Anger and pain brought them together, but their passion might just set them free.
Dimitri wants only one thing: revenge. His stepfather, Hendrix, has caused him nothing but pain and heartache. At last Dimitri can take something—someone—important to Hendrix and make him pay: Jess.
Jess is feisty and strong headed. Her past haunts her and connects her to the dangerously dark Dimitri in an unexpected way. Dimitri keeps his secrets locked deep inside, and Jess is drawn to this broken man like no one before.
With little to cling to besides their haunting pasts, both could have been doomed to lives spent raging against the darkness that holds them prisoner. Instead, it seems that as their pain draws them closer together, it is their desire that will set them free.
I was a huge fan of Enslaved By The Ocean but in my opinion Where Darkness Lies has blown it away. You first meet Dimitri in Enslaved By The Ocean and you want to hate him but you know that he has suffered and he blames his step-father, Hendrix, revenge and rage has fueled him for years. Dimitri thinks that Jess is the way to achieve his goal, little does he know that Jess will do so much more for him than he ever had planned.
Jess is a nurse on Dimitri’s ship but she has a damaged past, one that she believed ruined her from ever having true happiness. When Dimitri kidnaps her she sure as hell doesn’t make things easy for him. Slowly she starts to see beneath Dimitri’s hard exterior and sees that there is more to him than people see.
I loved how both Dimitri and Jess interacted with each other, and that Jess didn’t cower from his intensity. The relationship between them slowly moves from captor/captive to sort of friends and then so much more. Neither person trusts easily, which is understandable but it is beautiful when these two begin to trust each other. Is their relationship perfect? Oh hell no! Both make mistakes, Dimitri makes a massive one, one where even reading it the second time (cause yep I had to read it twice it really is that damn good) I wish I could have punched him in the balls. I love how this book shows that even in the darkness, a light can break through and not just bring in the light but also bring healing and forgiveness.
I am very curious as to who the next book in this series will be about. I have stated before how much I love Bella Jewel’s books and my love has grown more with Where Darkness Lies. Make sure you read Enslaved By The Ocean first and I promise you that you will love these pirates as much as I have.
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Bella Jewel is a self published, USA Today bestselling author. She’s been publishing since 2013. Her first release was a contemporary romance, Hell’s Knights which topped the charts upon release. Since that time, she has published over five novels, gaining a bestseller status on numerous platforms. She lives in North Queensland and is currently studying editing and proofreading to further expand her career. Bella has been writing since she was just shy of fifteen years old. In Summer 2013 she was offered an ebook deal through Montlake Romance for her bestselling modern day pirate series, Enslaved By The Ocean. She plans to expand her writing career, planning many new releases for the future.