Series: Chaos Theory Duet
on September 18th, 2018
Genres: Romantic Suspense
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Into the Darkest Night by Cassandra Giovanni
I was born a child of the Elite; destined to live a life of privilege in Sun City.
With one decision I gave it all up.
Ana Jacobs knows the Elite and their depravity all too well. She was one of them once. Her father was a member of the Inner Circle and head of the Trinity funding the corruption of Sun City. When he learned she knew the names of those he’d hidden so well, he turned his back on her; had her kidnapped and tortured to protect his secrets.
When she escapes the island and learns of her father’s death at the hands of a knife-wielding vigilante called the Nightwatchman, she returns to Sun City, vowing to use her knowledge to protect the city. As a city cop, she blends into the background, and no one suspects her real motives.
Levi Bennett knows where Ana’s been. He’s also an Elite, but where Ana was sent to the island, he ended up there by accident. While Ana buries herself in her work and stopping the flow of illegal drugs and weapons into the poverty-stricken Blue District, Levi covers his pain by partying and spending his trust fund on buying bars and restaurants.
Thrown together by Levi’s constant pressing of the limits, the two can’t deny the connection they share through their dark pasts.
Their demons are one in the same, but some demons can’t be tamed.
I’m not normally a “super-heroes” kind of girl but Cassandra’s Giovanni Into The Darkest Night provides a compelling reason for me to read more of this genre. At it’s core though this is simply a story about human endurance, a young man and woman falling in love, and an villainous society in a city reminiscent of any American capitol. So you know, the human condition.
The story opens with Ana returning home after being kidnapped and tortured. She’s unwittingly part of a nefarious plan to unleash a drug that kills. The story progresses at a good pace, as we get to know about Ana and her time “training”, and her new job as a police officer. I found her reflections on the training fascinating, part of a Japanese martial arts type of practice. With her return comes that chance for love, and when a young man named Levi comes barreling into her world, she really doesn’t have much of a choice. They have a connection from their past, from what they have endured and what they were forced to become. Ana most definitely feels broken and expresses her doubts to Levi
“Please, don’t push me away because you think you’re not good for me. You’re exactly what I need. I’ve felt partially dead since I left that island— and all that darkness inside of me— it’s been lit up by you. It’s selfish, but I need you. So please don’t shut me out because of what anyone else thinks. Let me in. Let me be your light.”
Levi’s a gem, but is he hiding something? He’s got a criminal past that’s hard to reconcile with the way he treats his loved ones. I for one love that this seemingly “playboy” has more depth and I love how he protects Ana from herself
“Your mother… she’s right. I’m irrevocably damaged—”
“And everyone you meet will try to fix you. I won’t. I just want to fit into those damaged pieces like you fit into mine.”
As Ana rebuilds her life, she starts to uncover clues just what the Inner Circle (that nefarious group mentioned earlier) were or are up to. Ana’s role a cop in Sun City means she’ll likely face down the “Nighwatchman” the anti-hero whose taken vigilante justice to a new level. It’s really only a matter of time and the implications of that are unimaginable.
Giovanni hands us a cliffhanger of sorts, a reveal that will make you question who’s friend or foe. I am very much looking forward book 2 in this duet and I highly recommend it.
~Review by Cyndi
About the Author:
Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. She writes romance books in various genres, including adult romance, new adult romance and teen romance. She also has several kids books. In addition to being a published author, Cassandra is a successful full-time financial marketer. When she’s not making the characters in her head come to life, she either has her bow and arrows or longboard skateboard in hand. She’s happily married to the man of her dreams and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their daughter Hope and their dogs, Bubski and Kanga.