Friday, June 21, 2019

What We Do in the Night by Stylo Fantôme Release Blitz

Just five months ago, Valentine O'Dell started working at a very special kind of club - one where you can dance the night away, or live out your greatest fantasy. She's learned to lose herself to her nights, forgetting all her day time woes as she charms every man she meets. It's easy enough to do when she doesn't let her feelings get involved.

Then Ari Sharapov walked in and changed everything.

Working for his father's law firm has left Ari with very little control over his life, so when he meets Valentine for the first time, he sees a girl who is desperate for someone to take care of her. To take over her. So what he can't get for himself in the day time, he'll simply take for himself at night. But when power struggles lead to real feelings, who's actually controlling whom?

Some relationships are better left in the dark.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Spoiler-Free review.

Do you ever want something, only to discover you didn't want it after all? That was me with the last release by Stylo Fantôme. I was chomping at the bit for mature characters, only to discover I missed those train wreck females Fantôme is famous for writing.

Valentine – yes, just like the holiday – is the perfect mix of maturity and train wreck. She's suffering across the board, but still manages to put one foot in front of the other, hoping one day that journey will go into happily ever after territory after all her hard work.

With a sister that ate her entire inheritance from their parents who passed, Valentine finds herself working many jobs, trying to pay for her stroke/dementia-addled grandmother, willing to do anything to survive. Not only is she going to college, to ensure she has a future after she loses her grandmother, has a roommate to take off some of the burden, hired a nurse to visit, and is working several jobs, none of it is paying enough to keep her head above water.

There's a fine line we all have to cross when it comes to self-preservation and survival. We scoff, not believing we can cross it, but when the time comes, the decision has already been made.

Valentine is a fighter and a survivor. She makes train wreck decisions, but she's mature enough to compartmentalize why she had to in the first place. Working at an exclusive club hidden in a residential home, Valentine is an escort, tour guide, and fluffer, never crossing that last line into selling herself.

Valentine managed to resonate deeply with me, where I struggled to keep a dry-eye during scenes shared with her grandmother. I've been there, that mountain-sized chasm where being a granddaughter ends and a caregiver begins, as that is the end of any real relationship they can possibly maintain.

Then comes Ari. As I said, this will be a spoiler-free review. Ari would bring the spoilers. He's a grown man acting like a little boy, who depends too much on Daddy. He's forceful and authoritative with Valentine, yet he folds under pressure for those in his everyday life. Ari brings the drama and the emotional gut-punches. As much as I struggled to like him, I couldn't. He was weak, far too old to not have had his balls drop yet. Just because I understood didn't mean I had to like him.

There was a love-hate vibe between Valentine and Ari, because they didn't want to want each other. Tension-filled interactions, sparks of true connection, and intoxicating between-the-sheets action.

I couldn't stop tapping the pages, page after page, I had to know what happened next. Taken on an addictive journey, while craving the destination, but having no idea where anyone would end up.

But then I got to the last page, and I actually laughed in shock. I wasn't sure if I should applaud Fantôme for frustrating me, or be proud of her for leaving me hanging (such an Ari thing to do).

Never before have I added a GIF to a review, finding those with more than one or two flashing to be beyond distracting, hiding any real meaning behind attention-grabbing nothingness. As I promised, this would be a spoiler-free review, so I'll let my very first GIF, probably my only ever, explain how this book left me feeling...

That's all I have to say about this book.
The characters are FIRE. The chemistry between Ari and Val is explosive. The scenery is exciting and intriguing. Did I mention the sexy scenes are out of this world HOT?!?

I would totally leave my review at that, but I feel like you probably want some more insight into this story.

Valentine is a chameleon. She is the studious student during the day, and a doting caretaker in the evenings. But the nights... at night she becomes a different person entirely. She's confident, sexy, sassy, she knows her job and is very good at it. I absolutely LOVE Val. (I love all of Stylo's female characters, but Val has taken the top spot for me.) She isn't afraid of work; she knows what she needs to do and just does it. There isn't any back and forth, wishy-washy decision making here. Valentine charges forth and attacks everything head on. You can't help but love her.

Then Ari changes everything. Ari is the rich kid, son of a well-known lawyer, he's poised to fill his father’s shoes in the law firm. Apparently rich families like to map out their children's lives, including their marital partners. Ari is egotistical, a self-assured alpha, a control freak. When Ari decides he needs a break from familial pressure and finds someone HE'S decided he needs to have, well, our story begins.

I wouldn't change anything about this story. The characters are fantastic, and they are perfect for one another. The situation is totally believable, the scenery (the club!) is unbelievably cool, the everything – just everything came together to make an exciting story that I could not put down. I was sad when the book ended, but will keep it together until book two is released.

This book... it's so hot. I couldn't put it down. I loved this book and it left me with one hell of a hangover, but it was so worth it!

This book is all consuming. It was erotic, sexy, intense, and so passionate.

CACHE is the invite-only sex club that changes daily, bringing all your fantasies to life. Valentine is living a double life. A student doing whatever she can to care for her grandmother during the day and a sexy dancer getting paid for her time at night. Ari is a strait-laced lawyer by day doing whatever his father requests. After one visit to CACHE, he can't get Val out of his head. He needs a no-strings, willing woman to let him be himself and Val provides that. Until what happens at night collides with the daylight.

“The sun is rising – things that happen during the night need to stay in the night.” “...but all the best new beginnings came out of destruction.”

I couldn't get enough of this relationship. It was all consuming. I can't wait for the conclusion of their story but September is so far away!!

Mary Jo☆☆☆
The storyline is great, it empowers women in a way that few books do. With that said, it didn't strike a chord with me.

The character of Valentine O'Dell is a feisty one. She's overcome a lot in her short life and keeps making choices that benefit her – until she meets Ari.

Ari can be a prick of the highest order. Money can buy him all things and the one thing he wants is a non-relationship relationship. He thinks he finds the perfect woman in Val. All sex and no substance.

Until he gets to know her. Then a few careless words and he throws it all away.

I will read book two because I want to know how Ari atones for his sins, but this isn't going to be a re-read for me.

Crazy woman from a remote location in Alaska (where the need for a creative mind is a necessity!), I have been writing since... forever? Yeah, that sounds about right. I have been told that I remind people of Lucille Ball – I also see shades of Jennifer Saunders, and Denis Leary. So basically, I laugh a lot, I'm clumsy a lot, and I say the F-word A LOT.

I like dogs more than I like most people, and I don't trust anyone who doesn't drink. No, I do not live in an igloo, and no, the sun does not set for six months out of the year, there's your Alaska lesson for the day. I have mermaid hair – both a curse and a blessing – and most of the time I talk so fast, even I can't understand me.

Yeah. I think that about sums me up.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of What We Do in the Night (Day to Night #1) by Stylo Fantôme to read and review for this tour.

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