Monday, August 1, 2016

Blackout by M.J. Schiller (Real Romance, #4)

by M.J. Schiller

My rating: 4 stars

Collection: Real Romance - Book 4
Publisher: Kissmet Publishing (June 6, 2015)
Publication Date: June 6, 2015
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Print Length: 246 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Max. The consummate ladies’ man.

He’s good looking, but not an absolute knockout. With Max’s charm though, he could have any woman he wants. Once he meets Faith, he doesn’t want anyone else.

Eli. He is a knockout.

But a dark past shadows him and holds him captive. Drinking dulls the pain, but meeting Faith makes him want to change all that.

Faith. She loves them both.

When a blackout brings her together with Eli, she’s happier than she’s ever been before. When another blackout tears them apart, Max is there to pick up the pieces. But can she forget the man who first made her whole?

Blackout by M.J. Schiller

BlackoutHow often have you shook your head at relationships that while deeply emotional, and truly heartfelt seem not quite healthy for anyone involved? Blackout by M.J. Schiller is a tale of love and deceit, trusts abused, friendships tattered and the ugly face of jealousy. What is a once in a lifetime connection for two people becomes a painful journey of alcoholism, failed chances and the frailties of the human soul.

What Faith and Eli have is a fairytale romance, until the monster called alcohol destroys their bond when Eli is unable to protect Faith more than once. Eli fades from the picture, leaving both himself and his unknowing enabler, Faith shattered.

Enter Max, once Eli’s best friend, now a successful doctor and the man who always stood in the background silently pleading with Faith to love HIM as much as he loves her. He is the best friend she could ever have, but can she love him with the ghost of Eli still haunting her heart?

Filled with brutal scenes, attempted rape, beating and drunken stupors, the weaknesses that can lie within a troubled human are all too raw, too realistic and far from a sweet and honey coated romance. For me, I was in turn angry, heartbroken and rarely relieved as repeatedly Faith enabled Eli’s illness with little care for her own mental health. Love should never put one in danger, it is supposed to strengthen and fortify a soul. It is something that makes one do all they can to be a better person.

Raw, gritty and dark, M.J. Schiller does NOT glamorize their love, she bares every warp and wart, as it could be in real life. She doesn’t ask you to like her characters’ actions, but love is love and the heart can be blind to what is going on. What Ms. Schiller has done is evoked every emotion I have, drawing me in a little more with page. I was invested in this tale, the characters and their lives and actions. That is what a good author does, no matter the tale they tell.

I received this copy from M.J. Schiller in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Thank you so much for reading and providing such a well-written review for BLACKOUT. I appreciate the time and energy you used for both.