Darker the Release, Claire Kent
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I love Claire’s writing so I bought book one when I saw this one the review list so that I could get all the story. I really enjoyed that and this final part, but my favourite book of hers is still escorted – still free and well worth getting to introduce you to Claire’s writing.
So, there we are with Kelly and Caleb both feeling far more for each other than they ever intended when they started this “just sex” thing. Its clear to each of them though that there are secrets between them – and are there just!!! What’s going to happen when they come out? Is Caleb guilty or not, how far did his hand go in arranging the murder of Claire’s father? And what secrets is he holding from Claire? Its a tough time, falling in love when they never wanted that, and yet if the secrets come out they both feel inside that the other will hate them.
The secrecy is telling on Claire, and she wants Jack the PI to hurry up and find the truth. Her mum doesn’t have long left to live, and she’s the one that instigated it. Claire isn’t so bothered about that, she doesn’t have a good relationship with her – she just wants to know if Caleb is innocent or has she betrayed her father by falling in love with his killer…She’s reaching the stage where she thinks even if Caleb is innocent he’s going to find out about her and she’ll lose him. Caleb too feels if she finds out what he’s hiding all will end. While they’re together though its a relationship[p that despite the strained parts is hot and erotic, carnally sensual, with them barely able to keep their hands ( and other parts ) off each other. As with Claire’s other novels she writes these scenes well, and they fit the storyline perfectly.
Claire’s so desperate for an answer she puts herself in danger, if she gets caught and if Caleb is guilty will he let her go? Unlikely given what she knows…and yet he’s so full of passion and love for her I couldn’t feel he was guilty, even if all the signs look that way. Is it just me though looking at him as Claire does, and just wanting so much for him to be innocent that I’m like her, making excuses. Then the way she set about inserting herself into his life. could he get past that if he is innocent and then finds out about that – and how could she love him, have a relationship and not tell him. He’d feel betrayed surely?
Its a great read, full of questions, danger, angst and revelations. I really enjoyed both books and they’ll join my keepers file.
Stars: Four and a half.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers