ARC Review: Darkroom by Kate Willoughby

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ARC Review: Darkroom by Kate Willoughby

3.5 Stars

Book Info

Released: April 26th 2021
Genre: New Adult
Series: Moo U #7
Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
Pages: 290

“If you are looking for a quick read that is sweet but has depth and character growth, then check this out.”

~ Under the Covers

I’ve been a fan of Kate Willoughby’s hockey romances for years and when I saw she was writing in this “universe” I knew I had to read it.

DARKROOM is about an Asian American girl who was adopted at a very young age by a white couple. She’s grown up not really embracing her Chinese heritage and feeling a bit out of place in both worlds. Adding to that is the fact that she was born with a Port-Wine birthmark on her face, the source of much bullying in her younger years and what has led her to covering it up with tons of makeup all the time.  Now in college, when she starts dating a star player in the hockey team, her fears from bad past experiences make it hard for her to be able to open up.

One of my favorite things about Kate Willoughby’s books is her love of hockey and how it shines through. I admit this wasn’t as much an important part of DARKROOM as I had anticipated. Nevertheless, this book does tackle some issues that players have to deal with especially when it comes to mental health. I was glad to see that our hero leads by good example and doesn’t shy away from seeking help.

You guys know by now that I’m not the biggest fan of insta love and at times this felt too insta-lovey for my taste. But as far as these two being a cute couple and extra supportive of each other, can’t complain.

If you are looking for a quick read that is sweet but has depth and character growth, then check this out. I was happy to go on this journey with our main characters and especially our heroine as she had a lot of baggage to overcome. Do I think it’s the most believable that she was able to get there so fast? Not really. Was it a bit of a “love fixes all”? Maybe.

While DARKROOM isn’t the most believable story, I certainly appreciated the insight it can give into some struggles. And in the end, I think it handles all of them with grace and in the right way. Even if a bit rushed.

As always I’ll continue to wait for another hockey release from Kate Willoughby.

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About Kate Willoughby

USA Today bestselling author Kate Willoughby is in love with the sport of hockey. And the entire Los Angeles Kings team. Having lived most of her life completely uninterested in professional sports, she is surprised at the intensity of her enthusiasm and her growing collection of Kings merchandise.

She has held a variety of jobs—podiatrist’s assistant, telemarketer, typist, gift wrapper, painter, illustrator’s assistant, paste-up artist, calligrapher, teacher, transcriptionist and barista—but her favorite by far is author. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, their two sons, and a Chihuahua named Mochi.

She is also a member of the Romance Writers of America, Los Angeles Romance Authors, and Santa Clarita Romance Writers, and winner of the 2009 EPPIE Award for Best Fantasy/Paranormal Erotic Romance and the 2016 EPPIE Award for Best Contemporary Romance.

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Thanks for the review.