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Encircled in Darkness by H.J. Marshall [arc review]

A few months ago a friend of mine introduced my first HJ Marshall title and I loved it. So of-course, when she told me about her new title I requested it straight away. And boy I'm glad I did!

The Blurb:
What if someone crawled into the dark with you and offered you a way out?

I made a deal to save my sister and became ensnared in a world filled with depravity, finding comfort in the dark recesses of my mind. The wicked feelings deep within can overtake you if you’re left without light for too long, and I reveled in the merciless world that equally thrilled and frightened me.

He accepted the darker parts of me, the shame and regret, and made a deal to save me. He brought me back into the light, learning to twist my delights to his will, destroying the shameful fragments that remained. Redeeming me with his touch, he destroyed the pain that tore through my heart.

He was a dangerous man who became my monster and my hero, recognizing the wicked parts of me and welcoming them. Knowing what lived in the dark recesses, he understood me in a way nobody ever had, guiding me, and helping me find myself. When old enemies return, I’m faced with the choice to hide in the shadows or stand and fight. They expose painful secrets that shake the foundation of my existence, threatening to destroy me from the inside out.

This is the story of how I walked into hell, only to be drawn out of the darkness by the most dangerous protector of them all.

The Review: 4.5 Stars

It is not that easy to find dark romance titles that are really truly dark. That make you sick to your stomach and fall in love. HJ Marshall managed to do both in this book. I really liked Embracing my Nightmare, but this one was a million times better.

Amaya needs money to save her sister and she sells her body to the devil in order to get it. Those first few pages were horrid (as it should in dark romance, so I don't mean that in a bad way). They were hard to read, difficult to digest. I wasn't sure who the main male character was going to be to start and for a second I thought it was the guy she was selling herself too. It was gross. 
When she was about to lose her soul due to the things she did our hero steps in. He is a man with kind words but with a darkness that sings to her own. She doesn't know much about him, but as she gets to know him, things get interesting. 

The author didn't hold back and as a result we have one of the best dark romances I've read in a while. I highly recommend it.

Find the book at: GoodReads - Amazon



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