A New York Times & USA Today Best Seller
"He was my darkness and I was his light. We couldn't exist without each other."
For me, life was simple. I went to school and studied. I spent time with my friends and stayed out of trouble. I didn't drink or swear and I only dated gentlemen. I was the typical good girl with a bright future. My world seemed perfect.
But that was about to change.
Ryder Delaney was the one imperfection in my life. He was the bad boy, the black sheep, the one your mother always warned you about. He had only one hard-and-fast rule - Don't fall in love.
But some rules were meant to be broken.
We were best friends, inseparable since childhood despite our differences. I knew the real man hiding behind the tattoos and bad attitude. He knew all my secrets and dreams. But he didn't know there was one thing I wanted and couldn't have...him.
But sometimes Fate has a way of intervening. Soon our world collapsed. War erupted. Darkness prevailed. Alone and on the run, our only goal was to survive and to ignore the feelings we had for each other. But love is powerful...
and so is the darkness.
I opened up the car door and was surprised when Ryder turned off the ignition and climbed out of the truck. “I’ll walk you in.”
I couldn’t say why the butterflies took flight in my stomach or why my hands started to shake when I attempted to unlock the front door, but they did. I had been alone with Ryder plenty of times but tonight felt different.
In the kitchen, I flipped on the light and grimaced when I saw his face. It looked awful, painful. To think those bruises were there because of me...hurt.
“Your face looks horrible. Have a seat. I’ll get something to doctor it,” I said.
“Its fine. Don’t worry about it,” he said, taking a seat anyway. That put his eyes closer to my level, making my nervousness double and my heart pound.
“Doctoring you is the least I could do after you defended my honor,” I said, teasingly. A smile slowly spread across his face. Stretching out his long legs, he watched me closely, studying my every move.
Ryder’s a friend. Only a friend. The words kept replaying in my mind as I headed to the bathroom for the first-‐aid. What was wrong with me that I needed to remind myself of our friendship all the time?
For some reason, I dropped the butterfly bandages twice before walking back to the kitchen.
When I rounded the corner and saw him, I almost stumbled. He had taken off his hat, leaving his hair messy and flattened. He looked innocent and sweet. Nothing like his true self. As I poured antiseptic on a cotton ball, he ran a hand through his hair, making it spike up all over. Now he looked like the bad boy I knew him to be.
Taking a deep breath, I stepped toward him. He spread his knees so I could stand closer but I kept my distance. Even this close, I could smell his aftershave – something clean and manly -‐ unlike the heavy cologne that Ben wore.
“You don’t have to do this, Maddie.”
“Sure, I do. Someone needs to be my guinea pig so I can practice my nursing skills. Might as well be you,” I teased.
He grinned and put a hand on my hip. “What’s your deal? I’m not going to bite,” he said, pulling me forward to stand between his legs. His hand lingered on my hip a second before dropping away.
I blushed, the skin on my hip burning beneath my dress. His eyes were now level with my breasts and his legs were mere centimeters away from my thighs. One more small step and I would be in his lap. Where I wanted to be.
What was wrong with me?
I avoided his eyes as I put the cotton ball on his cheekbone. “Shit!” he hissed.
“So you get tattooed but you can’t handle a little burn. What’s wrong with this picture?” I asked, unable to hold back a grin.
He laughed lightly. His eyes dropped down to my chest and quickly back up again. My blush returned, turning my face a bright red. I quickly placed the butterfly bandage on the cut on his cheek, needing to hurry and get away from him before I made that straddling wish a reality.
Wetting another cotton ball with antiseptic, I leaned closer, planning to put it on his lip. Instead, he took it from me and placed it on the cut himself. Hissing, he closed his eyes at the pain.
I was still standing between his legs when his blue eyes opened and looked at me, searing me with heat. I took a step back, putting a safe distance between us.
“You and your boyfriend still an item?” he asked, putting the hat back on his head.
“Yes, Ben and I are still together.”
“Is it serious?”
I shrugged indifferently. I was not going to tell Ryder that Ben had been pushing me to have sex. Ryder and I shared everything but our sex life (or in my case -‐ lack of one) was not something we talked about. Thank goodness too. I hated his promiscuous behavior. Ryder was the ultimate player and seeing him with so many women hurt. A lot.
He stood up, towering over me. The kitchen suddenly felt small and crowded. Intimate, if kitchens could feel that way. Moving closer, he ran a finger underneath the spaghetti strap of my sundress. Shivers raced across my skin.
“This dress is dangerous,” he whispered.
“It’s just a dress, Ryder.”
“It’s more than just a dress, Maddie. It makes you look so innocent and sweet. Ripe for the taking. You don't know what that does to guys. Your boyfriend would kill you for wearing it to a bar.”
“He doesn’t tell me what to wear.”
“If I was your boyfriend, I wouldn’t want you to wear that unless it was to bed and then I would just rip it off of you. With pleasure.”
My breath caught in my throat as his eyes burned into mine and his finger continued to run across my skin.
Seconds ticked by on the kitchen clock.
He finally removed his finger and broke the silence, ending the moment between us. Whatever it was.
“I'm teasing, Maddie." he said with a smile, the heat leaving his eyes. "I like to see you blush."
I frowned and felt a tiny bit of hurt. Teasing like that wasn't funny. He stepped away from me, putting a safe distance between us.
"So I wanted to talk to you about something. Guess this is as good a time as any." He took a deep breath and let it out in a tumble of words.
"I’m enlisting in the Army.”
I stared at him in shock, not expecting those words. His strong jaw flexed as he waited for me to say something. Words escaped me. I lost my voice.
What do I say to that?
“I wanted you to be the first to know. I can get in as an officer since I have a college degree.” He leaned back against the table and crossed his arms over his chest. “I’ve got to get out of this one-‐horse town and decided the Army was the best way to do it.”
Words stuck in my throat. He wanted to leave? I guess I took it for granted that Ryder would always be here. To me, he was a constant and I couldn’t imagine my life without him.
“You can’t enlist,” I said.
One corner of his mouth lifted in a lopsided grin. “Leave it to you, Maddie, to tell me I can’t do something.” His eyes locked on to mine with intensity and his grin faded. “But before I sign up, there is one thing that I want to do.”
That's when my heart went crazy and my imagination went wild.
“You’re my light in the darkness. I belong to you, Maddie. Without any doubt, I belong with you and I love you. I love you more than all the stars in the sky.”
I absolutely loved Promise Me Darkness. It was phenomenal. It exceeded my expectations and stole my heart away. I loved how it started as a new adult contemporary romance and later on the twist to the story turns out to be dystopian. It took a turn towards the dark side and swept me away in its swift waves and brought me into another place where you'd never thought of being. It was dangerous, scary and there was love blossoming or more like starting to show, when it was there for awhile.
When I came across PMD I was intrigued and it just seemed like my type of book. I saw the cover and wanted to know more, read the synopsis and went I NEED this book now. I was sold than. After reading this book, I was like "ohmigod, this is amazing. I need Promise Me Light like I need to breathe," I was begging Paige to let me be her beta reader. I can't wait for PML. I saw teasers on Paige's author page and am dying to read it.
I love Ryder, he was a jerk at times but inside he is an amazing guy, he obviously has a reputation to uphold so he won't admit a single thing. He would probably kill me if I say is a big softie but only for Maddie. He would do anything for her. He would be a jerk to her if he thinks he is protecting her. (I won't admit or deny if he did this read and you will find out) ;) Just like the synopsis said he is a bad boy with tattoos that no father would want a good girl like Maddie around his little girl. You know how appearance is very misleading so you'll see through him as you read on and I bet there is more to see in PML and I am anxious as you will be to see it happen.
I really don't know what to say about Maddie, she is a good girl who had pretty much everything going for her until her world literally turned around and she only needs to worry about the present than the future. She has a lot to learn and a lot to go through. You will love her. :)
After reading PMD, I was at loss what to read, there are a few books like this out and it was very original. And I LOVED it so much. I definitely am a HUGE fan of Paige Weaver's. Love her and will READ anything she has out.
5 BRILLIANT, STUNNING, RYDER AND DARKNESS STARS!!!
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About the Author
About the Author
Paige Weaver’s first passion has always been reading. Many hours of her childhood were spent getting lost between the pages of a book. That turned into a love for writing at a young age. She wrote her first book as a teenager and many more followed. Thanks to pressure from family and friends, she finally decided to take the leap and self-publish. Her first book, Promise Me Darkness, became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller within a month after being released.
A native Texan who still resides in the town where she was born, Paige lives with her husband and two children. When she's not writing or reading, you can find her chasing her kids around and living her very own happily ever-after story.