Monday, 29 July 2013

Even In Darkness Blog Tour: My Review

Day Two of the Even In Darkness Tour features several bloggers including myself with my review of the third book which you can read below.

I finally, finally, found a spare moment to sit down and read Cyndi Tefft’s third book in her series ‘Between’: “Even in Darkness"

I thought it was over, that all our troubles were behind us.

We had a fairytale castle wedding surrounded by family and friends. Aiden wore a dress kilt, looking so handsome it made my heart squeeze, and I floated on air in a white version of the ball gown he’d cast for me in Versailles. Flower girl, ring bearer, Scottish ceilidh afterward—check, check, and check. It was perfect.

We were supposed to live happily ever after.

But that was before I walked in to find another woman in his bed, a demon with blood red eyes who’d disguised herself as me in order to get what she wanted most: a child from a heaven transporter.

And it was in that moment—watching my entire world crumble to the ground—that I knew.

This was not over. Not by a long shot.

The story picks up basically where Book #2 left off with the (second) wedding of Lindsey and Aiden and immediately Cyndi throws a wrench in their happily ever after. From there it’s nothing but edge of your seat drama and action with just enough romantic angst to remind you that this is not your ordinary love story.

One of the coolest new features in this upgraded model is the use of three (not two, not four) different first person points of view. It efficiently gets the story across without being confusing (except for maybe that gun battle at the end but that might have just been me). Seeing the world through Aiden’s eyes just made me love him more, no question. The sweet naivety, the feral lust he has for his wife; get your fans out, girls. It’s still primarily in Lindsey’s point of view which means there’s a lot of introspection in the middle while Aiden and Eagan are off screen – or passed out – which only increased the Tudor-style drama for these poor, sea-ridden characters.

Most of this tale is set on the high-seas of an 18th century English ship(s) where the monstrous captain with his hidden agenda could give Aiden a run for him money in the swoon department. For all his crazy, twisted faults I really liked Eagan in both of his forms. He’s this spine-crawling creep with his morally ambiguous, sexually frustrated, seemingly bipolar personality. It’s like the ultimate bad boy…don’t judge me.

The world that these characters are living in is dark and gritty and seems set up just to help them fail and in a way that’s true. The readers are trapped with them on this dangerous ship and we turn to these characters that we’ve fallen in love with to get us through. And they never let us down. Cyndi has created a world so twisted and dark that we yearn for the light – this love that is so impossibly true that that it transcends death over again. It’s the things fantasies are made of.

My tweets while reading Even In Darkness looked a bit like this:

Cyndi has always been very good at putting these characters in crazy, dramatic situations and making the audience question everything they’re reading. You don’t know what’s real or true or maybe she’s just telling you what you want to hear but no matter what, you are completely sucked in. Every time I pick up one of her books I fall more and more in love with her words and her characters. Especially Lindsey. She is a fiery role model trapped in a world that constantly needs her to be the strength that gets them through; and she does. She falls in love and she fights for that love and she can never be considered weak for having that love. She’s had to grow up fast and she faces down every challenge. It’s no wonder Aiden fell for her.

I was thoroughly engaged from page one and I’m still waiting for my heart to stop racing at yet another cliffhanger that we have to anxiously wait for in  the fourth and final chapter of Lindsey and Aiden’s adventure coming…eventually.

After all this time, I’m still falling in love with this love story.
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1 comment:

  1. What a great review! I especially loved the last line. I think I'll get that stitched on a pillow. :) However, you forgot my favorite tweet where you said, "I'm melting, melting." That one has been making me smile for days.