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Darkness – the second installment in The Brookehaven Vampires series: Not long ago, Laney Alexander was living a carefree life - that is, until she was thrown into a world full of creatures only the imagination thought possible. Now, after surviving a terrifying night, Laney and Oliver are lying low at Julz’s place. They are relieved to be in each other’ arms once again, bDarkness – the second installment in The Brookehaven Vampires series: Not long ago, Laney Alexander was living a carefree life - that is, until she was thrown into a world full of creatures only the imagination thought possible. Now, after surviving a terrifying night, Laney and Oliver are lying low at Julz’s place. They are relieved to be in each other’ arms once again, but fate seems to have other plans… Julz is not happy to have visitors in her home and emotions are running high. Laney is pushed to her limits as she watches Carter fight for his life and her relationship with Oliver becomes strained as she discovers secrets about Julz that could tear them apart. As Laney reaches her boiling point, disaster strikes and her life is shattered. Laney must come to terms with what has unfolded, but will she lose her way and let the darkness consume her, or will she find her light in Oliver? Secrets will be revealed. Hearts will be broken. Lives will be lost. Darkness will fall....

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ISBN : 12975914
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Number of Pages : 246 Pages
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Darkness Reviews

  • Mistress
    2019-05-12 19:42

    This was a good book, if you are looking for something light, quick, and easy. Darkness is very YA. I like the storyline even though it is developing very slowly. But, at times I wonder why I'm reading a book that refers to genitalia as "manhood" and "girlyhood"... like I said, very YA. I liked learning more about Carter in this one. I'm interested to find out more about what will develop with him in the next book, Tainted Blood.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-21 23:44

    Do you know that friend you have -- the one who tells you an awesome five minute story, but takes an hour and a half to tell it? You know, adding lots and lots of extra details that don't matter at all to the main story? Well, that is how I felt about this second book in the Brookehaven Vampires series. I feel like there is something good in this series, but it hasn't arrived yet. I felt like I was in a holding pattern in this book, constantly waiting for the plot to push forward, but never arriving at any destination. It was so frustrating to read a book written in this manner. This is the typical book two in a series, with the main love interests hitting a rough spot in their relationship. In book one Laney and Oliver were desperately in love, yet I never understood why. In this book they still are desperately in love, but their relationship turns from a ridiculously superficial infatuation to a borderline dysfunctional relationship. Half of the book takes place at Jules place with Laney basically being kept in a captive situation, not really allowed to leave or freely interact with the outside world. Oliver turns into a domineering, controlling, and jealous boyfriend who freaks out if Laney takes any sort of initiative on her own without his permission. Laney turns into a complete whiner who is unhappy with all sorts of people but never strong enough to just walk away from this unhealthy situation. I found it hard to root for Laney and Oliver at all. She spends a good portion of this book either angry with Oliver or horribly depressed by the situation she finds herself in. Oliver spends his time either running off on errands or jealously growling at anyone who gives Laney a second look.My main issue with this book (and the series as a whole) is that the plot is not moving forward at all. I know that there is some huge secret to be revealed about who exactly Laney is, and especially who her father is. I have a feeling that there are some big family revelations for Laney that need to be made, and it is obvious that Oliver knows what this revelation is, and yet it never gets revealed. I normally wouldn't have a huge problem with this if it is written like this huge mystery that needs to be solved. If there were clues being thrown out all over the place I would feel okay with the mystery because I would be excited to have the mystery revealed eventually. But in this case I feel like it is just out there for me to sense as a reader, but it is never actually discussed or questioned by the characters in the book. There is a huge tragedy in the middle of this book, and although everyone is devastated by it, no one seems to be really exploring what exactly happened. And what exactly is a Brookehaven Vampire? Oliver and Felix are part of this mysterious group, but it seems to be mentioned as a passing thought. Even when there are times where it seems as if Laney is getting information from Felix, instead of reading what the info is, I instead read that Felix gave her some info, never hearing the details. There are all these secrets floating around, but Laney is constantly kept in the dark. What sort of relationship is theirs where Oliver can hold all of these secrets from Laney, but Laney is expected to call Oliver if she ever decides to walk out of her apartment? Bizarre.And these issues continue for the entire book. I can't even begin to describe how lame the ending was. It was as if the writer just decided that she had reached her word limit so she tagged on a "the end," and stopped the story right then. It wasn't a cliff hanger. It was just a giant wall thrown up to stop the story in its track. The problem with this way of telling this story is that it is very hard to stay excited while reading the story. I feel like there were so many events in this story that had nothing to do with furthering the plot. They didn't add any depth to the characters, and they didn't reveal more of a mystery. They just existed. I kept wanting to skim, and that is never a good thing while reading a book. Because the mysteries of this world are not being unfolded I don't have this overwhelming need to read the next book in the series. I don't really care. It is a shame because with my hunch about what will eventually come out of this story I believe that it will end up being a great story. I just think that it could have been a wonderful story if it was told in fewer books with a more honed story line. Oh well. I'll probably continue to read on to see if they get better. At least I am paying a reasonable ebook price for them.

  • Kim
    2019-04-23 19:35

    I absolutely LOVED this book! It's not even out yet and I can't wait for the next one! If you thought Laney was good, wait until you read Darkness. I couldn't put it down, kept me interested throughout and I was anxious to see what happened next! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~RE-READ REVIEW: Ahh... I have to say the second time was much better. I had forgotten a lot of the important details and again am SO glad that I decided to do a re-read before starting the 3rd book, Tainted Blood.As the bond between Laney and Oliver intensifies, so does his over protectiveness and jealousy on both their parts, causing a few tense outbursts through out the book. Having Julz and Carter under the same roof with Laney and Oliver, jealousy is running rampant; not to mention the tensions between Julz and Laney - which eventually erupts into a fight in the kitchen! With Oliver being called out to help with city clean up, Laney is left in the house surrounded by strangers, and her badly injured friend, Carter. Once Julz disappears, Laney finds herself enjoying the company of said strangers - especially Lola, the vampire dog, that she finds comfort in. After a fight with her Aunt Lilly, Laney leaves - only to go back and find her the next day laying in a pool of her own blood. Distraught after loosing the last of her family, she is consumed by anger while trying to come to terms with the turn her life had taken since Oliver had entered, she finds herself blaming him for everything. Because of this, she finds herself becoming closer to Carter, which threatens to tear her and Oliver apart. Finally able to return to their apartment complex, life begins to return to normal. Just as Laney and Oliver are falling back into their comfortable routine, a stupid decision to go out with Carter while Oliver was away on business threatens rip everyone apart.I can't tell you how much I LOVE this series. I highly recommend it to everyone, young and old. Thank you Joann for dedicating so much time to getting their story on paper for everyone to enjoy. I know how hard you work to write it, and publish it all yourself and on behalf of all The Brookehaven Vampire series fans I want to say THANK YOU!

  • Bridget
    2019-05-16 21:51

    Ok I hate to be a spoiler but..... This book had potential and could have been a really good read. The main character was a good smart and strong girl but the author played her like she was stupid. After 1/2 way through the first book it was obvious that Laney is part vampire too. By the end of the first book it was also pretty obvious that her dad (who she never sees and doesn't seem to question it) is the leader of the vampire coven her boyfriend is part of. My problem is even though I've figured that out the character still hasn't! Two full books lead you on and make you think they are going to at least reveal one or two of the mysteries but they don't. WTF! I'm sorry but what a waste!

  • Kim
    2019-05-01 00:55

    ** spoiler alert ** I absolutely LOVED this book! It's not even out yet and I can't wait for the next one! If you thought Laney was good, wait until you read Darkness. I couldn't put it down, kept me interested throughout and I was anxious to see what happened next!~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~RE-READ REVIEW:Ahh... I have to say the second time was much better. I had forgotten a lot of the important details and again am SO glad that I decided to do a re-read before starting the 3rd book, Tainted Blood.As the bond between Laney and Oliver intensifies, so does his over protectiveness and jealousy on both their parts, causing a few tense outbursts through out the book. Having Julz and Carter under the same roof with Laney and Oliver, jealousy is running rampant; not to mention the tensions between Julz and Laney - which eventually erupts into a fight in the kitchen!With Oliver being called out to help with city clean up, Laney is left in the house surrounded by strangers, and her badly injured friend, Carter. Once Julz disappears, Laney finds herself enjoying the company of said strangers - especially Lola, the vampire dog, that she finds comfort in.After a fight with her Aunt Lilly, Laney leaves - only to go back and find her the next day laying in a pool of her own blood. Distraught after loosing the last of her family, she is consumed by anger while trying to come to terms with the turn her life had taken since Oliver had entered, she finds herself blaming him for everything. Because of this, she finds herself becoming closer to Carter, which threatens to tear her and Oliver apart. Finally able to return to their apartment complex, life begins to return to normal. Just as Laney and Oliver are falling back into their comfortable routine, a stupid decision to go out with Carter while Oliver was away on business threatens to rip everyone apart.I can't tell you how much I LOVE this series. I highly recommend it to everyone, young and old.Thank you Joann for dedicating so much time to getting their story on paper for everyone to enjoy. I know how hard you work to write it, and publish it all yourself and on behalf of all The Brookehaven Vampire series fans I want to say THANK YOU!

  • Christine
    2019-04-25 02:57

    I couldn't wait to read this book, and I did enjoy it, but I also found myself frustrated with it. I kept waiting for Laney and Oliver to work through their issues, but they never really did. I hated that they fought through the majority of the book. I read in another review that they didn't like Oliver's attitude in this book, but I found myself disliking Laney's attitude. Yes, she had a lot to deal with, but I felt like she took Oliver for granted, and I even felt like Oliver loved Laney more than she did him. I felt bad for him the whole book. Also, I was waiting to find out more about Laney's father and grandparents, but no further information was given. I'm assuming it will be addressed in the next book? Finally, I feel like Laney's friendship with Carter is going to evolve into a love triangle, I was hoping this series would avoid that. I hope in the next book Laney can get over her issues, and she and Oliver can go back to being happy.

  • Savannah (Books With Bite)
    2019-05-05 18:59

    Since reading the first book, I knew I wanted to read the second. It was good, but some of the plot twist failed to grab me.Plot: This plot pretty much follows the same formula as the first with some slight differences. It’s enjoyable with lots of drama and secrets. It definitely has appeal but some areas lack for me…like the love.Love: UGH! What can I say other than it read like an very dramatic novella. The main character Laney is super whiny and always complaining about something. And Oliver, don’t get me started on him. He lied over and over and Laney just kept on acting surprised. Like, really chick?! I can read him like the back of my hand. He is no good. There are just several things that upsetted me.Ending: The ending ends well with of course lots to go on for the next book. I might pick up the next in hopes that things will change with Laney and Oliver.Overall, this is good. It totally didn’t capture me the way the first book did, but its okay. Darkness is good.

  • NisyKitty VA
    2019-04-22 21:40

    SO many things to blurb out but I wouldn't want to ruin such a great read. It grabs you from the start and keeps you enthralled in their world. You learn so many things when you piece together the little hints that Joann gives you. It had me jumping up and down, saying "I knew it!!...Oh wait, no....OMG! YES" you can't help but get lost in the possibilities. Oliver is mysterious and Laney is slowly finding out about her family. Carter...yup, special indeed and Kiera (smack) lolThe cover is AMAZING!! and fits the book to a T. I can not wait for the third book!!! I've put in my order for a hard copy, this is how badly I need it to be apart of my Vampire Collection. It's a must have!Keep up the great work Joann! For all those that don't have anything nice to say about her awesome books, come see me and my army at Vampires Anonymous! v--v

  • Nadja Mann
    2019-05-13 21:45

    Another awesome book by joann! Such a talented writer! The book was ah-mazing! Had a very hard time putting it down. I would always wonder, what's going to happen next! Everytime I would put it down, it was like a magnet pulling me back to it. Laney was great! Darkness is even greater! You will not be disappointed! Thank you joann for sharing this wonderful world of Laney and her gorgeous knight, Oliver <3cannot wait for book 3!

  • Jess (the cozy reader)
    2019-05-01 02:38

    Great sequel! Man Oliver is really showing his possessive side. I was sad about Laney's aunt :( Julz really freaked me out in this one. Crap she is pyscho! And it pissed me off the way she was treating Issac. Really Julz, I know your bonded with Oscar, who in my opinion is defenitely one egg short of dozen... and your tossing a good guy to the side GOD DAMMIT! It does looks like there could be something going on between Felix and Hayden. I hope Laney and Oliver bond soon!!

  • Georgia Cates
    2019-05-20 01:54

    I waited forever, like the rest of you, for the continuation of Laney and Olivier's story. The entire book was a roller coaster of "Were they gonna do it or not" and I loved every minute of it. The anticipation is killing me, but that's what gets us to buy the next book, am I right? The ending killed me. I want the next one right now. I hope Book 3 comes out a lot quicker. Don't let us down, Joann!!!

  • Michelle
    2019-05-14 01:46

    I was a little disappointed in the storyline. I love the characters, but I just felt like the author wasn't sure which way to go with the story and felt pulled all over the place. I just felt like the book kept leading up to something and then nothing... I am anxious to read the next book. Again, still love the characters & want to find out what happens next...

  • Jamie
    2019-04-26 18:55

    I'm a huge fan of joann's! She is an amazing writer and she never disappointments! I waited for so long for darkness and I was on the edge the whole time. My only problem was that it ended and left me wondering when the third book will be released. Great job Joann! And I can't wait to see what Laney and Oliver get into next!

  • Jennifer Clark
    2019-05-13 19:49

    I love this series.LAney and Oliver are wonderful. Imexcited to see how book 3 will be. Hayden, Felix?? Wow I dont even know what to say. Keep up the amazing work!

  • Cathy Pontious
    2019-05-12 20:01

    Love, Vamps, and Were's, Well book 2 down. Amazing story. Such a whirlwind of emotions. It's hard to put down once you start. A must read book.Happy Reading

  • Cathy Pontious
    2019-05-12 00:38

    Love, Vamps, and Were's,Well book 2 down. Amazing story. Such a whirlwind of emotions. It's hard to put down once you start. A must read book.Happy ReadingEnjoy

  • Alishia
    2019-05-12 02:44

    After the emotional and frightening events of the past few days, Laney and Oliver head to Julz's house to recuperate. Julz is unhappy about her new house guests, and is especially unwelcoming towards Laney. Matters become even worse when Oliver informs Julz that he wants her to tell Laney her story. Laney is finally going to get answers about the mysterious Julz, but will she be able to accept what Julz tells her?With everyone on edge, Laney finds comfort in Oliver – that is until a tragedy occurs, and Laney's life is changed forever. Pulling away from Oliver, Laney begins to feel empty, confused and alone. Will she turn to Oliver for the comfort that she used to feel, or is the distance that is growing between them about to become to great to repair?I loved this novel. I didn't want it to end. Darkness, starts right where the first novel, Laney, ended. The transition from Laney to Darkness, was so smoothly done, that it felt like I was reading another chapter in Laney.When I think of the events that took place in Darkness, the first word that comes to mind is emotional. This novel is quite emotional, as the main character, Laney, experiences a whirlwind of emotions: fear, love, anger, heart-break and grief.She learns what it would be like to be part of a vampire family; she learns more about her friends; and she learns more about Oliver. Laney has so much information to process, that at times it becomes overwhelming for her.Julz causes Laney a great deal of stress. When a secret of Julz's is revealed, I was in complete shock; it was something I never saw coming. I love the twists and turns that author, Joann I. Martin Sowles creates. I have said this before: one of the things that I love about Joann's writing is how she scatters little clues throughout her novels. A character will start to say something then stop, or get interrupted, and I will be left thinking: does that mean what I think it means; could it be; is that possible? I enjoy how Joann writes in a way that lets the reader use their imagination to create theories and possibilities.I felt that it was very easy to understand Laney. She is going through so much, and is at times overwhelmed, confused and sad. I could understand why she was feeling the way she was, and why she made the choices that she did. She pulls away from Oliver in this novel and I can understand why she did.Oliver – Oliver was a bit of a mystery in Darkness, and I really liked that. A different side to him is revealed, and while I was definitely angry with him at times, I enjoyed the mystery that surrounded him. I didn't know what he was thinking sometimes.Early on in the story something happens to one of the characters, and I was shocked by Oliver's response. I was so caught up in the story that I wanted to jump into the novel and slap some sense into him.I loved the presence of Carter in this novel. I don't want to say too much about him, as I don't want to give anything away. I'll just say that more is revealed about Carter and his family. I did miss the friendship between Kiera and Laney a little, but I understood why Kiera was not as present in Darkness, as she was in this first novel, Laney. Laney spends the majority of her time at Julz's home – a place that Kiera cannot be. Laney is discovering more about life with vampires, and deciding if that is the life she truly wants, and at the moment these are topics that she can't discuss with Kiera.I'm also a little suspicious of Hayden. I don't know if I completely trust her. A few times I thought to myself: why did she do that? I also have a feeling that Oliver may be hiding something from Laney. I just don't know what it could possibly be. I can't wait to read the next installment in The Brookehaven Vampires series.Friendship, love, heart-break, mystery and romance collide in Darkness, creating a memorable and captivating story. With so many unexpected moments, I was eagerly turning the pages, wanting to know what would happen next. A fantastic novel.4.5/5*Thank you to Joann I. Martin Sowles for providing me with a copy of Darkness to review.Review originally posted at Treasured Tales for Young Adults.

  • Devon Ashley
    2019-05-04 21:32

    Picking up where Laney left off, Oliver and Laney have fled to the fortress that is Julz's house and is forced to just stay there with the [email protected] woman who is determined to rip her to shreds. And with Felix's insistence, Carter is also there, recovering from a werewolf bite, nervously awaiting the full moon to see what happens. The entire household is on edge, and it strains all their relationships. One night when left alone for once, Laney finally says screw it and goes out with Carter and gets completely drunk off her butt. Can't say I blame her really. But when you have a jealous boyfriend that can't stand anyone giving you the slightest attention, who always seems to know what you're doing and where you are, you'd better be ready for the repercussions, and the wrath of a seriously overprotective vampire.As for the plot in Darkness, I'm still trying to figure that out. Don't get me wrong, I liked Darkness, especially the sexual frustration between Laney and Oliver and their impending bonding, but this novel seems to be made up of lots of little things and not really anything big. As I skimmed through the reviews afterwards, trying to see if anyone caught something I missed, I noticed others felt that way too. I do wish some things would have been answered in this book, cause all I have in the end was lots of unanswered questions. Why does Felix know her grandparents, and what are the odds that he shares the same last name as Laney? How did Laney's illusive dad know something terrible happened in her life, and sent his regards in a freakin' flower arrangement? What's in the hidden room at Laney's Aunt's house, and why didn't Laney go after Carter after he went snooping around in it? Why does Oliver's tattoo seem so familiar? And why won't Oliver explain this whole Brookhaven vampire thing? Cause clearly Laney's family may be involved. Laney doesn't force the issue on any of these things and it's frustrating that she allows herself to stay in the darkness (no pun intended). The only thing I felt Darkness answered was how Carter would react to the werewolf bite come full moon, which was a little weird.I also kind of wish a little more of the story was focused on Laney, since she's the only point of view we get. So much is going on around her and the novel is basically her dealing with everybody elses' issues, save some grief she has to work through herself. It's Laney having to deal with Oliver because of how he has to deal with Julz, and the secret work he's constantly running off to do for his organization that he can't tell her about. Or Laney watching over Carter as he awaits the upcoming full moon. Or Laney dealing with a frantic Keira cause Carter's shut her out and she doesn't know why (cause she's not in on the vampire/werewolf thing - or is she?...everyone around Laney seems to be some kind of vampire-in-waiting). Hopefully the next story will be more about what's happening directly with Laney cause she's definetly got some hidden family secrets, grandparents and a father she didn't know about, and dare I say a possible brother she never knew existed? And Oliver. I'm impatiently waiting for their bond to happen cause the sexual tension is driving me crazy! (in a good way, of course). Novel provided by author for honest review.

  • Dani Quiroz
    2019-04-22 19:33

    *Puede Contener Spoiles del primer libro, Laney. MI OPINIÓN Como dije en el primer libro, Laney, la protagonista, me había gustado por ser aproximarse muchísimo a alguien más normal, más común en la vida real. Digamos que en esta segunda parte desde que empecé a leer hasta que lo terminé hubo embudos o tornados que me llevaban a una velocidad increíble y de repente ya iba por el tercer cuarto del libro... luego una parte de calma y luego un pequeño embudo.En este caso Darkness me gustó un poco menos o igual que Laney. Por ahí le faltó algo más de acción.. como que desde el increíble final lleno de acción que tiene el primer libro, este empieza con casi nada. Las primeras tres cuartas partes se la pasan en la casa de Oliver y la familia de este donde pasan cosas que van haciendo a la historia, sin embargo... es algo medio monótono. Como que el poco cambio de ambiente me aburrió. Durante ese tiempo ellos van y visitan a la tía de Laney (Oh, la tía), o salen al patio del frente o a comer o cosas así... pero hasta ahí llegan.Hay picos de emoción-tensión y desesperación tipo revoleo el libro por la ventana ya, que la mierda, se me hizo imposible despegar los ojos de las páginas en esos momentos. Fue algo así como... vengo trangui.. vengo tranqui.. huy mirá acá me pongo bravo... pero mirá.. volví a ser tranqui. Hay mucha más información sobre la familia de Laney que en el siguiente libro estoy segura que va a dar que hablar bastante.Hay momentos hot. Hay momentos calientes y bastantes cachondos diría yo... capaz hubiera querido más, pero eso es lo que la autora nos da... por ahora ;) Esta vez Laney y Oliver me cayeron un poco mal.. como que en el primer libro es la etapa de "Wooaa, nuestra relación es una monada - somos la mejor pareja" y en este segundo libro se dan con que "Oooopa, una relación no es una cosa fácil. Hombre, tener una relación es una putada. Hay que ir con cuidado y confianza por que sino esto se nos llena de mier*" Y con respecto al final.. el final no se centra en Laney y Oliver sino en su mejor amiga y Carter, un personaje que adquiere un papel más importante en la historia... como que me quedé con una sucesión de caras... primero fue un PokerFace perfecto para el Guinness, después le siguió un W-T-F del tamaño de la casa rosada y después la de FUUUUUUUUUU (A re meme la explicación xD) No sé si no me gustó.. porque no pasó nada que me disgustara. El final.. esos últimos diálogos son bastante impactantes y SUPER inesperados.. pero bueno. No lo esperaba ni hubiera escrito así (en el remoto caso de ser escritora en alguna realidad paralela) O quizás esa es la razón de que sí sea bueno.. quizás que el reflector de luz blanca se aleje de Laney y Oliver sea lo mejor... Darkness es un libro que se las trae. Como lo dice el título puede parecer una cosa algo sosa... hay que saber dónde buscar los detalles que hacen al libro y que contribuyen a la historia, sino parece solo una secuencia de hechos aburrida. Pero, si iluminás esos espacios oscuros, los detalles y los momentos especiales están ahí. A la espera. Puntuación: 3.5/5~ Muy Bueno, recomendable. Dale una oportunidad :)Nos leemos,Jaz

  • Seregon BookWorm
    2019-04-28 02:48

    **Caution: may contain spoilers**After the 1st book, this one made me a little angry...After an incident at the college, it's shut down for a while. To keep Laney safe, Oliver takes her to Julz's and Isaac's house-which turns out to be his house. But that's only 1 secret...After Carter is attacked by a werewolf, everyone is on edge about what will happen to him, since he actually comes from a vampire line. In the heat of emotions Julz (who already doesn't like Laney) spills the beans about Oliver being her maker. What bothers me is that Laney is only angry for a few minutes. WHAT?! That's a major secret and she just lets it go?! I'd be out that f'n door. Aside from the fact that he always leaves to go to 'work' and she's always left in the dark (pun intended perhaps?). She does make mention of it kind of being like a military wife, but maybe that's where my problem is. I never was the kind of woman who was happy being a military or mob wife. Hell, I was in the military, and I worked in a funeral home because *I* want to be the one behind the scenes, not the one who's clueless. I'm not satisfied with just being 'there' and I can't figure out why anyone would be. To not be told by Oliver about Julz would have been a major trust breaker for me. If I were Laney I'd set her on fire. Fucking gothic whore, I REALLY do not like that bitch...Anywho...Later, when Laney and Oliver head to Laney's aunt's house and she yells at her aunt, she later feels it's Oliver's fault she died. She left her aunt for him, stayed with him when she should've been with her and begins to push him away. Then Felix tells her to not be angry with him-it's not his fault-or she'll push him away, too. Um, hello! If it were me, I'd tell him, "you know what? Maybe that's what I need! Furthermore, why would I push him away when he assured me I'm never going to do that, he won't let me go, we're going to be bonded, etc??" But no...all she does is forgive and forget. Why does Oliver constantly make her feel like his actions are her fault? With all the secrets it's no wonder her emotions are all over the place; they're totally justified. But instead of defending herself, all she does is apologize..Seriously, has this girl NO self respect??When Carter and Laney start hanging out-not in a romantic way, but still it makes Oliver jealous- Carter drunkenly kisses Laney (and later apologizes for the mistake he's made) Oliver is upset at them both. You know, with all the secrets I don't blame Laney one bit. Hey Oliver-Karma's a bitch...What else was frustrating was that they keep getting 'interrupted'. Like Laney, I kept feeling left high and dry LOL ...use your imagination on that one ;) Although honestly I'm not sure if it were me that I'd keep trying. I'd be mad for all the shady stuff going on. So why am I giving this 5 stars you ask? Well, because if a book makes me this emotional that I want to climb into it and beat the F out of a character, it's well written enough to make me want to know what happens next...It really is a good book, and I did get attached to Laney and Oliver. So much that I want them to get it on already!

  • Erika
    2019-05-10 21:47

    Title: Darkness (Brookehaven Vampires #2)Author: Joann I. Martin SowlesPublisher: Brookehaven Publishing Number of Pages: 295 Date of Release: October 30th, 2011Summary From Goodreads:Not long ago, Laney Alexander was living a carefree life, that is, until she was thrown into a world full of creatures only the imagination thought possible. Now, after surviving a terrifying night, Laney and Oliver are lying low at Julz's place, relieved to be in each other's arms once again. But fate seems to have other plans... Julz is not happy to have visitors in her home and emotions run high. Laney is pushed to her limits as she watches Carter fight for his life and her relationship with Oliver becomes strained as she discovers secrets about Julz that could tear them apart. As she reaches her boiling point, disaster strikes and her life is shattered. Laney must come to terms with what has unfolded. Will she lose her way and let the darkness consume her or will she find her light in Oliver? Secrets will be revealed. Hearts will be broken. Lives will be lost. Darkness will fall.Review: Oh dear lord guys!! I am hopelessly addicted to this series! If you want to see my review of book one look under Sowles in the Review Archive! I started reading this book during my final exams for second tri and it was such a bad idea!! I sped through my exams so I could read with the remaining time!! Luckily I did well though!! Anyways to say I love this series is to put it kind of lightly is what I am trying to say! Darkness pulled me in and then kicked me out and now I am beating on the door trying to get back in!! I love Laney, she really takes no crap!! She layed down the rules with Oliver in this book and even though he didn’t believe her she went through with her promises even though it took her away from him! I loved that, because it showed she could stand on her own without him. He needed to see that to appreciate him more I believe!! Also we learn Oliver is the tech guru of the vampire world, and I don’t know about you but that is INCREDIBLY SEXY! I love my guys a bit geeky… Anyways the character growth of Carter and and Felix was lovely as well. This isn’t spoilery but one of the characters dies and oh my god I felt it. I really went to that place where you go and feel when you have lost someone you are close to and love. Their were tears, shivers, sobs and it wasn’t a pretty time in my reading life. The connection and description that Sowles rights with is intense. I get to feel every emotion of Laney’s and you know what while that may seem crazy I love it!! I highly recommend this novel to readers! The level is YA/New Adult so it’s more for the mature reader, but really if you’re as mature as I was at 16 you will be fine even 15 probably, I would say! Anyways if you have hesitations on getting this book tweet me @MoonlightReview because I will squah your fears like a bug and you will hit that purchase button!! You can bet your bottom I will be reading every single book in the series from this point out!!

  • Jessica
    2019-05-15 01:49

    For People Who havent read it:Darkness is a good second book in the Brookehaven Vampires series. We get to not only see more into Laney and Olivers lives, but also get to know his family a little better. In this book you get to see more into the lives of Issac, Hayden, Julz, and Felix. They spend a majority of the book at Oliver's house, so there is quite a bit of the other characters in this book. But you still get a lot of Oliver and Laney of course. There relationship faces some hard struggles in this book, Laney realizes she doesn't really know Oliver or much about him. We also get to see a lot more of Carter in this book, not going to tell you why, its nice to see Laney interact with someone other than Oliver. Overall it was a good book, the title definatley reflects the events that happen in this story.FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE READ IT:Let me just start by saying, if I were Laney I would of left Oliver a long time ago. Through a lot of this book I just wished I could slap her and bring her to her senses. I feel like she doesn't stand up for herself with Oliver, like when she finds out he's Julz maker. That should have been the last straw! She should have made him take her out of that house, but no he freakin makes googly eyes at her and then she's over it. I feel like she should have more of a mind of her own, I mean I know she is all in love with him and there like soulmates. But still she should stick up for herself, and not just brush off everything so easy. It was a freakin breath of fresh air when she stays mad at him after her Aunt dies. I felt like she had all this anger from everything else towards him, and heer Aunt dieing just released it. Oh and I'm not even going to talk about Julz, she just pisses me off so much! Ugh! I can't even talk about her! I did find myslef likin Carter a lot more in this book, more than Oliver. I feel like Olvier is always hiding stuff from Laney. And for awhile I kinda hoped she would pick Carter. And even though He proposes to Kiera in the end I think he still likes Laney. He only made up with her cause Laney wanted him too.Anyways even though all the complaining I just did, I did actually like the book. I love Laney even though she does get on my nerves, and I love Oliver too. Im excited for the next book.I wonder if we'll find out more about whatever Felix and Hayden have going on? ;)

  • Fab Fun & Tantalizing Reads
    2019-05-18 02:36

    Sorry if these thoughts are a bit all over the shop and are short and sharp, but thats how I felt when I finished this book a few days ago. I cant get it outta my mind. If Carter is set up as a love interest against Oliver for Laney in book 3, I'm ganna cry. I felt so infuriated and totally unsympathetic towards Laney in this book, even when her Aunt is killed. She just seems so thoughtless and selfish all the time. Why didn't she just demand answers instead of wallowing in her own ridiculous thoughts all the time, being unreasonable? Ughh. For someone so smart she apparently got to skip a grade she sure does do a lot of stupid stuff! I just didn't get why she got so angry with Oliver all the time even before anything happened with Lilly? Weird...Poor Oliver having to put up with a whiney self absorbed brat as his 'almost' mate. Onto her best friend, the friend she couldn't bear to be away from for the year the were supposed to be separate in school - She has always said how important Kiera is to her but didn't really act like it at all in this book. First feeling all sorry for herself that Kiera seems too busy for her, then Laney doesn't giver her a second thought as she just disappears for days, Kiera always seemed like an after thought. And holding hands with her boyfriend constantly, what the! I understand it was in support, but it was just too much. Far too much. I just wanted to throw my kindle across the room each time I read about her 'visiting' with Carter and any scene they were in together. Sigh.I was left feeling unsatisfied at the end of this book, I didn't feel like I had learnt anything about Laneys family or anything at all really.Can't wait for book 3 where I hope Laney can get her stuff together and start treating Oliver like the light she claims he is to her & for them to mate. Im desperate to find more about her father (the Coven leader perhaps?), more about the secret discussions with Felix, and her grandparents.What's ganna happen with Julz? Is Hayden having a secret forbidden affair with Felix? And, will there be repercussions when they find out Oliver has tasted Laneys blood? Bring on book 3 already...I need more Oliver & Felix :D

  • Jodie
    2019-05-07 21:32

    Sorry if these thoughts are a bit all over the shop and are short and sharp, but thats how I felt when I finished this book a few days ago. I cant get it outta my mind. If Carter is set up as a love interest against Oliver for Laney in book 3, I'm ganna cry. I felt so infuriated and totally unsympathetic towards Laney in this book, even when her Aunt is killed. She just seems so thoughtless and selfish all the time. Why didn't she just demand answers instead of wallowing in her own ridiculous thoughts all the time, being unreasonable? Ughh. For someone so smart she apparently got to skip a grade she sure does do a lot of stupid stuff! I just didn't get why she got so angry with Oliver all the time even before anything happened with Lilly? Weird...Poor Oliver having to put up with a whiney self absorbed brat as his 'almost' mate. Onto her best friend, the friend she couldn't bear to be away from for the year the were supposed to be separate in school - She has always said how important Kiera is to her but didn't really act like it at all in this book. First feeling all sorry for herself that Kiera seems too busy for her, then Laney doesn't giver her a second thought as she just disappears for days, Kiera always seemed like an after thought. And holding hands with her boyfriend constantly, what the! I understand it was in support, but it was just too much. Far too much. I just wanted to throw my kindle across the room each time I read about her 'visiting' with Carter and any scene they were in together. Sigh.I was left feeling unsatisfied at the end of this book, I didn't feel like I had learnt anything about Laneys family or anything at all really.Can't wait for book 3 where I hope Laney can get her stuff together and start treating Oliver like the light she claims he is to her & for them to mate. Im desperate to find more about her father (the Coven leader perhaps?), more about the secret discussions with Felix, and her grandparents.What's ganna happen with Julz? Is Hayden having a secret forbidden affair with Felix? And, will there be repercussions when they find out Oliver has tasted Laneys blood? Bring on book 3 already...I need more Oliver & Felix :D

  • OpenBookSociety.com
    2019-05-07 22:53

    Review brought to you by OBS staff member AngieBeware of spoilersDarkness by Joann Martin Sowles is the second installment in The Brookehaven Vampire Series. In the previous book, Laney, we met the main characters Laney, Oliver, Carter, Kiera, Julz, Felix, Issac, and Hailey. Darkness picks up LITERALLY right where Laney left off. If it’s been a while since you read Laney I recommend that you refresh yourself. I found myself having to go back and re-read a few chapters to catch up.We pick up with Laney and Oliver having escaped the fight and they are now in hiding. Oliver has taken Laney back to Julz and Issac’s for safekeeping. Julz is not at all happy to have Laney there and she has no problem letting everyone know. You could cut the tension with a knife… or a letter opener… just saying (wink).Carter was bitten by a werewolf in the incident and no one is quite sure what will happen when the moon is full. While he heals, he is staying at Julz’s as well. Add Felix into the mix for extra protection and there’s quite a houseful. The college has been closed until further notice so Laney and Oliver get a lot of alone time together. Oliver is determined to bond with Laney and she is determined to allow it to happen, but with that many folks in the house will they ever get any privacy?Without giving away any spoilers I’ll just tell you to have your kleenex handy. There were so many emotional moments for me. And not just the sappy ones, but the sexy ones and the funny ones. Sowles writes the sexual tension in a brilliant way. I could feel the ache that Laney was experiencing (yay for the hubster!) and was eager to see Laney and Oliver take their relationship to the next level.There is a scene with Laney and Carter that had me giggling like a maniac …and craving Peppermint Schnapps!! Ahhh to be young and carefree and drunk!Once again Sowles has left me eager for “the rest of the story” and I can’t wait until Book 3 comes out.http://openbooksociety.com/article/jo...

  • ILoveBooks
    2019-05-03 18:44

    Laney and her potential mate are back for another action-packed, paranormal story. The reader will dive right into the book within the first couple of pages. It is recommended that the reader first pick up Laney or risk not knowing quite a few facts from the first book. Laney is still clever and witty, though she is a little whiny in this book. Oliver still has that raspy, charismatic voice that will make the reader fall a little bit in love with him. He is very protective and caring towards Laney. However, his protective instincts keep her from learning of more than a few pertinent facts. The reader will react to these characters throughout the book, the mark of a good author. The action is not so pronounced in this book. Much more background information is provided to both Laney and the reader, they must sift through the information and decide what to make of it. The secondary characters are developed more and the reader will have a change to get to know them much better. A character returns who has the potential to cause a lot of trouble between Laney and Oliver. The reader will love Laney and Oliver's relationship as it grows more and the question-will Laney become a vampire?-is on the forefront of the readers' mind. The author writes very well, the reader will not be confused by the characters or events. The events flow nicely, there are not many awkward transitions. The reader will have a lot to look forward to with regards to Laney and Oliver from this author!

  • Melissa
    2019-05-01 01:53

    WOw. Wow. Wow! I love love loved this book! This book is the sequel to Laney and it blew me away. I loved this book because it had so much in it. You never knew what was going to happen, what Laney was thinking, nothing it was unpredictable and I loved every single page of this book!Laney in this one is kind of spiraling into darkness. She has so much happening in this book, and has no idea how to process it all. Throughout this whole book I was thinking Damn she is one strong girl. She kept going, not really talking about it, and it killed me and also Oliver. Oliver is supposed to be the one person she can trust to tell her the truth and again he is keeping secrets from her and when they come out she only looks at it as a betrayal for which she should I think. Also in the sotry you can kind of guess who her father is witht he little snippets you get. Laney is still recovering from one loss when another happens without her knowing why or what she ever did wrong. Laney is a kickass character who is straight up. She doesn't like the lying or the with holding of the truth. Julz pushes her buttons and ours as readers with how cold and messed up she is. But you fall in love with the characters and it makes you feel like you are an extra friend one in the back round but knows everything that is going on. This book has everything you need and will always keep you on the edge of your seat guessing what the hell is Laney going to do next! I know that is my question for what is to come!!!

  • Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale
    2019-04-28 01:53

    I was again blown away by Joann's ability to write such an amazing story. Laney and Oliver's relationship is by far anything but easy. Trying to be in a relationship with an over protective vampire is definitely not as easy as Laney thought it was going to be.I am a big fan of Joann's she has this great ability to make you feel like you are sucked into her stories. I absolutely adored the first novel Laney and I was thrilled that Darkness lived up to my expectations. Darkness is filled with as much excitement as Laney but with less action.I loved how she focused on some of the "smaller" character's in Darkness more.If you read Laney then you understand how talented Joann is. Oliver seems to be experiencing an inner emotional turmoil that is causing him to react to situations more heatedly then he normally would. I am not sure what is going on with Oliver exactly but he was coming off as very aggressive in Darkness. His love for Laney is causing his true nature to shine through.Laney does her best to deal with Oliver's overprotectivness as well she can but it is driving her insane. She finds herself just wanting a little bit of freedom.Darkness is filled with love,death,betrayal and trying to figure out exactly where you fit within the world of vampires. Such an amazing read. A read that you can get through in one sitting. I am a huge fan of Joann and The Brookhaven Vampires series.

  • Annette M Guerriero Nishimoto
    2019-05-03 00:54

    Today's review is on Darkness: The Brookehaven Vampires, #2 by Joann I. Martin SowlesAfter waiting so long for this second installment in the Brookehaven series, I am left with mixed feelings. One thing for certain is that compared to Laney; in my opinion, Darkness is basically a flop.Laney was so needy and whiny throughout the entire book, and because it has taken so long for this book to come out, I couldn't remember if she was as bad in the first one. Though there were moments between her and Oliver that were exciting, most of the time it was pretty boring. Though the book description makes it seem bigger than it actually is, Laney did suffer from a traumatic event. Without knowing exactly who the perp. responsible is, Oscar is suspected to be involved.After being bitten by a werewolf, Carter struggles to recover. No one in the group knows what will happen when the Full Moon rises, and when it does everyone is surprised with the outcome.There were ample opportunities in Darkness where the author could have "run with it", but unfortunately she didn't. This, along with the massive amount of editing mistakes, Darkness shouldn't even earn 2 stars, but I'm feeling generous today. I sincerely hope for two things in regards to the next book in the series: 1. That it doesn't take as long as Darkness to come out.2. That it get some serious editing done.2 of 5 starsAvailable at Amazon

  • Susan
    2019-05-01 23:42

    Darkness leads us futher into the paranormal world that Laney has discovered surrounding her academic life, and a deeper understanding that the life she thought she had was only a small insignificant portion of what was destined to develop. As her romance with Oliver deepens, she's led into a world of love and loss, at the same time as she discovers her place in it.Ms. Sowles’ vampires do not glitter, and apparently don’t feel that marriage is all that necessary. They “bond” …for life, and it can be dangerous. They are very fast, and they like high-octane cars. Some of these vamps are sun-phobic and at the very least, the sun is hard on their eyes, so their cars have deeply tinted glass and they are fond of dark sunglasses. But, most are day-walkers. They have fangs that, in a healthy vampire, retract into fang pockets. At least the mixed bloods do. For the pure bloods it works a bit differently. And, it takes more than a bite to turn a human; the human must drink from the blood of their attacker. They have a great sense of smell, and are apparently overcome to the point of vomiting, by the stench of freshly carved pumpkins. Who knew? Some have extra abilities, and some are just plain crazy. Laney and Oliver's lives intertwine to produce a really fun, faced-paced read. I loved every minute of it. My only regret is that I have only one more installment to read before I have to wait for the author to complete more!