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Darkest Before Dawn [BOOKS] ✭ Darkest Before Dawn Author Stevie J. Cole – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk 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 Sixty four days in captivity Sixty four days to lose yourself or find yourself I m Darkest Before Epub / 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 moralsSixty four days in captivity gave me a love most people will never have and my freedom took it all away.


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  1. Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog Patty ~ Wrapped Up In Reading Book Blog says:

    FOUR STARS ARC Generously Provided by Author He s following the rules, and if I am the one who makes him break those rules well, isn t that the type of thing romance stories are based on Isn t that what every woman dreams of Having her love be something so special and pure that it can turn a beast into a man Fans of dark reads will surely enjoy DARKEST BEFORE DAWN I found Stevie J Cole s writing in this one at times to be beautifully poetic This story is quite gritty and often FOUR STARS ARC Generously Provided by Author He s following the rules, and if I am the one who makes him break those rules well, isn t that the type of thing romance stories are based on Isn t that what every woman dreams of Having her love be something so special and pure that it can turn a beast into a man Fans of dark reads will surely enjoy DARKEST BEFORE DAWN I found Stevie J Cole s writing in this one at times to be beautifully poetic This story is quite gritty and often very hard to endure but ultimately it is about love, and how it defines us Our need to be loved can sometimes drive us to do things we would never have imagined doing We are thrust right into a very intense and traumatizing moment for the Hero during the prologue This event leaves a lasting impact on Max Carter s life and ends up sending him down a very dark path Years after the horrific night he lost both of his parents, Max is in the process of getting his life back on track He s no longer using drugs and has left his life of crime Max goes to pay a visit to his little sister, Lila, and soon finds out that she has been missing for almost a week When he goes to the police station to file a missing person report, he is told that his sister is a known drug addict and prostitute and that her case would be put at the bottom of the department s list of priorities Enraged by the lack of concern by law enforcement, Max decides to take matters into his own hands He soon finds out that his sister was abducted and ultimately sold within the sex slave ring Max comes face to face with his sister s captor and now here s where the story takes a bizarre turn, he has to then become the monster in order to find his sister Eighteen year old Ava Donovan was out with her boyfriend when she was abducted by two unsavory characters She was then brought to some rundown looking house in the middle of nowhere and thrown into a dark and creepy basement After about a week of being locked away in the basement with very little food or human interaction, Ava meets the man who will be her handler, the man who will play the ultimate mind games to get her ready to be sold as a sex slave, and that man is MAX CARTER Our hero throws himself deep in the sex slave trade ring in hopes of finding his sister He s already been responsible for training numerous abducted women They had all been prostitutes without any family ties but this time, it s different with Ava Ava comes from a very wealthy family with some rather unexpected ties that you ll find out later in the story Someone hired Max s counterparts to murder Ava but they decided it would bebeneficial in the long run to sell her as a slave instead.Max has reservations about going through with the plans to sell Ava since she is not like all the other girls and something about her calls to him Ava also sees that there s something deep in Max that she connects to and there s also no denying that they both feel a strong physical attraction between them As the two becometightly bound to one another, Max realizes that there s no way he can let anything happen to Ava but he still has the matter of finding his sister to deal with.Things get seriously twisted and extremely bloody during the latter half of the story Max and Ava will both go throughdevastating turmoil Will they be able to find an HEA when there is so much stacked up against them DARKEST BEFORE DAWN is currently available Be sure to one click. US


  2. ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books says:

    Complimentary Copy Provided by the author Stevie J Cole In exchange for an honest review..Thank you TITLE Darkest Before Dawn AUTHOR Stevie J ColeGENRE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCECHAPTERS Prologue 42 RELEASE DATE September 19th 2016MY RATING 4 STARS DARKEST BEFORE DAWN If thePrologueis anything to go by this is going to make for one crazy ride Spoken in sixteen year old Max s own words, 4 men have broken into their family home, he s awoken with a gun pressed firmly to Complimentary Copy Provided by the author Stevie J Cole In exchange for an honest review..Thank you TITLE Darkest Before Dawn AUTHOR Stevie J ColeGENRE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCECHAPTERS Prologue 42 RELEASE DATE September 19th 2016MY RATING 4 STARS DARKEST BEFORE DAWN If thePrologueis anything to go by this is going to make for one crazy ride Spoken in sixteen year old Max s own words, 4 men have broken into their family home, he s awoken with a gun pressed firmly to his head, once all the family members are securely bound and gagged, he s given an ultimatum He has to choose which of his parents survives, he s to shoot one, if he doesn t choose, they will all die He aims, fires BANG a steady stream of blood flows from the small hole in the middle of the forehead A blow to his head, and darkness follows An eye for an eye TWELVE YEARS LATER Spoken in Dual Perspectives Ava Max, at this stage with the big jump in years it is unknown what exactly happened to Max after the home invasion His sister has gone missing, he goes underground to see what exactly happened to her He finds the men who were the last to have contact with her, now he has to become one of them to find her before it s too lateCrime is something that runs through my blood.Born into it..Raised in it I m numb to it, and when you are numb to bloodshed,in order to keep your hands clean, you have to removeyourself from it completely Ava is a daughter of a hitman, out on a date, their car is pulled over, her date is killed in cold blood, she s taken against her will and held captive in a dilapidated house many miles away from home.She s coldBoundCovered in bloodAnd terrified of what s to become of her This is where Max comes into the story, where she s being held, he tracked down the guys that were last seen with his sister, these guys remove undesirables off the streets, teach them to love, then they are auctioned off There s a darkness that runs through Max s veins, being raised in the mafia world he s seen it all and at this stage is as numb to it all as he can get The further you progress into the book, the plot thickens, it turns slightly gritty and dark which all you dark lovers will like, the prologue catches up with the storyline and starts to makesense Is Ava able to shine a little light into his soul Will he go through with the process of selling her Will he set her free Will he find his sister, unharmed, undamaged or will it be too late These are only a few questions that race through your mind reading this Darkest Before Dawn is definitely what I would class as a dark romance, but it s so muchthan that, it will have you captivated, seeking that HEA, you ll either love Max or not, It will have you eating up those pages to find out if these two escape the bounds that bind them For me the storyline picked up pace when Ava was kidnapped, this is where the grittiness of the story pulled me in, and gave me enough darkness to satisfy my soul Some will love this others may pick it apart, heed the warnings, it s not a fluffy light read, as I stated it is dark so just keep that in mind before you rush off to one click this


  3. Snow Snow says:

    4 love in the dark stars I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. I love Pablo Neruda, and i loved the meaning behind the quote of this sentence and the way Stevie J Cole used this quote and implemented it into this story of a sensitive unconventional and dark subject by making it susceptible and palpable and even understandable in some unexplicable or rationalized wayWhen a 16 year old Max Carter had to choose between which of 4 love in the dark stars I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul. I love Pablo Neruda, and i loved the meaning behind the quote of this sentence and the way Stevie J Cole used this quote and implemented it into this story of a sensitive unconventional and dark subject by making it susceptible and palpable and even understandable in some unexplicable or rationalized wayWhen a 16 year old Max Carter had to choose between which of the two parents he would sacrifice under the order of Frank Donovan, he never expected to be thrown onto a fate route to recounter the man s daughter in a way of revenge.Years after that tragedy, Max s and Lila s his little sister lives have been devastatingly shattered Lila s a junkie and a whore and she s been missing Max is a shadow of a man inside, cruel and mercilless killer when needs be, dealing with regret of not comunicating with Lila, he s set to find her and rescue her, after finding out that she s been kidnapped and sold He infiltrates an organization that sells the product after, already desperate, shattered and ruined girls without any family left, are trained conditioned to love Max excells in doing it, with gained psychology degree, he s a master of reading the human s psyche and he s slowly nearing his mission of finding Lila Finding Lila was how I justified every fucking sin I ve made, day in and day out for the past six months. but they kidnap the wrong girl, Ava Donovan, a girl that had a powerful family behind her, but whose brother wanted her dead for the same power, thus she s being delivered to this fate.Things couldn t lookperfect at first glance, as Max has a chance to take his revenge to the man who destroyed his family and yet he didn t expect to be impacted by Ava, as he conditions her, he can t escape the conditioning himself, while he recognizes both, the darkness and the shaterred innocence, in Ava This is a beautiful tragedy Something that in any other world, any other circmustance, would have made an epic love story, but here in the depth of this cellar, locked in a room no one knows exists, there can be no happily ever after This story ends here In this room With me and him. Would it be wrong of me to take her with me I feel things for her there is a comfort with her I ve never experienced, something so right and natural but the events take a wrong turn when Max finally locates Lila, and he finds that he was too late.He decides to let Ava go, not really believeing it s possible for her to feel things for him, since she was conditioned to do it Those aren t real She and I we both know the truth the concept of love is the grandest facade man has ever dreamed up. BUT Stocholm syndrom or not, Ava can t move on She can t escape the feelings she has for Max, no matter how wrong they seem to her surroundings They are real to her Love Because it, in a nd of itself, is a prison And one I don t ever want to escape. BUT could there be a HEA for them Two broken people, living on the edge of the shady life, can their twisted, to the outer world around them, love survive Cause the author, herself, explains it with her own line love was never meant to be easy, it was never really meant to be understood It was merely meant to exist And this story transcends that notionI actually found the fact that the kidnappers sell love instead of sex slaves intriguing and refreshing and the way the author described the emotional conditioning of falling in love in the captor captive relation in a credible and palpable way What I found awkwardly resolved is the aftermath of the ending, it was unfinished and I felt somewhat tricked wanting both, a better closure with dealth repercussions or a continuation of the same in any other way imaginable


  4. Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite Mg ♥ The Bookishmedialite says:

    LIVE LOVE HAS NO MORALS stars.Darkest Before Dawn is a romance shrouded in darkness, wheregood intentions are laced with evil and love is, in a sense, a prison It s a story picturing a reality that some victims of abduction face in their journey as hostages We hear stories of abduction almost everyday, we think we know what we would do in that situation, but the truth is that we really don t Everyone is different Everyone face realities that we don t know about LIVE LOVE HAS NO MORALS stars.Darkest Before Dawn is a romance shrouded in darkness, wheregood intentions are laced with evil and love is, in a sense, a prison It s a story picturing a reality that some victims of abduction face in their journey as hostages We hear stories of abduction almost everyday, we think we know what we would do in that situation, but the truth is that we really don t Everyone is different Everyone face realities that we don t know about Realities that at the end of the day, will be the ones that set the path we will follow Realities that will set us free Even if being free means stay caged behind 4 walls The Prologue starts literally with a BANG.At 16 years old, a teenager boy should have been worried with how many beers can he snatch from his dad or with how many girl is he going to make out this weekend Not with the decision to shoot one of his parents And If he doesn t choose, they will all die He choose He pulls the trigger and everything after that is darkness He and his sister are the only survivors from that catastrophic night Leaving them alone and exposed to the dangers that threaten to corrupt them.Twelve years has passed without any knowledge of what Max has been through all those years We only know that he is back because his sister has gone missing Unfortunately for Max, the fact her sister is a prostitute doesn t help him The Police decides to take the easy way and presumed her dead Case closed But Max knows that his sister is alive so he decides to take matters into his own hands Crime is something that runs through my blood Born into it Raised in it I m numb to it, and when you are numb to bloodshed, ir order to keep your hands clean, you have to remove yourself completely He won t stop at nothing to find her sister Even if that means get his hands dirty I m not hoping to find love No, I m wanting to manufacture it, bottle it, and sell it to the highest bidder After tracking down the men that were last seen in contact with his sister, he became one of them What do they do They kidnap street girls, the ones they consider won t be missed and teach them to love so they can be sold off This is where Ava comes into the story She is kidnap and thrown into a cell Intended to be trained and put up for sale There isto Ava and why she is there than meets the eye And when you figure it out who she really is, you will see how fucked up fate can be sometimes I m in love with the man I should hate, and I believe he s in love with something he must kill The relationship between them was deliciously built it up It was uniquely dark, wicked and oh so wrong Yet, neither one of them couldn t stop it Proving thateven love exists in the depths of hellLove was never meant to be easy, it was never really meant to be understood It was merely meant to exist Raw and emotional, Darkest Before Dawn made my heart beat faster and faster with every turn of the pages A bittersweet romance that will linger long after you read the final page


  5. Michelle Michelle says:

    At 50% I m calling it quits Sooooooooo BORING The only good thing I read was the prologue So disappointed


  6. Katie Katie says:

    4.5 love has no morals stars Somehow, among the dark depths of this nightmare, I ve found some fucked up version of love and I believe it s the only love language I will ever understand I ve given myself over to a devil, and God help me, all of the misery has been worth it for this very fucking moment Let me just say, I loved this book The writing was superb and I totally enjoyed the Stockholm syndromey type love story that this was Max and Ava were both broken in their own ways at the begin 4.5 love has no morals stars Somehow, among the dark depths of this nightmare, I ve found some fucked up version of love and I believe it s the only love language I will ever understand I ve given myself over to a devil, and God help me, all of the misery has been worth it for this very fucking moment Let me just say, I loved this book The writing was superb and I totally enjoyed the Stockholm syndromey type love story that this was Max and Ava were both broken in their own ways at the beginning of the book, so it definitely made for an interesting love storyThe thing about people like he and I our normal is twisted and fucked upThe other books I have read by this author was her pair up with L.P Lovell for the Wrong series If you haven t checked out the Wrong series, I TOTALLY suggest you do WrongWrathStevie J Cole is an amazing romance suspense author and I cannot wait to readof her work


  7. Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ says:

    Darkest Before Dawn is a captive trope that delves into the darkness within a person s psyche Not just the captor but that of the captive also Max Carter was raised within the life of the mob He s not a good guy He doesn t bat an eyelash at killing the filth in this world Does that make him good or badOn the hunt to find his missing sister, Max infiltrates the world of human trafficking He becomes them to get her back But somewhere along the way, he meets his game changer Her name is Darkest Before Dawn is a captive trope that delves into the darkness within a person s psyche Not just the captor but that of the captive also Max Carter was raised within the life of the mob He s not a good guy He doesn t bat an eyelash at killing the filth in this world Does that make him good or badOn the hunt to find his missing sister, Max infiltrates the world of human trafficking He becomes them to get her back But somewhere along the way, he meets his game changer Her name is Ava Donovan and their life connections date back to some of the worst memories in his life She just doesn t know it yetBeing captured and watching her boyfriend get murdered wasn t on the docket for tonight s date night with Bronson Being held in a filthy cold basement wasn t either She s cold, angry and terrifiedand then Max walks in He s beautifully dark. With time, his darkness and beauty shines a light in the world she s being captive in Stockholm Syndrome General f cked upness on her part Time will tell All she knows is she should hate him But she doesn t Ava is his victim but suddenly Max feels he s no longer in control Is she a wolf in sheep s clothing or is she just as broken as he is Does she too crave the darkness Darkest Before Dawn is symbolic to loving all parts of a person even the darkness inside That everyone is perfect and sometimes those imperfections are the true draw for two people and the adhesive that makes their love stick It s not all hearts and flowers fluff in this love storythough it is still a love story shrouded in its darkness Advanced copy received by author in exchange for my honest review


  8. Amanda Amanda says:

    I m always game for a good old Stockholm Syndrome and this book has sufficient darkness and hotness to make it a good read However, I do have to confess that apart from the high impact prologue, the first half the book was lost to me 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 I m always game for a good old Stockholm Syndrome and this book has sufficient darkness and hotness to make it a good read However, I do have to confess that apart from the high impact prologue, the first half the book was lost to me 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, view spoiler 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 hide spoiler


  9. Donna ~ The Romance Cover Donna ~ The Romance Cover says:

    Darkest Before Dawn by Stevie J Cole4 starswhat good is freedom to a bird who has no wingsDarkest Before Dawn is a book of tragedy, one after the other Where one tragedy fuels another and the cycle is endless until one man makes a difference It is a book of grief and desperation and a clever manipulation of your heart and head, where the author gives you a dose of Stockholm Syndrome as you cannot help but fall in love with a captor a captor with a heart A captor whose heart Darkest Before Dawn by Stevie J Cole4 starswhat good is freedom to a bird who has no wingsDarkest Before Dawn is a book of tragedy, one after the other Where one tragedy fuels another and the cycle is endless until one man makes a difference It is a book of grief and desperation and a clever manipulation of your heart and head, where the author gives you a dose of Stockholm Syndrome as you cannot help but fall in love with a captor a captor with a heart A captor whose heart should be black and shrivelled, the life he was made to live and leave being the cause of its destruction But, because of that life, he had the propensity to love, he had morals and scruples and despite the black he is surrounded by, he finally found his chink of light A chink of light that may be lit just for him, he saved her once, can he save her againIt s not why I m keeping you here that matters, it s why I m not letting you goStevie J Cole weaves a clever tale and one that I read from start to finish without coming up for air With a prologue like that you know that you are in for one hell of a bumpy, emotional ride and yet while it didn t deliver what I had imagined, what it did, I loved This was not as dark as I expected, maybe that is a result of some evil minds in this author world that just deliver all kinds of crazy But what Steve J Cole delivered was a love story borne from the most horrendous of situations, where the life ribbons of our past cross and weave and lightening definitely strikes twice, where karma knows no bounds and fate has its own morbid way on delivering your soul mate That one person that understands you completely, the light and the dark, where your heart beats for another and where no matter what is deemed right or wrong, love always wins When your heart chooses, a life without is one not worth livingLove out of all the emotions there are, is the one which can cause the greatest upheaval of a person s soul for it is the only emotion that promises to give you something in return Even when that emotion is nothingthan a lieMax was exposed to death and tragedy in the worst possible way, but born into a family with mafia ties it was a foregone conclusion that his exposure was inevitable An exposure that would leave its mark and would forever alter his path The only family Max had left was his sister and when she goes missing he makes it his mission to find her and eradicate the scum that had the balls to take her Max has to infiltrate the traffickers who steal these women off the streets, break them and sell them on to rich men to do whatever the hell they want He becomes one of them, the master manipulator, the saviour of their nightmares He makes them love him, but what happens when one makes you love them backHe fucks me with his movements and makes love to me with his wordsAva, a woman born into wealth but a wealth born of blood money Her father is a hitman and while she has never been on the frontline she knows what goes on behind the scenes She is clever, she is smart but she is also wounded Wounded by a past and secrets that have never been told, a past that has sculpted her into the person she is today, a woman chasing the dark when only presented with light When she is kidnapped and held captive in a dark basement has she finally found the dark she has been desperately craving With a permanent sense of fear what happens when the captor she should be afraid of the most, suddenly becomes her strengthThe door slams shut and I m left to self reflect on the fact that, since the day I was born, I have found comfort in the arms of a murdererI don t want to say too much about this story, the intricate layers that Stevie J Cole delivers need to be read first hand and experienced in the way the author intended In a tragic tale that may have had my eyes leaking a few times as the author cleverly unwinds their back stories and you see they havein common than you think Where pain and heartbreak are commonalities and where to find love in the dark you need to have experienced it to fall Where people are happy to label and make blanket generalisations but actually really don t understand Their circumstances may have been unconventional but their love wasn t It takes the broken to understand the broken, but maybe, just maybe, these two maybe the glue for one another to make themselves whole They will never be normal but they will live their normal but at least they would be happyI love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul Pablo Nerudawww.theromancecover.com


  10. Mamacita Slacum Mamacita Slacum says:

    10 Between Shadow Soul Stars This Is Hands Down One of the Best Books I ve Ever Read So going into this one, I totally underestimated it I thought this is just gonna be a delicious dark read My guilty pleasure, maybe some twists turns but nothing earth shattering or heart stopping Boy, was I thrown for a loop I was so sucked in, I lost track of time reality around me I fell so far down, I m talking ugly cry I battled a headache left my best friend in the dust for t 10 Between Shadow Soul Stars This Is Hands Down One of the Best Books I ve Ever Read So going into this one, I totally underestimated it I thought this is just gonna be a delicious dark read My guilty pleasure, maybe some twists turns but nothing earth shattering or heart stopping Boy, was I thrown for a loop I was so sucked in, I lost track of time reality around me I fell so far down, I m talking ugly cry I battled a headache left my best friend in the dust for this book I will Definitely ReRead this bookthan once It s a 1st time for me from this author but with just 1 read, I ordered 3 of her other books am now following this author The writing is beautiful and insightful into the very developed but at the same time very complicated characters I ve read some good books this year, but this little hidden gem right here was so far beyond that, it s not even in the same area code Thought provoking quotes that stay with you after the book is finished Ms Cole is insanely talented Thank you, thank you, thank you Ms Cole I will even forgive you for my now severe book hangover


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