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Ahead of the Darkness by [Nicole, Simone]
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Book 1 of 2 in The Darkness (2 Book Series)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1414 KB
  • 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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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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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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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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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars 41 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good debut! 17 Mar. 2014
By Angie - 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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 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
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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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read!! 11 April 2014
By Gabi - Published on Amazon.com
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Mia is on the run from her past. Hunted for the past six years, she doesn’t stay in one place very long, and changes her identity with each new location. She works jobs that pay cash to get by, until the next place she hides out in the open. Mia refuses to let anyone know the truth or form any real relationships. The result is a very lonely existence. And that loneliness is not just about companionship– Mia is alone with her fear, her sorrow and her secrets.

I really liked the way Simone Nicole handled this part of the storyline. I’ve read way too many books where the main character holds onto secrets of their past, and *YAWN* runs before anyone can figure it out. Usually something lame like– I’m poor. Or I’m unlovable. Or ______ <– insert zero self-esteem reason here.

Not so in this book. For Mia, keeping secrets is not just about protecting herself while on the run… every single person she’s loved has been killed by the very person who is after her.

Drew has a past of his own and recognizes almost immediately that Mia is hiding something, but he doesn’t push her. Their relationship slowly builds, and for the first time in so many years, Mia follows her heart. She lets herself wonder and feel and oh God, does this woman deserve some happiness.

The chemistry between Drew and Mia is crazy good! I also loved the pace, realistic dialogue and I LOVE ME SOME JULES!!! Jules works at the same bar as Mia. He’s hot, funny as hell and is the cause of Possessive Drew. Yeah, I wrote that as a proper noun.

At one point while reading Ahead of the Darkness I realized that every single thing Drew said had me swooning. I can honestly say that’s never happened before. Drew is hilarious, has a killer accent and isn’t afraid to call Mia out on her crap. He’s also quiet. Reserved. And he watches. Again, I loved the way Simone built his character. It allows the reader to wonder– what’s he thinking? What will he do about this? And before long, we know…

There’s nothing or no one who will hurt his girl.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars of 'Scottish Alpha Male' heaven 15 Feb. 2015
By megnk1 - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm in love with a Scotsman! Drew is so sexy, sweet, charming, determined, understanding and that accent?? Woah! I need more of this man - NOW! Seriously, like.

This story sucked me in, there is a lot of mystery and intrigue surrounding Mia and I found the suspense of the story was well played. By the end of the book I felt we'd only just scratched the surface of the torment she had endured over the years and it truly was heartbreaking - Devastatingly sad and brutal.

There was such a slow burn to the relationship between Mia and Drew (who I'm sure is hiding some secrets of his own) that you cannae help but fall in love with them both. Their awkwardness was adorable. There was a lot of sweetness and funny moments, as well as super hot sexy ones. And how can I not fall in love with a man that speaks like this?

"Aye, real cute, like. Dinnae mock me, woman. I'll go all Scot on yer arse and then ye'll be buggered, like."

This was a beautiful love story that was wonderfully told. There were many editorial errors (in particular, the comma placement drove me nuts!) but they weren't too major, no plot holes or anything like that. When the story-telling is THIS good it's easy enough to enjoy the book regardless.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut novel 9 Jun. 2015
By JessR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've had this book for ages, since the day it was released actually, and JUST now got to it. I'm so glad I finally read this!

I'm not going to go through telling another summary of the book. That's what the synopsis is for, not reviews. This book has a little of everything. It's got humor, sad moments, dramatic flair ... Just a good mixture of emotional nuances to make you feel it all. Drew is sexy, sweet and funny. Mia is a bit frustrating but it's pretty understandable why she is so closed off and fights any kind of real connection to people. There were some times where it seemed a bit repetitive but nothing to make me like it less or skip over any parts. The sexual tension between Drew and Mia is nearly tangible and smoking hot.

****WARNING: This does end in a cliffy BUT the conclusion has been released so you don't have to wait to finish the story.****

All in all, it was a a great debut novel and something for Simone to be proud of. I was engaged the entire time and I never wanted to put it down.
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