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Dark Desires

By: Eve Silver
Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
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Publisher's Summary

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
©2005; 2011 Eve Silver (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Blah Blah Blah Blah.. Geez..

So this was an okay story. Barely. The dialogue was seriously lacking. Too much inner thoughts the ran on and on and on. At one point I was yelling "get to the point"! ugh.

The story line and plot had potential.But the writing style was not for me. Trying to keep you guessing and guessing and guessing and it became long and tedious. The chemistry between Damien and Darcie just did not feel right. It was forced and and did not feel genuine at all.

This book could have been shortened by about 3 hours had the filler thought nonsense been removed. Seriously, people do speak to each other, just not in this book.

This book was written in the third person but might as well have been written in the first person from Darcie's POV because that was really all you got.

I can' recommend this book at all. I am surprised I even finished it.

As for the narration, It was good. I enjoyed that. Billie Fulford-Brown did a good job. the few voices she read were good. I say that because it was all internal dialogue from Darcie's head. She has a nice reading voice.

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Not quite...anything

It wasn't terrible. It wasn't good. The narrator is decent but pronounces things strangely (obviously I am not referncing British versus American English differences.) The writing itself is decent. The story isn't bad.

But it's quite difficult to like any of the characters, or to hate them.

There is no chemistry. It is completely unclear why the characters would be together at all, much less drop their pants and have hot monkey sex.

The heroine is kind of a drip. The hero is kind of cardboard. There is far too much repetition in the heroine's endless internal monologs.

I used to read the old timey Gothics and disappointingly, this was not that. Not enough suspense, not enough atmosphere, not enough charactetizaion to get the reader invested. Just a random dumbish girl jumping into bed a lot with beautiful corpse-disecting doctor she barely knows and frequently believes to be Jack the Ripper.

It was no more than mostly OK. I won't pursue the series.

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3.75 Stars

The story isn’t too bad! I’m going to venture on the next in the series, because if the author improves on the first then it should be a solid 4 stars.
As for the narrator, I have no problem with Billie Fulford-Brown’s narrating abilities and have enjoyed other performances by her. But the choices she made for the sisters’ accents seem less than ideal. They were raised in a prosperous middle class or upper middle class household and educated as ladies. Both girls, but especially Abigail, who would’ve been older when they lost their money and currently associates with some posh clients have lower class accents. It’s possible the narrator wasn’t able to read the script in advance, and if that’s the case the choice makes sense. But because of the accents the narrator chose for the girls, the gap between the lovers seems wider than it really is.
Just my opinion though, obviously.

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Great Gothic Romance

I was looking for a classic style gothic romance and this did not dissapoint. The narrator was absolutely lovely and the story had a good mystery and romance!

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Enjoyed the love story, but liked the mystery best

Good mystery. A well laid out mystery leading you along twists and turns repeatedly. Enjoyed the love story, but the mystery was what had me finish this in 2 days!

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Loved it.


Dark Desires Book 1 by Eve Silver. This is the first time I have read a Gothic Romance Novel. I have to say that I loved it. This story was amazing. I instantly fell in love with the dark mysterious Dr. Damien Cole. His character is what drew me in and the narrator very well selected. My heart went out to these two who suffered life in two different ways yet made its way to happiness. This author is new to me but I will have a second glance. I purchased Book 2. This is a must read.

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gothic at its best!

my first read by this author so enjoyed it.
gothic at its best! mysteries abound...murder & mayhem a constant...secrets till the very end... add a little romance throw in some Jack the ripper??? excellent!!!

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Awesome Story!

The story was just the right amount of love and adventure without any over done repeats. Loved the characters, loved the theme and the narrator performance was so wonderful I thought I was watching a movie....this was a big 5 stars for me...can’t wait to dig in to Eve Silver’s next story within the series....

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Suspenseful steamy romance

This book was well written and the characters were well developed. It had a lot of suspense and steam and I thoroughly enjoyed it. narration (I felt) was excellent.

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Fun Gothic; Great Narration

Wonderfully gothic.

Darcie is a young gentlewoman down on her luck. She obtains a maid-of-all-work position in the household of Dr Damien Cole and eventually becomes an illustrator for his anatomical studies. The novel is set in Victorian London during the time of Jack the Ripper and there are similar murders in Whitechapel.

The author does a good job of setting up Darcie so she doesn't know whether the doctor is evil, or whether she should listen to her heart which is telling her to fall in love with him. Classic gothic struggle!

The attraction between Darcie and Damien was a little weak, and the middle of the book dragged, but overall it was a fun plunge into the gothic world of Victorian London. And the narrator was fantastic.

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