Review: Spiral (The Indigo Lounge Series #3) by Zara Cox


Title: Spiral
Author: Zara Cox
Publisher/Year: CreateSpace Publishing 6/17/14
Length: 258
Series: The Indigo Lounge Series #3


Seven Nights. Seven Highs.
Welcome back to The Indigo Lounge, the scandalously sexy sky-high playground where anything can happen…
SPIRAL is the latest story in the sizzling Indigo Lounge Series, geared for fans of The Crossfire and The Stark Series.

Sinfully sexy venture capitalist, Noah King – a man with a haunted past and dark cravings – is a short fuse away from being consumed by his needs. When his desires propel him to the Indigo Lounge, there’s only one course of action – unleash his innermost hunger or lose his mind.

Leia Michaels has spent the last five years trying to find her way out of a shattered labyrinth of pain and tragedy. In a daring move, she takes a chance on a sizzling adventure aboard the Indigo Lounge.
Within seconds of meeting on the luxury, decadent adults-only jet, they realize they’re better off apart…but their chemistry defies logic and their needs have gone far too long unanswered.

Seven Nights. Seven Highs. He will strip away her inhibitions and show her that edgy existence between pleasure and pain. Will she survive his dark secrets and risk revealing her own, or will her world spiral out of control?

My Thoughts

To be honest, i wasn’t sure how i was going to like the continuation of this series since it’s all new characters and we get none of Savage and Bethany, but you quickly see what the link is to them and that made me quickly forget my apprehension.  Just to tee it up, we had met a bunch of Zach’s friends in the last installment, Gabriel, Damon and Mike and they are the common bond with the stories – as we are introduced to Noah.

This story is different from the first bit of the series in the sense that both leading characters are established in their own sense, they are financially sound but both have significant ghosts from their pasts that haunt them daily and make relationships really hard.  It takes a majority of the book to learn about the ghosts that haunt Leia, while Noah’s are a bit more obvious.

Leia isn’t quite as naive as we’re used to – she’s had a rough few years, her father died a few years back and he was the most important person in her life.  She also had to deal with the death of her mother, after she killed her stepfather.  We don’t learn the details until pretty far into the story, but we can see why her walls are up.  The odd man out in this though is Warren, a man that we know almost nothing about aside from the fact that he considers Leia to be precious to him, yet she’s not in a relationship with him.  At least not at first pass.  I think that it’s safe to say that he’s going to cause problems.

This first installment of their story takes us on their trip – one that was forced upon Noah by his friends however, and we see a passion and heat grow quickly between these 2 and almost consume them.  They quickly become addicted to one another but the question that we continue to ask is whether this will survive past the 7 days, and if their ghosts will make it impossible to move on.

What our author Zara Cox does well is continue to show us a great dom side to our men – Noah is clearly one who likes control and we see that while he’s not into a traditional D/s relationship, he’s got his own playroom full of toys and knows how to use them.

It’s when their trip is cut short because of the reappearance of folks that we didn’t think could come back that all bets are off.  Will their relationship last?  Will everyone be safe, and will they stay together.  Noah’s past – an ex named Ashley is among the tussle, and what she reveals is something that all makes us say HUH??!?  I honestly question the timing and i think that we’re meant to.

I can’t wait for the next installment, and it says that it’s due out September 2014 which is right around the corner – so hopefully my wait won’t be too long.  Enjoy!

Review: Higher (The Indigo Lounge Series #2) by Zara Cox


Title: Higher
Author: Zara Cox
Publisher/Year: CreateSpace Publishing 6/17/14
Length: 223
Series: The Indigo Lounge Series #2


Welcome back to the Indigo Lounge, the scandalously sexy sky-high playground where anything can, and does happen…

Flirty, dirty and utterly delicious, HIGHER is the sizzling conclusion to Zach & Bethany’s love story which began in book one, HIGH.

When Bethany finds herself back on board the Indigo Lounge, this time for work purposes, she knows her life is about to once again slide into free fall.

Zachary Savage has branded himself onto her senses, and despite her attempts to protect her heart she’s pulled right back into his sizzlingly intense orbit of sex, more sex and dark secrets.

But even out of this world sex won’t save Beth’s heart when Zach is finally ready to reveal the truth…

HIGHER. The only way is up, and this time they’re going all the way.

My Thoughts

Ahhh, the saga continues – and the roller coaster hasn’t let them off yet.  The relationship that we saw develop between Bethany and Zach is far from finished, even though there was so much pushing them apart at the end of book 1.  While we know that Bethany had told Zach that she loved him in book 1, we know that he’s got secrets that are going to make it hard for her to admit that again, and even to be together.

Where this 2nd installment takes us is back to the real world, to New York where Bethany has to figure out how to get on with her life and try to live again, while Zach has to figure out a way around telling the secrets that he’s been unable to share for 6 years.

Because we know of the control that Zach needs to have over everything, he sorts out a way to move to New York, set up his office and get the events planning company to work on the launch of the new IL plane.  All under the guise of real work while he’s trying to get Bethany back into his good graces.  Every time these 2 come together, they practically combust, and it’s hot.  There’s so much passion and tension between them that it’s really just a matter of how Zachary can get around the forces keeping him from sharing secrets before they can be happy together.

On a trip around the world, things are slowly revealed, and each time Zach shares something, he’s afraid that Bethany will run away.  While she keeps saying that she’ll stay, it’s not easy and it’s quite frequent that we see someone pull away during this saga.

This actually leads to one of the slight downfalls that i see in this 2nd book.

1) – it’s the final installment of this couple’s journey which i feel like was a bit abrupt and maybe a bit shallow.  Shallow in the sense that there wasn’t as much depth to the plot as there was in book 1, so when we got to the ending, there was a bit too much of a neat tie-up.

2) The tension from the facts that are revealed was a bit anti-climactic.  while we all knew where the story was going to end up, there were moments when i felt that one or the other would have pulled away more and left the other hanging, that really didn’t happen in the way that i envisioned things.

3)  There were teasers to things that could be happening or should happen in the future that my mind had set up to be crimps in the story and those things didn’t happen.

All that aside though, we had a really steamy story of our typical CEO alpha male and a ‘naive’ female who wanted to come into her own to be strong, yet needed to rely on her man for happiness.  The nice thing though is that there’s a book 3 – and while it’s not the continuation directly of Bethany and Zach, i can only hope that we’ll get to see them continue on in the story somehow since Indigo is Zachary’s love.  Onto book 3 i guess- and i hope you enjoyed your flight with this series!

Review: High (The Indigo Lounge Series #1) by Zara Cox


Title: High
Author: Zara Cox
Publisher/Year: CreateSpace Publishing 5/16/14
Length: 173
Series: The Indigo Lounge Series #1


Welcome to The Indigo lounge, the scandalously sexy sky-high playground where anything can happen…
Flirty, dirty and utterly delicious, HIGH is the perfect next read for lovers of the internationally renowned This Man series from Jodi Ellen Malpas & Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series.
Zachary Savage is a man accustomed to getting whatever and whoever he wants. He’s buried his demons and risen from the ashes to become the playboy owner of the internationally renowned Indigo Lounge, a fleet of ultra-exclusive sky-high pleasure palaces.
He has everything he wants, until he sets eyes on Bethany Green. One look is all it takes ~ she has to be his.

Bethany Green has endured the worst year of her life; bad luck and heartbreak at every turn. Karma swings wildly in her favour when a money-can’t-buy golden ticket lands in her lap – an invitation to experience the scandalously sexy Indigo Lounge for herself.

Green by name and green by nature, is she brave enough to accept the hottest ticket in town?

One glimpse of Zachary Savage is enough to convince her that she isn’t cosmopolitan enough to play in his glamorous, sinfully sexy world. But they’re already in the air, and reality is a long way behind them. The only way is up.

The Indigo Lounge. Step aboard and check your inhibitions at the door.

My Thoughts

Clearly I have problems today since i’ve finished reading not just 1 book, but started and finished another.  And that’s all because I’ve discovered another series that i’m really really really excited about.  Welcome to a world that you never knew existed, and it’s probably much darker and complicated than ever thought

We meet our leading lady Bethany 6 months after she’s broken up with her long time boyfriend, after discovering that he is actually more interested in men.  That hurts a girls ego for sure, and she’s been wrapped up in herself for a while.  It’s only after failing at a job to learn more about a CEO’s business and being pushed by her best friend that she’s invited to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity – a chance to board the luxury Indigo Lounge private jet fleet and travel to international destinations – all under the guise of meeting some sexy men and experiencing things that you read about in other private clubs.

It’s upon her entry into the VIP lounge at the airport that her plans get derailed – quickly.  Zachary Savage – the owner of Indigo is in the area while his own jet is being refueled and after seeing Bethany enter the door, he changes his plans since he’s so taken with her – something that hasn’t happened in 6 years.  Understand that this is the FIRST time that he’s decided to change his plans and board the flight in 6 years and we don’t quite know why.

The journey that we go on in this first installment is one that is really engaging.  Bethany has to decide whether she wants to forgo the experience that she signed up for – to learn more about sex and herself in the interest of seeing what Zachary has to offer, and while we all know what choice she’s going to make, it’s one that’s not always easy.  From Shanghai to Paris to Morocco, we get a steamy build up to a relationship that’s destined to fail since it’s not real.

It’s a roller coaster of emotions, we know that Zachary has to have this dark past that he’s hiding, and Bethany wears her emotions on her sleeve – so someone’s destined to get hurt and the way that things are looking – it’ll actually be Zachary.  Learning what we do in the last line of the book makes you wonder how much is being hidden and for what reason.  I can’t wait to see what stories come up next and what that means for this pair.