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All it took was one night to turn her life upside down. 


Lydia Benson finds herself alone in the world, picking up the pieces as she goes. Until she meets Ryder Owens, who threatens to break down every wall she's built. 


Ryder’s mysterious past is riddled with secrets, but they can only stay hidden for so long. With an undeniable force between them, together they fall, hitting every obstacle on the way down.


Until that one earth-shattering night. 

The night that rips the ground from beneath their feet. 

The night when darkness consumes.

Left behind and stuck in the rubble, Ryder Owens has become a lost soul. Haunted by a ghost, he’s become vacant to the world around him. Only one person can bring him back to the light.


After narrowly escaping death, Lydia Benson took her secrets and ran, leaving destruction in her wake. Two years have passed and she finds herself back to where it all started.


She’s back. 

And she’s coming for him.

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Surrounded by violence and hatred, I was born with a target on my back.
The monsters sought after me, slowly tainting my soul.
A person can only withstand so much before they snap.
I’m a grenade and they pulled the pin.

Tick, tock; the clock’s running out.

We all come into this world sentenced to death, but none of our stories end the same way.

I am Curtis Matthews... and this is my story.

I am a ghost,
a captive stripped of my own identity.
I’ve lived in solitude in the depths of hell until the devil appeared, pulling me out of the darkness and shoving me into the arms of my new prison.
But sometimes a prison becomes a home.
And sometimes that home is within the heart of a man.

I have a debt to pay and my brother’s collecting.
He makes the messes and I deal with the aftermath. Only this time, he went too far and took something that wasn’t his and now it’s my problem.
She’s a liability and the last thing I need.
She’s an enigma and she’s everything I need.

Our separate hells brought us together.
Our personal inferno molded us into one.
The devil reappeared and tore us apart.
I will turn this world upside down until I find her.

**This is a spin-off from the Darkness Duet. It may be read as a stand-alone, but to understand better it is recommended to be read after the duet.**

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They say that nightmares aren’t real, that they’re only a bad dream.

But nightmares are real when you’re awake.

Taken by the man who ruined her life, Dahlia wakes up where it all started.

But this time is different, this time she’s alone.

And this time, she won’t go down without a fight.


Without Dahlia, Kai has nothing left to lose.

A man in his position is a very dangerous man.

His life is insignificant when Dahlia’s is on the line.

He will find her..

But, will he in time to save her?

Dahlia lives life on her own terms, relying on no one.

She dances with danger, using herself as a pawn in the game of survival.

Behind her mask, Dahlia hides, shielding her weakness.

A weakness is a threat that will destroy you.

Dahlia’s is back and he sees right through her mask.

He’s the one who created it.


Years ago, he made a deal with the devil to spare her life.

Kai let her go and he played his part as the puppet they created.

When he’s thrown back into her life, Kai knows that he can never leave again.

The puppet cut his strings and became the puppetmaster, leaving their fate in his hands. 


But, life is precarious when the devil is breathing down your neck.

And one mistake is all it takes for Hell to rise again.

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Life is full of variables.

We crave control, but in reality, we have very little.


Hadley left home with a plan to get the full college experience.

After losing her mother, she lost a part of herself and she doesn’t have room for attachments.

Scarred from her past, Hadley just wants her life to be normal.

She wants to have fun and forget the past that she’s leaving behind.

But life doesn’t go as planned and when she meets Ander, everything changes.


Ander lives his life going from one high to the next. 

He’s a bad boy with haunting blue eyes and a history of making terrible decisions.

He was never part of her plan, but neither of them can deny what is happening between them. 

What starts out as fun begins to develop into something much darker and toxic. 

Their love is explosive, but Ander is an addict who is quickly spiraling out of control.

And nothing will stop him from taking her down with him.


Ander was the one variable in her life that she could never control.

And they are destined for destruction.

It has been six months since Ander walked out of Hadley’s life without looking back.

Ander ruined her and left Hadley to pick up the pieces of his destruction alone.

His addiction was demanding and their love never stood a chance against it.

Ander craved the poison that he injected into his veins and in the end, that was the only thing that mattered.


One fateful night, one detrimental accident.

That’s all it takes to shatter Hadley’s already fragile world.

Ander has come back to ruin what’s left of her.

Hadley should walk away, but Ander holds the missing pieces of her broken heart.  


Contrary to the popular belief: love does not conquer all.

His love for heroin won.

His love for Hadley died.

Or so she thought…

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Ander has run out of options.
He has starved every relationship in his life while he continued to feed his addiction.
Hadley is gone. His mom kicked him out.
He’s officially hit rock bottom and he knows that there’s only one way out.
Going back into treatment is his Hail Mary and he has no choice but to get clean and stay clean.

After ending things with Ander, Hadley needs to find herself again.
When she looks in the mirror, she doesn’t recognize herself anymore.
She has turned into the one thing she feared and it’s all because of him.
She’s a liar, with a secret.
And when Ander finds out, their lives will be changed forever.

Love doesn’t conquer all, but it’s more forgiving than we think.
When the poison runs dry, will Hadley’s truth be enough to save them?

After a terrifying health scare, Ander is finally getting the help he needs.
He’s running out of options and needs the treatment.
The only thing is, he hasn’t been honest with Hadley.
One truth leads to a cascade of events that all circle back to one thing… Ander’s addiction.

Life is never easy and the road to recovery is paved with shattered glass.
Hadley’s in love with an addict that harbors more secrets than Pandora’s Box.
Ander is in love with the girl that deserves more than he can give her.

Their love was built on a mountain of lies and broken promises.
When it all comes crashing down, will their love survive?
Or will they finally fall apart?

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Ainsley Sinclair had everything going for her in life.
The perfect family. The perfect grades. The perfect life.
At least, that was how it looked from the outside.

No one saw what Ainsley’s family was going through.
No one saw what it was doing to her.
She was spiraling down a road paved with drugs and self-destruction.
No one saw her, but him and he wanted to ruin her.

Killian Stone was out for blood.
And Ainsley was ready to bleed.

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