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Dark Justice

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  38 reviews
She’s in love with her sister’s killer...
Lauren has loved Luke since first grade. They planned to marry—until he murdered her sister. The moment he was sentenced to prison, Lauren fled with her secret baby and made a new life. Now she’ll do anything to keep their daughter safe. But her hard won peace shatters when Luke is exonerated, and it sets her on a path of mixed emot
Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published September 17th 2019
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Dilushani Jayalath
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The story was considerably fast and for some reason I felt detached when reading it. Yes it was cute and it was almost like a second chance romance. Still I felt they slightly managed to touch on the romance and the mystery but really did not dwell on either one of them that much that I felt attached to any characters. Despite that I enjoyed reading the book and loved how mature Lamarie was with the whole situation she was put in. Yes, she sometimes acted out but other than that rare occasion wh ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing, thrilling ride! You are going to love Dark Justice! Wrongly convicted, Luke goes to prison for the death of Lauren's sister. Luke and Lauren were childhood sweethearts and Lauren has to grapple with the thoughts of the love of her life killing her sister. Years later, Luke is set free but he's still not totally free because Lauren still believes he killed her sister. He soon learns that he and Lauren have a child and now his daughter's life is in danger and he must do all that h ...more
InD'tale Magazine
"Dark Justice" is a suspenseful story of love and faith, overcoming wrongs and following your heart. Readers will be entranced by this story from the first chapter.

Read full review in the 2019 Nov issue of InD'tale Magazine.
2.8 Stars!

***I received a free copy from the Publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.***

I am sorry to say that I didn't enjoy this book much...

It took me TWO ENTIRE WEEKS to finish reading this!

My main issue with the book was that I expected a Lot more from it... I'll break down the reasons to my disappointment:

1. The Murderer Mystery

There is NO Mystery! At no point in the book is the reader wondering if the Male Main Character, Luke, did really kill Elizabeth, Lauren
Brenda Moser
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written romantic suspense story with strong , well developed characters and an intriguing story line. The author does a great job developing the story and pulling you in with her descriptive writing and detailed scenes. The supporting characters help to bring Luke and Lauren's story to life and kept me reading right to the end with all the suspense and romance. The story moves quickly and fluidly and captured me from beginning to end. I would highly recommend this book.

I voluntari
Sep 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: arc
💝 ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 💝
Deborah Cordes
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Suspense on steroids. Author Angela Smith certainly knows how to create page-turning tension. I liken her gift with the abilities of the writers/director of one of my favorite movies - Apollo 13. Although we know both works will have the requisite "happy ever after" endings, the plots hurtle onward, the audiences suspending their beliefs in the HEAs and worried that maybe, just maybe, they won't come true. Will the evil Clint get his revenge? Will Laramie be safe? Can her parents ever fully heal ...more
Born To Read
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lucas Fuller is found guilty of murder at eighteen. He is accused of murdering Lauren's sister. And Lauren is the love of his life.
Complicated, right?
Wait, because not only does he claim to be innocent. He knows who the real murder is!!! Despite all that, he is sent to prison for twelve years.
But after being released, he finds Lauren hates him, the real murderer is on the run and some more secrets...
I liked this book. Althou
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-but-unowned, arc
I received this free eARC novel from NetGalley. This is my honest review.

The idea of this book was really great, but from the moment I started reading this, it was a bit rocky. It was really hard to connect with this book and the characters. It's supposed to be an emotional novel, but the characters emotions jump around to much for me to keep up with.

But looking at other readers thoughts, it looks like i might be in the minority on my feelings, so I think other readers have enjoyed this book.
Wow, did this book keep the reader guessing. Then when the author brought out the killer, they built on it which I liked. This book was intriguing, suspenseful, a page turner and so much more. I loved it.
I highly recommend this book and will read again.
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Luke was jailed twelve year for killing her sister. A crime he did not commit and he wasn’t even given a chance by his so called love of his life Lauren.and Luke knows who committed the crime if he canon,y prove it. Once out of jail his sisters fought for him. I did not like Lauren in this story she too me was ignorant and ignored the true facts and went against a man she knew and believed someone she did not even trust or like in the beginning. And then she had this man around her child I mean ...more
Linda Walters
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
I knew going in that this was going to be a different kind of story. It was one of the things that kind of caught my attention. It was an emotional story of course. And it had good flash-backs between the past and current time for both Luke and Lauren. That's not always well done but here in this book, it was.
I have to say that I was 100% Team Luke pretty quickly. He was written in such a way that you could FEEL his confusion, despair and losses. And the hits of unfairness just seemed to keep co
Doctor reads
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
When Luke was charged guilty for the murder of Lauren little sister 12 years ago, he was imprisoned. Assigning their plan to get married and his bright future to the flame while the actual culprit unrestricted to roam and pose a threat to their daughter that he has learned to have. Luke needs to protect them while assuring Lauren to trust him this time.

Luke and Lauren have known each other since adolescence and the love they had was real. There were definitely angst between them and the scenes t
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-favorites
When Luke was 18 he was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his fiancée’s little sister, a crime he did not commit. 12 years later he is released after the truth is revealed about what happened on that horrific day. Lauren doesn’t believe the love of her life is innocent of killing her sister, the betrayal of what took place years ago was too strong. While Lauren tries to keep her distance from Luke, it becomes difficult to protect her heart and her biggest secret of all, the daughter they ...more
Reads A-Lot
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Twelve years ago, Luke was tried and convicted for murder. If only someone believed that he didn’t do it.

Lauren thought Luke killed her sister. Luke was once the man she loved with all her heart. But now he was nothing more than a killer set free. How could she forge that he killed her sister? But how could she ignore the desire she still felt for him? Even now when she had the pistol aimed at Luke, she couldn’t hide the longing she’d kept for him.

The trust was broken, but the fact remains: the
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book about a terrible injustice that needed to be corrected. A young man, Luke, was falsely convicted of murdering the young sister (Elizabeth) of the girl he loved (Lauren). He was in prison for 12 years before they discovered the corruption and mistakes that ended up with his false imprisonment. And he never knew that Lauren had his baby (Laramie) while he was incarcerated. There is excellent use of flashbacks to tell the events of 12 years before. The problems become - how can ...more
Sharon Grow
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Luke Fuller, was eighteen years old, when he was sent to prison for a crime he did not commit. He was charged with the murder of his fiancée’s younger sister, Elizabeth. Although Lauren wanted to believe that Luke was innocent, the evidence against him, at the time, was overwhelming. Twelve years later, Luke has been exonerated when it was discovered that prominent members of the small town had framed Luke in order to protect the real killer. The killer is now on the run and no one is safe. Luke ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh wow! What an emotionally charged uphill battle to a happy ending! Luke and Lauren have been through hell and back. The connection they had as young adults was as strong as ever and reformed again after his prison release. I loved their interactions and talks they had. Throw in both of their conversations with their daughter and all is golden. Laramie knew right away that Luke was someone she could trust. They were a lot alike. The other half of Laramie was all Lauren. Both strong, fierce, and ...more
LianaReads blog
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A second chance at life more than a second chance at love.
The story it's heartbreaking and fulfilling at the same time. There are moments when I had to stop reading because the event are pulling my heart strings and had to stay away for a few hours.
I'm always for a second chance love because, once , your heart loved that person and she/he was everything for you. All your dreams and fears were shared and all your future plans were including both of you. Unfortunately, sometimes life throws a lo ...more
Debbie Caswell
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a romantic suspense that will draw you in and keep you engaged until the very last page is turned

Twelve years ago Luke was charged and convicted of killing Lauren's little sister Elizabeth now he has been exonerated and as he always has said he has been proven innocent Now he finds he had a daughter Laramie with Lauren but she isn't ready to believe that he is innocent and neither does she realise that the killer is much closer than she realises Luke doesn't know if they have a future to
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A romantic suspense at its best.
A romantic suspense at it best Luke is convicted of a crime he did not commit and even when he is released things are not easy. This book is so full of emotion with a very dark underlining story. The last chapter of this book is so powerful so emotional, and so brilliantly written it will take your breath away. I cannot speak more highly of this book then to recommend it with all the praise possible. I did receive a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to
Heather W
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great romantic suspense story.

This is my first book by Angela Smith and I really enjoyed it. Luke and Lauren are wonderful characters that had their happiness destroyed when he was wrongly convicted of murdering her younger sister. Who really killed Elizabeth? Will Luke and Lauren be able to forget the past and be together again with their daughter?

I would love to read more by this author.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Luke has been in jail for the last twelve years for a crime he did not do. Lauren never told Luke they had a daughter Laramie. Now it has come out that he did not kill Elizabeth Lauren's sister and he is released. This story has suspense, drama, danger, twists, turns, evil closer than they realize, kidnapping, and a second chance. I enjoyed reading this story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. ...more
LaToya (Readingbythebayou)
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good romantic suspense read. This isn't my go to genre but I really enjoyed this book. Luke has been wrongfully imprisoned 12 years for murder. My heart went out to Luke and I felt his pain. I also felt bad for Lauren but I thought she was pretty selfish at times. This was a captivating and well written story. Luke and Lauren are great characters.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this romantic and suspenseful story! I love Lauren and Luke's story! A great second chance for these two. Luke, at eighteen, was sentenced for the murder of his fiancee's little sister. Lauren, his fiancee, tries to build a life her and her daughter. Twelves years later truths are revealed and Luke is released for a crime he did not commit. Now their daughter is in danger. A wonderful story with some great twists and turns. ...more
Truly Trendy PR
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark Justice is a romantic suspense novel written by  Angela Smith that is full of twists, turns, suspenseful surprises, and lots of steamy romance. A well-written fast-paced read that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are well-written and develop at a steady pace. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a suspenseful romantic read. * I received a complimentary copy from RABT Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.*
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the author’s great use of descriptive writing that made the plot jump to life and kept me intrigued throughout. There are wonderful main and supporting characters in this story all of whom have depth to their character. There is heartache, murder, mystery and suspense in this book by a new (to me) author.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Athena D.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS

If you enjoy a great romantic suspense, look no further. Angela Smith has written an incredible story with well developed characters in Dark Justice! I love the second chance romance aspect of this book! The author kept me on the edge of my seat...I couldn't put this book down!

Dark Justice by Angela Smith is an EPIC read and will join the ranks of the BIBLIO-ARISTOCRACY!!!
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
First time in reading this author with the story line luring me in. The story in one that at the start tugs at your heart but raises questions you start looking for the answers. Lauren and Luke have a intricate story that is riddled with intrigue and danger. The chemistry is there along with the suspense you keep turning the pages to see where it leads. I also found I had to have those answers so before I knew it I had them.
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Dark Justice by Angela Smith from Angela Smith and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I give Dark Justice by Angela Smith 5 stars! This romantic suspense will keep you engaged until the very end. With well developed characters and a riveting storyline, I definitely recommend this book!
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Angela Smith is a Texas native who, years ago, was dubbed most likely to write a novel during her senior year in high school. She always had her nose stuck in a book, even hiding them behind her textbooks during school study time. Her dream began at a young age when her sister started reciting 'Brer Rabbit' after their mom read it to them so often. She told her mom she'd write a story one day and ...more

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