XOXperts Review : Gone to Dust by Liliana Hart

Title: Gone to Dust
Author: Liliana Hart
Series: Gravediggers, #2
Release Date: June 20, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 384
Format: Mass Market Paperback

The Gravediggers aren’t exactly what they seem. They’re the most elite of the world’s fighting forces—and all they have in common is that they’ve been betrayed by the countries they’ve died for. Because they are dead. To their country, their military, and their families.

Sometimes the dead do rise....

Miller Darling is one of the most popular romance novelists of her time. Not bad for a woman who doesn’t believe in romance. She’s as logical as they come, and she doesn’t believe in happily-ever-afters. What she does believe in is family, so when her brother disappears, she doesn’t think twice about packing her bag and her laptop and heading out to find him.

Elias Cole lived and breathed the life of a Navy SEAL. Now he’s “dead” and his hero’s honor tarnished. The only thing keeping him sane are the men who are like him—The Gravediggers—and the woman who makes his head spin. He’s never met anyone like Miller Darling. Her smart mouth and quick wit keep him on his toes, and damned if he doesn’t find that appealing.

When Miller receives a package from the brother who abandoned her asking for help, it’s clear she’s in over her head with the mess he’s gotten himself into. She needs a professional, and Elias is just the man for the job. Only her brother is a former SEAL—the man who left his team to die—and Elias is more interested in vengeance than saving his life.

This is the second book in the Gravediggers series, and can be read as a standalone; which I did. I will undoubtedly get to the first book soon enough though, because I was rally taken by this world. I initially had no idea what I was going to get with this series. The cover is quite ominous, but the story wasn’t at the level of drama and suspense that it had led me to believe; which is not to say I was disappointed with it. It is very action-packed which I always love to read. In addition to the great mixture of romance and suspense, these aspects kept me riveted all throughout the story.

Elias and Miller developed really good chemistry as the story progressed, and shared some playful banter while they worked together to find her brother. I enjoyed reading their interactions and the way he challenged her. In turn, she showed Elias how to loosen up and consider a new path in life that wasn’t solely driven by vengeance. Their dialogue provoked many laughs and smiles in me as I read, despite the darker elements of the story.

I felt like the story lagged a bit at the start, and I wish it was more in-depth in other parts, especially the ending. I suppose I’m simply being greedy, but i wanted a little more from Elias and Miller. I did find it quite clever how the author weaved a bit of history into the book, and ended up being a wonderful addition to the overall storyline. All in all, the ending, including the epilogue, was a great finish to this book. 

The Gravediggers are an interesting bunch of honorable men who are assumed dead by the world. They spent their lives protecting their country, and now they’re spending their afterlives doing the same. These men come from a variety of backgrounds, and have lived such fascinating lives, which makes me all the more eager to read the next book in the series. 

Liliana Hart is a New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of more than fifty titles. After starting her first novel her freshman year of college, she immediately became addicted to writing and knew she’d found what she was meant to do with her life. She has no idea why she majored in music.

Since publishing in June 2011, Liliana has sold more than five-million ebooks. All three of her series have made multiple appearances on the New York Times list. Liliana is a sought after speaker and she’s given keynote speeches and publishing workshops to standing-room-only crowds, from California to the Library of Congress to London.

Liliana can almost always be found at her computer writing, or giving workshops for SilverHart, a company she founded with her husband, Scott Silverii, where they provide law enforcement, military, and fire resources to writers, so they can “write it right.” When Liliana and her husband aren’t working or spending time with their children, they’re traveling to the places that interest them most.