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.
©2015 JA Huss (P)2016 JA Huss
"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!
"On The Edge Of My Chair From The Beginning"
The tone and voice of the narrators bring the story to life. The storyline is very suspenseful and listening to it the suspense, anger, lust, and doubt the characters feel are heightened as the story progresses.
If I have to compare this book, it would be something by Sandra Brown. Her suspense is always a nail biter. Julie's books have more heat in them, so I'm not sure it is a fair to compare her works to other writers of romantic suspense.
This is the first time I've listened to anything with Anna Riordan. I heard Troy Duran in Ford where he did an excellent job. For me, these two narrators are what I expect Sydney and Merc to sound like when I read the book initially. They both do an excellent job, and I will look for their works in the future.
Absolutely. The story is captivating.
"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!
"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.
"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
"Absolutely Spine Thrilling start to finish"
I absolutely love these dark characters and the way Huss makes them fit is perfectly amazing to me!! I especially love that it is a complete story with NO Cliffhanger!!!! Thank You J A, please keep them coming !👍👌✌️️
"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.
"Full of twists!"
Definitely if they like books that make them think and question everything. What I loved about it was that you are slowly fed the information and that up to the end you are still unsure of who's side anyone is on. It's dark and suspenseful and fair warning, there are no heroes in this story.
JA Huss's books are hard to compare to others because her stories are so unique, but if I had to choose I would say 321. They are both very different but the same in that they have plenty of twists and turns.
Their narration was spot on, I felt like I was with Merc and Sydney watching everything unfold.
Yes it was! I needed to know how it was going to end.
There is so much I want to say but I do not want to spoil it for anyone. Just know if you decide to Meet Me in the Dark buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Sydney waking up in the cabin
Sydney and Merc fighting in the snow
yes I never wanted to turn this off after starting it and returning to "life"
I haven't read or rather listened to one of your books yet that I have not absolutely loved.
Please get all of them on Audible!
This most recent book was amazing, had to listen to it straight through and definitely worth a credit.
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