The Complete Darkness Collection

Leslie Lee Sanders
The Complete Darkness Collection
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Publisher
LLS Books
Release Date
November 2013
ISBN
0615873960
Series
Book 4 of Refuge Inc.
Genre
Action/Adventure Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Science Fiction/Futuristic, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
Includes all three installments of the Refuge Inc. series.

Before the Darkness (Book 1)

After an asteroid strikes Earth, a series of violent earthquakes destroy secluded Phoenix and leave survivor Elliot struggling to stay focused in the bleak aftermath. He meets fellow survivor, Adam, and together they search for reliable shelter and other survivors while distant, murky clouds fast approach. Their hunt for shelter leads them down an alternate path when they find spray painted symbols directing them to a mysterious place: Refuge Inc.

Amid the Darkness (Book 2)

Weeks after an asteroid strikes Earth, hurling Elliot and Adam into a fight for their survival, the two take shelter in an underground compound known as Refuge Inc. Shaking their past seems impossible as it comes back to haunt them, weakening the foundation of their relationship. Elliot, hung up on guilt over his former actions, tries to right his wrongs which leads him face-to-face with the troubling secrets of the compound. Adam's run-in with the enigmatic prophet makes him question Refuge Inc. and the survivors' future.

Beyond the Darkness (Book 3)

Phoenix—a dark, vast ruin, speckled with sporadic rays of light pushing its way through the dark, dense clouds. Adam and Elliot wander the collapsed city for days before taking shelter at the nearly-standing Arrowhead hospital. Their days are filled with hopes of rescue and a deep need for emotional and mental closeness, until a harsh reality take over their thoughts—their food and supplies are dwindling, and they are in desperate need of assistance and reprieve. They're forced to return to the hellish compound, also known as Refuge Inc.

WARNING: Contains explicit male-male sexual practices, graphic language, some violence and brief descriptions of the dead.

Book Review by Susan Mac Nicol (author,reviewer)
Jan 18, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
116 people found the following review helpful
This collection was a breathtaking read. I've not read much of science fiction/fantasy M/M before and this was quite a ride.

Elliot and Adam are catapulted together after an asteroid strikes Earth and turns everything to dust and darkness. They find each other on the dusty road and both are overjoyed at finding another living person in the destruction of what is left of the world. The fact they appear to be the only ones alive makes an incredible bond and they find they really begin to need each other to bolster themselves.

But it's not all easygoing. Elliot is gay and feels a strong attraction to Adam. Adam appears straight and has a girlfriend, and he has no idea whether she's alive or dead. As they travel through the sparse and wrecked landscape, they comes to terms with each other and both begin to feel things they never thought they would.

Adam is confused at the depth of his feeling for Elliot, and when they finally have their first kiss, both men are left confused and guilty. And their first sexual experience solidifies the feelings they have as they believe they are all alone in the world.

And talking of the world...wow. There is a wonderful world building element to this story, a rich tapestry of description and views that draw you into this lost place, this picture of darkness and makes you see it through different eyes. It's strong and detailed and you can picture it in your mind's eye.

It can get a bit complicated, at least for me. There's a lot of deception, political intrigue, power struggles, government manipulation and that of individuals, too, as they strive to become top dog in a wrecked world. The truth itself is earth shattering when Adam and Elliot are finally exposed to it.

The characters of Adam and Elliot are very well drawn, Elliot at first being a little afraid then becoming stronger as the story unfolds, and Adam being quite the alpha male and becoming more tender and nurturing as he gets closer to Elliot. They are both strong, determined and intelligent men and sometimes the power struggle between them is their undoing.

The ending for me was a little unsatisfactory as it seemed to end on a cliffhanger and I'm not fond of those. There seemed to me to be an unanswered question. But I have to say this was a very captivating read, one that really delves into the human psyche and shows us how humans can be both cruel and loving.

If you are a fan of the dystopian story and love M/M romance as well, then this is a great read, and definitely recommended.
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