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(Darkness #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  645 ratings  ·  237 reviews
Darkness has a seductive power, a delicious energy that sinks its claws in deep. Once the devil has a hold of you, true malevolence is born.

Sheriff Brady James has sworn to protect the small town of Durham Heights, his current priority to ruthlessly hunt a sadistic killer on the loose. With lives at stake, his focus is split between two beautiful women - one dark, one li
Kindle Edition, 200 pages
Published February 28th 2015 by Cassia Brightmore
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May 12, 2016 rated it did not like it

THIS REVIEW CONTAINS EVERY SPOILER IMAGINABLE! I promise you will not have missed anything but saved trauma and anger, but you've been warned nonetheless.

Problem: Who Are The MCs?

I'm at 23% and I'm not even sure I've met the FMC yet.


Way too many characters going through revolving door POVs.

Chapter one: Ava Marshall and two psychos.

Chapter two: Mila Stevenson, sheriff Brady, Joan the diner owner, a gardener.

Chapter three: the sheriff, deputy Sam Ridley, and Sarah the sheriff assistant
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, reviewed
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Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
☆ I received an ARC via Give Me Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ☆

Malevolent was a different direction from what I usually go for in reads. I’m normally not into dark reads, probably because I don’t care for angsty or heavy themes it, but this one piqued my interest.

In a setting all about starting over, a sinister lurking in the background, and highlighted in suspense, I couldn’t help but feel as if anything was a go. Especially with a killer on the loose, a sexy cop heroin
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Advance Readers Copy (ARC) provided for my blog for an honest review by the author via blog tour.

Title: Malevolent
Series: Darkness, #1
Author: Cassia Brightmore
Source: eARC
Genre: Dark
Age Group: Adult
Point of View: Third Person
Happy Ever After: (view spoiler)
Date Read: February 2th, 2015
Release Date: March 2nd, 2015
Overall Rating: 4 Stars

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Going into the book I had something really different envisioned but reading it just blew my mind. It was great, it was dark I kinda see
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult, suspense
“That’s it baby, bleed for me.”

The story is told from a third person narration with alternating points of view. The books I’ve read recently were written in first person narrative so this took me a while to get used to. But once I got into it, I was into it.

The author goes to the dark side of humanity and she caught the essence perfectly. Meaning, the psychopath here isn’t humanized. In many books the bad guy still manages to get you to feel the littlest bit of sympathy but not here. The psy
Silla Webb
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: march-2015
Let me preface this review by saying I NEVER, EVER read a book written in third person. Usually, if a book is recommended to me that's third person POV or I purchase one and open it to see that it is, I DNF then. Generally speaking, third person POV isn't emotional or personal enough for me to connect with the characters.

Having said that, I'm so glad that I gave Malevolent the fighting chance. This book did NOT disappoint in any way, whatsoever! Malevolent has so many twists and turns, you'll g
Rea Nicole ✰
True evil is a reality, it exists in all of us. The question is- who do you choose to be? Do you embrace the light? Or will you surrender to the dark and its temptations?

Two people running from troubled pasts.
A killer on the loose.
Young women showing up murdered.
What’s a sheriff with no leads to do?

Sheriff Brady James left his demons behind in New York and found a good, stable job in Durham Heights, a small southern town. Gwyn Woods is running from an abusive relationship and plans to never
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW, where do I even start with this review? I'm still in shock from reading this and I'm smiling because I just can't believe that this book was able to make me feel so much. It's really hard to review this one without spoilers but I hate spoilers so I'm going to try my best here to post the reasons why YOU should READ this book without giving anything away.

First of all: the writing is flawless, Cassia shocked the hell out of me. I wasn't expecting a new author to be able to convey such emotion
*I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads Review Team*

I was expecting a very dark, deep, suspenseful story. The 1st chapter absolutely delivered on these assumptions and I couldn't wait to start this book!
Unfortuntately, the story wasn't what I had hoped for.

Sheriff Brady James (sexy and absolute Alpha male) is trying to piece together the murder of a young female resident of Durham Heights, LA - with no luck. He has no time for menial things such as relationships.
Gwyn is on the
Sarah Armstrong
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
***ARC provided to leave an honest review***

First of all, let me say it's hard to believe this is Cassia's debut novel, you'd never know, once you pick it up. We are first given a very intriguing prologue, you want to know what it means!! Then straight to chapter 1, we taken into one girls nightmare & we get a glimpse into who Malevolent is.

We meet Gwyn Woods, who has moved to Durham Heights, to escape her old life & get away from her ex in Chicago. She was meant to stay only the night, but ge
Danielle Harris
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second time reading!

This is my second time reading I read this awhile ago and completely forgot about this book. Not because it is forgetful that's not the case I just read way too many books. I did love this book! Gwyn and Brady are super hot and I loved his dirty mouth.
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book for an honest review...... I finished this book last night after spending almost all afternoon reading it. With taking minor breaks to try to process it all. I was left reeling after it ended and felt that I needed to sleep before I wrote a review. I wanted to do this book justice, and well honestly I don't think that I can even convey how good it was in a review. I was intrigued by this book from the very first teaser that I saw and once I got my hands on it it di ...more
Diane Yoz
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“5 “★★★★★
I had to read this book once I saw the COVER!!! Yes I judge a book by its cover, and this cover was eye-catching but the story was amazing. Malevolent took me on a thrilling suspenseful Sexy Dark ride with unexpected twists that I never saw coming. The story was so well detailed I was so absorbed in the book that I couldn't put it down until I was finished. I loved everything about Malevolent! This is Cassia Brightmore debut novel and I for one can't wait for more from this brilliant
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow! Cassia Brightmore has done it! She's written a sexy, suspenseful book that will pull in even the most reluctant reader. Take a quick look through most of the books on my lists and you'll see that dark romance is not my usual genre. I like things light and I certainly don't like to be scared but Cassia's debut novel walked the fine line between romance and thriller and was masterful enough to keep even a wimp like me enthralled.

Women are disappearing from Durham Heights Louisiana and turn
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Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
As soon as I saw teasers for Malevolent, I wanted to read it because I love dark books and this one looked particularly dark. I added it to my TBR and when we got the sign up to review it, I jumped at the chance. I was a little worried about it, I admit, because the synopsis made me think it was going to be a love triangle, but my desire to read it quickly overrode that worry and the fact that said it was a standalone didn't hurt either. I'm very glad that I didn't let anything get in the way be ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for an honest review.

I wish I could give this book more than five stars.
It blows my mind to know that this is the debut book for this author.
The way the story was told, and the characters brought to life.

This book captivated me from the first sentence.
There were a lot of WTF moments and the tears that came with it.

We have Gwyn who is running from her past and needing a safe place away from her abusive ex and then we have sexy, hunky, Sheriff Brady who is also running f
Big Joe  Rossi
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked Malevolent by Cassia Brightmore. A first time reader of her work I was pleasantly surprised by her 1st book.

Gwyn is on the run from a bad boyfriend, she ends up in a quaint quiet town. Meeting a sweet woman who owns a diner, offers her a job and an apartment. She falls into the homeliness of the town. Unknown to Gwyn, Sheriff Brady is investigating a horrible murder of a young girl. Taken tortured and raped.

When she meets the hot sexy sheriff in the diner sparks fly. Her need to
Erin McKinley Carnevale
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two words MIND. BLOWN! This book was something I've never read before. I couldn't have imagined a world like this. The fact it came out of Cassia's head, INSANE. Have you seen her? It's always the innocent looking ones .... ;)

This book was intense. The mystery, suspense, love, was amazing. I was on edge the entire book. From the beginning to the end, I was in it and wouldn't, COULDN'T put it down till I was done. For a debut novel, Cassia struck gold!

You must ONE CLICK like NOW!
Ok let's just say we started off dark and I'm a huge lover of dark as twisty! Wow hooked me right in . Murders kidnapping oh I'm enjoying this. We have a new girl in town hot sheriff token bitch of course every book has one. Well yes it could have been darker it didn't stay as dark but the twisted yes it's there the story was great I enjoyed it. I'm not normally a lover of third party POV however this worked. We see into the minds of our new Girl Gwyn our Hottie Sheriff Brady,the victims and the ...more
Christy McCurry
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
The beginning of this book really got my attention. It was dark and intriguing I thought this is going to be really good.
Then everything kind of fell off for me. This story could of been so much more.

The characters development needed a little work. I did not feel a connection between Gwen and Brady at all.
Their relationship happened at such a such a fast pace It did not seem real.

Will I read more from this author? Definitely I'm not giving up on this author. Cassia Brightmore shows a lot of
Leigh Lunsford
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

First, let me say this is not my normal genre. Yet, the writing is top notch and I found myself flipping the pages, devouring the darkness the words held. I'm still confused how I loved it yet was looking over my shoulder for the boogie man....seriously. A wonderful debut novel, and as much as I would love to meet her, I'm afraid to be alone with her- KIDDING!!!!!
Dec 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, I can't even begin to say what i just read, This books was amazing, I loved that it wasn't just from one person POV, I really like the pace not too long and not too short, I found my self trying to read quick cause i had to know what was going to happen. I cannot wait to read Evanesce.
Charlee Bennett
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Malevolent is the debut novel from author Cassia Brightmore. I had the amazing opportunity to be given an ARC copy of this story and my head is still spinning from the vivid and detailed world Miss Brightmore has imagined. Where can I even begin writing about this book. From the very first word we are pulled into such an amazingly written story. This book was an emotional rollercoaster for me. There is laughter, love, violence and gore. There were more emotional ups and downs than I could count ...more
Jerzie Bishop
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
JERZIE’S REVIEW **5 Wickedly Malevolent Stars**

Malevolent by Cassia Brightmore.

-True evil is a reality, it exists in all of us. The question is—who do you choose to be? Do you embrace the light? Or will you surrender to the dark and its temptations?-

Mrs. Brightmore is a woman with many hats, blogger, beta-reader, editor, and it's only natural that this talented woman would branch off yet another limb and dive into authorship with her debut novel Malevolent, Darkness series book 1. This is an am
Books Laid Bare
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The title might give you a hint as to what you can expect but I have to say that the true brilliance of the book will not only surreptitiously sneak up on you, it will beat you round the head while it laughs at you for not catching on sooner!!!

For a debut novel this is nothing short of exceptional.

It doesn’t rely on sex to keep you hooked- although I have to say some of the scenes are completely mind blowing, it carefully blends in an absolutely killer storyline and Cassia Brightmore; you are on
KC  -- Reading Is My Superpower
Can we say where the hell did that come from?? Wow, what a rush that was. This book sucked me in from page 1 and kept my attention to the bitter end.

I love a book that throws me for a loop and this is one that delivered that. I never saw the ending coming. Once the bad guy was revealed, it left my jaw on the floor bc I was not expecting it. Wasn't even on my radar. and I loved that.

Iam giving this 4 stars, and the 2 reasons I feel like I can't give it 5, are:
1. due to unrealistic expectations
Stefanie Kral
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
✯✯4 Dark Twisted Stars!!✯✯

Cassia Brightmore definitely gave us a debut book that you will not forget that easy!! There are 2 types of books I don't read too often. Dark and third person POV. Even though this book is considered dark, for me it could of been a lot darker. It took me a little while to get used to the third person POV but I was OK with it after I got use to it.

Gwyn Woods is on the run from her abusive relationship. She gets in her car and drives for hours and hours until she lan
Jenny Dauksa Schaber
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm a guilty party that almost never 5 stars a book because I believe that there should always be room for improvement. However, this is damn close. I give Malevolent 4 1/2 stars!
The romance is insta love, but the darkness and suspense will keep you craving more. DON'T let the beginning preview of the book prevent you from picking this up. There's just enough dark to keep you intrigued, but not so much to turn you off and make this a DNF or a don't buy. It really is a great balance of dark, roma
I didn't HATE the book (one star) but I also didn't like a lot of it (three stars), so its going to go right in the middle lol. I will say this appears to be her first book so I'm hoping she learned a lot from the writing process. It really was a bit of a mess, especially after a promising start.

Gwyn is new to Durham Heights, Louisiana, fleeing from her ex in Chicago. I figured he would pop up at some point, but thankfully he didn't. Gwyn is a victim of years of abuse, including one very recent
Jeri Dewberry-Anderson
Malevolent (Darkness #1) by Cassia Brightmore

(Darkness #1)
Cassia Brightmore


Before I start I need to say that Malevolent is one of only a few books that I've read that are dark reads like this. So my experience with this genre is limited at the moment but I fully intend to rectify that. With that being said, on to my review =).

HOLY S--TBALLS this story was all kinds of effed up. I was stuck between not wanting to finish, trying to spare myself nightmares and not being able to stop reading at all. Needless to
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Cassia Brightmore is a Canadian dark romance author. She loves writing dark stories with twisted characters that she hopes will thrill the reader as well as make them fall in love.

She loves hockey, video games and online shopping. If she's not writing or editing, you can usually find her doing one of these things. Writing is her passion and publishing her first book as an indie author was truly a

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