Surrendered Darkly (book 4)

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“Sometimes, mirrored souls are born. They are rare and unique in that they will only reflect the light of their twin. No other will catch and hold their attention. You are such a soul.”

Cora had loved him once, but that was before Neb broke her heart. Now, a handmaiden to Arianrhod, Cora watches Neb from the safety of the god realm and what she sees—she doesn’t like. He is an arrogant and self-serving fey, just like his older brother, Hueil. But after centuries of avoiding Tir na n-Og and Neb, fate has brought them together once more. Will she surrender to the dark passion his touch ignites? Or, can cool logic protect Cora from the one her heart and soul desire most?

Navigating the dangers and politics of the unseelie court is second nature to Neb, but now, he must use all his wits if he’s to survive the Morrigan’s command of bedding one of Arianrhod’s handmaidens. He knows that stealing from the goddess of fate can be tricky, perhaps even deadly. To make matters worse, Neb has the unsettling feeling that he should know the blue-eyed beauty. He is drawn to Cora like a bee to honey, and soon realizes that just bedding her will never be enough. She is the one, the only one for him.

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Review: Readers’ Favorite

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Surrendered Darkly is a work of romantic paranormal fiction written by author Tarrant Smith, and is another addition to the Darkly Series set in the world of the Fey people. In this story, we focus on the gods’ realm and the Unseelie court, where we meet Cora and Neb. After Cora has her heart broken by Neb, she watches him from her position as handmaiden to a goddess, horrified by the arrogant, hedonistic soul he has become. But when Neb is commanded to return to Cora and bed her to get a trick over on the goddess herself, it turns out that his own feelings on the subject might be more meaningful than anyone first thought.

Something which I really admire about the Darkly Series is the strength and realism of the world in which it is built, connecting characters and concepts from other books, whilst at the same time delivering the same high-quality hot romance novel for its readers every time. Author Tarrant Smith keeps it fresh with another pair of romancers, and I particularly enjoyed this match as Cora balances heart and head very well throughout the tale. Neb was fun to read, dynamic on every page and vividly described from head to toe, and once again Smith’s attention to detail and strong emotional inner monologue lends itself to powerful storytelling. Overall, Surrendered Darkly marks another vivid and engaging addition to an already excellent series, and I’d highly recommend it for romance, fantasy and fey fans everywhere.

Review: Literary Titan

Cora, not part of the upper crust of society, is considered a low ranking fey. A handmaiden with an iron-clad memory, Cora has not forgotten Neb and the hurt he caused her in the past. Neb is as unseelie as he is unsavory in Cora’s mind, but he has other plans for the two of them–plans over which he has no control. While a romance is the furthest thing from Cora’s mind, she has no way of knowing that Neb will be the one to make plans for so very much more than a fleeting romance. Neb is about to change the course for both their lives no matter what it may take.

Tarrant Smith has added yet another colorful book to her Darkly series. Surrendered Darkly follows Cora and Neb on their journey back to one another and along a tumultuous and unlikely courtship. Cora is a strong-willed fey with a mind of her own, and Neb is determined to figure out why he feels so drawn to Cora, a woman he is convinced he should remember.

Blue, a mother figure to Cora and a goddess in her own right, is a truly interesting character. She has many layers Smith reveals throughout the book. Perhaps Blue’s most striking characteristic is her tendency to mother over Cora. As with all of Smith’s characters, I am always amazed and somewhat taken aback by their appearances in human forms. Sometimes I feel as if I am reading two different books.

Smith shows readers a little more of the reactions given by mortals. When Neb finds himself in town, readers are able to witness along with Neb the reactions of the humans around them when Neb isn’t quite in his full human form. It’s refreshing to see that the mortals around the seelie and unseelie are not totally oblivious to them. I find that adds a nice layer of believability to the fantasy being woven by Smith.

Of the Darkly books, I find this one to be the most steeped in romance though it lacks the frequent love scenes. The basis of this installment is the relationship, or lack thereof, between Neb and Cora. The entire plot centers around deep feelings taking over Neb and how he will deal with them. Cora, on the other hand, has a battle to wage within herself as she faces Neb a second time following her previous heartache. Readers who are fond of deep-seated romances will enjoy this fourth book in the series.

I am always intrigued by Smith’s abilities to write characters who are tied together emotionally and by their abilities.

From the first page, this romantic fantasy engages readers with the lives of colorful characters and explores realms via two headstrong main characters, Neb and Cora. Theirs is a story fans of romance won’t want to miss.