The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros

"The darkest joy is better than none at all. 
Imperfect, vital... When it comes like a thief in the night and robs your heart of its energy to resist the love that has been offered." 


Title - The Darkest Joy 
Author - Marata Eros 
Publication Date - February 18th 2014
Publisher - Gallery Books 
Format - Kindle Edition 
Pages - 320 

The blurb
(Goodreads) 

I don't want my broken fixed...

Six months ago, Brooke Starr was one impeccable piano performance away from Julliard. Now, she is lonely, devastated, orphaned... seeking solace in a place where the sun never sets and trying to make sense of the dark tragedy that clouds her shattered heart. 

There are no coincidences...

Deep-sea fisherman Chance Taylor can't imagine what his life would be if he'd never taken that midnight stroll to the pier. Had never seen the intriguing, raven-haired girl swan dive into the Alaskan sea. Had never plunged into the icy waters to rescue her... and finally felt her electric charge. 

As their blazing chemistry consumes them, Chance is determined to save Brooke from her demons. But Brooke knows she must find her own footing. She thinks she's already lost everything, until the terror of her past catches up with her and threatens all the she has left: her life, her love, and the freedom to choose between drowning in grief and finding joy in the darkness. 

Becca's thoughts  

This novel had everything that I love. Suspense, mystery, romance, tragedy and enough emotion to tear your walls right down. It was amazing. 

The cover for The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros is beautiful. It's intimate, dark and the two characters are placed in such a way that shows how obviously captivated by each other they are. The colours add a dark and twisted feeling to the book, which is fits perfectly in with the story behind the cover. 

From the moment that I began reading, I had a feeling that I was going to really, really like this book. There was just something so attractive about the way that Marata writes and I couldn't get enough. When the story begins the atmosphere is one of sadness, and misery engulfs the main character, Brooke. It was heart wrenching but, Marata wrote in a way that really takes you down and under with the character. Short, snappy sentences worked with certain parts so well, really making it seem like Brooke couldn't think or even speak full sentences. Marata use of words and how she set out her writing dropped me into a pool of constant sadness, and it never fails to amaze me when writers can do that. 

Marata's characters in The Darkest Joy captured my heart from the get-go. Thankfully, something that I always love to read, Marata chose to write from Brooke's point of view and also Chance's point of view too, giving the reader the best of both worlds. 

Brooke Starr suffers an awful lot of tragedy and gut-wrenching pain. It's terrible. I really don't know how she manages to cope with it all. To get away from her memories and past, she is left a cabin in Alaska by her Aunt Milli. Brooke flees to Alaska and meets Chance Taylor in dire circumstances. I loved it when Brooke grazed upon the cabin for the first time. She's always had such a cushy life, with her well-off parents and huge home - seeing the old, worn out log cabin is a shock to her system. As she settles in, she begins to grow accustomed to the old shower and the dusty furnishings, and watching her grow used to her new surroundings was rather emotional. Everything changes for Brooke - her home, her life... It's a new start and a big change.

Chance Taylor is a local fisherman in the Alaskan community where Brooke goes to stay. He was gorgeous, laid-back, a player, and the sea was his world. He decided long ago that he had no time for women or relationships or any that emotional crap, until of course, he meets Brooke and she tips his world upside down. Chance was so attractive, with his guitar and muscles and tattoos. Thankfully, he breaks through Brooke's walls and attempts to make her feel alive once more. 

The two characters worked incredibly well together and I adored the chemistry that the author Marata Eros created. It was always bubbling under the surface, and I do think that's the best kind. 

As well as the characters and the storyline that runs along with them, there's also a major twist to this story that will blow your mind. Honestly. I was just like WUUUUT?!
It was crazy good and SO enjoyable!

I'm going to be rating The Darkest Joy by Marata Eros with 10/10. 
It has everything that a fantastic read needs, and I'd happily re-read this again and again, just to watch the magic happen between Brooke and Chance. It was wonderful. 

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