Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Darkest Hour

The Darkest Hour, by Maya Banks

It's been a year since ex-Navy Seal Ethan Kelly saw his wife Rachel alive. Now he's received an anonymous package claiming Rachel is alive. To find her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise.

This book is the first in a new series for Maya Banks and WOW what a way to start. This book grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go. I was emotionally invested in the main characters from the beginning, but what was really nice, and bodes well for this series, is that you become involved in the secondary characters as well and I am looking forward to reading their stories.

The emotional journey this book takes you on is heart wrenching, from Ethan trying to get over the guilt of how he treated Rachel before her "death", to Rachel struggling with being surrounded by her family and a past that she doesn't remember. I felt her struggles with re-acclimating and dealing with overcoming her forced drug addiction were very real.

Maya Banks does a great job of keeping the story going at a fast pace but you still have the very moving and intimate scenes between the two main characters. I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series, No Place to Run, which comes out December 7, 2010.

I give The Darkest Hour 4 out of 5 chocolate dipped strawberries!

I won an ARC of From Boardroom to Wedding Bed? by Jules Bennett and will be reviewing it next week. In the meantime here is a quick and yummy recipe that I hope you will enjoy:

Tyra's Guilty Indulgence Chocolate Fondue
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 8oz. container frozen whipped topping. thawed
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (milk chocolate chips) or rum extract(semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Melt chips and 1/2 container of whipped topping in microwave for about a minute and a half stirring every 30 seconds. Add remiaing whipped topping, cinnamon and extract and stir until mixed. Refrigerate for at leat half and hour and serve with fruit.

Have a great week!!!
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