’ve literally damaged him. With his knee out of commission, Cole knows the road to recovery will be nothing but long and irritating . . . until his beautiful and determined neighbor offers to help him in return for a favor. But soon Cole finds himself offering her so much more. Their unexpected passion lays Cole bare, body and soul. And leaves him wondering how he’ll walk away before he ruins her life, too.
Gruff, secretive, and coiled with tension that begs for release, Cole is too intriguing for Serena to resist. The English accent and brooding brown eyes don’t hurt, either. Their nights are beyond compare-yet the truths Cole confesses in his darkest moments reveal a heart bruised almost beyond repair. But Serena’s seen the kindness and support he shows when she needs it most. Armed with a bottomless well of patience and devotion, she’ll show Cole just how good it can be to let someone in . . .
I really enjoyed the first book I have read by Jeanette Grey, Seven Nights to Surrender. I had high hopes finding another one of her books to read. This was a good book. It wasn’t as amazing as Seven Nights, but still an interesting book.
What made this book good was the deep, deep examination of emotions. Cole has strong emotional issues that have stalked his life. The book takes a lot of time to scrutinize how these emotions have shaped and changed his life. We see the aftermath of the cracks from his first marriage and how he navigates a new relationship with Serena.
Serena has the problem of being a people pleaser. She tries hard, like too hard to help people. Her support for others takes over her life and she rarely thinks about what she needs or wants. I could really relate to Serena and her emotions – stress, tension, worry, unease and love.
The physical relationship between Cole and Serena was one of the best parts of the book. They set the pages on fire with the explosion of lust between the two. Jeanette Grey really knows how to craft bedroom scenes that leave the reader hot and heavy. The only thing that weirded me out was Cole’s use of the word ‘kitty’ to describe a female body part. I chalked it up to him being British, but I don’t think that is one word I want to hear in the bedroom.
This book was different than most contemporary novels. While there was deep introspection of the emotions of the characters and their pasts, moments of high tension and the usual development of a relationship, it had a different flavour. I am having trouble putting my finger on what was different, but it almost felt more like an Oprah’s list book than a traditional contemporary romance novel. While I enjoyed the book, I am glad it is a stand alone novel as the book has a complete arc that doesn’t need to be delved into again – I am happy with the conclusion and where the characters lives ended up.