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Review: The Darkest Day by Britt Bury

Title: The Darkest Day

Author: Britt Bury

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Immortal Heat (Book 1)

Publication Date: July 3, 2012

Format: eBook, 300 Pages

ISBN-13: 978-1455523290 (Hachette Book Group)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

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 . . .

ON THE DARKEST DAY

Quick & Dirty: Interesting concept for a dark new world, entertaining at times but falls flat with some of the character development.

Opening Sentence: Sometimes, pain was delivered through the skin – the sharp end of a sword jammed through the gut.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The last full-blooded human died twenty years ago. The inhabitants of earth are all immortal. There are still some immortals with diluted human blood, just enough to feed the blood thirsty creatures. Izel Campbell has been summoned to her grandfather’s home in Scotland, only to find that he is not home but someone else is, Kelvin Kerr. Kelvin has made it his mission in life to kill all of the Campbells after one of them killed his father. He is looking for Izel’s uncle and the next leader of the Campbell clan, unaware that it is Izel, since all the heirs have been male. When he finds out who she is he tries to kill her but she transforms in front of his eyes. She is no longer the skinny, lanky, blonde Fionn but a curvaceous, green-eyed, red-haired, tanned Human.

Izel has lived all her life under a spell, to hide her human nature. One side effect was that she had no emotions and as the spell vanishes she is wracked with all emotions hitting her at once. Kelvin cannot kill her as the last living human. He has decided to take her back to his fortress to hide her from the creatures who want to eat her. He also has to figure out what to do with her. Thankfully, Izel finds a vial that her grandfather left for her that hides the smell of her human blood. Izel reluctantly follows Kelvin because he vows not to hurt her and he promises to help her find others in her clan.

Kelvin knows that Izel is his soul mate when she is revealed to be human. Izel is so overwhelmed by her new feelings that she feels the pull to Kelvin but she doesn’t want to act on it, especially after he tried to kill her. She also doesn’t like the fact that Kelvin is a player (but at a thousand years old, it is kind of hard not to have many lovers in his past). Kelvin is a Razorback Pookah (he really is a pig!), thankfully his kind do not change forms, they just get overwhelmed by their animal instinct when the sun is set. Also as a Pookah, he can only find his soul mate if they have sex on the Solstice, if they have sex before that then he will lose all feelings towards that person. He knows that he cannot have a future with Izel so he desperately wants to do the deed before the Solstice so he will just feel indifferent towards her. The Solstice is only a few days away. Will Izel act on her emotions? Will Kelvin get her to his fortress safely? As the last living human, will Izel be forced to hide away the rest of her life? And there is also a huge curse/prophecy that will change the course of Izel’s future.

The Darkest Day is one of those books that I really liked aspects of it but also didn’t care for other parts. I really liked the world that is set up. The only thing I couldn’t figure was if it was current time or set in the future. The dialogue was modern which leads me to believe that it is set in current times. There are four different dimensions, Heaven, Hell, Earth and Cypher where a lot of the different creatures come from. Although parts of the worldbuilding could be better described, I’m still not entirely sure what a Pookah really is, even though they were described in a glossary at the end of the ARC. I enjoyed Izel and Kelvin’s banter and their love/hate relationship. I loved Kelvin’s Scottish accent. The two main things I really had problems with was the fact that Izel did not freak out enough when her looks changed. It was kind of like, ‘oh, wow I’m more beautiful now’ and only one other time did she think about her difference. I would have freaked out every time I saw my different skin tone or at least been more surreal about it. The other thing was the very adolescent and so bad it was hilarious – a make out scene when Kelvin asks Izel: “Do you want ta see it?” “Do you want ta touch it?”

Kelvin is one big, sexy Scot. If you don’t mind all the mine speech, he isn’t all bad. Izel can be a little mopey at times but she pulls off being a strong woman when it counts. The character I want to see more of is the witch/prophet Ryo, she was mysterious and funny and didn’t put up with anyone’s bull.

The Darkest Day is one book that I’m still not really sure how much I enjoyed it, days later I’m still kind of speechless if it was good or bad. I read it quickly and Britt Bury has talent that will only just grow. It is a decent start to a new world that will only just expand more as two more relationships are hinted at in this book. Even with my indifference, I really do want to pick up the next book in the series to see how this world will develop.

Notable Scene:

She wanted to hit him. To curse him and hate him. She wanted him to stand up and fight with her. To scream back.

“How could you do that to me?” she shrieked, her breath catching in her throat as she tried to talk aroundthe tears.

Brows drawn and knuckles white on the bars, Kelvin looked as if he were in physical pain, and that made her ire skyrocket. Was the big bad Pookah upset? Oh, how hard it must be to watch a pathetic little female cry. How horrible he must feel!

“I said, get up!” she yelled again, banging on the bars before wrapping her fists around them. She shook against the cold steel violently. “Get up! Face me! You’re so strong, huh?” She kicked a bar. “Prove it!” Her face was hot with hatred.

Not hatred for him. If she truly hated Kelvin Kerr, she wouldn’t be this upset. It was herself she hated.

Hated that she loved him the way she did. Hated that he’d hurt her. Hated that she had allowed him to hurt her.

The Pookah shook his head, remaining on his knees. “I’m no’ worthy ta face you.”

His humility hit her like a blow to the stomach, making her bawl even more. She needed to loathe him.

She needed him to be stubborn and relentless. To blame this whole thing on someone or something else, but he wouldn’t. He knelt there before her, taking sole responsibility.

With her whole body trembling, she fell to her knees. She was lost. With only the bars between them, she lifted her gaze to his. “Please,” she sobbed. “Please make this stop.”

Immortal Heat Series:

1. The Darkest Day

FTC Advisory: Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Book Group provided me with a copy of The Darkest Day. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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