Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Review: Denouement by Cassia Brightmore

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Title: Denouement (The Darkness Series book 3) 
Author: Cassia Brightmore 
Genre: Dark Romance/Romantic Suspense 
Cover Design: Mayhem Cover Creations 
Photography Credit: TedScanon Photography 
Model Credit: Lance Jones
Release Date: November 23, 2015

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Warning: This is a dark romance novel not intended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence and situations.
The past and present collide in the final book of the Darkness Series. Old enemies return and unlikely allies are formed when a serial arsonist targets the small town of Stockton Crossing, Louisiana. Working together with the surrounding towns of Durham Heights and Norton Springs, firefighter Lieutenant Weston Hunt is forced out of his reclusive tendencies to help apprehend the madman.
When Aubrey Sinclair, the sexy librarian he’s always had a thing for becomes the next target, they are thrown together in more ways than one. She needs his protection and he’s powerless to deny her. With the chaos closing in around them, will they solve the puzzle before it’s too late? Or is their destiny to go down in a fiery blaze? All bets are off and the body count is higher than ever in this explosive, maddening conclusion to the Darkness Series. The final act is upon us—do you dare enter the darkness one last time?



Ah, the conclusion to this story is finally here. While each book followed a different set of characters, I knew that in the end they would intersect in some way, shape or form. Brightmore’s tales are dark and twisted, but it’s the romance portion of the story that I struggle with.  Each character seems to almost fall instantly in love with the male or female counterpart to the story. To me, there isn’t enough build up or interaction between Aubrey and West for readers to really get a taste for their relationship.  Sure, they interact at the library and there are hints that this has been going on for quite some time, but readers aren’t privy to that off page context so there isn’t ample enough time to build a connection.

While the romance fizzled a bit for me, the sex scenes sizzle.  Brightmore knows how to turn the passionate heat up between her characters and trust me ladies, this one is a five alarm fire. The dark and twisted portions of the story and the series combined are spot on.  You feel the intense emotions and dark intentions of these perpetrators and the painful writhing of the victims.  Having a background in law enforcement and forensics, there are some minor issues with how the crime scenes are investigated that bug me, but to someone who doesn’t have a background in those areas, that wouldn’t be an issue and likely overlooked.

Denouement has its high and lows that honestly may just be due to my personal preferences or my background.  While this book may not have been my cup of tea, I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that will enjoy the novel.  I understand the blood, sweat, and tears that authors put into writing their books and I’m not one of those kinds of readers who will mark down every single little thing I didn’t like or didn’t agree with to nit-pick. Instead, I am just going encourage those who like twisted, dark romances to give this book and series a shot.  Every reader is different and it’s those differences that make books so magical so don’t base your judgment on what one person has to say about a book.  You never know what might surprise you as you crack open something new. 

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Cassia Brightmore is a Dark Romance Author. Her debut series, The Darkness Series is a trilogy of books that can be read as standalones. Malevolent and Evanesce are available now, with Denouement, the final book in the series set to release in November, 2015.
Up next for her will be Lincoln Hospital, the first book in a dark medical series. The Trauma Series is expected to release in March 2016.
Writing has always been a passion of hers and publishing her first novel is truly a dream come true. She enjoys writing dark stories and characters that she hopes will thrill the reader.
Cassia lives in Grimsby, Canada with her two furbabies, Harley and Molly.
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