I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, that there was a path we were all supposed to be on and the choices we made led us to those paths. My path led me to work on the Johnson farm in Texas, where I met Landon, the owner’s son. He worked there during the day and raced cars for fun at night. He was a bad boy with a reputation that exceeded my own. The guy all the girls wanted to change, the one that hooked up with random girls because he didn’t do relationships. He was exactly the kind of guy I wanted to stay away from, but there was something about him. It wasn’t just his looks, although they didn’t go unnoticed. There were layers I wanted to peel back and reveal. I wanted to know the real Landon Johnson. All the choices I made led me to him and he would change my life forever.
J.M. LaRocca absolutely killed it with her novel Drifting into Darkness. I don’t know whether to hug her or shun her after finishing this novel. She has mastered the ability to build me up and break me apart with this novel. I am in awe of this woman’s talents and have yet to wipe the shock off of my face long after finishing this fantastic read.
Sadie finds herself in Texas after life in Chicago physically and emotionally uproots her. Transferring to Texas A&M and relocating from the familiarity of her friends was never in her life plan, but after the unexpected she finds herself facing a fresh start. Although she doesn’t welcome this clean slate with open arms, she makes the best of her situation and works towards regaining the normalcy she lost. She never plays the victim or dwells on the obstacles thrown in her path. That’s what I loved about her so much. Sadie accepts life’s challenges and makes the best of what life offers her.
And oh boy does life offer up some goodies in Texas. Enter Landon Johnson. He’s the guy every girl fawns over yet none of them can wrangle. He’s unattainable, sexy, and at times stubborn as hell. Underneath it all, Landon carries a heavy burden of guilt and regret that have shaped him into the man he is. He sacrifices his dreams and goals for the betterment of his family’s farm and happiness of others. I loved the chemistry and playfulness between Sadie and Landon. Their witty banter back and forth and easygoing dynamic made me smile as their connection blossomed throughout the novel. Each character contributed aspects of their personality, which seemed to complete and heal broken parts of the other person. Their relationship is beautiful and will make you swoon.
I started Drifting into Darkness after reading an emotionally heavy read. This novel was shaping up to be the perfect cure to soothe my broken heart, as it’s full of redemption and romance that mended my soul and made me smile. With progress come setbacks. Prepare yourself for emotional struggles as this story is predominantly heartwarming, there are obstacles and challenging moments that will have you in tears. I won’t give away any twists, but I will say this story is phenomenal and well rounded. There are both peaks and valleys to this literary gem.
I applaud J.M. LaRocca for taking a risk and writing a novel that will both inspire and ignite a myriad of emotions. Drifting into Darkness is a hidden treasure I urge you to one-click and experience for yourself. It will have you hooked from the start and keep you captivated. While your heart will remain intact by the end, I promise you will never be the same.
I had the pleasure of meeting JM LaRocca at a great author signing in Atlanta a few weeks back. She is such a great person and I have been dying to read Drifting into Darkness ever since. And this story did not disappoint.
Sadie and her family just moved to Texas after her father had an affair. Her boyfriend of six years cheated and she now has NO trust in men. She meets the awesome Lisa and they hit it off right away. Lisa gets her a job on the infamous Johnson family farm. On this farm is the hot as hell, brooding Landon. All the girls in town want a piece of him. Sadie on the other hand while finding him attractive, doesn’t really care of this personality.
“I was usually nice, quiet person, but this guy was asking for my ‘fuck you’ persona.”
That all changes when Landon sets his sights on Sadie. These two were perfection together. They really brought out the best in the other. One thing that I absolutely loved was they communicated with each other when there was questions about the other. They didn’t get all tangled up in assumptions.
JM LaRocca really told a great story. I was drawn into the story and felt like I was really there with them. The ending is not your typical ending and at first I was mad about it. But when I woke up the next day, this book was the first thing I thought of and was okay with how it all played out.
Ms LaRocca has a new fan and I will be gobbling up her other books as soon as possible.
I pushed the door open and got out of the truck, happy to finally be home. I turned to say goodbye and thank him for the ride, but he had gotten out of the truck as well and was waiting for me in the front of it. I frowned and closed the door, walking slowly toward him so I wouldn’t trip over my own feet. It was hard enough trying to keep my head upright. I didn’t need to trip and fall on my face. “What are you doing?”
He smirked at me. “I’m walking you to your door. I’d hate to get you home safe, only to have to fall down the steps when you got here.”
He had a point, I thought as I snorted and slapped him in the chest. “Well, I guess ya didn’t fail charm school after all,” I drawled in a horrible southern accent, which caused him to laugh. Oh, God, I really need to go inside and away from him before I embarrass myself even more.
I walked toward the stairs with Landon following behind me. As soon as I took the first step, I stumbled and fell forward, but quickly grabbed onto the railing before I sustained any real damage. Jesus, I don’t think I’ve ever been this drunk before. Note to self: never drink Lisa’s drink concoctions again. Landon’s hands were on me as soon as I fell and he hauled me up, wrapping his arm around my waist.
“See, now aren’t you glad I was here?” he stated sarcastically.
I looked up at him and rolled my eyes. “Yes, Landon, you are now my knight in shining armor,” I giggled.
He chuckled and held me close, helping me up the rest of the stairs. I couldn’t help but notice how nice he smelled being nestled against his side either. Somewhere in my drunken haze, I knew that under normal circumstances I wouldn’t smell him up, but since this wasn’t normal circumstances, I smelled him without shame. I was sure he noticed too since I literally stuck my nose on his shirt and took a big whiff, causing him to laugh softly.
As we got to the last step, I pulled away from his hold and dug my keys out of my small satchel. “Thanks for giving me a ride and helping me up the stairs,” I said as I opened up my door. I stepped inside and turned to face him, giving him a drunken smile that I’m sure looked anything but. “I’ll see you on Monday,” I blurted before I closed the door and locked it.
I took my satchel off and tossed it on the couch before heading to the kitchen for a bottle of water and some aspirin. Then I dove head first into my bed, knowing tomorrow I’d have one hell of a hangover.
J.M. La Rocca was born in Chicago, IL. At an early age, her family relocated to lower Alabama where she began her love for writing. She currently resides in Pensacola, FL with her husband and twin sons. As a stay at home mom, La Rocca was able to pursue her love for writing. It was always an unrealized dream to write her own book. With the encouragement of her mother, La Rocca began to set to paper her ideas for her first book.