He's empty, inhuman, dishonest, and cruel. She's never wanted anyone more. Sydney has lived in fear for eight years after freelance assassin, Merc, failed to rescue her from a cult-like militia group. Left in the hands of a sadistic man, she did whatever it took to survive. But Merc's last words gave her hope. Hope he'd be back to finish the job. After Merc is betrayed by her father, Sydney becomes his target. He wields sex, drugs, lies, and love like weapons. Merc knows just what to do with a fearful girl like Sydney. He's in control. He's always in control. But Sydney Channing is not what she appears. And Merc's only redeeming act - the very one that made Sydney's life a living hell - might just be his worst mistake yet. Warning: Meet Me in the Dark is a standalone non-traditional dark captive romantic suspense. It is not intended for sensitive listeners.
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"swoon worthy narrators!"
great emotion. inflection! superb narration by both male and female narrators! loved this book in print, love it even more on audio!
"Incredibly well written but"
This book is so well done, but one thing bothered me. First I should say well worth the credit. The thing that bothered me was there is no way that girl wouldn't have multiple broken bones. The violence while part of this type of book was to the level where her bones would have broken. I couldn't believe it simply for that reason. Still, even with that it was well written and I would buy again. The performance was top notch
"You’ll Need A Flashlight To Get Through This Dark"
On the cover of this book, it says a dark suspense, and that's what it is and it's not an understatement! The story centers around Sydney and Merc, they first meet up when Sydney is seventeen, begging Merc to save her from bad guy boyfriend Garrett, but Merc is no hero and after roughing her up, he serves her up to Garrett on a silver platter, but he leaves an ominous message with her that he will be back, when she least expects it to finish her off.
Several years later, engaged to be married to a man named Brett, happiness is within her reach, but a feeling of dread overcomes her and she decides to run, unfortunately for her right into Merc’s clutches. Kidnapping her, Merc sets about breaking down Sydney and attempting to extract information from her about Garrett, who disappeared from her life without a trace years ago.
This book is a difficult listen and if you have triggers you’ll want to stay far away from this book, it’s a terrifying tale and there’s extreme violence, degradation, dubious consent, and explicit sexual content, this is more of a thriller/suspense novel but it does have romantic elements and an HEA, but you feel like you’ve been through war to get there!
The dual narration by Troy Duran and Anna Riordan was flawless, what they do really is acting and they both did a wonderful job. The audio production quality was first class and I look forward to listening to more from these narrators!
"Performance Great, Story was ehhhh"
I love JA Huss but this book for me was just alright. I can't really pin point what I didn't like about it because it wasn't that I didn't like it. I know that is a bit confusing. Is it worth a credit, yes because the performance was great.
The Truth.... it's always refreshing when an author isn't scared to write about what hidden horrors truly take place in this ugly world. As always Julia did and outstanding job writing this book, I have yet to read one of her books that I'm not left impressed, shocked or surprised by.
For me it was how violent Merc was with Sydney, in all honestly is shocked me and it took me awhile to understand his treatment of her. Not sure even by the end of the book if I understood why he treated her so badly.
Troy did a great job as always, but Anna Riordan was outstanding in her performance.
She drew me in and made me feel for Sydney in a way that reading wouldn't have achieved, she really blew me away.
Congratulations to both of them on and outstanding performance.
Yes I did, as I've mentioned I'm well aware that the "Company" is real and these things still take place. It's sad, frightening and mortifying that it's still allowed to take place and children are being "trained" tortured and abused, because the many don't know or don't care that it's taking place.
Julia Huss is ranked in my TOP 5 authors, she is witty/funny and real, and she isn't scared to address any issue.
"Dark, Grizzly, Suspenseful Thriller"
The narrators, Troy Duran and Anna Riordan, make the story come alive. Troy's deep voice drips with menace.
J.A. Huss' Dirty, Dark and Deadly series is a bit comparable, but Meet Me in the Dark is significantly darker and more violent.
Meet Me in the Dark is a wild, and sometimes frightening, ride. It’s that brand new rollercoaster at your favorite theme park. You know the one—it promises a hair-raising experience like you’ve never had before.
I’m torn as to how to describe Julie A. Huss’ Meet Me in the Dark. I would not call it a romance. Although there are some sex scenes, I would not call it erotica. It’s more of a thriller. A dark, nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat thriller that keeps you glued to your seat and reading. As a J.A. Huss fan, I know that I can count on a spectacular end. The promise that “all will be revealed” keeps my anxiety at bay so that I’m not tempted to sneak a peek at the ending. Sneaking a peek or reading a spoiler review is something you don’t want to do. It would completely ruin the experience of reading Meet Me in the Dark.
The plot of Meet Me in the Dark is told from both main characters’ perspective. The reader gets insight into both Sydney Channing and Merric Case as the story changes from one POV to the other and as they remember or reveal tidbits from their pasts.
Ms. Huss is the mistress of subterfuge. Nothing is as it seems. Not one character is simple and straight-forward; they are all multi-faceted prisms. Meet Me in the Dark features several very dark characters who appear broken and beyond redemption. Their minds are distorted and their morality is bent.
There are many references to characters from prior books, however, Meet Me in the Dark, is definitely a standalone novel that can be thoroughly enjoyed without having previously read a Julie A. Huss novel (Huss fans previously met a shadowy hacker named Merc and a 12-going-on-30 daughter of a gun dealer named Sasha in Slacker. Merc and James get mentions in Bomb and Guns. Sasha, Merc and James are featured her Dirty, Dark and Deadly series). She has masterfully intersected three series, and I highly recommend you read them all so you can appreciate the intricate detail that Huss has woven into her stories.
Who is the player? Who is being played? You’ll have to buy a ticket and get on that rollercoaster ride to find out.
Mature content. Not suitable for young readers or those with delicate sensibilities. This dark, violent tale is perfect for fans of intense suspense and grizzly thrillers.
"Amazing all around"
Outstanding Narration. Troy Duran's raspy deep voice is perfect for Merc. Great plot twists. Romantic Suspense/thrillers clearly Ms. Huss's forte. More please
"This Author is an original"
J.A. Huss creates stories and characters unlike what I find from any other author. As I read other reviewers, I think it's important to keep in mind that these stories and characters are fictional. Having said that, the story here has disturbing elements of torture, murder, and lack of consent, and every reader should pick their reading material wisely.
I think that Huss's EOBS is brilliant, and I love to hear the author's thoughts and plans. Any insights she offers into the evolution of her plots, book series, character development truly enhance my enjoyment of her work. I envy her job!
Narration was perfect.
"If you like your characters pure and perfect, this"
is not a read for you. Imperfect & fucked up is what you get here. Wow!
"Where do I begin?"
I teetered on whether or not to purchase this book for way longer than is necessary to give up a credit, but ultimately it now part of my library. The reviews intrigued and scared me at the same time, but the book itself messed with me far more. The theme of mind control and helplessness had me searching within myself for ways to press on. These characters are, pardon my language, fucked in the head...all of them. Each and every single one, whether they're prominent or background figures, they're fucked. But I say that with a smile because that's how we all are, hopefully not to their extremes. Just when you think you've completed the overall puzzle in the story, you realize that every event and every person is a piece that you never thought to put together. This review may only be somewhat helpful to you if you're as hesitant as I was, so I'll hush (wink wink) and state it plainly. Click the button, spend the credit, make the purchase. JA Huss always delivers, and she served the hell out of this one.
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