“Darkness Before Dawn” Book Review

September 19, 2016 / 0 comments

“Darkness Before Dawn” Book ReviewDarkness Before Dawn by Stevie J. Cole
Published by Self-Published on September 19th 2016
Genres: Dark Romance
Format: eARC
Source: ARC
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Sixty-four days in captivity. Sixty-four days to lose yourself—or find yourself.

I’m Ava Donovan. I was abducted at the age of nineteen. I’m told I’m a survivor, but the truth is, I only survived because he saved me. Even when he kept me locked in that room—he saved me.

Constantly wondering when and how you will die, that does something to you. To your mind. But what do you do when it does something to your heart? What do you do when the man holding you captive seems just as broken as you are, when his mere presence becomes a comfort you crave—when you love him even though you shouldn’t?

You smile and tell yourself it’s okay because love has no morals.

Sixty-four days in captivity gave me a love most people will never have and my freedom took it all away.

Angie’s Thoughts:

Have you ever read a book that spoke to the darkest part of your soul that it scared you? I have and my darkness wouldn’t let go.

I’ve never read a Stevie J. Cole book. My co-blogger told me that she absolutely loved her and I needed to read her ASAP. I’m so glad I did.

This book is about Ava and Max. Ava was abducted at 19 and Max is the one who is supposed to condition her to love him by breaking her completely. What he wasn’t expecting was to fall in love with someone whose demons were just as dark as his own.

“And in my head, I recite a line from Pablo Neruda: I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”

Max tries to protect her but he fails to protect her from himself. I love the dynamics between Ava and Max. Their souls were destined to be together regardless of how they got there. It’s unconventional but love knows no bounds.

Darkest Before Dawn is a beautiful, raw, heart-stopping dark read that will leave you questioning your own morals for hours after. Stevie J. Cole wrote a beautiful masterpiece of what happens when two dark souls meet in unconventional ways.

The Verdict:




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About Stevie J. Cole

Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her husband and two precious daughters. She studied Epidemiology concentrating on cancer research but has always had a passion for writing. Some of her stories will strip you bare, some will give you nightmares, but the one thing she can promise is that she will always give you stories that make you feel.

Raw. Gritty. Love.
Because sometimes characters need to be flawed.

P.S. Stevie’s greatest fear is the impending zombie apocalypse. Think about it: swarming armies of decaying, oozing corpses stumbling around with clicking teeth, trying to eat your face. Nothing about that is good. NOTHING!

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