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Fire After Dark

(After Dark #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  7,371 ratings  ·  375 reviews
A story that will captivate, exhilarate and intoxicate you like no other, perfect for those who loved E. L. James' bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey but were left wanting more...

The first novel in a provocative romance series that will captivate, exhilarate and intoxicate you like no other, perfect for those who loved the bestselling Fifty Shades of Grey but were left
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published July 26th 2012 by Hodder
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~ Becs ~
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a book of two halves for me. The first 60% I was convinced that I seriously disliked the heroine, was appalled at her actions and squirmed uncomfortably with faint disgust at what she was doing. I felt embarrassed and ashamed for her BUT, at just over the halfway point, everything that had been building finally clicked into place and the story turned a corner and became something that I was far more comfortable and at home with. Up until that point, I was definitely not going to read ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really don't know how to start...

This book has a really good story... but i can't give 5 stars because there were parts in the book that were a little uncertain...


I am so frustated.... because in the last 100 pages the story starts getting better... and better... and i can't drop it... and then....

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Why this has to happen??? Why Dominic??? You fucking bastard... I already love you (AND BETH TOO)!!

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And now... like Beth

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I have to get the second book really soon!! xD


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It's hot
Sammy ⭐️
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So glad the forum ladies convinced me to read this it was a little slow and frustrating to start but once it kicked in there was no going back can't wait to read book 2 and 3 :)
Sep 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-read
GoodReads Synopsis: It started with a spark... Everything changed when I met Dominic. My heart had just been broken, split into jagged fragments that can jigsaw together to make me look enough like a normal, happy person. Dominic has shown me a kind of abandonment I've never known before. He takes me down a path of pure pleasure, but of pain, too - his love offers me both lightness and dark. And where he leads me, I have no choice but to follow. Deeply intense and romantic, provocative and ...more
Kirsty Riley
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
It took me a few chapters to get into this book as I thought it was quite slow. When Beth and Dominic eventually got it together I couldn't put the book down and managed to read it in 24 hours! There were times when I cringed at the thought of 'what is Beth doing' following them etc but all in all I enjoyed the book but gutted with the cliff hanger at the end and I will have to wait until November when I beleive the second book it out! I really hope Dominic comes back as promised, that their ...more
Jun 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ok, so this is the first book I've reviewed here.


And it's not because I enjoyed it. It's the complete opposite. In fact, the main reason I'm reviewing it is because of the other reviews on it.

Everybody seems to LOVE it.

And I simply CANNOT understand why.

I've read some books recently that really blew me away, and I mean really blew me away, ie changed my whole perspective and turned my world upside down. And even that didn't make me want to review. They got 5 stars and I went off on my
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I was attracted to read this book as it got told if i enjoy fifty shades of gray i would enjoy this also.
i did enjoy the book however it was very hard for me not to compair it to fifty shades
the female main character is fun to ready about in away at first you want to know aboyt her and the heart brake she has sufferd and you can relate to the emotions however after that i did feel it was a bit slow and nothing exciting really happend of course that all changed when she met her man but i still
4.5 Stars

Wow!! So much better than I expected. Read it in a day and can't wait to read book 2 and find out how their relationship will continue.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica-m-f, bdsm, romance
I was pleasantly surprised at how good this was. It kept me interested the whole way through (Beth was a bit pathetic at times).
Can't wait for the next one =].
Mariana López
Meh :/
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

2015 READING BINGO CHALLENGE: A book set in London

I was given this book as a birthday present by a friend because it had on the cover "Did Fifty Shades of Grey leave you wanting more?" and she thought that was hysterical given all the amusing conversations we have had on the topic.

We have developed this ritual now where we buy each other this genre of books and then on unwrapping the present, you have to open up to a random page and read it. I opened to quite a steamy
Rea Cobb
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Erotica has never been a genre of choice for me but since reading the most talked about Trilogy I have found my post box full with more erotica books most with sticky labels claiming that if you love Fifty Shades then you will love this book and this was no exception when Fire After Dark by Sadie Matthews arrived.

When Beth Villiers heart is broken by the only man shes ever loved, she jumps at the chance to escape and houses it a luxurious Mayfair apartment. There, Beth catches sight of a man in
Aug 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth "Beth" Villers' boyfriend Adam was her first and only love. They had been 'an item' for years. She has finally finished her 4 year degree and has returned home for good. Unfortunately, one night when she went to his house to surprise him, she was the one that was surprised. Instead of his guy friends at the house watching sports and drinking beer, she found him in bed with another woman.
Since they lived in a small town there wasn't really anywhere she could go that didn't open her
Apr 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Fake. Thats the first word that comes to my mind. I couldnt relate to the characters because each one of their reactions seems fake.

It looks a lot like 50 shades (the sweet naïve girl meeting a beautiful older man with dark secrets) but 50 shades is a love story, and the evolution of the characters is plausible.

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Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Maybe 3.5 Stars

Disclaimer: this book is written using British terminology and phrases. Since, I'm used to American writing, the use of British terms was somewhat distracting for me.

I'm a bit torn with this one. I will admit that I picked this up because of the 50 Shades reference on the cover. I loved the story once it finally developed, but at the same time I'm frustrated that I had to wait a long time for that to happen. I was so excited to start this once I got it that I rearranged my TBR
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
My issues with this book- where do I start. There was way too much detail given to every thing she came across. I understand the need to pull us into a scene but this went over the top. I swear I was halfway through the book before she finally gets with Dominic. I almost stopped reading but if you tell me this book is on a level with Fifty Shades I am going to stick it out to see how it compares. OK by the time I finished I could see pieces that have the Fifty Shades feel but I was so ...more
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
I honestly don't know if i like this book ... really ...
I really couldn't stand the heroine until probably half way through the book by then she became tolerable or I just became good at ignoring her personalty and imagining her someone else ...

I didn't really get the dominant vibe from him ... through out the whole book he sounded like some one who enjoys pain with sex more than he sounded like a Dom.
I mean he is faaaaaaar from being a Christian Grey,a James Cavendish or a Gideon Cross!!!

This book ... I ... I think .. Well it was .. Maybe .... I dont know . I cant really figure out if I've really liked it or not ! There were things I thought I've read before . And then there were things that were totally out of the blue and nice .

I would just have to think this over

Rita L.
3,5 Stars

I was hoping for so much better.. But I will read the next book just the same, I'm curious to see what will happen.

This is the story of Beth and Dominic. Beth just got her heart broken and has the opportunity to go to London for 5 weeks to look out for the appartment and cat of her father godmother.
There she meets Dominic, these super sexy guy (aren't all of them?).
He has some pretty special sexual likes and will introduce Beth to his world. But something goes wrong..

And I will leave
Mar 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

I loved Fire After Dark! It was everything I wanted in an Erotica book and more!
I loved the way the first half of the book really let you get to know Beth instead of just jumping right in to sexual situations.
Both of the main characters are interesting and the storyline is intriguing and kept me turning those pages like a mad woman!
Fire After Dark has everything for a steamy romance fan and I highly recommend it!
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
I would say 3.5 stars for this one, I did like the book once it got going, I will read the next one though..hopefully now that the groundwork has been laid the next book should be more meaty..can't believe the ending and I must admit a few tears did slip..deffo worth a read but not a patch on 50 shades..
Natasha Varnham
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It's was a great book, I read it in three days can't wait for secrets after dark
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm hooked...on to the next one!...Loved it!!
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: work
God, this was a nightmare!
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It has the passion of fifty shades and the story to back it up. I'm hoping from the ending that there's more to come!
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***** 5 stars *****

Oh my god, where do I start. I absolutely loved this book. I loved the main character Beth and I adored Dominic. I found it so interesting that he had relations with her before they actually started on the track of his BDSM trait. I loved James as I found him a very interesting character and I found him very much Beth's voice of reason. Dominic definitely had some character development as the book went on and I absolutely loved how he would change from being all lovey dovey to
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
i hate writing negative reviews, but i didnt really like this book. the guy was too sweet and the girl was too goddamn annoying and i felt like she acted way younger than 22. the dialogue was very.... cliche and kind of fake like a very oh my dear youre so beautiful kind of way. like thats sweet but wheres the badass dom. also the stalking part in the beginning was odd. it was okay from the window but following him? no. the end was meh very wait for me i always will kind of cliche. i dont know ...more
Cristina Z.
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I saw it was a recommendation for readers who enjoyed FSOG, so I decided to give it a try.
It's quite decent, somehow it wasn't as intense or emotional as I expected it to be, but that's just me. It didn't give me major heart-thumping moments, but it was an overall good read.

You can read the full review on Book Review Hub
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
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Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am torn. I didn't feel a connection to either main character. I didn't find the BDSM aspect of the book believable. Yet, I find myself wanting to continue with the other books to find out what happens.
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