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Darkness & Light (A Holloway Pack Story Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J.A. Belfield
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Jem Stonehouse, a housewife with a neurotic husband bent on keeping her in line, dreams about werewolves in, what she believes, is a bid to escape boredom.

Sean Holloway is a werewolf, living a charade within the human race, whose mind drifts to a bond he shares with a woman he hasn't met — at least, not in this lifetime.

Apart, the two are safe but live unfulfilled lives.

Together, they'll become prey to rival packs just as they have been for hundreds of years.

When their worlds collide, and not for the first time, instinct takes over. Dreams become reality. Futures are uncertain. To keep history from repeating itself, Sean must teach Jem about his heritage, convince her of her role, and win her love.

Can Jem accept her destiny before it's too late, or is her inner wolf buried too deep to save her future with Sean?

Bonus content!
The ebook now includes all the following chapters, from Sean Holloway’s Point of View!:

Fated Encounter – Chapter 10
Of all the Burger Bars … – Chapter 12 & 13
Welcome Back, Jem – Chapter 20
Mates Reunited – Chapter 24

Editorial Reviews


"At the risk of sounding completely cliché...OMG! If you love Paranormal Romance and specifically Werewolves, then you have got to read this book." ~ Nocturne Reads
"Ms. Belfield's take on the old werewolf story is fresh and interesting ..." ~ WebbWeaver Reviews
"This is one of those books. You know the type. It draws you in, mesmerizes you, and captures your breath until the very last word." ~ At Random Blog
"J.A. Belfield has successfully made werewolves my favorite paranormal creatures of the night." ~ Lovey Dovey Books
"You really become involved with the book. You certainly don't want to put it down! Twice I found myself reading J. A. Belfield books at 1am in the morning!" - Jeanz Book Read N Review
"Darkness and Light is an amazing story, and I loved reading it! It has an amazing main character, some fantastic secondary characters, and one remarkable storyline." - Burning Impossibly Bright

About the Author

J. A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with her husband, two children, three cats and a dog. She writes paranormal romance, with a second love for urban fantasy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 608 KB
  • Print Length: 413 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983405816
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing; 1 edition (June 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054SCTUM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Jem is married to Peter; in a relationship that he is very satisfied with, but she is not. She has a good life, but must bow to his wishes and wants and does not always feel as if she is in control of anything in her life. Then the dreams start... Dreams that are strange, but at times wonderful, and full of Sean. But who is Sean and what does he want from Jem? She is not sure but when the dreams become overwhelming, she must find out why. Jem is thrown into a relationship and situations that she is not sure she can handle and is introduced to a group of gentlemen with a terrifying, yet liberating secret.
Darkness & Light is the first novel in the Holloway Pack Stories and hopefully, there will be more to follow. Ms. Belfield's take on the old werewolf story is fresh and interesting and her writing is well thought out and exciting. The characters are described in a manner that enables the reader see them and their surroundings during the changes which helps keep the action moving right along. With just enough romance to keep things exciting, Darkness & Light is well worth your reading time. I recommend it to any reader of paranormal romance.
I'm anticipating Ms. Belfield's next novel in the series.
DJ Weaver
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Darkness & Light starts off with Jem married to this a****** named Peter. Her husband didn't begin this story as a complete dummy but the speed at which he progressed from "there's something off about this guy" to full-out "run for your life!" was staggering. I found it weird that it took 8 years for Peter's crazy to surface in their marriage. Mind you, Jem seemed a little out there as well but in a wolf-like kind of way so I was ok with that. Her definition of what it means to be a wife was simple, instinctual almost in nature but in a human it still came across as a little odd. The werewolf fan in me understood that wife does equal food and sex provider in the wild but my feminist side had a hard time connecting with Jem because of her willingness to stay with and even defend her abusive husband.

I enjoyed the way that the chapters were divided into "Light" and "Dark"; the first being Jem's real life and the second being her werewolf dreams. The blurb gives you a pretty good idea of what this all means. Jem's dreaming about her past lives and eventually (as was bound to happen) they collide when she meets Sean. I also really liked Belfield's werewolf prophecy; it's complex, unique and I quickly found myself getting sucked in by her Holloway Pack universe. J.R's beautiful, descriptive writing style definitely played a huge role in my overall enjoyment of this novel as well. My only complaint is that more fat could have been trimmed from this story because it ran a little unnecessarily long.

Jem continued to rub me the wrong way right up until the very end, even after she'd accepted her new reality. Her naivety only seemed to escalate after all that unpleasantness with Peter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed This Book June 1, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book and feel it is a great beginning of an intriguing series. Jem is a likable character who grabs your interest from the very beginning. She lives with a husband who is a self-absorbed abuser. It is all very subtle with isolating her from others to telling her what she should wear. She has dreams about werewolves that feed her imagination and help her escape the sameness of her structured life. She never expects her dreams to have an element of truth that will affect her waking world. This is a fun ride with good guys and bad guys and loads of action. There is also significant brutality and a complex set of characters with some wonderful world building. My only dissatisfaction is with some of Jem's compulsive behaviors, which made me angry and want to smack her and tell her to snap out of it, but in my opinion this is a real sign of a well written story; that I could become so emotionally invested. I also had some unanswered questions at the end of the book of what about so and so what happened to him/her? and hope the upcoming installments will resolve this. I would definitely recommend this book to adult readers. I purchased this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for the Werewolf Lover December 23, 2011
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I loved this story.

Honestly, I was a bit leary when I realized Jem was already married when she meets her soul mate. Being a happily married girl, I would have a hard time accepting the idea of her leaving her husband for another man, but Belfield does a great job of making Peter, the husband in question, horrible enough that merits Jem leaving him with or without Sean in her life.

Jem really grows and develops as the novel progresses. The Holloway pack loves and nurtures Jem, allowing her to discover her true self. Their support allows these changes, which do occur rather quickly, to seem natural.

There's a couple of times when I found myself thinking, "wouldn't it have made more sense if Jem just...." I can't really call these story flaws as there's many times when I actually do do something that doesn't make the most sense.

I loved Jem and how her pack cherishes her. I liked Sean, but his character felt slightly flat to me. I plan on reading "Fated Encounter" which reads from Sean's point of view. I think that will help me connect more with Sean.

Overall great story of which I can't wait to read more.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and Intriguing!
Darkness & Light is the first book in the Holloway Pack series. Although many characters are introduced, this book is mainly about Sean and Jem. Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Avid Book Collector
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put this book down!!!
This was simply an amazing book!! I could not put it down!! I was really drawn in to the book by the way Jem was feeling and how she was trying to make sense of what she was... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn what it means to find your freedom to be happy!
When I started this book, I was really confused because of reading Instinct first. After I caught on to what was happening, which I didn't really understand completely until the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Casie L
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot On!
This was my second time reading D&L and let me tell you - I thought the first time through deserved 5 stars. Much better this time. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fierce & Romantic - Highly Recommended!
Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books

J.A. Belfield has successfully made werewolves my favorite paranormal creatures of the night. Read more
Published on June 26, 2012 by Lovey Dovey Books
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% enjoyable!!
The way the author pulls you into Jem's head and gets you emotionally attached to her and the things that happen to her. Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by allforlost
5.0 out of 5 stars Book really draws you deep into the action, you feel like you're...

Oh Wow! I never thought I would say I had found another series of books as good as the Rachel Vincent Shifter Series, or Dee Tenorio's Resurrection Series or... Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Sanz
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 sides to every story
Now....while I am not a huge fan of sex/romance in a book....I have to say....I loved this book. I love the idea of what Jem and Sean faced, I would like to think this could... Read more
Published on March 1, 2012 by ~Shawn~
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Tale
I'm keeping this short and sweet.

This is one of those books. You know the type. It draws you in, mesmerizes you, and captures your breath until the very last word. Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by AtRandom
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Holloway Pack - Hot hot hot...
I finished this novel up over the long weekend, and I have to say I really enjoyed an hour or so each morning getting into Jem's head and travelling with her as she comes to terms... Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by Rebecca Hart
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More About the Author

J.A. Belfield lives in Solihull, England, with the best husband in the world, aka Mr B, a couple of back-chatting but pretty cool kids, a pooch she treats likes the baby of the house, and a couple of scrawny cats that like to vomit in unnecessary places.

Although best known for her Holloway Pack series: DARKNESS & LIGHT (July 2011, J. Taylor Publishing), INSTINCT (February2012, J. Taylor Publishing), ETERNAL (July 2012, J. Taylor Publishing), BLUE MOON (December 2012, J. Taylor Publishing), RESONANCE (April 2013, J. Taylor Publishing), CAGED (August 2013, J. Taylor Publishing), and UNNATURAL (April 2014, J. Taylor Publishing), amongst other titles, she is currently trawling her way through a New Adult Post Apocalyptic and would LOVE to try her hand at YA. Maybe she will.

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