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Under the Lights

(Bright Lights #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  811 ratings  ·  288 reviews
From USA TODAY bestselling author Tia Louise comes a sexy new tale of love, loss, and survival in sultry New Orleans...


Heroes don't last long around here...

Fall in love with the sexiest girl in New Orleans?
Prepare to die for her?

Larissa is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.
She's the rising star of the Pussycat Angels, th
ebook, 350 pages
Published January 8th 2018 by TLM Productions LLC
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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Under the Lights is book one in the Bright Lights Duet by Tia Louise. This book is like nothing I’ve ever read before. It grabbed me on the first page and I couldn’t look away until the end. And that ending…!!! What kind of torture was that?

Mark Fitzhugh came to New Orleans because he had nowhere else to go. When circumstances once again leave him out on the street, he is taken in by a man who gets him a job on a set crew for a burlesque show in the dark part of town. He sees her his first day o
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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4 stars!

“Heroes don’t last long around here.”

Under the Lights is the first book in Tia Louise’s sexy and suspenseful ‘Bright Lights’ duet. It took me a bit to really get into the story, but once I did, I was hooked! I’m glad the second book comes out soon, because I need to know whats to become of Mark and Lara…

Larissa, or Lara for short, works at an up and coming burlesque show in the french quarter of NOLA. When Mark first sees her, he’s taken. It’s love, or at least lust, at fir
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing


descriptionWell HALLELUJAH. I guess it is true what they say about the third time being the charm. After my first two books of 2018 were less than stellar, I had my fingers crossed that this one would be a hit. And I enjoyed this one a lot. Was it perfect? No. It was a bit too long, and the middle section dragged for me but overall it was a fabulous read, and I can't wait to see what the author has in store for us in the conclusion.


So deets...I found this one to be very well written. The pace in the be
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UNDER THE LIGHTS: A new contemporary romance novel by author Tia Louise. Spoken in ‘Dual Perspectives’ This is set in the French Quarter in New Orleans surrounding the “Pussycat Angels” a Burlesque theatre a strip club that's a front for the underhanded world of sex trafficking.

In this we meet twenty one year old Mark and twenty year old Lara but in the book they do appear a lot older which I was glad about.

Lara’s dream was to become a singer..An orphan who wanted to make it big, s
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Under The Lights takes us to the dark side of a New Orleans Burlesque club, where what you see on stage is not always what it seems. Lara and Mark meet at the club, she a dancer and he a stage hand. Their connection is instant but Lara can't take the risk of being with him when her focus is on getting herself and her sister to a safer place than the club, and the only way to do that is with someone much richer than Mark. But Mark isn't ready to give up on Lara that
Tia Louise
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Growing up in south Louisiana, New Orleans was a place where magic could happen... BAD things could happen... Basicall
4.5 “I only want you to see me.” stars

Under the Lights has a feeling of the forbidden, but the beauty of falling in love for the first time. Ever wonder what happens under the lights, it sometimes never as pretty as what you see on stage, in every dark corner there are secrets that haunt and own your mind, body and soul. Two lovers who want nothing more than a better life and better circumstances; not afraid to dream big but trapped in their consequences. It’s fast and turbulent, sexy and fierce
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Oh yeah. A cliffhanger and a violent sad ending.
* triggers involved!
There are some authors that have the secret to a fabulous story nailed down and Tia Louise is one of them. Always exciting with detailed elements that beg you to keep reading late into the night.

This new release is chalk full of pain, emotion, love, violence, tragedy, and heartbreak. So why read it? Because inbetween the lines there is a light there... but it will take until the next book to s
Olga therebelreader
A sexy and romantic read with a bit of an edge. I enjoyed the story for what it was, and Mark was a great alpha male. The end was satisfying.

In short:
Hero 4/5 | Heroine 4/5 | Plot (Point, Originality) 4/5 | Writing Style 3/5 | Steam4/5 | Romance 4/5 | Angst-Suspense 3/5 | Darkness 0/5 | Humor 0/5 | Secondary Characters 3/5 | Drama-Conflict 3/5 | Mystery 0/5 | Twists 3/5 | Pacing Steady | Action 3/5

ARC kindly peovided in exchange for an honest review.
Oh my gawd!!! This book absolutely blew me away!!! I’m not sure when I’ve read anything that ran me through so many emotions.

All Lara wanted to do was sing. In her effort to do so she performs at a burlesque show in New Orleans. Unfortunately, there are some rather shady activities going on there that are revealed a bit at a time. As the darkness around her closes in she struggles to protect Molly, a young girl she rescued from the streets, even as she has no resources to rely upon.

While Lara
Ilsa Madden-Mills

Tia Louise is the absolute best at creating a world with unforgettable characters that practically leap off the page. I love everything she writes, but Under the Lights is at the top. I flew through the pages with my heart pounding! It has all the elements that I look for in an intense read: Emotional, suspenseful, and SEXY as heck.

I'm biting my nails waiting for the next one!!!!

Sarah - Musings of the Modern Belle

5 *+#~*#^% CROWNS

Well, what do I do now? You know what I want to do? I want to pick my chin up off the floor, pick up the pieces of my shattered heart, and mail them to Tia Louise. She can put them in her jar of broken hearts, because I’m sure she has caused a lot of heartbreak with this suspense-filled, edge-of-your-seat romance.

It is difficult to talk about the characters, because, honestly, we don’t get a lot of background on either the hero or the heroine.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Under The Lights Duet

This story is so intense, full of drama, realistic in it's detail of telling how one girls attempt to try to save another, keeps them held in a place, that is controlled by another. Lara has a friend who tries watching out for her, keeping her somewhat safe, but he can only do so much. Mark moving to New Orleans, gets a job at this theatre, only to be smitten with Lara, wants to save her from there. As you get further into their story, will see covers pimping, prostitution,
“I want you to be mine.”

OMG! Tia Louise is BACK with the first part of her new BRIGHT LIGHTS Duet - UNDER THE LIGHTS! I’m so damn giddy, I can hardly contain myself! It hasn’t even been that long, but I missed this author’s writing so MUCH! She always brings me to my happy place, and this time around, she throws some heavy angst into the mix to keep me on my toes! Sexy, enticing, suspenseful, and angsty, Tia Louise brings quite the HEAT and ROMANCE in her upcoming release! Be prepared to b
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books-2018
Under The Lights is a highly intense read... Full of emotions, suspenseful, yet SEXY as sin!!
I found the whole story very intriguing, wrapped in a shroud​ of darkness.

Lara is a young woman who has no one except this young girl she is helping to take care of. Working in a burlesque show. Then she meets Mark.

Mark comes to the burlesque after his uncles death. His dream is to one day be a police officer. I ADORED his character!!!

Under The Lights was an edgy,fast-paced read that I devoured!!! Tia
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I was immediately drawn into this world and found the book difficult to put down. That being said I found a lot of unanswered storylines but since this is a duet with a cliffhanger ending, I'm hoping the author will fill in the blanks. The author brought to life the characters and the world in which they lived. Mark and Lara lived surrounded by a dark side. They found a few rays of hope but it was a struggle to survive. It was easy to see why these two felt a connection with one another. The eac
April Symes
UNDER THE LIGHTS is a book that is full of all these words: Mysterious, Dangerous, Intriguing , Magical, Beautiful and Dark. It is a book that is full of twists and turns. Tia Louise is the absolute best at writing a story that is full of heartbreak, angst, suspense and romance. This book kept me hooked from start to finish and it ended on one heck of a cliffhanger. UNDER THE LIGHTS introduces us to the beginning passion and chemistry of Larissa and Mark and where else could this happen but New ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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What I book! This book is brilliant. I read it in one sitting which is really good for me. I couldn't put it down. The story has my gripped from page one. This story is a lil different to what this author as done before. But I have to say I m really liked it. I luvd the New Orleans vibe in it.

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Mark is a great character but I actually think that I like Lara the heroine more. Both characters have been through a hard time but Lara is living in the edge everyday. She doesn't know when
Apr 11, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc, freebie
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Heroes don't last long around here...

Fall in love with the sexiest girl in New Orleans?
Prepare to die for her?

Larissa is the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.
She's the rising star of the Pussycat Angels, the hottest burlesque show in the French Quarter.

I'll never forget the first time I saw her.
The curve of her breast outlined by sparkling rhinestones.
Slim hips wrapped in black fishnets.
Long, dark hair...

She's t
Kathy Coopmans
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you EVER read a book that totally consumes you?
Under the Light by Tia Louise is one of those books for me.
I feel compelled to say it wasn't what I expected at all. it was more.
A mixture of Tia's humor with a dark side of pure genius.
Danger, intriguing and a plot full of a twisty road.
I love it so, so much. One of my favorites by her.
If this author isn't an automatic one-click for you, then she should be.
Mark and Lara are about to take you on a wild ride with nowhere to get off.
Be prepare
Beneath The Covers Blog
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, kelly, 2018-reads
Thrilling and emotionally-charged, Under the Lights is book one in the suspenseful Bright Lights Duet.

Under the Lights takes you on the daunting and courageous journey of a young woman fighting for not only herself, but for another helpless girl, to overcome and escape a world filled with danger, exploitation, and peril. But as time ticks by, her hopes of freedom begin to diminish. But even in the darkest of times, a light can be found. And her light comes from only one man. But is he enough to
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Under The Lights didn't work for me at all. I didn't like the hero's description of the heroine in the opening pages and his assumptions about her after barely spending anytime with her. I also didn't feel that connection between them I didn't see why they were drawn to each other, it felt very contrived to me just as much of the book felt. I really hope to love these two and feel their connection in the next book.

ARC provided by author in exchange for a honest review
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Five! Yes Five sizzling hot stars! Under The Lights is hands down amazing! Suspenseful,dangerous, steamy and panty melting hot are just a few of the words I can use to describe this masterpiece!

I don’t know if I’ll survive until Under The Stars!

Wonder if the author takes bribes?!

Helene Book Hoarder
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read most books by Tia Louise. After each one I say, this is my new Tia Fave... But “Under The Lights” is really my new favorite! It is so different from anything I’ve read of hers and I’ve read everything she’s released the last 3 years except one!

I think whether you like Dark, Rom-Com, Mobster/Sinister or Young Romance, you will love this story. I literally felt like I was sitting on the edge of my seat throughout. You couldn’t predict what was gonna happen next till you turned the page.
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Welcome to our world , only fools make wishes here !

It's Garish, it's scandalous, it's sexy ....cause it's Burlesque !!!💃


The setting is the French Quarter in New Orleans.
A theatre -" Pussycat Angels"
The girls -Larissa & Molly, with Evie, Tanya, Rosa . Their pianist -Roland and asshole of an owner Gavin
What sets this theatre apart is not what is ON the stage, but more so BEHIND the stage and nefariously, what is UNDER the stage. Hence the title ! It's UNDER handed dealings and scenes which
Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-love
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of the book.

New Orleans is practically a third main character in the book and I sort of love that. There were several parts of the book where I felt like I was walking the streets of NOLA myself and it was a wonderful experience. The plot itself is interesting and the characters were likable but I felt like I didn't truly get to know them beyond the surface, which made it really difficult to attach to the book beyond mere entertainment. Perhaps that
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The beginning of the story is a little slow for me, but as each scene progress and when characters are developing beautifully, I'm hooked. I'm emotionally invested on how Mark and Lara will be able to make it in a world full of people who only want to use them. Will they be able to escape this kind of life?

Tia Louise is a new author to me and I'm so glad I give it a chance and clicked this book because I absolutely enjoyed it that I want book 2 NOW!
⭐ Emerson ⭐
Apr 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This raw, emotional and dark tale will grip you from the first page! The author brings so much intensity to her story, she skillfully played with my emotions. Her writing is intelligent and mesmerizing, the story vivid and filled with complex characters, danger, love, angst and so many layers of suspense. It is set in the French Quarter of New Orleans, in the sultry, decadent atmosphere of a burlesque club.

The author chronicles the story of Lara, a woman whose trust was shattered, and
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a book that holds your attention. It is full of tragedy, pain, loss, and love. Under the Lights is unique and fast paced. I am interested in seeing how things turn out. This book is not a standalone. This author is new to me. I’m looking forward to her next book in the series.
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Tia Louise is the USA Today best-selling, award-winning author of sexy-sweet military romance, small town romance, single parent romance, and romantic suspense novels.

After being a teacher, a book editor, a journalist, and finally a magazine editor, she started writing love stories and never stopped.

Louise lives in the Midwest with her trophy husband, two teenage geniuses, and one grumpy cat.


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