Release Blitz with Review: The Dark Of You by S.M Shade

June 30, 2021


Release Date: June 30

He stalked me.

He broke my peace, and I embraced the noise.
He tore apart all I believed about myself, and I reveled in the chaos.
His promise remains with me, even now.
Wherever you are, I am.

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Well this was something… I had this idea of what this story was going to be about and I got a reality check early on. The Dark Of You is a mystery that will be shrouded in heartbreak, loss and disbelief. Though filled with some dark elements, this will be one of these stories that days after you finish reading it, you still won't know how to make sense of it.


Darcy has been through the ringer through out her childhood. From one tragedy to unfortunate events after the next, this girl has been fighting most of her life and it has only made her stronger. From pain comes beauty and in Darcy's case, a best selling mystery writer. But when a real life mystery man starts appearing in her life, things become more interesting for this single writer.


I really enjoyed the writing for this story and seeing that this was my first read from this author, I liked how it flowed. I also loved the female heroine and seeing her not only in the present, but the past as well. We witnessed the innocence, saw the bravery, and felt the sorrow for all that was lost and could've been.

As much as I did like most of the story, I also had a few issues with it and the main one was that I saw the plot twist from a mile away. I was hoping that I was wrong but as I got further into the story, I knew that wasn't going to be the case. Certain things felt like unfinished business to me and I wanted to see them play out more instead of that leading up to an ending which was not shocking to me.

If you're new to this author, I think that this one is worth a try and you'll get to dip your toes into a little dark mystery romance.

Meet S.M. Shade

S.M. Shade is a homeschooling mom hopelessly addicted to Dr. Pepper, love stories, sunshine, and men with full sexy lips, though not necessarily in that order. 

A voracious reader since she sounded out her first word, she started writing as a teenager and rediscovered her love of writing as an adult.

Originally from Indianapolis, S.M. now lives in a small Kentucky town with her teenage son.

She loves to hear from readers, so please feel free to contact her or connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

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