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Hart of Darkness

(The Hart #1)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  163 ratings  ·  61 reviews
The road to love is paved in the dark.

Former gang member Dillon Hart abandoned the streets to join the US Merchant Marines. He feels his life is finally on track until he returns home to discover that his sixteen-year-old sister is missing. With his younger brother in jail and his older brother living a life of crime, it’s up to Dillon to find Grace. After four years of s
Published June 12th 2018 by Raven Wing Publishing
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Siobhan Davis
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An incredible start to a new series. Love Dillon, Denim, and Duke and can't wait to read more. The last quarter of this book was unbelievably suspenseful and I was practically chewing my fingernails to the bone. Loved the couple of brief scenes with Kelton, swoon. And I'm intrigued by Grace and Dominic and hoping there is a book planned for this couple. I'm already anxious for the next book in this series. Another job well done, Susan. ...more
Heather Carver
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved every second of this book and the ride it took me on. I love when books have me guessing things going on in the story!

Dillion is mine!!! He is by far my favorite character Susan has written to date! He has a heart of gold and wants to help others. He loves with everything he is even if he doesn’t realize it. He is what I look for in my book boyfriends!!!

Maggie is a strong lady! She has endured more than a lot of people and she doesn’t let it tear her down. She only let it make her stron
Sheila Lee
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First let me say that this book is for mature audiences. Second, this may very well be the best book this author has written! It has all the key elements for a great story: an excellent plot, romance, suspense and a HEA ending. It is cohesive without superfluous descriptions that make you nod off. The story flows well, is well-written and entertaining. Dillon Hart is a caring man with a hard exterior while Maggie Marx is a newspaper reporter. Both grew up in the school of hard knocks. As adults, ...more
Kylie The Bookaholick
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 Dillon is sexy, gritty, but holds nothing back to find his family & love Stars

I was lucky to have found this author when she release her first Maxwell book, Dare to Kiss 4 years ago. Through each book since the first one, the main characters has gotten older, and they have grown into strong and loving adults. With each new book, new supporting characters are introduced. Dillon Hart is a dark character who is introduced in Dare to Love, which is Kelton's (my favorite Maxwell Brother BTW) book.
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For all of you who like me have been wanting to read "Dillon's Story" when you first read about in the Maxwell Series, we can now breathe easier. Both Dillon and Maggie did not have the best childhood and youth but sometimes the hard things in life seem to make some people stronger while others fall and wallow in their own worthlessness. Dillon and Maggie both found a purpose in life from their rise to pull themselves above all the hard things that life seems to keep throwing at them. Dillon's s ...more
Jennifer Lowe
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew when Dillon was introduced in the Maxwell series that he had a story to tell. He has been looking for his missing sister Grace for four years. He teams up with Maggie after she brings a troubled girl to his shelter. Their attraction is instantaneous!! Dillon and Maggie embark on a suspenseful and dangerous journey to find Dillons missing sister Grace and for Maggie to seek revenge on a man who scarred her for life. Dillon seeks the help of his brother Denim who is serving time in jail and ...more
Bibliophile  Chloe
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is gonna grab you!

Hart of Darkness is the first in a new series by S.B., and what a story it is.

Dillon and Maggie have history, and that's where the spark started.

Dillon is from a hot mess of a dysfunctional family, he is trying to fight his past and redeem himself with his present and future.  He is everything you could ask for in a male hero.  His hottest factor, in my humble opinion, is the way he is fighting to keep what is left of his family together.

Maggie, oh my.  She has had ho
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
2.5 Stars!

I so badly wanted to like this story. As I fell in love with this author with the original Maxwell series. The fact that we got to see some Maxwell's in this series being a pseudo spin off I was stoked but then I started to read the story and my eyes wouldn't stop rolling with the ridiculousness of the story line.

The story evolves around ex-gang members Dillon Hart and Maggie Marx whom are from different gangs. It was actually the gang part that threw me over the edge. I've never bee
Wendy Ballard
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this one. Dillon was mention in the Maxwell's series And he opened up a shelter for Women that are runaways, gangs, living on the streets. This book tells you more about Dillon. How he is hunting for his sister Grace for 4 years and can never seem to find her but he still has hope that she is alive.

Maggie is runaway from abuses foster homes and was grab one day and raped and cut up left for dead until Lou came upon her and helped her, taught her how to fight gang style and she started wor
Eva Christopherson
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I first was introduced to Dillon Hart in the Maxwell Series. (A fabulous series!) Although, he was more of a cameo character and not the leading man, I had to know more about him. S.B. Alexander answered my wish when she wrote his story in Hart of Darkness. It’s a deep story of loss, suspense, change, family, and love.

Dillon is searching for his younger sister, Grace, who has been missing for four years. At times he struggles with continuing the search or giving up. He deals with a mix of emoti
Rukaya Rateb Jaber
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was waiting for so long to read Dillon's story. I was very intrigued with him in the Maxwell books that I was very anxious to read his story. Now that I have read it, it has put me through the ringer. I laughed, cried, screamed, and smiled throughout the whole book. I don't want to put any spoilers, but you will just fall in love with Dillon and Maggie! They are my all time favorite couple! She's his yang to his yin. The cheese to his macaroni. The meat to his sandwiches! They complete each ot ...more
Anita Chaney
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well what can I say Susan, I have read the maxwell series and love every single book, but Hart of Darkness is so different to those, I loved it and was hooked from chapter 1, you get so lost in the book, it's so well written you find your self in there world, I love Maggie's story she she as been through so much and was the perfect match to Dillon, the chemistry between them is off the chart, And Dillon you just have to love him a total knight in shining armour. Absolutely loved it and will defi ...more
Katy Battisti
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hart of Darkness was a phenomenal read! I was hooked from the very beginning and couldn’t put down. The book was full of suspense, darkness and mystery. This was so well written and easy to flow. Dillon Hart has a rough background but turned his life around and started a shelter for girls and abused women. His main quest in life is to find his missing sister and in the process gets reacquainted with Maggie Marx. Their attraction towards each other is undeniable. Loved seeing Kelton come into thi ...more
Nicki - The Overflowing Bookcase
This was an awesome read. Dillon and Maggie are two pieces of the puzzle that just fit together so well. Both are broken but together they can overcome their pasts and hopefully have a bright future together. Not only did the reader fall in love with Dillon but now they will wait patiently for his brothers, Duke and Denim, to get their books. Both which cannot get here fast enough. I cannot wait for more in this series and if you are looking for a romance that keeps you on the edge of your seat ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A spin off from the Maxwell's we met Dillon in a previous book. The Maxwell's make a cameo but this new series is based solely on the Hart family. Denim, in prison for murder, Duke, a businessman, and Dillon, savior of lost souls and helpless ladies. They also have a sister, Grace, missing for four years. Obviously, this family is from a rough upbringing and their world hasn't gotten much better. In walks Maggie Marx, reporter and former bad girl, bringing a little sass and smiles to Dillon's fa ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel in love with this book right from the start. Dillion is an amazing man with hard past that drives him to be to be the man he is today. You just can’t help but fall in love with him. But for me, Maggie is really what made me really love this book. Maggie’s story of how she becomes who she is today plus the person she grows into through the book is what I really loved about this book. I can’t wait to read this book again.
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started reading S.B Alexander books when the Maxwell series came out. I was a little skeptical reading this book since it is the beginning of a new series with a character from the Maxwell series as the main character. S.B Alexander has done it again. I love Dillion’s story. It was beautifully written from beginning to end. If I could give it more stars I would give it 10 stars. I can’t wait for the rest of the stories in this series!! Thanks S.B. Alexander for another awesome read!!
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Hart for My Heart
I couldn’t believe any girl would be worthy of my new book boyfriend, Dillion Hart. Dillion has that bad boy edge that is cloaked in mystery that I love. And he has this huge heart even though his family is fragmented. Dillion’s sister, Grace, has been missing for four years. Enter Maggie, a fearless and rough around the edge woman, who just maybe the yin to Dillion’s yang. But first, they both have to survive. This book is a must have and the best I’ve read all year!
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ooh Susan I didn’t think you could top this new series after the Maxwell brothers, but Dillon’s story had me gripped from beginning to end and can’t wait to read about Denim and Duke! The story about Dillon and Maggie, you can tell there is something there between the pair of them and you are willing for them. If you have read the Maxwells you would have come across Dillon in there and there is a mention of the Maxwells in here too. This is a brilliant story that I just didn’t want to end. Susan ...more
Heidi Budd
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for this book for what feels like months. I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC and am by no means disappointed. This was nail biting, sitting on the edge of your seat good! If I hadn’t had to work as well I wouldn’t have put it down. Well done Susan, Dillon has won my Hart!
Steph Bardsley
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was unsure how to read a story not about my maxwells but of course Susan has outdone herself yet again. The story of Dillan and Maggie was so good I started it yesterday and finsh this morning, I was drawn in and couldn't put it down. It was an emotional ride that’s for sure and you will definitely not be disappointed with this book. ...more
April Duplanti
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing!!! When meeting Dillon during the Maxwell series, we all wanted more of him. We have been rewarded with this swoon worthy hero! I didn't know what to expect from the former bad boy turned good guy but I was blown away! It's a very strong start to what ensures to be a series to lust after! We all have a little darkness in us, now to get some Hart in there too! ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved diving into the life book of Dillion. We get glimpses of him throughout the Maxwell series that really raised my wonderment on what he was all about. The suspense-fullness of his quest in finding his lost sister kept me enthralled to the end. If you love the Maxwells you are going to love this new series from S.B Alexander! I am now waiting impatiently for the next instalment with Dillion's brother Denim taking centre stage. ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
*Sigh* what can possibly be said about a perfectly balanced book? Dillon has had a hard life and yet it sets him up for how he is in the future. Same with Maggie. The plot flows wonderfully well, with a dash of suspense here and a dab of romance there, and don't worry, you get your HEA ending too, but not before you get taken on an emotional rollercoaster that wrings you out 😂 ...more
Alexis Quintana
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just when you thought the Maxwell's were the only ones you can love you meet the Hart boys. Dillon captures your soul from the very beginning and you get to dig deep into those layers we had a glance at previously. As for Maggie she's what every girl wishes to be considering what she went through and how strong she is because of it. You will see that love has no bounds and can be the strongest in the darkest moments. Definitely a must read!!! ...more
Danielle Pollard
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely fell in love with Dillon in the Maxwell series and I love him even more now. His story was one of heartache and hope. Love how you brought him to life in this book. Can’t wait to read the rest of the Hart series!
Wilmaris Lugo-santana
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i start read last night and finsh this morning i couldn't put it down love it . thank you S.B Alexandra for again a wonderful story Dillon and Maggie love story has me cry and cheer for them after what their have go though.. ...more
Michelle Sprester
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What can i say, Susan never disappoints. I love this story line from beginning to end and cannot wait to read more in this series. once you start you dont want to put the book down, it captures you and draws you right in. Loved it!
Ellen Marsh
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a gritty, riveting story that, like its characters, pulls no punches. The writing is spare, which rachets up the tension, but there's also a tender moment or two and some (VERY RACY) love scenes, plus a deeper look into the dysfunctional but heroic (and SEXY) Dillon Hart's mind and heart. Maggie's own bittersweet journey toward acceptance and love is also movingly portrayed, so, nicely done, Ms. Alexander! ...more
Cherie Maggi
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I volunteered to read this story for an honest review and loved it. Its one of those stories you start and cant put down. So excited for the next book in this amazing new series
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Navy veteran and bestselling author S.B. Alexander writes paranormal, new adult, and young adult romance. Her writing is emotional, angsty, and character-driven, and features hot heroes stealing hearts.

S.B. or Susan as she likes to be called is a navy veteran, former high school teacher, and former corporate sales executive. She’s a lover of sports, especially baseball, although nowadays you can

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