Thursday, March 28, 2013

Light in the Shadows by A. Meredith Walters

(Find You in the Dark series, book 2)
How do you keep going when you feel like your life is over?

Maggie never thought she’d see Clay again. So, she attempts to put her life back together after her heart has been shattered to pieces. Moving on and moving forward, just as Clay wanted her to.

Clay never stopped thinking of Maggie. Even after ripping their lives apart and leaving her behind to get the help he so desperately needed. He is healing…slowly. But his heart still belongs to the girl who tried to save him.

When a sudden tragedy brings Maggie and Clay face to face again, nothing is the same. Yet some things never change. Can the darkness that threatened to consume them be transformed into something else and finally give them what they always wanted? And can two people who fought so hard to be together, finally find their happiness? Or will their demons and fear drive them apart for good?

The thing about love, is even when it destroys you, it has a way of mending what is broken. And in the shadows, you can still see the light.

*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Because even I knew the hold Clay had on my heart wasn’t rational and it wasn’t gentle. It was a vicious tug that threatened to rip the beating organ straight out of my chest. My soul belonged with him, was so entangled in him that I was no longer a single being. I was tired of trying to deny something that was as natural to me as breathing. I loved Clayton Reed and no amount of time or distance would ever take that away from me.

We all have those certain characters that you love, that take up residence in your heart, that you cry for and laugh with, that break your heart and then somehow put it back together; the characters that, even after you finish the book, don’t leave you. They’re real to you, which is why you feel their heartbreaks and their triumphs and their rock bottoms and their happily ever afters; that’s why I love reading. Because of amazing characters that stay with me for days, weeks, months, even years after a finish a novel…

I love reading because of characters like Clay and Maggie.

Light in the Shadows was an absolute perfect ending to the tumultuous love story of Clay and Maggie. To me, this novel is about redemption; it’s about discovering the strength to find your way out of the darkness and into the light. When I finished Find You in the Dark, my heart felt like it had been run over by a car then stuck in a blender on high – yeah, it was bad. I read the teaser for Light in the Shadows and thought, “How the fuck am I ever going to wait that long to find out what happens to Clay and Maggie?!” Well, somehow, someway, I made it – and let me tell you, it was soooo worth the wait.

I really don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I am not going to go into the plot. Just know this: the story line was superb, and I found myself completely absorbed within just the first two chapters. The dual POVs transitioned seamlessly, and allowed the reader to see just how much their love and connection affected both Clay and Maggie. One of my favorite scenes in the whole book is when they see each other for the first time after Clay is back in town; the sheer magnetic pull they have towards each other radiated off the page (well…technically screen) and in that moment, when everyone seemed to disappear around them, it was clear that neither of them were ready to let go yet. And I sure as hell didn't want them to let go.

Clay and Maggie are two of my favorite book characters and this series will forever hold a special place in my heart. It’s just an absolutely beautiful series, and the fact that Clay and Maggie’s story is over is horribly bittersweet for me. While Find You in the Dark took me into the depths of darkness and left me gutted, Light in the Shadows put me back together and provided an overlying sense of hope…of recovery…of being able to leave your demons in the dark and learn to live in the light.

“For those searching for the light… Never stop.”

 AND because I love them so much, here are my Clay and Maggie........

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