The Neon Darkness Trilogy Book 2
In 1994, high school seniors Oliver and Grant defied the odds and fell in love.
But after a shocking murder shattered their sleepy small town, Grant disappeared without a trace.
Now, ten years later, Oliver attends their class reunion, desperate to see him again.
But Oliver soon discovers the past brings more than happy memories... It brings secrets too.
(Part 2 in The Neon Darkness Trilogy)
Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 2
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Protagonist 3 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Bad Breakup, Class Differences, Criminals & Outlaws, First Time
Setting: Detroit, Michigan; Oklahoma; USA backroads/road trip
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
on Rainbow Gold Reviews:
In 1994, Oliver Foster and Grant Carver fell in love. They’re young, full of hope, their lives are waiting for them, but after a horrible crime in their small town, everything changes and Grant leaves.
Ten years later, they met again at their class reunion and behind the scenes of their love story, the truth waits to be discovered.
Neon Darkness is the first book I’ve read from Skot Harris.
I loved this book because it was a great mystery novel.
Oliver is eighteen when he met Grant in 1994. He’s gay and didn’t care about what people thought about him. He has his parent with unconditional love, and Char’s support, his best friend. When he meets Grant, he didn’t expect to fall in love and to be loved back. During his senior year, Oliver discovered love with a big L. I loved Oliver. He’s so young, so sweet so innocent, I melted completely for him.
Grant Carver is the typical bad boy. He had his own car, smoked, fought and he has this James-Dean attitude that didn’t let people in.
Grant is completely in love with Oliver and very protective. For the first time in his life, Grant had found someone who really cared for him. I loved Grant too, and my heart broke for him. He seemed so lost and sad, but in the meantime, he was confident and protective. He had this duality in him that intrigued me the entire book. I loved him, but I also hated him a little.
The plot was very good, and behind the story of the first love of these two kids, an awful murder is committed, and nothing will be the same for them. The story is told from Oliver’s point of view. There’s a lot of references to the 90’s culture; I loved it a lot, it reminded me of my teenage years. But what I loved the most in this book, was the author’s style. His writing was good and fluid. He wanted to take us somewhere through the book. He gave us clues throughout the book, and at the end, we have the big revelation… and what a revelation! I screamed… I literally screamed (ok, it was more a squealing than a scream), just like when I watch an episode of Games of Thrones or The Walking Dead, when I didn’t see things coming. That was totally the case here.
He was brilliant because even if he gave us enough clues to figure it out by ourselves, it’s impossible to really do it … see how twisted it was? FREACKING BRILLANT!
I just wanted to warn you that suicide is involved and it can be a trigger for some of you, so if you’re sensitive to this subject, don’t read this book.
But if, like me, you love a good mystery/murder book with a huge twist that makes you scream (or squeal) in shock, go for it. You’ll love this book as much as I did.
4 OptimuMM’s for The mini-James Dean and his mini-Paul Newman
This is the first book I’ve read by this author but it won’t be the last! It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised by the gentle way that this book evolved into the mystery/thriller that it is. Let me qualify that statement because the story itself isn’t gentle even if it has some gentle moments, it was the way the author led me through the story without even realizing that I was certainly being guided.
The characters are well rounded and realistic. Oliver is a character that you instantly fall in love with and want only good things to happen for. He’s sweet and maybe a bit naive. He’s not perfect but that just makes him all that much more likable.
Grant is also likable, in the way he loves Oliver, in the way he is his own person and in the way he doesn’t conform to peer pressure. This character will surprise you. I leave it at that. He’s the proverbial bad-boy. He’s cool and hot and doesn’t take crap from anyone… except his abusive, alcoholic father. Annnnd, he has secrets. I’m still not sure how to put into words what I feel about Grant.
The story is mostly a slow build of two high school boys learning each other, falling in love and Char, Oliver’s best friend. It has so many feels! The author is able to convey all of those high school, teen hormones and angst with astounding clarity. I wasn’t expecting the ending… At. All. I don’t have to have a HEA or even a HFN to make it a good story, but what made this book a 9/10 Pots of Gold for me instead of a 10/10 is this, I don’t like not knowing what happens to the characters at the end of the book. I know it was done that way on purpose and I know that I’m supposed to use my imagination to fill in the blanks and I know that this is a brilliantly written book, but for me, personally, I like an ending. I like it all sewed up into a neat little package and while most questions are answered, it left me with more. I’m not sure if it’s a cliffhanger so there may be more to the ending than I’m aware of. I will say that this is a story that will stay with you for a long time.