• A Lantern in the Dark

  • The O'Brien Tales, Book 2
  • By: Stacey Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 18 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (636 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a sleepy beach town in Coastal Carolina, two lost souls learn the destructive nature of secrets and the healing power of love.

Captain Aidan O’Brien is a decorated officer of the Royal Irish Regiment. While on a personal mission with his brother to retrieve Michael’s would-be mate, Aidan visits an old friend on the local Marine Corps base. Aidan accepts an opportunity to return, to train with the infantry Marines at Camp Lejeune.

Alanna Falk is a grad student, working with PTSD patients in a nearby recovery clinic. A few months after the unexpected visit from the O’Brien brothers, Alanna can’t seem to get the eldest O’Brien out of her mind. She assumes that she’ll never see him again. After all, Aidan is a soldier in the Royal Irish Regiment, living in Belfast. She’s living in her best friend's beach house in North Carolina. When Aidan shows up on her beachfront deck unannounced, the fireworks fly...along with a Louisville Slugger that she keeps on hand.

Both Aidan and Alanna have their own reasons for being alone. As a friendship blossoms and the attraction grows, each begins to uncover the shadows that haunt the other. Aidan, tormented by dreams of a terrible day in Kabul, Afghanistan, rebuffs Alanna’s attempts to offer him counsel. Alanna refuses to open up to anyone about why she keeps a handgun in her desk and a bat within reach.

Aidan swore he’d never marry, never put a woman or children through life in the military. But the lovely, Southern beauty challenges his strongest defenses. He comes to realize that Alanna may need him even more than he needs her. Especially as the tide turns and Alanna’s secret fears become a very real danger.

©2016 Stacey Reynolds (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Another awesomely addictive story!

Book 2 of this series continues the story of the hilarious initial meeting of Aidan and Alanna. The eldest sibling of the O’Brien Clan has been gallantly suffering PTSD for years but that doesn’t stop his smoldering desire for his sister-n-laws’ BFF/sister. This is a heartbreaking story of two unselfish people forgoing their own HEA because of duty. Eventually they do achieve their HEA but only after more gut wrenching sacrifices. The narrator, Justine Eyre, did another phenomenal job of tackling all the various International dialects!!!!!

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Beautiful narration.

These books come alive with Justine’s narration. She makes you feel like you are in the room with the characters and right in the story. There were many times when I was in tears listening. I will listen to the next one after I have a little break absorbing this one.

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Captures Military to Perfection

Stacey has once again cut to the heart of things with Lantern in the Dark. She has touched on some very dark and yet ever present issues that our military brothers and sisters face every day. PTSD and suicide are too prevalent for any kind of comfort. I literally cried often while listening to this one as being Military myself, it hit on a lot of emotions that often we don't want to face. Things I've seen in myself and things I've seen in others. The story was written very realistically from that standpoint. The romance and passion were lovely and Justine played the characters very well. So glad these books have come to audible!

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Best one so far

I really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Thank you.

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WoW ~ The best read!

Funny, love, tearfulness and great sex!

Stacey Reynolds is a master of beautiful words and the human connection. I’m going to keep going I think there is 8 books in all. .

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Perfection

That’s book 2. WOW!

The story, the passion, the captured description of life in the military and PTSD. Brilliant writing, character and story development.

The world is easily imagined from the first page. So we’ll, that you prefer using this book for planning a vacation.

Being performed by Justine Eyre….Orgasmic on multiple levels.

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Love sequels

So I’m getting used to the narrator. Much better this time. Love the story and can’t wait to see who’s next in line for love!

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Second in predictable while enjoyable series

With the first and now this second in her O’Brien series of stories I’ve gotten to know this author. Stacey Reynolds is a skilled author; her stories seem well-researched, which I always appreciate and admire. I’m glad I found her via book one this series, a freebie, included with Audible subscription.

I largely enjoyed both books thus far. While the featured settings of each is quite different from the other, she does a skilled job of weaving and expanding upon the O’Brien family and their Dingle Peninsula, Ireland roots, with this story taking us across the Atlantic — and back again.

A Lantern in the Dark is located primarily at Camp Lejeune , North Carolina. So, along with the love story between another O’Brien son and a young woman working with the serious challenges (mental and physical) that come with being a battle veteran Marine, it gives us an idea of career warriors of all types’ fierce pride, training, brotherhood, passionate dedication and excruciating challenges. And, as seems to be the case, the necessity of a fiercely patriotic, religiously conservative focus needed for such dedication.

While I’ll likely continue the series, two elements of Stacey Reynolds’ storytelling would give me pause: the first being her repeated, totally detailed relating of sexual encounters; the second being that if I hadn’t had a Catholic background, I might find the concentration on that element irritating.

So, here’s how I’ve handled both elements of her writing, because I do appreciate her skilled, detailed talent: when I found the sex scenes becoming eye-rollingly repetitive in their length and details, I fast forwarded if I felt like it; and, the conservative, military focus is different from my own life — so, I appreciated being rather immersed in this very different Life experience, attitude & passion. I found this to be an opportunity to expand my thinking, for which I am grateful and find valuable in today’s sad (& dangerous in my opinion) tendency of divisiveness and intransigence.

Also, while I see that her settings may be varied, she hangs her stories on the (successful but, I’d say, outdated) “Quiet Man” movie or “The Taming of the Shrew” sort of approach: the scrapping tug and tussle between (beautiful, of course) fiery, fiercely-reactive strong women doing mating dances with the often confused, always appreciative, ever-determined, uber-males trying to tame and figure the females out — while being utterly entranced by “their” women. Okay. Predicable — and a successful story device framework as has been proven many, many times over.

As far as narration, Justine Eyre does such a good job that we forget that she’s a female bringing varied male and female roles to us. She melds — while differentiating — the North Carolina- Irish, etc characters so well that I could forget that she was one narrator bringing all characters to distinctive life. That’s masterful.

With my Irish background and my appreciation of a skillfully created and well-narrated story, I’ll likely keep reading-listening through the series. We’ll see.

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Excellent!!

Love this author and narrator! This book will make you laugh, and make you cry tears of joy. The author pulls you into the story.

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Good road trip listen

This book is similar to the first. Very little difference aside from the names of the characters. Two people with previously broken hearts fight the attraction to each other and in the end marry. Also, way too much graphic sex. Sexual descriptions are usually a part of the story line but this one goes above and beyond. They were repetitive, overly long and after the characters first sexual encounter you'll find yourself fast forwarding through all the others as they became so obnoxious to the point of becoming unpleasant to listen to. I do love the family characters but how many hunky men and feisty women can one family have? I won't waste a credit for the third book in this series but if it becomes available in the plus category I will download it. As I said in the headline, this works for something needed to pass the time, road trip, doctor office wait, etc.

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  • Lesley Ann Coller
  • 03-23-22

excellent

another excellent book in the O'brien series, fantastic story line. Hooked on the series