Red Lights, Black Hearts
by Fabiola Francisco
Release Date: July 18, 2016
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★ SYNOPSIS ★
Darkness can be stained by light. Light can outshine the darkest of corners.
Behind a window in Amsterdam’s desired Red Light District, Samantha practices the art of seduction. Man after man, she controls them, seeking what they both want. But behind the façade of the glass, lies her truth waiting to be uncovered. An inner battle of light and dark takes place as Sam learns to release the past and truly live the beautiful tragedy that is life.
Red lights and black hearts collide in a tale of heart and soul.
★ PURCHASE LINKS ★
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/29HU0I3
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/29zozBi
★ EXCERPT ★
The melting of the snow brought about a mixture of emotions. Realizations I didn’t want to admit to. Awareness that dawned on me brighter than the noon sun back home in South Florida. Resistance to what was happening around me.
I’ve never been happier to be back at work, doing what I know and keeping my mind busy with tempos.
After the second night of being snowed in, Max left and prepared for a short trip to Germany. His words. Probably meant to ease me and inform me he’ll be back soon.
In my own silence, I analyze my world. I analyze my truths and my deceptions. I was living a life I was content with until recently. I was surviving without the constant memories drowning my mind. The insecurities I buried deep within not making an appearance.
Now everything has resurfaced. Now every truth is exposed in the front of my mind, a cursing memory haunting me in case I had forgotten where I came from and who I was.
A rag-doll with loose threads barely keeping her together. Unsown by a seam ripper who fed off of her pain.
Anyway. Not having Max around has given me space. Space to think. Space to breathe. Space to hide. The glass shelters me despite its transparent state. The walls in my small room protect me. The men that walk in surrender to me. All of this makes for the perfect escape. An escape I am craving and dreading at the same time. My analytical self knows this is what has helped me move forward in life. My foolish self wants to tear at the belief system I’ve created to fall victim to fairy tales with a Prince Charming and a Sleeping Beauty waiting to be awoken by a kiss.
Kisses don’t heal. Princes don’t wake you up from nightmares. You are responsible for your own living and the only one who can break the bonds of the past.
Red Lights, Black Hearts
Copyright 2016, Fabiola Francisco
★ LORI'S REVIEW ★
This book…wow. You will not get a light & fluffy love story. You will not get a typical romance all wrapped up in a pretty little bow. This one will reach deep inside you and grip your heart. Get ready for a bumpy ride.
Sam has moved to Amsterdam to run away from her past. There, she can be someone else – someone who is in control – walls are up, heart is cold & black as coal. She hides behind the glass in the red light district – luring men in, using them, then spitting them out. She uses indifference as a shield… It’s easier that way. Easier than dealing with feelings.
“Inside a coal is a diamond, something precious and rare. Could there be some beauty left in my heart deep with the hard shell of my chest?”
Max…he is Sam’s light in her world of darkness. He is exactly what Sam needs, although she fights it as much as she can. Being the patient and caring person he is, he slowly brings her out of her shell, makes her start feeling again, and helps her find the girl who she used to be.
“I am a fire that burns, but can he be the water that extinguishes me?”
This story is beautifully-written. So poetic, so deep – filled with so much passion, you will feel every ounce of pain, every single emotion. Some moments are intense, some are touching, and some will leave you breathless. I highlighted so many parts in this book because as I read them, they reached deep down in my soul. Fabulous book!
★ Other Titles by Fabiola Francisco ★
Resisting You (Perma-Free)
Sweet on Wilde
★ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ★
Fabiola Francisco is a contemporary romance author from South Florida. Writing has been a part of her life since she was a teenager. Even at that age, she dreamed of happy endings with emotional twists. She currently has five books released, her latest being Whiskey Nights.
Her passion for books and writing has inspired her to write her own stories. She writes novels readers could relate to and grow with. She’s currently working on writing more stories that connect with readers on a deeper.
Fabiola also loves expressing herself through art and spending time in nature. In her spare time, she loves to cuddle with a good book and a glass of wine.
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