May 28, 2014

Title: The Dark Light of Day
Author: T.M. Frazier
Publisher: self-published
Published: September 15, 2013
Genre: New Adult Contemporary

Synopsis: Warning: This is not your typical romance. The story of Abby & Jake contains disturbing situations, graphic violence, sex, rape, strong language, drug use, and all types of abuse.

Abby has been through hell and has survived one of the most brutal childhoods imaginable…barely.

To the outside world she’s just a loner with an attitude.

When her grandmother dies in a tragic explosion, Abby is left with questions-and nothing else.

Homeless, sleeping in a junkyard, and on the run from a system that has failed her over and over again, she meets Jake, a tattooed blue-eyed biker with secrets that will rival her own.

Two broken souls that can’t be healed. They can’t be saved.

Abby & Jake must reveal to one another their most guarded secrets and discover if they can embrace the darkness those secrets hold-and the darkness within themselves.

If they can accept one another for who they really are, they might be able to learn that love isn’t always found in the light.

3 stars The cover is freaking hot and the story is good…but I just needed to feel it resonate with me a little bit more. The idea behind the storyline really is fantastic. Like really fantastic. I love books where the characters have issues that are dark and ugly, and let me tell you, it was wickedly dark and ugly. But for some reason it didn’t affect me emotionally. It was like everything only touched the surface and I never felt any of the scars of the hideous things that happened.

I think it starts with the characters. Jake was bad, but when he loved he was good. He was probably wicked hot, but we didn’t get to know him enough. Even if we never heard his secrets, I would have been happy to have spent time with him, to understand how he was every day. It felt like we went right to his secrets and didn’t get the overall “feel” about his personality.

Then there was Abby, and man, she was tough and so very brave. A true survivor. But when I thought about it, I don’t know how she functioned. She needed some counseling and I wish that had been written in. So basically, the idea of the characters was so good…so rich…but never quite got there for me.

The romance was insta-love. I get insta-lust, but not insta-love. For two really cold and independent people, it was kind of off when they started sharing secrets within days of knowing each other.

At one point four years passed and I was like ?????. Because we never got the emotional feels we needed to explain those four long years. Yes, we got a eulogy for Jake’s dad that told us what happened, but those were words. I never felt. As the reader I want to experience the story, not be told what I’m supposed to feel.

Would I rec this? I don’t know. it was just ok. I kind of felt like it wanted to be dark for the sake of trying to be dark, but just fell short of truly expressing the darkness. Lots of people loved it though, so if a friend recs it maybe you should give it a try.

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