Is this a good read? Yes it is. Is it dark? No, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
I’ve not read a book by Vi Carter before but based on this I would read other works by her. I found this well written, engaging and read it pretty much in one sitting, so it definitely held my attention. I would describe this as a romantic suspense with elements of organised crime. In particular I liked that the heroine had entered the arrangement willingly and actually wanted to be married to the hero. This really gave a nice spin to the arranged/forced marriage trope.
Both main characters were likeable, Damien was actually a pretty honorable man, though his struggles with his desires did lead him to be a total idiot at times. Maria was a total spitfire, maybe a
lot little petulant and immature at times, but I let that slide under the reason of her having been kept very sheltered her whole life.
There was definitely chemistry between Damien and Maria, with some scorching hot sex scenes to enjoy. I felt that generally it was more lust than love, though I certainly felt a very strong connection to Maria and her emotions quite a few times throughout the story. The book certainly made me feel!
Personally I felt the resolution was achieved a little too quickly. The ideas were great and it was well executed BUT I felt there were missed opportunities to add extra depth to the story. Nate felt like a loose end, his obsession didn’t quite fit with him working with King. I would also have liked some more of Maria with her parents, some scenes of them getting to know one another.
Some parts of this were told rather than shown, yet most of the book didn’t have that vibe so it did leave me disappointed that the author didn’t add the same depth to those scene. The impression it gave was that the author had a word or page count and was paring those last few chapters down in order to achieve it. In fact this is an issue I’ve encountered with other authors and it does make me wonder if they write to “size” rather than “story”. If that is the case then Dear Author, please note that most readers can cope with a book that takes longer than two hours to complete. I also dispute the 339 page count – it was more like 200!
If you enjoy well written, steamy, romantic suspense, with some good plot twists and likeable characters then I do recommend this.
Title – Darker (The Boyne Club Book 2)
Author – Vi Carter
Genre – Romantic Suspense
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53595975-darker
A cold and arrogant criminal. A Billionaire’s Daughter. An arranged marriage.
Being the daughter of a billionaire you would think my life had always been easy. But no, not for one second has my life ever been easy. And now I’m being forced into a marriage with my father’s right-hand man, and if I refuse him I stand to lose my inheritance. And while I find him extremely handsome, it’s the darkness that I sense in him that both frightens and calls to me.
My boss wants to give me his daughter. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? If only that were true. His rivals have threatened her life and now he wants me to take her as my wife. To love, honor, and protect her for the rest of my days. I want her. But how can I protect her from myself? How can I honor her when the darkness inside me demands that I defile and break her?