Where Darkness Lies by Bella Jewel

It’s Finally Here! After waiting basically a year to read what happens next we finally have the chance to find out what happened to Jess! I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Bella’s book (Thank You Bella!) and as part of her Release Day Blitz here’s my review!

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Synopsis

Anger and pain brought them together, but their passion might just set them free.

Dimitri
wants only one thing: revenge. His stepfather, Hendrix, has caused him
nothing but pain and heartache. At last Dimitri can take
something—someone—important to Hendrix and make him pay: Jess.

Jess
is feisty and strong headed. Her past haunts her and connects her to
the dangerously dark Dimitri in an unexpected way. Dimitri keeps his
secrets locked deep inside, and Jess is drawn to this broken man like no
one before.

With little to cling to besides their haunting
pasts, both could have been doomed to lives spent raging against the
darkness that holds them prisoner. Instead, it seems that as their pain
draws them closer together, it is their desire that will set them free.

 

Review

So we know from the ending of Book 1 Enslaved by the Ocean that Jess, a dear friend of Hendrix and also the medic on his ship, has been kidnapped by his stepson Dimitri. Hendrix had taken care of both Dimitri and his mother but when she was killed and Hendrix left to live a life on the seas, a young Dimitri blamed him for both his mother’s passing and the horrendous ordeal he went through afterwards. Wishing to cause Hendrix the same level of pain that was inflicted on him, he takes Jess, someone he assumes Hendrix cares about, in the hopes to make Hendrix suffer and to draw him into his trap.

Jess is thrown into the depths of Dimitri’s ship praying that Hendrix will be able to save her soon – he knows these waters inside out after all. But when the ship docks and she’s shoved into a car, taking her further and further away from the water and further into the woods her hope starts to diminish. Trying to escape him and his goons is futile and only makes him angrier – he’s cold, angry and stubborn but isn’t half bad to look at!

Taken to his house where she’s given a large sumptuous room she decides it could be much worse…that is until she’s handcuffed. With a horrific past and the mental scars to match Jess is nearly pushed over the edge and its from here Jess and Dimitri start to realise that they aren’t that much different, both baring the scars of their pasts and although they shouldn’t, their relationship takes on the form of one so much more than just Captor and Captive…Especially after Jess had showered and eaten properly for the first time in days, leaving her less like a zombie and more like the young beautiful women she is, something that Dimitri doesn’t fail to notice.

Whilst staying with him, Jess learns that this plan of revenge has been in the works for years, his hatred so embedded it’s all he’s lived and breathed for so long; fighting to gather information on Hendrix’s activity and gaining allies. As the two of them grow closer Jess tries to tell him what Hendrix is really like, that he’s got it all wrong but not to any avail even as their trust and desire for one another grows.

But when Jess’ past finally catches up with her, her only hope is for the two men now in her life to work together – but after hating Hendrix for so long, can Dimitri get over his anger, even for Jess?

I must admit I’ve been waiting on tenterhooks for this book for SO long now that I was worried when it finally did land on my Kindle it would be a bit of an anti-climax but OH BOY was I so wrong to worry! I stayed up into the early hours so I could read this beauty from beginning to end in one sitting it was that good! I immediately loved Jess, she’s feisty and determined but at the same time she has this vulnerable side which made her so relatable. And then there was Dimitri…..there’s just something about a slightly damaged bad boy isn’t there?! One minute he’s this strong arrogant fighter and the next he’s coming out with incredible things that just make your panties melt off or your heart squeeze.

Heart Wrenching, Heart Racing and Heart Stopping-ly good, Where Darkness Lies deserves a massive 5 stars and is a must to add to your ONE-CLICK RIGHT NOW pile! With an incredible story and the characters to match cancel all plans for the day, get in a tonne of coffee and snacks and find some spare panties because once you start this beauty you will not want to stop, not even to sleep, and with a man like Dimitri you’re going to need the extra underwear!

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Author Bio

Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.

 

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