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Luke (Dark Water Security #1) by Madison Quinn – Review by Katie Matthews

Luke (Dark Water Security #1)Luke by Madison Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Luke was an amazing read! When I first read the blurb I will admit I wasn’t quite sure but the author really has written a brilliant story. There was a lot going on in the story which meant that I couldn’t wait to turn the pages to see what was going to happen.
I adore Luke! I actually wanted to be able to give him the biggest hug! I can’t imagine everything that he had been through and I could feel the guilt that he felt also. I loved reading about the connection between him and Emily – there was just something there between them that felt so genuine and sincere. I think they had something that would tie them together forever; they understood each other and everything that they had been through. I desperately wanted them both to find their happily ever after. It’s been a while since two characters have found their way into my heart like these two have done.
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I was very impressed with her writing, it was engaging and captivating. The plot was good and the pace and flow of the story brilliant. I highly recommend this 5 star book!

Reviewed by @katiem

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Luke (Dark Water Security Series Book 1) by Madison Quinn – Review by Liz Vrchota

Luke (Dark Water Security #1)Luke by Madison Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was quite the introduction to a new author for me. I love a good dark romance. Often if it will hint at it in the blurb I won’t even read the whole synopsis I will just dive in and find out how it was later. I just have a thing for a tragic story with a glimmer of love shining through. Now, Luke was a bit of a different array. I will say it had a lot of the things that I would want and do look for in a dark and twisty read, it just so very often they fell short. The thing is the storyline was catchy and unique, it had you on the edge of your seat having to know what was going to happen regardless of how non climatic it got. Thus I found myself needing to finish the book and would be back to find out what will come next in the series. I do think there is room to grow in the writing as well so I look forward to seeing if that is present as well.

The catch that had me is this was like reading an episode of 20/20. Luke was abducted and tortured as young boy. What fans of this genre here want are merely teased I believe which is where this book fell short, but then he is later in life met again with the girl he was was held captive with comes into his life as and adult again. Things are of course set for some intense drama and storylines. Like I said I look forward to seeing what will come in the next book that should be out here shortly actually, March of 2019. I think I will even go give this one a re-read and see if I missed a thing or two before then!

Review by @lizaileen
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Luke (Dark Water Security Series Book 1) by Madison Quinn – Review by Robin Rankin

Luke (Dark Water Security #1)Luke by Madison Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Luke by Madison Quinn is the first book in the Dark Water Security series. I don’t think intense is a strong enough word to describe this book, especially the beginning. There were part of the beginning that haunted me even after I finished the book.

Luke wasn’t dealt the best hand in life to start but then to be held captive with no way out was even worse. He endured so much in his time there with most of it being horrible, but she was a ray of sunshine in his dreary existant.

He is thrown off guard when he meets someone who reminds him so much of her but it also brings those horrible memories back.

There are some twists and turns I wasn’t expecting but they were exactly what the story needed.

I cannot wait until the second book comes out and see what else is in store.

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Luke (Dark Water Security Series Book 1) by Madison Quinn – Review by Heather Bass

Luke (Dark Water Security #1)Luke by Madison Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read from this author and she blew me away. I absolutely love dark romance but this talented author exceeded all my expectations. This is the first book of the Dark Water Security series and it was a perfect start. I was hooked on the very first page. You can’t help but to fall in love with these brave characters. It only took me a few hours to devour this incredible book.

Luke has been captive for months now. He knows there is no way of getting out of here. Luke is told to fight but a crazy man and if he doesn’t win he gets punished. One night this crazy man brings home a teen girl. Luke is mesmerized by her beauty. He knows one thing he needs to protect her. Luke and Em get to know each other. They make a plan to escape.
It is now ten years after they got free. Luke still has demons he faces from his teenage nightmare. He run a very well know security business. Luke is given a case that he needs to solve. He is told that they need help and his friend recommends Emily to join the case. Luke will never forget his Em but this woman is doing things to him he has never felt before. Will Luke ever see his Em again or will she fade away from his memory. Will he solve this case or will it become cold?

I absolutely loved this book. The storyline has it all romance, suspense, and mystery. This book gave me all the feels from utter terror to pure joy. You can’t help but to fall in love with these unforgettable characters. Luke is very brave and he has a heart of gold. He loves his job but he still has nightmares about what happened to him as a teen. Luke is one of my favorite male characters of this year. He stole my heart the way he treats Em. Emily is also very strong and knows what she wants. She has some dark secrets of her own that could make or break the relationship with Luke. This talented author will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. I loved the ending it so much it brought tears to my eyes. I can’t wait to meet the rest of this amazing team.

Review by @heatherbass
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Luke (Dark Water Security, #1) by Madison Quinn – Review by Jana Teppih

Luke (Dark Water Security #1)Luke by Madison Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Luke is the first book in Madison Quinn’s Dark Water Security series and what an opening act it was! Standing ovations! It is my first read by this writer and now I have the series on my TBR list!
This book is dark, yes, from more or less page one onward you know the demons Luke and Emily (our two main characters of the story) will face for the rest of their lives … you cry and you rage and you simply cannot reconcile the fact that there are inhumane persons out in the world committing horrible crimes … we also see that it is up to the person to decide how they use their experience and what direction they take, deeper into the darkness or towards the light and hope. Both Luke and Emily create something amazing out of their experience and it also lays a foundation for their love. I wish the story had been longer, not that I felt that something was missing, I just wished to linger more with these two. Hopefully the next stories in the series we will be able to get more glimpses into their lives!

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Luke (Dark Water Security Series Book #1) by Madison Quinn – Review by Angela Hayes

Luke (Dark Water Security #1)Luke by Madison Quinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3 ½ Stars

Luke is the first book in the Dark Water Security Series by Madison Quinn. This is my first read from Ms. Quinn and just by the synopsis alone, I had pretty high expectations. It wasn’t the intensely dark romantic suspense that I had hoped for- but the story did pull me in and did keep me reading, so I wasn’t entirely disappointed. I would definitely read more of Ms. Quinn’s work in the future (and look forward to reading the rest of this series). The story does have a dark ‘theme’ at it’s core, but it’s written in such a way that the ‘darkness’ is alluded to and not fully detailed.
Luke Simpson, along with his friend Alec run a private security company that not only provides specialist security services for their clients- but they also run a ‘side’ business (which I won’t get into here because it may ruin the story for you)- that plays a big part in the overall storyline. He hasn’t had an easy life, and is tormented by his horrific experience of being kidnapped and held captive as a teenager. Ten years have not been long enough to erase it all from his memory- especially the memories of the young girl held captive with him. If it were not for her, he may not have survived his ordeal- but he carries a heavy burden of guilt and responsibility over her suffering. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t think of her- she’s never far from his mind. But, after finally escaping their hell, he’s never heard from her since.
So, what happens when the new computer specialist that Alec hires, reminds him of the past, of his ‘ray of light’ in the darkness, and of everything they suffered through together. What happens when they need to go undercover and pose as a couple? What happens when secrets are revealed? And what happens when danger comes calling? All these answers, and so much more can be found in the pages of this dramatic story.
I really did feel for the characters, and what they’d been through. My heart ached for them and I would have loved to hug them both. They have quite and intense chemistry that did steam up the screen of my kindle. The suspense was really well done, giving the storyline quite a bit of intensity. But, then it all kind of ’fizzled’ and I was a little disappointed by the final ‘revelation’ of the ‘Stalker’- it was a bit of a let down after such a great build up. I felt it needed to be more explosive/powerful to fit in with all the ‘leadup’. I feel that this issue really prevented the story from achieving its true, epic, potential.
I am intrigued by what Ms. Quinn will do in book #2, due out in March this year- so not too long to wait to find out!

Thank you, MS. Quinn!

 

Reviewed by @angelahayes

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Luke (Dark Water Security Series Book 1) by Madison Quinn – Review by Maura Harper

Luke (Dark Water Security #1)Luke by Madison Quinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

LUKE is the first book I’ve read by this author. This is one of those books that almost seemed like two different, really good, yet different books, were written and for some reason put together in the same binding.

The story starts out really strong. It’s a dark drama involving the two main characters set in the past when they are both teenagers. Then rather abruptly, we are in present time and it seems as if there is a story that we have entered the middle of involving alpha men who run a security company. Both stories have huge potential, but the way they are put together seems disjointed and going in two different directions. I really want to like it but it’s just so scattered that it felt unfinished.

I always appreciate when an author puts their thoughts on paper and even though this particular story wasn’t my cup of tea, I am invested enough to find out what happened to one of the secondary characters to continue with the story.

Review by @mauraharper

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Luke (Dark Water Security Series Book 1) by Madison Quinn – Review by Debi Kircher

Luke (Dark Water Security #1)Luke by Madison Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Luke (Dark Water Security Series Book 1) by Madison Quinn

5 Stars

This is my first book by this author and I loved the storyline and the writing. The beginning of this story was really hard and set the stage for the rest of the book, and I loved how the experiences that started in the beginning followed through and the way it shaped our characters.

I loved the suspense of wondering …. Is she or isn’t she? And really didn’t know until the truth finally came out.

This was a quick read and I read it in one sitting and before I knew it I was done and already want more, and can not wait for this series to continue.

I love finding new to me authors and will be looking for more while I wait for the next in this story.

Awesome and highly recommend.

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Luke (Dark Water Security Book 1) by Madison Quinn – Review by Karyn Taylor

Luke (Dark Water Security #1)Luke by Madison Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Luke is the first book in the Dark Water Security series by Madison Quinn. If this first book is anything to go by, then this is going to be one hell of a series.
This book had me hooked from the very beginning. It dragged every single emotion out of me leaving me speechless at times and in tears at other times. Have some tissues handy when reading this book, particularly during the first few chapters which are harrowing but the story is told so well. The author does a fantastic job of telling the story, building the characters and taking you on a roller coaster journey through every emotion possible.
10 years previously, teenage Luke was kidnapped by a maniac who locked him in the basement only allowing him out of the basement to train in a gym for an hour a day and to take part in fights. Luke’s world is turned further upside down when his brutal captor also takes teenage Emily hostage. Thrown together in the basement Luke and Emily grow very close and rely on each other for survival.
Back to the present time and Luke’s security firm hire a computer whizz called Emily. This brings everything crashing back to Luke and he can’t stop thinking of the Emily he was imprisoned with and constantly compares the 2. As he becomes more attracted to Emily, can he accept her for who she is and not just because she reminds him of his first love?
This is most definitely a book that I will read again and I look forward to seeing what else Madison Quinn comes up with in the rest of this series.

Reviewed by @kazbo5771

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Luke (Dark Water Security Series Book 1) by Madison Quinn – Review by Erica Fish

Luke (Dark Water Security #1)Luke by Madison Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Luke was a story that I was not sure what to expect and went in with an open mind. I am grateful that I took that leap and listen to myself about the story. Luke is the first book in Madison Quinn’s Dark Water Security series. The mystery, thriller, and psychological genres are my favorite and Luke have a bit of all those genres in the story. Luke had a rough go at life. He was kidnapped by a crazy mad man. He has tried to put it behind him, but little things keep coming up to remind him of that time. Along comes Emily and Jake is reminded of someone of his past, but he keeps putting that out of his mind. He is attracted to Emily, but he is trying to let the feeling go of her familiarity and embrace her for who she is.

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