Saturday, June 1, 2013

Darkness Before Dawn by Claire Contreas ~ Blog Tour and Giveaway


Is love ever enough?

Faced with obstacles she could have never imagined, Blake is brought to darkness and back by forces in her past she never knew existed.
Desperate to stay connected to the only thing he loves, Cole is forced to revisit his past and align himself with the people who knew about Blake’s disappearance.
Separation has forced both Blake and Cole to learn how to live under the worst circumstances, each of them alone in their own hell.

When they reunite, can they be the same two people they were before darkness swept upon them?
Told in separate points of view, Darkness Before Dawn is the continuation of Blake and Cole’s fight to make it to the light.

Excerpt - 18 + Over

Her eyes glisten and more tears fall freely, but the grip on my heart loosens knowing that these aren’t tears of sadness. I lower my head and kiss her eyes before trailing down her face, consuming her salty tears and leaving loving soft kisses in their wake. When I reach her soft pouty lips, I lick the bottom one slowly before sucking it into my mouth and letting out a low moan at the feel and taste of it. My hands trail down over the swells of her breasts and continue to the hem of her shirt before I slowly inch it up and place my hands on her tiny waist. She leans into my touch, giving me permission to continue, and I inch my fingers slowly to her breasts, tucking them under her bra and kneading at them gently. She sighs against my mouth and our tongues dance sensually against one another before I pull her shirt over her head and bury my face in her neck, sucking it as I unsnap her bra. When I draw my head back from her, she clutches my dress shirt and pulls me towards her, giving me a sensual kiss as she begins to slowly undress me. She lets my dress shirt fall below us and pulls my undershirt over my head, tossing it to the side before turning her attention to my belt. The tips of her hand tuck into my boxers and she pulls everything down to my feet assisting me in stepping out of them. While I shake off one of my pant legs, she unexpectedly squeezes me, making me hiss out a breath and my heart speed up. My dick twitches when she starts to lower herself on to her knees, looking up at me through her sexy hooded eyes. When I feel her tongue circle the tip of it, I put my hands on her head and throw my head back with a moan. I begin to draw slow circles on her scalp as she takes me in deeper. Her whimper resonates through my body and causes me to clutch on to her hair.

“Blake,” I breathe. “You need to...oh...fuuuuck. You. Shit.” I can’t form words to let her know that I’m going to come in her mouth if she doesn’t stop soon. Instead, I channel every ounce of power in my body to push her shoulders back slightly. She pouts when my dick falls away from her mouth and looks up at me licking those luscious lips of hers. The way she licks and bites her bottom lip always drives me to the edge. I pick her up quickly, making her squeal and laugh in surprise before I toss her on our bed.

I was happy dancing all over the place when I got this book in my hands because There is No Light in Darkness punched us in the gut and left us hanging with a huge cliffhanger! It's one of those stories that you just don't forget and the characters...."sigh* okay Cole is just AMAZING! Darkness Before Dawn was so worth the wait, at 9% in I was bawling my eyes out and keeping the tissues handy....ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! 5 stars!

Darkness Before Dawn picks right back up off where TINLID left off. Cole is desperately searching for Blake and Blake is trying to escape the dark. It tore at my heart to feel their love for one another and how lost they were without each other. I found myself so invested in Cole and Blake's relationship and praying that they would find their way back to each other. 

When Cole and Blake are finally re-united, my heart was clenching! Cole is the ultimate book boyfriend and every word that comes out of his mouth is perfect, even when he is bossing Blake around! So many secrets are revealed about the past and we find out truths about Blake's family and their connections with her kidnappers. The big question through all of this is, if Cole and Blake's love is enough to overcome all that has happened to them and can they finally find their HEA? You have to read the book to find out!

Speaking of one of Blake's kidnappers Dean, I always tend to fall for the bad boy and I fell hard for Dean! Oh course he will never be Cole, but Dean is the bad boy who seems to have a decent heart and who is in the "business" he is because of his family connections, plus he was protective of Blake. So Claire....more Dean in the future? Or Aubry? Anyone really that I could see more of Cole and Blake in their book :)

This series is a MUST READ and I will be recommending it to everyone! Darkness Before Dawn is intense, mysterious, full of angst, and beautiful......beautiful because once again in the mist of all this "realness" is a true love story......a forever kinda love story, Cole never once gives up on his love for Blake, be prepared to have your hearts melt ladies!

*Review by Brandi

About The Author:

Claire Contreras graduated with her BA in Psychology from Florida International University. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, two little boys, and three dogs.

Her favorite past times are: daydreaming, writing, and reading.

She has been described as a random, sarcastic, crazy girl with no filter.

Life is short, and it’s more bitter than sweet, so she tries to smile as often as her face allows. She enjoys stories with happy endings, because life is full of way too many unhappy ones.

Author Links:

Goodreads: http://www. 6655354.Claire_Contreras

Twitter: ClariCon


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