Publisher's Summary

He's empty, inhuman, dishonest, and cruel. She's never wanted anyone more. Sydney has lived in fear for eight years after freelance assassin, Merc, failed to rescue her from a cult-like militia group. Left in the hands of a sadistic man, she did whatever it took to survive. But Merc's last words gave her hope. Hope he'd be back to finish the job. After Merc is betrayed by her father, Sydney becomes his target. He wields sex, drugs, lies, and love like weapons. Merc knows just what to do with a fearful girl like Sydney. He's in control. He's always in control. But Sydney Channing is not what she appears. And Merc's only redeeming act - the very one that made Sydney's life a living hell - might just be his worst mistake yet. Warning: Meet Me in the Dark is a standalone non-traditional dark captive romantic suspense. It is not intended for sensitive listeners.

©2015 JA Huss (P)2016 JA Huss

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  • Sarah
  • Australia
  • 11-08-2018

Not sure

I wasn't sure about this book. I have listened to the previous books in the series and really enjoyed them. I wasn't keen on the abuse dished out to the female character Sydney. Seems to reinforce position of abusers in a relationship. Once that was over the story got better. I stuck with it and continued to end of the book but didn't really like it. Wouldn't listen to it again and might return it. Narrators were great though.

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  • 03-11-2016

You’ll Need A Flashlight To Get Through This Dark

On the cover of this book, it says a dark suspense, and that's what it is and it's not an understatement! The story centers around Sydney and Merc, they first meet up when Sydney is seventeen, begging Merc to save her from bad guy boyfriend Garrett, but Merc is no hero and after roughing her up, he serves her up to Garrett on a silver platter, but he leaves an ominous message with her that he will be back, when she least expects it to finish her off.

Several years later, engaged to be married to a man named Brett, happiness is within her reach, but a feeling of dread overcomes her and she decides to run, unfortunately for her right into Merc’s clutches. Kidnapping her, Merc sets about breaking down Sydney and attempting to extract information from her about Garrett, who disappeared from her life without a trace years ago.

This book is a difficult listen and if you have triggers you’ll want to stay far away from this book, it’s a terrifying tale and there’s extreme violence, degradation, dubious consent, and explicit sexual content, this is more of a thriller/suspense novel but it does have romantic elements and an HEA, but you feel like you’ve been through war to get there!

The dual narration by Troy Duran and Anna Riordan was flawless, what they do really is acting and they both did a wonderful job. The audio production quality was first class and I look forward to listening to more from these narrators!

23 of 24 people found this review helpful

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  • nisi rai
  • 19-11-2016

Where do I begin?

I teetered on whether or not to purchase this book for way longer than is necessary to give up a credit, but ultimately it now part of my library. The reviews intrigued and scared me at the same time, but the book itself messed with me far more. The theme of mind control and helplessness had me searching within myself for ways to press on. These characters are, pardon my language, fucked in the head...all of them. Each and every single one, whether they're prominent or background figures, they're fucked. But I say that with a smile because that's how we all are, hopefully not to their extremes. Just when you think you've completed the overall puzzle in the story, you realize that every event and every person is a piece that you never thought to put together. This review may only be somewhat helpful to you if you're as hesitant as I was, so I'll hush (wink wink) and state it plainly. Click the button, spend the credit, make the purchase. JA Huss always delivers, and she served the hell out of this one.

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  • Nicole B.
  • 17-02-2018

Hush

I would do anything this man said. As crazy and messed up as this tale is, I am in love with this couple and their journey. I thought it was so good and addictive that even with a sick child and a full work schedule I finished it in a day and a half. I could not stop listening. It has me guessing and wanting more the whole way. It had the perfect ending with the perfect narrators. Both of them delivered performances both powerful and raw that captured me from the beginning. I have had this and other audio’s of JA Huss for a while and for some reason have put them off. That is all about to change. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who likes a taboo romance with suspense. It is not an easy to figure out storyline but a warped one worth following.

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  • Cj Loves Books
  • 24-10-2016

swoon worthy narrators!

great emotion. inflection! superb narration by both male and female narrators! loved this book in print, love it even more on audio!

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  • Browser
  • 05-11-2016

Incredibly well written but

This book is so well done, but one thing bothered me. First I should say well worth the credit. The thing that bothered me was there is no way that girl wouldn't have multiple broken bones. The violence while part of this type of book was to the level where her bones would have broken. I couldn't believe it simply for that reason. Still, even with that it was well written and I would buy again. The performance was top notch

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  • L V Red
  • 04-11-2016

Absolutely Spine Thrilling start to finish

I absolutely love these dark characters and the way Huss makes them fit is perfectly amazing to me!! I especially love that it is a complete story with NO Cliffhanger!!!! Thank You J A, please keep them coming !👍👌✌️️

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  • Sharon_M
  • 27-10-2016

On The Edge Of My Chair From The Beginning

What made the experience of listening to Meet Me in the Dark the most enjoyable?

The tone and voice of the narrators bring the story to life. The storyline is very suspenseful and listening to it the suspense, anger, lust, and doubt the characters feel are heightened as the story progresses.

What other book might you compare Meet Me in the Dark to and why?

If I have to compare this book, it would be something by Sandra Brown. Her suspense is always a nail biter. Julie's books have more heat in them, so I'm not sure it is a fair to compare her works to other writers of romantic suspense.

Have you listened to any of Troy Duran and Anna Riordan ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is the first time I've listened to anything with Anna Riordan. I heard Troy Duran in Ford where he did an excellent job. For me, these two narrators are what I expect Sydney and Merc to sound like when I read the book initially. They both do an excellent job, and I will look for their works in the future.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. The story is captivating.

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  • Amanda
  • 01-11-2016

Performance Great, Story was ehhhh

Any additional comments?

I love JA Huss but this book for me was just alright. I can't really pin point what I didn't like about it because it wasn't that I didn't like it. I know that is a bit confusing. Is it worth a credit, yes because the performance was great.

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  • Niaboo2000
  • 05-08-2018

Pretty Good

This story was pretty good once I got past the fact that Sidney was not healthy mentally. When I made peace with that, I began to see the story differently. A Stockholm Syndrome story that was shocking and brutal but actually made sense. The writing was done very well, the plot was complicated without being confusing and the characters were interesting. This is my first J. A. Huss and I plan to listen to more.

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  • michelle m reynolds
  • 20-07-2017

You'll Hate to Love Merc

This is only the second book I've listened to on Audible. And let me just say, Holy Hell. I read the book first but hearing it is something out of this world. Perfect narrators. Merc's narrator has the deep, dark voices that fit Merc perfectly. It's sexy as all get out. The story is dark, but if you've read JA Huss before, you won't be blindsided. The twists and turns in this one are never-ending. It's long but it's amazing!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-12-2017

Brilliant

Well another brilliant J A Huss book read , looking forward to next book Julie is a favourite author her books are just brilliant.

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  • Niamh
  • 03-10-2017

loved it

The narrators were great, loved listening to the story after reading it. JA Huss can do no wrong.

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  • Garden girl
  • 27-02-2017

Not to be missed!

A brilliant book given an outstanding audio treatment. Enthralling and demanding of your attention. Buy!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-2016

Wow

I loved this book when I read it and these voices are just fabulous and the end of book sit Julie is just great loved Jana's comments lol x