|The Darkest Joy|
Brooke Star is a piano prodigy on her way to Julliard. While she is driving home for Christmas break, she is talking to her mom and what she hears will change her life forever.
Unable to cope with what had happened; she makes her way to Alaska. There she stays at the cabin her Great Aunt left her and that’s where she meets Chance Taylor.
Chance Taylor is a ‘but fisher (halibut) and is looking for a deckhand. He hires Brooke without even meeting her. Chance is known as the local player and the only thing he has ever been faithful to is the sea. But when he meets Brooke, things instantly change for him. The drama comes in when the serial killer isn’t finished. Chance is amazing protecting Brooke and making her feel safe for the first time since that Christmas on the phone.
She squirms and I loosen my hold on her but don’t let her go. “Tucker told me you’re a player….that you’d rather be married to your job than be with someone.”
I didn’t lie. “That’s true.”
Her face tightens, and a sob that’s part gasp bursts from her, then she covers her mouth with her hand, “I can’t do this. I can’t be used and played. You’ve got to know that.”
“I do.” I cradle Brooke’s face with my hands, bringing it to me and she doesn’t resist. “It’s all true, I was sleeping through my life. Fishing, playing… going through the motions. Then I hired you. And suddenly, I didn’t want anything more than I wanted you. I was just existing before, Brooke.”
Though I loved the storyline, I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked. I also felt that Brooke and Chance were instantly in love without even getting to know each other. And I knew exactly where the story was going from the beginning; there was no surprise for me.
Also, totally unrelated to the author, the editing of this story wasn’t that great. There were several times where I had to reread a whole sentence 3 or 4 times to understand what was going on. There was even a time when Chance was referred to as Charlie.
All in all, The Darkest Joy was entertaining and the storyline was enjoyable.