#NewRelease (+Review) A SHOT IN THE DARK by L.J. Stock


Hi there! Please join me to celebrate this amazing new release by L.J. Stock and take a look on the review I wrote about it!

Book: A Shot In The Dark
Author: L. J. Stock
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 12th March

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Life had never been simple for Miki Quinten. Her mom had died when she was eight, and in the aftermath of their loss, her father turned his grief into alcoholism, inadvertently converting their home into a melting pot of debauchery. Unwilling to be put into the foster system, Miki takes control of her own life and becomes invisible to almost everyone but her best friend and godmother. 

It stayed that way until her junior year in high school and the sudden, unexpected crash landing of Childress High’s star defensive end, Dustin Hill, into her life. The unlikely pair are thrown together and discover they have more in common than either of them thought, and before either Miki or Dustin are prepared an unbreakable bond is formed between them. The only problem is, Dustin’s already in a relationship, and his controlling family have made it clear they want him to stay there.

Against Miki’s better judgment the two grow closer until fate’s twisted sense of humor intervenes and everything in Miki’s world is scattered, plunging her into a crisis she’s not sure she will ever recover from.

My Review

Let me introduce to you your next favorite read.

A SHOT IN THE DARK is one of those books you start with curiosity and read with wonder, one of those that makes you smile because is so beautiful, but also breaks your heart and makes you think you'll never be the same again. It happened to me and I'm sure it happened to every single person who has read this book so far.

What's beautiful about this book is it's not jus a love story. It's so much more. Or maybe yes, it's about love, but not only about the romance. I don't know if I'm making any sense, but the thing is Miki's life isn't a easy one and through the pages we can see how strong she is, how smart and brave she has to be in order to live the kind of life she has, that you have any choice but to admire her.

The story started with Miki's teen years, when she first meet Dustin (her love interest). And when that happened she didn't believe she deserved to catch his attention. She's shy and self-conscious but she's also beautiful inside and out and Dustin made everything in his power to show her that. Their love was something else. It was so beautiful! I loved how the author developed their connection, the little details between them, the spark, the chemistry... it was amazing! Even though their love story hasn't a happy ending.

There's a lot of difficulties in the way, and dude how I cried! It was so unfair for a love so big to end so soon, so fast. It was pretty Shakespearean if you ask me. I almost threw my kindle against the wall 'cause I was so upset. I had to stop for a couple of days to continue reading the second half. Years later, with a adult version of Miki showing us what happened with her, how's her life after Dustin.

And there's a lot of sadness there, but also a second chance for Miki to love and to be loved. This second part if fast paced but constructed so beautifully you'll love it instantly. There's hope, there's more smiles and there's a second chance on love. There's a chance to let go the past, to forgive (but not to forget) and to love again.

The hero in the second part surprised me. When I first read his name I was like "No, it can't be him, right?", but then again the author surprised me giving him the chance to love and forgive himself for any past mistake. He was exactly what Miky (now Kay) was needing to heal her heart and go on with her life. This second part was so honest, so raw and so beautiful it had me in tears and loving every page. I don't know why I read this kind of books if I always end crying, lol.

It's like when you read a Colleen Hoover book. You know you'll cry, but you'll love it. I felt that way with A SHOT IN THE DARK. Despite all the crying and the cursing (yeah, it happened too) I loved the story so much! It's one of my favorite reads this year and I would love for you to read it too.

Meet the Author

From a young age L.J. Stock was led by her imagination. From the moment she could read she fell into worlds where trees could talk and little girls could move things with their minds. 
In no hurry to grow up, she found stories all around her, in the forests of Plym Bridge, the moss covered hills of Dartmoor, then, as she grew older, the wide spread city of Houston, where she currently resides and works. A constant daydreamer, she hopes that one day, her passion can become something more than just a hobby for her. 
Still led by her imagination, the worlds have slowly grown from childish adventures to urban fantasies and romances. With inspirational authors such as Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, John Grisham and Stephen King guiding her through her life so far, L.J. Stock has finally decided that it is time for her to go for gold and try land herself on someone else’s future list of favorites. 
Putting words on paper is as essential as breathing to her, but on the rare occasions that she isn’t writing, she can be found with a video game remote in hand or curled up on the couch with her pup and a good book. Music is also such an important part of her life, it’s a wonder there isn’t a background soundtrack playing wherever she goes. 
A good girl to most, a bad girl to a few, L.J. believes that every genre should be attempted and is more than likely to have tried to release three hundred series’ ranging from vampires and werewolves, to dystopian and even classic romance, before she reaches even middle age. At least, that’s the plan for now.

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