Thursday, April 12, 2012

Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

I was obsessed.  It was as if he called to me, demanding I reach out and touch the brushstrokes of color swirled onto the canvas. It was the most exquisite portrait I'd ever seen--everything about Lord Denbury was unbelievable...utterly breathtaking and eerily lifelike.  There was a reason for that. Because despite what everyone said, Denbury never had committed suicide. He was alive. Trapped within his golden frame.  I've crossed over into his world within the painting, and I've seen what dreams haunt him. They haunt me too. He and I are inextricably linked--bound together to watch the darkness seeping through the gas-lit cobblestone streets of Manhattan. Unless I can free him soon, things will only get Darker Still.  - Goodreads.com

I've never read the original story of Dorian Gray, but if it was anything as compelling as Darker Still, I can see why it's considered a classic.  This was one of the most unique ideas I've seen, and I absolutely loved it.

Natalie has fallen in love with the image of a young lord in a painted portrait, and there's a lot more to that portrait than meets the eye... no pun intended.  The subject is actually alive, trapped inside the painting, and Natalie is doing everything she can to help free him.  How unique is that?  Add to that the fact that we have a nasty demon who caused the problem in the first place that Natalie now has to figure out how to defeat.  This was a historical, but Natalie was no shrinking violet.  This was a very brave girl, willing to do whatever she can for Denbury.

Denbury himself was such a gentleman.  You just have to love those old chivalrous characteristics.  He was a great partner for Natalie.  The romance was sweet and gentle, even as the events of the story are somewhat dark and scary.

I found myself really loving this story and its characters and before I knew it, I'd read it all.  I would definitely recommend it!



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