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Dark Desires (Zebra Debut) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2005

4.5 out of 5 stars 143 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Dark Gothic Series

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  • Series: Zebra Debut
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; First Edition edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821779664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821779668
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an avid fan of Victorian Gothic tales with multi-dimensional characters and creepy locales, Dark Desires is a book I wanted to enjoy. Many Amazon reviewers praised this story and these same 5 star comments inspired me to take a chance on a new author and buy this book. Subsequently, these same glowing reviews haunted me as I read and they made me question why my reading experience was so different from others. Written in the tradition of a Jack the Ripper tale, the beginning of Dark Desires was strong with the introduction of a darkly enigmatic Dr. Cole paired opposite a simpering heroine who, in my opinion, lacked qualities that made me care about her welfare. By the 31% mark on my Kindle, Darcie's voyeuristic habit of slinking about the halls peeking in to rooms irritated me to such an extent that I fought the urge to delete this title from my device. I can't put my finger on why this book fell flat. Ms. Silver's talent to write is evident. There is plenty of blood, gore, dead bodies, mutilated organs and sexual titillation designed to intrigue the ardent Gothic devotee. The plot was unique, the writing strong, surely I was missing something. Whatever it was, I just couldn't get in to this book. I sped through page after page on my Kindle, only reading the bottom lines and that was actually enough to get the gist of how things shook out in the end. Yes, I made it to the end. But it was an exhausting journey, one I won't be taking with Dark Desires sequel again.
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Eve Silver's debut, DARK DESIRES, is a novel that lovers of wonderfully dark gothic reads are sure to find immensely entertaining and totally enjoyable!

Young Darcie Finch is desperate - she has found her way to Mrs. Feather's establishment, a brothel in the Whitechapel section of East London. Steppy, a man most dear to her heart, had betrayed her in the worst possible way. The Madame of the brothel was Darcie's sister but when Darcie asked her for help she was turned away. Instead of sanctuary the brothel could have held, rather than the back alleys she'd been living in, Darcie was told to go and seek out a man who owed Mrs. Feather a favor -- Dr. Damien Cole. Along, with the admonishment - "Have a care. Steer clear of his work and his secrets. He is a man to fear."

It was a strange household - the Cole residence - except for Dr. Damien Cole himself. Darcie thought of him as a golden angel when he had rescued her a short distance away from the brothel. As she began to settle in as a maid of all labors, she saw the dark moods that transformed him; heard of servants that disappeared; and saw strange goings on in the middle of the night.

After Damien discovered her artistic talent he offered to let her use her skills to assist him. The attraction that Darcie she had for him quickly ignited into an overwhelming desire where passions overcame any misgivings she had over his secrets. As more bodies started turning up in the Whitechapel area of London, all showing signs of having been surgically mutilated, Darcie felt an evil presence that seemed to be stalking her. Falling more in love with Damian, she began to wonder if she only `imagined' him to be a dedicated scientist, or was he in truth, a blood-thirsty madman?
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Darcie was no stranger to the better things of life; a loving family, fine living in clothes and food, but all that changed in a twinkling of an eye and Darcie was thrust into a world of darkness; one of fear, horror and need. She had but one hope, to reach her sister who had taken up a less than noble position as a Madame who was now known as Mrs. Feather. Her tender loving sister had learned to survive by submitting to the lowest of low by using herself and others in giving perverse pleasure to men. Darcie, even in her state of starvation and need runs from this women, a shadow of the sister she once knew, and finds herself in the employ of a Dr. Damien Cole. Was this a dream come true, or a nightmare that would devour her?

Dr.Cole had many secrets but he was drawn to Darcie and she to him as Darcie searches to know who this man truly is. Darcie is an artist, one whose talent to sketch is recognized and needed by our mysterious Dr.Cole who is secretly dissecting dead bodies to learn the mystery of human organs. He needs Darcie to help draw what he sees, but can Darcie work side by side with him?

The author throws in another catch as a serial killer is stealing the lives of women and is cutting up their bodies, perhaps the work of a doctor they say. Could it be her doctor? Time moves on and all the evidence seems to lead to Dr.Cole as the killer. Darcie is torn between the love that now flows between them and the realization that he could be a cold blooded killer. What is the truth?

This book is very well crafted, characters well defined and the plot well thought out.
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I don't remember when I last enjoyed a book this much! Ms. Silver has a genuine gift with words, and I was completely and utterly hooked from the first paragraph. Told in third person, entirely from the heroine's point of view, the book kept me on edge the entire time, eagerly anticipating the happy ending for characters I really came to care about. Excellent sexual tension! All in all, a fabulous read, and I'm eagerly looking forward to Ms. Silver's next book!
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