Surviving the Darkness by Shiela Stewart

Surviving the Darkness by Shiela Stewart
Publisher: Champagne Book Group
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Short story (126 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Dryas

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Surviving an abduction, and running home to hide, might seem like a good idea. Except home is now run by vampires.

Deborah Carmichael had it all. Fame, fortune, and an amazing gift bringing songs to life on her piano. Until a madman began stalking her. At first he seemed harmless, attending her concerts, asking for autographs. Then he turned creepy, sending photos of himself, wearing identical dresses she wore, including dressing up mannequins in her likeness. But one night she made a deadly mistake: sending her bodyguard away. It was the perfect opportunity for her abductor to strike.
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Rich, debonair, and owner of the only vampire/demon establishment in Jacobs Cove, Zachary Adams has it all. Or so he thinks. When a beautiful, troubled young woman walks into his club, he is instantly taken by her. As he helps her overcome her fears, teaching her to stand up and fight, Zach discovers she is the one. His light.

When her abductor finds her, and takes her captive, Deborah fears this will be the end. Will Zach locate her in time, or will Deborah find the strength to fight?

Warning, this story deals with stalker-ish behavior, someone being held against their will, almost raped, and post traumatic situations. If this will trigger you, please turn away.

Deborah, a famous pianist, was walking into her apartment after a long day but when she enters, she felt that something was wrong. What she didn’t expect was to find Peter Milligan in her kitchen. Peter had been a stalker, sending her pictures of him naked and with a doll that looked like her positioned in sexual situations. He had been at every concert she had and she placed a restraining order against him.

Zach is a shape-shifter who owns several clubs that deal with the paranormal characters such as vampires, werewolves and other creatures. The world had changed after the vampire uprising which had caused the place to be somewhat destroyed. His club was a safe place for vampires to take blood from willing victims. The place had strict rules and those that broke them were punished. Ginny is a waitress who works there and asked Zach if he would take Deborah under his wing and teach her self-defense.

Deborah was a strong woman with a great career. She’s well-known and famous. After the incident she has no self confidence panic attacks and unable to stay anywhere by herself. She is haunted by what happened. Enter Zach, whom Ginny asked to teach her friend self-defense to help regain her self confidence. When he first meets her there is an instant attraction he feels for her. Being a shapeshifter, they feel that there was only one person for them. When he meets her he knows that she is the one for him. He makes sure that he does his best to teach her self-defense. I enjoyed the way he was tender and careful until he earns her trust. He seduces her with soft kisses and touches, never pushing her for more. Their lovemaking was hot and tender, and Zach made sure that she had the opportunity to say no at any time. This shows the bond that grew between them. Some parts of the story happened a bit fast for me, but might be fine for other readers. The author did a great job in showing people how strong they can be after a tragedy.

This is a great read.


  1. Thank you so much for the review. 🙂

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