Away From The Dark Book Review

October 18, 2016 / 0 comments

Away From The Dark Book ReviewAway From The Dark by Aleatha Romig
Series: Light #2
Published by Self-Published on October 18th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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.

Q&A Review by Liezel & Angie

What did you love most about this series?

Liezel: I loved the intrigue, the suspense and the thrill and the fact that Aleatha Romig will keep you guessing until the very end!

Angie: I agree with Liezel 100%! I also love how Aleatha makes you feel so connected to her characters that you feel a loss when you are done reading a book by her. That’s what I’m feeling right now. Loss.

Which character made the best impression in this book? Why?

Liezel: It was Stella who made the best impression in the Into the Light but in Away From
The Dark I would have to say it was Jacob hands down. I appreciated his dedication – how he went above and beyond the call of duty to put an end to the atrocities no matter the consequences. I also loved how committed he was to Stella. Despite how things looked he never lost hope.

Angie: I’m torn here. I love Jacob and he really shined in this book. His love and devotion spoke volumes for me. The things he did for Stella… that’s true love. I also love Stella. She was so strong. She did what needed to be done and I admire her for that.

Do you have a favorite quote?


“I’ve loved you since the first time I saw you, and now, the more I learn about you, the more I love.”

Just goes to show how perfect Stella and Jacob were together. That no matter if they were in the light or the dark that they would’ve have found each other


“I pray that one day I’m able to call you by another name, but in the meantime, you’re my wife, my Sara Adams, and while I do and will respect the boundary you placed on sex, right now I want to kiss my wife, and I plan on doing it. Do you want to stop me?”

Like Liezel said.. their perfect together and their love is real despite how they met. They’re soulmates.

Did the story end as you wanted?

Liezel: Yes and no. I enjoyed this book so much I didn’t want it to end! Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t end in a cliffhanger. I just felt like there was so much more that could’ve been added onto their story. Not only with Stella and Jacob but the other characters as well. I honestly hope that the Aleatha decides to expand the series. I want more!!

Angie: Yes because we got some closure on some of the characters and the church but then there are a lot of unanswered questions that I can’t post here. Aleatha really does leave it open for a spin-off series. Like Liezel said Away From The Dark is not a cliffhanger.

WHY would you recommend this book?

Liezel: I’ve mentioned in our last review how much impressed I was with the degree of complexity in each and every one of Aleatha stories and the second installment of The Light isn’t any different.

The amount of detail that Aleatha Romig brings forth in this series is phenomenal. It’s literally like a movie unfolding right before our very eyes. Everything about this book was fantastic. A definite 5/5 in my book.

Angie: Just the overall complexity and depth that Aleatha puts into her characters and writing should be enough to why you should read this book and all her books for that matter.

Like Liezel said it’s like a movie unfolding in front of your eyes because it is. There’s so much truth behind these two books that happens every day in our world that no one really pays attention too. I think that’s why The Light Series are different from any other book because some of it is happening, it’s just that we don’t hear about it everyday. It is such a great series. Read it!!!

The Verdict:






Shrill screams echoed throughout our dimly lit bedroom, accelerating my heartbeat and pulling me from the terrible nightmare. I waited for more, until the realization struck. The screams were my own.

“Jacob?” I called, my voice shaking with dread as I reached for my husband. Instead of reassurance, my fingers met cold empty sheets. He was gone—still away at another campus.

What just happened? Was it a dream?

I clung to the covers as I puffed my cheeks and slowly exhaled. While each breath helped to still the chaos, the exercise wasn’t enough.

Who am I? Who is he?

Jacob’s questions from months ago came back. They were my security. They’d worked before.

I am Sara Adams and my husband is Jacob Adams.

Pushing the images from my dream, or nightmare, away, I imagined Jacob’s comforting embrace. Slowly I threw back the down comforter and willed the cool air to soothe my perspiration-drenched skin. From the way my heart galloped in my chest, I might have been running a marathon, not sleeping.

In my sleep I’d been battling to escape a vehicle, and then an explosion of heat.
It had been a dream, I reassured myself—a nightmare. The accident I’d had, nearly nine months before, had been different. I couldn’t remember it, but I’d been told that I’d been injured and gone unconscious. In the nightmare I had been out and away from the wreckage.

I shook my head.

It seemed so real.

In my dream I hadn’t been able to see past the darkness, yet I’d known I wasn’t injured.
My arms surrounded my midsection as the memories replayed like pictures in my mind. Someone was hurting me—purposely harming me, and there was a voice—a deep voice.

Jacob’s voice?

No. He wouldn’t hurt me.

My entire body shuddered as goose bumps peppered my skin. Sitting upright, I reached for the bedside lamp. With trembling fingers I turned the knob and my eyes adjusted as the soft light combined with the sun’s perpetual summer glow.

I closed my eyes and tried to concentrate on Jacob’s questions.

Who am I? Who is he?

This time I said the words aloud, praying that if I spoke the truth, the images would disappear. “I am Sara Adams. He is my husband, Jacob Adams.” I pulled myself from the bed and walked to the bathroom. Turning on the light and the faucet, I cupped the cool water and splashed my face. As I reached for the cup and began to fill it, a metaphoric dam that had been constructed to hold back my past burst.

My mind was flooded—no longer with simple images, but with scene after scene.

For the first time since I could recall, I knew the woman in the mirror.

I knew me.


About Aleatha Romig

Aleatha 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 raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of 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 a 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 of 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. These stand alone 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 romantic suspense with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series that has taken the reading world by storm. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK were 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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