Book review – “The Edge of Darkness” by Melissa Andrea – story about two people who use love to become the people that they want to be

darknessFormat: ebook, paperback
Series: book 1 of Darkness Duet series
Rating: 16+ for language, sensual content, sexual content
Genre: New Adult
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In the first book in this series, we meet up with Ryland, a 20 year-old who has the world at his feet but with parents who care more about image then the kids, and Araya, a 19 year-old girl who lost her sight and mother in a terrible accident and is forced to live with her aunt and uncle who despise her. They meet by chance and stumble head over heels in love with one another.

Ryland has got his own issues that he’s had to work through throughout this book. His parents care more about what other people think abut them, that they don’t care that their oldest son is on the path for self destruction and that their daughter has no emotions about anyone or anything. Ryland was somewhere in the middle but Araya awakened a part of him that made him want to be a better man.

Yes this kind of story has been told a million times over, but it’s something that won’t get old. Love can change people and it’s no surprise that Ryland changed because of Araya. She made him see that there is more to life then what you see on the surface. While she’s had a rough life the past four years, she’s been optimistic and not spiteful at the fact that she lost her mom and sight.

Araya lost her dreams in that car accident along with her mother and sight. She wanted to be a dancer and thought that it was over. Her aunt and uncle have taken care of her more out of revenge for them. They wanted her to suffer like she thought she had to because her aunt didn’t like her mother. This kind of jealous runs deep in a lot of siblings when one fares better then the other. When she meets Ryland, he gives her the courage to hope and dares her to not give up on her dreams.

Of course, no relationship is perfect and there’s wasn’t either. You could see the beginnings of the problems from the beginning of the book, but Araya was so caught up in the fact that someone like Ryland paid any attention to her. She wants to be independent and take her of herself and not be a burden, and Ryland unknowingly didn’t make her feel like that.

I had a little problem with the beginning of their relationship in regards to Ryland. Ryland was supposed to be this big player that didn’t get attached to anyone or anything, but right off the bat he was attached to her. If he was supposed to be the jerk that he was described as, then he should have done some jerky things. But he was a complete hero for Araya. Yes, love does change people to want to be better but it would have felt more real if Ryland messed up more in regards to the way he talked to her or acted around her.

The ending was heartbreaking and sad but you know that it was for the best. For both of them. They need to find out who they are alone before they can be strong as a couple. It’s a tough decision that she had to make but in the end it should make them stronger as a couple.

There were some grammatical errors and misused words that made the story hard to read at times but they were few and far in between so it’s not to bad. Just be aware that they are there so if you run into them, you know that it’s a grammatical error so you don’t spend extra time trying to figure out the sentence.

This is a nice quick read that introduces us to the idea that nothing is hopeless and the only person that can tell you that your dreams are out of reach is you.

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The Darkness Duet series:

Book #1 – The Edge of Darkness
Book #2 – The Grace of Darkness

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