Review: The Longest Night by Kara Braden

The Longest Night by Kara Braden
Series: Night series (# 1)
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Pages: 320
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review



This could work, whispered the little voice in the back of her mind, the voice that had been silent for seven years…


Years ago, former Marine Captain Cecily Knight fled her dark past and the nightmares forever haunting her nights. Alone in the remote Canadian wilderness, she survives day to day…until Ian Fairchild comes storming into her life and shatters her protective seclusion.


Aloof but intriguing, defensive but undeniable, Ian is everything Cecily shouldn’t want but can’t ignore. He watches her with shrewd blue eyes, as if determined to decipher her secrets…and for the first time in years, she finds herself coming alive beneath the hands of a man with too many scars to count.

As the hushed and harsh winter closes in around them, two lost souls find themselves on the precipice of a love that could save their lives…or destroy them forever.


Review: How is it Men In Books (MIBs) always know what we women need, sometimes before we do, and how to deal with it? MIRL (Men In Real Life) do not seem to have this awareness, only an annoying dumbfoundedness whenever we want or expect them to understand what we’re going through emotionally but don’t.

Ian is a true MIB – seemingly perfect (except for that pesky drug addiction, but that’s what got him to Cecily’s cabin and he’s beating it so it’s okay) in every way. He even cooks. But when Cecily freezes in the middle of a kiss and walks out on him, he doesn’t go running after her whining, “What’s wrong? Do I have bad breath?”. Oh no, he quickly replays the whole kiss and voila! He’s got the whole PTSD thing figured out.

While Ian was likable enough, his “perfectness” was annoying. I wanted to slap him. Or at least have a reason for Cecily to slap him.

Cecily was more likable. I admire that she takes charge of her own life, living off the grid, learning to survive in country so rough most of us wouldn’t last a day. I like that she does this rather than submitting to a stack of PTSD medications and therapy sessions. However, even though she’s a loner and is a little put out by Ian moving in with her for several months, she accepts it and makes an attempt to be a good hostess.

Overall, the book was okay. It might be your cup of tea but for me it was a little weak. Ian was just too perfect for my taste and, personally, I would have preferred more conflict between the two.

Favorite Quote: “I don’t want normal. I want you.”