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The Darkest Corner (Gravediggers) Mass Market Paperback – May 23, 2017
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“VERDICT: Gritty, deadly, and peppered with unexpected humor, this supersexy, adrenaline-charged story will keep readers on edge and breathless until the last page.” (--Library Journal)
“Liliana Hart sets up a fascinating and intriguing premise of individual men forced into taking extreme steps. Her heroine’s reluctant immersion into this world allows readers to discover the treachery and danger looming all around…a thrilling series!” (RT Book Reviews)
“A cool blend of entertaining antics and suspenseful moments, with a slightly morbid sense of humor thrown in for good measure. (Our heroine was a mortician, after all!) I had a blast getting to know this cast of characters and can’t wait to see what exciting things Liliana Hart has in store for us next.” (Harlequin Junkie)
About the Author
Liliana Hart is a New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than forty titles. Since self-publishing in June of 2011, Liliana has sold more than four million ebooks. She’s appeared at #1 on lists all over the world and all three of her series have appeared on the New York Times list. Liliana is a sought after speaker and she’s given keynote speeches and self-publishing workshops from California to New York to London. When Liliana and her husband aren’t spending time with their children, they’re living the life of nomads, traveling wherever interests them most.
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I have to say that this is one of the most insane love tropes ever. I mean, you have a guy who is considered dead by everyone except this small super secret agency and a woman who runs a funeral home. Let me just say, that I read way more about embalming and how to apply make-up to the dead than I ever could have possibly wanted to. I have no desire to fact check any of it so I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the author took some time to research it and possibly even talk to professionals and get their experiences… which is horrifying but I applaud her for putting forth the effort to get those details. Again, I could have totally done without it but I’m a stickler for getting to see characters in their natural/job setting instead of just when they are with the love interest. So, I suppose I got what I asked for on this one.
When we meet the guys they are digging up a coffin in a cemetery. You see, their latest team member was “killed”, transported to the United States, and is in need of retrieval. This agency that they work for looks for people who are in high-skilled agencies from around the world who have become a threat to their country for one reason or another. They then go in and give them an option, “die” and live another life as a secret agent taking down the really bad guys, or die for real when their government finally catches up to them and ends the threat. Obviously, the decision isn’t hard for these guys but they have no idea what they are really signing up for. Their deaths are staged, they are injected with this awful serum that makes them appear to be dead… and feels like it too. Then they are put in a coffin, brought to the US, buried, and then the other team members have a certain amount of time to get them out out of the ground before the serum wears off and they wake up. The craziness behind it all blew my mind.
I really enjoyed this story. There’s action, slow-burn romance, suspense, and so many lovable characters that I can’t wait to read the next book. The author took your typical special ops romance and totally made it her own. I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book before that had a mortician as the heroine, let alone a group of guys that kind of died, were buried alive, and then brought back to life in order to be some super secret special forces team. Granted, I could do without the mortician thing since that gave me some really weird dreams while reading this, but everything else I really liked.
Deacon is part of an elite group of men who were military, generally some sort of special services, who screwed up somehow and were offered a second chance by a mysterious woman named Eve Winter to deal with global threats. They 'die' via a special serum, are dead to the world and their families, and are then brought back to life to work for Eve as part of a team called The Gravediggers. This is an appropriate name not only due to their deaths but because in their new life, their cover is that they work at a funeral home in Last Stop Texas. The funeral home doesn't do enough business to employ them but since it's a just a cover, that's okay.
The woman who manages the funeral home, Tess, would love to own the business but it was sold out from under her and is now owned by the mysterious Eve. Tess has no clue who these men are or why they work there or how Eve can afford to pay their salaries, but that doesn't stop her from enjoying the eye candy, particularly Deacon. They've been attracted to each other since he began working for her but they've stayed away from each other for reasons of their own.
There's a lot of heat between Deacon and Tess, and Hart creates a colorful cast of characters. In fact, at times it was like I was reading a small town contemporary romance. It's set in a small town with quirky characters, and the focus of the book for about 3/4 is the romance. The action and suspense was mostly confined to the end of the book and was rushed when it happened while at the same time, it was full of excruciating detail which slowed the pace. The pace of the book is uneven, with events alternately happening quickly and slowly and there's a great deal of exposition. At 40.0% I made this note: "Finally! We get some background on the Gravediggers and forward motion in the story. Lots of groundwork and laying the foundation. I thought the pace would never pick up."
Despite all that, I liked the story. I liked Deacon and Tess, I liked the premise, I liked the secondary characters (though Tess's mom felt over the top at times), and I want to know more about the rest of the Gravediggers. I'll likely pick up the next book.
I received a copy from the publisher for review.
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