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WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 Fantastic book with a bit of everything But talk about brain fry 5 stars for Blake and ColeI loved you then, I love you now, and I ll love you always You ve always been it for me, BlakeThis book is mad Totally mad I ll admit I got a little lost at some points The cast is extensive, to say the least There are soooo many surrounding characters that play a part in the unfolding of this mystery and I was just like Wait, so he WARNING THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 Fantastic book with a bit of everything But talk about brain fry 5 stars for Blake and ColeI loved you then, I love you now, and I ll love you always You ve always been it for me, BlakeThis book is mad Totally mad I ll admit I got a little lost at some points The cast is extensive, to say the least There are soooo many surrounding characters that play a part in the unfolding of this mystery and I was just like Wait, so he is he And who is he related to And how does he know him But I found if I just kept reading, I could work out who was related to who and how and what role they had to play I think I got it Lol I think At least, it all seemed to make sense by the end The mystery side of this book is absolutely mind blowing Be prepared to really get put through the wringer The plot is so intricate that it will have you on your toes and second guessing yourself until the very end Don t worry, you will think you ve totally lost the plot and missed vital information you haven t, as in book 1, Claire Contreras drip feeds the reader information and the mystery slowly unravels.This book picks up right where There is No Light in Darkness leaves off and is told from alternate point of views, flicking back and forth between Cole and Blake I really enjoyed that as I felt we got to really feel each of their struggles Cole really goes through hell, mentally, in this book and I my heart broke for him In book 1, we only get Blake s POV, but I really felt that Cole had a story to tell too and the author allowed him to do just that in this bookBlake, your past is my past, your present is my present, and your future is my future I bear the weight of everything that happens in your life How can you not see thatAfter writing my last review, I read a few notes on this book to see what to expect and I read that a fee readers thought that there was less romance in this book I disagree I felt that there was muchdevelopment between Cole and Blake in this book I loved how the romance and mystery ran parallel with this bookWe re just two broken people in love trying to heal each other, and despite everything, we don t want to be with anybody elseIt s what I was looking for in book 1 and found slightly lacking In Darkness Before Dawn the author uses the trauma and the drama that the characters go through outside of their relationship to illustrate and build upon their connection and their love for one anotherThank you, Cole for teaching me what love feels like And most of all thank you for never giving up on me even when I was ready to give up on myselfThere are times when they struggle to put their demons aside and That is how to write a book that is as much a thriller as it is a romance I find it frustrating when one part gets diluted in favour of the other and I found Claire s execution very satisfying and quite emotiveDo you think love conquers all I ask quietly I hope so If it doesn t, we re all doomedCole is an amazing book boyfriend He is so completely head over heels in love with Blake and that never wavers He is her rock and adores herthan life itself This is a man who would do anything for the safety and happiness of his woman, and there is nothingswoonworthy than that He is out of his mind with worry when Blake is kidnapped after the end of book 1 and he would lay his life on the line to get her home safeThat s all I am, Aim A ghost of myself I don t even know who I am without herI love that their relationship has developed over such a long period of time, they ve been through everything together and their bond is steadfastBlake, I feel like I ve spent an eternity declaring my love for you and maybe I have Hell, I m sure I ve been doing that for centuries And as difficult as you can be, as stubborn as you are, and as big of a pain in my ass as you are, I wouldn t want to spend any of my time in any lifetime chasing after anybody else You re it for me You always have been and always will beDean irritated the living hell out of me But I kind of loved him too Which just pissed me off evenI wanted to scream Urgh, nooo, go AWAY at my Kindle on various occasions That little sub plot really wound me up I ll say noyou ll have to find out who Dean is, and why he pissed me off, for yourself Also, I really felt that I wanted to cast three other really important characters in this book the rest of Blake and Cole s family There is huge focus on the importance of family in this book, but ironically, the family that support Blake the most and that give her the love and strength she needs, are her adopted family, not her biological family So I felt that I wanted to cast these characters, as I really fell in love with them and the whole family unit, throughout this seriesAll thoughts of who may or may not be my family vanish when I look into his green eyes, because he s my family My homeThe ending of this book is the perfect ending to Blake and Cole s story No two people should ever have to go through the things that they have been put through in their lives and as a reader, I was rooting hard for their happy ever after And they got the perfect epilogue The love you feel between these two gives you the warm and fuzziesI love you for loving me, and I love you for allowing me to love you I love you to the moon and back ForeverP.S This book would make an amazing film Darkness Before Dawn Statistics Steam Rating out of 5 Ending HEA Length 361 pages Narrative Alternate POV, between male and female protagonists First person Series Reading Order Book 1 There is No Light in Darkness Darkness, 1 Book 2 Darkness Before Dawn Darkness, 2 Book 3 Darkness Series Epilogue Darkness, 2.5 Can this be read as a standalone No Themes DeathCrimeMysteryKidnap WARNING This book includes Sexual content Violence Death Crime Writing Great Like this review and want to keep up to date withbook news Follow me at the links below My blog COLEOk lets see those green eyes again holy hotness.COLE So after surviving from the holy mother of all cliffhangers in book 1 There is no Light in Darkness this book picks up right after The pace was very fast and I was consumed Biting my finger nails and reading like I was on crack.I needed answers I could not at some points figure out who was who, and what the hell was going on Good guy Bad Guy What the HELPBLAKETHIS POOR GIRLshe went through A LOT.Luckily f COLEOk lets see those green eyes again holy hotness.COLE So after surviving from the holy mother of all cliffhangers in book 1 There is no Light in Darkness this book picks up right after The pace was very fast and I was consumed Biting my finger nails and reading like I was on crack.I needed answers I could not at some points figure out who was who, and what the hell was going on Good guy Bad Guy What the HELPBLAKETHIS POOR GIRLshe went through A LOT.Luckily for her she was the love of Cole s life It was sweet and genuine his love and devotion to her From a young age they had been each others rock I really loved that So she has been kidnapped and her experience was brutal The only light in that situation was Dean.and I had my feelers out for Dean very early and the jury came back with ME LIKE Don t even ask me how they are related or connected Its a very convoluted family tree Dean has a plan for Blake s escapesome drama happens and thenshe is returned rightfully to Cole This is where i was looking around wondering what the hell was going on I m expecting creepy evil bad guy to jump out at me.but no.these characters were having an easy peasy sunshine and lollipops couple of chapters I get it.I get that we needed to heal but it definitely made me go hmmmmmBut all in allI loved the story The characters, the big mystery and finally finally.ANSWERS cause for a while there my head was spinning The steam was great.I definitely was convinced of their chemistry Cole was just ridiculously perfect Getting his point of view was incredibleBlake is everything to me She s not somebody I m involved with, she is my reason, my everything I m nothing without you I can t Live without you I was empty without you She knows she has my heart forever I m not going anywhere, EVER But you need to stop pushing me away Your pain is mine, let me carry it with you, for you I don t care as long as you re with me I thought we covered this last night and a hundred times before I want to be with you FOREVER I highlighted the whole last chapter basically It was a gorgeous happily ever after My stomach and heart were doing somersaults I was complete and so happy 5 huge stars COME ON LADIES, LET COLE SHIELD YOU FROM THE LIGHT, THE DARK, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN image error Beautiful Renee thank you for keeping me company while reading this and trying to get some damn answers 5 Phenomenal Stars Claire Contreras has managed to do what has seemed to be impossible lately She gave me a 5 star book, a favorite of mine, and she wrote a sequel that was BETTER than the first Yes, I loved the first book, but I think this one was even better For those who haven t read There is No Light in Darkness because of the wicked cliffhanger, you have no excuse now Book 2 is out so get on it Both of these books will pull you in from the first page I could not put this one down I 5 Phenomenal Stars Claire Contreras has managed to do what has seemed to be impossible lately She gave me a 5 star book, a favorite of mine, and she wrote a sequel that was BETTER than the first Yes, I loved the first book, but I think this one was even better For those who haven t read There is No Light in Darkness because of the wicked cliffhanger, you have no excuse now Book 2 is out so get on it Both of these books will pull you in from the first page I could not put this one down I should have known better than to start it later in the evening, because I read until the wee hours of the morning to finish it Yes I read it in one sitting It was THAT GOOD Once again, the perfect combination of suspense, romance, mystery, angst, drama it s just beautiful, emotional, fun, intense, sexy and all around wonderful There are no words to really describe how much I love these books Now I will quit gushing for now and start my review If you haven t read book 1 there will be some obvious story line spoilers, just an fyiBlake has been taken She doesn t know how long she s been gone A week, two, three She is miserable Her captures haven t hurt her much She doesn t know how she will get away, or if she will be able to get away at all Cole is a mess without Blake Seriously a mess He can t function without her He is doing everything in his power to try to find her Even if that means meeting people and talking to people he doesn t want to deal with Thankfully, there is someone on the inside who is willing to risk it to help Dean I had mixed feelings about Dean at first, but he ultimately won me over We also meet Connor, who is related to Mark, who is Blake s Uncle yes, it can get very confusing if you aren t paying attention I have to agree with Cole on this one Can someone get a pen and paper and start drawing out the family tree s and everyone s connection to everyone else After a pretty big snafu, Blake gets away But her struggles are still there Cole is so relieved to have her backI have you now and neither one of us is going anywhere I loved you then, I love you now, and I ll love you always You ve always been it for me, BlakeBlake is struggling a bit to be back in the real worldI don t know Cole I don t know anything any You know me And thats all I need to knowAfter all Blake and Cole have been through, things still aren t easy for them We re just two broken people in love trying to heal each other, and despite everything, we don t want to be with anybody else There are even MORE family secrets, lies, its just crazy CRAZY I was shocked over and over again I m not going into detail about any of the story I don t want to spoil just READ IT Now this is the part of the review I get to swoon over Cole What can I say about Cole There is one word that comes to mind when I think of him Perfection Cole is the best kind of guy He loves Blake with all that he has He is a pillar of strength for her, he gives her love and security she has never had before Plus he is a straight up hottie Can t forget to mention that D Just look at the things he says and you will see why I love him soMy soul belongs to you, Blake I go where you go I can t live without you I don t want to live without you If you die tomorrow, I die with you I know there will never be anyone else because she s it for me, always has been.I ve loved you for half a lifetime, and I ll love you for manybeyond this one I love you to the moon and back ForeverNow don t get me wrong Cole will always be my number 1 guy but I found myself seriously crushing on Dean too He was so sweet and charming, just couldn t help but love him especially towards the end I also really loved Connor, and Aubry of course This always reminds me of Blake and Cole and their true family Aubry, Greg, Becky, etc This story is powerful As you can tell, the sequel did not disappoint All the unanswered questions from book one became known, and there is NO cliffhanger at the end of this book What would make me really happy spin off books for the other characters in this series I would love and Aubry Aimee book, a Dean book, a Becky Greg book or a Connor book I love these characters so much I don t want their stories to end Claire is an amazingly talented author and I will read ANYTHING she writes Just wanna throw that out there D The ending was just amazing, I can t wait to read the epilogue I wish I could give this onethan 5 stars Read it and LOVE it 4 The Darkest Hour Hope for Light Stars My eyes begin to shut heavily once, twice, then a third time I open them one last time as I try to search for light, but I know I ll never find it, because there is no light in darkness.The fragile happiness, that Blake was desperately holding on, crumbled when darkness consumed her again At the end of the first book the mysterious threat caught up on her and the people that ripped her world apart when she was just a child, have her again Terrorized, 4 The Darkest Hour Hope for Light Stars My eyes begin to shut heavily once, twice, then a third time I open them one last time as I try to search for light, but I know I ll never find it, because there is no light in darkness.The fragile happiness, that Blake was desperately holding on, crumbled when darkness consumed her again At the end of the first book the mysterious threat caught up on her and the people that ripped her world apart when she was just a child, have her again Terrorized, alone and in grave danger she will claw her way out, praying that Cole will find her, finding alliances in the least expected places and finally learning the shocking truth about her past Will she manage to set herself free from both her self inflicted and actual prison Cole is a broken shell of a man His Blake, his heart and soul was taken from him He was unable to protect her and now he is unable to get her back He will also have to face his past Utterly devastated he will fight heaven and hell and meet the Devil himself to get her back, to hold her again in his arms and lay the world on her feet My soul belongs to you, Blake I go where you go I can t live without you I don t want to live without you If you die tomorrow, I die with you Told in dual POVs this highly emotional and engaging book continues Blake and Cole s story Two kids that loved too much but faced with harsh reality almost broke them apart Mystery, heartbreak and so many emotions will fill your heart and keep you engrossed Now, I freaking adored Cole If not for certain Blake induced incidents I would have given a 5 star rating to this book too Cole is absolutely delicious, freaking drool worthy, nuclear hazard for all lady bits and female hearts Strong, determined, protective, romantic TOP 5 Book Boyfriend material He made my soul singI have you now and neither of us is going anywhere I loved you then, I love you now, and I ll love you always You ve always been it for me, BlakeBlake is a broken woman, hold together by sheer stubbornness and determination She faced too much shit, but really her constant doubt, and pushing Cole away really frustrated me This was the part that the book dragged a little bit but it was saved by some unexpected and really pleasantly surprising additions to the book cast But Blake you came this close girlA highly recommended read about the past that defines us, deep rooted fears and tormenting nightmares, the healing power of love and finding the guts to face the truth Thank you Claire Contreras for an amazing series Claire Contreras sure can write She brought us one hell of a story in There is No Light in Darkness I absolutely loved the first book total 5 stars for me it was the heart pounding tale of Blake Brennan and Cole Murphy who grew up not knowing who the heck they are, who is after Blake and of course the whys to it all The love story portion of this sequel was absolutely FANTASTIC I cried for them to get there through all the obstacles they faced and rejoiced in their ending Blake and Cole Claire Contreras sure can write She brought us one hell of a story in There is No Light in Darkness I absolutely loved the first book total 5 stars for me it was the heart pounding tale of Blake Brennan and Cole Murphy who grew up not knowing who the heck they are, who is after Blake and of course the whys to it all The love story portion of this sequel was absolutely FANTASTIC I cried for them to get there through all the obstacles they faced and rejoiced in their ending Blake and Cole were so likable and so lovable I could read about their day to day lives without all the conspiracy and mystery that s how well Claire wrote these two characters Cole Murphy can cook me pancakes anyday Blake and Cole were not only sexy and steamy they could be funny and so heartwarming they have a forever kind of loveAre you going to let me fuck you or are you just going to do it all on your own, standing from there he asks, making me smile I loved you then, I love you now, I ll love you always You ve always been it for me, Blake Some of my friends that haven t been around us have given me shit because they don t understand our relationship They say it s not normal, not healthy, and I get that, but we can t change our past We re just two broken people in love trying to heal each other and despite everything, we don t want to be with anybody else When it comes to Blake, nobody else mattersOnto the answers they didn t work for me I m sure I m in the minority on this but when the rounds of answers came I was like Were the explanations confusing somewhat but they really didn t make any sense in the mob world Here s my thing, if I m off please write me because maybe I misinterpreted the big twists view spoiler So, at first without her paternity revealed her father Liam let her be raised by her grandmother Her biological father, Alex who s mob family is a threat to her and later kidnapped her is her real family Why not tell Alex from the get go that the kid is his Mobsters don t hunt and kill their own Also, if by chance I read this wrong and her mother is a mafia princess and that makes her grandfather the head of the biggest mob family they would leave her in hiding till the threat is over which means go gunning down Alex, Benny and if need be the whole lot of them It s just that simple hide spoiler This quote pretty much summed up my overall response to the bookI don t know Cole I don t know anything any You know me And thats all I need to know Blake They belong together and whether or not the answers made sense I loved them to pieces Overall, this book was once again a page turner and I really liked the new character Dean as well He was very interesting and I would love to readabout him Hint Hint Read More Reviews Find Me on Facebook Wow Holy moly ladies talk about suspenseful The Darkness Series has it all suspense, romance, and mystery all thrown together to create one epic series I have been on pins you MUST READ There is No Light in Darkness BEFORE read Read More Reviews Find Me on Facebook Wow Holy moly ladies talk about suspenseful The Darkness Series has it all suspense, romance, and mystery all thrown together to create one epic series I have been on pins needles waiting for Darkness Before Dawn to be released since finishing There Is No Light in Darkness which leaves on a MAJOR cliff hanger like a major, BIG, GIGANTIC cliff hanger I do need to make this clear to readers you MUST READ There is No Light in Darkness BEFORE reading Darkness Before Dawn You will be totally confused and lost if you don t Also, I recommend being familiar re reading with the story before reading the second book There are a ton of characters and a few plots going on at the same time that will be confusing if you had read the first book awhile ago before starting the second book.DBD starts off right where TINLID ends This time around, the book is all about the plot and less about Cole Blake s relationship There is a ton of mystery and suspense for readers that will keep you guessing throughout the book I did not know who to trust and was double thinking everyone, including characters from the first book I loved I did however miss the relationship focus point that was in TINLID, I just really love Blake Cole and their unique relationship They are still the main characters in the book but the story focuseson their family and back story then the romance aspect.In Darkness Before Dawn you are introduced to Dean He totally won me over, though I was never sure if I could trust him I kept waiting for a bomb to drop with his character but he was winning me over In the first book I declared I needed to order an I LOVE COLE MURPHY shirt, now I need to order an I 3 DEAN shirt because he is freaking amazing too Even though I couldn t 100% trust as I was reading, I still wanted him to have an HEA too I don t know how Claire Contereas does it but her book boys are freakin amaze ballsBlake, your past is my past, your present is my present, and your future is my future I bear the weight of everything that happens in your life How can you not see thatColeLike Seriously Can he not be anyperfect The book is written in both Cole Blake s POV which I love Cole is still in the top running for Book Boyfriend of the Year for 2013 He is seriously the most amazing, caring guy in the world and after you read this series I don t think there is a single female alive that can disagree with me What he does for Blake is just amazing, truly amazing thoughtful My only minor complaint would be all the characters in the book At times I was really confused and had to stop and think about whom that person was and how they are related to who and what their part was It was seriously like playing six degrees of separation This is why I recommend re reading TINLID again before reading Darkness Before Dawn, it will help a lot With that said, all the characters were important to the story and I just had to think a littlethen I normally do while reading.The ending was PERFECT I was so happy and loved the scene There is no epilogue in the book but from what I hear the author is writing one now to share But do not worry because the ending is perfect just as it is and you will feel closure, I just know like me you want to know every little detail of their HEA and that is why an epilogue would be nice to read as well for Blake Cole I just adore them I give Darkness Before Dawn 4 Stars ARC provided by the author in return for an honest review. Only one word PERFECTION This series deserves all the stars that I give up I am in love with the series A series not to be missed.Happy reading D Only one word PERFECTION This series deserves all the stars that I give up I am in love with the series A series not to be missed.Happy reading D A lovely book 2 I had a little trouble in the beginning with all the connections but it made sense in the end and was just a wonderful story I can t wait for the epilogue although I don t understand why it wasn t included at the end of this book X I loved you then, I love you now, I ll love you always You ve always been it for me, BlakeThis review is spoiler free but you absolutely must read book 1 There is No Light in Darkness first This book is a direct continuation of that story and after the huge cliffhanger at the end of the first book, I was just absolutely desperate forI needed to know what happened Just like with the first book, I inhaled this one in one sitting The next thing I knew I looked out the windI loved you then, I love you now, I ll love you always You ve always been it for me, BlakeThis review is spoiler free but you absolutely must read book 1 There is No Light in Darkness first This book is a direct continuation of that story and after the huge cliffhanger at the end of the first book, I was just absolutely desperate forI needed to know what happened Just like with the first book, I inhaled this one in one sitting The next thing I knew I looked out the window and the sun was coming up In this book the plot thickens, answers are found and family loyalties are chosen Book 1 was equal parts mystery and romance The mystery kept me guessing and the romance kept me swooning But I found this book to befocused on the mystery than the romance Now, don t get me wrong, Cole and Blake are still both heavily featured in this book and there s both swoon and steam but I guess I felt that their relationship development took a bit of a back seat in light of all the developments happening on the mystery side of things.I did miss the relationship focus, but I also understood the need to delve into the mystery Blake needed answers, Cole needed answers, heck I needed answers And this was the point where the secrets began to unravel the answers to WHY everything had happened But I found myself getting a little lost at times There were a LOT of interconnected characters to keep track of and I really mean a lot My head was spinning in circles and sometimes I found myself getting a little tangled in the story line But it did feel good that Cole seemed to also be a little overwhelmed by itCan someone get a pen and paper and start drawing out the family trees and everyone s connection to everyone elseIt just genuinely was a complicated situation.This book is told in alternating POVs between Cole and Blake Given the ending of the last book this made a lot of sense and I felt it addeddepth to the story by allowing us to seeof what was going on I also really enjoyed getting inside Cole s head and seeing how he saw thingsSome of my friends that haven t been around us have given me shit because they don t understand our relationship They say it s not normal, not healthy, and I get that, but we can t change our past We re just two broken people in love trying to heal each other and despite everything, we don t want to be with anybody else When it comes to Blake, nobody else mattersSeriously that man was devoted Utterly, head over heels in LOVE with his girl You never doubted it, you always felt it, he took every opportunity to show it, and I just find it seriously heart melting reading about guys like Cole who will literally go to any lengths to protect the ones they love.I found there to be a lot less angst than in the first book This one didn t really make my heart race in the same way and, like I said, was very focused on finding answers to the mystery There were still some heart stopping moments though, an awesome showdown and reveals I didn t see coming The romance was there and Cole was swoony as ever seriously, is that man perfect or what but I d say the focus of this book shiftedtowards piecing everything together and deciding how to move on.Oh, and this is pretty cool there is a little almost cameo from a certain book hero from another book that I know several of you are in love with I thought it was a cool touch to connect those two stories like that.I loved the message this book had about family How blood is not the most important connection Family is an earned place Family are the people who matter to you the most no matter who they may biologically be A father, a brother, a mother, a sister these are not only determined by bloodYou re not just involved with the person that makes your world make sense You live for that person You breathe for that personI liked this book in comparison to the first one which I loved , but it kept my interest throughout and I desperately wanted to find out the answers to what was behind everything, it just didn t quite affect me as strongly in an emotional way There were parts that were confusing as I was reading but I guess that s to be expected in a mystery and a few time jumps that disconnected me just a little bit but I liked that we finally got the answers to everything and it did all make sense in the end.It was really wonderful to see Cole and Blake find their happiness, answers and peace of mind in the end I loved the ending and where it left the characters There was a lot of sweetness in the last scene and I finished the book with a smile on my face and a happy feeling in my heart After everything they d been though, those two had really earned their happily ever after.I would have wished for an epilogue but I ve been told the author is writing one I hear it is LONG and will be releasing it very soon for anyone who wants a glimpse into Cole and Blake s future Personally, I can t wait This series was a wonderful read and refreshingly different from any previous book I d read I d certainly recommend checking them out I m definitely a new fan of Claire Contreras and will be looking forward tobooks from her in the futureARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review My casting Forof my reviews, visit Aestas Book BlogAnd come join the Aestas Book Blog Facebook Page `Free Kindle ⇢ Darkness Before Dawn ↙ Is love ever enough Faced with obstacles she could have never imagined, Blake is brought to darkness and back by forces in her past she never knew existedDesperate to stay connected to the only thing he loves, Cole is forced to revisit his past and align himself with the people who knew about Blake s disappearanceSeparation has forced both Blake and Cole to learn how to live under the worst circumstances, each of them alone in their own hellWhen they reunite, can they be the same two people they were before darkness swept upon them Told in separate points of view, Darkness Before Dawn is the continuation of Blake and Cole s fight to make it to the light