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Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #1)

3.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  96 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
After an asteroid strikes Earth, a series of violent earthquakes destroy secluded Phoenix and leave survivor Elliot struggling to stay focused in the bleak aftermath. And then he meets fellow survivor Adam. Together, the two search for reliable shelter and other survivors while distant murky clouds fast approach. Their hunt for shelter leads them down an alternate path whe ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published June 28th 2012 by Createspace
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2.5 stars

I love post-apocalyptic stories and was thrilled to get the opportunity to read this short novel about two survivors drawn together after their city and everything they knew and loved was destroyed by several massive earthquakes resulting from an asteroid that struck somewhere near the west coast.

Elliot had been walking for many hours. Exhausted, hungry and thirsty, he had no idea where he was or if anyone else survived. He eventually meets Adam, and b

I picked up this book for free on Amazon, the cover and blurb sounded interesting and someone offered to read this with me so I said yes.
I was interested for the postapocalyptic aspect of the book, but this was more a romance (with lots of sex) than a survival story.
The characters annoyed me, I didn't like them. The time frame for this book was too short for my liking, I would have liked to see the characters struggling a little bit and growing with a little more time.
What did I like? The sea
Tammy K.
I read this book with Adriana in a buddy read for the MM Romance group at Goodreads.
I had found the synopsis to be alluring. However when I began reading, I became turned off by the long and at times extremely dramatic build up of the plot. Yet I was locked into the buddy read so I pushed myself to read on. I must say that this book turns around in the second half, picks up speed and ends nicely.
The story was labeled both as a MM Romance/Erotica and Post Apocalyptic, yet to be honest, the blendi
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
First of all this book is really the beginning of a series, because it ends when things begin to get interesting and on a note of uncertainty that was the best part of the book. The story was a real page-turner, even if I'm afraid I didn't like the characters.

It was as if the author was trying to get a grip on them through the whole book. I realized that this unsettling feeling depended on a choice by the author. The two protagonists are not heroes, they are two ordinary guys who kept their flaw
Aug 23, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like M/M romance
I'm not quite sure what I was expecting from this book when I got the notification that it was up for review through one of the blog tour company's I host. I think I was just pretty darn excited to have a chance to review it without of it being part of an official blog tour since I've been burning myself out with hosting different tours lately.

I haven't read all that many M/M romances but it's not because I don't like them but more because the chance to read them doesn't come up as often as I wo
Cathy Brockman
Jan 22, 2013 Cathy Brockman rated it really liked it
Review After a comet was suppose to hit earth and after all the earthquakes, both Elliott and Adam thought they were the last survivors on earth until they met. Adam is straight ( or is he) and Elliott is a very out gay man. Is there more survivor? How will they get food? How will they survive? What is Adams secret?
This was a very exiting story about the end times. Really leaves you wonder if this could be how it will be at the end. The story keeps you wondering what will happen next what the wo
Jan 21, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Leslie pens "Before the Darkness" in a plot that started a bit slow for me but it builds up and grabs you right in. I was happy to see that there was an actual plot to the story line, which is rare in mature adult books. Her characters were relate-able but I felt they needed just a bit more developing. All in all I did enjoy the book and can not wait to see where the series takes us. I would recommended this book to readers, as it is a quick read and actually good for the first in a series.

May 17, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: refuge-inc
This was a really enjoyable story, it gave detailed descriptions and characters , so you felt you were there or could get a idea of the area's and people. Now onto book two.
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Orginally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 3 of 5

REVIEW: Review: This is the first book I read by Leslie Lee Sanders. I was very interested in reading it when I saw the genre was dystopia and since I dedicated this month to all Dystopia I said why not add this one to the list of my reads. Before The Darkness is nice story that develops after an asteroid strikes Earth and leaves very few survivors or at least that’s what is expected. The story develops fast as the characters embarque in an ad
The end of the world stuff never used to appeal to me until very recently and now I enjoy a good 'doom and gloom' survivor story mixed in with my history, sci-fi, contemporary and paranormal romance. Hey, what's one more fantasy world to delve into, right? I find that I enjoy reading about people struggling against all odds and coming through it. In this case, it is surviving a huge meteor hitting the planet and its the story of two regular guys trying to make their way and find some happiness w ...more
Tully Vincent
Sep 28, 2015 Tully Vincent rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Titan the dog and liked the premise... but I didn't connect with the main characters and felt that the circumstances/science/feasibility was rather weak. Also the end was very abrupt. But I own the 3 volume audio, so moving on
Feb 03, 2013 Lynnebaby rated it liked it
Shelves: library-loan
3.5 stars. (Why aren't half stars an option?) It was a slow one for me, but when it finally got to the meat, the book ended. I'm definitely intrigued about Refuge Inc and the characters are interesting protagonists. They aren't super human and are dealing with a world crisis while struggling with personal crises. The detail and conflicts of the end of the world are believable and the characters aren't "stupid" and simply accepting of everything they're told or see. Although It'd be interesting i ...more
Monique ~ Sinfully
Aug 10, 2012 Monique ~ Sinfully marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie-m-m
This is a freebie on Amazon today 10th August.
Veronica of V's Reads
I received a review copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Before the Darkness is the first in a trilogy of books. It is a M/M romance set in Phoenix, AZ in the current era with the exception that a giant asteroid has recently crashed to Earth near the west coast of the US.

Elliot is an out gay man, and a survivor of the earthquakes that have rocked the area to its foundations. He is stumbling along in the new wasteland when he meets Adam, another well-built man near t
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Nov 08, 2013 Erika rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It’s a wonderful start to the series, and has excellent dramatics to keep you gripped. My only real qualm is that the first sex scene seemed slightly out of place, only given the situation and the environment. I found the characters to be relatable and very real - they were flawed and made mistakes, but were also heroic when they needed to be, and it all felt very plausible. I highly recommend this one!
Kayla Eklund
Aug 29, 2013 Kayla Eklund rated it it was ok
**NOTE: This is my friend Stephany's review, as she is helping me with my gigantic review pile. Neither Stephany nor I were compensated for this review**

After reading the synopsis on the back, I was lead to believe there was an actual story line. The premise was good, it even had the potential to be great. However, incomplete and stereotypical characters, rushed story line, and grammatical errors plagued every page. The main character, Elliot, is an overly stereotyped gay man wearing a "made wit
Before the Darkness is the first in the Refuge, Inc. series and is offered as a free read here on Goodreads. This is the first book I have read by Leslie Lee Sanders.

The story is about two young men struggling to find their way in the aftermath of an asteroid colliding with Earth and subsequent earthquakes devastating whatever was left. Adam and Elliot each begin their treks separately, but eventually find their way to each other amidst the rubble. Each a salvation for the other. Elliot, a yo
Dec 27, 2013 Kelly rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read by Leslie Lee Sanders. I found the premise for the storyline very interesting. This story takes place after tragedy causes the loss of lives, leaving a small amount of people left to survive the new world. The survivors bonded out necessity, but I felt that the romantic aspect of the relationship was forced. I would like to see more growth in the characters before they take a big leap. I felt the depiction of the situation was realistic and the story compelled ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Shannon rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, gay-lesbian

I really didn't care for either character. Both seemed to alternate between whiny bitch and douchebag. The story begins at an odd spot, after the asteroid, so that we are told about things instead of witnessing them which bugs me. I also didn't like how Elliot seemed to force Adam into being with him.
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Genre: M/M post-apocalyptic
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After writing MM and MMF erotic romance, Leslie Lee Sanders plunged into writing deep, dark, romantic LGBT sci-fi with her post-apocalyptic and dystopian series, Refuge Inc.


Before the Darkness (#1)

Amid the Darkness (#2)

Beyond the Darkness (#3)

The Complete Darkness Collection (#1-3)


Resurfaced (A Refuge Inc. Story)

Darkness Eternal (A Refuge Inc. Story)

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Other Books in the Series

Refuge Inc. (5 books)
  • Amid the Darkness (Refuge Inc., #2)
  • Beyond the Darkness (Refuge Inc., #3)
  • Resurfaced (Refuge Inc., #4)
  • Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc., #5)

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