Title: Dark Desires | Series: Dark Gothic #1 | Author: Eve Silver | Publisher: Smashwords | Publication date: November 24th 2013 | Num. Pages: 352 | Genre: Gothic Romance, Regency Romance
4 stars – A suitably gothic tale of romance
Betrayed by those she trusted, penniless and alone, Darcie Finch is forced to accept a position that no one else dares, as assistant to dangerously attractive Dr. Damien Cole. Ignoring the whispered warnings and rumours that he’s a man to fear, she takes her position at his eerie estate, where she quickly discovers that nothing is at it seems, least of all her handsome and brooding employer. As Darcie struggles with her fierce attraction to Damien, she must also deal with the blood, the disappearances … and the murders.
With her options dwindling and time running out, Darcie must rely on her instincts as she confronts the man she falling in love with. Is he an innocent and misunderstood man … or a remorseless killer who prowls the East End streets?
Note: All books in the Dark Gothic series can be read as stand-alone novels.
I’ve had Dark Desires on my kindle for almost a year and I’ve waited until I finally had the whole series before starting it – in fairness I didn’t have to as they can all be read as standalone novels but I have this thing about completing series if they’re all out before I go and read them.
Dark Desires was a welcome break from what I’ve been reading this month – I’ve been reading a lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy lately and sometimes you just want that little bit of something different; this book gave me that. It was just this side of romantic enough to be considered a romance but it was considerably more gothic due to the setting of the book – Jack the Ripper type of era.
Darcie Finch is our damsel in distress in this gothic regency novel – a recently destitute lady whose sister left after the death of their father; whose mother died of consumption and whose stepfather lost every penny they had, subsequently fell into drink and sold Darcie to two men who eventually murdered him after she escaped. Drama.
Dr Damien Cole is our hero and he’s a troubled soul at that. A doctor who strongly believes that medicine does not benefit the human body – we’re talking electronic reanimation here people. He likes his body parts nice and dead but he likes learning everything about them including how they work and what they look like.
This story starts with Darcie heading to a prostitutes house who turns out to be her sister; she’s turned away after meeting with a particularly debauched gentleman inside the house and she is sent to Dr Cole’s house and told to never return. As you could have guessed our heroine has trouble doing as she is told and ends up going back later on in the story.
There’s a not quite Jack the Ripper-esque feel to this book with various female murders and as is a little typical in regency romances, our hero and heroine get involved and end up saving the day. This didn’t bother me as it sometimes does as it was written in an exceptionally well way; this book was suitably dark and suitably gothic with just the right touch of romantic involvement between the characters.
One of my favourite parts to this book is the below quote from Damien:
“Darcie… I do love you.” The words sounded stiff, rusty. Damien gave a shaky laugh that grew and swelled until it sprang free, unfettered. “My God, I love you. With everything I am. You are my soul, my breath, my life.” The words flowed with ease now. “You once thought that I robbed graves, but in truth ’tis you who are the resurrectionist, you who have lifted me from my living tomb. You have resurrected me from a life devoid of feeling, a blank terrain of desolation and loneliness.”
From a man who feels that love is lost to him and to find it in an unlikely place and unlikely person is quite sweet. The book itself was written in a classic modern regency way, without the touch of modernity to the speech that you sometimes get in regency romance novels. The dialogue and prose flowed with a good speed to the story – not too slow and not so fast and to miss anything.
In all, I’ll definitely be reading the next book as this is the first book from this author I’ve read.