Into the Light (Clear Water Creek Chronicles, #1)
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Into the Light (Clear Water Creek Chronicles #1)

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  274 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Clear Water Creek Chronicles #1

Sheriff Sean Keller hides a terrible secret - he watched a heinous crime committed eighteen years ago and did nothing to prevent it. Now he finds himself face to face with Eden Gray, the victim of that crime, who is now not so much the boy anymore, but the man. Eden makes Sean sit up and remember those forbidden desires he thought he had lock...more
ebook, 151 pages
Published January 29th 2011 by Silver Publishing (first published January 28th 2011)
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Damon Suede
I can't give this a Goodreads "rating" because I can't decide how to rank it arbitrarily.

I wrestled with whether I should post this, but in many senses I'm going to review the editing of this book because I believe the single biggest factor to the outcome of this book was the editorial guidance, or lack thereof.

This book left me in a quandary. On the one hand, I love Scarlet Blackwell's writing... all of her skill is brought into play here. The two main characters make sense on paper, the tensi...more
I wished I had never read this book. How can a rape victim be blamed for what happened to him? How can the one who let the rape happen come out healed from his guilt, and the victim remain broken, and this be sold as a HFN - or HEA? This was horrifying, even more so since it was very well written - the good writing concealing the terrible message this transports.

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Mar 26, 2011 Buda rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one. Ever.
Absolutely horrific.
Apr 17, 2012 Fonzie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody, not even my worst enemy
It was the single most sick and horrifying book I have ever read. If it were possible, I would give it negative stars.

What Damon Suede wrote in his review covers it pretty much, although you can't only blame the editors. It must've been completely obvious to the writer what she was writing about.

And what she wrote about was the rape of a 17 year old boy who came back home after 18 years and got victimized and raped once again.

Here, a few quotes from the book:

"Shut the fuck up, whore," Sean spat.
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Kelly Maybedog
I am appalled that this book has positive ratings. Multiple reviews, including one by fellow author Damon Suede, talk about how the rape victim gets blamed by the main protagonist over and over. Some included quotes that alone should have had Eden saying goodbye for good. That the two have an HEA is beyond horrifying. Many reviewers say the guy comes back and gets raped again. I don't know if that's literal or metaphorically meant, but it's definitely the latter either way. Yes rape victims can...more
WTF. That's all I can say about this story.

I blow raspberries at the HEA.
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Serena Yates
This story asks two very interesting and extremely difficult moral questions. The traditional black-and-white answers are easy, but the author has created a set of characters, neither of whom conform to the traditional pictures of ‘good’ and ‘evil. The lines here are blurred, the entire area is gray, and that makes it very difficult to know what is right and wrong or to judge the men entangled in this web of their own making. An interesting moral dilemma to say the least.

First, we have Sean. His...more
Page Crusherz
I read some of the reviews before reading this novel, so I went in with my eyes open. I admit, I felt like I was going to be made of tougher mettle than the other readers. I don't mind scenes of violence or rape, and I can philosophically analyze books with a suspension of disbelief and ethical reality, but this book was very upsetting to me.

The scenes of rape and violence were understandably upsetting, but what did it for me was the way the author handled Sean's attitude/guilt after his role in...more
Ok m/m romance about a sheriff who's a good man now, but was part of a bullying gang when he was in high school... and other members that gang raped a gay student while he stood by and did nothing. Now the victim of that rape has returned to town and wants the sheriff to pay for his part in the unreported crime. This was a really mixed read for me - I felt that it started out strongly, but by the end had turned into a melodramatic soap opera. :(
From the reviews I read after reading the book I can understand where both sides are coming from. Definitely not for everyone and if you're looking for romance even in the middle of this train wreck, I don't think you're going to find it. One of the reviewers asked the question: how can a rape victim be blamed for what happened to him? The sad thing is that it happens more often than not, especially when the victim doesn't behave as a "victim should"...whatever that means. That was pretty realis...more
Apr 10, 2012 Ery added it
Shelves: owned
Like many other reviewers, I was torn in rating/reviewing this book. I think I'll hold off on assigning the stars until I ponder this piece more. this is a short story, but it left an indelible impression on me. I'm sure I won't be able to fully express my thoughts on this book, but here goes nothing.

First- the blurb does not have a warning, and it should. A strong one. In bold red font. <mild spoiler> This book contains semi-frequent violence, strong emotions, and rape <mild spoiler>...more
I was very dissapointed after reading this book. It was very well written and I like most of the author´s work, so I expected more.
Main character Sean terrified me with his anger issues. His best friend Paul blames rape victim Eden and suddenly becomes cold hearted killer. I understand he wants to protect Sean because of their friendship. But blaming innocent and emotionally scarred Eden? The book almost disgusted me with Paul´s inhumanity.
And I just can´t believe in Sean´s and Eden´s love for...more
I think that the author was short-sighted at the very least to present the story in such a way that the victim was victimized yet again. This is exactly what the courts do to rape victims who are treated like debris and blamed for causing their attacks.

I have read and reviewed many books by Scarlet Blackwell and I like her writing for the most part however, I couldn’t let this one go without at least expressing my own personal opinion and horror at the shameful treatment of a rape victim in Into...more
Edina Rose
The idea of a bully jock who repeatedly hurt a gay geek in high school because he secretly wanted him and was disgusted by taht fact is great. But the story was not well told. It could have been a great book.
usually kind of like this author but this book left me with one descriptive word: ridiculous.
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Absolutely amazing!
I really think Ms Blackwell did a fabulous job with portraing both Sean and Eden.

I dunno, maybe I've read different book or something, but I didn't see anything that might have implied Eden had somehow called the rape upon himself, or that he's been the one to blame or something equally ridiculous. The only person seriously saying that was Paul and it's obvious the guy had just lost it somewhere along the way, because I don't see any other reason for his violent reaction. I r...more
Jess Candela
I tried to read Just Desserts and then this one, thinking I might appreciate the angsty story more if I first enjoyed the sweet one (yes, sorry, pun intended). I mean no disrespect to the author or her fans, as everyone has different tastes (thank goodness!) but clearly her books just don’t work for me.

I gave some real thought to why all four books I tried turned out to be DNFs, and perhaps the conclusion I reached might help explain the underlying difficulties with this book. Her characters str...more
What is wrong with these people? There wasn't one character in this book with any redeeming qualities. None! The MCs were toxic. The best friend was absurd, and evil for no reason at all. The judge actually obstructed justice rather than enforced it. And everyone is an alcoholic. Ugh!

A cop who drinks and drives, and another cop who encourages him to do so? A cop who commits numerous acts of assault (pushing, shoving, dragging, brutal bicep grabbing), gay-bashing ("Why don't you get your fucking...more
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May 02, 2014 Lucy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m

I urge anyone who is interested in reading this book to please check out the negative reviews. This is not an easy book to read. It tackles a dark subject and the characters are not all that likable. In the end I did give it 4 stars because I was so taken by this book and the characters of Sean & Eden. My heart broke for Eden especially as (view spoiler) Sean was more problematic, sometimes I felt sorry for him and other...more
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Jan 24, 2013 Avril added it
As a rape victim I just couldn't. I couldn't. Still can't rate this book. Shitty editing. Really jacked up plot points and the way the victim is I usually love Scarlet's books, but this one. No.
Very interesting this book.
1. Excellent plot.
2. Outstanding chemistry.
3. Heart felt struggles.
4. Smooth read
5. I did not want to put the book down.

This was one heavy read. Every time something bad happened in this book I wanted to stop reading, but the suspense made me go on. It really is a messed up story. But I love dramatic, dark books and this was definitely that.

There were a couple things that bothered me. For instance, the characters didn't come across as real to me. For example Paul seems to make some really drastic, weird changes in a pretty short period of time. And how two characters like Sean and Eden can get together after ever...more
Kerry  sullivan
This book was reviewed for Musings of a bookworm

I have very mixed feeling about this book! although I did really like the book as a whole, because it pushed the emotional envelope and didn't pull its punches, I found it left a nasty taste in my mouth and I also felt it was a little rushed at times. I think it would have been better if it was a little longer and taken a little more time in building to the car crash ending. This really was uncomfortable to read at times, well most of the time, bu...more
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