Tuesday, July 15, 2014

[Kame's Review]: "The Longest Night"

The Longest Night by Kara Braden
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 1, 2014)
Genre: Contemporary Romance

This could work, whispered the little voice in the back of her mind, the voice that had been silent for seven years…

Years ago, former Marine Captain Cecily Knight fled her dark past and the nightmares forever haunting her nights. Alone in the remote Canadian wilderness, she survives day to day…until Ian Fairchild comes storming into her life and shatters her protective seclusion.

Aloof but intriguing, defensive but undeniable, Ian is everything Cecily shouldn’t want but can’t ignore. He watches her with shrewd blue eyes, as if determined to decipher her secrets…and for the first time in years, she finds herself coming alive beneath the hands of a man with too many scars to count.

As the hushed and harsh winter closes in around them, two lost souls find themselves on the precipice of a love that could save their lives…or destroy them forever.

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Kame's Review:

Ian needs to get away from Manhattan; his brother Preston feels it is the only way he will survive so he calls in a favor from a Marine he once helped. Cecily Knight lives remotely in Canada; far away from people. She owes Preston a debt and can't say "No" when he asks.

Ian is sexy, logical, caring and patient. Cecily shut down after some unimaginable events during a deployment. Sparks did not fly immediately and that was okay; because if they did to me it wouldn't have been believable. Their caution towards each other lead to some revealing dialog and in my opinion allowed for true emotion to shine.

This is definitely not a sappy romance - it is two "hurt" people needing to find their way back. It is not a romance where you know they will have an HEA. Their circumstances; both the physical and the emotional ones they are battling caused me to question if they could have a life together; could they fight through the emotions to make it happen; would they be courageous enough.

The end is not a cliffhanger but I myself would love to see where life takes them, this is a book that begs for an Epilogue and I am rather disappointed it did not have one. The plot ended but I don't think the journey to healing for either one of them is complete. My only hope is that we see more of Cecily and Ian in a future book as secondary characters. ( I have read the blurb for Kara Braden's next book and it does not seem reasonable that Ian and Cecily would make a appearance as secondary characters in that one)

Some reviews write themselves right after I finish the book; this one took a while - I needed to process - this book made me think and made me wonder if I was strong enough to be in either of their shoes.  Kara Braden's next book is on my lookout list.


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Kame received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for her honest opinion.

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Thanks for the review, Kame! :) Oh, this does sound like a great romance,  it's going on my list!

What was the last romance that hit you hard emotionally or made you question something in your life? 


Until Next Time,


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