Author: T.M. Frazier
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Romance (Dark)
Release Date: Sept. 21, 2013
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
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Abby has been through hell and has survived one of the most brutal childhoods imaginable…barely.
To the outside world she is 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.
Reviewers Note: The Dark Light of Day is a New Adult Romance written by T.M. Frazier. I received this eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review through Booktrope Publishing.
Definitely One of the Best Books I’ve Read This Year! And Most Definitely In My Favorites List!
ANGSTY and AMAZING!!! Every chapter was a give and take in this book. One moment you’re stunned at the pain inflicted and then you’re smiling at the sweet that's happening.
I love an all consuming, angst riddled read. I love traumatic and dark reads. But what I really love are those reads where the author isn’t afraid to make her characters suffer.
Usually when we the readers pick up the story, especially romances, we are seeing the aftermath of those traumatic experience the characters have already endured. We see how they are trying to survive and learning to deal with the emotional fall out of their lives. We are privy to the healing process, to the falling in love as they learn to trust again.
In this read, Abby had already been through her fair share of trauma and heartache, so much so, she couldn’t be touched and she’d never known what it was like to be hugged or kissed or even loved by anyone other than her grandmother, Nan. But her suffering wasn’t over. The things she went through in this book were horrific and painful. The hero didn’t always swoop in and save the day. We lived through those events with the heroine and watched as she folded and then realigned herself, watched as she fell and then somehow found the strength to pick herself back up again.
I was literally getting whiplash from the torrent of emotions I was going through and... It was the absolute best possible way to spend my evening which folded into night, which then found daylight as I’d read the whole night through without having realized it!
I LOVED this book!
The Dark Light of Day starts out in Prologue and is in the hero, Jake’s, POV as he’s trying to survive one fateful night after having already suffered terrible loss. That moment cemented in my mind what kind of character he would be. Both tough, hard and very capable of dark things but also capable of compassion, though he would argue he had no soul and his heart was as black as night. He quickly leaves the town that’s shoved too much tragedy on him vowing never to return.
I contributed nothing and took everything. But to be fair about it, I also expected nothing from the godless world that ripped me apart at every turn.
I expected nothing, until the night I met a certain redhead with an attitude.
The night I met Abby Ford, my life changed forever.
But our hero’s always make a comeback...
The story moves on to four years later and is told in our heroine, Abby’s POV. She’s seventeen and graduating high school. Her life has been a series of horrific and traumatic events and she’s surprised every day that she’s survived. She’s not popular but she stands out, mostly as the town freak, because she prefers silence and solitude and her emotional walls are impenetrable. But her pain didn’t stop at being in the past. The moment we meet her, she’s in yet another life altering moment. From that point on, you know things are not going to be easy, and at times, they were downright ghastly!
And then she meets Jake...
I don't think he was used to being ignored. Maybe, this was the way it was supposed to end. My life had always been a fight, a struggle. Maybe, I was supposed to meet my end in a junkyard without anyone left to care where I was. Maybe, I was just fighting the inevitable by even trying to stay alive.
Abby (Bee) was courageous, brave and so very strong! She might have shut her feelings down at times but she marched on, pounding forward when any other person would have just let go. Any other person would have stood on top of that bridge and just jumped, not looked at the magnificent view before them and finding peace in it. They would have completely closed themselves off and not been able to enjoy sunsets like she did or find beauty in taking pictures. She was inspiring and I loved everything about her.
For the first time in a long time a bit of something I was unfamiliar with crept up inside me.
If I hadn’t known better, I’d have thought it was hope.
Jake wasn’t your typical hero. He didn’t spout sonnets or always say the right things. He was very real, very human and made way more mistakes than he probably should have. His life was gritty and wrong but that didn’t take away the fact he was absolutely perfect for Abby. He could see past all her scars, mental and physical, to the person she was underneath, because she was like him. They were both damaged beyond repair but together, they made something beautiful.
Those sapphire pools had woken me up and reminded me of what it was like to feel-just feel, something, anything. Everything. Jake had broken through all my numbness and reminded me that I was okay, just as I was, and that I was human after all.
Damaged, but human. Just like him.
Their relationship was short lived when inevitable tragedy strikes yet again. Those scenes left me reeling! I had to step away and take a break before getting back to the read just because I was so emotionally invested and so involved and it all took me by surprise. So many times, a book will lead up to intense, disastrous events only to snatch them away at the last moment because the author doesn't want to hurt the characters or give them more than they could possibly handle. They don't want to damage their characters beyond repair. This book? Is proof you can send your character to hell and back and have them come out stronger, more vibrant.. more... everything!
“Why do you want to touch me? I’m nothing. I’m no one.” My voice was shaky. I was on the verge of my first real tears since I was a child, and i was hell bent on not letting them come.
“Why do I want to touch you? Are you fucking kidding me right now? I want to help you. I want to hold you. I want to make it all okay for you. I want to fucking touch you because you are the most beautiful person I’ve ever seen, and I can’t imagine never being able to hold your hand or kiss you.” I thought that was everything, but then he added, “And yes-I want to fuck you, too, like I’ve never wanted anything in my whole life.”
Why would he want me?
.... “You’re not nothing. Don’t ever fucking say that again, because you’re everything.” He said it again, quietly this time, “You’re fucking everything, Bee.”
The descriptive scenes in this book were vibrant, sometimes dark, but always true. I loved how this author paints her scenes. Her words pulled me in and allowed me to walk beside both Abby and Jake as they lived, fought and learned. This is my first book by this author, but no way is it my last!
The Wrap Up:
The end of this book gives the reader a most amazing Epilogue which is once again in Jake’s POV. I loved the way this book ended. It wasn’t traditional and it wasn’t flowery. It wasn’t the type where the characters are beautifully changed by a love so pure it shines. No, in this read, they are saved by strength of character and the fact they can love, is just icing. They formed better versions of their former selves and are unwilling to accept anything less than a Happily Ever After.
Sick, twisted Abby was in love with the sick twisted, beautiful Jake.
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About the Author:T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids.
She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking. After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.
In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.
It only took her twenty years to start the next one.
The Dark Light of Day is her debut novel. Determined not to wait another twenty years, T.M. is hard at work on her second book.
It will not be about hamsters.
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