The Darkest Corner by Liliana Hart

The premise of the Gravediggers series is very original, and the first book gives lots of information on what type of assignments are carried out by the secret group known by this name. The way in which an individual becomes a member is definitely unique, too, where courage and risk collide. I became immersed in the storyline from the start, and I kept reading to discover what this elite bunch of men would eventually have to do. I have heard good things about the suspenseful stories written by Liliana Hart, and THE DARKEST CORNER is entertaining with thrilling expectations.

For twelve years, Deacon Tucker had served his country and much of the time was spent doing covert ops. Then his life totally changed when he was recruited by a group known as the Gravediggers. He now completes assignments that require secrecy and are always dangerous. Since no one realizes he is still alive because of an elaborate deception, Deacon can take part in missions without having to worry if anyone will miss him in case the task goes south.

When after graduating from college, Tess Sherman came back to live in Last Stop, Texas and ended up working for a local funeral home since she had studied to be a mortician. Her current boss made huge changes when the business was bought, and there are now five men employed as assistants. One of them is Deacon, and Tess has noticed the mysterious yet very tempting man more than once. She has no idea what he really does, and he knows she must never be aware of the actual work he covertly undertakes. Then complications arise one day which are linked to his hidden employment.

Any time a group of alpha men get together, there is usually plenty of mocking and trying to prove who is better. Deacon and his fellow teammates can always come up with something sarcastic to say, but each one would stand by the other when needed. Since the men are from all over the world, there is even more variety to the humor, and I found myself laughing at some of their “manly” comments. What this group could actually have to face is terrifying, and after the especially frightening prologue, I was anxious to see how everything would conclude. Liliana Hart’s vivid descriptions give a realistic sense of every detail, and many times I felt as though I was right there beside Deacon and Tess.

While much of the story concentrates on a complicated plot by terrorists, there are also many moments connected to the budding romance between Tess and Deacon. Though both have noticed the other in a sexual way for a long time, neither made a move until the time was just right. Passionately fiery expresses what happens when they let desire take over, and they are not individuals who hold back. Their emotional bond is evident even when the words have yet to be spoken, and I kept wondering what Tess would do when some very tough choices must be made. Since this is the first book in the series, and numerous explanations were needed to clarify what had happened in the past, I hope to see more action in the next book. THE DARKEST CORNER intrigues with alarming threats and scorching passion.

I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion

Series:  Gravediggers – Book 1

Publisher:  Pocket Books

Releases:  May 23, 2017


Genre:  Suspense

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Rating:  4 Stars

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