Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Blog Tour: The Darkest Corner (Gravediggers Book 1) by Liliana Hart

Author: Liliana Hart
Publisher: Gallery, Pocket books
Date of publication: May 23, 2017

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. 

The Darkest Corner is the first in a series about a super-secret elite group of soldiers who the world thinks are dead.  They have their headquarters set up in a small backward town in Texas.  For me, this was an OK read.  It had great potential, but didn't live up to all of my expectations.

My favorite part of the story was the Gravedigger team.  I liked their camaraderie and would have loved to get to know them better.  But, we are not really given much background on the team. How are they chosen? I wanted more on Deacon and what made him tick.  The setting kind of threw me off as well. If you were trying to hide a super secret elite team, why would you choose a small town where gossip is the hottest commodity? 

I also liked Tess.  She was feisty and smart.  But, I thought she took Deacon's revelation about what was going on way too easily.  There was no question, at all.  Just full acceptance.  As for the romance part, I never really bought into Tess and Deacon.  I wanted more of them together before I could feel the love between them.  We are told that they have been around each other for a while.  We are also told they each have a secret attraction, but never really see them interact with each other. There was just too much insta-love for me. 

This story had great potential.  I liked the idea of the team and almost would have liked it more without the romance.  It's very much a first book in a series, so I do want to see where the team goes from here. I'm hoping we get come more answers and background. The next book, Gone to Dust, comes out in June.

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About the Author:

Liliana Hart is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly Bestselling Author of more than 40 titles. After starting her first novel her freshman year of college, she immediately became addicted to writing and knew she'd found what she was meant to do with her life. She has no idea why she majored in music.
Since self-publishing in June of 2011, Liliana has sold more than 3 million ebooks and been translated into eight languages. 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 to standing-room-only crowds from California to New York to London.
Liliana can almost always be found at her computer writing or on the road giving workshops for SilverHart International, a company she founded with her partner, Scott Silverii, where they provide law enforcement, military, and fire resources for writers so they can write it right. Liliana is a recent transplant to Southern Louisiana, where she's getting used to the humidity and hurricane season, and plotting murders (for her books, of course).

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