Series: Experiment in Terror #6.5
Published by Independently Published
Publication Date: February 13th, 2013
Genres: Horror, Paranormal
Also in this series: Darkhouse, Red Fox, The Benson, Dead Sky Morning, Lying Season
Also by this author: Darkhouse, Red Fox, The Benson, Dead Sky Morning, Lying Season
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Man. The Mystery. The Madness.
Dex Foray has never been anyone’s fool – until he missed his chance for happiness with Perry Palomino. Broken and alone, Dex has no choice but to rise from the ashes Perry left behind and find his own path to redemption. But nothing in Dex’s life has ever come easily, especially when there’s a dark madness waiting in the wings.
Told from Dex’s POV, And With Madness Comes the Light is short story/novella that spans the time period from the end of Lying Season (Book #4) until the end of On Demon Wings (Book #5). If you were ever wondering what really happened to Dex while Perry was gone - his journey to Dex 2.0 - now is your chance.
Oh, Karina….what have you done to me?
After the infamous ‘bow-chicka-wow-wow” moment in Lying Season I didn’t think my heart could hurt any worse than it already did….
…but I was SOOO wrong.
With ‘And With Madness Comes The Light’ we are getting Dex’s side of the story. And it is pure agony.
“All I could see was this darkness, this black oblivion that sucked me dry until I was nothing but a husk of my former self. There was no light in all this madness. My tattoo was a lie.”
I know for many of us we were wondering what the hell Dex was thinking after he took a wrecking ball to Perry’s heart. Did I want Dex to suffer for that unspeakable action?
But our once passionate, strong, funny (well he’s still funny) Dex was drowning in his own sorrow. I know I wanted him to grovel and suffer after he hurt our poor Perry, but I didn’t realize how heartbreaking it could be.
“I fucked up. More than I have ever fucked up before. I had the love of my life in my hands for one beautiful, exquisite moment before I ripped her apart and my heart bore the paper cuts.”
His heartbreak and loneliness are what fuels his transformation from his drunk, unkempt, addicted-to-doritos self into the buff, sexy, suave charmer we all know Dex is. With the help of his friends Rebecca and Dean, Dex starts to change and mature all while biding his time for his love, Perry.
“Shit. Dean and I had gone from workout buddies to acting like a bunch of overanalysing pussies. Next thing you knew, we’d start having our periods at the same time.”
There is a notable appearance by his ex-girlfriend (THANK GOD!) the devil-in-disguise known as Jenn, who is moving out with her new bang-buddy Bradley.
And thankful while Dex is cloaked in darkness, well he still manages to put a smile on my face.
“Jenn,” Bradley yelled from the living room, “maybe we should come back after we call the hazmat team.” “Great idea,” I yelled back. “They can spray you both down for your crotch rot while they’re at it.”
There are a couple close calls during Dex’s romantic recovery. One notable example in the form a skank Dex encounters at a bar.
HELL NO! We like you clean Dex, well at least clean of STD’S. but Dex isn’t the same man anymore. And finally Dex has the opportunity to prove what kind of man he has become. After a frantic call from Perry’s sister Ada, Dex is on a mission to save Perry from the evil that is surrounding her.
“I didn’t want to be that guy anymore, the one that hurt her. I wanted to be me. Perhaps the same me she had seen underneath all this time.”
While Dex hatches a plan with Bird (from Red Fox) to exorcize the evil from Perry, he also didn’t plan on his other obstacle standing in his way—Max. Yes that redheaded twattwaffle, douchecanoe has been taking liberties from a possessed Perry, and when this discretion come to light, well Dex sees red.
“Wildcat in the sack. He liked it rough.
Perry had scratched him during sex.
Perry had slept with Maximus.
He stuck his dick in her.
I was going to be sick.
I was going to cry.
Oh, wait. No, I was going to BEAT THE LIVING SHIT OUT OF HIM!”
Dex and Maximus finally come to blows. Dex was a crazed, violent, beast of a man….and I was totally turned on…..
After some family interference, Ada logic, and a quick getaway, Dex finally has Perry with him. After a stressful night driving, Dex, Ada and Perry make there way to Lapwai. After some exorcism preparation, Dex finally learns the truth of what really happened to Perry in his absence.
“She’d lost it. What was ours. What was love. What was life. There was pain and then there was agony. Hello, agony. I’d been waiting for you. Finish me off. Please.”
If that moment does not leave you in miserable gut-wrenching sobs as it did me, well you must be the tin-man. So after some cray-cray exorcism business, Dex goes all romantic-self-sacrificing-amazeballs man we know who he is and he pulls Perry from the darkness for good.
“It all fades away when I’m with you. Everything fades until it’s just you and it’s just me. I’m Dex and you’re Perry and I love you. I won’t stop loving you, even when you won’t love me. I love you more than I can ever really tell you. I love you until the end.”
‘And With Madness Comes The Light’ is heartbreaking-ly beautiful. To finally get into Dex’s head and heart is the greatest experience as a fan of the series. He is by no means perfect, but he is real and honest and passionate. What more could you want? If you want to spend a good hour or two crying, swooning, laughing and falling in love with Dex all over again, ‘And With Madness Comes The Light’ is a novella you HAVE to read. And to quote Dex just one more time:
“A world without Perry Palomino is just too fucking boring. I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.”