Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Blog Tour + Excerpt: Darkness Follows (Darkness Series #2) by J.L Drake

Title: Darkness Follows
Series: Darkness Series
Author: J.L Drake
Genre: Dark Romance
Publish Date: September 1, 2015
Review Source: eARC
Emily McPhee is in the clutches of a monster… 

Despite the protection of her boyfriend Seth Connors and his colleagues with the Orange Police Department, Emily is imprisoned in a basement by her psychopathic stalker Jimmy Lasko. His bizarre behavior adds to her terror, and a video link forces Seth to witness her captivity, leaving him feeling helpless as he, the OPD, and the FBI search for her. 

Freedom isn’t free, and safety is just an illusion… 

Though Emily escapes the basement, the threat is far from eliminated. In fact, things she learned while being held by Lasko lead her to believe he isn’t working alone. Lasko is still out there, determined to get her back, and crazier than ever. If he does have a partner, Emily has no idea where the threat might lie or who she can trust. 

It’s impossible to live a normal life when family ties become tangled. 

Emily is deeply hurt when Seth is reminded that their relationship might endanger her further and he pulls away again. She’s even more frustrated when her globe-trotting mother returns and is charming to everybody…except her own daughter. 

When Emily meets Seth’s family, she loves his mom and little sister, isn’t sure what to make of his flirtatious brother—who is also a cop—and finds herself very uneasy around his father, who is a powerful attorney. 

Sometimes things seem very clear…until you look more closely.
** 4.5 Bars**

This is a really great story. It definitely does not follow the normal storyline of boy and girl meet, fall in love and stay together forever. Nope...not here (which I love)!

Darkness Follows is filled with creepy vibes. Sometimes making your skin crawl, but isn't that what we look for in a dark read? Lasko is evil. Like...right out of the deep, dark forest evil. He has his sights set on Emily. He wants her. He needs her. He craves her. The last thing he wants is to see Emily and Seth happily together. Lasko wants to watch Emily fall apart until her last dying breath, but Seth will ensure that he finds her and keeps her safe. But... Once he has his grips on her, he's not letting go....Lasko that is.

Poor Seth has to watch Emily be drugged and tortured through the lens of a laptop. He knows that Lasko has taken her, but what he needs to figure out, is where he has her kept. It tortures this agent to see his girl like this, but he is bound and determined to find her. The problem is...once he finds her, will he continue the love relationship that they have, or will he back away knowing Emily will be forever in danger? Will Emily survive the torture that Lasko puts her through or will she give up, knowing she will never win?

Do yourself a favor and pick up Darkness Lurks, followed by this one..Darkness Follows. It is definitely one of the better dark reads I have read in quite some time.

I'm not 100% sure where to start with Darkness Lurks or Darkness Follows. These books were short, quick, page-turning reads that just had me absolutely reeling after reading them. If you are looking for a dark read that has you second guessing the motive of the main character, please do yourself a favor, pick this series up, devour it, and if need be, repeat it.  

Emily knows what loneliness is. She doesn't need to be told that she is lonely, or need to hear her mother repeat that she needs to sell the house that she has lived in for years. She doesn't need it, she doesn't want it, and she sure as hell doesn't want to listen to her mother state that her father isn't coming back; can't she just hold onto that last happy memory she has of him in peace? When Emily is brutally attacked at the gas station one night  (cue creepy flickering lights, too), it is no shock that her mind goes into overdrive, and she has to take measures into her own hands. 

Unfortunately for her, that doesn't bode well for her, or her seemingly unhappy, brooding boyfriend, Seth. Seth holds Emily at arms length at all times. It takes her getting kidnapped, brutally attacked repeatedly all while being broadcast to the Orange County Police Department for him, AND her to finally pull their heads out of the butts, and finally realize that what they have is real, and has potential. 

Now, onto this psychopath known as Lasko. This guy is seriously fucked up in the head. Take your average run of the mill kidnapper, and add serial killer to his resume. But he's so much worse than that. He's a silent killer. You don't know what to expect when the point of view shifts to him. You aren't sure which version you're looking at; the innocent Lasko? The crazy Lasko? You won't regret reading his side of the story!

Long review short, this was one hell of a ride. Jumping from THREE points of view (Emily, Seth, and Lasko) was hard to keep up with at one point, but I completely understand how, and why J.L Drake wrote the way she did. There wouldn't have been the suspense that Darkness Follows had if we didn't see the story from three sides. The story was a little choppy; there were times that I didn't understand what was going on, and that would be the only downside that I noticed throughout the book. The suspense is page turning, and will keep you on the edge of your reading seat. 


“You’ll never get away!” His voice followed me.

Adrenaline pumped through my legs, but I could hardly feel them. My arms protected my face as branches swiped at me. The woods were dense in places, and every direction looked the same. My only hope was to make sure the sun stayed in front of me.

Birds flew into the sky as my feet pounded the forest floor. I cursed and hoped they wouldn’t give me away. My wild hair blocked my vision every time I looked over my shoulder. I fell twice and smashed my knee into a boulder. My brain screamed at me to keep moving.

I ran for what seemed like thirty minutes before finally I had to stop and gasp for air. I hunched low and leaned against a tree; I desperately needed a breather.

I quickly took inventory. My dress was dirty, and there was blood coming from my stomach, which dampened the material. My feet were bleeding too, but thankfully nothing seemed to hurt badly.

My fingers dug into the ground as my head went a little fuzzy. I gripped some small rocks, which gave me an idea. I madly ripped the bottom of my dress into small pieces and tied rocks into the fabric. I took off in a sprint again, and threw them as far as I could off to the sides.

I hoped that if the dog was tracking me, it would throw him off. A noise off to my left made me duck behind a tree. I took a peek, and shit! I saw the pit bull sniff around where I had thrown a piece of my dress. I knew it was only a matter of time before he found me. Not only that, but the color of my dress stood out against the browns and greens.

“Komm!” Lasko’s voice echoed through the forest. The dog retreated, as well as some of my bravery.

I knew that meant ‘come’ in German. I fought to keep my mind sharp as I jumped to my feet and bolted.

The roaring sound was louder than before. My heart beat through my chest, and my lungs were about to burst. A noise behind me got louder. I was sure it was the pit bull. I was sure I could feel his breath inches from my heels.

The brush got thick all around me, and I had no idea which direction I was supposed to run, but I still focused on the sound and headed for it. Branches grabbed at my arms and legs. My legs burned, and warmth traveled down my left leg. It doesn’t hurt, Em, just run!

Suddenly I came to the edge of a cliff. My body kept going before my brain caught up. I closed my eyes and let myself go. I fell and turned in the air. I could hear the dog’s frustrated howls. Just before I hit the cold water, I opened my eyes and saw his stare fixed on mine.
J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 

When she's not writing she loves to spend time with her family, travelling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing. 

An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue. 

She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has enjoyed writing them.


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