The Darkest Frost by Tanya Holmes

Title: The Darkest Frost, Vol 1 of a 2-part serial (TDF, #1)
Author: Tanya Holmes
Genre: A Gothic paranormal romance with a twist.
Cliffhanger: **YES** This is a two-part serial
Volume 1 Page Count: 358
Release Date: June 22, 2015

When the ghost of her best friend begs for her help, psychic detective Denieve Knight goes undercover as a live-in domestic to catch a killer. She sets her sights on the most likely suspect: her friend’s mysterious employer, Doctor Braeden Frost. Dubbed "Dr. Death" by the press, the notorious hematologist is linked to nineteen other suspicious fatalities—all are former patients. The brooding recluse is a man of many secrets, the darkest of which may be lurking beneath the leather gloves he never removes.  
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An officer wearing a black slicker leaned out to buzz the front gate as rain fell in blinding waves. I shot Frost a panicked glance. “I swear I only called for an ambulance.” “Dearborne PD,” a voice boomed over the intercom. “Open up.” Frost hung his head. A wry smile curved his lips. “Officer Osborn. What an unpleasant surprise.” “You know him?” “Indeed.” Resolve hardened his face. He snagged a remote from one of the tables, pointed the thing toward a console on the opposite wall. A buzzer sounded and the outside gate slid open. “I’ll handle this.” “But you’re not—” “Change your robe,” he said. “You’re covered in blood.” Frost chucked the remote aside and stepped into a walk-in closet. Moments later, he emerged shoving his arms into a sleek black trench coat. He started for the hallway and had almost disappeared entirely, but he paused. Only his gloved hand—the one gripping the wall’s edge was visible. He leaned over so his head and shoulders were peeking from behind the wall, and shot one last meaningful look in my direction. The mysterious apology again. Then he came back over to me, and gently framed my face with both gloved hands. His pleading eyes were warm and hypnotically blue as his thumb stroked my cheeks. “You will stay, Miss Reed.” Who could think when he had me on smolder? “I…ah…” “Promise me.” Damn it. “Um, okay.” Triumph radiated on his face once he stepped away and disappeared down the hallway. I started wearing the carpet out the moment he hit the stairs and the more I paced, the louder my conscience screamed. No question about it. I was going straight to hell.

5 I really need book two stars!!*****

I was first introduced to Tanya Holmes when I read Within Temptation. It was one of my top favorite books last year. So, yes, I was looking forward to something new from her and she did not disappoint! This book blew my mind... I LOVED it! Another one to add to my top favorites this year.
This is a book that you must go into blind. Stay away from those overly descriptive reviews that reveal anything about the plot. The element of surprise is what made this book so good. This story is incredibly engaging with a refreshingly original storyline that left me panting for more by the end! I seriously need the second part of this book right now... I can't believe I have to wait! It's killing me...


Dr. Frost is such an incredibly complex character. He is mysterious, sexy and intriguing. The forbidden relationship that develops between him and Denieve has me both on edge but at the same time trying to figure out how the heck things are going to work out. There is a surprise character that steps into the picture that has me completely conflicted. Love/hate, love/hate... two emotions that has these characters so completely divided... and I mean that literally! Just read the book... you'll see what I mean. :)
Yes, this book ends on a cliffy but I absolutely don't care... it's such a well developed storyline and I can see why splitting it into two books is necessary. But, if you don't want to be left hanging the second part comes out in the Fall and you can read them back to back.
If you love Ghost stories, Paranormal Romance and suspense then you can't go wrong diving into this book. It is all those wrapped up into one well written story that definitely had me glued to the pages.

Do I recommend?? Of course I do... 

The Darkest Frost, Volume 1 Playlist
1) That’s Enough For Me by Paul Williams
2) A Mariage D’amour Richard Clayderman
3) Gymnop├ędies by Satie
4) Mozart Fantasy in D minor
5) Dream On by Aerosmith
6) Patience by Guns N Roses
7) Con te Partiro by Andrea Bocelli
Amazon Bestselling Author Tanya Holmes is a Golden Leaf double-finalist, a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist, a recipient of the Maggie Award, the MICA Award, as well as Overall Winner of the Sandy Haddad Award and a two-time finalist and one-time winner of The Emily (Best of the Best). She's happily married with children and loves reading, writing and a good cup of coffee---but not necessarily in that order. She has two novels coming out in 2015: The Darkest Frost, a two-part Gothic paranormal serial romance with a twist, and in 2016, Temptation's Edge, a contemporary romance.
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