Review of The Darkest Corner

Posted June 27, 2017 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 10 Comments

Review of The Darkest Corner

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Darkest Corner by Liliana Hart
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Pocket Books on May 23rd 2017
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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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...
Solomon Lange 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 Solomon Lange ended up in her funeral home, but she’ll eat her hat if he’s only a funeral home assistant. Solomon is dangerous, deadly, and gorgeous. And she knows her attraction to him can only end in heartache.
Solomon 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.


First Line

There was something about the time between three and four o’clock in the morning.

Here is what I thought

Not ever having read this author I wasn’t sure what I was in for but the blurb sounded pretty interesting and I was in the mood for something a bit different that what I had been reading. Though at times I wondered when the romance and the suspense was going to come into play I really did enjoy this one. I will be checking out more from this author.

Tess has worked really hard for what she wants and that is to own the funeral home where she works and that goal was just insight and then someone comes along and offers the owner way more money and takes it over. They spend a lot of money remodeling things and all of a sudden Tess has more help that she would ever need the small town of Last Stop, Texas. Not that she is really complaining about having 5 very hunky men walking around but she knows they are not just funeral assistants.

Deacon is the leader of a secret ops group called The Gravediggers, they are literally buried and considered dead and brought back with some sort of serum. As far as anyone is concerned they were a disgrace to their country and killed. They are a group so secret the President doesn’t know about them. They are from all over the country. For the last couple of years Deacon has tried to keep his emotions intact when it comes to Tess because he knows that relationships are a weakness. But then they learn that she has a skill they need for a mission it’s his chance to go ahead and make a move even if he shouldn’t.

I liked The Darkest Corner but there was a point to where I started to wonder where the romance and the suspense was going to come into play. We don’t get any heat from the couple till about midway through and the suspense doesn’t really happen till the end when they go after the bad guy. For a romance it seem to have a lot of backstory at the beginning but it was still pretty interesting to read.

I liked the characters, well most of them one of the Gravediggers was a bit of a jerk. I felt bad for Tess because she wanted to own that funeral home and to have it taken from her by Eve Winters who is a complete B!@#&. Eve is like the devil reincarnated but I guess to have her job one might need to be but still didn’t like her one bit. Tess proves to be more than just a country mortician because her family speaks old Russian and even though she is not thrilled with Deacons line of work she comes around and finds her inner thrill seeker.  Deacon is just hot! Enough said…lol. He really seems like a nice guy and very conflicted because now he has put Tess in danger, I liked him a lot. The other Diggers sound pretty hot too and I loved Elias so I can’t wait for his story which is next!!!! 🙂

Good start to a new series and I will be reading Gone to Dust real soon!

Recommend if you like

romantic suspense and a bit of backstory before the RS happens and great characters.

Author Bio

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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10 responses to “Review of The Darkest Corner

  1. It sounds like a series worth continuing, Stormi. Maybe things took a while to get going as the author was preparing for the rest of the stories. I like the storyline.

    • Stormi

      I believe it is, especially since Kimberly just told me book two goes all Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom! LOL 🙂

  2. This sounds like one right up my alley. Sometimes the first part of the book is setting it up for the rest. Glad to know you will be continuing with the series.

  3. I’m on the fence about this one. I like romantic suspense but the premise doesn’t really grab me. I’m a little concerned by how long it took to get to the actual romantic suspense part in this one. I wonder if this 2nd book gets going a little faster? I’ll have to look for this at the library.

    • Stormi

      It has a lot of LOL moments in it which is probably why I enjoyed it even though the RS didn’t start till later. I think book two is going to be better so can’t wait to try it.

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