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Promise Me Darkness (Promise Me #1)

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"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 imp...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published April 8th 2013
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Jennifer Kyle
Nope Nope Nope


Maddie is a nursing student and Ryder is the local manwhore/bad ass. They have been best friends for fifteen years. When they run into each other at a local bar during a hometown visit she finds out Ryder has decided to enlist in the military and wants to spend his last couple days staying with Maddie at her apartment by her school.

Things are pretty normal, well not really it seems that The United States of America is on the verge of war against terrorist countries. Maddie is dati...more
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
3.5 I'm-Not-Really-Sure-What Stars

"He was my darkness and I was his light.
We couldn't exist without each other."


Maddie & Ryder two young kids, friends since childhood, deal with their feelings for each other, their shortcomings, war, heart break and the freaking Apocalypse, in this confusing but also strangely exciting novel by Paige Weaver. Hard to put down, frustrating but in my opinion, a really good story that just has too much in its plate.

First and above all, this is a love story.


3.5 stars
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Dammit, I should've read some reviews before reading this one!
This ends in a freaking cliffhanger!!!
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Sep 26, 2013 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dystopia lovers

~ He was my darkness and I was his light. We couldn't exist without each other

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~

Lyrics by Gavin Rossdale •Love Remains the Same•❤

A thousand times I’ve seen you standing
Gravity like a lunar landing
Make me want to run till I find you
I shut the world away from here
Drift to you, you
**May contain spoilers**

Awful. Completely terrible. Months later it still makes me angry to think about.

...The plot was actually somewhat unique (although, Revolution anyone?). The descriptions of the whole electromagnetic pulse thing was good enough for me (not a physics/engineering/whatever-subject-that-is person). And then the nursing care stuff was relatively accurate (RN here), besides Maddie being an awful patient - (yay lets punch someone with my broken hand) but hey not all nurses are t...more
✮ ✮ ✮ ✮ 5 HOT ALPHA MALE STARS ✮ ✮ ✮ ✮

Promise Me Darkness, was a super steamy, end of the world love story! I found it to be extremely unique in the sense that every other dystopian out there is focused more on the end of the world, and not the romance. The romance is the main focus of this story, of Ryder & Maddie's love for one another and the lengths they'll go to ensure each-others safety. Promise Me Darkness was filled with everything that I want in a romance: love, alpha-male, jealo...more
Apr 22, 2013 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: tops

Fuck me!!! When is the next book coming out?????? MUST.HAVE.MORE!

Okay, I took a day to read something for myself. I picked PROMISE ME DARKNESS by Author Paige Weaver. I really had no idea what to expect with this book, but:
I absolutely LOVE this book! ♥ ♥ ♥
Please do not let the synopsis throw you. I went into this thinking it was going to be another sweet easy read about college love. FUCK NO!!! I was blindsided and smacked right upside the head....more
Anu CN
ok wat da hell just happened!!!
i went in thinking i was getting me another healthy dose of bad-boy romance and BAM! i was right in middle of an apocalypse!!!

i kid u not
the book started off really incredible
tried and tested formula but it was really working for the book
by chapter 10, the love story was coming to a conclusive end
n i got really worried they wer gonna ruin a perfectly good story by dragging it n including some unnecessary love triangle
but in chap 12, BAM!!! just like that
things get...more
So I don't know what book all of the negative reviewers read but it couldn't have been this one. This story was actually refreshing not like all the others that are all high power male/ female sex driven story lines.
Scary part is that the theory in this story is probably true. I'm seriously thinking that I may want to stock more canned goods in the house.
But back to the story...Maddie yes was somewhat of a pushover and a prisoner to her love for Ryder but she had her strengths and didn't give...more
This book was definitely not what I was expecting. I was expecting a swoony romance set against a post-apocalyptic warzone. Not quite! Instead we get an angsty romance which just happens to take place following an attack on the US which leaves everybody without power, and a few desperate people running around… occasionally. That may sound really negative, but I definitely don’t intend it to be, because although parts of this book are very familiar, the setting, and the challenges faced by the ch...more
Wow, having not read the synopsis but diving straight in this book was not what I expected at all. I was fully prepared for a feel good best friends falling in love type book with the typical drama that ensues, but this was so much more. Sure, we have that storyline in the mix, but that is in admist a war that has broken out. Instead of a book about daisies and sunshine, you get a scarily real depiction of what would happen if a war broke out in america, and it was every man for himself. The thi...more
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*


Hmm.....I'm not even sure what to say here. I'm kind of stumped. And a little confused. Maybe even a little disappointed. I guess I went in to the book thinking it was going to be one thing and it ended up being something completely different.

Things start off normal enough. Ryder and Maddie have been BFFs since they were kids. Ryder has decided he is going to enlist in the Army and goes to stay with Maddie for a week. During this time, terrorist threats are high. Ryder and Maddie end up...more
Linda Graham
I absolutely loved this book. I figured it was gonna be your average childhood love story. Girl goes off to college & then the stubborn sexy guy from her childhood finally comes to his senses. But NO!! That's not at all what happens. This book surprised me & took a totally different turn that I never saw coming. The direction the author took was so refreshing. Yes, of course you still have the gorgeous, tattooed, stubborn, sexy guy. Wouldn't be a great book without him. At times I would...more
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Jamie Lou Johnston
You knows those books that suck you in from the beginning? The ones that you just cannot put down? Well, Promise me Darkness was one of those books for me.

Maddie is a 21 year old nurse student who's been best friends with bad boy Ryder for 15 years, despite their different ways of life. Maddie is the complete opposite of Ryder, the typical good girl, goes to school and studies, doesn't drink or smoke and stays out of trouble and only dates gentlemen. But with everything in her life going to the...more
I am left speechless over this book , I am literally at a loss searching my mind for just the rights words to express how well written this book is . This book needs to be a movie hands down it is that good. After reading this I felt like crocodile dundee when he said "that's not a knife , this is a knife !" Only I'm saying "That's not a book , THIS IS A BOOK !" This had everyhing you want in a book characters that were well put together , you can relate with ease . This suspense and drama with...more
5 BIG smooch-able kisses!!!!!
This book had a surprising twist of events that will blow your mind; gratifying page turner!!! I was totally engulfed in the blossoming, electrifying relationship between Maddie and Ryder....sizzling hot!!!!!!!! ***Ryder has made it to my list of sexy book boyfriends*** ;)
OMG the Ending will have you craving for installment please!!!

I rate this book: Absolutely Bookalicious!
***3 Mediocre Stars!!***

What can I say that hasn’t already been said?
This book had a lot of potential to be 5 star worthy.

Unfortunately, Maddie annoyed the crap out of me and Ryder was just so wishy washy, losing me in the process. One minute Ryder is HOT for Maddie, and the next minute he’s being COLD, and distant. I swear his mood swings were giving me WHIPLASH.. Ryder would say sweet things to Maddie once in awhile but his actions would contradict him.. It was just to much at times.

I did ho...more
Here goes my mini review (full one to come later on the blog:)

Ok, so I started this book like I start most, having no clue what I'm going to encounter and to my relief I was SO happy with this one.

It is a romance, yes, but it is so much more than that! It's about friendships, family, love, struggle and survival in a crumbling society. This book was like a movie in my head, I not only saw it but I lived and breathed the characters.

The drama surrounding the characters is Scary to think about it be...more
It's beautiful disaster all over again

Honestly what is up with authors obsessions with violent controlling men and why do all these book start out with the protagonist and her best friend .. In some bumass place no women would actually want to go to

Let me sum it up for you

Smart ( actually very stupid) girl loves womanizing best friend

He's the typical cliche gorgeous ( what is gorgeous anyways by the way?) get it .. He has tribal tattoos ( this is not the 90's) -_- , he's supposedly badass (...more
Kristine Arnold
I saw the high ratings and great reviews but was still a little uneasy committing to this book as I have followed other recommendations in the past and have been burned. My norms in books are bad boy/good girl love stories full of angst sprinkled with a lot of steam so I knew this book would have at least that but was still a little concerned about the 'end of the world' part of the story. So I thought "what the hell?" and started reading. WOW! I was blown away. Maddie was your typical girl next...more
75% into this book, I decided the only reasonable thing to do was quit it before I ended up punching my computer. The plot was ruined by the most annoying characters ever. You know, the kind of characters you imagine killing every chapter.
The idea was actually a good one. I think is only the second book I've read with a similar plot (which nowadays is nearly a miracle). However, the stupidity of the characters ruined it for me (and that before knowing there was going to be a second book).

The pl...more
Gitte - TotallyBookedBlog
Jointly reviewed on:

Jenny: Okay, this is going to be a difficult review. This book was not what I expected at all. It felt like two books in one to me.. I enjoyed the first half but the second part; I have to say lost me. On that note though….I had to find out what happened! I couldn’t put it down and I was drawn to finishing this book. That probably makes no sense Gitte, but I hope you know what I mean.

Gitte: I know exactly what you mean Jenny. I really...more
Jacqueline's Reads


I have to start out by saying, I had no idea what Promise Me Darkness was about. I did find the cover tiny bit mis-leading, but I think my downfall was not reading the summary or reviews. I will say, I LOVE the-world-is-coming-to-an-end kind of reads, but I am not a fan of the-world-is-coming-to-an-end-because-of- terrorist kind of reads.

I kind of wanted to scream, REALLY?!

The story in a nut shell is about “THE TERRORIST” has attacked; the world is collapsing, s...more
V.J. Chambers
I thought this would be awesome. (Warning, minor spoilers and swearing, unless goodreads auto-censors?)

To be fair, this is a DNF for me.

Additionally, here I am breaking my rule about trashing other indie authors online. However, I'm doing this an exercise for myself. I enjoy determining what worked and what didn't work for me when I read a book. I use what I find to help me write better books. So I'm only writing this review because I want to explore what did work about the 40% of this book tha...more

Hello Paige Weaver. Good job little missy. Ms Weaver has written a first time book that is a Oh Yeah Mix of New Adult Angst, Ro-O-man-ce and just dash of Red Dawn thrown in. Yes. Red Dawn. Stick with me people. It works.

Maddie is a nursing student who is going to school away from home and away from her best guy friend, Ryder. Ryder is a tattooed, bad ass, womanizer. (my favorite) *giggle* Ryder goes to spend a few days with Maddie at school before he enlists in the army. Maddie is secretly in l...more
Mistik INK
May 03, 2013 Mistik INK rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA w/ sex lovers
NA contemporary. Immature. DNF at 15% and I pushed to get there. I've started and put it down at least 5 times in 3 days. Nope, not for me.

I have found some good NA books, although it seems, after much effort to read this new genre, it is not for me. I can not seem to find a mature NA read, where kids aren't drama struck virgins in their 20. The heroine has never been drunk either. I can not relate to either phenomena: neither a virgin nor sober in 20s. I went to college and graduated well f**...more
I'm not going to do a review because I didn't finish it but I am gonna say why I didn't finish it. First off we are beat in the face with "we are friends" about every page. Yes I fucking get it y'all are friends move the fuck on. Omg I can't even remember her name and I just read it. Well whatever her name is she is annoying. From start to 62% where I finished she was just fucking stupid. Immature and a complete fucking child about everything. IT'S THE END OF THE FUCKING WORLD YOU DUMB BITCH. SH...more
Nicci   ☞ Hell Raisin Sugar  ☜
Fucking cliffhanger...but I did love this book. Not at all what I expected.
OMFGGGG!!! Where on earth has the 8 hours gone??? Since 5am this morning I've been hooked to this book, I was nearly late getting ready for work as the book just captured me. From the blurb I was just expecting a typical New Adult type book, but Promise Me Darkness is a lot more then that. I was not prepared for the suspense, shock, thrill and overall brilliant heart racing romance between Ryder & Maddie. This book had everything I loved from raw passion to thriving jealously! What made this...more
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Paige Weaver’s first passion has always been reading. Many hours of her childhood were spent getting lost between the pages of a book, disappearing into other worlds. That turned into a love for writing at a young age. Her first book, Promise Me Darkness, became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller quickly after being released.

Paige lives in Texas with her husband and two children. When she's...more
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