It's not often you're hired to paint a body tattoo--and what a body--on a total stranger at a Hollywood film set. A reserved and careful art teacher, Joy would never forget it. In a rare fit of raw desire she gave herself completely, knowing she'd never see him again, or ever repeat such a shameless, naked impulse.
Little did she know, the man with whom she shared that lightning bolt of lust was star Everett Hughes. For Everett, women and sex came as easily as fame. But how could he hope to convince the guarded Joy that beneath the hard body and sexy façade of celebrity was a real man who wanted only one, real woman?
In the heat of an intoxicating affair, Everett endeavors to break down her barriers, gain her trust, and expose himself as the real deal. But can Joy do the same, and reveal to him the vulnerable woman who longs to be loved, wanted, and desired forever?
Let me just say that the excerpt Kery released for this book includes one of the hottest and most explosive oral sex scenes ever. I think I may have read this part of the book between 7 and 10 times before a copy of the book actually arrived on my doorstop. I devoured it when it did finally arrive because I needed to know if the rest of the book would live up to promise of the excerpt. I was a bit worried because Kery’s “Captured by You” fell a bit flat for me. However, I needn’t have worried. “Exposed to You” surpassed the expectations set forth in the excerpt.
On the day that Joy finds out she has cancer, she ends up helping her uncle by painting a body tattoo on a stranger on a movie set. Things get heated between Joy and the stranger until she can’t help but use her mouth to pleasure him. Before he can recover, Joy flees – and seems to disappear. In reality, she starts treatment for her illness and eventually moves to half-way across the country to start fresh.
Meanwhile, the stranger is actually Everett Hughes, a famous movie star who was incredibly moved by the encounter with Joy. He has tried to find her through her uncle who wasn’t very helpful. Later, the two are reunited, and Everett has every intention of pursuing a relationship with the woman he has not been able to forget.
But Joy continues to hide a great deal of herself from everyone. She struggles with her cancer diagnosis despite the fact that she is in remission. This is in part due to the fact that she had to watch her mother suffer for years before dying from another form of cancer. Joy does not want anyone who loves her to suffer the same fate. While Joy’s uncle is aware of her medical history, Joy refuses to share this information with Everett. The situation is complicated when Joy becomes sick while away with Everett. Joy runs away, determined to deal with her health issues on her own.
So, the basis of the conflict in this one surrounds Joy and the fears she clings to because of her health. Everett is a very well-adjusted hero, despite his being a famous movie star. Joy is important to him, and he is looking for a long-term relationship with her. Joy is the one that needs to take a leap and let him into her life and her heart. And Everett has to break through her walls and force the issue a bit.
In actuality, the relationship between Joy and Everett is fairly uncomplicated. Joy cannot deny the heat that exists between the two – and their affair is torrid. There are many sex scenes that are as steamy as the oral sex scene from the excerpt. The sex leads to a deep emotional attachment, even though Joy is the one who is frightened of making a commitment.
I could not put Beth Kery’s “Exposed to You” down. Kery almost flawlessly weaves the erotic moments into the plot allowing them to enhance the development of Joy and Everett’s romantic relationship rather than overshadow it. Fans of erotic romance need to read this book.
Book Disclosure: A book was provided by the publisher.