What To Read Wednesday: Against The Dark by Carolyn Crane

Each Wednesday one of the Fiction Vixen reviewers will tell you about a book they’ve recently read that they think you need to read too. This week, Sophia recommends:

Against The Dark by Carolyn Crane

Against the Dark Carolyn Crane

Against the Dark is the first book in Carolyn Crane’s new romantic suspense series called The Associates. The heroine is a retired safe cracker, who is called back into action when her aunt is kidnapped and the ransom is big. The kidnappers demand diamonds that belong to a ruthless killer. The hero is a special agent working for The Association. He’s undercover investigating the killer and trying to save lives before time runs out. Their paths cross, covers are blown and things get steamy.

I enjoyed this very sexy romantic suspense and I think it’s a good recommendation for What To Read Wednesday. I chose the following quote for a specific reason though. There is much debate in the romance reading community about condom use, and how it sometimes kills the sexy factor for some readers. For other readers, the lack of condom distracts them because they start thinking about unsafe sex and the focus becomes the lack of the condom. Carolyn Crane managed to incorporate condom use into the a very sexy scene and I think it made the scene even sexier.

“Come here,” she said.

He stayed. “You are so beautiful.” She began to protest and he put his fingers to her lips. “You are. Just take it.”

“So come here.”

He smiled and lightly ran the corner of the foil package up the inside of her thigh.

She drew up a little at that. “Cole.”


“Just that,” she said.

He drew the foil packet back down toward her knee, pin-soft, staying with her eyes, feeling they were sharing sensations, as though they were linked, as though in looking at each other they’d opened to each other. It stunned him that looking could feel so unbearably intimate. He felt suddenly unsure what to do with all the honesty. He was used to being on the outside looking in, scribbling his equations, trying to solve everything.

She snatched the condom from his fingers and ripped it open, watching him playfully. “How about I do this.” She extracted it from the foil and rolled the condom over his hard cock, then raised her eyes to his, grazing her knuckles over his washboard stomach. “Cause you know I need a piece of this, baby. It’s all I’ve been thinking about.”

He laughed and grabbed her hands and kissed them, and then he placed them on his stomach. “Enjoy.”

She bent forward and kissed him there, and stupid as it was, it made him feel magnificent. He stroked her hair, loving how they’d found this lightness together. There was everything to find with her.

Sexy right? Now go grab a copy of this sexy romantic suspense and read!

Against The Dark by Carolyn Crane
April 17th 2013 – Self Published
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  1. says

    I adore Carolyn Crane and this sounds great! Looking forward to reading!

    “Just take it.” *swoons*

    • says

      As you know, RS is not always a hit with me. I liked this one though. H/H are both great and the series will feature the other agents in the association.