Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Blog Tour ARC Review: Darkest Before Dawn by Stevie J. Cole

Darkest Before Dawn 
by Stevie J Cole
Release date: Sept 19, 2016

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.

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I'm always game for a good old Stockholm Syndrome and this book has sufficient darkness and hotness to make it a good read.

The idea that the kidnappers are trying to sell love is hard to understand. Seeing the hero, Max's sister's demise, we knew that the concept doesn't really work anyway. In the beginning, Max is all prince charming, as charming as a captor could be in this scenario. He is all Mr. Nice Guy and I'm confused whether is he play acting or genuinely like the heroine. Maybe a little bit of both, but he didn't give off the vibe being an anti-hero.

The heroine, Ava is a girl with a scarred past, which is her excuse for having feelings for her captor. She is a bit fucked up in the head and most of the time I don't really get her. I don't even get their initially connection. 

But things did get better for me during the second half whereby the plot finally escalated to some violence. I'm bloodthirsty enough to savor those moment of Max's brutality. I also finally see the connection they have with their shared horrible past.

Mini spoiler regarding the prologue,
[When I reach the end, I keep wondering why Max didn't avenge his family. What's the point of the dramatic prologue if he didn't actually plan for revenge. He even knew where the man live! How he got the info I don't fucking know. As a 16 yr old who doesn't blink an eye murdering his sister's rapist, I would have thought he will do worst for his family.

Stevie J. Cole is a secret rock star. Sex, drugs and, oh wait, no, just sex. She’s a whore for a British accent and has an unhealthy obsession with Russell Brand. She and LP Lovell plan to elope in Vegas and breed the world’s most epic child.