The Darkest Part

The Darkest Part

by Trisha Wolfe


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Contemporary Romance intended for adult audiences. Told from dual point of view, this novel can be read as a standalone or as part of the Living Heartwood series.

Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love.

Sam Wintry's life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler's fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she's losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Sam ready for him to leave her?

When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn't count on is Holden's relentlessness to go on the trip.

On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he's ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781491289556
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

From an early age, Trisha Wolfe dreamed up fantasy worlds and characters and was accused of talking to herself. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her family and writes full time, using her fantasy worlds as an excuse to continue talking to herself. Get updates on future releases and special bonus material at

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The Darkest Part 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe Book One of the Living Heartwood series Publication Date: August 6, 2013 Summary (from Goodreads): Pressing the boundaries of both the psyche and the heart, Sam and Holden embark on a dangerous journey that will test the limits of love. Sam Wintry’s life used to be almost perfect. She was engaged to her childhood best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler Marks, planning an amazing cross-country honeymoon during her college break. But after a hit-and-run leaves her in ruin, she begins seeing Tyler’s fractured, ghostly presence, and her family believes she’s losing her mind. Not until she completes their journey, stopping along the way to scatter Tyler's remains, will Tyler be able cross over. Sam ready for him to leave her? When the black sheep of the Marks' family, Holden Marks, returns to check on Tyler's case, Sam convinces him to give her his brother's ashes. Despite their shaky history, she needs, he owes it to Sam and his brother. What she doesn’t count on is Holden’s relentlessness to go on the trip. On the road, Holden realizes just how unhinged Sam has become. Dealing with her psychosis forces him to confront his dark past, making it harder to keep secrets hidden that should remain buried. Especially from Sam, the only woman he’s ever loved. And as Sam starts to unravel the truth, she begins to question if the brother she's unwillingly falling for again is in an even darker place than her. What I Liked: You all KNOW that I am a fan of Trisha Wolfe, yes? I loved her fantasy novel, Of Silver and Beasts (and I cannot wait for Of Darkness and Crowns). Trisha has a way of creating a beautiful, intricate story, with tough, interesting characters, and a swoony, sweet romance. But anyway. I was apprehensive about this book, because I usually dislike New Adult contemporary romance novels. They seem like the same story, over and over, right? And yet, somehow, authors are making a ton of money with New Adult contemporary romance stories, even though the stories seem recycled! But it's Trisha's novel, and I am SO GLAD that I gave this book a chance! I didn't love this book - it wasn't life-changing for me - but I really enjoyed it. This book is definitely a different kind of New Adult contemporary romance. There was a dark, raw edge to this book, and it wasn't about rape or abuse or anything that most NA contemporary romance include. Sam is suffering, because her boyfriend and fiance died five months ago from a hit-and-run accident. The sad thing is, she's totally seeing his ghost. It's all a figment of her imagination, a product of broken psyche. Everyone thinks she's crazy... and she totally is. Sam is the only one who fervently believes that she isn't insane, that Tyler's ghost is real, and that she can see him and hear him. Things begin to unravel when Holden, Tyler's brother and Sam's first crush, comes back to town. Sam and Holden are slightly at odds, but they strike up a terse agreement, and agree to go on a roadtrip together (there is so much more to the story than that, but I'm just giving an overview). Basically, this book is one long roadtrip. Actually, I think it's a week long. But the entire book is the roadtrip involving Sam and Holden. During this time, we get to see how tormented both of them really are. Both of them have so much to handle, in their own ways. Both of them have self-inflicted problems, and both of them are in denial about something. I didn't LOVE Sam in this book - in fact, I probably disliked her a little. She's a weak person throughout the book, in terms of her personality, and even in the end, she still seems weak. I feel like her character development wasn't all that great. Like, she came to a certain decision at the end... but it didn't feel like she went through the long process and came to that decision. It felt like she just pulled it out of nowhere. But I really liked Holden. He's not flashed in front of us as the typical New Adult contemporary romance male protagonist. He's hot, yes, and he has a ton of tattoos, but he's not thrust out of the pages, teeming with abs and cocky grins and melty voices and arrogant swaggers. He is complex and twisted in his own way, and not a total alpha male (though there are some alpha male parts of his personality that shined through the story). The story is kind of slow, and the pacing is slow, but I enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the psychological progression of Sam's healing. I really liked the dual points-of-view, but I feel like that's a prerequisite for New Adult contemporary romance novels. I love the perspective that feature adds to the story though! Overall, I enjoyed this book. I probably won't be re-reading this book a billion times, but I am so happy that I got a chance to read it! What I Did Not Like: Well... we all know how I feel about people and their bulls***. In this book, Sam definitely puts out a lotttttttt of bulls***. She's crazy in the worst way possible, after Tyler's death. I totally understand that there are psychological ramifications to a traumatizing event such as death, but I have zero tolerance for bulls***. And Sam has a lot of problems. And bulls***. And I got irritated with her a lot. But I understand and can empathize. That made this book easier to read. I feel like the characters in this book don't communicate very well, until the very end. This is a problem with most New Adult contemporary romance books though. The guy and the girl never really explain how they feel, until the very end of the book. I can see why this appeals to authors - it shows growth in the characters - but at the same time, so many books feature characters that don't communicate well. I mean, not EVERYONE has a hard time expressing s***. Would I Recommend It: This is a good read! I would recommend to New Adult contemporary romance lovers, but also to people who like a book with a solid romance and heartbreaking plot. This book isn't all about what one would think about, when referring to an NA contemporary romance novel. So, there are so many audiences for this book! Rating: 3.5 stars -> rounded up to 4 stars. This is definitely NOT your typical New Adult contemporary romance novel!
xxBianca More than 1 year ago
I have been looking for the type of read that is engaging, well-written, steamy, and emotional. I found all of this in The Darkest Part. Where to begin with this heart-wrenching read? I loved every minute I spent reading it. It reminded me of why I spend so much of my time reading. What I love most about reading is the journey. I love to get absorbed into the stories and lives of these characters. To get wrapped up in the story so much that you forget time. Not many authors achieve this, but Trisha Wolfe did. I am forever a reader of hers. This beautiful, gut-wrenching story of second chance love, loss, and forgiveness will stay with me for a very long time. Sam has an almost perfect life. She is engaged to her best friend and high school sweetheart, Tyler. One night, everything is ripped from her. Tyler dies which makes her world come crashing down. Soon after, Sam believes she can see Tyler. She believes he won’t be free until she scatters his ashes on a road trip that they planned for their honeymoon. Tyler’s older brother steals the ashes and they both embark on a road trip that will change everything they know and believe in. Although the synopsis explains that Tyler’s death will happen, it didn’t prepare me any less. Tyler and Sam were a very loving couple. Not many have that deep connection they did. While Tyler lived for a small amount of time, I still connected to his character and was devastated when the death happens. Enter Holden, and you feel a change in the book. He’s like this incoming storm that Sam never expected, but needed more now than ever. Little does he know how much the road trip will change him as it will Sam. Any story about loss is heartbreaking, but this was beyond that. All the characters were hurt. Every single one was suffering in silence. It’s later when we find out their secrets. Love heals. This book attests to that. I am adding this to one of my favorite books ever shelf. I laughed, I cried, I swooned. I haven’t read such a touching book in a very long time. Every and any NA fan needs to read this book. Not many NA books will be able to top this one
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
5 stars - Brilliant writing & unique storyline makes this one a must read! I have loved everything I have ever read by Trisha Wolfe and this books was no exception. I was a little nervous with the topic but I shouldn't have worried. Instead, I should have trusted Trisha's writing and her character development. Her characters make choices that make sense with who they are. Love that. Perhaps I shouldn't have started this on a school night - because I had to force myself to put it down and try and sleep - heavy on the try part. This book was devoured quickly despite the interruptions that sleep tried to claim. It's for sure I would have read it straight through if my schedule had allowed. The characters are the best part of this story. I love great characters. Sam is struggling with the death of her boyfriend, Tyler. She's can't let go of Tyler and her reactions make sense for what she's going through. She's tough but this experience is ripping her apart. Hiding in her room at her parents house for days on end and pulling away from her life and friends is exactly what someone like this would do. As she tries to deal with her perception of what is happening to her, her family tries to help her to no end. Instead she finds her own way. And that way is not easy or quick. She must come to terms with not only what happened to Tyler but things from her past. What I really loved about Sam was that she proves the point that changes don't happen until you decide you want them. Watching her work through that process was emotional but not hopeless. I wasn't ever sad reading this book. I never thought I couldn't deal with it. No, I was on her side hoping she would find her way. She got to me. I loved her. I hoped for her. Even more than Sam, I loved Holden. He has condemned himself as the bad guy. He has loved Sam since he was in high school but he broke her heart. It wasn't his idea to do that but Holden has always tried to protect those he loves. He tried to protect his mother and his brother but no matter how hard he tried or how much he scarifies, he loses them both. He blames himself. He doesn't feel like he deserves Sam but he is so wrong there. He is was she needs. She is what he needs. But their journey isn't easy or quick. It's real. When all the secrets are revealed, I loved Holden so much. The ending was perfect. I worried some that there would be no way for things to work for these two but a few surprises brought the story to exactly where I hoped it would go. While I did figure out one of the twists, others were complete shocks. And when I turned the last page, I was happy. If you love NA but wonder if they will all be the same, then this book needs your attention because this NA is unique. If you love romance that is emotional and real, then this book needs your attention. If you just love a good story, then this book needs your attention. Don't miss this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The added mystery was nice. Some editing is required for this book to do anything further. Not going to continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You really don't know what people going through until you talked to them and understand exactly what's going on everyone has a darkpart of inside of them that they can't talk to other people about I loved reading this book it was so amazing I cried I laugh and I felt the pain she was going thow in a dark mind she felt like she was in a hole so was he and what their father did to hime and this brother and they couldn't till anybody or get help them it was horrible but they both worked it out together and free themself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed Sam and Holden's story. It was sad when Tyler was hit and killed by a car but I was glad Sam found closure and moved on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great back story. Not just hot and sexy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was unsure of this book at first, but I really got attached to the characters. The pace is steady, with enough of the "whole" story coming out to keep interested in what happened, and will happen to the characters as the story evolves. Worth the time and effort to read in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and so very different from your typical love story. Highly recommend!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
I love that I'm still wondering, even after the book is over: Was it really Tyler or was it all in her head? I really thought it was all in her head, until Tyler said something. One little thing has me questioning what I thought I knew. If you've read it, I'm curious to know what you think too. Whether it be a psychosis or not, Sam was a completely believable character. I was drawn into her life. The author is gifted in that she can truly have you feeling all the things her characters feel. The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe was provided to me by YA Bound for review. The opinions are my own.
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Oh Trisha Wolfe, how I love your books!  The Darkest Part is definitely among the top of books that you have to read.  It’s full of sexy goodness with a paranormal(ish) type twist.  The characters are ones that you will instantly fall in love with, and won’t soon forget.  It’s everything you would want in a sexy contemporary romance read and more. Sam is ready to spend the rest of her life with Tyler, the man she loves…until he is tragically ripped away from her life.  But is he?  Sam still sees Tyler, even though he’s dead and gone.  No matter what she does, he appears and it’s as if he’s never left…except that Sam can’t touch him…and his memory seems to be slipping. After researching the reason why he’s lingering, Sam comes to the conclusion that she must go on their honeymoon trip, and scatter his ashes at the places he wanted to stop at.  But Tyler’s brother, Holden, takes it upon himself to protect and look out for Sam, whether it’s for Tyler or for himself. With a past that affects both Sam and Holden in a different way, their ultimate road trip may just be the healing process they both need to get away from a dark secret that may change everything  between them. Trisha Wolfe has written a hit here, folks!  It was a read that I absolutely could not put down.  Not only was it full of sexy goodness and a sexual tension you could cut with a knife, it was also full of so much raw emotion that you can’t help but feel totally and completely invested in the lives of Sam and Holden. I knew what I wanted from the beginning, when it came to these characters.  Author, Trisha Wolfe does a fantastic job in having me second guess whether or not I would see it come true.  With an unforgettable twist that changes all the rules between Sam and Holden, my heart cried out for a past that made me so angry I saw red. Holden has easily become one of my top book boyfriends.  With that lip ring and bad boy attitude, with his softer side shining through in various parts, I couldn’t get enough of this guy!  And Sam is a character that I really enjoyed getting to know.  Strong and pretty independent, witnessing her struggle with her grasp on reality also pulled at my heart strings. I was not ready for this book to end.  I craved the conversation and chemistry of Sam and Holden like I crave coffee.  A Dark Path by Trisha Wolfe is one read that will absolutely embed itself into your very soul, and characters that are truly unforgettable. I recommend this read to fans of Contemporary reads with a hint of something paranormal.  If you’re looking for a book that will have you thinking of it well after the last page has been turned, and are in the mood for characters that will make you have so many feels, you need to read The Darkest Part by Trisha Wolfe ASAP!
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KKetch More than 1 year ago
Sorry to keep you all waiting on this review! Having beta read this novel, I wanted to do my review when <i>The Darkest Part</i> was officially released, but then the sign ups came for the blog tour and I had to jump right on that opportunity. :D I know I&rsquo;m typically a hard judge on NA contemporary romance, but I can honestly say <i>The Darkest Part</i> is one of the best I have read so far this year. It&rsquo;s captivating and engaging. I loved the amount of attention expended on the road trip. Trisha Wolfe obviously put a lot of effort into creating a realistic experience and her dedication shows. Then there was the psychological mystery and secrets&mdash;was Tyler really a ghost or all in Sam&rsquo;s head? Did Holden kill his brother? What was Holden hiding? Trisha wove the details of Tyler&rsquo;s and Holden&rsquo;s lives in a manner that kept me glued to the novels pages. Not to mention the surprising twist of Tyler&rsquo;s death&mdash;kodos there as well. The only thing that didn&rsquo;t work well for me was the few chapters of marathon sex. Otherwise, this novel is worth the read and I would definitely recommend this novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Darkest Part was one of the best, most original and well-thought-out new adult novels I&rsquo;ve read, and it was also a great introduction to author Trisha Wolfe.  From the book description, The Darkest Part appears to be a ghost story&mdash;both literal and figurative&mdash;about a young woman, Sam, trying to get over the sudden death of her boyfriend Tyler.  Since Tyler&rsquo;s death, Sam has been able to see and talk to his ghost, and she finally decides that taking the road trip she and Tyler had planned as their honeymoon will be the only way to put his spirit (and her own grief) to rest.  For various reasons, Tyler&rsquo;s older brother Holden ends up accompanying Sam on the trip, and we soon discover that Sam and Holden have a history of their own. The Darkest Part is a novel with a lot of layers and depth, and it&rsquo;s apparent from the beginning that there&rsquo;s more to Tyler and Sam&rsquo;s story, and Tyler and Holden&rsquo;s, and Sam and Tyler&rsquo;s, than what we learn in the first few chapters.  The book is full of secrets the characters are keeping from each other and from themselves, and beyond the surface plot, the novel is about getting to the heart of those secrets&mdash;to &ldquo;the darkest part.&rdquo;  While I had my suspicions about at least a few of the revelations from the beginning, my guesses and questions only made me want to read more, as did the interesting and unique characters.  Holden and Sam&rsquo;s slow-burning relationship is truly epic and romantic.  The various places Holden and Sam go on their road trip are unique and brought to life very well, and I especially loved the use of tree imagery in so many ways throughout the book (even visually, as section breaks).  The image of the tree with its many layers and hidden depths worked perfectly to encapsulate the thematic &ldquo;roots&rdquo; (yes, painful pun intended!) of the novel. Altogether, The Darkest Part is a high-quality, well-put-together new adult novel that&rsquo;s perfect for readers looking for darkness, depth, and a bit of a psychological mystery along with their NA romance.    
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
Wanting something a little more dramatic, I picked up this book. I had read some great reviews on it and knew that this is a story I will like. I was not wrong. Plot: After losing her boyfriend, Sam&rsquo;s life is falling apart. She is seeing things that she should not being seeing and is forced into getting help. Enter, Holden. A young man who has been oppositions to taking the blame in what has happened to his brother Tyler, who Sam can not get over. This is a very interesting and intriguing plot. I felt it pull me in the story right away, always keeping me entertained. The plot walks the line of supernatural and contemporary all rolled in one. Though it doesn&rsquo;t overpower the main meat of the story. Instead, these elements enhanced the story further bringing the reader closer than before. History: There is a lot of history between Sam, Holden and Tyler. Secrets that are harmful and poison should anyone find out. I love the way these secrets played out. Each secrets is revealed little by little with explanation. The reader never feels confused but has every opportunity to feel invested in the characters. Each character has their own unique voice in which I had no trouble recognizing. Love: This love is a love that is complicated from the start. There is a lot of selfishness and selflessness happening in the story. Selfishness cause one brother wanted it his way and selfless cause the one brother let him have it. I let you read the story so you can find out for yourself. The upbringing that these two brothers have is hurtful and makes your heart ache. As you continue on to the story, you begin to see the reasoning of their actions My only gripe is the love that is established in the end. I felt like since their is so much history with one brother, how can you let it go and fall for other. For me, I just don&rsquo;t get it. I had a hard time accepting this revelation because I felt like it was rushed. Not a complete insta-love, just kind of like, lets pick up where we last left off as if nothing happen. Know what I mean? This is a great story that captures every element bringing it to a full circle of knowledge and love. A worthy read that is unique and entertaining, The Darkest Part is great.
tarheelbibliobabe_12 More than 1 year ago
This book was received from YA Bound in exchange for an honest review. As soon as I read the synopsis, I was very intrigued. Yeah, I have read books about people losing their spouses, but I was so interested in the losing the mind aspect of it. Yes, very intrigued&hellip; Poor, poor, poor Sam. She was grieving not just on the inside but very blatantly on the outside as well. She is lost and the only time she is slightly okay is when she is seeing her dead fianc&eacute;s ghost. A bit crazy, right? But it really didn&rsquo;t feel so crazy when I was in her head. I felt her pain but I also felt her strength. It takes someone who has innate strength to be able to bounce back from what she went through. Pretty inspiring. Holden is Sam&rsquo;s dead fianc&eacute;s brother. Yeah, you heard me right. But he is totally amazing in how he helps Sam with her journey. Holden is sexy, artistic and a bad-ass who has a heart of gold. During the flashbacks, I saw his indecision and his guilt over what had happened 5 years ago, and I am so glad he redeemed himself. He&rsquo;s a total sweetheart in present time. And he has a lip ring. I think those are so hot. :) Tyler, Sam&rsquo;s dead fianc&eacute;, was an integral part of the story, and we got flashbacks where we saw his character and how Sam perceived him. He clearly loved Sam so much and it was so sweet how he was planning this huge cross-country honeymoon with her. I wept for his many different situations and the secrets that plagued his life. This book is great. It made me feel all the feels at once, which I think only a great book can. The writing was spot on and the flashbacks added so much depth to the story that I felt was really needed. And seriously guys. This book had the steamiest of all steamiest scenes that I have read it a new adult book. I needed a fan and a glass of cold water for a good bit of the book. And that dancing scene? *fans self* If you&rsquo;re looking for a NA contemporary with a dark twist, look no further. It&rsquo;s innovative, sexy, and sweet and just oh-so amazing! Favorite Swoon-worthy Quote: Shock freezes me in place. My brain empties. And then I grasp Sam&rsquo;s neck and her back, pulling her body closer to mine before I realize what I&rsquo;d doing. Her tongue darts into my mouth, and every nerve in my body combusts. My hand is in her wet hair, my fingers entwining, gripping, angling her head back as I meet her hungry kiss with the raw and unstoppable need setting my body on fire. Rating: 5/5 Tar Heels!
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
I love Trisha Wolfe's books, which are fantasy and are amazing, and when I found out she was writing a new adult contemporary romance, I couldn't wait to read it.  In a sea of new adult contemporary romances available today, The Darkest Part is one that definitely stands out among the rest.  Sam Wintry, Tyler Marks, and Holden Marks have grown up together on the island of Hilton Head South Carolina.  Tyler and Sam are the same age and have been best friends since they were in diapers.  Holden is almost four years older, and Sam crushed on him for years.  Tyler has loved Sam ever since he can remember.  Sam is an artist, she dyes her hair black, usually with a streak of color in it, and has her nose pierced.  Tyler is preppy, clean cut, handsome, and is following in his father's footsteps to become a lawyer.  Holden is the black sheep of the family.  Hot, sexy, has a pierced lip, tattooed, and he is also an artist, a very good one, and the art is something that Sam and Holden have in common and have always connected through.  Her freshman year in high school, things change between Sam and Holden and she thinks she has a chance with this boy that she has been in love with forever, only her dreams come crashing down around her and Tyler is the one who is there to pick up the pieces.  Holden leaves the island after high school and they rarely see him anymore, and a relationship begins between Sam and Tyler, best friends and now lovers.  Tyler is Sam's world.  Now in college, they plan to get married, take a road trip for their honeymoon, and things seem to be looking up, in spite of a tragic situation that occurred six months prior, when the unthinkable happens and Tyler dies, and Sam's world comes crashing down around her.   The Darkest Part is emotional, raw, dark, and passionate, and I felt each of those emotions with Sam and Holden through the entire novel.  The novel is told from both Sam and Holden's point of view, which I loved.  It was fast paced and I was hooked from beginning to end.  I connected on a deep way with these characters, and grew to love both Sam and Holden.  Tyler, even though he was dead, I liked him and also got really frustrated with him.  There were twists and turns in this novel that I didn't see coming.  The whole time, I was wondering is Tyler real or is Sam crazy, because it sure seems like he is real, or is he?  I mean I think she is mentally ill, but yet, I am not quite sure.  That is a question that you don't find out until the end of the book and it adds so much drama and mystery to the story.  The Darkest Part also deals with some very heavy subject matter, which Trisha Wolfe has handled brilliantly.  Then there is the creative aspect, and when you come to understand the meaning of the title of the book and what that encompasses......well it was beautiful.  The romance was hot, and I loved the way the relationship was slowly built between Holden and Sam, and the fire and passion that consumed them.  The ending was wonderful and I really loved it, especially the epilogue.  If you are a NA contemporary romance fan, then you are in for a treat with The Darkest Part and I most definitely recommend it.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Trisha Wolfe can do no wrong. Every book of hers that I've read has been amazing and this one didn't disappoint. The Darkest Part was a brilliant New Adult romance full of heartache, romance, and a blurred line of sanity. I absolutely loved it! Sam was a determined heroine. That's the biggest impression I got from her. If she wanted something, nothing was going to keep her from getting it. She was very strong, even as she questioned her sanity. I thought she was wonderful. She was very likable and I found her to be a fantastic character. Holden was so sweet, I don't even know what to do with myself. He's just so amazingly adorable, so utterly devoted to Sam, so completely loyal to his brother. He's the kind of guy who would sacrifice what he wants most for the sake of a loved one and he did just that. I adored him. He was so perfect and brilliant and definitely a new book boyfriend. I just loved him. The romance was amazing. The way it developed, a mix of leftover feelings from a brief moment in the past and new feelings brought on my their reunion. It was just so sweet. And, there was plenty of chemistry between Holden and Sam that was downright HOT. I loved these two together. They were a brilliant couple. I have to mention Tyler, since he was such a big part of the book. Even though he was dead. I had a love hate relationship with him. On one hand, I thought it was adorable how devoted he was to Sam. On the other, he could be so selfish. In several instances, he proved that. And it kind of made me want to hit him. But, I still kind of liked him. He was a complex character, like Holden and Sam were. Even now, I'm still not sure how to feel about him. The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. There were so many secrets in this book that took me by surprise. There were a few I started to suspect as hints were dropped along the way, but I was still blown away when all was revealed. And the ending was so perfect and lovely.  The Darkest Part was a wonderful New Adult romance. I loved everything about it, from the romance to the secrets. It was so brilliant! Lovers of NA romance, you have to read this book. *I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I have said it before and will say it again, I love Trisha Wolfe. She is an amazing writer who creates these characters that I adore, and never want for them to leave my heart. Her stories leave me breathless, panting, and seriously rooting for the main characters despite the circumstances because they are relatable, they feel and express powerful emotions, and the romances are sizzling. The Darkest Part is no exception to any of this and only increases my level of love for Trish and her writing.      Sam is seeing her dead boyfriend and I can't decide how much it was contemporary or if is should be classified as more of a paranormal, because I believe her and don't think that she is crazy. I think that she is legitimately seeing his spirit and that she is on a mission to help him cross over and find peace instead of fading into the dark.      This book is written in dual perspective and it flashes back to Sam and Tyler's life so that we get a picture of their love and relationship, but we also see Sam and Holden, the other main character, and this is where things get really complicated in the most juicy way possible. Holden and Tyler and brothers and Tyler and Sam grew up best friends, but Sam and Holden also have a romantic past, but it doesn't end well. And I yearned for the moment where I found out Holden's side because from Sam's perspective he just seems like a big jerk, but I knew that something more.      Because I fell for Holden too. Being in his head I got to see his intentions and his love for Sam, and it never really seemed like it ended, but the only reason I could figure (writing this at 20%) and of course I won't tell you because it would be a big spoiler all leads back to Tyler.      The psychological element seemed really well done and researched. As one who suffers from depression, I can relate with what Sam was going through. As a daughter and seeing my mom going through losing my dad, the love of her life, I also can really vouch and relate to the paralyzing grief and feeling of being lost, and tell you that Trisha really nails it. It was a mystery in the sense that I didn't know if she was really seeing Tyler or if it was really a psychosis.     The road trip aspect was also a lot of fun. It brought Holden and Sam together and they bonded over their love for Tyler and on the way found themselves healing. They also build on that friendship they used to have, and I loved every single conversation, deep, light and even the fights because so much truth comes out. Things that shouldn't be hidden.    I felt for Sam, but also saw her strength and was proud of herself wanting to heal and taking steps to stand up for herself, and still wanting to honor Tyler's memory. I fell in love with Holden, because even though he has a rough past, and has mistakes, he loved his brother, and made unbelievable sacrifices for him. He is sexy, confident, but will help those he loves and give them the shirt off his back.      We also find out that Tyler had secrets, and it was painful to find out the darker side of him. It also made me begin to question some of the things I thought were facts. Some of it was a great surprise and twist in the story as well.        This is realistic, emotional and powerful. Beautifully written and it touched my heart. I will read anything Trisha writes and definitely can't wait for the next book in the Living Heartwood series.  Bottom Line: Powerful, emotional, beautifully written with a building and sizzling romance.
Naomi_H More than 1 year ago
I found The Darkest Part to be quite a heartbreaking story, as it begins four months after the death of Tyler, Sam&rsquo;s fianc&eacute;.  Sam is kind of in a numb place right now and it doesn&rsquo;t help that Tyler&rsquo;s ghost keeps appearing to her, so she is finding it difficult to move on. She has pushed away everyone in her life and the only people she speaks to are her mother and her psychiatrist, she avoids everyone else. To me Sam does seem a little depressed, but only because she doesn&rsquo;t know what to do with herself now that her boyfriend/best-friend and the one constant person is gone from her life. She is very withdrawn from everything, her family, all her friends and even the world by dropping out of school as well. They had so many plans on what they wanted to do and they had their lives mapped out. Tyler was the good son, following in his father&rsquo;s footsteps to be a Lawyer and wanted to travel after he married Sam before settling down for good. So when he was no longer there, her whole world shattered. She soon decides she needs to help Tyler move on and comes up with a plan to do so. Holden, Tyler&rsquo;s brother, wants to look out for Sam, but she avoids him at all costs. When she leaves the house for a stroll he is able to approach her but she is quick to try and dismiss him. So when she asks for help with her plan, he jumps at the offer to help, as long as he can tag along. Soon the duo are on a trip for closure, which soon turns into self discovery for the both of them. Holden appeared to be the dark sheep of the family; was always the one that got into trouble, had the darker appearance and was quick to get away from home, and his father. But he always put his mother and Tyler first. He had a lot in common with Sam, but things were not meant to be. I really like Holden, he has a big heart and he really doesn&rsquo;t put himself first and is willing to sacrifice his happiness for others. In this journey, he wants to help Sam get out of the slump that she is in and will do anything to see her smile again. The story, although it touches on some incredibly sad moments that occurred in their lives, was woven together beautifully. It isn&rsquo;t full of dialogue, as a lot of the time the characters spend time dealing with their own secrets and emotions. But once they are able to work through them and open up to one another you can see how deep their connection is. Being told from dual POV&rsquo;s was amazing too, so you could see the depth of pain and emotion in both of the characters. Trisha has an incredible writing style and really channels her inner man when writing Holden&rsquo;s POV. It is a difficult journey for everyone involved and it definitely isn&rsquo;t easy for people to find their HEA. I am really excited to see what Trisha can pull out of her writing hat next!! I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an emotional rollacoaster and I loved every second of it. At times I believed that Tyler was really there with Sam and the other times it was obvious it was all in her head. I liked Sam. She tries to live even though her delusions follow her everywhere and I loved how she went on the road trip just so she can put her dead boyfriend and her best friend to rest and so he can be in peace. Her delusion of Tyler make her believe he is going into the darkness so she must save him. Enter Holden, Tylers brother and the moody, artistic type *swoon* who has a past with Sam which he never forgot. Along their road trip secrets come out, old hurt feelings resurface and the love they thought they buried deep down comes alive again. I love this story and how it was written. Trisha Wolfe did a masterful job bringing all those emotions to life and I couldnt be happier with the outcome.