Monday, June 22, 2015

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: The Darkest Frost, vol 1 of a 2-part serial ( TDF #1 ) by Tanya Holmes

Genre: A Gothic Paranormal Romance with a Twist
Release date: June 22, 2015


When the ghost of her best friend begs for her help, psychic detective Denieve Knight goes undercover as a live-in domestic to catch a killer. She sets her sights on the most likely suspect: her friend’s mysterious employer, Doctor Braeden Frost. 

Dubbed "Dr. Death" by the press, the notorious hematologist is linked to nineteen other suspicious fatalities—all are former patients. The brooding recluse is a man of many secrets, the darkest of which may be lurking beneath the leather gloves he never removes.

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Review ( 4 stars )

The Darkest Frost such a compelling and engaging read because Tanya Holmes gave nothing away in the blurb. Once I started on this book, I'm thrown into a whirlwind of suspense, paranormal twist and surprising revelation at every turn. It is extremely difficult for me to talk about the story without giving anything away. But I shall try my very best to keep this spoiler free.

Denieve Knight is a psychic that had been summoned by her late best friend to investigate on her employer, Dr. Frost. Denieve's supernatural power includes ability to see ghost, smell emotion and act as a human lie detector. I'm fascinate with her sense of smell, especially when she said lies smell like cow manure. Eck! In order get close to Dr. Frost, Denieve had to go undercover as his new housekeeper.

Dr. Braeden Frost was dubbed as 'Dr. Death' by the community after he was linked with nineteen of his patients fatalities. He is cranky, reclusive, stoic and eccentric. He's like a mad scientist, hole up in his private lab doing God knows what. I keep wondering what's his deal and is he guilty? Why the heck is he wearing the glove 24/7?

Getting to know about Braeden true identity is what makes the first half of the book so exciting and unputdownable. Brace for some shocking revelation that left you flabbergasted and speechless. I just can't stop reading even into the middle of the night. I keep telling myself just one more chapter before I sleep.

The awkward relationship between Denieve and Braeden reminds me of Jane Eyre. Denieve tried to fulfill his every needs, while Braeden tried his damnest not to care about her presence. The sexual tension between these two are simply delicious to read. But all the secrets and eccentricities of Braeden is driving Denieve crazy. After spending weeks in his mansion, she is no closer to cracking his closet of hidden monster. To make matter worst she is suffering a serious case of lust for her elusive employer.
"A withering bud awaits the kiss of rain, a kindness to make it bloom."
Braeden Frost is a such a tortured hero. His had a rich and colorful past and extreme case of baggage overload. If he were to reveal the truth to Denieve, will she be able to accept him still? Or will she admit him to the nearest loony bin?

I had some issue with the second half of the book when a certain someone was introduced into the mixed and we had to spend time on all these back and forth. Is hard to explain this little problem I had without giving out any details. I felt that the pacing for the second half was slower and it seems like the story losses its steam towards the end.

However, the unresolved ending left me panting for more. I wish everything will work out for Braeden. I hope Tanya Holmes will spend more time on the suspense part of the story related to Braeden's hidden secret and the fatalities and less time on the back and forth weird feelings of Denieve.



Amazon Bestselling Author Tanya Holmes is a Golden Leaf double-finalist, a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist, a recipient of the Maggie Award, the MICA Award, as well as Overall Winner of the Sandy Haddad Award and a two-time finalist and one-time winner of The Emily (Best of the Best). She's happily married with children and loves reading, writing and a good cup of coffee---but not necessarily in that order. She has two novels coming out in 2015: The Darkest Frost, a two-part Gothic paranormal serial romance with a twist, and in 2016, Temptation's Edge, a contemporary romance.

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