Monday, 26 January 2015

Out Of The Darkness (The Darkness #2) by Simone Nicole - Blog Tour & Review


She ruined me. The walls I’d built were for a reason, locking myself in my own personal prison was out of necessity. Now, with the rubble at my feet, I could do nothing but watch as she ripped my soul in two, taking the half she owned with her.

The need to settle down, to find that missing piece, for the all-consuming love, was never Drew’s plan. He’d spent the better part of a decade suppressing all memory of love, of life. He told himself he had the essentials; the impressive apartment, the successful club, the simple uncomplicated life he’d worked so hard to create. All he needed. Until Mia.

She entered his life like wildfire, burning through his world and destroying all pretences of simplicity, bringing out everything he’d fought to deny.

Longing. Warmth. Love.

She made him want it all but Amelia lived in the darkness. It had always been her constant, yet terrifying companion. A shadow she'd never been able to out run and one fateful night, it finally consumed her. Shattering both their worlds and burying them deeper in the dark.

Drew will stop at nothing to save her, for their happy ever after but, Mia isn’t the only one with demons … it’s a long way out of the darkness.


Kristine's Review:

Reviewed: October 2014.


I find myself sitting here trying to do Out of The Darkness justice because I had been eagerly waiting to know Mia and Drew's fate, Ahead of the Darkness left me breathless, and desperate for more, and Simone Nicole not only lived up the expectations I had for this follow up novel, but surpassed them. Where AOTD was very much Mia's story, in OOTD we finally got to hear from Drew, see the incredible impact Mia has had on his life, and where I was expecting to see an alpha male, what I was so awed by was Nicole's ability to portray Drew with such depth, always the consummate alpha while still showing him as a man who was struggling to keep his head above water while the love of his life lies battered and broken in the hospital.

The thing is physical scars aren't the ones that cause the most damage, it's the emotional ones that run deep, they chip away at your sense of worth and can leave you feeling like a shell of your former self, struggling to remember who you are and whether you're enough. Simone Nicole delves into both Drew and Mia's emotional state of mind, giving the reader the sense that they are living through this horrendous time in their lives with them, as they both fight their way through their pasts and back to each other healed and whole.

I dove into OOTD with gusto, and found myself simultaneously trying to speed up and slow down, I wanted desperately to know that these two tortured souls got their happily ever after, while trying to slow down and savour the moment, to enjoy experiencing these characters who hold a special place in my heart and how far they've both come, both together and on their own.

I loved everything about the follow up to AOTD, I loved the fear of the past, I loved that Mia and Drew gave the other a reason to fight the darkness that had plagued them for so long, I loved that these two recognised that sense of something broken in the other, I adored their banter, but more than anything I adored that these two loved each other's flaws, that they sought to be the others light.



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