Okay, so I should start by saying two things: first of all, L.J. Stock is, of course, a friend of mine, so when she asked me to read this story back in October of '17, I snatched it from her hands without regret. So this review isn't new, but it WAS written just moments after I turned the final page on this magnificent story. Secondly... I'm not bias. At all. This review deserves every moment of waffling and babbling I could provide. This is, without a doubt, one of the most amazing, devastating, beautiful, honest, real romance stories I've ever read.
"I can't stop crying. I've been staring at a wall for about ten minutes, going over the story I've JUST finished, and my heart is so full, so warm, so broken, too... I don't even know how or why I'm writing this review right now. I know I'm going to get something wrong or miss something out, but I needed to write about this feeling while I'm experiencing it.
This is why I read.
A Shot In The Dark is the kind of book that reminds me why I read and read and read, on a never-ending quest to find the next story that will leave me feeling like I am right now. Like this. Like... lost yet found, happy yet so freakin' sad. Full... but empty. Full because I've just gone through one of those journeys I will never, ever forget. Empty because I didn't want to say goodbye.
I've read everything L.J. has ever released. Christ, I've co-written three books with her and thought, if anyone knew her writing styles and stories, it would be me. I would be able to figure out where this was going, right?
Wrong. And I've never been happier to say I was wrong.
Miki's journey is something that can never, ever be explained in a blurb on the back of a book cover. It's something I can't ever explain in a review. But you know those books you pick up and take a chance on—a shot in the dark, even ;)—this is one of those. I honestly believe the less you know the better. Go in as blind as you can and I promise you, you will not regret it.
There are so many twists and turns, so many forks in the road, so much love and so much raw, gut-wrenching heartache, you will not be able to put this story down. You won't. I wish I could say more, but I just think anything I tell you about the actual plot itself will ruin the entire experience.
If you ever choose to listen to me about anything, listen to me about this.
I wish I could give it more than five stars, but I also don't want to share it with anyone else. I feel privileged to have read it early, and I just know the whole damn
world is going to enjoy having their heart stomped on by this mega-talented, severely under appreciated author.
Together, L.J. Stock and her main character Miki will take you hostage, and you will have the greatest case of Stockholm Syndrome ever known to man, because I promise you, you won't want them to ever let you go.
Floored. *drops mic*"
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