Welcome to my stop on The Darkest Part blog tour hosted by YA Bound Book Tours. Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule. We are spotlighting this novel, sharing our review, and there is a tour-wide giveaway to enter.
The Darkest Part (Living Heartwood) by Trisha Wolfe
New Adult contemporary romance
Paperback/eBook, 274 pages
Release Date: 08/06/13/self-published
Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.
Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Only...is Sam ready for him to leave her?
When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs him...plus, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip.
On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.
About the Author
I’m the author of the YA Steampunk DESTINY'S FIRE (Omnific Publishing), ASTARTE'S WRATH NA Historical/Supernatural, and the upcoming YA Utopian FIREBLOOD from Spencer Hill Press, October 2013. My NA Dark Fantasy OF SILVER AND BEASTS available May 2013.
I’m the creator of YA Bound, a promotional site for the Young Adult genre. Also a member of SCWW and The Apocalypsies.
A proud business owner, I'm partnered with my partner, my husband. When I’m not busy doing all of the above, I’m a wife and the mother of a gorgeous teen boy who's the sounding board for my male characters.
Heartbreak. Secrets. Road trip. Tricia Wolfe has written a contemporary New Adult novel I simply could not put down. The Darkest Part could have easily become a mess under someone else's hands but in the hands of Tricia Wolfe, the reader discovers how capable she is. What a storyteller. What a story.
Sam was engaged to Tyler. How more perfect could this couple be? Friends since they were kids, dating throughout high school. The word soulmates comes to mind. Until Tyler is ripped from her all because of a hit-and-run accident. Then Sam begins seeing her dead boyfriend. Is she losing it or is Tyler not leaving for a reason? Talk about tugging on heartstrings! The author nearly yanked mine off with these scenes. For a deceased character, I really felt for Tyler (and Sam). When his friend Holden enters the story I knew things would get interesting. Oh yeah, they did. There's a secret between Tyler and his brother, Holden. There are also some feelings Holden has for Sam and part of the reason why he left town. But a promise to his brother brings him back, face-to-face with the girl he loves and his brother's ashes. What should he do?
A promise is a promise. The heart can love strongly. A road trip joins people together in ways they can't imagine. The Darkest Part is such a cool journey to embark on. The feelings, the angst, even the sadness, all combined into one satisfying read. I will admit some New Adult titles haven't been doing it for me--some will start off well but then not last. I didn't have this problem with this story.
What I do need to mention are two things which made my eyebrows raise. The first is Sam and Holden. Sam is so in love with Tyler, grieves for him, and then gets together with Holden. Their scenes register high on the steamy radar and they are romantic. I know these two dated years before but that short amount of time didn't register as anything near palpable as to what Sam and Tyler had. Grief does bring people together in unimaginable ways and maybe Holden was the true one for her. I also thought the ending came too quickly and sections seemed more like telling. These are the reasons why I had to rate this four butterflies instead of five.
I did feel invested with the characters and liked the story. The dialogue was good, the situations believable, and the story line unique. I really liked and enjoyed Trisha Wolfe's writing. Giving us both character's POV made me like them even more. The Darkest Part deals with the secrets of the past, the turmoil of the present, and the possibilities of the future. If New Adult is your favorite market, definitely check this book out.
I like the cover but after reading the story I would have preferred something a little bit different. A lot of the NA covers are blending together they look so similar.
I received a promotional copy in return for my honest review during a blog tour.
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