Sunday, November 2, 2014

Review Out of the Darkness, The Darkness series by Simone Nicole

Title: Out of the Darkness
Author: Simone Nicole
Series: The Darkness
Release Date: October 18th 2014


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. It was all he needed. Until Mia.

She entered his life like wildfire, burning through his world and destroying all pretence of simplicity, evoking 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.

*Recommended for readers over the age of 17 due to sexual content.

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Author Bio

Self-confessed chocoholic and undiagnosed crazy person, Simone can be found climbing Himalayan mountaintops like a ninja, sky diving backwards and rubbing shoulders with billionaires. She is also full of crap, but can read backwards and upside down, the one plus of being dyslexic.
Simone loves all things Disney and alcoholic, and is rarely seen not reading, writing or wearing lipstick, usually of the red variety.

The Darkness Series

Ahead of the Darkness

It has been a long, long time since I’ve seen your little face, chérie. Not once did you visit. That really hurt; after all, it was thanks to you I was convicted. That’s not something you forget.

I thought it was time— a visit was due. Seeing as you wouldn’t come to me, I thought it only right I come to you. Sadly, you weren’t home, but your furry feline was more than accommodating . . .

I’ll be seeing you soon, mon chérie. I’ll always find you . . .

For six years, a letter has dictated Amelia’s future. She’s running from a past that refuses to stop, always trying to get one step ahead. Amelia is clever and resilient, and refuses to slip up.

Relying only on herself, she’ll be anything and anyone she needs to survive. But everyone slips up . . . eventually. You can’t always stay ahead of the darkness.


"Ye are and always will be as beautiful to me as the first moment I saw ye."

Oh, Drew! You hot Scot, you! 
Like everyone else, I couldn't believe the ending for Ahead of the Darkness. But then I realized, that meant more Drew and that - somewhat - made it better.
Then I found out this part, Out of the Darkness, would be in Drew's POV too. Giddy couldn't even express what I was feeling. Yes, I love this man, to bits and pieces and I want a Drew.

"We're a broken mess, you and I."
"Aye. But I'll take ye any way ye come."

Now tell me, how does one resist a man that could say such things? Easy. You don't. You simply cannot. You throw in the towel and give your all to him. And that's exactly what Mia did.
So, this part fills in some blanks from the first book, all in Drew's POV. We get to feel everything he did, while looking for Mia and after finding her, staying by her side, worrying about her because the healing process is neither easy, or slow. It takes time and patience and that darling, darling man had plenty. And love. He had that too. A lot of it!
The hot scenes are precisely that, hot. There are a few what-now scenes, but it's mostly about the journey Mia and Drew take together, to get the beginning of their HEA. Both characters reveal secrets and fight their demons, together.

"Life has a way of banging down your door, demanding to be let in, whether you want it to or not."

I've got to see the twists and turns of the story from its early stages; I got to swoon over Drew as the story was being written. I cannot thank Simone enough for that. She knows my love for her characters is deep. 

4 1/2 stars - 5 stars. Really, really liked it. Loved it. Would have loved seeing Drew with a Jr. but eh. I recommend both books and I can't wait to see what else Simone has for us. This may be the end - or beginning, depends on how one sees it - for Drew and Mia, but it's the beginning for more characters for me to fall in love with.

And after all that, I leave you with this. 

"I'm going to claim what's mine, and remind ye that I own ye."   

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