Book InfoDark Pills by Lainey Delaroque
Series: Dark Things #3
Rating: Book ratings explained
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Dark Romance, New Adult Romance
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My father is dead. Murdered in front of me. I’m all alone but finally free to do as I please.
But before I have a chance to taste my freedom, I find myself locked in a room with no memory about how I got there.
I’ve met Dusk and their twin Luan, but behind the door, I hear others. Just how many people are holding me captive? And why?
As I plan my escape, I start wondering if I truly want to run away and be on my own again. Especially when the touch of my captors makes me feel dangerous, exciting things I’ve never felt before…
Dark Pills is a new adult dark romantic suspense novel featuring steamy scenes. It has a HEA, no cliffhanger, no cheating. It is a new adult romance and comes with a warning for strong language, descriptions of psychological trauma and violence.
Dark Pills is part of the Lavender world. It can be read as a standalone, but if you enjoy Easter eggs and crossover characters you may also enjoy reading all Dark Things books and the Club Lavender Duet which takes place in the same world and before the events of this book.
Dark Pills - My Review
Dark Pills was the Lainey Delaroque story I’ve been waiting for, ever since Lu-Na’s introduction into the Lavender world. They were a curious character, one you were never entirely sure what to make of, but as they reappeared through the Dark Things series I picked up on a few characteristics that would turn out to make a lot of sense once I started reading this book.
Let’s start at the beginning of the story. We have Dawn, the girl you may remember from the compound the gangs raided towards the end of Dark Ink. Having been freed from her unknowing captivity by her father, she finds herself held captive by a new entity, unsure of either why or how many people are holding her. Lu-Na finds themselves in possession of the girl, with no idea how she arrived in their apartment but discovering an intense desire to care for and protect her. How many of their secrets will she uncover and do they want to let her in and truly see them for who they are?
Compared to the more complex story threads in the earlier books of the series, Dark Pills goes with the much simpler premise of Dawn avoiding her uncle, who wants to see her returned to Comet International. The main driver of the book isn’t the obvious storyline but the character development, and there’s plenty of space for those characters to grow.
Dawn and Lu-Na have both led very sheltered lives although for entirely different reasons. As the story progresses the reader sees both characters come to terms with the purpose of their isolation, whether it still serves them, and their internal battles in the journey not only to making it outside but also to letting others into their lives.
Greater character development would have brought this book up from a four-star read to a five. I felt that there was so much left unexplored when it came to both protagonists not only in their backstories but also in their interactions with each other and the outside world. This was especially true with the incredibly multifaceted character of Lu-Na, who could have benefited from a much deeper examination of their internal aspects and the inner workings of their mind.
Was Dark Pills all that I hoped it would be? No. But it was an enjoyable story and well worth a read. To me, it was a lighter conclusion to a deeper, darker series.