Author: Melissa Andrea
Series: Darkness Duet, #1
Publisher by: Independent
Published on: January 20, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult Romance, Romance
Related Books: Little Black Book
I loved to dance, but I don’t anymore.
I was in an accident I don’t remember… or maybe I don’t want to remember.
Either way, every day since, has been… an adjustment and I’m left with a constant reminder that nothing is forever.
Now, my life is a tangled web of darkness filled with deceit, hate, betrayal and lies. I don’t dwell on the past, I don’t regret and I don’t remember… I survive. But then I met Ryland Dare and he changed everything. He reminded me that life’s worth living and that remembering isn’t always a bad thing.
You don’t know true darkness until you've felt light…
On the outside looking in, some would say my siblings and I have had a pretty easy life. But beyond the fancy cars, the huge house and endless social events, is where the truth really lies. Power hungry father, defeated mother and fake friends? Yeah I have one of each. Then Araya Noelle comes along and shows me what I’ve been missing. She thinks I changed her life, but really, she saved mine.
At the edge of darkness, you must DARE to HOPE. DARE to LOVE. DARE to LIVE
Melissa starts this novel in an interesting yet heart wrenching way; with dual memories over lapping, the joy and possibilities as well as the tragedy that brought the fall.
“I wanted Juliard to be proud they chose me.”
This back and forth builds you up makes you feel good and proud… Then rips it away tearing your heart and breath with it.
“Our screams were the last thing I heard.”
When the prologue is done you feel as broken as Araya, wrenched from your body, only to start the story in a calm, beautiful park with a girl you’re not sure has an disability and a gorgeous, confident guy.
It’s so easy to fall in love with Araya she sweet, yet strong and determined. Ryland has a bit of bad boy, but mostly charm, he’s so sweet and considerate right when its needed and strong and hard headed as well.
It’s amazing the way Melissa has shown the journey of both Ryland and Araya allowing you to discover things through the other character’s POV as the character discovers it about the other. For example, Arayas disability, that you can sense, doesn’t get revealed until Ryland uncovers it. It brings a depth I haven’t read until now.There are some PG steamy bits but the story cuts around the really explicit details. There’s curve balls you don’t see coming till they smack you in the face but like a train wreck you can’t stop watching (or reading in this case). There’s a sense of danger at times and some melt your heart moments.
This story leaves you craving more, with kind of a cliff hanger ending.