Dark Desires Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Betrayed by those she trusted, penniless and alone, Darcie Finch is forced to accept a position no one else dares as assistant to dangerously attractive Dr. Damien Cole. Ignoring the whispered warnings and rumors he's a man to fear, she takes her position at his eerie estate, where she quickly discovers 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 with whom she is falling in love. Is he an innocent and misunderstood man...or a remorseless killer who prowls the East End streets?
Listen to all of Eve's historical romantic suspense series with a Gothic twist! Each audiobook is a stand-alone, and the series can be listened to in any order.
- Dark Desires
- His Dark Kiss
- Dark Prince
- His Wicked Sins
- Seduced by a Stranger
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 45 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||August 28, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #36,378 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#87 in Victorian Romance
#108 in Gothic Horror Fiction
#636 in Gothic Romances
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Reading other reviews, one has no idea if this is a lame attempt at a Gothic or if it is way to dark and creepy to be romantic. Hopefully my review helps you determine the answer.
There is a difference between Gothic and Horror. This is a Gothic, and a Romance Gothic at that. It reminded me a bit of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey which is a satire on the Gothic Penny Dreadfuls coming out at the time. This book like Austen’s is over the top. The heroine is constantly gasping, and her breasts are always heaving. But, that is part of what makes this a Gothic. The almost nonsensical fear and vivid imagination of a slightly vapid heroine. The reviewers who claim this isn’t a Gothic don’t know what a classic Gothic is. Personally, I thought it was sufficiently dark to be classified a Gothic Romance.
Readers also appear to be upset that despite having feelings for Damien Darcie suspects him of being the murderer. But, this also is a classically Gothic theme. The heroine almost always naively suspects the hero of something while at the same time falling in love with him. I’m afraid those are the rules.
This book is a great reminder of why most romance authors tell the story from the perspectives of both the H&h. It would have made a world of difference to get Damien’s perspective every once and awhile. Darcie tends to repeat herself and she thinks herself into circles several times. Damien’s perspective would have given the reader a nice break and a little insight into his view of Darcie and himself. This is my one real complaint and what kept it from being a 5-star book.
The love scenes were a bit mild. Sorry to ruin anyone’s innocence but they are not “graphic” as some reviews claim. Also, PLEASE stop reading books with “steamy” in the description and then giving them a bad rating because there is sex! I don’t read books with “YA” in the description and then give it 1-star because there is no sex. It is unfair to the author that you didn’t do your due diligence. It took me literally 30 seconds to determine there was going to be love scenes.
For me, this book did an excellent job of using the classic Gothic motifs and themes. It was it dark and creepy while still being a light and whimsically romantic read.
Romance-5/5 Steaminess-3/5 Explicitness-2/5
The real Jack the Ripper went into Whitechapel looking for a prostitute to kill and when he found one, he would kill her if he found the opportunity. He would not have followed one out of Whitechapel and waited months to kill her.
Anyway, back to the story. I do like that she wrapped up the story and I don't have to wait for a book 2. There was a HEA for almost everyone involved, which I also liked. I do recommend this book, only if you can deal with the sex scenes or if you are like me and can just skip over the sex scenes. If you can't deal with the sex scenes, then just skip this book.
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Anyway, I chose Dark Desires for two reasons:
1) It was a fairly recently published gothic romance, and I really wasn’t feeling a desire to read old school stuff. Partly because I wanted steaminess. Don’t judge.
2) Also, it was free on Kindle. Eve was doing the whole ‘make the first book free and they’ll come back to pay for the rest of the series’ trick. It might just work for me… Let’s see!
Full disclosure: I was going through a super depressed phase when I read this, and I read it instead of reading what I should have been or studying for an exam. In fact, the night before and morning of the exam were spent devouring the book instead of studying. I was so whacked out I couldn’t do any of the things I was supposed to, but Dark Desires managed to give me comfort in a weird, twisted sort of way.
Why twisted? BECAUSE THERE ARE BODY PARTS AND BLOOD EVERYWHERE. The book is about an anatomist (Damien Cole) and the girl he takes on to help around the house (Darcie Finch). Except that she ends up seeing disembodied hearts and things. Yeah. My morbid curiosity, like Darcie’s, was piqued. I mean, I had to study anatomy as part of my undergrad degree, and I still have all my textbooks and posters, including a very detailed photographic book of anatomy. So why the hell was I so squeamish about some of these scenes?! I guess I’ll put that down to Eve’s skill at freaking people out.
Dr. Cole had not been forthcoming as to the reason that a fresh corpse sat in his carriage.
Also, for most of the book, I was utterly, 100% convinced that Darcie should be running waaaaay away from Damien. CREEPTASTIC. It was only logic that told me that I had to be missing something, because this was supposed to be a romance novel in which, presumably, the heroine ends up living HEA with the hero. So again, props to Eve for messing with my head so well.
My biggest disappointment? You’re going to laugh at me now, I swear. I was sad that it wasn’t more steamy. I mean, the chemistry was pretty good, and there were a couple of ooh la la, get yourself a fan scenes. Oh, and innocent Darcie learned the value of a well-placed knee, if ya know what I mean. BUT I WANTED MORE, K! While the scenes were graphic, they were super short. So maybe some people will actually prefer this book to something more sustained; maybe I just need more heat than most people (while still having a plot). Literary nymphomania is a potential diagnosis. (If no one else has used that term before, I’m claiming it.)
“I want to do all manner of things to you, and have you do them to me. Wonderful things. Pleasurable things.” He ran the pad of his thumb across her lips. “Wicked things.”
I AM YOURS, DAMIEN.
But let me make this clear: I did enjoy the chemistry. There was definitely insta-lust, but the deeper feelings built over time. Damien was such a tortured soul, so he definitely fit into the whole gothic romance hero stereotype. However, he was also very caring, and he backed off when he believed his advances were unwanted. Hashtag gentleman. Also, he really respected Darcie and saw more to her as a woman than other men of the time. While other men thought women belonged in the home, popping out offspring, he saw no reason they couldn’t be pursuing medical careers.
“Do you know, Darcie, that it takes a good deal of thought for some medical students to reach that conclusion?”
“There are no women in medical school.” The observation slipped out before she had time to question the wisdom of opening such a Pandora’s box.
“No, there are not.” Their gazes met and held. Darcie sensed something in his expression. As he continued to watch her, she felt a warm wave ripple through her, a feeling of pleasure and confidence that blossomed and grew. “There are no women in medical school,” Damien repeated. “Yet.”
I did not expect the end at all. I mean, I knew Darcie was going to get herself in trouble, and she was completely reckless, but the how and who of it? Nope, didn’t see it until nearer the time. In all honesty, though, the end was a little weird, which made it more unexpected. It got a little bit rushed and…sloppy? I would have liked it more if mental health wasn’t suddenly used at the very last minute to take the blame. Own your evilness!
Overall, I had fun reading this, even if it made me queasy at times. Actually, it probably made me enjoy it more. If you haven’t read gothic romance and want something written in this millennium, I’d definitely give Dark Desires a go!
The story starts off well - penniless waif in peril, dark and brooding benefactor with disturbing secrets, etc. The heroine is unfortunately a bit of an idiot, making stupid decisions on a regular basis, but the story works reasonably well despite that, at least up until the ending. The ending is a creepus-ex-machina, where the villain appears without any decent establishment, and is easily defeated as well. That ending was a real let-down. So starts off decently, ends poorly.
The story follows Darcie, a young girl who has found herself destitute in London during the time of some brutal murders. It focuses on her relationship with her employer, the enigmatic and brooding Dr Damian Cole, while seamlessly weaving the suspense of a whodunnit into the mix.
Eve's story telling had my heart racing, breaking and soaring. While elements of it were slightly predictable I found I didn't mind this as much as I expected.
Since I've finished, I feel slightly bereft. I miss the characters already and am seriously considering picking it up for a re-read as I find myself not ready to let them go just yet.
I'll definitely be trying Eve's other books.
I guessed right the the first time due to my good instincts....but sometimes during the book I wondered if I was wrong, because Eve just kept on putting little twists to make you second guess.
Spoiler below, hints at things that aren't in the book but could have been, so do not read if you don't want anything to be given away.
At one point in the book, due to the fog and Damien disappearing into it, and him not eating and preferring night over day, I actually thought 'maybe he is a vampire.' I think with the blood on his handkerchief and sometimes on
his top, not to mention the fact that he always seems to know when Darcie is watching him, helped with that thought.
This book kept me guessing for a while. I enjoyed it.