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Into the Blackness

(The Blackness #4)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Cease being everything you’re trained to be in order to find who you’re meant to be…with.

Nick Cooper is many things in life. He’s a vicious enforcer for a crime family. He’s a monster that tortures with a smirk tattooed on his lips. He’s an olive-skinned god, mysterious and captivating. He’s the best undercover field agent in the Domestic Crime Agency. He’s my partner
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 445 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by It's Publishing
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Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
Nick has done a lot of bad things in his life. He has a darkness inside him that he can't let go of. His newest assignment is to bring down a human trafficking kingpin. He is going undercover with a fake wife. While he is the best Domestic Crime Agency undercover field agent, he is paired up with Katherine who is the best female field agent. This is the best undercover act they have had. She is used to playing a sexy woman who has to use her body to get close to a mark. He is used to being a dar ...more
Michele(mluker) Luker
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Can the Blackness series get any better? Ah, yeah. It's mind boggling how it is even possible, but this is one series that keeps growing with intensity with each new member of Shannon aka Kid's family.

Nick Cooper has a special spot in Shannon's heart. He is the only tie left to her childhood. Into the Blackness is Nick's story.

Masters in their field, Nick and Kat are thrown together for a year long mission for the DCA to take down a human trafficking ring. Both have experience in being undercove
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lovers of Contemporary Fiction
Recommended to Deb by: An FB Book Club
Holy Hotness!!! This series is for *CONTEMPORARY* *FICTION* *READERS*

Gorgeous Alpha men & strong sexy women, mostly who are Irish-American, what's not to love!!! ... This is another 5 star must read as were books 1,2 and 3 in this fantastic series :) ... I have NEVER before found a new author that I had become addicted to right from the beginning of the first book of hers that I had ever read :o ... Each book is just as good as the previous one if not better :) ... *I do strongly recommend *read
Feb 10, 2015 added it
Shelves: prior-dnf
DNF at 77%. This book started off great. An undercover op against human trafficking where the two main characters are posing as a married couple and then actually fall in love in real life. But then it takes quite a dark turn and now we have our lead characters tearing finger nails off suspects. Sorry, I don't need to read in my romance books what I'm beginning to see every day on my TV screen. Plus there were a few things that happened that just seemed implausible so I have given up. Sorry. ...more
Sherry Hassanali
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Lisa Zeigler
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the 4th book of The Blackness Series. Kat Russell is an excellent field agent for the Domestic Crime Agency and has just ended an op that was a soul crusher. She has had to use her mind and body too much on her missions. When she returns to the office for her next op, she meets Nick Cooper. We first saw Nick in Blackness Awaits, who knew Shannon for a short time in her childhood, and again when she needs rescuing 22 years later. He spent ten years as an enforcer for his Uncle, well known ...more
Jennifer Hines
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Kat's a chameleon, always having her mask in place when needed, problem is her new partners can see every time she wears it and he doesn't like it one bit. Nick wants to see the real her, not the face she hides behind.

"Katherine Russell is stunning, smart, funny, deadly and getting' ready to share a bed with you for the foreseeable future. You got nothing to say about that other than she's good at her job? Either you're
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alpha-male, military
4 stars

There was a lot I loved about this book and yet there were some aspects that didn't really gel for me. This is the 4th book in the Blackness series and only my second read from this author (so far). I read and loved the previous book (Shrouded in Blackness, book 3) and although I really liked this book it didn't make as much of an impact as book 3. Unlike the previous book, it took me a few chapters to really get into the story. The lengths Kat took to secure her mark didn't sit well with
Nerdy Chic
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Into the Blackness is Book 4 in The Blackness series and actually the first book I read by this author and the series. After having finished the book, I'm definitely one clicking the rest. I also had to remind myself while reading this that the agency they work for has their own set of rules that they play by and nothing gets in the way of what needs to be done.

Katherine "Kat" Russell and Nick Cooper work for the Domestic Crime Agency (DCA) and are two of their top agents. They are assigned to p
Karen Szakelyhidi
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Was given this for a review was a little lost as I hadn't read the other books but was easy to figure it out, really enjoyed this book will be getting the others to start from the beginning after Christmas. This book was really good!!

Nick Cooper is many things in life. He’s a vicious enforcer for a crime family. He’s a monster that tortures with a smirk tattooed on his lips. He’s an olive-skinned god, mysterious and captivating. He’s the best undercover field agent in the Domestic Crime Agency.
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved it!

This series gets better and better as each book comes along. I have loved Nick throughout the series and was hoping to see him get a chance to prove his worthiness to be a part of Shannon's family. He certainly did that with this book. I can't believe how perfectly Kat matched just what he needed. I loved her super hard softness. As always in this series, the blackness was there in spades. I sometimes can't believe the directions these stories take. I love never knowing what
Eva (
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
There were a lot of things about this novel I really liked. The dialogue was well written, and the character development was outstanding. I really felt like you new all the characters on a personal level. The plot however, was a little scattered. It just didn’t feel realistic. I liked the original foundation of the plot. Two clandestine operatives are assigned on an undercover op, they fall in love, ect… The progression was were it hit a speed bump for me with the illogical turn of events.

As fo
Leslie Clifford
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Katherine Kat Russell and Nick Cooper were working for the Domestic Crime Agency better known as the DCA. Their assignment should be easy. Pose as husband and wife and infiltrate a human trafficking organization that is being run out of a suburban neighborhood. Along with Jake, another DCA officer, posing as their nephew, Kat and Nick begin to fit in with the neighbors but discover that while everything appears perfect on the surface there are several neglected kids that live in the neighborhood ...more
Kyla Quinn
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was gifted this book for an honest review. I've not read the other 3 books that came out before this one. So I had no idea what this series was about before reading this, but I will say it did not disappoint! You will be a little lost from the back story but the author does a good job filling in the blanks so you know what's happening and can kinda piece it together for yourself.

Kat and Nic work for the Domestic Crime Agency. Kat has finished an assignment where she had to use her body to hel
Brittney Weaver
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book in the series. I started with this one and was a little lost as to how some of the characters knew each but that information was revealed as the story went on. Would I recommend reading all of the other books first? Of course but that's because it gives you background information and this author is a good author. While my normal genre isn't romantic thrillers (I read any romance but BBW and Paranormal have been my normal go to. But maybe not anymore. Might have to add rom ...more
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The best thing with all NJK's books is the subtle mindf*ck that they create. Her hero's are bad bad alpha asshats, there is just no way to pretty them up, they are hard, and crass and sometimes such complete assholes I for one spend key assholish behavioral moments visualizing myself flying into the pages and giving them a good smack across the head with my cast-iron frying pan.
But that's the whole Mindscrew, because while they stomp around peeing circles around the h's, chanting mine mine mine
Lesley Wright
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In to the Blackness is the 4th book in the Blackness series. This the first book of the series that I read and I can’t wait to read the rest! This is the story of two agents of the Domestic Crime Agency. They both very good agents that have literally lived breathed and poured their souls in to their jobs. They are both are looking into the blackness. Kat has had to use her mind and body too much to complete her missions. Nick has spent 10 years undercover as an enforcer for his mob boss Uncle.
So much potential but,,,,

I have read 3 of this authors books. I have really enjoyed the story line and really would love to buy all of the books but I don't think I can make it through them. I read a lot, like 4-8 books a week and I love supporting and finding new authors. The story line is interesting and I enjoy the characters HOWEVER,,, there is a horrible over use of the word "purr", "growl" and a couple of others that I can't think of off the top of my head. I am actually 1/2 way through my
Deborah Bean
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Into the Blackness by Norma Jeanne Karlsson was so not what I was expecting. To be able to get into these characters’ heads was an amazing experience. I have enjoyed this entire series and feel like they are family.
I liked the whole idea of bringing in two headstrong people and making them work as a team. Most of the time it wouldn’t work. There were times it seemed like it wasn’t going to work. However, somehow, it did and the outcome was to the benefit of many.
I could just imagine how h
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The beginning of the book (mostly the first chapter-chapter and a half) starts out a little slow, but more than makes up for it the further you go along. Parts of the book made me laugh out loud, others brought tears to my eyes. The characters are all well-rounded, and I could actually picture them exactly as written. I also loved that the book was written how one talks, and from first person perspective; not boring old he said, she said, end scene. Only thing I had an issue with was the introdu ...more
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just finished this book a few days ago. I was immediately absorbed into the story. I also didn't realize this was a part of a series. That being said though, I had no problem following the story. I'm not usually a fan of the lead female character. I loved Kat though. She wasn't that helpless whiney female that we see all too often in romance. She was gutsy. Edgy. She didn't need a man to complete her. Nick was a great alpha male. He was take control and wouldn't put up with anybody's crap. Inc ...more
Kristin Heller
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! That is all I can say! Wow! I am so ready for the next two books so I can get to know Jake, and more of the other characters. I learn something new about all of them each book, and cannot get enough. This is a series I wish will go on forever, although I know it will not. I do know as soon as they are available in paperback I will be purchasing them so I can have e-copies and paperback books! I liked meeting new people again and seeing their lives evolve! I will say it again...Brilliant wri ...more
Hooked On Books
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW! This series has everything a story should have. I laughed, I cried, I loved with every one of the characters in this series. Emotions will have a roller coaster ride. Shannon, (Kid), has what every girl dreams of, family that love her, protect her, hold her, sleep with her, support her, give her everything she needs with out asking. This unconventional family will draw you right into their lives. There's suspense, mystery, love, grief and a lot of laughs. Love comes knocking at the door, al ...more
Oct 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once again Norma J. Karlsson has proven that even monsters deserve a second chance. I loved that we finally get to know more about Nick Cooper. In the previous one we saw a glimpse of him yet with Kat his partner he shows his true colors. My heart broke for Kat and her kids especially Jake. All these people have one thing in common and that is no love. They are afraid to grasp it and man the possibility of it happening is mind blowing. I have to say I applaud Kat for taking all of Nicks shit and ...more
Emily R.
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! It's not quite as dark and gritty as the others in the series, but it still has the suspense and romance. I loved Nicky and Kat and the boys (can't wait for all their books!!). The book starts out about their mission and quickly evolves into a book with family at the center. Ms Karlsson takes readers on an emotional roller coaster as Nick and Kat learn to work together (and love together) and the boys reveal their stories. My fingers couldn't swipe fast enough to keep up with ...more
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it

This book had an OK premise, but as the book went on, it got more & more implausible. Also, I'd be reading along, and suddenly the timeline advanced without any break or indicator that there was a change. Another common problem was the improper use of pronouns throughout. That's like fingernails on a chalkboard for me.
In addition to the editorial changes, this book needs to be proofread. Spell check is not a proofreader.
It's not a horrible book, but I won't be reading other books in this seri
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You don't meet very many heroines that are as fierce as Katherine Russell. This has just become one of my all time favourite books!! ...more
Bryanna Nicole
3.5 Stars

I really liked this book. I didn't read the others in the series but I was able to read it as a standalone and enjoy it the same. A lot happens and by the end I was definitely a fan of this author. I'm not going to read the previous because the blurbs didn't really catch me and I'm quite lazy at the moment, but I will read the next ones to come.
Jamie Sadler
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
I loved Nick in the others books. His relationship with Shannon and the life he's led make him a great character. However, his personality in this book with these four boys makes you love him even more. He has some missteps with Kat but he works through them. Love that Shannon and her men and Kieran are back in this book. ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicky and His Sunshine

Me. Karlsson continues to write about heroines and heroes who move forward in spite of obstacles that are placed in their path. This author writes passionately the resiliency of the human spirit. This story will make you laugh and cry cheer and want to help them fight their battles. Enjoy another hot action packed story, I did.
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Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Norma Jeanne recently found herself relocating to the United Kingdom. Now living in Belfast, she took hold of the opportunity to kick the 9-5 job for a chance to become an author. The best part: working from her home office, she gets to spend more time with her cast of crazy characters (written and real).

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The Blackness (5 books)
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