#BookReview Beneath His Darkness by Renee Dyer #romanticsuspense
Title: Beneath His Darkness
Series: Healing Hearts
Author: Renee Dyer
Release Date: February 23, 2015
If I could describe my world in a color, it would be black.
My heart is black. My mind is black. Everything is black.
I let darkness take over when I was sixteen. That’s when my world fell apart.
That’s when I learned Tucker Stavros took my life away from me.
I’ve spent years allowing the darkness to comfort me; letting it take my emotions and box them up.
Why do I need emotions anyway? They only make me weak. I need to be strong for what needs to be done.
What needs to be done, you ask?
That’s simple. Destroy Tucker. Bring him to his knees. Show him how it feels to lose everything.
Well, that was the plan, until Cammie Richards walked into my life.
Now there are gray areas — slight color bleeding through the black.
What happens when she looks beneath my darkness and sees the monster lurking there?
Will she run away or try to save me?
How do I tell her I can’t be saved?
This story starts on a heart-breaking note. Grant finds out that the man he thought was his father for sixteen years wasn't the one who sired him. And worse still, his dying father rejects him on his his death bed. Way to scar a boy for life.
Grant is scarred from that experience. He is filled with anger and hatred and we watch him as he turns into a sociopath. Irrationally he blames his half-brother Tucker for stealing his 'real' father away from him, regardless of the fact that Tucker is clueless. So he hatches a plan to destroy Tucker.
I'll give it to the author she pegs Grant's character traits correctly. The downside is that I feel no love or like for Grant. He is selfish, manipulative and generally lacked any redeeming features. In fact the more he hurts other people, the more I want him to hurt. And he does get that when he discovers there's a bigger monster than him gunning for him. As they say, birds of a feather flock together.
In truth Grant is a villain, not a hero. But I know there's been a rash of this type of character lead in romance novels. Fans of dark romance will enjoy this.
So Cammie shows up and takes some of the shine off Grant's ego. Will he find redemption? Is she the woman that will cure the sociopath? It's fiction, ain't it? You're going to have to read it and find out.
This is a good book. It had flashes of suspense that I enjoyed. I just wished I liked the male lead. Still I'm sure plenty of you will enjoy it. Grab a copy.
From a young age Renee Dyer had a love of writing, starting with a doodle pad at age four that soon turned into journals and later computer documents.
Poetry became short stories and short stories became a novel.
Although she's surrounded by males all day having three sons, a husband and a hyperactive chocolate lab, she still finds time to be all woman when she escapes into the fantasy of reading and writing romance.
That is, until she needs male perspective and garners eye rolling from her husband. She's a true New Englander.
You'll find her screaming profanity at her TV while the Pats play and cuddling under blankets during the cold seasons (which is most of them) reading a good book.
To her snow is not a reason to shut things down, only a reason to slow down and admire the beauty. Ask her questions and she'll answer them. She's an open book, pun fully intended.