The Darkest Day by Britt Bury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the blurb:
Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills of persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world's last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells' greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.
A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell "and" human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . .
HOLY COW!!! Britt Bury, you're my new favorite! HOT! HOT! HOT!
Are you ready for gushing? Here goes:
A stunning debut in the PNR genre, The Darkest Day delivers a mighty punch - I couldn't put this book down. And even though it's the first in what I hope is going to be an amazing series, it does not suffer from what many first books do - info dumping. Information trickles in as the book progresses, and fits the scenes in which it comes. Also, possible future characters are not endlessly introduced but merely mentioned, almost in passing. They serve a function in this book, but are not delved deeply into - only hints of their possible futures are given. The author skillfully weaves teasers of things to come into the main story, and what a story it is!!!
From the first moment, upon introduction to Izel Campbell and Kelvin Kerr, the story takes the reader on a wild ride, with witty and engaging dialogue, descriptive scenes, fighting, action and a love story that is almost too hot to handle. The UST was panty-damaging, and as the two main characters grow closer, yet fight their undeniable attraction, the heat between them almost had my poor Nook melting in my hands.
If you liked Kresley Cole's IAD series or J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, this is the book for you. It's chockful of hot, dominant alpha male who's matched with a female that gives as good as she gets.
I adored both Kelvin and Izel - she is an amazing female lead, smart, sassy, witty and doesn't back down from a challenge. He is the ultimate alpha male, yet soft to the core when faced with his fated female, willing to lay down his life to protect her. Their romance is at the center of this book, going from mortal enemies to annoyed travel companions to lusting for each other to a love that burns everything in its wake. Even the drama is not for the sake of drama, but fits nicely into the story and is never overdone. Their verbal sparring was engaging and grin-inducing, and OMG, the love scenes!!! The chemistry between the two was utterly amazingly written, and I squirmed in my chair numerous times as they gave in to their passion.
It is by far the best PNR debut novel I've read in a long time, and I am salivating for the next installments of this series. I'd love to see what happens to Ian and Alistair and Ramsey, and yes, even Andrew.
Where do I sign up??
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley - thank you sooo much!
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