Review: The Darkest Corner by @Liliana_Hart @Pocket_Books

Review: The Darkest Corner by @Liliana_Hart @Pocket_BooksThe Darkest Corner by Liliana Hart
on May 23, 2017
Genres: Romance, Suspense
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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Liliana Hart’s first book in her suspenseful Gravediggers series, featuring an elite group of mysterious men who might be dead to the world, but are also tasked with saving it—and no one can ever know.

The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families.

Sometimes the dead do rise...

Deacon Tucker is a dead man walking. A former black ops agent, he was disavowed and stripped of all honor before being recruited as a Gravedigger. But his honor and good name no longer matter, because no one knows he’s alive, and he’ll never get the recognition he deserves. His mission is simple: save the world or die trying. And for God’s sake, don’t ever fall in love. That’s a rule punishable by death. The kind of death a man can’t be brought back from.

Tess Sherman is the only mortician in Last Stop, Texas. She has no idea how Deacon Tucker ended up in her funeral home, but she’ll eat her hat if he’s only a funeral home assistant. Deacon is dangerous, deadly, and gorgeous. And she knows her attraction to him can only end in heartache.

Deacon is on a mission to stop the most fatal terror attack the world has ever known—what’s known as The Day of Destiny—a terrorist’s dream. But when he discovers Tess has skills he can use to stop them, he has to decide if he can trust her with secrets worth dying for. And, most important, he has to decide if he can trust her with his heart.

Sometimes the dead do rise.

This quote had me hook, line and sinker. Unfortunately, the book did not. I really wanted to love everything about this one. I was beyond intrigued with the synopsis and the promo I had seen everywhere. This was right up my alley. The bad guys, who were really good guys, excommunicated from their governments and countries. The terrorism/counterterrorism plot, I was excited. I couldn’t wait to dive in. I was so sad when I finished, it was just missing something for me. Now, at no time did I want to DNF this book, it was well written and possibly a good foundation for what could very well be an amazing series. It had so much potential, but in my opinion fell flat.

The Darkest Corner opens with a prologue that grabbed every string of my heart. Yet having finished the book left me with so many unanswered questions, what happened to the little girl? What happened to the families, and why wasn’t any of it ever addressed again? We are then dropped in Last Stop Texas, a quaint little town in the middle of nowhere and meet a team of captivating illusive men. Deacon Tucker being the mysterious, sexy leader, and Tess Sherman, a quirky mortician trying to sort her life and balance her head with her heart. We are given some decent tension and a cast of compelling characters. The build up was adequate and I found the elements I want from a read. All of a sudden “The Day of Destiny” project went nowhere and ended discombobulated and jumbled for me. I struggled to balance the suspense with the romance, and felt the beginnings of a connection with all of the characters, but yet never got there.

I can justify giving this three stars because Ms. Hart is a seasoned writer. I’m still thinking about this book. That is something I value in an author. I want to know these characters and see where these covert missions leave this ghost town. I want to know more. Will I read the next book? Without a doubt. #ReadingIsSubjective and I don’t want The Darkest corner to be my Last Stop for the Gravediggers.

 


About Liliana Hart

Liliana Hart spent five years teaching music in the public education system. She molded America’s youth, busted kids for smoking pot in the restrooms, and broke up illicit affairs behind the stage on a regular basis. (Liliana’s Addison Holmes Mystery Series, about a small town teacher who gets into a whole lot of trouble, is somewhat autobiographical, but she won’t confess to which parts).

Liliana began reading romance novels with all her new found free time, and when she ran out of things to read, she decided to write her own novels. The result was a 150,000 word thriller—a dazzling adventure—where the heroine was a thirty-year-old virgin assassin (Yes, you read that right). She couldn’t imagine why people weren’t knocking down her door to read it, but she persevered and began writing a second book. She finally got the hang of things, and eventually learned that losing one’s virginity wasn’t all that romantic after all. All of her books involve some kind of suspense (she just can’t help herself), laughter, and a lot of steamy sex.

Since the failure of her first attempt, Liliana’s books have won awards such as: The Daphne Du Maurier, The Suzannah, The Linda Howard Award of Excellence, The Maggie, and many others. Her affiliations include Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America.

Liliana loves to cook, and is addicted to reading, Internet Boggle, kickboxing, and Bones. She lives in a big, rambling house in Texas with a couple of cats to keep her company. She loves to get emails from readers.

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