Sunday, August 12, 2012

eARC Review: The Darkest Day by Britt Bury

The Darkest Day by Britt Bury
Series: Immortal Heat #1
Format: eBook via Netgalley
Genre: Paranormal
Length: 288 pages
Publisher: Forever Yours (July 3,2012)

Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills fo persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world's last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells' greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.

A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell and human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . .

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What do immortal Highlanders, Chuck Norris, finding one's soulmate, Oscar the Grouch and Brokeback Mountain have in common? THE DARKEST DAY by Britt Bury.

Let me explain:
Immortal Highlanders: So there's these two warring factions called the Pookahs and Fionns. The only way to kill them is to stab them through the heart and behead them. Sounds a bit vampire-y but it's totally not. Plus it kind of reminds of that old show with Adrian Paul (Highlander)

Chuck Norris: This--
Izel stumbled over her feet. She was pretty sure Kelvin's words had grown legs, round-house kicked her in the face, then tripped her.
I squeaked a little when I read this line. Seriously? A reference to Chuck Norris in a romance book? Point one for Miz Bury.

Finding one's soulmate: Isn't this what everyone wants in the end game? When Pookah's mate, they mate for life. Kelvin is very much attracted to Izel but if they mate on the Winter Solstice and she's not meant for him, things could go downhill. But the only way to find a mate is to "attempt" them. Yup, you know what I'm talking about. The Big Down and Dirty. Awkward.

Oscar the Grouch: This--
She knew Kelvin was moody---Christ, he was grouchier than a nasty green puppet living in a trash can.
Again, another reference to pop culture. Another point to Miz Bury. How awesome is this?!

Brokeback Mountain: Okay, there's no bro-loving going on but the relationship between Izel and Kelvin is beautifully volatile. One moment they're attracted to each other and then the next they hate each other for what they are. The sexual attraction can be cut cleanly with a knife and good heavens, when they actually do it, watch out! At one point Izel even fears that she'll "never be able to quit [you]" him.

Favorite Quote:
Her scent, beauty, and the night were a heady combination, along with all the other factors. Yes, that was definitely the reason he was responding to her the way he was. And he needed to start believing in those reasons. For the alternative--Izel Campbell, the last known mortal and his most hated enemy--his fated female? No, not an option. She's nothing more than a means to an end.
Overall: Dark, dangerous, sexy and laced with quick wit, add a side of lovable and memorable characters, this a solid debut by Britt Bury that shouldn't be missed. This new world of mythical creatures has me eagerly awaiting the next book. If it's as sexy, adrenaline pounding and totally unputdownable (like 'stay up all night' unputdownable), I will be the first in line to buy it.

***review copy provided by Netgalley***

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