Monday, 24 November 2014

Review of The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros

The bit on the back…

“I don’t want my broken fixed. . . .”

Six months ago, Brooke Starr was one impeccable piano performance away from Juilliard. Now, she is lonely, devastated, orphaned . . . seeking solace in a place where the sun never sets and trying to make sense of the dark tragedy that clouds her shattered heart.

There are no coincidences. . . .

Deep-sea fisherman Chance Taylor can’t imagine what his life would be if he’d never taken that midnight stroll to the pier. Had never seen the intriguing, raven-haired girl swan dive into the Alaskan sea. Had never plunged into the icy waters to rescue her . . . and finally felt her electric charge.

As their blazing chemistry consumes them, Chance is determined to save Brooke from her demons. But Brooke knows she must find her own footing. She thinks she’s already lost everything—until the terror of her past catches up with her and threatens all that she has left: her life, her love, and the freedom to choose between drowning in grief and finding joy in the darkness.

Firstly thank you to the girls at The Hot Bed (Simon & Schuster) for sending me a copy of this book to review. I’ve had it for quite a while but I’ve finally gotten round to reading it.

The story is all about pianist Brooke and fisherman Chance.

The beginning of the story sets the emotional tone for the book. Brooke has just went through a pretty horrific ordeal surrounding the death of her family and she’s moving to Alaska to have a fresh start but one that still has ties to her family. The emotions are high and you really empathise with Brooke in the beginning of the story. I really like the way that Brooke is determined to move on albeit in Alaska.

Chance is the hero in this romance. From the first moment that Brooke and Chance connect – when they’re still strangers to each other – you know that their relationship is going to be deep and intense. I liked Chance’s character although at times found it quite difficult to find his age realistic. Their relationship is definitely one that draws you in and it is romantic however I felt like I had skipped part of their story and had to go back just to make sure.

There is an element of danger running in the back of the storyline which relates to the death of Brooke’s family and it culminates in Alaska. I found it to be quite rushed and I thought it wasn’t overly realistic to be honest.

The story would have been just as good without the plot as it wasn’t particularly well executed.

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