Darkest Before Dawn – 4 Stars


Stevie J. Cole

Release Date: September 19, 2016

Genre: Dark Romance


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book blurb

 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.

about the author

Stevie J. Cole

Stevie J. Cole lives deep in the woods of Alabama with her 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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my review

4 Stars

Huh. I’m not really sure what I think of Darkest Before Dawn. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to spend quite a bit of time reflecting on this couple and their dark romance.

The two main characters in this book seemed fated to one another. Their painful pasts are entwined – unknowingly – and this makes their romance complicated.  I couldn’t decide if I was rooting for them or not, but I was definitely bewitched by the drama of their lives.

Books like this question black and white – right and wrong.  Is Max a hero or a villain?  Does he deserve love or should he be punished?  Can Ava believe in her love for a man whose soul purpose was condition her to love him?  What is real?

I could not help but get caught up in the drama.  It is awesome.

Darkest Before Dawn makes you feel and think – which for me made it an incredible story that I devoured.  I might not crave this type of romance for myself in real life but I definitely loved reading about it and I absolutely recommend that fans of this genre check it out.


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