All books in the Dark Gothic Series are stand alone titles that can be read in any order.
Innkeeper’s daughter Jane Heatherington is sold into indentured servitude to cover her father’s debts, sold to Aidan Warrick, a man whose handsome face and form mock the rumors that skulk in his shadow, rumors that paint him a smuggler, a pirate…and worse.
On the rainswept Cornish coast, Aidan’s business is carried out in the darkest hours of moonless nights, his secrets are many, and death follows in his wake. Isolated and alone, Jane's only companion is the man she dare not trust, the man who looks at her with heated desire that she both fears and craves.
As she finds herself ensnared in the twisted schemes carried out within the walls of Aidan’s looming estate, Jane must decide if Aidan Warrick is the dark prince of her dreams or a monster preying on the innocent…
"...darkly atmospheric gothic tale set in Cornwall...will allure readers..."—Booklist
"With her ability to create the perfect chilling atmosphere, a dark, tormented hero and an intrepid heroine, Silver rises to the ranks of Victoria Holt and Daphne du Maurier…" —Romantic Times BOOKreviews, Winner RT Reviewers Choice Award
“…an outstanding tale about two wounded souls with so much feeling and emotion that there were times my eyes became a little misty…Eve Silver deserves praise for this complicated and moving story.”—Fresh Fiction
Silver's newest (after His Dark Kiss), set against the wilds of early 19th-century Cornwall, makes a moody gothic romance out of the business arrangement between a crippled innkeeper and a vengeful privateer. Poor innkeeper Gideon Heatherington has only one option when stolid, hardened privateer Aidan Warrick shows up demanding payment on the inn's mortgage; he must sell his daughter, Jane, into indentured servitude to Aidan for a period of seven years. Anger over the innkeeper's past misdeeds fuels Aidan's attempts to keep his distance from the beguiling Jane, but he finds himself protecting her despite himself. Jane, for her part, can't help being intrigued by the man who makes "an ugly knot of terror curdle in her stomach." As the attraction between them simmers, Aidan unwittingly reveals his caring side and, eventually, his troubling secrets. Domestic tension and Aidan's mysterious past drive the novel nicely, and the evolving, bittersweet relationship between the two damaged souls is, appropriately, this romance's strongest aspect.
Okay Mystery romance
The author's need to keep Aiden mysterious interferes with development of a emotional intimacy between him and Jane. Attraction early on comes dangerously close to the love at first sight cliché but never quite crossed the line. The language and prose was well.
I binge read this book in a day. The emotional ups and downs forced me to take breaks. His author has a strong writing style and an understanding of dialogue I found refreshing. If you like a tortured bad boy and a strong heroine then this is the book for you.
A most excellent book, a most excellent author! This is my second book I’ve read by Eve Silver and I do love me some gothic romance with suspense thrown in. Great characters. Great plots. Plenty more to read!!