Series: Darkest London, #5
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Published by Forever on August 26, 2014
Pages: 385 pages
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Reviewed by: Kristina
Once the night comes . . .
Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him—until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.
Love must cast aside the shadows . . .
Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable—and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.
One of the most common tropes in romantic literature and even romantic comedies is the couple who at first absolutely hate each other and eventually fall in love after some trials and tribulations or hilarious hijinks. EVERNIGHT takes this type of relationship and starts right out the gate with Thorne seriously threatening to kill Holly. I was kind of surprised to see the death threats starting out so soon in the story so I was quite interested to see just how these two would go from wanting to commit homicide to love. The fact that this emotional transition makes sense and works within the plot is a testament to the superb writing as well as the fact that this very complex plot was so easy follow with out too much confusion. While it is okay to start the series with EVERNIGHT I'd recommend starting at the beginning of the series to get a better understanding of the main story arc.
In EVERNIGHT, both Holly and Thorne grow and evolve as people especially given the dire circumstances of the plot involving mysterious would be kidnappers and death threats. Thorne who in my opinion had the longest road to take in regards to a personality shift, came off as a self-centered jerk in the beginning. By the end he sort of grew on me especially as he slowly became more protective of Holly and all together an endearing character as I began to understand him better. Holly is a pretty tough character in regards to her magical abilities and intelligence which I admired as she didn't need to be physically strong to hold her own in this magical world. I enjoyed the fact that she had the ability to stop Thorne from attacking her with a mere touch. Their growing romance is also helped by the fact that they have to stay close at all times which increases the sexual tension quite a bit. This situation leads to some very amusing situations and memorable sexual innuendos.
EVERNIGHT is the Darkest London series at its best with heightened suspense and danger lurking behind every corner and at its core is an emotional journey of reconciliation and a burgeoning romance between Thorne and Holly. I loved wrapping myself up in this phenomenal world and look forward to what comes next in this series.
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