Kept Darkly

The Darkly Series

Romance - Paranormal
332 Pages
Reviewed on 04/11/2019
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Author Biography

Far far away and in a time long ago, Tarrant Smith graduated from Queens College in North Carolina with a degree in English literature. She currently lives in the beautiful town of Madison, Georgia with her husband, son, and two rescued stray cats who follow her around like familiars. As a kitchen witch, she has always sought out and nurtured the magick that can be found in the mundane trappings of everyday life. For more information about the author and her romance books please go to tarrantsmith.com

2020 Georgia Independent Author of the Year Award (Romance Catagory for The Love of Gods)

​​​​​​​"From cover to cover, Smith delivers insanely well-drawn characters and enough moments of levity to keep this paranormal romance moving along at a brisk pace. Never does Smith's work lack. As the author bounces from one subplot to the next and back, she keeps readers on their toes and deeply involved with each of the main characters and their tragic lives.

The Love of Gods was awarded Literary Titan's Silver Book Award for June 2019.
​​​​​​​The Fate of Wolves was awarded Literary Titan's Gold Book Award in December 2019
​​​​​​​The Dreams of Demons was awarded Literary Titan's Silver Book Award in August 2020
Bound Darkly was awarded Literary Titan's Gold Book Award for July 2019.
Kept Darkly was awarded Literary Titan's Gold Book Award for August 2019.
Surrendered Darkly was awarded Literary Titan's Gold Book Award for August 2019.
Resurrected Darkly was awarded Literary Titan's Gold Book Award for August 2019

    Book Review

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.