REVIEW                                             AWAY FROM THE DARK by Aleatha Romig

 

Title: Away From The Dark

Author: Aleatha Romig

Series: The Light #2

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: 18th October, 2016

Cover Design: Shasti O’Leary-Soudant

Published by Thomas & Mercer, Seattle

 

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Synopsis

Nine months ago, Sara Adams awoke with no memory. The man holding her hand told her she’s a member of The Light, a tight-knit religious group led by the terrifying and charismatic Father Gabriel. As a woman in the community of The Light, her duty is to be unquestionably obedient and to submit to the will of her husband.

But as Sara’s memory starts to return and she remembers her past, she sees that everything she’s been told is a lie. The Light is an insidious and dangerous organization, and its corrupting influence reaches well beyond the confines of the remote campus where Sara is being held.

With everything at stake, Sara struggles to sort out her true memories from her indoctrination. The desire to escape consumes her, but who can she trust? And which other followers of The Light were forced into this life, brainwashed to believe they belonged? The more she remembers, the more it becomes clear that Jacob, the man who calls himself her husband, is keeping shattering secrets of his own.

But Sara cannot flee alone, leaving innocents behind. She must fight to extinguish The Light.

 

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Kindle Friends Forever: Four Stars

Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse

The queen of suspense has done it again and as she’d left me hanging on a precipice in Into The Light, I couldn’t wait to get my teeth into this one. And oh boy, was it worth waiting for! An expert at weaving intricate twists and turns where the reader least expects them, the author kept me on my toes throughout and had me flipping the pages at an impossible rate. Never forthcoming about how her plots are going to pan out seriously messes with your mind too, so get ready for some shocking revelations in this read. Who I thought was going to be the heroine’s saviour, turned out to a conniving you know what! In fact, he had me totally fooled.

“Come on sweetheart, I’ll show you mine, you show me yours. We used to be good at that.”

“Stop it, your bipolarness is scaring me.”

In all its complexity, there were a few moments when I was a tad confused but saying this, it’s exactly what I look for in a good read.  I also found Away From The Dark a little difficult to review as I had no wish to spoil it for the future reader. However, what I can mention without letting on are my feelings for the protagonists and how they reacted in the worst possible scenarios. Jacob’s persona becomes even stronger. I understood him better and couldn’t blame him for the atrocious situation Sara was unwillingly thrown into. Nope, my deluge of recriminations was exclusively for someone whom I’d trusted in the first book.

“Do you remember me telling you how the first time I ever saw you I know you were mine?”

Despite the fact that Jacob’s stance towards Sara upset me no end, it was necessary in the eyes of others if the cat wasn’t going to be let out of the bag. I couldn’t wait for the truth to be revealed and for Sara to give Jacob a piece of her mind.

“Vulgarity and disobedience are only two transgressions. I’ve heard you use two vulgarities in the last thirty seconds. As always, the severity of your correction is at my discretion.”

Sara recuperates her real self by a fluke. However, I suspected that her deeply embedded acuity had a lot to do with it. That being said, what she did was done for the love of her husband well-knowing she’d overstepped the mark. It took me a while to realise why her action was so closely connected to her recovery, but I’m so glad she’d made this decision. The dire straits she and Jacob find themselves in will mean playing a theatrical part if they’re going to survive. With the help and guidance of her Jacob who plainly adores her, they fight back. Yet I couldn’t stop questioning some of the methods used since what happens does have its consequences. She’s still dreadfully inquisitive; the confidence she’d lost comes flowing back but like me, there were times both of us couldn’t get our heads around what was actually taking place. It’s a case of you’ve got to read it to believe it! Then there’s one hell of a lot of guilt involved and even more forgiveness which in turn, gives the story a realistic depth.

“I’m so fucking sorry I tried to make it the best I could for you.”

“Maybe that’s all you need to push you over the edge into making the right decision.”

I yearned for the outcome with an impatience that nearly got the better of me, and prayed that Jacob and Sara were going to be able to get ‘away from the dark’ unscathed. I didn’t doubt Jacob’s cunning tactics for one minute. His staying power never wavered and he went to great lengths to protect Sara when everything seemed to be drowned in a sea of complications.

“I had an overwhelming desire to protect her from the darkness that lurked with The Light.”

The author most definitely got me out of my comfort zone with her detailed account of Jacob and Sara’s struggles. Her knack for sowing the seed of doubt is as always, quite brilliant, and her character development is as per usual, impeccable. The storyline is solid, action-packed and the nail-biting moments made for an unputdownable read. So why four stars? The conclusion didn’t have the closure I was hoping for regarding two of the characters. Seeing that this book is a duet, my frustration to know more about them abounded. Maybe it’s me and I’ll eat my words if I have to but I do think some questions went unanswered. In my opinion, there is an opening for another suspenseful tale. Bravo Ms Romig for another enthralling offering!   

 

INTO THE LIGHT: Book One

 

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Aleatha’s Bio: 

 

aleathaAleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raise three children with her high school sweetheart and husband or nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers. Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. The standalone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK will be published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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                            RELEASE DAY BLITZ                                               DELVE by JACOB CHANCE

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Title: DELVE

Author: Jacob Chance

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 20th October, 2016

Cover Design: Jessica Hildreth

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SYNOPSIS

He was my brother’s best friend and seven years older than me.

He was a tatted up bad boy, indulging in one night stands like they were going out of style.

So why did I want to tear his clothes off every time we got within five feet of each other?

She was only eighteen years old when we met for the first time.

She was a good girl who avoided guys like me, but that didn’t stop me from picturing all the things I wanted to do to her–to do with her. She was too young though, and my best friend’s baby sister. I couldn’t let things go where I wanted. I couldn’t touch her–couldn’t taint her with my darkness. I knew it could never happen. It would never happen…

but it did.

 

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Kindle Friends Forever 5 ★ Review by Donna

 

Delve is the forbidden romance about Kenna McKenzie and Derek Santiago. We got a glimpse of these two characters in Quake and Quiver and now we are treated to more of them. He’s seven years older and has been sworn off by her brother Kyle, who would literally bends over backwards for his little sister. It just happens that Kyle and Derek are best friends and partners in a private investigation company which doesn’t help matters, either. She was only an innocent eighteen-year-old girl when she met Derek; however, there’s a darkness about him that concerned me in the respect that this trait of his could be exposed to her. Although it’s clear they had to stay away from each other, there’s no doubt the magnetism they have palpitates.

“Is it a one night stand if he’s your brother’s best friend and he’s starred in every sexual fantasy you’ve ever had?” 

Kenna’s now a career girl who has a very strong-willed personality but at the same time, there’s vulnerability about her. Regardless of her loving relationship with her brother who would protect her no matter what, she’s still wary of her feelings for Derek and for a very good reason. Why, you may ask? Ah, all is to be revealed in the story!

Derek is a tattooed alpha male and although his feeling for Kenna run deep, I truly understood his doubts. Not being able to envisage one’s worthiness must be horrendous and as I read on, I discovered parts of him that he wasn’t  proud of. His persona touched me; drew me in and for the life of me, I couldn’t shake him off.

To say I was frustrated at times would be putting it lightly. All I asked for was for them to just stop playing cat and mouse with their feelings. Then in one scenario my opinion changed one-hundred and eighty degrees! Of course, taking into regard this comment adds up to a whole lot of steaminess. My word, in this offering the dirty devil, Derek, almost made me blush, flush and get my knickers in a twist!  Suspense abounds and without giving anything away, I was waiting for the moment to happen only to be given another twist in the tale. Cleverly written, I thought I’d sussed out the route the story was taking me. SHOCKER, it wasn’t!

Mr Chance doesn’t disappoint. If you are into reading suspenseful sexy reads with a twist and a half, this book’s for you. It is a standalone but there might be parts of it a tinsy-winsy unclear unless you’ve read the previous books. Saying that, I’d most definitely recommend future readers taking the CHANCE because I truly think it won’t hinder the flow. When a story involves side characters so well-developed, sucks you in and you easily connect to the protagonists at the drop of hat, in my book, it’s totally one-clickable. I thoroughly enjoyed Delve. It had me anticipating the outcome in a storyline that had me invested from the beginning to the end. This author tells his stories from a dual point of view and that’s always a firm favourite of mine. Why? Simply because it gives an indication to what each and every one is thinking during situations they encounter.

“She’s my best friend’s little sister. Her pussy’s got forbidden stamped all over it.”

 

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EXCERPT

He’s Lucifer in the flesh with those deep brown eyes and dark-as-sin hair. My eyes move down, taking in the close-shaved beard hiding the contours of his chiseled jawline, before continuing on to his full lips. I carefully study their masculine shape. I can still remember what those lips felt like on mine; even though I’ve done everything I can to forget. I wish I could erase the memory of how he gripped the back of my hair tight in his fist and tugged me forward until our lips were just a whisper of a breath apart.

  “Is this what you want?” he’d asked. I could feel his warm breath on my mouth before he’d softly brushed his lips against mine. “Do you want to see how close to the fire you can be without getting burned, little girl?”

  I tried to pull away, incensed at being called little girl. I wasn’t a girl. I was a twenty-one- year-old woman; perfectly capable of knowing what I should and shouldn’t be doing. I knew which heading kissing him fell under – insanity.

He was my brother’s best friend.

He was seven years older than me.

He was a pig when it came to casual sex; indulging in one-night stands like they were going out of style.

   That alone should have been enough to repulse me, but for some odd reason, it didn’t. It only made me wonder what kind of things he would do to me. I was smart enough to recognize that those three things combined were a recipe for disaster. The wreckage left over would be the pieces of my heart, and I couldn’t put myself out there for him on the off chance that he wouldn’t break me. My heart was damaged enough already.

  He’d held my head in place as he’d swooped in, taking my lips in a kiss so hot I felt like I was going to burn up in flames. His tongue had plundered my mouth, punishing me for pulling away, for trying to resist him. He showed me who was in control with that kiss. He showed me I wouldn’t ever truly get away from him, and I hated him for that. I hated him for ruining other guys for me; but most of all I hated him for what he’d said when he pulled away from me.

  “Stick to kissing those boys at school. Men want a woman in their arms, not a little girl.” He looked at me with such disdain, I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me whole. I wanted to disappear, go someplace where his painful words couldn’t hurt me anymore. Where my memory could be wiped clean of Derek Santiago and his handsome face.

  That kiss is still the hottest one I’ve ever had to this day, but I still despise him for the cruel words he callously threw at me. Those words tore me apart and made me second guess myself. It took me a long time to realize what he said wasn’t motivated by me at all. It was the result of him despising himself.

 

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Other books by the Author

QUAKE ~ KFF’s 5 ★ Review HERE

QUIVER (QUAKE Book 2) ~ KFF’s 5 ★ Review HERE

 

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Author’s Bio

Jacob Chance grew up in New England and still lives there today. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.

A writer of erotic romance, QUIVER is his second release and is the follow up to QUAKE.

Jacob plans on writing many more sexy, suspenseful stories and to branch out to other genres.

 

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