Reviews: THE DARK LIGHT OF DAY by T.M Frazier
Warning: This is not your typical romance. The story of Abby & Jake contains disturbing situations, graphic violence, sex, strong language, drug use, and all types of abuse.
Abby has been through hell and has survived one of the most brutal childhoods imaginable…barely.
To the outside world she’s just a loner with an attitude.
When her grandmother dies in a tragic explosion, Abby is left with questions-and nothing else.
Homeless, sleeping in a junkyard, and on the run from a system that has failed her over and over again, she meets Jake, a tattooed blue-eyed biker with secrets that will rival her own.
Two broken souls that can’t be healed. They can’t be saved.
Abby & Jake must reveal to one another their most guarded secrets and discover if they can embrace the darkness those secrets hold-and the darkness within themselves.
If they can accept one another for who they really are, they might be able to learn that love isn’t always found in the light
Abby’s Review 5 +++++ stars
So I read a ton. A lot of times lately, I have read a book and felt like a review was more of an obligation. Sometimes I will one click a book when an author I really like raves about it and this is that book. Joanna Wylde posted about it and I thought what the heck I’ll try it. So I did, I one clicked and read it, then I wanted to do nothing more when I finished than blog about it. This is the type of book that inspires me and makes me need to blog and tell anyone who will listen. It’s not even 8 am and getting my thoughts down was the most important thing when I woke up this morning, (that and getting kids up).
So here is my initial reaction:
This is so good!!!
I have been needing a book just like this! It fulfills every five star requirement then some. Here is my mental checklist:
well developed and described characters
love when a lot happens
This book has it all!
So what’s so great about it?
Jake is bad guy. Part of you wants to not like him because you know he is bad. He has a sad past and perhaps an even sadder present when the story begins. But even though there is an ugly side to him, there is beauty in how he loves. He also rides a motorcycle, (a proud new addition to our bad ass book boyfriend list), is very good looking and can kick some serious butt.
Abby may be one of the most damaged female characters I have ever read about. So much angst with her. Even though she is put through the ringer, there is incredible strength with in her. I loved her. I connected with her. I felt her pain. Then she meets Jake. When you read about the two of them meeting, you know they are incredibly damaged, and yet you see beauty.
This book has everything I look for. I love how T.M. Frazier created her characters. There is something I love about when an author creates love between characters that a kiss, gets you swooning. It might not even be a perfect kiss, but my heart raced. I can’t wait to see what T.M. has to offer us in the future. She just skyrocketed to my top list in so many ways. We talk about books that will stay with us and this is one of those.
Dawn’s Review 5 Stars
This book. It made me feel SO much! It is beautiful and dark, painful and yet filled with strength. Abby’s a survivor. Her life growing up was hell. She’s seen so much and experienced so much in her young life. All of those experiences have taught her not to allow others to touch her or become close. Jake rides into town with a history and a story of his own. I can imagine that these two passed on the bridge going into town when Abby came to live with Nan and Jake escaped his father’s anger and heartbreak.
There are so many things I could say about this book but I don’t want to spoil the plot or story. I simply found myself completely captivated with The Dark Light of Day, to the point where I wanted to shut out the world, slam a double mocha at 10 pm and stay up all night reading it. It is gritty and extremely painful in parts while also providing glimmers of hope. TM Frazier did an outstanding job of making me feel such an enormous range of emotions. I was gasping and crying, sighing and at one point, wanting to shout, hell yeah! That’s the way to show ’em, Abby! In the end, although this may not be an easy read at times, it is truly beautiful in how two broken souls connect and how to find beauty from pain.
Nicole’s Review 5 Stars
As an avid reader, there really is no better feeling than when you finish a book and all you can say/think is “Wow. Just wow.” That is exactly what I did when I finished reading T.M. Frazier’s The Dark Light of Day. I actually had to just sit quietly and let the power Frazier’s words sink in. It was that good!
Jake and Abby are two of the most damaged souls I have ever met. Their pasts are absolutely horrifying and sad. Yet, they both possess a strength that defies what they should have. They are strong and tough, and still have a decent heart and sensitivity that you don’t see often in people with their pasts. Jake is one of those guys that ought to scare the bajeezes out of you, but really doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong! I would NOT want to be on the wrong end of a fight with him, but truly he is a beautiful soul. Abby is a survivor of enormous proportions. She should not be as strong as she is! She should not be as sensitive as she is. She should not have the capacity to love like she does. After an introduction that would leave the faint at heart pretty much dead, they find that they have a chemistry and understanding of each other that no one in their pasts has ever some close to.
The Dark Light of Day is not my typical read. I tend to lean more toward stories that are lighter and with HEAs. This book is a total leap out of my comfort zone! It has drug use, well beyond “recreational use”. It has violence of the worst kind. There is a rape scene and many references to murder. It also has child abuse that made my stomach turn. ALL of that said, I LOVED this book!! There were parts where I should have been angry and judgmental over decisions that Abby and Jake made, but I wasn’t. My heart ached for them every. single. time. There were parts that should have made me uncomfortable, but they didn’t. The way in which T. M. Frazier writes these characters has you completely connected; you feel for and with Jake and Abby. Gracious!! Along with all of the other intense emotions I felt while reading this book, I had BUTTERFLIES when Jake and Abby’s relationship began to grow!!
I am so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone!! This is, by far, the one of the best books I have ever read!! No surprise that I am giving it 5 stars. Read this book, people!! Yes, it is dark, sometimes VERY dark, but there is a beauty to it that far surpasses the darkness. Step out of your comfort zones and read this book!! It is totally worth it!!!
About this author
T.M. (Tracey Marie) Frazier resides in sunny Southwest Florida with her husband and three feisty fur kids.
She attended Florida Gulf Coast University where she specialized in public speaking.
After years working in real estate and new home construction, she decided it was finally time to stop pushing her dreams to the back burner and pursue writing seriously.
In the third grade she wrote her very first story about a lost hamster. It earned rave reviews from both her teacher and her parents.
It only took her twenty years to start the next one.
The Dark Light of Day is her debut novel.
Determined not to wait another twenty years, T.M. is hard at work on her second book.
It will not be about hamsters.
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