SHE THOUGHT SHE’D LOST HIM FOREVER
Tilly Brock has learned—the hard way—how to take care of herself. Once a pillar of Charleston society, her family lost everything in the wake of a shocking scandal. And then Tilly lost the only boy she ever loved.

BUT NOW THAT HE’S BACK IN HER LIFE
Keaton Benedict is Charleston’s most notorious bachelor. But in spite of all his advantages—the money, the women,the family name—he longs for more: the heart of the young woman he still can’t forget.

THE DANGER HAS JUST BEGUN…
When Keaton re-enters Tilly’s life, after all these years, she is torn between feelings of doubt and desire. Can they put the past behind them and learn to love again? Tilly is willing to try. But Keaton is afraid that a vengeful enemy is watching—and waiting to destroy them. Can the rekindled flame of their love defeat the deadliest rival and light their way forward in the darkest night?
 

Titles in the Sons of Broad series include:  Shattered Fear (a prequel) – Hidden Fate (a prequel) – Twisted End (a prequel) – Darkest Night – Deadly Secret – Broken Promise

Title:  Darkest Night
Series:  Sons of Broad #1
Author:  Tara Thomas
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  February 27, 2018
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
My Rating:  3.5 stars (will round up for postings)

I’m slightly torn on Darkest Night, but I’m going to lean toward the author on this one for one reason… The Gentleman.  I need to know exactly who this person is so I’ll continue the series even though the feel of a Happy For Now ending is strong.  I don’t mind threads woven throughout a series, I simply prefer for the main couple of each book to be pretty much devoted to them not a lot of other secondary characters who will have their story told in time.  To be clear, secondary characters often “make” the story more realistic – at times, they simply overtake the story and that is what I felt here.

There is a lot going on in Darkest Night.  I expect some world building in the first novel (even without prequels) but there were times when I was overpowered by too many people involved in everything… or at least, that’s how it felt to me.  Although they hadn’t seen each other in years, Tilly and Keaton’s connection was still powerful enough to have them in an insta-love or lust situation almost immediately.  Tilly’s family fell from grace when her father was accused of a serious crime, one that Keaton has never really accepted that he was guilty of.  When she disappeared from his life Keaton was left without his best friend and a young girl who might have meant more in their future.  Now finding her again he’s not going to let her go again – only others have different plans for them both, plans that include blackmail and murder.

Darkest Night is a solid 3.5 stars for me.  It falls between “good book” and “I liked it a lot”.  There were aspects of both in that I loved some parts and not so much other parts.  I’ll round that up to 4 stars on Goodreads and Amazon, but I’m holding out hope that Deadly Secret will change my mind on this series.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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