Title: The Darkest Frost, Vol 1 of a 2-part serial (TDF, #1)
Author: Tanya Holmes
Genre: A Gothic paranormal romance with a twist.
Cliffhanger: **YES** This is a two-part serial
Volume 1 Page Count: 358
Release Date: June 22, 2015
When the ghost of her best friend begs for her help, psychic detective Denieve Knight goes undercover as a live-in domestic to catch a killer. She sets her sights on the most likely suspect: her friend’s mysterious employer, Doctor Braeden Frost. Dubbed "Dr. Death" by the press, the notorious hematologist is linked to nineteen other suspicious fatalities—all are former patients. The brooding recluse is a man of many secrets, the darkest of which may be lurking beneath the leather gloves he never removes.
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ExcerptAn officer wearing a black slicker leaned out to buzz the front gate as rain fell in blinding waves. I shot Frost a panicked glance. “I swear I only called for an ambulance.” “Dearborne PD,” a voice boomed over the intercom. “Open up.” Frost hung his head. A wry smile curved his lips. “Officer Osborn. What an unpleasant surprise.” “You know him?” “Indeed.” Resolve hardened his face. He snagged a remote from one of the tables, pointed the thing toward a console on the opposite wall. A buzzer sounded and the outside gate slid open. “I’ll handle this.” “But you’re not—” “Change your robe,” he said. “You’re covered in blood.” Frost chucked the remote aside and stepped into a walk-in closet. Moments later, he emerged shoving his arms into a sleek black trench coat. He started for the hallway and had almost disappeared entirely, but he paused. Only his gloved hand—the one gripping the wall’s edge was visible. He leaned over so his head and shoulders were peeking from behind the wall, and shot one last meaningful look in my direction. The mysterious apology again. Then he came back over to me, and gently framed my face with both gloved hands. His pleading eyes were warm and hypnotically blue as his thumb stroked my cheeks. “You will stay, Miss Reed.” Who could think when he had me on smolder? “I…ah…” “Promise me.” Damn it. “Um, okay.” Triumph radiated on his face once he stepped away and disappeared down the hallway. I started wearing the carpet out the moment he hit the stairs and the more I paced, the louder my conscience screamed. No question about it. I was going straight to hell.
The Darkest Frost, Volume 1 Playlist
1) That’s Enough For Me by Paul Williams
2) A Mariage D’amour Richard Clayderman
3) Gymnopédies by Satie
4) Mozart Fantasy in D minor
5) Dream On by Aerosmith
6) Patience by Guns N Roses
7) Con te Partiro by Andrea Bocelli
About the Author
Amazon Bestselling Author Tanya Holmes is a Golden Leaf double-finalist, a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist, a recipient of the Maggie Award, the MICA Award, as well as Overall Winner of the Sandy Haddad Award and a two-time finalist and one-time winner of The Emily (Best of the Best). She's happily married with children and loves reading, writing and a good cup of coffee---but not necessarily in that order. She has two novels coming out in 2015: The Darkest Frost, a two-part Gothic paranormal serial romance with a twist, and in 2016, Temptation's Edge, a contemporary romance.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Just finished and I'm so wound up, I'm on a high. I admit I was not expecting to love this book so much. It kept me interested the entire time.
Denieve goes undercover to investigate Dr. Death after being encouraged to do so by her friend's ghost (the friend died while working for the doctor). D isn't the average sleuth. She is like a paranormal mood detector. She can since feelings, emotions, lies and sometimes interactions. There isn't a cut and dry method to her talent. She may see, hear, smell etc the clues. She gets into more than she bargains for with this case.
Braeden is a very mysterious and troubled man. He is drop dead gorgeous, but he has several oddities that stand out just as much. He has goals, plans and experiments of his own that he is managing. Denieve may be the tool to break or fix everything.
The Darkest Frost Vol 1 has a twisted storyline. The sexual pull is off the charts, the romance aspects are addictive, and the paranormal details get better and better. I can't wait for the next installment.