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Title: Beneath His Darkness
Series: Healing Hearts
Author: Renee Dyer
Release Date: February 23, 2015
If I could describe my world in a color, it would be black.
My heart is black. My mind is black. Everything is black.
I let darkness take over when I was sixteen. That’s when my world fell apart.
That’s when I learned Tucker Stavros took my life away from me.
I’ve spent years allowing the darkness to comfort me; letting it take my emotions and box them up.
Why do I need emotions anyway? They only make me weak. I need to be strong for what needs to be done.
What needs to be done, you ask?
That’s simple. Destroy Tucker. Bring him to his knees. Show him how it feels to lose everything.
Well, that was the plan, until Cammie Richards walked into my life.
Now there are gray areas — slight color bleeding through the black.
What happens when she looks beneath my darkness and sees the monster lurking there?
Will she run away or try to save me?
How do I tell her I can’t be saved?
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I don’t even know where to begin with this book. I was intrigued by Grant in Eyes Wide Open and felt that there was a deep story there, and I wasn’t disappointed. I will say, Beneath His Darkness is darker than the first two books in The Healing Hearts series, and it is truly heartbreaking to read at times. There are scenes that will haunt you, and stay with you long after you’re through reading. The emotion that is poured into this book is beyond amazing. You feel as though you are there with these characters, and living some of these nightmares with them.
Grant had the perfect life – 2 loving parents, friends, and a starting pitcher position on his high school baseball team – but it all came crashing down when he was sixteen. When his father needed him the most, a lie was revealed, destroying every relationship he had ever known. This left him angry and bitter, and looking for vengeance on those he left had robbed his life from him. He set out on a dark path to bring down the one person he felt had wronged him the most – his half-brother Tucker.
Grant does all that he can to learn about Tucker, and eventually ends up cast on the same show that Tucker stars in. With a plan forming, he sets out to destroy Tucker’s life. Grant knows that he is filled with darkness, and he prefers to live that way, and actually seems to enjoy it. He is seemingly content to live this way, until Cammie enters his life. She is an unexpected ray of light that cuts through his darkness, and makes Grant begin to think that he could actually have something good in his life. For the first time in a long time, Grant has someone who truly cares for him, and that cares about as well, and an amazing friendship forms.
Cammie tries to see the good in everyone, and is Grant’s biggest advocate with others on the set of their show. She often puts herself in the middle of Grant and Tucker, trying to make each of them see that the other is a good guy. When the truth of them being brothers come out, Cammie’s words to Grant about Tucker come back to him, and he begins to wonder if maybe he has been wrong about Tucker, especially when he learns that Tucker didn’t have the perfect life that Grant envisioned.
With relationships forming in his life that he never expected, Grant realizes that he needs to put an end to his plan, and come clean to Tucker about what he’s done. Tucker surprises Grant by being there for him, and dealing with things head-on with him instead of pushing him away. This only makes Grant feel even more guilty about everything that he’s done, and all the people that have been hurt as a result. And just when he thought things couldn’t get any worse, everything comes crashing down once again, putting the one person that he cares about most in danger.
One of my favorite things about this book was watching Grant’s transformation. It was truly heartbreaking to see what he went through as a teenager, losing the people that he cared about the most. Even through the darkness, you could see that deep down, he wasn’t a bad person, and he wanted to help others in his own twisted way. And to see him almost revert back to a scared teenager when Tucker takes him to confront his past was heartbreaking all over again. He quickly went from hating Tucker to relying on him, and it was sweet to watch. With Cammie, he went from being afraid to let anyone in, to almost being afraid to ever be alone again. She helped him to see that there was good in him, and that he was worthy of love. The best part was when he finally began to believe it for himself.
Beneath His Darkness is by far one of my top reads so far this year. I can’t recommend it highly enough. 5 well-deserved stars.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From a young age Renee Dyer had a love of writing, starting with a doodle pad at age four that soon turned into journals and later computer documents.
Poetry became short stories and short stories became a novel.
Although she’s surrounded by males all day having three sons, a husband and a hyperactive chocolate lab, she still finds time to be all woman when she escapes into the fantasy of reading and writing romance.
That is, until she needs male perspective and garners eye rolling from her husband. She’s a true New Englander.
You’ll find her screaming profanity at her TV while the Pats play and cuddling under blankets during the cold seasons (which is most of them) reading a good book.
To her snow is not a reason to shut things down, only a reason to slow down and admire the beauty. Ask her questions and she’ll answer them. She’s an open book, pun fully intended.
AUTHOR CONTACT LINKS
TWITTER or @ReneeDyerAuthor
E-MAIL – Reneedyerauthor@gmail.com