Darkness Matters by Jay McLean

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It’s the same old story, really.
Good versus evil.
Heroes versus villains.
Light versus dark.
For two years, college freshman Noah Morgan lived his life somewhere in the middle, fighting darkness and light, always searching for answers to a single question:
Why, Noah, why?
The same three words keep him up at night, struggling for air while gripping a plastic cylinder containing white pills to match the white label with his name printed in ink as deep and dark as his memories—memories that turned him into a recluse.
A shut-in.
An introvert.
Luckily for him, that’s not how the girl next door sees him.


Darkness Matters is the story of Andie and Noah. Two people who have a dark past and are trying to survive their future. It was such a great read. 

Andie had her whole life planned out her her. She is incredibly smart and was going to go to college and do things. But she was young and stupid and made some bad decisions that derailed her plans. She is trying to keep on the up and up now so that she can have a better future. And those straight and narrow path plans don't include the neighbor boy, no matter how much she likes him or feels a connection with him. She obviously cannot trust her own judgement. I mean look where it landed her last time? 

Noah is a loner. A recluse. He doesn't talk to many people, he doesn't like to be in a crowd, he keeps to himself. He stays in his room most of the time and he is okay with that. He has some dark things that happened in his past as well. And when he moves in next to Andie and her twin sister he starts coming out of his shell. A little bit. For Andie. He likes her right from the start, but he is incredibly shy and awkward, but she seems to see him for him. 

I loved reading the story of these two characters. They both have baggage, but sharing that sometimes lessens the burden. I loved how their pasts were revealed slowly so you don't really know what happened. I especially enjoyed how the author dealt with Noah's past and his situation. Noah and Andie have a connection, but can anything happen there? Andie still is on rocky ground and Noah could upset everything she has worked for. Oh this story. It was great.

*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

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About the Author:

Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she's not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.

She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.


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