Darker Water – Lauren Stewart

darker water

I own a copy of this book. No request for review. All thoughts are 100% my own.


After another painful breakup, Laney Temple finally understands that love is a fairytale and sex rarely comes with a happy ending. She’s too busy for it right now anyway—she has a business to run, art to create, and candy to crush. Sure, eventually she’ll be ready to switch from her plastic-or-silicon lover to a flesh-and-blood one. But before that happens, she needs to be sure she won’t feel any of those annoying emotions that make her heart do things it wasn’t meant to do…

Like break

Carson Bennett is completely upfront about what he wants, and it has nothing to do with Laney’s heart. Her lips? Hell yeah. Other parts of her body? You better f*cking believe it. But her heart? Nope, not even a little. Until it does…a lot. But having feelings for someone isn’t allowed. It’s the kind of thing you’re supposed to push down deep and cover up with one-night stands, sarcasm, and booze…

Like secrets

Two people want the same thing—a commitment to nothing more than great sex in a bunch of different positions. Simple. Enjoyable. A win-win. Problem is, those two people have families and fears and pain that spill into every moment of their lives, control what they do and who they are. And if either Carson or Laney can’t free themselves from the past, they’ll both be pulled under by it.

My Thoughts

We meet up with Laney as she’s getting her heart broken by another frog. That’s what she calls the men that she’s dated. Because for some reason, she turns them into frogs, instead of turning them into princes. So she decides from then on that all men are frogs and that she needs to steer clear of them until one day, whilst minding her own business she’s approached by Carson. Carson loves women. He loves what he can do with them anyway. And he finds himself wanting to do lots of naughty things with Laney, but when she set him back and told him under no certain terms was she willing to be more than friends, he takes that challenge on. And that’s when the fun begins.

Laney and Carson make amazing friends. They have that right amount of lightheartedness and depth for one another. Throw in the constant stream of come on’s that Carson throws her way, and it’s fun and flirty and sweet. Especially for a man who doesn’t make friends easy….especially with women. And Laney, who’s normally a doormat finds that she can truly be herself and make demands without feeling ridiculed and picked apart. And yes, things get physical between them. And things do get messy, and ugly and beautiful and right. I really enjoyed this story. I loved Carson and Laney together. They worked so well together, like a well crafted timepiece.

Ms. Stewart worked a wonderful story around how sometimes, a simple kiss can turn a frog into a prince, or sometimes a prince into a frog. And her ability to write such chemistry between two people and show just how COMFORTABLE love really is, is a wonderful treat. Most romance books the love is super passionate and rarely comfortable, but with these two characters, whether they realized it or not, were in love before they ever got down to business. So would I recommend this book. Yes I would. I most definitely would. I liked this book so much, I downloaded another couple of her books to check out.

About the Author

Lauren Stewart grew up reading Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, James Clavell, Piers Anthony, and Agatha Christie, which explains why she can’t seem to stick to one genre at a time. She loves emoticons and hates when people speak in the third person, so…

I got to the more romantic stuff pretty late, but paranormal romance was what changed me from an obsessed reader into an obsessed reader AND writer. I think my writing style comes from a mash-up of all my early favorites and my new ones, women like JR Ward, Karen Marie Moning, Nalini Singh, Charlaine Harris, and Janet Evanovich. Wow, how much would you pay to be invited to that dinner party?

I want to make people think, cry, and giggle, not necessarily all at the same time (although it’s great when it happens). In every one of my books, you’ll find elements of other genres – fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, YA, women’s literature, all with a touch of humor because what doesn’t kill us should make us laugh.

To find me on the web, please visit:

Website: http://www.ReadLaurenS.com
Twitter: @ReadLaurenS
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