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Praise for The Darkest Corner, Book 1:
“A cool blend of entertaining antics and suspenseful moments, with a slightly morbid sense of humor thrown in for good measure. (Our heroine was a mortician, after all!) I had a blast getting to know this cast of characters and can’t wait to see what exciting things Liliana Hart has in store for us next.” —Harlequin Junkie
“Gritty, deadly, and peppered with unexpected humor, this supersexy, adrenaline-charged story will keep readers on edge and breathless until the last page.”—Library Journal
“Liliana Hart sets up a fascinating and intriguing premise of individual men forced into taking extreme steps. Her heroine’s reluctant immersion into this world allows readers to discover the treachery and danger looming all around…a thrilling series!”—RT
Book 2 review below. I’m loving the series. Plenty of romance, lots of suspense and totally snarky female characters. There is nothing you won’t like!
Title: Gone to Dust The Gravediggers Series Book 2
Author: Liliana Hart
Genre: Contemporary Romance Suspense/Mystery
Published by: Pocket Books
Published Date: June 20, 2017
The Gravediggers Series ecopy purchase link at Amazon.com
The Darkest Corner
Gone to Dust
Say No More coming July 2017
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Liliana Hart’s second book in her sexy, suspenseful Gravediggers series, GONE TO DUST, features an elite group of mysterious men who might be dead to the world, but are also tasked with saving it—and no one can ever know.
The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families. Sometimes the dead do rise…
Miller Darling is one of the most popular romance novelists of her time. Not bad for a woman who doesn’t believe in romance. She’s as logical as they come, and she doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters. What she does believe in is family, so when her brother disappears, she doesn’t think twice about packing her bag and her laptop and heading out to find him.
Elias Cole lived and breathed the live of a Navy SEAL. Now he’s “dead” and his hero’s honor tarnished. The only thing keeping him sane are the men who are like him—The Gravediggers—and the woman who makes his head spin. He’s never met anyone like Miller Darling. Her smart mouth and quick wit keep him on his toes, and damned if he doesn’t find that appealing.
When Miller receives a package from the brother who abandoned her asking for help, it’s clear she’s in over her head with the mess he’s gotten himself into. She needs a professional, and Elias is just the man for the job. Only her brother is a former SEAL—the man who left his team to die—and Elias is more interested in vengeance than saving his life.
My Thoughts: If you were dead, could you deal with it? Okay, these super-trained men are not really dead, however they died in the eyes of the world, and there cross-over was brutal, that is, the leaving and returning to the living. They are now employees at Last Stop Mortuary, a cover for what their purpose really is. They are men who are top, or were, in their chosen careers, now using some really super technology to oust the men bent on destroying the world. The gravediggers operate as an elite team, working to fight terrorism.
So how does Miller Darling, a romance novelist, always on deadline (sound familiar, you writers?) hook up with these characters? The whole town is ogling the men who have been hired at the Last Stop Mortuary. Even the name of the town, coupled with the word, mortuary, gets me laughing and I managed to laugh all the way through except when I was on pins and needles–plenty of action and suspense!
There are scenes full of deep mirth and some very outrageous dialogue. One particular one has UPS ring Miller’s doorbell. She’s got a sign on her front door ‘Do Not Disturb’. Unfortunately, the deliverer needs a signature. Miller has been writing non-stop for three days, looks and probably smells like hell. She is right in the middle of writing an exquisite love scene, in tune with the total experience. Her novel’s characters are King Solomon and Queen Sheba. Here’s a small excerpt that just cracked me up!
She took his hand and kissed it softly, and then she joined him on the bed, sliding the sheet from his body and moving over him, so she was poised to take him into her. Their hands clasped and their gazes met, and he knew this would be a spiritual experience, that they would truly meld—mind, body, and soul—with their union.
His jaw clenched and sweat beaded on his skin as her heat enveloped him. And then her head fell back with a moan as she sank down on him. The world spun away as pleasure unlike he’d ever known surrounded him.
His vision dimmed and the incessant chime of a doorbell rang in his ears.
“A doorbell?” Miller Darling said, shaking herself out of the scene she’d been writing. “What the hell?”
She snarled and her head snapped up at the interruption. She was going to kill someone. No jury would convict her. The sign on the front door clearly said, “Do Not Disturb.”
Her ensuing temper lashed at the poor UPS man. Hysterical reading—a bit more excerpt:
“I don’t care if you’re delivering gold bullion or the electric pencil sharpener I ordered three months ago and never received. The sign says ‘Do Not Disturb.’ Do you know how long it’s going to take me to get back in the mood?”
His eyebrows raised and his mouth opened and closed a couple of times. “No?” he said, phrasing it like a question. He was starting to look scared. Good.
“That’s right. You don’t know, she said. “Lovemaking like that can’t just be performed on a whim. It takes preparation and the right frame of mind. I had the candles lit and the music playing, and she was about to ride him like a stallion. You’ve set me back hours at least. How would you lie it is someone kept ringing the doorbell right before you were about to have an orgasm?”
Hysterical, right? This type of book can either be offensive or just a riot to read, depending on the sensibilities of the reader. The whole town is a little bit off kilter, but charming and endearing.
Elias Cole, one of the men working for the mortuary is not only ogled by the town women, but he’s ogling Miller. As outrageous as she is, she’s just the sort of woman he needs. Elias has denied himself any permanent relationship, since his life is nothing he can offer a woman. The chemistry between the two of them is explosive. Elias has the control of just walking away, driving the hot-tempered, spit-fire writer crazy! She’s tempted to write him into a story and knock him off!
Justin, Miller’s brother, considerably older than she is has been out of her life for a long time. She receives a couple of letters a year from him. But things heat up when she receives his finger and ring in the package delivered by that UPS man. Who better to talk this over with, is her friend Tess, who she tells everything. In book one, Tess married one of the ‘dead’ men, so she has connections to aid Miller to find her brother, but Miller doesn’t know about Tess’s secret new life.
One thing Miller believes in, is family. She’s ready to go find her brother, with or without help.
You’ll want to indulge in this series, the whole thing, because the plot is unique, the humor is snarky, Tess and Miller, friends since childhood, will entertain and warm your heart. The men are brave with brawn and do what’s right, not necessarily what they’re told to do!
Book three, here I come!
About the author:
Liliana Hart is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of more than forty titles, including the Addison Holmes Whiskey and J.J. Graves Mystery series.
Since self-publishing in June 2011, Liliana has sold more than four million ebooks. She’s hit the #1 spot on lists all over the world, and all three of her series have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list.
Liliana is a sought-after speaker who’s given keynote speeches and self-publishing workshops to standing-room-only crowds from CA to NYC to London.
For the Gravedigger Giveaway, we are giving away one review copy of Book 1, The Darkest Corner! Be sure to check out all participating sites on the blog tour for more Gravedigger Giveaways. And note that RT will giveaway three bundles of Book 1 and Book 2, with the drawing to be held Monday, July 10th. Please note, you can only win one giveaway and must have a U.S. address.
Gone to Dust blog tour:
RT Book Reviews – Gravedigger Giveaway Bundle (Book 1 and 2) drawing opens
For the Love of Books and Alcohol
Dirty and Thirty
The Reading Cafe
Red Carpet Crash
Celtic Lady’s Reviews
Booktalk with Eileen
Book Sniffers Anonymous
Abigail Books Addiction
Little Black Book Review
Eye on Romance
Read Your Writes
Three Boys and an Old Lady
Rock Stars of Romance
A Midlife Wife
Under the Covers
Positively Book Crazy
Ramblings from a Chaotic Mind
Once Upon An Alpha
WTF Are You Reading
Thoughts in Progress
The Lovely Books
The Sassy Bookster
Reviews by Crystal
Blogging by Liza
Pick of the Literate
The Reader’s Den
Dew on the Kudzu
Read for Your Future
Bea’s Book Nook
JoJo the Bookaholic
The Book Avenue
Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Romance Reviews Today
RT Book Reviews – Gravedigger Giveaway Bundle (Book 1 and 2) drawing date
Authors on the Air Global Radio Network – Gravediggers Series interview