- Eloreen reviews the audiobook version of ‘Light from the Dark’ by Mercy Celeste. The book was first published by MJC Press on March 5th 2015 and is about 566 pages long. The audiobook was released by Mercy Celeste on February 6th, 2017, narrated by Derrick McClain and is 12 hrs and 37 mins long.
Note: Audible code provided free for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I love Mercy Celeste books so when the opportunity to listen came up, I jumped on it. I read the blurb and was excited about a body guard MC, the other MC needing protection, and the suspense/mystery of what they find. I was not disappointed and very glad I listened to it instead of reading the eBook.
After a year of picking up the pieces of his shattered life, former US marshal Micah Beasley takes a job as bodyguard for a spoiled rich kid who can’t leave his house. It’s supposed to be a cupcake assignment. He just needs to get back in the game. What could possibly go wrong?
Brilliant and incredibly talented, Christopher (Kit) Auberon wears tragedy as a second skin. Kit is all that’s left of a powerful family. Seemingly forgotten, he’s spent his entire life in seclusion at the family estate, and he likes it that way. He’s free to play his games and create worlds without ever having to set foot in the real one.
Kit’s past is anything but forgotten. When death threats become real threats, Micah and Kit are forced to put their differences aside to discover who wants Kit dead.
But there are monsters in Kit’s closet that should never be disturbed.
Warning: Dark subject. Violence. The usual stuff.
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I’m not a fast audiobook listener so I expected to have to take several weeks to “read”. I finished it half of it while traveling and the other half overnight. That’s really fast for me. 🙂
It’s a slow build with enough details for both Micah and Christopher’s characters to be fully fleshed out and engaging. They are both broken from their pasts, but in such a way to compliment each other. You feel for them and are rooting for them to get together from the beginning. The romance between them is a slow build as well with each of them having issues to hurdle separately and together. The sex is absolutely fabulous and not exactly what you expect, which is good in my opinion. There is violence and dark themes but they are manageable and not so dark or violent to not enjoy the story. They enhance it.
The secondary characters are woven into the story and bring a few surprises in relationships in the end. It has mystery and suspense, thrilling and dark themes, some humor and tears; and sometimes humor and tears at the same time. You become involved in everything and it made me glad I listened. The complexity between all of the characters made for a rich story that I couldn’t stop until I got to the end.
Derrick does a fabulous job of giving the characters depth and allowing easier time of becoming part of the story. Listening gave it a 3D affect allowing imagination to be involved. There were a few tertiary characters that were hard to distinguish from sound alone so having the ques from the story helped in those instances. He has a great voice and I will look forward to other books he’s narrated. Everyone must read Light from the Dark, and I think it was fabulous to listen.
Overall, I give it a rating of 10 out of 10 pots of gold, which equates to 5 out of 5 stars.
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Mercy Celeste is the pen name and super hero persona of mild mannered MJ Colbert….which is bull, I’m not mild mannered. I was, in fact, raised in a barn–or several. We even had grain silos. My motto growing up, anything a boy can do, I’m right behind him doing it just as well or better. I’ve broken too many bones to begin to count. Scraped, skinned or scarred pretty much every thing that can be scraped, skinned or scarred. How I’m still walking and talking is a miracle.
I’m from Florida but I live in Alabama, I think I’ll just start saying I’m from Florabama and be done with it. I’m a rebel supporting the Florida State Seminoles in the land of the SEC. Roll Tide, just not at my house. I married the love of my life (I say that now next week it might change) when I was 19, I’ve been stuck with him almost 24 years now. We have four kids. My oldest is 21 my youngest is 6. I dabble in furniture restoration and quilting. I attended the University of South Alabama, here in Mobile, for about six years, and never graduated. I studied things like Early Childhood Education and History when I should have been over in the business department. But it wasn’t time wasted. I met my best friend there. I learned how to research. And found out that I have no interest in one subject enough to actually major in it. Jack of All Trades master of none, that’s me. I’ve worked in a sewing factory, as a pizza delivery driver, waited tables and in retail, with a three day stop at Florida State Hospital (the state mental facility) before I hightailed it home in absolute terror.
I spend my non-writing time chasing kids across this city. I have two Maine Coon cats who have no idea that they’re cats. Some days I’m torn on whether they are dogs or human, depending on what they’ve destroyed and how much it meant to me.
I live a small life, but it’s full. Usually full of laughter, and bullshit. But sometimes the bullshit is what makes the laughter. I’d not change a thing, even the bullshit.
So about the writing, well, I don’t really consider myself to be a writer. I’m a storyteller, and when I have a story to tell, it won’t rest until it’s twisted me up and purged itself. The result is at times comical or tragic, depending on the people who live in my head and what they have to say. Most days that’s not a lot of anything. Others I can’t shut them up. They especially love when I’m driving, oh, yeah, a drive across town is a lesson in how not to get myself killed or pulled over for reckless driving. And those are the good days.