Book Review: The Darkest Joy by: Marata Eros

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: February 18, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: “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.

Series: The Darkest Joy (1)

Review: Brooke Starr is a piano prodigy poised to go for her dream of Juilliard when, on the way home for Christmas, she hears her whole family being murdered over the phone. Leaving everything behind, including her music, she moves to Alaska and into her Great-Aunt’s old cabin. She takes a position as a deck-hand on a deep sea trawler, but when she gets to Alaska she realizes she might be better off with her family. When she jumps off the pier into the frigid Alaska, Chance Taylor jumps in to save her life. Chance’s only love is the sea but, after saving her life, Brooke gets under his skin and into his heart. When Brooke’s past catches up with her and a killer comes to complete the cycle, Brooke and Chance have to save themselves to save each other.

THE DARKEST JOY will take your breath away. The poignant and heartbreaking emotions Brooke experiences are written in a way which will have readers easily empathizing with her. The explosive chemistry between Chance and Brooke is exquisitely hot, hot, hot! I did want to shake the crap out of Brooke for not answering her phone when the FBI kept calling, but I can understand her need to put the past in the past. All of the characters really created a spark, so lively and well-developed. I loved the fact that Brooke found hope when she thought all was lost. THE DARKEST JOY is a truly enthralling read!

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