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*This is a standalone dark romance.* EMMY “One bronze, oval button. One push. One ding, one dong. And it will all be real.” I never thought it would be easy. And, yet, nothing could have prepared me for this. For them. For him. The second the black walls of the Matthews House swallow me whole, I know it’s a dangerous game I’m playing. One that threatens to consume me. Taunt me. *This is a standalone dark romance.* EMMY “One bronze, oval button. One push. One ding, one dong. And it will all be real.” I never thought it would be easy. And, yet, nothing could have prepared me for this. For them. For him. The second the black walls of the Matthews House swallow me whole, I know it’s a dangerous game I’m playing. One that threatens to consume me. Taunt me. Cut, burn, and bleed me dry. Until there’s nothing left to take. In the end, I will find the dark in a way I never expected. In the end . . . I will question everything. ADAM “Ash and dust. Death and murder. When you have no soul, there’s no fear of losing it. And without fear . . . you’re limitless.” She’s supposed to be a pawn. A gift. Some kind of fucked up way to screw with my head. Another doll, another day. But no one, not even my brothers, know the secrets of my past. None of us could know what the girl’s presence here really means. For them. For her. Or what secrets of her own she has buried deep behind those deceptively innocent eyes. But no secret stays buried forever. And not even I can pull the strings when we’re dancing in the dark. *PLEASE BE ADVISED: this book contains triggers. Dark themes, characters with questionable morals, questionable sexual situations, violence, murder, abuse (including minors), sex, and profanity.


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*This is a standalone dark romance.* EMMY “One bronze, oval button. One push. One ding, one dong. And it will all be real.” I never thought it would be easy. And, yet, nothing could have prepared me for this. For them. For him. The second the black walls of the Matthews House swallow me whole, I know it’s a dangerous game I’m playing. One that threatens to consume me. Taunt me. *This is a standalone dark romance.* EMMY “One bronze, oval button. One push. One ding, one dong. And it will all be real.” I never thought it would be easy. And, yet, nothing could have prepared me for this. For them. For him. The second the black walls of the Matthews House swallow me whole, I know it’s a dangerous game I’m playing. One that threatens to consume me. Taunt me. Cut, burn, and bleed me dry. Until there’s nothing left to take. In the end, I will find the dark in a way I never expected. In the end . . . I will question everything. ADAM “Ash and dust. Death and murder. When you have no soul, there’s no fear of losing it. And without fear . . . you’re limitless.” She’s supposed to be a pawn. A gift. Some kind of fucked up way to screw with my head. Another doll, another day. But no one, not even my brothers, know the secrets of my past. None of us could know what the girl’s presence here really means. For them. For her. Or what secrets of her own she has buried deep behind those deceptively innocent eyes. But no secret stays buried forever. And not even I can pull the strings when we’re dancing in the dark. *PLEASE BE ADVISED: this book contains triggers. Dark themes, characters with questionable morals, questionable sexual situations, violence, murder, abuse (including minors), sex, and profanity.

30 review for Dancing in the Dark

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dri ✰

    ★ 5+ stars! ★ “I don’t want to be whole anymore. I want you to see my pieces.” ▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬ O-M-F-G! DARK, TWISTED, and so fu**ing good! Este livro é o primeiro que leio da autora e foi uma grande e inesperada supresa! Eu não imaginava que iria gostar tanto! Os personagens principais são extremamente interessantes e intrigantes, além de muito bem construídos. E não falo somente sobre os principais, TODOS de certa forma tiveram algum peso e importância dentro da trama, o que eu p ★ 5+ stars! ★ “I don’t want to be whole anymore. I want you to see my pieces.” ▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬⋆▬ O-M-F-G! DARK, TWISTED, and so fu**ing good! Este livro é o primeiro que leio da autora e foi uma grande e inesperada supresa! Eu não imaginava que iria gostar tanto! Os personagens principais são extremamente interessantes e intrigantes, além de muito bem construídos. E não falo somente sobre os principais, TODOS de certa forma tiveram algum peso e importância dentro da trama, o que eu particularmente gostei muito. “So young and ignorant. Not everyone needs a traumatic childhood to access their true impulses. Some of us are in tune enough with our inner selves to light our own path. While others need to be guided.” Confesso que alguns em particular despertaram o meu interesse e por mais perversas que foram suas atitudes, eu senti uma vontade muito grande de entrar em suas mentes e descobrir todos os seus segredos e intenções... dissecar cada cantinho obscuro. “His raw, carnal energy is the match to my flames. In this moment, I don’t care if I’m swallowed up and left as ash scattered in the wind. At least then I’d get to fly.” A tensão existente entre Emmy & Adam foi pra lá de inflamante. Foi excitante ver cada encontro destes dois. Adam... *suspiro* é simplesmente foda! 🔥🔥 “I’m made of ice, a place where warm things go to die.” Eu já li vários livros com temas pesados, sombrios e até mesmo horripilantes. Algumas histórias se repetem, outras não... E foi isso que mais me surpreendeu e fascinou neste livro, a forma como a autora conseguiu construir tão bem uma trama, de maneira brilhante e ao mesmo tempo única. “This is good for you. Death is a thing of beauty, and it needs to be executed in such a way that does it justice.” A escrita dela é maravilhosa, envolvente e intrigante. A cada página minha curiosidade aumentava, queria saber mais e mais. A leitura fluiu de maneira bem gostosa e mesmo que algumas cenas tenham me causado desconforto, ainda assim digo que foi uma leitura prazerosa e eletrizante! Definitivamente esta autora entrou no meu radar e ficarei de olho nos seus próximos lançamentos! “You look stunning when you’re not hiding.” My eyelids flutter shut, and I whisper, “I don’t want to hide. Not from you.” “So don’t.” When he nips below my jaw, my toes curl. “Show me everything.” Dancing in the Dark contém uma história muito bem escrita, com personagens interessantíssimos e um enredo muito bem desenvolvido. E eu adorei cada minutinho dessa incrível leitura! PS: Este é um livro dark com tema e cenas que talvez causarão desconforto em leitores mais sensíveis. Portanto, recomendo somente para aqueles que gostam de livros com temas mais pesados e violentos. Caso contrário, corra no sentido oposto!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

    I knew just from reading the synopsis that this book was going to be perfect for me. The more dark and twisted a book is, the more I seem to love it. I am not going to question what that says about me...I am just embracing it (lol). That said, Miz Martin was a new author for me, and you always run the risk when you try something new that it could all end up pear-shaped. Luckily, that was not the case here. I was blown away by how excellent this book turned out to be. I haven't had a read that co I knew just from reading the synopsis that this book was going to be perfect for me. The more dark and twisted a book is, the more I seem to love it. I am not going to question what that says about me...I am just embracing it (lol). That said, Miz Martin was a new author for me, and you always run the risk when you try something new that it could all end up pear-shaped. Luckily, that was not the case here. I was blown away by how excellent this book turned out to be. I haven't had a read that consumed me this much in a LONG while. The writing was phenomenal. It is quite a long book, but the pace was perfect, and I never grew bored or felt the need to skim. It is told in a dual POV format and through flashbacks. The plot was super engaging. It was dark. It was twisted. It was f-cked up. It was bloody. It was somewhat spicy. There wasn't any OW drama, but there was quite a bit of OM drama. There are some sexual things done to the heroine by the brothers, and there is also (view spoiler)[ rape. (hide spoiler)] There was a fantastic cast of secondary characters. Some I loved. Some I hated. Some intrigued me enough that I would love to read more about them. Both the main characters were likable. The heroine slightly more than the hero. But that was just because I thought it took a bit too long for him to "man up" and make the heroine his. Last, it was all wrapped up in a very satisfying way with one loose end hanging that hopefully means this author will be revisiting her dark side again soon.

  3. 5 out of 5

    SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

    INTRIGUED! Stand-alone. LIVE! | AMZ US | AMZ UK | Blurb: EMMY “One bronze, oval button. One push. One ding, one dong. And it will all be real.” I never thought it would be easy. And, yet, nothing could have prepared me for this. For them. For him. The second the black walls of the Matthews House swallow me whole, I know it’s a dangerous game I’m playing. One that threatens to consume me. Taunt me. Cut, burn, and bleed me dry. Until there’s nothing left to take. In the end, I will find the dark in a way INTRIGUED! Stand-alone. LIVE! | AMZ US | AMZ UK | Blurb: EMMY “One bronze, oval button. One push. One ding, one dong. And it will all be real.” I never thought it would be easy. And, yet, nothing could have prepared me for this. For them. For him. The second the black walls of the Matthews House swallow me whole, I know it’s a dangerous game I’m playing. One that threatens to consume me. Taunt me. Cut, burn, and bleed me dry. Until there’s nothing left to take. In the end, I will find the dark in a way I never expected. In the end . . . I will question everything. ADAM “Ash and dust. Death and murder. When you have no soul, there’s no fear of losing it. And without fear . . . you’re limitless.” She’s supposed to be a pawn. A gift. Some kind of fucked up way to screw with my head. Another doll, another day. But no one, not even my brothers, know the secrets of my past. None of us could know what the girl’s presence here really means. For them. For her. Or what secrets of her own she has buried deep behind those deceptively innocent eyes. But no secret stays buried forever. And not even I can pull the strings when we’re dancing in the dark.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Snow

    T.L. Martin is a new author for me, but Danielle Lori loved this book of hers, then pointed it out to me, and since I admire and respect this talented babe so much, and I also love the thrill of discovering new authors, I decided to go in... So here I am...excited😏 and eager to meet maybe another winner author for me! The story Emmy Highland is concerned about the disappearance of her sister Frankie, and in her ways of trying to find her, she extorts the final option of dialing the number her siste T.L. Martin is a new author for me, but Danielle Lori loved this book of hers, then pointed it out to me, and since I admire and respect this talented babe so much, and I also love the thrill of discovering new authors, I decided to go in... So here I am...excited😏 and eager to meet maybe another winner author for me! The story Emmy Highland is concerned about the disappearance of her sister Frankie, and in her ways of trying to find her, she extorts the final option of dialing the number her sister wrote last. And now, she's entering The Matthews house. She would willingly sign a contract to work as a secretary there but actually meaning a servant, an obeying full service servant to four men, the Matthews brothers - Raife, Felix, Griff and Adam or she would be claimed by one of them. Ground rules are simple, really: blondes only....only women who get off on what we have to offer, they come to us and a standard year-long contract is the sweet spot. But Emmy stands out with her long black hair and light blue eyes, she's the uncanny darkness and a vision from the past of these four men. Her plan to discover what happened to her sister will be filled with the darkness looming around those four men, while slowly all the hidden agenda of revenge, violence and reveleations would consume her along with the undeniable darken connection to Adam Matthews in the most revealing primal and tormented ways possible... and she's not even aware of it... until all the broken pieces come falling together in one messed up, twisted mosaic of blended past and present and future. The steel walls that once trapped me are now the embodiment of power. In the same way we own our bodies, our hearts, our souls. This place is no longer my cage. It's my domain. "Welcome home, baby" I am amazed by the storytelling. It's gripping, captivating, suspenseful and thrilling. The anticipating revealing segment of the plot came in the right moment, at a slowly graduately built pace, even though you actually "know and suspect" the truth and still, you are pushing through the pages just to see the very "realization" written on the faces of the main characters. And they are all equally interesting in their dark vengeful ways, but still Adam is the most complex one, the inner struggle with darkness and redemption seeking is almost as infuriating as it is liberating in the end but I loved seeing him unravel completely while Emmy actually hightened it all though out her own self-revelation. Highly recommended. ***ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review***

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carvanz

    I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book. I knew it was supposed to be dark, but dang…I didn’t realize it was going to be all kinds of dark twisty goodness. Emmy is looking for her sister who has gone missing. Following a shadowy trail, she ends up as a “secretary” at Matthew House in a position that in no way mirrors that of a secretary. Within hours of her arrival she meets the Matthew brothers and is instantly pulled into a dark and dangerous world where she has signed aw I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book. I knew it was supposed to be dark, but dang…I didn’t realize it was going to be all kinds of dark twisty goodness. Emmy is looking for her sister who has gone missing. Following a shadowy trail, she ends up as a “secretary” at Matthew House in a position that in no way mirrors that of a secretary. Within hours of her arrival she meets the Matthew brothers and is instantly pulled into a dark and dangerous world where she has signed away all of her rights. Adam lives a dark and bloody life. His dark days are spent seeking those he longs to cut into and watch as they bleed out. With Emmy’s arrival, his mind begins to drift into thoughts of a knife in her hand and the desire to see the real woman behind the Matthew House’s forced persona. There are some crazy wacked out characters in this book and two of them are the hero and heroine. And yet, I absolutely loved them and cheered them on even as I knew there was no way this couple could ever have a happy ending. Their lives were too twisted, their psyches too damaged. As secrets were revealed I was on the edge just waiting to see how all of this darkness would play out. Dancing in the Dark pulled me in from page one and didn’t let me go until the very end. I was completely enthralled with each of these characters, their pasts, their current actions and what future steps they would take. This book has a slower pace along with a sadistic tone, definitely painted in black and white with bold splashes of red. And I devoured every word! None of them are used as filler and there was a real fear that if I skipped one of them I would miss a vital piece of information or characterization. While this does leave a loose end, it felt completed as this couple do find their happy ever after. I’m curious to see if we will have another book to help tie up that little thread that is left dangling. If so, please sign me up! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; the h does not kiss or have sex with any of the brothers except for the H; two of the brothers try to manipulate her and the H and in that effort attempt to use her sexually but the H stops it (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[childhood neglect/abuse; extreme violence; attempted rape; forced oral sex; two of the brothers were raped when young but this is only mentioned and it occurred off page; knife play; strong elements of BDSM but without the possibility of a safe word (hide spoiler)]

  6. 4 out of 5

    ⊱✿⊰ Alicia ⊱✿⊰

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Melanie A.

    4 STARS!! "I don't want to be whole anymore. I want you to see my pieces." Holy darkness! This was quite the trip to Crazy Town! The story begins with Emmy arriving at a secret location to begin a one-year contract as a submissive . . . this is where the search for her missing sister has led her. Armed with nothing but her determination, she's not wholly prepared for the games she finds behind the front door. Four deeply disturbed brothers + a house full of masochistic submissives + dark, horr 4 STARS!! "I don't want to be whole anymore. I want you to see my pieces." Holy darkness! This was quite the trip to Crazy Town! The story begins with Emmy arriving at a secret location to begin a one-year contract as a submissive . . . this is where the search for her missing sister has led her. Armed with nothing but her determination, she's not wholly prepared for the games she finds behind the front door. Four deeply disturbed brothers + a house full of masochistic submissives + dark, horrifying secrets = a great read! Wow, this one bordered a lot closer to horror than I've ever ventured before. But I thought the author struck a good balance between the more gruesome aspects of the story (which were not perpetrated against the submissives) with the intense, twisted romance between Emmy and Adam. Something about her tone makes my shoulders stiffen. It's warm and affectionate, two things that don't belong anywhere near me. Emmy and Adam were actually two peas in a pod, lol, and their explosive relationship completely held my interest. The plot pulled me along at a brisk pace and I never once skimmed or considered not finishing. This was some great dark reading. :D I'll definitely be checking out more by T.L. Martin!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥

    RTC

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Dancing in the Dark had everything I could ever want in a dark romance. ✔ a twisted alpha male ✔ mindfuckery ✔ hot as hell steamy times ✔ beautiful writing ✔ and blood, of course Emmy's sister went missing, and while searching through her sister's things, she comes across a business card with a phone number on it. That phone number takes her to a mansion, Matthews House, where she becomes entangled in the mystery of her sister's disappearance, the twisted lives of the four brothers who live there, her Dancing in the Dark had everything I could ever want in a dark romance. ✔ a twisted alpha male ✔ mindfuckery ✔ hot as hell steamy times ✔ beautiful writing ✔ and blood, of course Emmy's sister went missing, and while searching through her sister's things, she comes across a business card with a phone number on it. That phone number takes her to a mansion, Matthews House, where she becomes entangled in the mystery of her sister's disappearance, the twisted lives of the four brothers who live there, her own internal struggle with the dark side, and even love. I loved everything about it. It's dark, sexy, and suspenseful. A page-turner that I highly recommend!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Wow! T.L. Martin has written a deliciously dark, riveting story that had me on the edge of my seat burning through the pages as fast as I could. While this was her first book delving into the dark romance world, you’d never know it. It’s beautifully written, captivating the reader from the first page and pulling you into Emmy and Adam’s dark world. After her sister Frankie disappeared, Emmy knew she had to do whatever it took to find her. Even if that meant infiltrating the Matthews house and bec Wow! T.L. Martin has written a deliciously dark, riveting story that had me on the edge of my seat burning through the pages as fast as I could. While this was her first book delving into the dark romance world, you’d never know it. It’s beautifully written, captivating the reader from the first page and pulling you into Emmy and Adam’s dark world. After her sister Frankie disappeared, Emmy knew she had to do whatever it took to find her. Even if that meant infiltrating the Matthews house and becoming a “secretary” to the four brothers. “The second the black walls of the Matthews House swallow me whole, I know it’s a dangerous game I’m playing. One that threatens to consume me. Taunt me. Cut, burn, and bleed me dry.” The Matthews brothers - Raife, Griff, Felix and Adam - usually hire blondes who willing want to wait on their masters without question, so when the black haired, ivory skinned Emmy shows up she definitely stands out amongst the rest. Being claimed by one of these men is par for the course if she wants to stay, but which one. Adam, hell bent on exacting revenge along with his brothers, spends his days spilling red, but when meeting Emmy stirs up other feelings, how long will he be able to ignore them? This place is no longer my cage. It's my domain. "Welcome home, baby" This story is told in dual POV which I absolutely love and the flashbacks by Adam helped to answer all of the questions I had. For all of you dark romance lovers, you MUST give this one a go. It will not disappoint. This was my second book by Martin and it definitely won’t be the last. She had me as a fan after reading her Touched By Death book, but she’s officially secured a spot on my list of must read authors. I can’t wait to read more by her. ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Priya

    Utterly amazing, dark and twisty.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Doris

    This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Martin. When I first started reading the plot had me intrigued. Our main character Emmy is looking for her older sister Frankie, which leads her to signing a contract to become a "secretary" within Matthew House. Four brothers with unusual and unconventional tastes. To be able to find her sister she needs to make sure one of the brothers claims her, if not she will be sent back home and her search for her sister will be over. This is were the story This is the first book that I have read by Ms. Martin. When I first started reading the plot had me intrigued. Our main character Emmy is looking for her older sister Frankie, which leads her to signing a contract to become a "secretary" within Matthew House. Four brothers with unusual and unconventional tastes. To be able to find her sister she needs to make sure one of the brothers claims her, if not she will be sent back home and her search for her sister will be over. This is were the story takes a twist, the interview is dark and at times unrestrained. She is claimed by Raife while her eyes are on another brother Adam. While she feels that she has the upper hand in the situation unbeknownst to her there are others that have plans for her. I don't want to give too much away but as the story progresses you realize that the brothers are not who they seem to be and their intentions are not honorable. Emmy is caught in a game of deception and revenge. This is a dark and twisted tale and for us as a reader it takes you on a wild and at times devilish ride. "Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on" - Unknown ARC generously provided by author in exchange for honest review

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gitte TotallyBookedBlog

    4.5 gripping Stars! ‘The devil asked me how I knew my way around the walls of hell. I told him I did not need a map for the darkness I know so well.' – T.M.T And with that the tone was set for what would be a deliciously menacing, compelling, haunting, horrific and riveting dark romance, our first experience of T L Martin’s writing, and the author’s first foray into the world of dark romance, though you’d never believe it considering the way she so descriptively and brilliantly brought Emmy and A 4.5 gripping Stars! ‘The devil asked me how I knew my way around the walls of hell. I told him I did not need a map for the darkness I know so well.' – T.M.T And with that the tone was set for what would be a deliciously menacing, compelling, haunting, horrific and riveting dark romance, our first experience of T L Martin’s writing, and the author’s first foray into the world of dark romance, though you’d never believe it considering the way she so descriptively and brilliantly brought Emmy and Adam’s messed up love story to life, in all its tormented glory. ‘Ash and dust, death and murder. Some drink it down like a poison until it kills them, leaving nothing more than a shell without a soul. Others, like me, are the poison. When you have no soul, there’s no threat of losing it. With no threat, there’s nothing to fear. And without fear…you’re limitless. ' A palpitating sinister prologue immediately grabbed us, making us want to give ourselves immediately to this author and her incredible words. T L Martin is an author we’ll be keeping in our sights because she most definitely delivered the type of story we were in the mood for, which was a f***ed up, twisty, primal, gritty dark read. T L Martin didn’t disappoint in any way and her writing was outstanding. ‘I don’t need a trophy. What I need is my goddam sanity – something I’m not quite sure I’ve ever had.' We won’t be giving anything of the story away because you need to go into this one blind, to experience the twists, turns and shocks first hand, however please do read the author warning before jumping in because twenty-year-old Emmy Highland and twenty-nine year old Adam Matthews story isn’t for the faint-hearted, and we believe lovers of dark romance will unflinchingly devour this read. “It’s going to be interesting.” he whispers so soft, so smooth, it would almost sound soothing if I weren’t listening to the words “watching you break. Emmy.” Following the disappearance of her sister, Frankie, the trail leads Emmy to Matthews House, Inc – where she has falsely been accepted as a ‘secretary’ to the four good-looking Matthews brothers. Secretary is a very broad term for a woman who can cope with the devious demands of the Matthews brothers. If they can stay the year, they’re paid a very generous bonus. Emmy just wants to find Frankie and is convinced her sister met foul play at the hands of one or all of the brothers, and she’s determined to find out what goes on behind the closed doors. Adam Matthews and his brothers, Felix, Raife, and Griffin are products of their past, these are men with vengeance and revenge on their minds, and cold-hearted steel for hearts. Despite the horrifying and tragic past switches which are carried out with seamless precision by the author, as much as you feel so unbelievably sorry for these men, they are really difficult men to like. They’re actually quite cruel. ‘They said go to therapy. No one ever specified what kind.’ All the characters are mysterious, fascinating and challenging. The cool calm, calculated and intimidating Adam is a force to be reckoned with, and Emmy, who, at first glance, appears the most put together, has her demons and uses her sexual proclivity as a catharsis for dealing with the overbearing voices of her unloving, God-fearing mother who believed Emmy to be evil. And that’s where we’re going to leave it because we’re loathed to ruin anything of the story for you, and hope we’ve whetted your dark romance soul appetite enough to dive in. This is not a pleasant happy read – it’s deep and it’s dark and it’s shocking – but’s it’s also addictively passionately beautiful and as messed up as it is, it’s a love story between two lost and lonely souls. We couldn’t put it down! ‘We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us. ‘ Charles Darwin. DANCING IN THE DARK is available below Amazon US Amazon UK Come visit and follow us at: ✲ TotallyBookedBlog ✲ TBB on Facebook ✲ TBB on Instagram ✲ TBB on Twitter ✲ TBB on Pinterest

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jenny - TotallybookedBlog

    4.5 gripping Stars! ‘The devil asked me how I knew my way around the walls of hell. I told him I did not need a map for the darkness I know so well.' – T.M.T And with that the tone was set for what would be a deliciously menacing, compelling, haunting, horrific and riveting dark romance, our first experience of T L Martin’s writing, and the author’s first foray into the world of dark romance, though you’d never believe it considering the way she so descriptively and brilliantly brought Emmy and A 4.5 gripping Stars! ‘The devil asked me how I knew my way around the walls of hell. I told him I did not need a map for the darkness I know so well.' – T.M.T And with that the tone was set for what would be a deliciously menacing, compelling, haunting, horrific and riveting dark romance, our first experience of T L Martin’s writing, and the author’s first foray into the world of dark romance, though you’d never believe it considering the way she so descriptively and brilliantly brought Emmy and Adam’s messed up love story to life, in all its tormented glory. ‘Ash and dust, death and murder. Some drink it down like a poison until it kills them, leaving nothing more than a shell without a soul. Others, like me, are the poison. When you have no soul, there’s no threat of losing it. With no threat, there’s nothing to fear. And without fear…you’re limitless. ' A palpitating sinister prologue immediately grabbed us, making us want to give ourselves immediately to this author and her incredible words. T L Martin is an author we’ll be keeping in our sights because she most definitely delivered the type of story we were in the mood for, which was a f***ed up, twisty, primal, gritty dark read. T L Martin didn’t disappoint in any way and her writing was outstanding. ‘I don’t need a trophy. What I need is my goddam sanity – something I’m not quite sure I’ve ever had.' We won’t be giving anything of the story away because you need to go into this one blind, to experience the twists, turns and shocks first hand, however please do read the author warning before jumping in because twenty-year-old Emmy Highland and twenty-nine year old Adam Matthews story isn’t for the faint-hearted, and we believe lovers of dark romance will unflinchingly devour this read. “It’s going to be interesting.” he whispers so soft, so smooth, it would almost sound soothing if I weren’t listening to the words “watching you break. Emmy.” Following the disappearance of her sister, Frankie, the trail leads Emmy to Matthews House, Inc – where she has falsely been accepted as a ‘secretary’ to the four good-looking Matthews brothers. Secretary is a very broad term for a woman who can cope with the devious demands of the Matthews brothers. If they can stay the year, they’re paid a very generous bonus. Emmy just wants to find Frankie and is convinced her sister met foul play at the hands of one or all of the brothers, and she’s determined to find out what goes on behind the closed doors. Adam Matthews and his brothers, Felix, Raife, and Griffin are products of their past, these are men with vengeance and revenge on their minds, and cold-hearted steel for hearts. Despite the horrifying and tragic past switches which are carried out with seamless precision by the author, as much as you feel so unbelievably sorry for these men, they are really difficult men to like. They’re actually quite cruel. ‘They said go to therapy. No one ever specified what kind.’ All the characters are mysterious, fascinating and challenging. The cool calm, calculated and intimidating Adam is a force to be reckoned with, and Emmy, who, at first glance, appears the most put together, has her demons and uses her sexual proclivity as a catharsis for dealing with the overbearing voices of her unloving, God-fearing mother who believed Emmy to be evil. And that’s where we’re going to leave it because we’re loathed to ruin anything of the story for you, and hope we’ve whetted your dark romance soul appetite enough to dive in. This is not a pleasant happy read – it’s deep and it’s dark and it’s shocking – but’s it’s also addictively passionately beautiful and as messed up as it is, it’s a love story between two lost and lonely souls. We couldn’t put it down! ‘We stopped looking for monsters under our bed when we realized that they were inside us. ‘ Charles Darwin. DANCING IN THE DARK is available below Amazon US Amazon UK Come visit and follow us at: ✲ TotallyBookedBlog ✲ TBB on Facebook ✲ TBB on Instagram ✲ TBB on Twitter ✲ TBB on Pinterest

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dana aka ♥Belladonna♥

    4.5 Stars Yay! I've found a new author! I love it when that happens. I'm glad I took a chance on this one. I'll admit to giving unfamiliar stuff the stinkeye lately, but this one did NOT disappoint. It's dark romance, macabre, with a bit of mystery, suspense, thriller in there. The sex between Adam and Emmy is intense! Explosive. And their backstory is killer, literally. But the thing that I think was done So. Freaking. Well. is the psychological issues these characters had! The little details th 4.5 Stars Yay! I've found a new author! I love it when that happens. I'm glad I took a chance on this one. I'll admit to giving unfamiliar stuff the stinkeye lately, but this one did NOT disappoint. It's dark romance, macabre, with a bit of mystery, suspense, thriller in there. The sex between Adam and Emmy is intense! Explosive. And their backstory is killer, literally. But the thing that I think was done So. Freaking. Well. is the psychological issues these characters had! The little details the author included that if you aren't paying attention, you'll miss. Stuff like the (view spoiler)[colors, blackout shades in the house, the little black dresses all the girls wear, what all the girls look like, the interactions with Katerina and how they vary by character, (hide spoiler)] and especially how it ends. I freakin' loved all of it. The only thing that is holding me back from giving this a full five stars is pacing. Stylistically, the author was heavy on introspection. Which I totally understand why. It fit the issues at hand. But unfortunately, it made the pace more steady than fast. And I tend to like my books rip-roaring fast. That said, I hope she writes a book with the other secondary characters. I want more!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Camila Matuella

    5 * dark * estrelas "I'll tell a secrete, my lioness. We're all a little delirious. " OMFG Que livro mais alucinante foi esse? Sabe aquele livro pesado, aquele dark muito bem escrito que tu não consegue parar de ler ?? Esse livro é phodastico e tem tudo isso e muito mais. Acho que escrever livros dark é bem complicado, a autora tem que saber o que ta fazendo pra não assustar demais o leitor e essa autora sabe muito bem o que ela está fazendo. Se tu gosta desse tema, dessa vibe, bem vindo ao lado 5 * dark * estrelas "I'll tell a secrete, my lioness. We're all a little delirious. " OMFG Que livro mais alucinante foi esse? Sabe aquele livro pesado, aquele dark muito bem escrito que tu não consegue parar de ler ?? Esse livro é phodastico e tem tudo isso e muito mais. Acho que escrever livros dark é bem complicado, a autora tem que saber o que ta fazendo pra não assustar demais o leitor e essa autora sabe muito bem o que ela está fazendo. Se tu gosta desse tema, dessa vibe, bem vindo ao lado negro da força. Vai ser uma jornada viciante. Sei lá mais que dizer a não ser WOWWW. ♡

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tania Desired Reads Bookblog

    T.L Martin is a new author to me, and she didn't disappoint. This book is just wow! Dancing in the dark is a thrillingly, haunting, Dark and I mean DARK romance. This book is addictive, from the moment you pick it up until the moment you put it down. Every character in this book has delt with torment in one way or another. Their darkness is captivating. This book has landed a spot in my top 5 reads for 2018. Its phenomenal and won't disappoint

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charlie ✰ WLTB Blog ✰

    This is a new author to me, and I can tell you I will be checking out her other books I really enjoyed this book, thrilling story A few twists and turns I didn't see coming. I read in one sitting I just could not put it down. Likable characters. Very well written. Emmy is looking for answers to the disappearance of her sister Frankie, it leads her to meet the Mathews brothers. but she knows what she is doing and who she is looking for as she thinks one of the brothers know something. the story is This is a new author to me, and I can tell you I will be checking out her other books I really enjoyed this book, thrilling story A few twists and turns I didn't see coming. I read in one sitting I just could not put it down. Likable characters. Very well written. Emmy is looking for answers to the disappearance of her sister Frankie, it leads her to meet the Mathews brothers. but she knows what she is doing and who she is looking for as she thinks one of the brothers know something. the story is pretty fast paced but it will keep you on the edge of your seat. Can't wait to read what is next by this author.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Yasmin

    I’m going to go ahead and tell you that, if you like dark and twisted reads, this should be right up your alley. “Adam—he was unhinged. Shameless. Everything wrong and everything right. And he held the key to my cage in his palm.” The characters in the story are crazy, dangerous and mysterious. I enjoyed getting Adam’s POV, knowing his thoughts and feelings. Especially because on the outside, he gives nothing away. He’s very good at masking his true emotions. Emmy’s sister has disappeared and sh I’m going to go ahead and tell you that, if you like dark and twisted reads, this should be right up your alley. “Adam—he was unhinged. Shameless. Everything wrong and everything right. And he held the key to my cage in his palm.” The characters in the story are crazy, dangerous and mysterious. I enjoyed getting Adam’s POV, knowing his thoughts and feelings. Especially because on the outside, he gives nothing away. He’s very good at masking his true emotions. Emmy’s sister has disappeared and she’s trying to do everything in her power to find her. That’s how she meets the Matthews, signs a contract and starts working for them. “It’s going to be interesting,” he whispers, his voice so soft, so smooth, it would almost sound soothing if I weren’t listening to the words, ”watching you break. Emmy.” Are you intrigued yet? Emmy and Adam’s relationship may be a bit toxic, yet you’ll be rooting for them and hoping they get the happy ending they rightfully deserve. Those two understood each other perfectly. A perfect match, in my opinion. So, the reason why I didn’t give this 5 stars is because I wanted a little more; more dialogue and moments between the main characters. I also felt like the inner monologues were drawn out too much. All in all, I really did enjoy every second of this crazy ride and I am dying to read more from this author.

  20. 4 out of 5

    April

    Ho. Ly. Fucking. Shit.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zaynab

    5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  22. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This book had me gripped! I actually finished it in one day, it was as if my kindle was stuck to my hand. I love a story that has a bit of everything and this was it. Suspense, mystery, murder, secrets. “But no secret stays buried forever”. A first novel by T.L Martin and most certainly not my last. I look forward to reading more of her amazing work!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    « Will you let me into that place so deep your darkest secrets hide with ease ? » T.L. Martin has the ability to write stories that grab me from the very first page and keep hold of me well after the last word has been read. Reading Dancing in the Dark, her very first dark romance, was an adventure on its own. « Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on. » - Unknown Emmy, the strong-willed new "secretary" hire, Adam, the enigmatic (and definitely hot in my mind) member of the Matthews « Will you let me into that place so deep your darkest secrets hide with ease ? » T.L. Martin has the ability to write stories that grab me from the very first page and keep hold of me well after the last word has been read. Reading Dancing in the Dark, her very first dark romance, was an adventure on its own. « Do not judge my story by the chapter you walked in on. » - Unknown Emmy, the strong-willed new "secretary" hire, Adam, the enigmatic (and definitely hot in my mind) member of the Matthews family, as well as all the characters, put me through a rollercoaster of emotions. Together, no matter what I felt towards them, they manage to make death and blood kind of poetic. In the beginning I wasn't sure what to expect except something pretty dark. And it was, but not in the way I was prepared for. As I turned the pages all I could do was keep going until I knew the end of it and I had the answers to my questions (and I had a lot of them). I couldn't put this book down (really, I even skipped lunch ^^). Suspenseful and mysterious don't even begin to cover it all. The darkness sucked me in. This book is a trip you need to experience with little details and an open soul so I won't say anymore. « In this moment, I don’t care if I’m swallowed up and left as ash scattered in the wind. At least then I’d get to fly. » PS: I love the cover and the playlist of the book ! And I kind of wish it wasn't a standalone I received an ARC of this book by the author.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Español No estoy segura de que decir de este libro. No es un libro para todos los públicos, ya que como dice en la descripción, posee temas un poco complicados. Y esos temas fueron los que evitaron que le de un mejor puntaje al libro. No por los temas en si, si no por como fueron tratados en la historia. Para empezar Emmy, es una chica que ante la desaparición de su hermana decide ir a trabajar al lugar donde supuestamente ella debería estar. Pero el lugar a donde fue su hermana no es un sitio no Español No estoy segura de que decir de este libro. No es un libro para todos los públicos, ya que como dice en la descripción, posee temas un poco complicados. Y esos temas fueron los que evitaron que le de un mejor puntaje al libro. No por los temas en si, si no por como fueron tratados en la historia. Para empezar Emmy, es una chica que ante la desaparición de su hermana decide ir a trabajar al lugar donde supuestamente ella debería estar. Pero el lugar a donde fue su hermana no es un sitio normal. Sino que es un lugar donde los hermanos Matthews contratan "secretarias" para que satisfagan todas sus necesidades, ademas de que ellos tienen una lista de cosas, nada agradables que acometer. Emmy llega a este lugar, ocultando el verdadero motivo por el cual se encuentra ahí, ya que quiere buscar información de su hermana sin que nadie se interponga. Lo cual no es fácil, ya que los hermanos, Raife, Felix, Griff y Adam no son personas fáciles de tratar ni con gustos particularmente comunes. Aunque Emmy, pronto nos enteraremos, tampoco. Su presencia afecta a uno de los hermanos en particular que trata de negar su atraccion hacia ella, Adam. Y bueno a partir de aca empieza la historia. Tanto Adam, como Emmy, tienen un pasado y secretos que ocultar, pero no pueden evitar sentirse atraidos el uno por el otro. Pero el pasado de Adam no es solo suyo, sino que lo comparte con sus hermanos, ya que es lo que vivieron en el pasado lo que los une en el presente. En primer lugar FUCK Griff y Raife, que personajes tan macabros y llenos de porqueria y manipulación. Entiendo que pasaron por cosas terribles, pero nada justifica las cosas por las que hacen pasar a Emmy. Hubo varios momentos en la historia en las que estaba como: nononononoNONONONO! (view spoiler)[La primera interacción con Griff y Raife, cuando le pone el pene en la boca en contra de su voluntad, cuando la queman y la drogan, y todas las situaciones de abuso que hay durante la historia, los odiaba, pero lo peor era que nadie hacia nada después, ni se me mencionaba, y después estaban todos juntos en la misma habitación y Adam solo prohibía que la miraran a Emmy. Como ella estaba tan compuesta con la situación no lo entiendo, como podíamos leer su cabeza sin que ella este pensando en lo que le había pasado, que ella este mas preocupada por Adam, que por lo que le sucediera a ella, entiendo que es parte de ser de su "propiedad" pero nononono (hide spoiler)] . Pero a pesar de eso, hubo algo que me mantuvo leyendo. Toda la atroz historia del pasado de los personajes, como se fueron conociendo, las cosas que tuvieron que vivir. Finalmente me pareció interesante como Adam y Emmy encuentran en las partes rotas del otro un lugar donde ser ellos mismos sin miedo. Aunque pienso que esta tratado de una manera demasiada romantizada algunas de las cosas que ellos experimentan, su relación me mantuvo enganchada leyendo. Me parecio un libro que jugo con los limites y sobrepaso varios de ellos, que por momentos quise dejar de leer, pero la curiosidad por el destino final de los personajes, me obligo a continuar. Agradezco a la autora, que me envió una copia de su libro para que lo reseñara. Ingles I'm not sure what to say about this book. It's not a book for all audiences, because as it says in the description, it has a little complicated issues. And those issues were the ones that prevented me from giving a better score to the book. Not because of the issues themselves, but because of how they were treated in the story. To begin, Emmy, is a girl who in the face of the disappearance of his sister decides to go to work to the place where supposedly she should be. But the place where his sister went is not a normal place. Because is a place where the Matthews brothers hire "secretaries" to accomplish all their needs, plus they have a list of things to do, nothing pleasant to undertake. Emmy arrives at this place, hiding the real reason why she is there, since she wants to seek information from her sister without anyone getting in the way. Which is not easy, since the brothers, Raife, Felix, Griff and Adam are not easy to deal with and have particulars tastes. Although Emmy, we'll soon find out, too. His presence affects one of the brothers in particular who tries to deny his attraction to her, Adam. And well from here the story begins. Both Adam and Emmy have a past and secrets to hide, but they can't help but be attracted to each other. But Adam's past is not only his, he shares it with his brothers, since it's what they experienced in the past that unites them in the present. First FUCK Griff and Raife, what macabre characters and full of crap and manipulation. I understand that they went through terrible things, but nothing justifies the things that they made Emmy go through. There were several moments in the history where I was like: nononononoNONONONO! (view spoiler)[ The first interaction with Griff and Raife, when he puts the penis in her mouth against her will, when she is burned and drugged, and all the situations of abuse that exist during the story, i hated them, but the worst it was that nobody did anything after, nor was it mentioned, and then they were all together in the same room and Adam just forbade them to look at Emmy. How she was so composed with the situation I do not understand it, as we could read her head without her thinking about what had happened to her, that she was more worried about Adam, than about what happened to her, I understand that it is part of the "to be of your property" but nononono (hide spoiler)] . But despite that, there was something that kept me reading. All the atrocious history of the past of the characters, how they got to know each other, the things they had to live. Finally I found it interesting how Adam and Emmy find in the broken parts of the other a place where they can be themselves without fear. Although I think that in a way some of the things they experience were too romanticized, their relationship kept me hooked reading. It seemed to me a book that played with the limits and surpassed several of them, that at times I wanted to stop reading, but curiosity about the final destiny of the characters, forced me to continue. I thank the author, who sent me a copy of her book to review it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jess Owens

    4.5. WOWZA

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tianna✸loves books✸

    The book is about cleaning waxing massaging the woman so they will be presented to men to claim. And I say fuck this disgusting shit.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charity B.

    Holy F*ck balls this book is epic!!!! #1 read of the year. Full review to come

  28. 4 out of 5

    Allyssa's Reads

    **ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review** 5 Dark Stars! Holy. Hell. T.L. Martin knows how to write a dark romance. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, as I think it’s better to go in blind. But basically, Emmy is looking for her sister. She ends up going to work as a “secretary” for a company run by four men-Adam, Raife, Griff, and Felix, because she thinks they know where her sister is. Dancing in the Dark goes back and forth between the past and he present. Emmy is more con **ARC was provided in exchange for an honest review** 5 Dark Stars! Holy. Hell. T.L. Martin knows how to write a dark romance. I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, as I think it’s better to go in blind. But basically, Emmy is looking for her sister. She ends up going to work as a “secretary” for a company run by four men-Adam, Raife, Griff, and Felix, because she thinks they know where her sister is. Dancing in the Dark goes back and forth between the past and he present. Emmy is more connected to these four men than she knows, and the guys are trying to figure out what that means for the present and future. Nearly every page filled me with dread, fear, sadness, angst, and disgust, but somehow Martin found a way to make me want to continue reading to find out what would happen. Dancing in the Dark ends with a *bang* (which I am realizing must be a common theme among the books Martin writes). It was jaw-dropping and nothing I would ever expect. I’m still reeling over the ending! I’m not usually one who reads dark novels. But, I absolutely loved Martin’s book Touched by Death, so I vowed to read everything else she will ever write. I am so glad I did. It was nothing short of amazing and I was completely blown away at the skill that Martin has to write such vivid stories that I’m able to visualize in {graphic} detail. Do yourself a favor and read this book. You won’t regret it.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tyi

    I've never read any book by this author. They are new to me. I'm experiencing what they have to offer in terms for the first time. When I saw the blurb and a few of the book teasers, I knew this was going to be a good damn book. Have you ever stumbled across a book that you had to read? You know that you have other things to do. You have other books to read but THE BOOK calls your attention and holds on. Dancing in the Dark was THE BOOK. No question. The characters were absolutely amazing. I did I've never read any book by this author. They are new to me. I'm experiencing what they have to offer in terms for the first time. When I saw the blurb and a few of the book teasers, I knew this was going to be a good damn book. Have you ever stumbled across a book that you had to read? You know that you have other things to do. You have other books to read but THE BOOK calls your attention and holds on. Dancing in the Dark was THE BOOK. No question. The characters were absolutely amazing. I didn't love every single one but I sympathized with all of them. Their past made them who they are. Vengeance kept them going. The taste of blood soothed their souls. Emmy and Adam, the main characters, found each other in the dark and made the dark their home. I don't want to say too much. Just know if you read this go in blind.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Philomena Callan Cheekypee

    Ive not read anything by this author before but if she keeps writing books like this then I’ll be reading a lot more. Emmy is looking for her sister which brings her to the Matthew brothers especially Adam. I absolutely loved the way the story was told- through different points of view and we also get the past and present which definitely needs to be told. The pace is fast and the twists and turns were fabulous. Although I predicted one of the twists the author blew me away with her words. If yo Ive not read anything by this author before but if she keeps writing books like this then I’ll be reading a lot more. Emmy is looking for her sister which brings her to the Matthew brothers especially Adam. I absolutely loved the way the story was told- through different points of view and we also get the past and present which definitely needs to be told. The pace is fast and the twists and turns were fabulous. Although I predicted one of the twists the author blew me away with her words. If you love books with all the triggers then this is the book for you. I cannot praise the author highly enough. I’m so looking forward to reading more from her in the future.

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