Title: Heights of Desire (Heightsound Series #1)
Author: Mara White
Genre: Erotic 18+
Publication Date: December 22, 2013
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
SynopsisA woman who has everything meets a man who can offer her nothing but trouble. They bring each other to a height of desire neither thought possible, but is it enough to overcome the differences that tear them apart? Kate Champion, a forty-two-year-old, married mother of two, leads an enviable upper class life of luxury. Her comfortable path takes an unexpected detour after a chance encounter at a neighborhood playground. Jaylee Inoa is a twenty-two-year-old, second generation New York Dominican with close ties to the Heights and the gangs that run them. Her life of privilege is no match for the code of the streets he navigates with ease. When a crime of the heart leads to a crime in the flesh, how far will she go to redeem him? Can she risk all in her life that is golden for the love of her golden-eyed man?
Heights of Desire by Mara White
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Kate is a 42 year old happily married mother of 2 who experiences a lot of changes in her life after locking eyes with a 22 year old street kid while out with her children. Despite her love for her husband, she is drawn to Jaylee in an intense way that she is unable to ignore. Jaylee has some multi generational ties to a local gang, and his life and Kate's couldn't be farther apart in nearly every way. His attraction to her is very strong and he decides that he wants Kate to be his. Kate is not ready or willing to walk away from her family or lifestyle, but she decides that she can't stay away from Jaylee.
As you can imagine there are a ton of complex situations here, due not only to the vast differences between Kate and Jaylee, but also because Kate has so much to lose in her life if she leaves her family for Jaylee. This story definitely held my interest the whole way through, but I had real trouble connecting to Kate. She seemed very naive about some things, and I found a lot of her choices to be very odd. I found the relationship between Kate and her husband Robert to be a little confusing. I guess the point is that is became confusing and both characters were struggling. I also sometimes felt that I was being told how much Kate and Jaylee loved one another without really feeling it myself. I definitely felt their attraction at times, but never really got what was bonding them so strongly to one another. Other than every character mentioning that they could tell instantly that Jaylee was completely in love with her, I struggled to really understand it. I could definitely feel the passion and lust that happened between them, but the other stuff was a little trickier.
I also thought while it was nice for Kate to have a best friend who supported her no matter what, she was also the kind of friend who repeatedly steered Kate in bad directions. I really didn't like Kate's behaviors a lot of the time, and didn't like how many other people's lives were being affected by her back and forth declarations and keeping a lot of other people in limbo. What you can't say is that this book isn't intriguing or exciting. The story moves along, and keeps you guessing about nearly everything. I think its always a struggle for me to stay completely invested when I'm not feeling completely connected to the main character, and I couldn't quite get there with Kate.
*an ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review
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About the AuthorI’m a reader, a writer, and a lover of all things romantic. I’m also a coffee, hot sauce, ink, telenovela, and Bikram Yoga enthusiast. I live in New York City with my husband and two children, and I spend a lot of time on the playground.