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Peek Inside A Darker Past

Thanks to her heritage and helping her mother with the Darker Agency, the paranormal is definitely Jessie Darker's “normal.” For one, Jessie's been contracted into fifty-five years of annoying servitude. To a demon. Then there's her sexy new boyfriend who's been going through some...uh, changes. But it's when Jessie accidentally releases a Very Nasty Demon that things get really bad, threatening both Earth and the Shadow Realm. And Jessie has exactly four days to fix it...before all of Hell breaks loose.

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The past is Darker than they thought…

Between helping her mother with the Darker Agency and laying the smack down on monster baddies, Jessie Darker puts the “normal” in paranormal. But lately, things have gotten a little crazy…even for a smart-assed half-demon teenage girl.

For starters, Jessie’s been contracted into fifty-five years of annoying servitude. To a demon. Then there’s Lukas Scott, her sexy new boyfriend. Once the former incarnation of Wrath, he’s been going through some…uh, changes. Like residual anger. And trading chaste hangouts for lusty make-out sessions.

But it’s when Lukas and Jessie accidentally release a Very Nasty Demon that things get really bad, setting into motion a chain of death and mayhem that threatens both Earth and the Shadow Realm. Jessie has exactly four days to fix it…before all of Hell breaks loose.


"I absolutely loved loved loved this book. Jessie, Lukas and Kendra are my new besties. There was not a moment were I wanted to put it down. Fast-paced, fun-loving novel that seriously leaves you wanting more." ---Angela Book Cave

"There is absolutely no doubt that Jus Accardo is one of my favorite authors. She continues to entertain me thoroughly with every book that churns out and I could not be happier to have found such a fun author. " --Nick, Goodreads

"A great sequel to Darker Days. This was a very balanced novel with such thrill and romance that I couldn't put it down. Jus Accardo is fabulous!" --Nay Denise, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622664726
Series: The Darker Agency, Book 2
Release Date: Nov 11, 2014
Page Count: 332
Imprint: teen
Genre: paranormal, young adult
Tropes: bodyguard/protector, opposites attract, overcoming odds

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By Jennifer March 11, 2015

I loved the first book in this series and was excited to get back into Jessie's world. Jessie works at a paranormal agency with her mom. They have a fun sort of Gilmore Girls partnership but with demons and mayhem. Jessie has been able to spend more time with her demon dad since he was freed. Except ...more

There is absolutely no doubt that Jus Accardo is one of my favorite authors. She continues to entertain me thoroughly with every book that churns out and I could not be happier to have found such a fun author. The first book in this series, Darker Days, was a blast and I was eagerly waiting for news ...more

By Nay November 10, 2014

A great sequel to Darker Days. This was a very balanced novel with such thrill and romance that I couldn't put it down. Jus Accardo is fabulous! This was a fast paced book, which I loved! It kept me on the edge of my seat needing to know what happens next. I enjoyed the action, twists and turns that ...more

By SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews November 22, 2014

This was a fun read. I did not read the first book but didn’t feel like missing something. All-important background from the first book were also covered in this one, which helped a lot.
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By Oda Renate July 11, 2017

ahh! Ahh.! ahh!!
Thats the sound of me, AH-ing ans smiling because of the wonderfulness that is this book.
The villains, the characters, the world...EVERYTHING in this world just oozes perfection.
Really happy it did NOT end on the cliffhanger since the third book isent out yet.
Also sad that supposedly ...more

By Stephanie November 13, 2014

4.5 Stars

'A Darker Past' is the exhilarating and fun second book in a young adult paranormal series. It continues to follow our leading lady - Jessie Darker - as she spends her time helping her mom with the family detective agency (which deals mostly with the strange or supernatural), spending time ...more

By Melanie November 10, 2014

Review posted here...
A Darker Past is the sequel to Darker Days and second book in The Darker Agency series featuring the very awesome Jessie Darker. Following the last book, Jessie is now in service to Valefar for 55yrs in a deal that freed her father an ...more

By Richa November 17, 2014

Originally posted on City of Books

It had been ages since I read Darker Days, the first book in this series. So of course I needed a re-read, and while doing that I remembered just how much I loved that book! A Darker Past is a great follow-up, and it was awesome to see all the characters again, espe ...more

By Gabbie (Rampant Readers) November 28, 2014

Why I Picked It Up
I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, Darker Days, so of course I had to read book two!

A Darker Past follows Jessie and Lukas as they get themselves into yet another sticky situation of the paranormal kind. This time, Jessie has accidentally released a super-demon in ...more

By Farrah October 28, 2014

A thrilling and thoroughly entertaining YA paranormal romance, A Darker Past was a wonderful sequel that I really enjoyed. I thought it was a lovely read.

Jessie was great. Clever and feisty, she definitely livened up the pages. Lukas was wonderful as well. Sweet and determined to be a better person, ...more

By Priya December 18, 2014

Jus writes captivating characters that are equally witty and daredevils. AND A darker past is no exception. I ABSOLUTELY LOVEEEDDD this book. Its not your typical paranormal kind and entertains you in a way that you want slap the MC and hug her all the same.

But that's what makes Jus's writing soooo ...more

By Louisa November 16, 2014

Really enjoyed this book, really entertaining, and yeah, a 3rd book wouldn't be too bad! ...more

By Sairaika November 11, 2018

A darker read!

The past is Darker than they thought…

I absolutely adore the heroine - so snarky, bada$* and witty! The hero *sigh* Love these characters. So enjoyable.

Such a perfect sequel! A real, absolute treat and a rare gem of a book. The author has real talent - incredible writing, characters an ...more

By Maghon November 11, 2014

I love this series! I know I need to read the rest of her books, which I will, but this is the first series I have read by her and she's just amazing :) This is a great sequel to the first, which features a mother and daughter, who run the Darker Agency. Sure it's like a PI, but they do supernatural ...more

By Jennifer April 23, 2015

What can I say? I'm pretty sure that I heart Jus Accardo, and she is quickly becoming one of my fave authors.

I usually don't like the female lead, because they whine a lot and it makes me want to smack them. But Jessie Darker has a personality where she's a sarcastic 'shoot first, ask questions late ...more

By Michelle June 19, 2015

This review might contain spoilers if you have not read the first book.

My Review:
I think I can officially say I like this book better than the first one. Jessie Darker is a snarky, funny, bad ass supernatural fighter, only problem is she is bound to a demon, had a demon for a dad ...more

By Angela May 24, 2015

Spoiler alarm spoiler alarm…. If you did not read Darker Days do not read this review as it will ruin it for you.

A Darker Past starts off a few weeks after Darker Days ends. Jessie’s daddy is spending more time on our realm and Jessie is spending more time on his. I mean after all she is bound to th ...more

By Amber at Fall Into Books November 18, 2014

I absolutely adored Darker Days, and I had been looking forward to the sequel for some time. A Darker Past did not disappoint. Accardo's lovely and captivating writing combined with Jessie's sense of humor and Lukas' depth made for a terrific novel. Everything I loved about the first book was presen ...more

By Sophievalencia_ November 18, 2014

I admit, I'm a little wary of YA fiction since it's been a couple of, ahem, decades since I've read a YA book from front to back. And YA paranormal? Well, let's say that I almost never voluntarily read anything paranormal. But after reading A Darker Past, I definitely need to reconsider YA paranorma ...more

By Unabridged November 13, 2014

Darker Past is just the book I have been looking for, and even though I have not had the chance to read the first book, Darker Days, I enjoyed it immensely. With all the reading I have on my plate I do not always get to series and books when I want, and even without reading the first book, Darker Pa ...more

By Cynthia January 04, 2015

Move over girls, Jus new book is out! Jus is one of my favorite authors, her books always make me laugh, cry and sit at the edge of my chair waiting to see what happens next. I can happily tell you that Darker Past didn't disappoint one bit.

Jessie is back and almost better than ever... because you k ...more

By Elaine November 11, 2014

Even though I hadn't read the first book in this series, this book just places you in the action from the very first page. The background information from the earlier book is provided where it is relevant to this book, making it easy to get on and enjoy this one without necessarily having read the f ...more

By Yvonne (The Shadow Realm) December 11, 2014

Also posted on: The Shadow Realm

A fabulous sequel, this book was just as exhilarating as the first. I am seriously loving these books and one of main things I love is the snark and biting wit of the characters. Especially Jessie. I seriously love that girl, she is just all kinds of awesome. It was f ...more

By Boglárka June 12, 2016


"One of the most important things I’d learned, though, is when things that shouldn’t happen do happen, the demon shit eventually hits the fan."


Hell in a hailstorm! The Monster Masher is back in the saddle! And Jessie is way too ready to bring trouble all ove ...more

By Emma November 10, 2014

I’ve said it before and I will say it again – this should be a TV series. Move over Buffy there is a new slayer in town ;)

Jus Accardo does a fabulous job of recapping events at the start of the book so you don’t feel as if you’ve forgotten crucial details before embarking on the new journey with Jes ...more

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Jus Accardo

About the author

Jus Accardo

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

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