Saturday, November 23, 2013

Review: The Dark Light of Day by T.M. Frazier

The Dark Light of Day Title: The Dark Light of Day by T.M. Frazier
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Published September 15th 2013 by Booktrope Publishing
Length: 258 pages

Rating: 3 Stars
Review Copy Provided by Author

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.

*stand alone novel, HEA in a twisted kind of way, no cliffhangers, no sequel

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3.5 Stars rounded to 3

Abby dealing with high school drama where the girls all act like bitches and back stab each other. One of the guys that are so helpful to Abby, clearly have possessive issues and he becomes a bigger problem later. Her grandmother died and she's escaping from social workers that want to put her in foster care. Jake saves her from going into foster care, her biggest nightmare, but they each have their secrets that prevent them from opening up to each other.

I think Abby's sufferings under foster care are a little extreme, or maybe she just ended up with the more extreme and terrible foster parents. Both of these characters come from sad places with sad memories. However, they are survivors and their journey out of their shell and becoming independent are admirable and that makes this story an enjoyment to read.

I can't relate to the characters and connect with them at an emotional level. Jake almost seems to fictional. It would be nice to have this knight in shining armor in real life but that's not likely. He can just kill anyone that gets on his nerves with no problem and frequently talks about it in a serious, matter-of-fact way. His two-sided personality also reminds me too much of the bad guy in the story.

This is a small point, but I'm not a big fan of time skips, especially one in the middle of a story and more than once in a story. I feel like the time skipping cuts into the plot and scrambles it.

I'm sympathetic to Abby's troubles and her suffering and I love how she turns into this strong woman that's independent. This is quite an emotional read and the topics are all very dark. The characters do have a wonderful happy end that makes all their troubles worth it.

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