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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Kept Darkly is a work of paranormal romance fiction penned by author Tarrant Smith, and is the third book in the Darkly Series. In this return to the world of the stringent laws of Fey society, we meet the Seelie Queen, a unique seer, as she puts into action a political match which she thinks will benefit her nation as a whole. The queen intends to match her champion Sel to Riona, the bastard princess of the Unseelie King Melwas, but two problems stand in her way. Sel is very much loyal and in love with his queen, and Riona is a feisty, powerful Unseelie female who is sick of being used as a pawn in other people’s games.
For readers hunting for romances with strong leads and intense emotions, the Darkly Series is a great reading choice. I really enjoyed author Tarrant Smith’s character-building techniques and vivid descriptions, laying the thoughts and feelings out alongside almost cinematic moments of action to bring Sel and Riona to life. There is a wider, more complex story at work in the court and the kingdoms in general. However, the plot is constructed so that it does not overload with information but gives readers plenty of help to understand the wider implications of what’s going on around them. The central romance is unpredictable, steamy and very satisfying to read, and there was also a flirty, fun bonus story with more thrills for romance fans. Overall, Kept Darkly is a well-written addition to a deep and complex series.