Sixty-four days in captivity. Sixty-four days to lose yourself—or find yourself.

I’m Ava Donovan. I was abducted at the age of nineteen. I’m told I’m a survivor, but the truth is, I only survived because he saved me. Even when he kept me locked in that room—he saved me.

Constantly wondering when and how you will die, that does something to you. To your mind. But what do you do when it does something to your heart? What do you do when the man holding you captive seems just as broken as you are, when his mere presence becomes a comfort you crave—when you love him even though you shouldn’t?

You smile and tell yourself it’s okay because love has no morals.

Sixty-four days in captivity gave me a love most people will never have and my freedom took it all away

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

He’s following the rules, and if I am the one who makes him break those rules—well, isn’t that the type of thing romance stories are based on? Isn’t that what every woman dreams of? Having her love be something so special and pure that it can turn a beast into a man?


Fans of dark reads will surely enjoy DARKEST BEFORE DAWN. I found Stevie J Cole’s writing in this one at times to be beautifully poetic. This story is quite gritty and often very hard to endure but ultimately it is about love, and how it defines us. Our need to be loved can sometimes drive us to do things we would never have imagined doing.

We are thrust right into a very intense and traumatizing moment for the Hero during the prologue. This event leaves a lasting impact on Max Carter’s life and ends up sending him down a very dark path. Years after the horrific night he lost both of his parents, Max is in the process of getting his life back on track. He’s no longer using drugs and has left his life of crime. Max goes to pay a visit to his little sister, Lila, and soon finds out that she has been missing for almost a week. When he goes to the police station to file a missing person report, he is told that his sister is a known drug addict and prostitute and that her case would be put at the bottom of the department’s list of priorities. Enraged by the lack of concern by law enforcement, Max decides to take matters into his own hands. He soon finds out that his sister was abducted and ultimately sold within the sex slave ring. Max comes face to face with his sister’s captor and now here’s where the story takes a bizarre turn, he has to then become the monster in order to find his sister.


Eighteen-year-old Ava Donovan was out with her boyfriend when she was abducted by two unsavory characters. She was then brought to some rundown looking house in the middle of nowhere and thrown into a dark and creepy basement. After about a week of being locked away in the basement with very little food or human interaction, Ava meets the man who will be her handler, the man who will play the ultimate mind games to get her ready to be sold as a sex slave, and that man is MAX CARTER!!!!! Our hero throws himself deep in the sex slave trade ring in hopes of finding his sister. He’s already been responsible for training numerous abducted women. They had all been prostitutes without any family ties but this time, it’s different with Ava. Ava comes from a very wealthy family with some rather unexpected ties that you’ll find out later in the story. Someone hired Max’s counterparts to murder Ava but they decided it would be more beneficial in the long run to sell her as a slave instead.

Max has reservations about going through with the plans to sell Ava since she is not like all the other girls and something about her calls to him. Ava also sees that there’s something deep in Max that she connects to and there’s also no denying that they both feel a strong physical attraction between them. As the two become more tightly bound to one another, Max realizes that there’s no way he can let anything happen to Ava but he still has the matter of finding his sister to deal with.

Things get seriously twisted and extremely bloody during the latter half of the story. Max and Ava will both go through more devastating turmoil. Will they be able to find an HEA when there is so much stacked up against them?

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