The Darkest Day [NOOK Book]

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ALL-CONSUMING DESIRE . . .

Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills of persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world's last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths ...
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The Darkest Day

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Overview

ALL-CONSUMING DESIRE . . .

Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills of persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world's last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells' greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.

BURNS BRIGHTEST . . .

A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell and human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . .

ON THE DARKEST DAY

Word Count: 86,000. This is Book 1 in The Immortal Heat series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455523290
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Series: Immortal Heat Series
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 694,913
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

BRITT BURY writes paranormal romance where the immortals are fierce, the stakes are high, and desire can be deadly.

Britt was raised in Corvallis, Oregon and attended Oregon State University majoring in Liberal Studies. She currently lives in the Silicon Valley with her brilliant husband, two sons and an obscene amount of fish.

You can learn more at:
www.BrittBury.com
Twitter: @BrittBury
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Britt-Bury/343830518982602
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    Great book!

    I loved this book. The story was engaging and I loved the heat between Izel and Kelvin. Great debut book. If you are looking for a hot, sexy, fun book - this is it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    Great New Paranormal World

    This is a debut novel for Britt Bury. She did an amazing job creating a new kind of paranormal world. Immortals of different beings inhabit the Earth and humans are extinct. Or are they?

    I could not put it down. The story is full of drama, action, romance, and lust...lots and lots of lust. The whole story just flows perfectly. The characters and their dialogue are believable. And the chemistry between Kelvin and Izel is so hot! This is an amazing start for Britt Bury and I can't wait for the next book in The Immortal Heat series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Love this book. Amazing writing.

    Love this book. Amazing writing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    I loved this! It was funny and sexy and the world had a fresh fe

    I loved this! It was funny and sexy and the world had a fresh feel and the immortals in the story are species I haven't read in romance before. I can't wait for the next book in the series!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    THE DARKEST DAY was a such a great read that the pages literally

    THE DARKEST DAY was a such a great read that the pages literally turned themselves. I devoured this book in one sitting. Bury's world, where there the last human is the most coveted commodity, is a fresh take on the world of immortals while remaining true to the paranormal genre and legends she bases her breeds on. She has a great voice that is edgy and modern, where the guys sound like dudes, the females are strong and witty, and the sex is sizzling. Immortal Heat has become one of my new must read series.

    Bury is on my auto-order list! A HOT summer read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Fun New Paranormal Series!  This is a very promising new parano

    Fun New Paranormal Series! 

    This is a very promising new paranormal romance series with good world building and sexy characters. There are some clear likeness to
    Cole's Immortals After Dark but it also does it own thing which is a good thing. 

    Read it. You will enjoy.

    If you like these themes, this book has them! Spoilers below!

    alpha-male, animal-traits, body-art, brothers, cast-of-others, change-in-status, clan-pack-pride-compound-living, fated-mate,
    long-lived-immortal, magic, mating, new-body, on-the-run, paranormal-romance-series, pnr, prophesy, virgin-heroine-not-norm, warrior,
    witches

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

    um no

    sometimes I am reminded that I read too much and this is one of those times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Amazing!!!

    A must read!!!!!

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  • Posted August 21, 2012

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    Not Bad

    Posted on Romancing the Book's blog
    Reviewed by Jen
    Review Copy Provided by Netgalley

    I liked the whole paranormal world that was created by Britt Bury. In this new world, humans are thought to be extinct and various paranormal beings are the norm. Some of the paranormal races created were unknown to me, so thankfully there is a glossary of sorts to help make *some* sense of what exactly Fionns, Pookahs and so forth, really are. They aren’t ever very clearly defined, but in the end, it didn’t matter so much. I’m also interested to see what’s going to happen next in this series.

    The Darkest Day is the story of Izel, the last full blood human and the Campbell clan’s leader, and Kelvin, the battle chief of the Kerr clan. The clans are enemies and while Izel is ignorant (due to her upbringing), Kelvin is fully aware and starts out their association with this knowledge. However, there is this strong attraction that cannot be ignored. Kelvin fights it since she is technically the enemy and Izel isn’t sure about this strong alpha male who is escorting her through the wilds of Scotland. The interactions between the two were fun to watch, from their fighting to their loving.

    However, sometimes their internal thoughts got overly repetitive. This was mostly evident in Kelvin as he fought the knowledge of who she is to him against who she is to his family. Kelvin went around and around with the same arguments and after each internal round, he’d treat Izel like crap and then try to make up for it afterwards. And so went the first half of the book until they consummated their relationship. Then Kelvin went all mushy. It was very weird to watch. The whole yo-yoing of emotions made it hard to believe that a romance really developed. I understand that the conflict was necessary, but I’m hoping this aspect gets cleaned up in future books in the series.

    All in all, it wasn’t a bad story. I like the world that was created, but a little more fleshing out of the characters and their actions was needed to make it a more enjoyable read, for me.

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  • Posted August 6, 2012

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    Britt Bury weaves a spellbinding story in her debut novel, The D

    Britt Bury weaves a spellbinding story in her debut novel, The Darkest Day, that I never wanted to end!

    In a world of Immortals and the wilds of Scotland the Campbell Fionn and Kerr Pookah have warred for centuries. Death and vengeance reigns by those who live by the sword and magic.
    Izel Campbell, an immortal Fionn, arrives in Scotland seeking answers from her grandfather; cursed since birth to never feel emotions she has lived a half-life. But once she arrives at her grandfather’s home the curse falls away and Izel is bombarded by new feelings as well as a new look leaving her with more questions than she started out with.
    Kelvin seeks the last of the Campbell line to fulfill his vow of vengeance for the death of his father. Expecting a male he is surprised to find a woman, but what shocks him more is when the woman’s cloaking spell falls away and this ordinary Fionn transforms into a gorgeous human - the last human alive. What he feels for this little human is even more surprising though and something that he intends to fight.
    As Kelvin tries to balance his duty to both his family and his fated mate, Izel must learn to tap into her prophesized powers but they each face an uphill battle, will they find the answers they seek in time?


    The Darkest Day was a wonderful start to the Immortal Heat series. Britt Bury writes with an old world feel and this story could have easily taken place in the historical Scottish Highlands as well, which I especially loved. The first half of the book was slow to start but once it found its pacing, the story took off. I really enjoyed reading about the characters the author has created in this magical world. Izel is a heroine that you can easily get behind and cheer for while Kelvin is a hero that you will fall in love with. The dialogue between both was fun and entertaining; they played off each other so well.

    Izel Campbell grew up believing that she was an immortal Fionn, although different from the rest of her family – cursed, only to discover she is the last human being alive. Izel can roll with the punches though and is full of spunk and good humor. Kelvin is a fierce and honorable warrior, but he is constantly trying to push Izel away and acts out towards her often. He ends up regretting his actions of course and grovels for forgiveness, which Izel makes him work for. His hot and cold emotions confuse Izel but she knows that he will protect her, as the last human she will be extremely coveted by all. I loved how the romance unfolded between these two, it was unique in the sense that I was both rooting for them to get it on while at the same time dreading it and hoping that they would wait.

    I would have liked more background information on the world created here; where did these immortals come from, did they live alongside humans? How long have humans been extinct? The world building could have used a little more padding and I found myself asking “Why?” often. I’m eager to see what the Immortal Heat series has in store next though, and how the series will further develop. There were plenty of other characters that intrigued and I look forward to reading more about them. Arcane prophecies, dark curses, quirky witches, sexy alpha males, feisty females and an immortal battle on the horizon; The Darkest Day has it all with sizzling sexual tension, heart-pounding action and suspense, secrets and betrayal, and most importantly an impassioned romance. Britt Bury is definitely a new voice in the paranormal romance world to keep your eyes on!


    Note to readers: I do suggest reading the glossary before starting the story, which I didn’t see until the very end. :-/ Not sure how this will be set up in the final version since I received an ARC through NetGalley but if you don't see the glossary in the front, flip to the end. It’s extremely helpful with the unfamiliar terms and characters.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    Deliciously Decadent is The Darkest Day!

    I fell in love with this book a few pages in - this is definitely right up my genre alley. I love the details put forth in the prologue - from the first page I knew that this authors work was going to be an amazing read.

    Upon meeting our heroine Izel Campbell I knew she and I were in for a tumultuous ride. She is a Poet Fionn from the Campbell Clan. A Poet Fionn possess magic in their voices and mouths. They can persuade others and bend them to their will. Although this is what Izel is she has not conquered the use of her persuasions yet. She has spent her entire life void of emotions and upon returning to her homeland of Scotland Izel's world opens up and everything about her is about to change. Izel's path soon crosses with Kelvin Kerrs - Battle Chief of the Kerr Army. Kelvin knows the moment he sees her that she is the one - HIS one and only - but she is also the one that he has been sent to kill. Izel doesn't know that her grandfathers spell that has kept her safe and out of harms way is about to break and reveal an amazingly beautiful woman that for the first time in her life feels real emotions. Upon experiencing the change in her body and her entire being Izel's true self is revealed and Kelvin realizes that she is the last full mortal human in the world. Fate has a cruel hand and as his sworn enemy Kelvin does everything in his power to deny what he feels for her. Izel is a strong woman who is coming into her own - experiencing emotions for the first time and overwhelmed at what fate has put in front of her. Kelvin must get her back to Castle Kerr and that is a long and winding trip - out of way of others - out of way of towns - he must protect her - as demons and Alps lurk the woods and love anything with human blood. As time passes he realizes he wants nothing more than her. And he will stop at nothing to protect what is his. The change in Kelvin gave me goosebumps and I loved the connection between the characters - I loved the way they both denied it and fought it with every ounce of their beings. I could not wait for The Darkest Day to come!!!! Along the way we meet the sub-characters - Ian Kerr - Kelvins brother - has some things locked up in his dungeon that should prove quite interesting in the next book! Ryo - (loved her) a witch that the Kerr's employ - snarky and smart mouthed and oh so vague about EVERYTHING!!! And my favorite character - Ramsey - Campbell Clan - helps Izel when she thinks there is no help left for her.

    The sub-characters were delicious and I am so living for the day to read their books!

    I highly recommend - if you want something new and refreshing! I have to admit the reveal at the end of the book by Andrew shocked me and left me breathless. This is a completely different kind of story with a lot of twists and turns. And a homerun for a debut novel!
    I want to know more - want to experience more and I can't wait for more books to show me the way!!

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  • Posted July 10, 2012

    this book is amazing. i loved it and hope to be reading more fro

    this book is amazing. i loved it and hope to be reading more from britt bury here very soon. katie barnes

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Great Read

    I can't wait for the other books in the new series this author is one to look out for.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

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    Grade: B- or 3.5 Stars (rounded to 4 stars)... Britt Bury enters

    Grade: B- or 3.5 Stars (rounded to 4 stars)... Britt Bury enters the PNR scene with very promising debut! What readers will find: Original paranormal beings, snarky humor, and steamy sexy times!!!

    Praise-
    There are some very creative aspects in the Immortal Heat world I’ve never seen in a paranormal romance. Due to the natural selection process, humans have become extinct. The immortal races carry ‘superior’ genes but retain a spark of humanity. Some may carry the human recessive gene or inherit some human genes marking them as a highly desirable prey. Applying evolutionary theory and genetics to create this alternate world is incredibly clever! Loved it!

    Britt Bury introduces readers to new paranormal beings! There’s the animalistic Pookahs (Razorback, Wolverine, Bear), and the magical Fionns (Mystic, Poet, Warrior), which feature in The Darkest Day. They have distinctive characteristics and mating processes. The world also includes witches, warlocks, ghouls, vampires, and dryads, just to name a few. (Ms. Bury doesn’t overwhelm the reader with tedious detail. Only a few of the immortal races are introduced.) The author’s description of one of the worst kind of demon is my favorite!

    Criticism-
    For all her originality I wish Ms. Bury would have spent a little more time with her world-building. These superior beings are set over today’s human world and technology, which didn’t jibe with their magic and supernatural abilities. What little I saw of society didn’t seem culture specific or different. When Kelvin runs across the street to grab a pizza I was put out.

    My biggest criticism is the way Izel’s transformation was handled. For twenty-five years she functions without feeling and has a completely different appearance. She changes in an instant, passes out, then functions fine. The blonde ‘Plain Jane’ is gone! In her place is beautiful olive-skinned brunette bombshell. Her mystical glamour may as well not have been included as her change was never expanded upon or explored. Izel’ grandfather hiding her mortal scent seemed the only useful aspect of the glamour. This was a lost opportunity for character development.

    Final Thoughts
    The Darkest Day is an entertaining paranormal romance. It’s humorous with snarky dialogue. Lovers of growly alpha males with Scottish brogues will be very happy with the possessive Pookah hero. The sexy love scenes steamed up my ereader’s screen. Spicy hot!!! The characters don’t always make the most plausible choices yet their chemistry make up for it, and they did engage my emotions.

    This book sets up future pairings without distracting the reader with unnecessary subplots. I anticipate future work from Ms. Bury. The Immortal Heat series has the potential to become a darker series, but whether she takes future books in that direction she’ll have paranormal romance fans who will love her fierce Immortals and brand of humor. Who knew Pookahs could be so damn sexy?!!!

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    Posted August 21, 2012

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