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Ahead of the Darkness by [Nicole, Simone]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Simone Nicole (13 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J048MRK
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Ahead of the Darkness is book #1 in The Darkness Series and the first book I have read by this author.

Ok so first reaction is just WOW!!!!!

This is an intense book, at first glance it appears light hearted and easygoing, but it’s not!!!

There is a darker underbelly to this story and I loved it!!!

Mia aka Amelia is so closed off and frightened it’s really hard to get a read on whom she really is. That being said I liked her; I empathised with her and wanted her to be ok and happy.

We know that there is some serious darkness in her past but the flashbacks were chilling and I literally got goosebumps.

And then there’s Drew.... swoon!!! He’s Scottish (with a seriously dodgy book accent!!) buff,
sexy and a seriously cheeky chappy. I literally LOVE him he’s so sweet and absolutely perfect for Mia.

There is an obvious connection between Mia and Drew it’s a cross between flirty banter and rip each other’s clothes off.

The sex scenes are HOT but also incredibly intimate and sweet, I felt that they really opened up to each other and made an emotional connection.

I liked the other characters in the book Jules was funny and added a bit of comic relief and Anne was the perfect mother figure that Mia desperately needed.

But to be brutally honest all of the other characters paled into insignificance in comparison with Mia and Drew.

I honestly couldn’t tell you what it was about this book that I liked so much; perhaps it was just that it was different from anything else I’ve read lately. Whatever it was I just LOVED this story.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers so I’m going to say that when it all kicked off at the end I was gobsmacked!
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*****5- That. Was. WICKED! -Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Home. I knew the word, could spell the word, possibly define it, but have never known it.

Where has this author been all my life?!
That was friggin awesome, amazing, wicked, Gah- I could go on and on. Fair warning, this is gonna be one of my gushy reviews, I just can't help it- I loved this book that much and there was sooo much to love about it.
~the story which keeps you enraptured and guessing right from the beginning.
~the characters, all of them, were AhFrigginMazing- both the good and the bad, they held your attention in a vice grip keeping you from putting this book down even for a minute.
~the chemistry between Drew & Mia was Off. The. Charts! And can I get a Hell Yeah for the hott a**, kilt owning, funny as s*** Scotsman?!
Just pure brilliance with a dark undertone. Now, on to my review which admittedly will be pretty short in comparison to my previous raving. This is one of those books that you just have to take as it comes in order to truly appreciate the story. Sooo, I'm just gonna lay out the basics.

I'd lost all sense of time. Trapped in hell, my own personal nightmare, the very one that's been haunting me for at least six years now, has become my reality. The dreams only got worse the longer I stayed in one place, varying slightly, but always ended with me waking up, heart bursting out of my chest, in a sickly, cold sweat, constantly needing to move and restart the cycle. That was my life, on a deadline.

Amelia (Mia) has been on the run for the last six years, from a past that won't let go, a past that will destroy her should it ever catch up to her.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9890203c) out of 5 stars 40 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98908a80) out of 5 stars Good debut! 17 Mar. 2014
By Angie IsA ReadingMachine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Mia is running from someone. At the beginning of Ahead of the Darkness she's settling in to a new life in a small town in England. She's closed up tight about revealing anything about herself. She suffers flashbacks and she's afraid of so many things. She finds the local gym and falls flat on her face while on the treadmill when she meets Drew, a tall, good looking Scotsman. Hello! I love these awkward, clumsy kind of meetings. But Mia doesn't stick around long since she's thoroughly embarrassed.

Not to worry. She runs into Drew again when she goes out to a nightclub and he's tending bar. After a much longer and even more embarrassing night with Drew she finds herself with a job. Drew is a bartender short and Mia wows him with her skills.

The sexual attraction is strong between these two but Drew has a hands off policy concerning the employees. The more Mia gets to know Drew, and she runs into him often, the more she realizes he has his own secrets. And he runs so hot and cold he leaves her confused. He's possessive of her, he likes to spend time with her, and he's helping her overcome her fears. But he's yet to make a move.

I liked the characters. There were a few moments that made me laugh out loud. The Star Wars references were cute and Drew singing karaoke was priceless. Nicole did a great job creating and prolonging the sexual tension that when it finally happened I had to fan myself. It was hawt! She did a great job inserting the flashbacks at the right times to keep me guessing as to what/who Mia was running from.

But, I thought around the halfway point it started to get a bit monotonous. Nothing was really happening and the story wasn't really progressing. Then there was a lot going on in the final scene and it left me slightly confused. A few questions were left unanswered and the book left off on a cliffhanger.

Overall I thought Nicole's debut book was pretty solid. I will be reading more from her.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99365a5c) out of 5 stars "I've got you" and he did - swoon, my new book boyfriend Drew 29 Mar. 2014
By Kristine: Glass Paper Ink Bookblog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Where do I even start with Ahead of the Darkness, I 1clicked it the day it was released and I've had it sitting on my kindle since. I recently went to my first ever book signing where I met the author Simone Nicole and speaking to her, hearing how other readers and friends gushed about the story and the super sexy Scot Drew I finally picked it up on the plane home and started it.

I've got to be honest here, I'd been flat out with arc reviews for my page so hadn't had a chance before that, but that's only part of the reason, I read the blurb and it seemed dark, really dark, and I didn't feel like I was in the right mind frame to pick it up, but I can't tell you how happy I am that I did.

So what's it about? Amelia is on the run, from what or who we're not entirely sure, what we do know is that her past has crippled her, emotionally, mentally, it continues to cripple her, it stops her from living her life to the fullest. Enter the sexy Scot Drew, all alpha male, he gives her a sense of security Mia has never had before, he offers her friendship and support and see's past the darkness in her soul and helps her find the light.

Simone Nicole creates a band of misfits that help draw Amelia out of herself and into the land of the living. The tension between the two you can cut with a knife, but what I liked, no what I loved was this was no insta-love, the relationship between Drew and Amelia had time to build, it was seductive as all get out but it came about organically.

Ahead of the Darkness touched on some heavy subject matter, but what surprised me was how uplifting the story is. It gave me hope that with support you can overcome anything, that even in darkness there is light, a light that shines so brightly that if you let it, can turn your world technicolour.

Congratulations Simone Nicole on a stunning debut, if this is your starting point I can't wait to see what you do next.

Favorite Quote:
"I've got you" and he did.

Drew & Mia's theme song:

Burning Bridges - One Republic
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9946ffb4) out of 5 stars Ahead of the Darkness is a must read 14 Mar. 2014
By CJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Ahead of the Darkness was a fast read that I loved! The chemistry between Mia & Drew was incredibly well done. Very, very impressed with this author!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99f3a93c) out of 5 stars *****5- That. Was. WICKED! -Stars***** 15 Aug. 2014
By Jenn Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
*****5- That. Was. WICKED! -Stars*****
~this review may contain minor spoilers~

Home. I knew the word, could spell the word, possibly define it, but have never known it.

Where has this author been all my life?!
That was friggin awesome, amazing, wicked, Gah- I could go on and on. Fair warning, this is gonna be one of my gushy reviews, I just can't help it- I loved this book that much and there was sooo much to love about it.
~the story which keeps you enraptured and guessing right from the beginning.
~the characters, all of them, were AhFrigginMazing- both the good and the bad, they held your attention in a vice grip keeping you from putting this book down even for a minute.
~the chemistry between Drew & Mia was Off. The. Charts! And can I get a Hell Yeah for the hott a**, kilt owning, funny as s*** Scotsman?!
Just pure brilliance with a dark undertone. Now, on to my review which admittedly will be pretty short in comparison to my previous raving. This is one of those books that you just have to take as it comes in order to truly appreciate the story. Sooo, I'm just gonna lay out the basics.

I'd lost all sense of time. Trapped in hell, my own personal nightmare, the very one that's been haunting me for at least six years now, has become my reality. The dreams only got worse the longer I stayed in one place, varying slightly, but always ended with me waking up, heart bursting out of my chest, in a sickly, cold sweat, constantly needing to move and restart the cycle. That was my life, on a deadline.

Amelia (Mia) has been on the run for the last six years, from a past that won't let go, a past that will destroy her should it ever catch up to her. Moving around, changing her name and appearance, never getting too comfortable or letting her guard down, this is all she knows and the latest town she has landed in will be no different- just a pit stop til she's forced to move on yet again. This is why she doesn't allow herself to get too close to anyone, it's easier to leave everything behind when the time comes if she doesn't feel anything for anyone. And this plan has worked just fine for the last six years, til Tall-Dark-and Scottish strolls into her life and knocks her on her a**... literally.

I couldn't think clearly when I was around him if our limited past experience was anything to go by. On minute I would be more turned on than I had ever been, the next, frustrated beyond comprehension. The smart thing would have been to walk away, leave it alone, but no, I had to start working for the hot Scotsman.

Drew McKinley gets under Mia's skin like no other- annoying the hell outta her one minute,, turning her on beyond control the next. He's forcing her to feel things she hasn't felt in years and she doesn't know what to do about it. The smart thing would be to avoid him at all costs, but she works for the guy and he keeps popping up everywhere she turns. Even with his rule of 'No relationships at work' these two find the pull to one another hard to resist. But can Mia let her guard down and allow Drew to get close to her when doing so puts him in danger? Besides, whats the point when she'll be forced to leave again? She can't stay forever, she has no choice in the matter, she has to stay one step ahead of her very dark past... but everyone slips up eventually.

“Ye rather jumpy, did ye know that?” No s*** Sherlock.
“No more than any other normal person. You just have an uncanny ability to appear out of nowhere and often seem to get your jollies scaring the bejesus out of me.”
“I cannae lie, it's a wee bit funny.” I wondered if he knew the reason I was so on edge all the time how funny he'd find it then. It was almost worth telling him; I bet he'd feel like a real asre.

I am over the moon happy that this book and this author were brought into my life. Now comes the hard part- the agonizing wait for the next book! I will be stalking Ms. Simone Nicole's FB page on a regular basis until the next book comes out. I cannot say this enough, Read. This. Book. Now, I am going to leave you with a little bit of Drew & Mia just cause these two were awesome together in sooo many ways.

“Aye, real cute, like. Dinnae mock me, woman. I'll go all Scot on yer arse, and then ye'll be buggered, like.” I laughed at how wrong that sentence was, and shook my head at him.

Happy Reading xo Jenn @ Bookworm Betties
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98a7e084) out of 5 stars Aye! Give me the sexy Scotsman! 17 Mar. 2014
By Jennifer Ryder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an ARC of this book from the author for an honest review.

A sexy Scotsman, and a girl, Mia, running from her past. *Possible spoilers*

This was one I could not put down. The accent of Drew, said Scotsman, was so true to life, that I could hear his thick brogue accent in my head. But it isn't just his sense of humour, or his accent that has me ready to stalk the next man I find in a kilt (swoon), it was the way he accepted that Mia wasn't able to be forthcoming about her past, but he helped her overcome her fears.

Theres a lot of character growth throughout the book, and twists, I had a feeling were coming, but I wasn't quite ready for. It was very emotional at times (yes, tears), and I think Simone Nicole did a beautiful job in telling this story. Now I'm dying for the next instalment, because I cannae get enough of these two.

FAve line: "I've got ye." And he did.
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