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Darkness Lurks (Darkness Series Book 1) by [Drake, J.L.]
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Emily McPhee has struggled to overcome her father’s death...

It’s not easy, but Emily finally has the life she wants. She’s an A student at Orange University and has a comfortable home and a great circle of friends. She’s also in love with handsome Orange PD officer Seth Connors. He doesn’t seem to return her feelings, though, so she tells herself his friendship is enough.

Jimmy Lasko is a psychopath, and Emily is his greatest obsession…

Lasko knows what he wants—what he deserves—and has the deadly skills and unending patience to get it. What he wants is Emily, and he is watching and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. That time is coming soon; he’ll make sure of it.

A sense of unease settles on Emily, but is the danger real or imagined?

When Emily begins hearing noises and suspects someone has been in her house, Seth urges her to get a roommate. But after a search, she realizes a certain attractive cop would be the perfect choice, and Seth moves in.

Seth loves Emily, but fears his feelings might make it difficult to protect her.

In all areas of his life, Seth sees himself as a protector. He’s determined to keep Emily safe, but he pushes the captivating blonde away in an attempt to stay objective. However, after her stalker makes a failed attempt to capture her, Seth can no longer deny his feelings.

With help from Seth’s police colleagues, he and Emily set out to identify the person hunting her before it’s too late. But is it worth the risk to bait the trap with what he wants most?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1109 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1680582178
  • Publisher: Limiltess Publishing LLC (21 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZYJ3H2K
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,639 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By Belinda Visser TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 August 2015
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This is the first book I have read by J L Drake and I loved it and wasn't disappointed.
This book is full of suspense, dark, mystery, thriller, tensions, romance, and sexy that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. My emotions went wild feeling all of Emily's emotions heart ache, paranoia, scared and I was freaking out myself. Who wouldn't with a serial killer, psychopath stalking you?
I love Seth and Emily and the chemistry between them is hot, steamy and sexy. I love all the characters but there are some I have serious trust issues with. Just as I get near the end BOOM!! Cliffhanger!!
Will Emily be saved in time?? What will Happen?? Will Seth get to Emily in time?? Can not wait to read Darkness follows.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 111 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected 25 August 2015
By Turtledog223 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a hard review for me to write. The Broken Trilogy was one of the BEST book series I've ever read. I kept putting it down so I wouldn't finish it so fast. I even read some chapters twice. I loved the writing, the characters, everything. So I was so excited to start another series by this author and seeing that all the reviews were 5 stars reinforced that. But as I read the book, I couldn't believe it had been written by the same author. I kept thinking it would get better and then speculated that perhaps this book was written a long time ago, before the author wrote the Broken novels.

Sadly, for me, this book was not enjoyable. Instead of trying to make it last, I ended up skimming through pages to make it end. The characters were not well-developed and I didn't empathize with them. In fact, I found the main character annoying. She is supposed to have deep issues regarding the loss of her father but it's just barely mentioned, nothing enough to make me understand her or care about her. For me, it was too many pages of young adults drinking and not enough of the mystery or action.

At about 70% into the book, it got a little better and the last chapter was the best. with the most action and suspense. I will read the next book and hope the level of action continues to rise and that I will better come to care about the characters. I still anxiously await the next books in the Broken series. I hate to break the perfect 5 star streak but reviews need to be honest to help other readers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Suspense at its FINEST! 19 September 2015
By Lydia - HEA Bookshelf | MBMB - Published on Amazon.com
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Romantic Suspense is my top favorite genre, and let me tell you: J.L. Drake NAILED IT with this series. There’s passionate romance, action, suspense, mystery…everything necessary to keep me GLUED to my Kindle, turning the pages in dire need of more. If you’ve yet to read this genre, trust me, J.L. Drake is the author you want to start with. Darkness Lurks is a fantastic and enthralling novel you need to pick up!

“I’m so scared he’s going to take you from me.”

Anyone with a brain could tell Seth and Emily were both in love with each other, but since Seth always kept Emily at arm’s length, Emily had given up on the hope of having something more with him. Mind you, Seth had his reasons. You see, Emily was being stalked and it seemed like her stalker, a creepy man named Lasko, was always one step ahead of everyone. It’s as if he knew their next preventive move. Anything and everything Seth and the rest of the guys tried to keep Emily safe, did not work. Lasko was always there. Did I mention he was creepy?

Seth tried to not give into his feelings for Emily. He did. He tried. Really. But he also failed, and boy was I happy to see that happen! It only made their relationship that much better. The fear he felt for Emily was beautifully written. There was NO doubt how much he LOVED Emily.

Emily had already gone through SO much in her life. Losing her dad whom she was very close with and then, having to live with her snotty mom (who could NOT care less about Emily), all to have a dangerous man following her every move. Sheesh!! She needed some good in her life. She needed Seth.

“…don’t want to lose you.”

There are a lot of page-turning events in this book that will keep you hooked. At least, they did me. Suffice it to say that this book is a MUST read and one of my favorites for this year. Seriously. I was fully engrossed from beginning to end and had no problem at all envisioning the scenes as they unfolded. J.L. Drake did a wonderful job writing this book. The amount of detail was perfect – enough to allow the reader to see clearly everything unfold, and yet not too much to make me want to skim. Now, okay….you will need to have book 2: Darkness Follows handy because this one ends in quite the cliffhanger… Don’t let the ending stop you. TRUST ME. FIVE STARS!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing start to a series! 24 July 2015
By BeautyandtheBooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I never even read the synopsis. I pre ordered it because I loved JL Drake's Broken trilogy. This book was nothing short of fantastic! It sent me right down a thrilling, suspenseful spiral! I kept finding myself with goosebumps, chills down my spine, and that eerie feeling that had me looking over my shoulders even though I was only lying on my bed. The romance in between was enough to send me into shock! Her antagonists are pure perfection. Emily, the heroine, is super brave so I definitely adore her. So many amazing and creepy feels! This story was more than 5 star worthy just as I knew it would be! Book two needs to be here like yesterday!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one! Great start to new series! Loved it! Another hit!!!! 22 July 2015
By Kim Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this book and let me tell you, I was blown away. The story had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Seth was a great character and I really like Garrett and can't wait to see what his story will be later. The only thing I hate is having to wait till Sep for the next part. I know the wait will be worth it though. This was a great beginning to the series and can't wait for more. Jodi has pulled me in with this one as she did with her Broken series. I read this in one day. Now I need to go re-read it since I read it so fast!!!
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.25 Mysterious Stars 19 September 2015
By DA - Published on Amazon.com
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Darkness Lurks: Darkness Series Book 1 by J.L. Drake

Darkness Lurks focuses on a young woman, Emily, who is finishing college and trying to be independent. She lives in a large house on the beach that her father left her, and her mother is always gone with Doctors Without Borders.

However, Emily is surrounded by friends who really care about her. Especially Seth, who's trying to fight his attraction to her because of his career. In addition to her best friend Erin is always there for her.

The only problem, there's a psycho on the loose stalking her every move. And he's determined to have her for his own.

Emily has no idea who this man is, but he knows everything about her. The only thing holding him back is a mysterious person on the other end of the phone who keeps telling him he'll know when it's time.

Darkness Lurks was a decent read. The story Itself felt very simplistic in its execution of writing, and moved rather slowly. I think J.L. Drake has potential to make the story even more in the rest of the series.

Warning: this ends in a major cliffhanger

3.25 Mysterious Stars