Release Blitz, Excerpt & Review: Darkroom by Kate Willoughby



Release Date: April 26, 2021
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As a top draft pick from a family of hockey royalty, I'm under so much pressure that I’m losing my edge on the ice. I need something to snap my brain out of this self-destructive stress-loop. That’s where Indi Briscoe from my photography class comes in. She’s flirtatious and funny one moment, sweetly shy the next. 

But she’s cagey. She has secrets. Also? She’s a virgin. Did I mention the pressure thing? Maybe I’m crazy for starting something with her. But we can’t seem to help ourselves...

Warning: this standalone novel contains heat, heart, familial expectations, extreme milkshakes, and a hamster with deep thoughts.


To our surprise, there was a darkroom assistant named Randi there to develop the film on a giant machine and guide us through the rest of the process—using the enlarger, the three-step process for developing, adjusting contrast and making the final print. While this made our work a hell of a lot easier, I wasn’t getting the alone time with Indi that I’d hoped for. So with the third wheel in the darkroom, I had to get creative.

As Randi demonstrated how to adjust the enlarger to ensure the proper print size, I stood very close to Indi and placed my hand on her ass. She turned toward me, one questioning eyebrow raised, but I maintained a look of innocence as I slowly squeezed. Her eyes widened as Randi droned on about refocusing or something. I wasn’t paying that much attention. I was too busy enjoying the luscious handful I had in my hand.

Indi tried to listen to Randi, but, bad boy that I am, I persisted. I slid my hand down and between. She was wearing jeans, but I could tell she liked what I was doing by the way she subtly arched her back to give me a little more access.

Then, I felt her hand on me, which wasn’t something I had anticipated when I’d started this. Shit. My jaw clenched as her fingernails scratched their way from the bottom of my fly up to the button at my waist and then back down again.

That was some sweet fucking torture right there. In a matter of moments, I was hard and ready with shit-all I could do about it and no one to blame but myself.

“Now, shift the card every five seconds to expose one more inch or so of the paper each time,” Randi said. “Like this…one, two, three, four, five, shift. See? One, two, three, four, five, shift. We do this to determine the correct exposure time…”

Indi, that evil woman, timed her ministrations to Randi’s count, stroke, stroke, stroke, stroke stroke, but on “shift” she squeezed the head of my cock.

Jesus H Christ. I was going to lose my mind.

Eventually, I couldn’t take it anymore. Beaten at my own game, I removed my hand from her behind and she let go of my package. I really hoped Randi hadn’t caught onto our darkroom hanky-panky. I’d tried like hell to keep my breathing even. But even if she had noticed, I’m sure it wasn’t the first time.

“Okay, any questions?” Randi asked.

“I think we can handle it,” I said. Frankly, I didn’t care that much if we messed up. We’d taken some photos with our cell phones as back-up, so if we screwed up the prints, no big deal.

“Okay. Good luck,” Randi said and left.

“Alone at last,” I said.

I grinned as I flipped the switch so the room was bathed in that lurid red light. Handily, this also turned on the “No-Entry - Darkroom In Use” sign outside in the hallway. That handy bit of information, I’d paid attention to.

“Hudson, what are you doing?”

“Making sure we aren’t disturbed,” I said before taking her in my arms and sealing my mouth over hers


4 stars for Darkroom! 

I loved Darkroom! I think it was a refreshing story and was such a good introduction to Kate Willoughby’s writing. 

Indi and Hudson were really well built out as characters. I was immediately sucked into their world and wanting to know more about their story. It was a unique story for me as well. 

I loved the journey their story took me on, their initial interactions were funny and playful and drew me in to wanting to read more. I could feel their connection straight away and it felt really organic. 

The emotion in the story was welcome, they both had real life issues that weren’t just there to cause drama for the sake of it. While this book was really emotional as both Indi and Hudson faced their problems, it was also hilarious. The banter between both the character was funny and smart which balanced out the emotional aspect of the story perfectly. 

I really wish the ending wasn’t as abrupt and rushed because I really would have loved a longer ending to see how their story ended properly. Overall, this was a really great addition to the Moo U series and one of my favourites to come out of this series so far. It was the perfect balance of funny moments and those moments that tug on your heart strings so well. I really loved Hudson and Indi and wish there was more of them! 

I would really recommend this book! 

*ARC kindly received in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own*

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