Blog Tour: Darkness Before Dawn by Claire Contreras…an excerpt, myreview & giveaway!

Posted June 3, 2013 by Holly in Blog Tour, Reviews, Teasers / 1 Comment

Book Title: Darkness Before Dawn
Author: Claire Contreras
Genre: Romance Mystery/Suspense/Romance
Release Date: May 31, 2013
Cover Designer: Okay Creations

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.
:An excerpt:
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.

:My Review:
After reading There Is No Light In Darkness by Claire a few months back (which really is a MUST read before this one and currently on sale for just $.99) I was eagerly awaiting this lovely little bundle of joy! I was left with a TON of questions about Blake & Cole in regards to their past not to mention Blake’s kidnapping. Needless to say the ending had me…
Now Darkness Before Dawn made me a happy reader because ALL of my questions were ANSWERED!!! 
We start out shortly after TINLID ends. Blake is still being held captive and while we find out who is holding her captive we don’t know how they’re connected to Blake until later on. She finds out some people aren’t who she always thought they were (don’t worry Cole is still the yummy and delicious Cole’s always been) and others maybe weren’t really dead after all…but moving on…
Once again there are twists o’plenty that kept me glued to my kindle all day needing to polish it off in one sitting! We’re introduced to quite a few new characters in this book, at times I did have to go back to re-read who was who and how they were related to whom because I got a little bit lost but, then again, that happens with my own family.
I really liked that Darkness was told from both Blake & Cole’s POV’s; for me, I liked being able to see how Blake’s disappearance affected him first hand and the after effects it had on him once she was found…
And Blake…her time in captivity had me in tears with what she experienced, one situation in particular had me a crying mess but through it all we see that their love for each other NEVER waivers! If anything they are stronger as a couple once they are reunited. Through each twist and turn they faced they held on to each other and had the unconditional love and support of their friends (Aubrey, Aimee, Becky and Greg) proving that family doesn’t always need to be blood related. This was a great sequel for TINLID I liked how Claire wrapped everything up with a HEA…I’m a sucker for those 🙂 
I’d give Darkness Before Dawn 4 stars
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:About Claire:

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. 


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