Friday, September 18, 2015

#DarknessLurks + #DarknessFollows by @jodildrake_j #BlogTour #Reviews

DARKNESS FOLLOWS by J.L. DRAKE is book TWO in The Darkness Series published through Limitless Publishing. This second installment is the one being highlighted on this blog tour. However, since I received book ONE: Darkness Lurks as well, I will be discussing BOTH books today. 

PLEASE NOTE that I am NOT done reading book 2. I am ALMOST there, but not quite yet. This post WILL be updated the moment I finish, which I suspect will be tonight.

- The Darkness Series by J.L. Drake -
Darkness Lurks #1 -
Darkness Follows #2 -
Darkness Falls # 3 - - PRE-ORDER TODAY!

DARKNESS LURKS - Darkness Series #1
Emily McPhee has struggled to overcome her father’s death... 

It’s not easy, but Emily finally has the life she wants. She’s an A student at Orange University and has a comfortable home and a great circle of friends. She’s also in love with handsome Orange PD officer Seth Connors. He doesn’t seem to return her feelings, though, so she tells herself his friendship is enough. 

Jimmy Lasko is a psychopath, and Emily is his greatest obsession… 

Lasko knows what he wants—what he deserves—and has the deadly skills and unending patience to get it. What he wants is Emily, and he is watching and waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike. That time is coming soon; he’ll make sure of it. 

A sense of unease settles on Emily, but is the danger real or imagined? 

When Emily begins hearing noises and suspects someone has been in her house, Seth urges her to get a roommate. But after a search, she realizes a certain attractive cop would be the perfect choice, and Seth moves in. 

Seth loves Emily, but fears his feelings might make it difficult to protect her. 

In all areas of his life, Seth sees himself as a protector. He’s determined to keep Emily safe, but he pushes the captivating blonde away in an attempt to stay objective. However, after her stalker makes a failed attempt to capture her, Seth can no longer deny his feelings. 

With help from Seth’s police colleagues, he and Emily set out to identify the person hunting her before it’s too late. But is it worth the risk to bait the trap with what he wants most?


Romantic Suspense is my top favorite genre, and let me tell you: J.L. Drake NAILED IT with this series. There’s passionate romance, action, suspense, mystery…everything necessary to keep me GLUED to my Kindle, turning the pages in dire need of more. If you’ve yet to read this genre, trust me, J.L. Drake is the author you want to start with. Darkness Lurks is a fantastic and enthralling novel you need to pick up!

 “I’m so scared he’s going to take you from me.”

Anyone with a brain could tell Seth and Emily were both in love with each other, but since Seth always kept Emily at arm’s length, Emily had given up on the hope of having something more with him. Mind you, Seth had his reasons. You see, Emily was being stalked and it seemed like her stalker, a creepy man named Lasko, was always one step ahead of everyone. It’s as if he knew their next preventive move. Anything and everything Seth and the rest of the guys tried to keep Emily safe, did not work. Lasko was always there. Did I mention he was creepy?

Seth tried to not give into his feelings for Emily. He did. He tried. Really. But he also failed, and boy was I happy to see that happen! It only made their relationship that much better. The fear he felt for Emily was beautifully written. There was NO doubt how much he LOVED Emily.

Emily had already gone through SO much in her life. Losing her dad whom she was very close with and then, having to live with her snotty mom (who could NOT care less about Emily), all to have a dangerous man following her every move. Sheesh!! She needed some good in her life. She needed Seth.

“…don’t want to lose you.”

There are a lot of page-turning events in this book that will keep you hooked. At least, they did me. Suffice it to say that this book is a MUST read and one of my favorites for this year. Seriously. I was fully engrossed from beginning to end and had no problem at all envisioning the scenes as they unfolded. J.L. Drake did a wonderful job writing this book. The amount of detail was perfect – enough to allow the reader to see clearly everything unfold, and yet not too much to make me want to skim. Now, okay….you will need to have book 2: Darkness Follows handy because this one ends in quite the cliffhanger… Don’t let the ending stop you. TRUST ME. FIVE STARS!!!

DARKNESS FOLLOWS - Darkness Series #2

Emily McPhee is in the clutches of a monster… 

Despite the protection of her boyfriend Seth Connors and his colleagues with the Orange Police Department, Emily is imprisoned in a basement by her psychopathic stalker Jimmy Lasko. His bizarre behavior adds to her terror, and a video link forces Seth to witness her captivity, leaving him feeling helpless as he, the OPD, and the FBI search for her. 

Freedom isn’t free, and safety is just an illusion… 

Though Emily escapes the basement, the threat is far from eliminated. In fact, things she learned while being held by Lasko lead her to believe he isn’t working alone. Lasko is still out there, determined to get her back, and crazier than ever. If he does have a partner, Emily has no idea where the threat might lie or who she can trust. 

It’s impossible to live a normal life when family ties become tangled. 

Emily is deeply hurt when Seth is reminded that their relationship might endanger her further and he pulls away again. She’s even more frustrated when her globe-trotting mother returns and is charming to everybody…except her own daughter. 

When Emily meets Seth’s family, she loves his mom and little sister, isn’t sure what to make of his flirtatious brother—who is also a cop—and finds herself very uneasy around his father, who is a powerful attorney. 

Sometimes things seem very clear…until you look more closely.


You MUST read book one: Darkness Lurks before starting this one. This second installment in The Darkness Series by J.L. Drake picks up exactly where book 1 ended. Because this is a continuation of the series, I will keep this review short and to the point. I won’t give out ANY details whatsoever regarding the plot, simply because I don’t post spoilers and it would definitely lessen your experience while reading.

“You are all I think about, all I feel.”

Seth and Emily. BOY, OH BOY! I didn’t think their journey could be filled with more ups and downs, but surely I was wrong! Dealing with Lasko had proven to be quite the DIFFICULT task. Did he have someone on the inside helping him out? Hmm…. So many questions! I love it when authors have me guessing, coming up with theories as I read.

“I need you to see I’m lost without you.”

This book was jam-packed with EMOTIONAL ANGST, which I absolutely LOVED. Seth and Emily’s relationship got tested plenty of times. SO MUCH HAPPENED. I found myself having a lot of “what!?” moments. Plenty, actually. Twists and turns everywhere. Just when I thought I had something figured out, sure enough J.L. Drake proved she had yet something else up her sleeve.

There was action, suspense, PASSION, steamy romance, and more than enough page-turning events to keep me glued to my iPad. And let’s not even discuss THAT ENDING. Holy mother of all surprises……. Once again, J.L. Drake wrote another must-read.  FIVE STARS!!!

“I don’t think it’s possible for you to understand just how much I love you, Emily.”


DARKNESS FALLS - Darkness Series #3

More than a year after her ordeal, Emily McPhee finally feels safe… 

Emily’s psychological scars are healing. Things are great between her and OPD Officer Seth Connors, and her biggest problem is the X-rated Halloween decorations her best friend Pete has placed all around her house. 

If only it would stay that way… 

Seth senses something isn’t right, but he doesn’t know where the danger is coming from…or why. He’s sure Emily’s neighbor, Travis McKay, is hiding something, and the man pays way too much attention to Emily. 

To make things even more complicated, a new female officer appears to have her sights set on Seth, and fellow officer Alexander Avery has some sort of connection to a mysterious brothel employee. Seth has a feeling all these odd things are somehow connected—but he knows he’s missing a huge piece of the puzzle. 

Pull at a thread and everything unravels. 

Emily’s mother shows up with a surprise and a dirty plan to force her to sell the family home…and Seth’s father is proven to be the deceitful monster he always believed him to be. Lasko’s tainted past and twisted family ties turn out to be more complex than they ever imagined. 

Every lie has a consequence, and Seth and Emily need the truth. 

In order to escape with their lives and their love intact, they must answer one critical question… 

Who is the real target in this deadly game?


J. L. Drake was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, later moving to Southern California where she lives with her husband and two children. 

When she's not writing she loves to spend time with her family, travelling or just enjoying a night at home. One thing you might notice in her books is her love for the four seasons. Growing up on the east coast of Canada the change in the seasons is in her blood and is often mentioned in her writing. 

An avid reader of James Patterson, J.L. Drake has often found herself inspired by his many stories of mystery and intrigue. 

She hopes you will enjoy her stories as much as she has enjoyed writing them.

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