September 22, 2016

Darkest Before Dawn by Stevie J. Cole • BLOG TOUR & REVIEW


“Dark, gritty and utterly captivating. I couldn’t put this book down!” 
- USA Today Bestselling Author, Natasha Knight



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.



Review by: Erin 

This book was incredible! I love a dark romance and this hit all my buttons. Max and Ava are amazing characters. Both are complex in their own way, but both come from similar backgrounds. This story will grab you and take you for a ride through some dark territory that will leave you reeling in the aftermath. The twists and turns will have you gripping your seat with both hands and hoping you can stay upright. This story is full of deceit and intrigue, a very addictive combination. I loved the storyline. The detail and description were incredible. I felt like I was in the room as the story unfolded. If you love dark romance, you will love this book!

5 Stars 

Review by: Tatia 

I'm having a hard time with this review. The more I think about what I've just finished reading, the higher my rating is. If I've learned anything from past experience reading Stevie Cole's books, it's that I never really know what to expect. But that's what I've come to love about them. She has made me a lover of the darkness.

64 days locked away in darkness. That's all it took to completely altar Ava Donovan. Her life has not been easy or pretty. She's seen her share of bad things. Her father is a bad man. All she wants is to be let go. Instead, she knows she'll never escape. That this is the room she expects to die in. Death would be better than being trapped in that room where the darkness that usually only haunts her at night is present all the time. She's in hell.
The only bright light is the man that brings her things; food, books, companionship. A bond is formed. The darkness that hides in both of them causes them to call to each other. Love - it's its own version of prison. When you love someone, that deep rooted love that not many get to experience, you're then chained to that person. Being away from them can make you wish for death. So what happens after the 64 days?

"There is so much you can tell about a person by the type of books they read."

If this is true, and I believe in a sense that it is, then what does this say about me? I get lost in these stories of torture, gripping death's door, wishing and hoping it would swallow you whole. Stevie Cole can write these kind like no other. She wrote this one almost poetically. What may seem like Stockholm Syndrome to some was actually so much more. You can't choose who you love, not when their soul calls to you on this deep of a level. Ava and Max understood the darkness that consumed them both. They both knew there wasn't anyone else out there who would love them because of it. That's what you have to find. Someone who loves you BECAUSE of the darkness in you, not the light. It's sends a powerful message. So does the author's note at the end. It made me look at the darker things in life and what they are. If someone can survive the darkness that consumes them then they're one of the strongest people. That's who I want to love.

4.5 Stars 



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About the Author:

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.

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