Release Date: December 4 , 2014
Published by The Writers Coffee Shop
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-288-4
Everyone makes choices in life. Carina Porter may have made the wrong one.
After graduating college, she sits beneath her complimentary blanket in first class dreaming of grand adventures when she lands in Italy. Carina always put others first, but now, she’s resolved to indulge in an extraordinary vacation alone in Tuscany. Finally free from the demands of school and family, she's determined to break away from her sensible nature and take risks. When a handsome man sits beside her on the plane, those daydreams vanish.
Stefan Savano is dashing and handsome. As he shares tales of his family and vineyard, Carina is swept away by his charm. After a brief courtship, Carina falls hard, but events come to light that make her question whether Stefan is as kind-hearted as he appears to be.
Things aren’t as they seem at Savano vineyard. Carina seeks answers, but it seems everyone is keeping a secret. When Stefan’s nephew, Enzo, pays a visit to the estate she’s drawn to his kind and free-spirited nature, and they form a friendship. Stefan becomes preoccupied with work, and when Enzo’s stay ends, Carina finds herself feeling isolated. It is then that illness and responsibilities require Stefan and Carina to return to his small vineyard in quaint Ravine Creek, New York.
There, Carina meets Stefan’s entire family and the time she spends with Enzo becomes more frequent. She tries to deny her traitorous feelings for him, but their attraction grows each day.
When Carina experiences a tragedy, she learns what true love means and must choose between an unhappy existence and a life of passion.
Her decision could do more than destroy a family—it could be fatal.
*An ARC was provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review*
First off... That prologue... WOAH!!
I knew I was going to love this story, just by the prologue alone!
The story starts off with Carina on her way to Italy. She sits by an older man, twice her age, on the plane. During their flight, they get to talking and Carina is mesmerized by Stefan. He asks her to accompany him to his home on a vineyard and she does.
From there, Carina is swept off her feet. Stefan romances her and woos her.
They instantly have an attraction to each other they just can't deny. Before you know it, they're engaged.
Stefan's mother has taken a turn for the worse, so they leave Italy and go to the vineyard in upstate New York.
There Carina meets the rest of Stefan's family, having already met Lorenzo, Stefan's nephew back in Italy.
Now, let me just say, I really loved this book. It wasn't something I would expect April Emerson to write.
It blew my mind.
I felt Emerson told a great story of someone thinking they are in love with someone, and clearly they weren't.
Is this newer love worth possibly losing everything, including possible one or both of your lives?
It is worth the trouble of sneaking and lying, just to be with the person you're clearly meant to be with?
Every choice you make has consequences and ramifications. The question is, what would you do for love?
I really, really, REALLY, wanted to give this book a 5-star rating.
The only thing that kept me from giving Out Of The Dark 5-stars, was the epilogue.
I just felt that there was something missing from it.
I want to believe that the outcome would be how the book ends, but I think there would have to be more to it. I don't want to give any spoilers, so I won't elaborate, but I think there need to be a confrontation or an explanation of why Stefan did what he did.
Like I said, I really loved this book, but there was something missing or off about the epilogue, so I am giving Out of The Dark by April Emerson 4-stars.
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
April Emerson moved to New York City after graduating from college with a degree in literature. As a nature lover, living in the city was a culture shock, but she soon began to enjoy being surrounded by so much energy. Submerged in perpetual crowds, April developed a fondness for people watching, which inspired her to start writing. Drawn to both the light and dark of humanity, she strives to tell sexy and romantic stories with exquisitely complex characters. When she isn’t writing, she loves listening to music or reading a good book while enjoying a glass of wine.
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Praise for Out of the Dark
"I could recommend this book. It's hot and I really liked the suspense element. I hope to read a book a out Stefan and his life after Carina." - Liz Goodreads Review