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.


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.**

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.

Painted in gold, Jaslyn was born into a life of luxury with the world at her feet.
After the death of her father, his empire became hers and the princess became a queen. Painted in gold, Jaslyn was born into a life of luxury with the world at her feet.
Her fortune was sought after and deception and deceit had a ring around her finger.
But with the ring, came the accessories that money can’t buy.
At the hands of the new king, the empire began to crumble as Jaslyn’s world spiraled out of control.
Through the bars of her prison, she watched life pass her by.
Hope was fading quickly… until she met him.
Axel was the glimmer that she needed to survive.

From the wrong side of the tracks, Axel’s life was never easy.
He worked his way through the blood and sweat and went from rags to riches.
When you’re on top of the world, one mistake is all it takes to lose it all. And getting back up is always harder than the fall.
Getting his life back came with an offer he couldn’t refuse and he would pay the cost.
Jaslyn wasn’t part of the deal, but she was a temptation that he couldn’t escape.
She was his endgame and he would fight to the death to get to that finish line.

Together, they roll the dice and risk it all for love.
But when you gamble in the game of life or death, you pay a price.
And sometimes, that price could cost you everything. 

Life is full of variables.

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


I left home with a plan: get the full college experience and pass my classes.

But that all changed when I met him.

Ander was the last thing I needed.

He was never part of my plan.

He was the one variable in my life that I could never control.


And we were destined for destruction.

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