The Dark Light of Day by T.M. Frazier


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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Genre: Dark, Suspense

Warning: This is not your typical romance. The story of Abby & Jake contains disturbing situations, graphic violence, sex, rape, strong language, drug use, and all types of abuse.

The dark light of day turned out to be a little different than I expected. I initially thought it would be ‘dark’ in a different way but that darkness stems from emotional trauma. So even though it was not what I thought it would be about, it was still great.

The storyline: The heroine Abby has been through hell growing up, and the only sense of normalcy she has found was with her grandma, but then even that is taken from her. Then she is left with nowhere to go, practically homeless, not wanting to go back in the foster system she ends up sleeping in a junkyard…. when Jake finds her. The biker that seems a little like her. With Abby not one for being cared for, she finds it difficult to accept the help of this wonderful stranger who wants to be her saviour. The secrets they hold are dark, the same as their souls. It’s just a matter of acceptance.

Abbys character is someone who has been through the worst kind of pain growing up and her ability to love faded along the way. She had to harden herself just so she could survive through life’s turbulences. She wasn’t close to anyone but her grandma, the only person she let in so when she was gone Abby felt more alone than ever, not knowing what to do. She doesn’t let anyone touch her and she doesn’t trust anyone. So to ask someone for help, would be out of question for her. But what about when someone offers to help her? Someone who is a complete stranger?

This story shows the bonding of two very broken people, who feel themselves incapable of love. But they don’t realise it’s not something that has to be a certain way. The darkness they hold allows them to come together. Abby with her messed up emotions and the eternal blackness she holds in her soul and Jake with the dark path he chooses to walk for a living. They come together due to that darkness and they could not be more perfect for each other.

Idle hands make the devil’s work, Jake, Mom used to say.

Little did she know.

My hands were never idle. If the past few years taught me anything, it’s that the devil’s work if exactly what they were made for.

But just discovering each other isn’t the issue. There are other people threatening to destroy everything they hold dear. Just when things get better… BAM Abby must suffer more. It’s like she cannot escape the pain that constantly seems to be chasing her, denying her the freedom to be happy. But happiness can be found in the dark too, as is the theme of this book. I felt soooo bad for poor Abby, that girl has been through more than enough and somehow she still survives and carries on.

These scars don’t make you ugly. You don’t need to hide them from anyone. Fuck anyone who thinks anything on someone like you could ever be anything but beautiful. You should be proud of them, baby.

Now to the part that I didn’t particularly like. Their romance was a quickly developed one, and while that may work in some situations, it is extremely difficult to experience the connection when it happens so fast. Jake, the guy who has never given a shit about anyone, suddenly wants to help this girl he doesn’t even know? If that particular thing wasn’t put in to this story then it would have been perfect. But due to something missing, for me, for the romantic aspect of it, I wasn’t able to 100% adore the book.

If you don’t like to read heavy books then I suggest you don’t! But if you’re like me who loves the darker books then go ahead! I would recommend this one. I’m happy to have read it, the best thing was that there were no cliff hangers and we get the happily ever after we all love. The writer does a brilliant job in showcasing each emotion and that I feel contributed heavily to my liking of this story. I liked this book more for the capturing of pain rather than the romance (yes I know, I’m a little fucked up). The romance wasn’t all that for me. But I would recommend this if you’re in the mood for something heavy.

I was in love with the angel and in lust with the devil. If I were honest with myself, I’d have to say that I was in love with the devil, too.

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