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Evanesce (The Darkness Series Book 2) by [Brightmore, Cassia]
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If your soul has been plunged into the dark depths of despair, how hard would you fight to claw your way back to the surface? Can the life you lost be restored, or is it destined to be forever phased out of existence? Fated to dissolve into a distant memory.

The Black Market—a ferocious, starving beast. An endless sinkhole of precious valuables; the playground for blood-thirsty power seekers. Only one thing feeds its hunger like no other…human life.

A sinister criminal ring has descended on the small town of Norton Springs, instilling fear in the residents. A vicious wave of disappearances coupled with the gut-wrenching horror of infants being ripped from the arms of their helpless mothers has the town quaking in terror.

When Gabe Thornton strolls back into his hometown, his main goal is to claim the one woman that has always denied her feelings for him—Nora Jacobs. The last thing he expects is to be thrust into a storm of devastation and chaos. Will his strength be enough to save them from the dark souls that threaten to destroy their chance at happiness?

Broken futures. Shattered dreams. Mind-numbing loss. When your heart has been ripped away from you—how do you find the will to go on?

No one is safe. Everything you thought you knew is about to change in this second installment in The Darkness Series.

Warning: Due to adult content and graphic situations, this book is intended for readers 18 and up.

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  • Print Length: 183 pages
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  • Publisher: Cassia Brightmore; First edition (29 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WFOQ5GM
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,509 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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a sinister criminal ring has descended on the small town of Norton springs,instilling fear in the residents,a vicious wave of disappearances coupled with gut wrenching horror of infants being ripped from the arms of helpless mothers has the town quaking in terror.when Gabe Thornton strolls back into his hometown his main goal is to claim one woman that has always denied her feelings for him Nora jacobs.the last thing he expects is to be thrust into storm of devastation and chaos.will he's strength be enough to save them from the dark souls that threaten to destroy there chance of happiness ? broken futures,shattered dreams mind numbing loss,when your hearts been ripped away from you how do you carry on? no one is safe everything you thought you knew is about to change,wow second instalment was better than first more gripping,intriguing,darker,mysterious,ending was an omg moment can't wait for conclusion well done cassia brightmore on an darkest book I've ever read !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than First 18 July 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
-- SPOILER ALERT!!! --

After reading book one, "Malevolent," the author had contacted me to thank me for my honest review of "Malevolent," and asked that I not write her off. So respectful of my review, I was honored to read her latest novel, "Evanesce" in the "Darkness" series. As such, a huge thank you to Cassia Brightmore for advancing me a free copy of his novel in exchange for my honest review.

"Evanesce," the story about women being kidnapped and their children taken from them was a much better and more intriguing story than what I read in book one. Well-written and fully developed with a very likeable heroine. I consider Brooke to be one of the protagonists of the story as she had such a huge presence throughout the novel. I loved everything about her, especially how strong she was, never giving up and fighting every chance she got. She had such determination that you can’t help but root for her to escape. I was really disappointed that she didn’t escape because I felt she had gone thru so much and deserved a HEA with her baby. I also thought the Marcus was a great evil character, as was Milo.

The story of Nora and Gabe reuniting after Gabe disappeared for two years is front and center here. So let me begin with Gabe. His excuse for disappearing for two years was ridiculous and pathetic and it didn’t make sense. At one point he says that “he couldn’t bear the thought of tying her down to him, if he was having doubts coupled with a desire to travel and see the world.” Next he says that “Nora was, without a doubt, the love of his life.” If he thought she was the love of his life, why leave the way he did? Without a word? Yes, cowardly and he admits it. As for the reason, to refine his expertise as a marksman, it only makes his excuse to leave without telling her even more ridiculous. By the way, I don’t understand how being a marksman ties in with him ranching. I say this because there’s nothing mentioned as to what he plans on doing job-wise. Doesn’t help I didn’t like Gabe at all. Being alpha male is one thing, but when you’re also very cocky and arrogant as Gabe was, those are qualities I can do without.

Then there’s Nora. I’m sorry but I couldn’t stand her. She was weak and pathetic. I have never been a fan of the type of heroine Nora is. You know the ones. Heroines who can’t stick to their guns when it comes to falling in love with the hero, especially after said hero has hurt them so bad. I say make him beg for it. But no, she’s having sex with him in public; then tells herself to be strong only to turn around and join him the shower. Give me a break!

I didn’t feel that both characters (Gabe, Nora) were fully developed. There was no mention of how they looked. Yes, they’re both gorgeous and she has blue-black hair, but there’s not much else in terms of height, body type, scars, eyes, mouth, etc.

Except for Brooke, Mary (the baker who died), Macy (diner) and clerk (pharmacist), there is no mention of anyone else in town who the H/h might know, who their best friends or closest friends may be (not including family and Theo). There’s no feel as to the kind of town they live in, how big it is, the buildings, the people, etc. I found all of this a little odd.

As for the story, with the chapters going back and forth with Brooke, Nora and sometimes Gabe, I found it a tad confusing, and hard to recognize that time had lapsed from one chapter to the next. Example, one moment Nora goes to the pharmacy to take the pregnancy test, the next Gabe is proposing, and then we read that Nora hadn’t told Gabe about the pregnancy she found about a month before. I thought Gabe proposing was around the same time as the pregnancy test. There’s no mention of how far along she was either. Perhaps marking the chapters with dates, or something else to let the reader know how much time has passed. Remember, my opinion.

I found it hard to believe that not one person in town didn’t notice Marcus’ return. I would’ve thought the police or FBI agents would’ve gone to every home, retail store to inquire about whether they’ve seen any strange or new people showing up. It is a small town. They could’ve talked to those who love to gossip as they usually have all the info. By the way, I would think with the number of women missing from a small town, plus babies being taken that the FBI would’ve been called in sooner. Yes? No??

Speaking of police, I find it so unrealistic that any officer would let Gabe and Theo join their hunt in any official capacity, and this includes the FBI. There’s mention of Theo of having special skills and Gabe being a marksman. So? So what?! Being a volunteer and being a part of the police investigation are two different things. Sheriff Brady taking both Gabe and Theo with him to meet the undercover cop of unrealistic. Later, the FBI tells Sheriff Brady to find out more about Marcus, in which he replies that he has some contacts in NY. If anything, wouldn’t the FBI do the background check as they have offices in every major city? Not to mention, Sheriff Brady doesn’t even bother calling his contacts, instead takes Theo and Gabe to Marcus’ home to investigate.

By the way, there was nothing more about baby Sophie who went missing. Would’ve been nice to know if she’d been found or what happened to the other babies that might’ve been in the house.

At one point Nora questions if Marcus had spilled the beans about her pregnancy. How would he have known? The tests were in a plastic bag. Did she tell him, and if so, why? Also, the fact that she never mentions Marcus until the very end is somewhat far-fetched, but that’s me.

As for how the story ended, it kind of worked and didn’t work at the same time. I’m assuming there’s a third novel coming out, but will Marcus and/or escaped woman from the first novel reprise their roles? Or will it be a whole new story? To become Gabe, are we to assume that Marcus watched Gabe for a very long time to learn his mannerisms, the way Gabe talks, walks, etc.? Are they both the same height? Same eye-color? I only ask because Gabe had only recently returned so when would Marcus have watched Gabe? I guess what I’m trying to get at is more info would be great.

I still stand by my three stars. It was a story that was evil that included a very evil character, and was much better than book one. I actually wish there was more about Marcus written. Plus, as mentioned earlier, Brooke was a terrific character and with everything she went thru, how she fought, you could feel her pain and despair. Her story was terrific. So will I read book three? Most definitely.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Evanesce 13 July 2015
By nicole johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
3.5 stars
This is the second book in this series and can be read as a standalone however characters from Malevolent make an appearance here. I'd suggest reading Malevolent first to avoid any confusion or spoiling any surprises. Evanesce is written in multiple POV with two storylines being told at the same time. One story is the horrors Brooke encounters and the other is the love story of Gabe and Nora. I would have rathered read these storylines separately, in their own books. The two stories intersect at a flawless point at about 60-65% in. I love the storylines separately however when they come together at the climax of the book, that's where the book truly shines. IMO. The ending was...I can't even come up with words. It was left open ended, no cliffhanger and there will be a third book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A "dark" read with a lot of "light" 7 July 2015
By Shutupshabby - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I have no clue where to start here. Im so confused by my feelings about this book. On the one hand it's dark and super effed up and I LOVE that, but on the other hand there were some parts that really irritated me and that has left me conflicted. So let me break it down.

The whole Gabe and Nora thing didn't blend with me at all. I didn't feel the love and passion I was meant to feel by their intense feelings for one another and that was only sealed by the ending. SURELY she should know!!!

It was great to see Brady again however briefly, he was a nice bit of consistency! He comes to town with his knowledge of the darker side of things, to help out Gabe / Theo and the local police try to figure out what is going on. Where are these women and babies and who is behind it.

Another bit I actually liked (which I don't think i'm meant to like, but I do) is the dynamic between Marcus and Brooke. I didnt see that coming, but the bit where she buried her face his shirt, something shifted in me and I was suddenly a bit more interested.

Things I don't like were small things, but they built. Like there was a line about "the rumbling of a trucks engine rumbled in the distance" and i'm not sure why, but it really bothered me! there where a few other times when the writing just didn't work for me. But hey, that's just my opinion.

My biggest bugbear though was the ending. I disliked it a lot. It didn't feel dark and dangerous and a twist leading us into the third book. It felt like a copout. Like the author just went down that avenue for shock value with no real justification. But that's the risk you take with dark reads.

On an entirely different point. does anyone know what the deal was with Greta?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully dark but absolutley breathtaking!!!! 30 June 2015
By Books Laid Bare & Books Laid Bare Boys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was blown away by Malevolent and wasn’t shy about my adoration of a new author and her stunning entry to the market but with this Evanesce, I have to say that she has simply blown my mind!!
So what can I tell you about this without telling you too much, as there isn’t a hope in hell that I would want you to skip past this little corker – you simply have to pull on your big girl pants, find your inner ninja and buckle up for a trip to the dark side!!!
Because this will drag into its dark magnificence whether you want to go or not and once you are there it will consume you.
The book immense and I quite simply adored every single word!
Norton Springs is living in fear, the whole town reeling from the evil that has descended on them.
Women and children are not safe, disappearing into the ether and the local law enforcement are at a loss to either stop or understand it. The whole town in some respects is living in constant fear and terror.
But I couldn’t help but think just how much of this are they willing to put up with before they are too far down the road to be able to turn back and undo the horror that they have endured?
Gabe Thornton had no idea when he came back to town what exactly he was walking into but it could never have been what he got.
All he wanted was another chance to claim his woman, to find Nora and make her see that no matter how much she denies her feelings, she belongs with him.
But is he too late?
The devastation that is devouring the town from within its own midst is threatening his plan but when faced with fighting for his future, Gabe is up for the challenge. Events soon begin to click into place in his head but they take on a more defined sense of urgency when Nora ends up pregnant!
But can he keep them safe? And more over just how much more will they have to endure?
I could say more but then again, I don’t think I can… this is a story that twists and turns that whip up from nowhere and will leave you blindsided.
I felt as if I could have quite easily hyperventilated at some points and at other points, I think I practically stopped breathing all together!
Cassia took my soul and owned it! She led me down and dark and dangerous path, introducing me to characters that I both cried and cursed at.
This is not a gentle meander into the day to day lives of this fictional town, it is a drop into the depths of despair novel and keep your fingers crossed that you make it out in one piece.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Total complete dark ride!!!! 30 June 2015
By Melissa Mendoza with Alpha Book Club - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
“Knowing where she was going, Brooke hung her head. Milo yanked her arms up behind her back and then the cold shackles locked into place. Dr. Daniels held up a needle, tapping on it with his forefinger. Feeling the prick in her upper arm, she closed her eyes in defeat and let the darkness take her.”

5 insane, crazy, what the heck did I just read stars. All I know is that this book is dark, like grab your blankets, grab your mom, just grab something because it’s dark. But I freaking loved it!!!

If your soul has been plunged into the dark depths of despair, how hard would you fight to claw your way back to the surface? Can the life you lost be restored, or is it destined to be forever phased out of existence? Fated to dissolve into a distant memory.

The Black Market—a ferocious, starving beast. An endless sinkhole of precious valuables; the playground for blood-thirsty power seekers. Only one thing feeds its hunger like no other…human life.

A sinister criminal ring has descended on the small town of Norton Springs, instilling fear in the residents. A vicious wave of disappearances coupled with the gut-wrenching horror of infants being ripped from the arms of their helpless mothers has the town quaking in terror.

When Gabe Thornton strolls back into his hometown, his main goal is to claim the one woman that has always denied her feelings for him—Nora Jacobs. The last thing he expects is to be thrust into a storm of devastation and chaos. Will his strength be enough to save them from the dark souls that threaten to destroy their chance at happiness?

Broken futures. Shattered dreams. Mind-numbing loss. When your heart has been ripped away from you—how do you find the will to go on?

No one is safe. Everything you thought you knew is about to change in this second installment in The Darkness Series.

Warning: Due to adult content and graphic situations, this book is intended for readers 18 and up.

This book is set in a small town in Texas and it starts off with a bang. Theo, Brady and Gabe are investigating missing women in their town and as they continue their search they realize that these women are being used to carry babies, which are then sold off to the black market. When leads run out Brady goes back home to NYC, while back in Texas Gabe is trying to work things out with his long lost love Nora. The end up engaged and Nora ends up being pregnant. Yay for them right?? Ha! This book takes you by the seat of your pants and throws you up against the wall!!! You really need some sort of comfort item with you when you read, be it a blanket, a pillow, your man, your woman or your mom. You’ll need something, this book is quite a journey of ups and downs.

**Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Melissa for Alpha Book Club**