by Jay McLean
Released June 26, 2017
It’s the same old story, really.
Good versus evil.
Heroes versus villains.
Light versus dark.
For two years, college freshman Noah Morgan lived his life somewhere in the middle, fighting darkness and light, always searching for answers to a single question:
Why, Noah, why?
The same three words keep him up at night, struggling for air while gripping a plastic cylinder containing white pills to match the white label with his name printed in ink as deep and dark as his memories—memories that turned him into a recluse.
Luckily for him, that’s not how the girl next door sees him.
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“I learned that sometimes, there is no reason, and there are no answers. There just is.”
Darkness Matters is a gripping story about second chances. It’s moving, heartbreaking, heartwarming, and passionate. An emotional journey about overcoming the mistakes of the past, searching for healing, forgiveness, and acceptance, and ultimately finding peace and happiness. It’s a new favorite of mine.
Two broken characters, two damaging pasts, two healing hearts. This story grabbed me from the start and hasn’t loosened its hold days after finishing it. Written in alternating POVs, I loved the way everything unfolded as we slowly get bits and pieces of the story and witness how the past and the present impact these characters and shape them into the people they are today.
I was thoroughly impressed with the character development in this story. Even though they work well together and have complex relationships that are distinctly developed, each character is cleverly crafted and so well-written that they can stand alone with just as much importance as the relationships they share. These multidimensional characters touched my heart in different ways and I really adored Andie and Noah. Andie’s situation crushed me and my heart broke for Noah. Both have a darkness inside them. Both made choices that changed the course of their lives and crushed their dreams. Both are haunted by demons, each different yet no less soul crushing than the other. They built walls around their hearts and refused to let people in. Each have their own share of regrets as they fight for their future. Each have the strength to overcome their pasts even if they don’t feel it.
This story is about how people can touch each other in a surprising way and end up being a significant part of their lives. We see the beauty in the bonds the characters share and depth of the relationships they form. The connection between family and friends and the unconditional love and unwavering support give these characters strength as they try to move forward.
Emotional, powerful, dark, and intense, Darkness Matters is addictive and fast-paced yet it didn’t feel at all rushed. There were turns I did not see coming that left my insides twisted and my heart broken. Turns that filled me with hope and love. And it was with tear stained cheeks that the final pieces came together.
Though this is not a romance, there are the makings of what could be a truly epic one. Noah and Andie have a connection that is undeniable, and I am not sure if there will be more but maybe, just maybe, sometime in the future we’ll get to see them explore the deep love I know they could experience. Overall, Darkness Matters is a touching novel that makes you think, experience, and feel so much more than I expected. It still consumes me and I love it!
“Everything we feel, the good, the bad, the dark…it matters…Your darkness matters.”
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About the Author
Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.
Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.
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