Early Review: The Darkest Day by Britt Bury ★★★★

The Darkest Day by Britt Bury
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Immortal Heat #1
Publication Date: July 03, 2012
ISBN: 9781455523290
Page Count: 300
Review Copy: Received from the publisher for an honest review

ALL-CONSUMING DESIRE . . . 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. BURNS BRIGHTEST . . . 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 . . .

REVIEW


I'm a bit conflicted on this one because I really enjoyed reading it. Loved it, in fact. It totally sucked me in; it was sexy, funny, poignant and all good things like that.

But, it was very, VERY reminiscent of Kresley Cole's Immortals after Dark series: Several different races of immortal beings all heading towards an event that only takes place every few centuries; insta-love mating bonds, one whiff and she's mine, usually with a person not of your race; Scottish rough and ready highlander types; a future-seeing, foul-mouthed, scatter-brained witch who can't give a straight answer; time lines overlapping (you hear about secondary characters in the book and you know they are acting strange because they've met their mate too); and just the overall writing style, the narrative, is very humorous and reminded me of KC's style a lot.

But that's not a bad thing is it? I mean, that series rocks so more of the same can only be a good thing, right? And as I said, I totally enjoyed it. I guess it's up to you how you feel about the similarities. For me, I'm happy to have two series that are this enjoyable. And the quality of writing was excellent, especially for a debut which I believe this was. *shrugs*

Don't get me wrong, there was a lot of very original content in this book as well, it was not a carbon copy by any stretch of the imagination.

First off, we have some very unusual species/races/creatures/clans/whatevers. In this one we dealt predominantly with the Pookahs (Do you see Pooh Bear when you read that too?). They are, from what I could gather, immortal beings with the animal spirit of razorback pigs... Okay that sounded way cooler when Britt Bury described them. Bear with me. Oh hey you can get bear Pookahs too! And wolf Pookahs as well, I think. Okay, so I don't know exactly what a Pookah is but the point is... The point is the one we met in this book, Kelvin Kerr, was muchos muchos yummios and not all stoopid meat head alpha either which was such a relief for me because I hate those types. He's a thousand year old Scottish warrior and War Chief (second in command) of the Kerr Clan, and for most of those thousand years, has lived only for vengeance against the Campbells. Izel, his fated mate, is the last surviving Campbell. Oopsies.

The story was well-paced, sexy, and I even teared up once or twice. I was totally invested in them as a couple, and for those emotional drama junkies out there (Yes, Sharon, I am talking to you), you will be well satisfied, I think.

I will definitely be reading future instalments. I'm guessing Ian's story will be next what with the visitor he's currently got in his dungeon.

4 Stars! ★★★★
Review Copy: Received from the publisher for an honest review.

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