Comes the Dark by Celia Ashley

Comes the Dark
by Celia Ashley
ebook165 pages
Expected publication: November 8, 2016, by Lyrical Press

GoodReads Summary:
Drawn back to Alcina Cove by an ominous dream, Maris Granger hopes to reconcile with her beloved but long-estranged Aunt Alva. Sadly, Maris discovers Alva has died under mysterious circumstances, destroying any hope for closure. Bereft and vulnerable, Maris finds shelter in the arms of the sexy, stalwart cop handling the case. But loving Detective Dan Stauffer feels like a betrayal of Aunt Alva’s memory, especially when the stubborn lawman denies her sinister suspicions about her aunt’s death.
Falling for Maris is easy. Believing in the “clues” the dark-haired beauty swears will solve her aunt’s murder is another story. Dan isn’t about to let go of reason when it comes to solving the biggest case of his career. But when Maris is suddenly pegged as the prime suspect, Dan is ready to do anything to keep her safe, no matter what dark truths emerge…. 

My Review:
This reminds me of another book I've read or maybe it's a movie I've seen, but I can't think of its title. I'm not going to worry my brain over that now. The story is interesting and the characters are reasonably well written. We aren't allowed into their backgrounds too deeply, but they do come alive with what we're given. The magic is all cerebral. Very low key with no flash. A lot of things happen at night. It gets to feel very dark, both the setting and the mood. The author does very well using night as a reference to affect the ambiance, to bring in the murky doom and gloom feeling as the story goes along. No one gets much sleep in this book.

Things move along quite rapidly in the story. Maybe sometimes a bit too fast. Sometimes it's nice to stop and smell the roses or describe the standing stones in a bit more detail to create a bit of ambiance. The author really doesn't waste many words setting the stage or creating a mood. It's pretty much all dialog and action, and I'm a girl who likes a bit of atmosphere with her magic, terror, and romance. If there had been a bit more to the book in the way of setting, it would have appealed to me so much more. Her childhood home. The standing stones. The underground room at the lighthouse. What do these look like. Knowing what it all looked like would have added so much to the book. So, I have to give this a three-star rating for lack of a bit of description. Yet I must give the author full credit for creating the moods she did with her use of night. So well done. If you like a good story with lots of drama and action tossed in on your fated romance as you stumble blindly in the dark, this could be a book for you. Due out November 8, 2016.

This book was provided to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest rating. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley