About the Author, Leslie Lee Sanders:
The author of several books of fiction and fiction with spice, Leslie Lee Sanders resides in Queen Creek, Arizona, with her husband and three daughters. She's known for writing erotic romance, mostly in the gay and ménage categories, and recently plunged into writing deep, dark romantic sci-fi with her post-apocalyptic and dystopian series, Refuge Inc.
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Before the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #1)
After an asteroid strikes Earth, a series of violent earthquakes destroy secluded Phoenix and leave survivor Elliot struggling to stay focused in the bleak aftermath. And then he meets fellow survivor Adam. Together, the two search for reliable shelter and other survivors while distant murky clouds fast approach. Their hunt for shelter leads them down an alternate path when they find spray painted symbols directing them to a mysterious place: Refuge Inc.
As ominous clouds slowly shut off all light to their devastated world, they are forced to come to terms with their pasts and their growing attraction for each other.
Neither thought their pasts and personal crises would affect their ability to endure the horrors they're forced to live through. Neither thought they would be drawn so close to one another in the aftermath of an unimaginable catastrophe. By working together, can they continue to survive? Or will the mystery of Refuge Inc. cause diverse expectations and lead them to decisions that further threaten their lives?
WARNING: Contains explicit male-male sexual practices, graphic language, some violence and brief
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Leslie pens "Before the Darkness" in a plot that started a bit slow for me but it builds up and grabs you right in. I was happy to see that there was an actual plot to the story line, which is rare in mature adult books. Her characters were relate-able but I felt they needed just a bit more developing. All in all I did enjoy the book and can not wait to see where the series takes us. I would recommended this book to readers, as it is a quick read and actually good for the first in a series.
I give "Before the Darkness" a 4 star rating.
Amid the Darkness (Refuge Inc. #2)
Weeks after an asteroid strikes Earth, hurling Elliot and Adam into a fight for their survival, the two take shelter in an underground compound known as Refuge Inc. Shaking their past seems impossible as it comes back to haunt them, weakening the foundation of their relationship. Elliot, hung up on guilt over his former actions, tries to right his wrongs which leads him face-to-face with the troubling secrets of the compound. Adam's run-in with the enigmatic prophet makes him question Refuge Inc. and the survivors' future.
Working together to uncover the mysteries of Refuge Inc. not only reveals much about the sunless world beyond the compound walls, but exposes the truth about the compound's occupants … including themselves.
If their haunting pasts continue to dominate, it will steer them directly into a miserable future and their companionship will forever suffer. Either way, they are forced to prepare for the ultimate fight for survival. Can they fight together and make it out on top?
WARNING: Contains graphic language, some violence and brief descriptions of the dead.
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"Amid the Darkness" is a much better written story than the first book. I was amazed at the transformation of the characters and the actual plot. Leslie takes you on a roller coaster ride in this book and I totally enjoy it.
I give "Amid the Darkness" a 5 star rating.
Prize is an eBook copy of both "Before the Darkness (Refuge, Inc. #1)" and "Amid the Darkness (Refuge, Inc. #2)". Contest is tour-wide, open internationally and ends Jan 28. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
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