Monday, February 5, 2018

ARC Review: The Darkest Night by Tara Thomas

Release Date: February 27, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: ebook
Pages: 432 pages
Genre:  Romance
Buy: Kindle | Paperback


Tilly Brock has learned—the hard way—how to take care of herself. Once a pillar of Charleston society, her family lost everything in the wake of a shocking scandal. And then Tilly lost the only boy she ever loved.

Keaton Benedict is Charleston’s most notorious bachelor. But in spite of all his advantages—the money, the women, the family name—he longs for more: the heart of the young woman he still can’t forget.

When Keaton re-enters Tilly’s life, after all these years, she is torn between feelings of doubt and desire. Can they put the past behind them and learn to love again? Tilly is willing to try. But Keaton is afraid that a vengeful enemy is watching—and waiting to destroy them. Can the rekindled flame of their love defeat the deadliest rival and light their way forward in the darkest night?


I really wanted to like this book, it had an interesting plot but the characters weren't very well developed.  I was really looking forward to the reunion between Tilly and Keaton and their discovery of their relationship but it happened way to fast for me.  I think there was just too much going on for the plot to make sense.

There was the dangerous figure who is out to get the Benedicts for some unknown reason.  The small girl with the colored hair who works for him and has been groomed to hate the Benedict boys but finds there might be more to them and can't follow through on her orders, and then there is Elise the ex-best friend of Tilly who is from a wealthy family and has her sights set on marrying Keaton.  And if she doesn't get her way she quickly resorts to black mail and it goes down hill from there.

There was just no sexual tension or obstacles to climb, it all just felt like too much.  The book ends on a cliff hanger but I can see where it's headed and how the young girl fits into the story line. I'm just not sure the book held my interest enough to care.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher through in exchange for an honest review. 

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