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From Darkness to Light: Max Sterling's Story

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Max Sterling - his dream was to be a Criminal Lawyer. A dream he was on the way to achieving.

Jake Donovan - a young man in his last months of high school with a promising future as a star quarterback.

When these two meet while volunteering at a city food pantry, attraction sizzles. Before long they are planning a dream life together.

Then, tragedy strikes and they are torn a
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Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published November 15th 2020 by Suspenseful Seduction Publishing
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Marnie
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Max and Ray’s Book

Author Susan Horsnell has left me as one hot mess of emotions and I have no idea how to put my thoughts into any kind of order. She put Max Sterling through the wringer!!! Written in the triple POV of Max, Jake and Ray, it endeared me to these three strong men even more, and as I’m writing this review the next day, I’m still crying over their story.

And then for me to also learn this book was part of Samantha Cole’s Trident Security series, and gave Ms Horsnel
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Wendy Hodges
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a story, emotional, sensitive and a mix of love and some hate. Some parents do not deserve to have kids, those that force their own wishes career and lifestylewise. Heart breaking first part, I felt for Jake and Max, life they hoped for changed forever. There is some really nasty violence and abuse which is very much part of the plot and is quite severe in both instances. Intense but does give some understanding of the life of someone who is gay and faced with those that do not agree w ...more
Rhonda
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book, oh this book! Fans of Samantha's know about Jake's past and his first Dom, Max but we didn't know the whole story until now. Susan Horsnell has taken what we know and expanded on
it....and I loved it!!! The emotions are real and yes, I ended up getting out my crying towel. The story between Ray and Max is beautiful. It was just what needed to happen so that Max and Jake could end up where we know them now. I love how Ray just loved Max. Both of them had to deal with emotional baggage
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Leanne ~ Tales From The Heart
I don't know any of this world's stories so I look forward to discovering them.
Break out the tissues, this one has all the 'feels'.
Max meets the love of his life young, but a tragic circumstance sets them apart.
Moving on with life he follows his heart in more ways than one, his career and a new partner. Another incident has him fighting for his life. You'll be praying for him, after so much tragedy and drama he deserved a happy every after.
Beautiful love story, full of drama. Had me in tears tow
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Lori Hammons
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG! Max goes through a couple major ordeals that literally nearly kill him. His story is so full of angst, pain, anger, fear, and most importantly, finally, love. I was so glad there was closure with Jake. This is an amazing book, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I highly recommend it.
Jolene Huber
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Blind Love

This book is about Max Sterling. It starts off with him in college. He is going to be a lawyer. Needing the volunteer credit he volunteers at a food kitchen where he meets him. A seventeen year old that he is insanely attracted to. Jake is also gay, but not able to be out because of his father. This book may contain triggers for some. Unfortunately for Max, Jake's dad wants to make an example of him. And in doing that Max has to let him go. He doesn't want to hold Jake back from his l
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Anne Young-Cronister
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! What a fantastic story! We readers of Samantha A Cole’s Trident Security always knew who had given Jake Donovan the scars he carries, but never knew the entire backstory!! Max Sterling was a story of tragic circumstances and the determination of a strong mind and the hard work and will to overcome the darkness of a situation!!
I refuse to go into details and ruin the feels that each and every person reading this awesome book will take you through. It’s heartbreaking, soul wrenching and fee
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Marion Lent
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, this was FANTASTIC!!!!

Susan brought us through the years and showed us what made Jake the way he is today and most importantly, what ever happened to Max. This book grabbed me from the beginning and I didn't want to let go when it ended. It was more complex than I expected...much to my liking. Yet, it had a definite heat factor. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, especially, Trident fans.
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Ginny Pearson
Jan 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing story. Max is a dom attracted to a too young man. Due to their relationship, the young man's father who is a bigot, left Max permanently blind.
Max is a now a lawyer. He is just starting at a law firm. His new boss wants more but Max isn't ready yet.
During a huge case, Max is kidnapped and severely beaten. If he makes it, will he finally say yes?
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Ginny
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow

Wow I am not sure if there are words to really describe how beautifully written this story is. The emotions of two young men tormented by the acts of someone’s ignorance. Then the determination and confidence that despite an injury that would defeat most men we see Max rise above. Then to see a new love story unfold. What a wonderful story
Rebecca
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Max and Jake are cruelly separated when Max is left blind after a brutal beating.
Then Ray enters his life and everything changes.
The story had it all - grief, tragedy, happiness.
The characters are well developed with depth.
Beautifully written.
The best book I have read this year.
Julie Scharff
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story about Max Sterling. I have always wondered about him after reading about him in Jake and Nick’s book. Max’s book really showed the depth of his strength and I would definitely recommend reading his story.
DS pr -Lainey
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is Susan Blew knocked this book right out of the park!! OUTSTANDING READ! Even if you don't usually read MM books you will ADORE this book.... it's A-MAZE-ING on soooo many levels

This is such an emotional story but also one of empowerment, courage and love.
It broke my heart reading about ignorance and hatred that some people can hold in their heart. There are so many layers to this book and it takes yu (as a reader) on a journey through ignorance, homophobia, mental strength, empow
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Tina Taylor
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Max was on his way to having the career he dreamed of, when he volunteers to work in a shelter, there he meets Jake, there's an instant attraction, and the pair soon become inseparable, and eventually lover's.
But then tragedy strikes, Max is left seriously injured and blind, so pushes Jake away,Max thinks it's for the best, even though it leaves him heartbroken, and Jake devastated.
On leaving hospital, he has to go back to living with his parents, he decides not to dwell on his blindness and sta
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Gina Marie
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Jake from Samantha’s Trident Security Series, and while she touched on his relationship with Max, his parents, and brother and what ultimately led him to join the navy straight out of high school, we never got the full story. Susan gives us this and Max’s story of his recovery, his journey to finding happiness again. I truly enjoyed the heck out of this story and think that every fan of Jake should read it.

From Darkness to Light is written by Susan Horsnell and is a part of Samantha Cole
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Terra Oenning
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely 💯 phenomenal book and as a Jake fan from the Trident Security Series we didn't get Max's story and Susan Blew me away with his book and I absolutely ugly cried with this book several times. This book will have you hooked from the beginning until the end and her storyline flowed perfectly. I absolutely loved each characters she added to the story and made you connect with their emotions and fears and you felt the love and chemistry between Max And Ray and I don't want to give any spoil ...more
Susan
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. The back story between Max and Jake is absolutely amazing, written with a depth that is rarely found in world books. The story is written with an eye to telling the details of an attack on Max that changed the course of two lives. As the years progress, we see Max as he is now and how he struggles to find a relationship on his terms and to trust that what he finds is real. A book with heart at its center and a love to overcome every obstacle placed ...more
Marianela Aybar (Mari Loves Books Blog)
This was my first book by this author for me and I was amazed. The story sucked me in and I was hooked. It's enticing and the characters just grab you. I couldn't put it down. ...more
Meleaha Howard
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have always wondered about Max and how his life turned out. This book answered all of the questions I had! My heart broke for him and Jake and the kids of what could have been. Then I was angry that he closed himself off. Finally, I was so happy to see him get his HEA! Amazing story!!
Annemieke Westerbeek
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such an amazing story, I loved that Jake was there and my heart went out for Max. He went through a few horrendous events. I cried a few times.
This book has been written with so much passion both Max and Ray have so much heart and I will carry them both in my heart. The writing is in a fast paste it is easy to read but a few scenes are squeezing your heart and throat. The love scenes are very hot and and I love this book so hard and I highly recommend.
Cindy  Anderson Greer
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! I loved this book. I normally don’t like to read a first person book but this was awesome. Max’s story with both Jake and Ray was beautifully told. I will read again!

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My name is Susan Horsnell and I write sweet and spicy Western Romance.

You'll find Mail Order Brides, a Mail Order Governess and even a Mail Order Ranger just to include the males of the species.

There are knock 'em down, drag 'em out fights, gruesome murders and a gun toting, cussing, female saloon owner. I also have two books which explore how a blind child would cope on a ranch in the days of the
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