Darkest Before Dawn by Stevie J. Cole
Published by Indie on September 19, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Dark, Romance
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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.
“Dark, gritty and utterly captivating. I couldn’t put this book down!” – USA Today Bestselling Author, Natasha Knight
This is my first Stevie J. Cole book and I can’t figure out why I haven’t read her work before. I can promise you that this won’t be my last. What a great introduction for me. I knew I was going to enjoy this book based off the prologue. I was captivated from the start.
Max lives in a family that is no stranger to crime. At the young age of sixteen, he’s faced with what will be one of his most difficult, life altering decisions. The decision of who lives and who dies. That horrific experience helped shaped the man that he is now.
Ava also grew up in a family full of crime. She has had a couple of very bad incidents when she was younger but overall, she is cherished by her family and is her Daddy’s princess. Unfortunately, those incidents left a mark on her soul and her mind. There’s a little bit of darkness in her that most people don’t recognize.
While trying to live her life like a normal nineteen year old, Ava is abducted and forced into captivity. Her captive is Max. Unknown to both of them until Ava is taken, their families have crossed paths and have a pretty deep history. Those sixty-four days in captivity is full of fear, loneliness and confusion. How is is possible that the one man who is holding her captive is the one man who actually saves her?
There are so many different elements in this story that they are intertwined and woven to produce one captivating story. A story that is dark and sad yet hopeful. It’s a mixture of emotions to keep you guessing and thinking. The thinking is one of my favorite parts about it. There’s a clinical term for what people believe Ava is going through but everyone is so quick to latch on to that so fast that there isn’t any room to look past what people believe is the obvious. This story makes you look beyond the quick stereotype casting and sit and think about how it could actually be so much more.
I really enjoyed the progression of Ava. She’s in a very difficult and dangerous situation yet she remains strong and resilient. For the most part. She’s always had a little bit if insecurities stemming from her past so when those come out during her captivity, Max tends to help heal her. These two are completely broken people and yet they are perfect for each other.
“Two broken people together – that will either end in something so unreal and raw that all those fractured pieces of the tow of us will fuse together or we will only break each other further until nothing is left.”
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and if you are looking for a dark romance that will not only keep you on an emotional ride but keep you thinking, then this might be the book for you. Give it a go. Who knows it might just capture you.
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