Monday, February 22, 2016

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - His Light in the Dark by L.A. Fire

His Light in the Dark by L.A. Fiore
Contemporary Romance
Released: February 9, 2016 
Length: 413 Pages 
Available: eBook and Paperback

My first memory was of a slap, hard across the face: the sting on my cheek and the jarring of my bones as I slammed back into my bed. It was my dad who had hit me.

I had been four.

Most of my memories were much of the same and no one ever saw, no one ever fought to help, no one ever cared.

Then we moved.

My new neighbor cared, rescued the twelve-year-old I had been from a beating. Always thought I'd suffer the nightmare alone, I was wrong.

Mace Donati saved me that day in all the ways a person could be saved.

And his daughter, Mia, she became the friend I had always wanted, my conscience when my own faltered, the light that led me home when I had lost my way.

The girl who grew into the only woman I would ever love.

But when you realize you're more like your father than the good people who took you in and gave you a home, the only way to return their kindness is to let them go.

I let them go, got so far lost in the shadows I couldn't remember who I was anymore. Mia never gave up on me. She fought for me, kept the light on so I'd find my way back.

And when I did, life threw us a curveball. I had to hurt Mia in order to save her.

But when my past comes back to haunt me and I almost lose her, I'm ready to fight for her...fight to find a way back into her heart while keeping the demons from my past from finishing what they started.
~ Cole Campbell

Oh man, this is a book that had me on edge the entire time I read it. Just when I thought I knew which way the story was going to play out, another twist was thrown in to shake things up.

Both Cole and Mia grew up without their mothers in their lives, but man, what a difference their fathers were. Cole's childhood consisted of an easy-to-hate father (I'm pretty sure that term shouldn't even apply to that man), who constantly had them moving all over every few months. Their last move was next door to Mace Donati and his daughter Mia, who eventually became a surrogate family to Cole over the course of 3 years. That all comes to a halt when Cole reacts to a threat made by his father regarding Mia; that reaction gets Cole 3 years in juvie.

Once Cole's back home, he makes the wrong choice when it comes to being able to support himself; that choice becomes a catalyst for a chain of events that will effect both Mia's and Mace's lives. A devastating event occurs, and along the way we learn of betrayal by someone close to Mia. But things aren't what they seem and close to the end of the book is when we get another surprising revelation.

I have to hand it to Mia, I'm not so sure I'd go through all that drama for love; and while Cole isn't exactly the type to dole out romantic platitudes, it's obvious how much he loves Mia. And we get a HEA at the end, so it's all good.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.

“Fiore proves herself to be a fantastic writer with this book. The writing is superb. She is able to pull the reader in and never let them go. She keeps you on your toes and you never know what's around the corner. It's not very often you can read a book and go "Dang. She can write."- 5 Star Review from Avid Readers Amy Reviews
“Wow just wow. The story spans years and it is done brilliantly, it's easy to follow and flows naturally through the years that it spans. The characters are some of my fav of the year so far….” - 5 Star Amazon Reviewer
“This book is just one of those reads that pulls you in from the word go and reduce you to tears in chapter one!!! The book will continue to pull at you from all ends as you read on.” - 5 Star Review from Bookhooked

L.A. Fiore is the author of several books including: Beautifully Damaged, Waiting for the One and A Glimpse of the Dream. She's also the social secretary for her two children, a tamer of ill-mannered cats, the companion to one awesome dog and married to her best friend. She likes her wine red, her shrimp chilled and her social gatherings small and intimate.

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