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Darkness Within by [Lucero, Isabel]
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Length: 274 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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The moment it happens, everything in me changes.

Imagine somebody was able to fit inside of your body. Their arms are the same length as yours. You’re both the same height. Everything is exactly the same. Now imagine that person not being a person at all. That thing inside of you is a shadow. Darkness. A silhouette of you, only living on the inside of your body. It doesn’t have a conscious. It doesn’t have a heart. Nothing within that darkness is remotely human. Its only goal is to take over your body. It fights against your muscles. It tries breaking through the skin. It wants to replace you. That’s what it feels like when the darkness that lives inside me starts trying to get out.

I feel it happening. The pressure builds. My skin prickles. And the only thing that tames it, getting it back to resting peacefully inside me, is to unleash it. I have to let it wreak havoc, and I quite enjoy the mayhem.

Analeigh Price comes into my life and does the one thing I hate; question me about my past. She can pretend she wants to get to know me all she wants, but she’s not ready for the truth. I won’t become a better person for her, because I am who I am. She can't fix me, because my wounds are unfixable.

You see, I’m not like everybody else. Oh, no. I’m different. My humanity was stripped from me long ago, and those who are responsible are about to be paid a visit. You’ve never heard a story like mine, because I’m unlike anyone you’ve ever met. I’m no hero. I’m the guy you don’t want to piss off, because once the darkness within me is unleashed, it’ll be too late to get away.

What’s my name? It’s Donovan. Donovan James. But the darkness is taking over, and it’s only good at one thing, so I must go.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1787 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LXKII64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Man...Isabel NEVER disappoints and once again, she has nailed this story. I think what amazes me the most is she has proven she can write different kinds of romance. I highly recommend ANY books by her. With that said, onto the review of the book.

This book is on the darker side but not so dark that you question yourself as a human because you are reading something so morbid and enjoying it. It was dark in the form that someone has been through so much pain and suffering that darkness is their only reality. Throughout this book I found myself thinking of all different scenarios and I thought I knew what was going on. Yes...Some things weren't a surprise and I don't think they were meant to be but hold onto your seat because she throws a wrench in there and I LOVED IT!!!!! Thank you Isabel for another FANTASTIC read!!!

SLIGHT SPOILERS.....
The most awful thing about reading this book is knowing that there are some foster parents out there that are like the ones mentioned in this book. Just knowing that no every child in this situation is having a better childhood than they would if they were with their actual parent(s) just breaks my heart. While reading this I knew Leigh was connected somehow but I just wasn't sure where and so many scenarios played out in my head. Let me tell you....I didn't see it coming. I also questioned Miguel and you will find out about him. This book is a must read. One thing is for sure, I never want to be on Donovan's bad side.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 35 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Donovan...oh my!!! What a read this was!! 29 November 2016
By Kiz - Published on Amazon.com
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WOW!! That's all I can say after reading this book.

When I found out that Isabel was writing this type of book, I was so excited to see what she would do. Let me tell you, she did NOT disappoint! I haven't read a lot of dark books, but from the first chapter, I was hooked.

Donovan...oh my! He is so dark and twisted, yet sexy as hell at the same time :) We find out why he is the way he is and what causes that darkness within him. You do not want to get on his bad side, that's for sure. He meets Analeigh and we start to see something change in him. The two of them together were hot as f***.

There were times where I thought one thing and was totally blown away when it was something totally different. That's how you know you are reading a damn good book! The twists?! Isabel knocked it out of the park!!

This a must read that I highly recommend ;)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Shit Isabel hit a home run with this one! 11 December 2016
By Ldtmommy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Holy crap!!! That is all I can say!!!
When I read the blurb I was intrigued, when I read the first chapter she released early, i was hooked, and when I finished the book I was in awe!!
This is definitely not your everyday romance novel if it is one at all. There is sex and maybe a small amount of emotion. It is dark, and it plays on everyone's secret desire for revenge on those that hurt us.
The way Isabel humanizes Donovan has you rooting for him through the entire story, regardless of what he has done. You can't help but want the best for him.
Even more awesome is the fact that this whole book is based out of my hometown! I would think Isabel has lived there she was so spot on with the locations, landmarks, and drive times!!
Love this book and I'm looking forward to it's sequel..
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunned at this story, for all the right reasons~ 14 December 2016
By Nawteeone - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok, So Darkness Within is my introduction to Isabel Lucero as an author. What can I say, except, I'm kicking myself for not reading her before. Wow. Simply, WOW! Darkness Within was so gripping. I couldn't stop once I started. Donovan's story & how damaged he is, fascinated me. The way this story unfolded was incredible. I was not able to anticipate what was going to happen next with Donovan and where his list was going to take him.

The twists and turns kept me hitting the next arrow as I devoured each written word and rooted Donovan on. His past haunts him, rides him to seek revenge on the ones who contributed to his broken soul. He accepts this part of himself, wholly. His ability to put his mask on and interact with people who try to manipulate him doesn't keep his dark mission in life at bay. If anything, it fuels his righteous fire.

The Jayden character, is amazing and the darkness both Jayden & Donovan harbor inside is seductive in it's own right. Can't wait to read their story. Now, I'm off to read more of Isabel Lucero's deliciously worded prose.
3.0 out of 5 stars This was not really a romance like I thought 22 April 2017
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want a dark read, Darkness Within should do the trick. This was not really a romance like I thought, it's more thriller or suspense. There are a couple of twists right near then end. I really wish the ending would have been included in the storyline more, or maybe make it a part two. There was so much more to the characters at the end than the beginning. Once you read the story you will get the gist. I unable to connect to the characters, the where emotionally withdrawn which makes it hard to feel what they feel. I like my character to speak to me; in a weird way it makes reading more gripping.
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved the darkness 16 December 2016
By D - Published on Amazon.com
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I went into this book having only read the synopsis and liked the dark aspect of it.
What I enjoyed-- loved that the author didn't try to romanticize the main character's attributes (darkness). Donovan James didn't sugarcoat who he was, he owned it.
Enjoyed that it wasn't all doom and gloom I felt even though the majority of scenes were not bright and happy. The twist in the story was fabulous and I didn't see it coming at all.
I would've liked to have been able to somehow connect to the characters more, on some level. I think this was because the characters were so dark, there wasn't anything I could relate to. It's not that they weren't well written, it's more the characters were somewhat emotionally detached and therefore, I was too. This book is definitely not an easy read and the moments that break up the ugly dark aren't what you'd say rainbows and glitter either.
I really liked the risk Lucero took on writing a story that wasn't romance but had that element woven into the story. It's tough to do and I thought she tackled it well.
This was my first Isabel Lucero book and I most definitely look forward to what she comes up with next.
D 3/5

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