on 23 May 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense
Series: Gravediggers #1
Published by Pocket Books
Copy for review provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Liliana Hart’s first book in her suspenseful Gravediggers series, featuring an elite group of mysterious men who might be dead to the world, but are also tasked with saving it—and no one can ever know.
The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families.
Sometimes the dead do rise...
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.
Looking for a new romantic suspense series full of alphas, nonstop action, and quirky heroines? Then look no further than Liliana Hart’s Gravediggers series and The Darkest Corner! In this first installment of the Gravediggers series, we are introduced to the world and the men of Gravediggers. They are the world’s most elite fighters who literally die only to be brought back to live to do someone else’s bidding. That someone else is Eve Winter and for some reason, Eve dumps all of the Gravediggers off in Last Stop, Texas at a funeral home. Enter Tess, the Last Stop mortician. When Tess can assist a Gravedigger mission Deacon can’t decide if he’s comfortable with Tess getting involved, both with the mission and with him on a very personal level 😉
- Since the Gravediggers had to cut all ties when they died and came back to life via Eve they have absolutely no family or friends. However, Hart gave us glimpses into few of the men’s worlds and it seems like not all of them have completely given up their old life. Axel, a Gravedigger, watches his wife from afar and it’s heartbreaking. I’m completely hooked on this series and these men. I cannot wait for the next book and, luckily for us, the next two books are releasing this summer!
- Hart must have done quite a bit of research on embalming and the profession of being a mortician because the details she put into Tess’ work and the funeral home were absolutely fascinating.
- When reading romantic suspense I don’t usually expect emotional sex scenes. With The Darkest Corner, that’s just what I got though. Deacon and Tess’ joinings were steamy and heartfelt. I was surprised just how swoon-worthy an elite fighter could be and I found myself craving Deacon’s thoughtfulness, care and absolute devotion to Tess in each and every scene.
- About half way through this book it started to slow way, way down. I was totally with Hart on the explanation of the Gravediggers, with the intro to Tess, Deacon and their insane attraction, and then the basic gist of the mission in The Darkest Corner. However, once Deacon and Tess expressed their feelings for one another things just kinda slowed until completely stopping. At that point Deacon and Tess seemed to be a 100% sure thing, the mission seemed kinda boring and there was almost no progress with the other Gravedigger men. I’m not sure what happened here, things just slowly died and the remainder moved at a glacial pace.
As a new to me author, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect out of Hart going into The Darkest Corner. Due to her crazy popularity, I was pretty sure my expectations were set too high and that I’d be disappointed in the end. However, Hart delivered. Despite the slow second half of the book, The Darkest Corner’s first half was ideal for me due to its combination of high action and high emotions. This book is perfect for military romantic suspense fans who like relatable heroines, steamy sex scenes and a ton of mystery. Let’s just hope that the energy and romance in the next few Gravediggers books keep up for the entire length of the novel.