Happy Book Release Day! There are many new releases out today. Cat About Town by Cate Conte, A Tangled Yarn by Betty Hechtman, The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher, The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling, The Girls of Mulberry Lane by Rosie Clarke, A Wedding Tail by Casey Griffin, The Address by Fiona Davis, The Blessing (Amish Cooking Class) by Wanda Brunstetter, Dressed to Confess by Diane Vallere, Pieces of Happiness by Anne Ostby, Chime and Punishment by Julianne Holmes, and Gone Gull by Donna Andrews are some of the new books published today.
Covered in Darkness by Heather Sunseri is the third volume in the In Darkness series. Brooke Fairfax and her boyfriend, Declan O’Roark are enjoying the reopening party of the Mint Julep Inn until Brooke starts receiving warnings of an impending storms (high winds, hail, tornados). Brooke is the new director of Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and the governor is worried. The storm takes out the power in many areas and leaves debris in its wake. Power is restored but not in Louisville. When Louisville Power fails to respond to Brooke’s calls, she heads to Louisville with Governor Mac Kale. After speaking with Ryan Saltzman (the CEO of LP), Brooke can tell the company is hiding something. But what? With the help of Sam Clay and her team, Brooke uncovers a cyberterrorism plot. Louisville is just a jumping off point for this group. Brooke and her team needs to find the culprits before they succeed in terminating power along the whole eastern seaboard. When Sam is kidnapped, Brooke will do what it takes to get her back even if it means risking her own life. Join Brooke on her latest case in Covered in Darkness.
Covered in Darkness is nicely written and it has a fast pace. The book contains evildoers, kidnapping, a stalker, romance, thoroughbred horses, cyberterrorism, and more. Covered in Darkness is the third book in the In Darkness series and the books are best read in order. Each book in the series builds upon the previous one. I thought the main mystery was complex with many twists and turns. The Romeo storyline (is present in all the books in the series) is beginning to grate on my nerves. I keep hoping that the identity of Romeo will be revealed (so it can end and I can see if I correctly identified him). My rating for Covered in Darkness is 3.5 out of 5 stars. While it is a good story, I found it similar to Exposed in Darkness (free on Amazon at the time of this posting) and Cut in Darkness. In each novel, there is a bad guy that Brooke needs to find, she risks her life, Declan to the rescue with the help of Romeo. Declan tries to protect Brooke, but she is stubborn and wishes to prove she can take care of herself (which leads to her needing to be rescued). I would like to see more growth in Brooke. While she is in a relationship with Declan, she has yet to emotionally move past what happened to her husband (and her losing her baby). Brooke is still angry with her father and refusing to speak with him about personal matters. There is repetition of information (details about the case for example). In Covered in Darkness there is foul language, violence, and intimate relations in Covered in Darkness. Covered in Darkness is a good suspense novel, however, I would like the author to deviate from her formula (shake things up). Shot in Darkness is the next book in the series (and I will be reading it) and it will be published on August 29 (pre-order price of $2.99 on Amazon).
I hope you have a lovely day. I will be talking about A Toast to Murder by Allyson K. Abbott on Wednesday. For today, though, I am off to dust and sweep. Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader