I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, that there was a path we were all supposed to be on and the choices we made led us to those paths. My path led me to work on the Johnson farm in Texas, where I met Landon, the owner’s son. He worked there during the day and raced cars for fun at night. He was a bad boy with a reputation that exceeded my own. The guy all the girls wanted to change, the one that hooked up with random girls because he didn’t do relationships. He was exactly the kind of guy I wanted to stay away from, but there was something about him. It wasn’t just his looks, although they didn’t go unnoticed. There were layers I wanted to peel back and reveal. I wanted to know the real Landon Johnson. All the choices I made led me to him and he would change my life forever.
"Landon was the kind of man who stayed with you always, the kind of man who could change your life forever."
Drifting Into Darkness is a story filled with true love, hope, and learning the hard way of how to live your life the way YOU want to live it.
A story that's full of so much joy, heartache, and of course the sexiest man alive. Hehe
Is it any wonder how or why I'm finding it hard to write this very review? I have tears in my eyes just thinking about how beautiful DiD is.
Sadie has just been broken up with by her boyfriend if six years and her family is moving from Chicago to Texas. In Texas, where Sadie meets Lisa at the admissions office at a&m, she gets offered a job to work at a family ranch. The family ranch that just so happens to house the Johnson Boys.
At the infamous ranch she meets the whole Johnson family including Landon, who isn't as nice as his family. He's actually kind of a jerk. An intriguing jerk though.
One who is known for being a playboy. An intriguing jerky playboy. Despite Landon at first, he grew on me. Sadie doesn't put up with his shit. I like a girl who can hold her own.
Sadie and Landon become friends. Friends who some how become more. It's a slow building yet equally satisfying love that burns oh so good! Their sexual tension aka love is off the charts hot. I mean he is a sexy race car driver!
That's what Landon really wants to do with his life. He wants to race cars, not take over the ranch like his family wants him to. I loved this aspect of the story because Sadie is in the same boat. She doesn't know what she wants to do with her life, but her dad sure wants to choose for her. Well, she wants to go to art school but her parents disapprove. I just love how Jennifer brings to light this kind of issue. A lot of young adults these days get trapped into trying to make everyone happy but they forget one thing...themselves.
Now the ending of the book was beautiful in an unconventional way. You'll understand once you read the book.
Overall, Drifting Into Darkness is the type of book that won't leave me anytime soon. I felt the characters, the plot, the writing style, the cover, were all perfectly woven into pure awesomeness. The cover and title alone are perfect for the story.
Go get your copy and fall in love with Sadie and Landon's story.
"You are my sunshine."
I pushed the door open and got out of the truck, happy to finally be home. I turned to say goodbye and thank him for the ride, but he had gotten out of the truck as well and was waiting for me in the front of it. I frowned and closed the door, walking slowly toward him so I wouldn’t trip over my own feet. It was hard enough trying to keep my head upright. I didn’t need to trip and fall on my face. “What are you doing?”
He smirked at me. “I’m walking you to your door. I’d hate to get you home safe, only to have to fall down the steps when you got here.”
He had a point, I thought as I snorted and slapped him in the chest. “Well, I guess ya didn’t fail charm school after all,” I drawled in a horrible southern accent, which caused him to laugh. Oh, God, I really need to go inside and away from him before I embarrass myself even more.
I walked toward the stairs with Landon following behind me. As soon as I took the first step, I stumbled and fell forward, but quickly grabbed onto the railing before I sustained any real damage. Jesus, I don’t think I’ve ever been this drunk before. Note to self: never drink Lisa’s drink concoctions again. Landon’s hands were on me as soon as I fell and he hauled me up, wrapping his arm around my waist.
“See, now aren’t you glad I was here?” he stated sarcastically.
I looked up at him and rolled my eyes. “Yes, Landon, you are now my knight in shining armor,” I giggled.
He chuckled and held me close, helping me up the rest of the stairs. I couldn’t help but notice how nice he smelled being nestled against his side either. Somewhere in my drunken haze, I knew that under normal circumstances I wouldn’t smell him up, but since this wasn’t normal circumstances, I smelled him without shame. I was sure he noticed too since I literally stuck my nose on his shirt and took a big whiff, causing him to laugh softly.
As we got to the last step, I pulled away from his hold and dug my keys out of my small satchel. “Thanks for giving me a ride and helping me up the stairs,” I said as I opened up my door. I stepped inside and turned to face him, giving him a drunken smile that I’m sure looked anything but. “I’ll see you on Monday,” I blurted before I closed the door and locked it.
I took my satchel off and tossed it on the couch before heading to the kitchen for a bottle of water and some aspirin. Then I dove head first into my bed, knowing tomorrow I’d have one hell of a hangover.
J.M. La Rocca was born in Chicago, IL. At an early age, her family relocated to lower Alabama where she began her love for writing. She currently resides in Pensacola, FL with her husband and twin sons. As a stay at home mom, La Rocca was able to pursue her love for writing. It was always an unrealized dream to write her own book. With the encouragement of her mother, La Rocca began to set to paper her ideas for her first book.