by Liliana Hart
Series: Gravediggers #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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Sometimes the dead do rise…
Miller Darling is one of the most popular romance novelists of her time. Not bad for a woman who doesn’t believe in romance. She’s as logical as they come, and she doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters. What she does believe in is family, so when her brother disappears, she doesn’t think twice about packing her bag and her laptop and heading out to find him.
Colin Moreau has an axe to grind. Of all the Gravediggers, he’s the most reluctant in his new role as dead man walking. He’s angry, and being stuck in the tiny town of Last Stop, Texas might as well be purgatory. He misses his country and the life he had before he was betrayed. The only thing keeping him sane are the men who are like him—the Gravediggers—and the woman who makes his head spin. He’s never met anyone like Miller Darling. She’s not intimidated by his scowls, and damned if he doesn’t find that appealing.
When Miller sneaks out of town in the dead of night, her suitcase in tow, he has no choice but to follow. He’s made an oath to the Gravediggers. Only death can separate them. But he’s willing to risk it all to follow the one woman who drives him crazy halfway around the world. But when the ones who own his soul find out that he’s deserted them, there will be nowhere to hide.
GONE TO DUST by Liliana Hart is the second novel in the Gravediggers romantic suspense series. Fast-paced with a smidgen of heat and an elite counter-terrorism group known as the Gravediggers, Hart takes us on a quest deep in the tropics.
Elias Cole was a former Navy Seal until he was labeled a traitor and forced into becoming a Gravedigger. As the best friend of Tess, we met the vibrant and talented writer Elias Cole in THE DARKEST CORNER, book one of the series. From the beginning, there has been some heated chemistry between these characters, but Cole is a dead man. Hart quickly fills us in on what we have missed since the first book including a heated encounter that left Miller unsatisfied.
The tale opens up with a chapter from Darling’s romance novel. She is in the middle of a three-day writing binge when a delivery from the UPS man pulls her away from the novel. Through the contents of the package, we learn a great deal about Miller, her family, and her parent’s death. Her brother, a former SEAL, is in serious trouble which puts Miller in the crosshairs of some dangerous people. Determined to save her brother she makes plans to travel. Elias is very familiar with her brother, and not all of it is happy memories, but there is no way Miller is going alone. The tale that unfolds is action packed, with cool technology and the full resources of the Gravediggers.
While I wish the story had a little less tell and more show, I found GONE TO DUST to be stronger than book one. I love the tension between Eve and the Gravediggers. Last Stop, Texas is certainly not a boring place. I like that we went offline on this mission. Its Temple of Doom vibe and exotic location, (minus the snakes..eek gads) added the perfect suspense, danger, and tension needed to put this couple to the test. It was fun seeing them gather clues and evade danger. I adored a killer computer named Elaine and all of the great sexual chemistry Hart delivered.
The romance developed slowly and aside from kisses we didn’t see any real action until around the sixty percent mark. Hart gives us just enough heat to set are imagination on fire, but the action happens mostly off page. There is a bit of instalove here, which I almost expect in romantic suspense, but Hart did an excellent job of building and developing a relationship with depth.
Snark, strong characters, humor, and danger made their quest and romance a page-turner. I devoured GONE TO DUST in a single sitting and closed the book satisfied. SAY NO MORE the third book releases later this month. The synopsis has me intrigued.
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I’m a huge fan of Liliana Hart and I can’t wait to read this one. it sounds pretty good!
This sounds so dark and the slow burn romance definitely has my attention.
I hope you get to try it, Stacy.
I love these kinds of books. Do they have to be read in order?
Great review Kimba! 🙂
I don’t think it’s totally necessary, but the overall arc is there.
The first book in this series is on my Wishlist. This sounds like my kind of series! I’m not entering the giveaway, since I”m in Canada.
I hope you get to read them Darlene 🙂
Several people have tole me I’d like this series as I loved Laura Bickle’s Alchemy series. It is a wee bit similar and I like the idea of Navy Seals. Thanks for the review. I have a feeling I’ll be trying this series.
you devoured book one and this oe is 4 stars hummm…. seems like a series to try especially if it’s suspenseful but humorous and the MC is strong and snarky [winks]
Yeah, and the next one release soon 🙂
OOh I love these kinds of reads. Thanks Kim for the opportunity and for the great review
I thoroughly enjoyed your review!
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Thank you, El.
I like romantic suspense because there’s something to pay attention to besides the romance aspect.
I enjoy it too Dianna, usually, it eliminates drama and other arc threads.
“Sometimes the dead do rise…” That simple line has me hooked! Thanks for the post.
I love that line as well.
fun review images
I’ve heard really good things about this series and it’s been on my radar for a while.
I hope you entered and that either way you get a chance to try them.
Temple of Doom vibe? Oh man, you have me super curious now. Great review!
Right. Good luck Suzanne!
Gone to Dust sounds like an exciting read. Thank you
Happy to share. Good luck Linda.
Melissa (Books and Things)
I like that kind of romance in a romantic suspense book. I have the first on my wishlist and I think I need to add this one.
Cool. I hope you entered.
I love romantic suspense…this sounds good!
Me too. Good luck Carissa
Book two and three on the way soon> That is nice to get quick releases. I am curious about this series, but still not sold on it. I will keep it in mind.
Yes, I like that they release close together.
Yay, this one sounds like a lot of fun so now I can’t wait to read it. It’s on my summer reading list for COYER. 🙂
I was already interested after your review of book one, but neat that the series is getting stronger with each new release. The Gravediggers world sounds cool and I love that the heroine is a writer.
Good luck Sophia.
Sounds interesting. Thank’s for the review!
Happy to share Angela. Thank you.
I enjoyed the book immensely. Wonderfully talented writer.
So glad to hear you enjoyed this a well Eileen
Last Stop, Texas sounds like a couple of towns I’ve lived in…LOL. The premise and the characters sound very tempting. Thanks for sharing.
Bwhaha…hmm maybe the Gravediggers were hiding out there
As I read your review, I was thinking to myself, ” I’d really like to give this book a try, but I probably should read the previous novel first.” Then I saw the giveaway lol. It was meant to be!
Hehe..it was fate 🙂
Tyler H. Jolley
It’s awesome to see growth in a writer through a series. I’m glad this installment outdid the first one. Happy reading, Kimba!
Thanks Tyler 🙂
I’m glad this series is going well, Kim. Hopefully with the next book, the show v/s telling will improve. It can be frustrating. And hopefully there’ll be more romantic developments!
Yes, but it kept the pacing. We shall see
I almost picked this one up. It sounds so interesting and fun. I’ll have to add this to the TBR for when I get in the romantic suspense mood.
Enjoy Tanya. And yes I often regret not picking something up but honestly we cannot read them all 🙁
I’m a big fan of romantic suspense. It is a genre that I love, but don’t listen/read enough of. This sounds interesting. I will have to look to add book one to my TBR list. Thanks for the contest too. 🙂
Happy to share. Good luck 🙂
I am glad this is better than book 1. I was a bit worried.. Thanks for alleviating my fears.
I think the set up bogged down book one, but yes this was much stronger.
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Awesome review, Kim. I’m not familiar with this author but I’m currently in the mood for romantic suspense stories. I’ll check this series out. ❤️
This series is my first go with her Geybie.
Sometimes the dead do rise . . . And sometimes you just have to add another book to your endless TBR pile! Thanks, Kimberly 😉
Bwahaha..indeed Silvia, indeed!
I have only heard good things
I am glad to hear that 🙂
it is nice to have a slow romance like that, I always love when it’s like that.
Yes and I enjoyed the suspense in this one 🙂