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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Out of the Darkness by Simone Nicole Review + Author & Character Interview

TITLE: Out of the Darkness (The Darkness Book 2)

AUTHOR: Simone Nicole

RELEASE DATE:  October 182014

She ruined me. The walls I’d built were for a reason, locking myself in my own personal prison was out of necessity. Now, with the rubble at my feet, I could do nothing but watch as she ripped my soul in two, taking the half she owned with her.

The need to settle down, to find that missing piece, for the all-consuming love, was never Drew’s plan. He’d spent the better part of a decade suppressing all memory of love, of life. He told himself he had the essentials; the impressive apartment, the successful club, the simple uncomplicated life he’d worked so hard to create. All he needed. Until Mia.

She entered his life like wildfire, burning through his world and destroying all pretences of simplicity, bringing out everything he’d fought to deny.

Longing. Warmth. Love.

She made him want it all but Amelia lived in the darkness. It had always been her constant, yet terrifying companion. A shadow she'd never been able to out run and one fateful night, it finally consumed her. Shattering both their worlds and burying them deeper in the dark.

Drew will stop at nothing to save her, for their happy ever after but, Mia isn’t the only one with demons … it’s a long way out of the darkness.


I turn on the shower on full strength, the fog filling the room within seconds as I gingerly take off my jacket, discarding it on the tiled floor of my bathroom. I remove my shirt and tie, the fabric sticking to the cold sweat I’ve been harbouring for what feels like days. I kick of my shoes and socks, tossing my belt along with my trousers on the pile and step into the scorching heat.
The burn is instant, my skin turning pink with the force but the pain that should have greeted me is just a distant memory, I still feel naught. I start to scrub at my skin, harder and harder, trying to erase the numb deprecating feeling that's over taking me. Until every inch of my body looks raw but still I feel naught, just a vague memory of what should be there. I give up, again, and shut off the shower.
The silence that follows almost deafening but I continue to stand there, with no will to move. The fog has long gone and my body is covered with goose bumps when I finally bend to scoop up my discarded clothes. I entertain the idea of burning them, watching the flames engulf the rancid memories attached to them but I stop mid thought when my foot makes contact with a sharp edged card on the way out and my heart skips a beat, slowly starting to gain speed as the significance comes to the surface.

Book 1

TITLE: Ahead of the Darkness

AUTHOR: Simone Nicole

RELEASE DATE:  March 13, 2014

It has been a long, long time since I’ve seen your little face, chérie. Not once did you visit. That really hurt; after all, it was thanks to you I was convicted. That’s not something you forget.

I thought it was time— a visit was due. Seeing as you wouldn’t come to me, I thought it only right I come to you. Sadly, you weren’t home, but your furry feline was more than accommodating . . . 

I’ll be seeing you soon, mon chérie. I’ll always find you . . .

For six years, a letter has dictated Amelia’s future. She’s running from a past that refuses to stop, always trying to get one step ahead. Amelia is clever and resilient, and refuses to slip up.

Relying only on herself, she’ll be anything and anyone she needs to survive. But everyone slips up . . . eventually. You can’t always stay ahead of the darkness.

Self-confessed chocoholic and undiagnosed crazy person, Simone can be found climbing Himalayan mountaintops like a ninja, sky diving backwards and rubbing shoulders with billionaires. She is also full of crap, but can read backwards and upside down, the one plus of being dyslexic.
Simone loves all things Disney and alcoholic, and is rarely seen not reading, writing or wearing lipstick, usually of the red variety.

Food— I love food... Desserts? I have a crazy sweet tooth so most of my favorites are pies or tarts, lol.
Song— It changes constantly. At the moment... Gosh. This is so sad... Taylor swift's blank space. (I think that's it) it's been playing all week at work and I can't get it out of my head lol.
Vacation spot— This is hard! I want and love going everywhere. Europe and Hawaii are top favs.
Sport— Does sprinting with words count? Tonsil hockey? Lol, I like ice hockey.
Color— Purple! A rich deep purple. There is a car company in Aus, Ford, and they have the perfect purple!! It's a shame I don't like the brand. Lol
Singing or dancing? 
I suck at both, unless inebriated, then both hehe. I sing quietly to myself but I love to go out dancing. 
Reading or writing? 
Seriously? Hardest question ever! Next to sex or chocolate. Both, always both. They go hand in hand.
Art or Science? 
Art. I did love science in school and entertained the idea of being a forensic scientist.
Anything you would like to add? I do have awesome taste in music, I swear! Just don't ask my sister...



Drink— Whiskey, Scottish of course

Movie— Braveheart. I know it's a wee bit cheesy, mind. I blame Mia. She make me watch it all the time.

Perfume— Mia's soft almost vanillary scent. Oh and sawdust/plaster/paint. I love getting me hands dirty. 

Car— I'm nae really into cars, mind. But I do love my Ducati.

Part on a woman's body— Oh that's easy. The parts attached to Mia. Ye want one part? I cannae decide between the swell of her hips, or the curve of her arse. Nae, the tempting, smart mouth of hers. I'm also rather partial to her legs.

History or Geography? 
History. I loved learning about the wars in Scotland between clans. Actually, it might be why Braveheart is my favourite. Dinnae tell Mia that.

Drawing or Building? 
Building, though I can draw, like. The two go hand in hand for me. I draw, then I create.

Giving or Receiving? 
Giving. Aye, most definitely giving.

Anything you would like to add?
The way Mia's toes curl up when I... Oh, aye. Ah, no. I think ye're good. Thank ye.

Out of the Darkness (The Darkness, #2)Out of the Darkness by Simone Nicole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In this book, Mia's past has met her present. She's been running for years, never taking the time to settle, until she fell for Drew. Now the one chasing her has caught up. He is completely psycho, and his one desire is to cause her as much pain as possible.

I was very nervous for Mia going into this book for the reasons stated above, but I was more than willing because I also fell for Drew right after meeting him. What it is about a Scottish man? Anyways, I don't want to go into specifics which would give too much away in spoilers, but there is a lot of suffering and distress for some of this story. Really Drew and Mia are still getting to know one another. Also they have all these bad events and consequences coming at them. All of this would be a huge strain on any couple.

I enjoyed getting to learn more about Drew's background. Much of Mia's was already revealed, but we also dug deeper into her history. I thought the characters and storyline were great. One thing that I couldn't quite understand was the lack of police involvement. That bit was not believable to me. I must mention the gym scene.  It was awesome, both funny and sexy.  The best part in my opinion is Drew. He is the most understanding, kind, considerate, loving man, and yet, he still manages to be gruff and alpha when needed. I was melty each time he comforted her.
"I've got ye, love...I'll pull ye out of the darkness."

***copy given in exchange for an honest review***


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