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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. (Aug.)
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Silver's darkly atmospheric gothic tale set in Cornwall early in the nineteenth century will allure readers new to the genre, but fans of Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, and Mary Stewart will find it rather predictable. Jane Hetherington, an innkeeper's daughter with a crippled leg, is aghast that her ruined father is losing everything to Aiden Warrick, the mysterious newcomer who has bought Trevisham House, the local crumbling manse. Warrick offers to let Jane's father keep the inn if Jane will sign indenture papers. But rather than going to Trevisham, they visit an inn on Bodmin Moor where, following his own secret agenda, Aiden treats her nothing like a servant. Gleaning bits and pieces about his life, Jane concludes that Aiden is a smuggler, perhaps even a murderer, but she can't help but fall in love with him. Tixier Herald, Diana
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821781286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821781289
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 11, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jane Heartherington is a woman whose strength and integrity shine from the start of this work until the finish. My heart joined with this woman as she struggled with the hand that life had dealt to her. Haunted by the past and the death of her beloved mother,she is thrust into the center of a well-thought out plan of revenge against her father and soon Jane belongs to Aidan Warrich, as her father betrays her love and cast her away as payment for a debt of long ago. Her life is no longer her own as she struggles to learn the truth behind the debt she is paying, the truth of the man who now claims her as his own, and who her father really is and what is the secret of his past; now she is plunged into a life plagued with mystery and danger.
Jane never figured into the equation that she would fall in love with her captor, nor the fact that she would eventually have to face the entire truth of her father, no matter how terrible it might be. What a ride of a read this one is.
Our author, Eve Silver has taken in my opinion a giant leap in her writing. This work is laced with mystery, love ,and twisted half truths that leave you baffled trying to figure them out. Good job! I was glued to this book from beginning to end. It is one filled with heated emotions, unquenched anger and deep seeded obsessions that desperately need closure, yet laced within and brought to the surface is a love deeper than the sea that will leave you breathless at the conclusion. This is an outstanding read and one I am proud to give my recommendation to.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Romance Books on August 7, 2007
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Put together a dark and stormy night, shipwreckers, smugglers, and rumors, a brooding and handsome man, a beautiful, but flawed woman sold into bondage, and a story packed with suspense! That is Eve Silver's new release Dark Prince. Ms. Silver has brought back the classic Gothic Historical with an extremely well-written and developed story and characters. A book that simply cannot be put down and a great late summer read!

The moors of Cornwall is the backdrop to the intrigue. When the dark, handsome Aidan Warrick shows up for revenge against the father of the beautiful and crippled, but not helpless, Jane Heatherington, sparks fly and rumors and gossip of death and destruction abound. Jane has suffered emotional and physical abuse by her father for years. He has blamed Jane for the death of her mother, which just happened to be the same accident in which Jane also became crippled. His rough verbal abuse, together with the physical abuse of making her work long days and nights at his local inn, has not broken Jane's spirit. So when Aidan shows up and forces Jane's father into signing her away as a bondswoman into the service of this handsome, dark, and mysterious man, her kind heart and optimistic spirit agrees, feeling the exchange of one cruel life for another in order to save her father from ruin will be difficult and one more thing she will have to endure. But Jane is surprised and confused when Aidan turns out to be kind and protective to her and her feelings of hurt and frustration over her crippled emotional and physical life. As Aidan and Jane's attraction and desire grows, the struggles of their past blend into their current relationship, and the reader becomes intrigued by more than one outcome.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise on April 16, 2011
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Dark Gothic romances are one of my favorites and this one does it better than most. It keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat as romance and danger increase. I'd recommend any of Eve Silver's historical romance novels to anyone. I've never read her paranormals, so you're on your own with those.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary on February 28, 2008
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Another winner by Eve Silver! Didn't expect to like it so much but again great story, believable romance, not-perfect characters creating a realistic yet exciting plot and love story. I love how she writes and how her stories develop.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Nix on September 6, 2007
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Jane Heatherington has just found out her innkeeper father has to sell her into indentured servitude or lose the family inn. Jane has just met the new owner of Trevisham House. He can be no other, with his power, his proud bearing, and his confidence. He intrigues her.

Aidan Warrick is a man with a dark past. He sees Jane as the daughter of the enemy he hates, but at the same time he is feels protective, and something even more personal when he looks upon her. His life has not been easy and revenge has become as much a part of him as the act of breathing.

The longer they are together the more the attraction hits them.

Dark Prince is a dark, bittersweet and moody romance. It drew my attention and held it. I enjoyed the characters and their developmental growth. Eve Silver has written a book that one does not want to put down. I suggest this book for a quiet night when you want to read an intelligent romance.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kirstyv on January 3, 2015
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Dark Prince is the first book in Eve Silver's Dark Gothic series that I have read, but because each story is a stand-alone with recurrent themes, the books can be approached in any order.
As the title suggests, the mood of the story is 'dark' and foreboding and Eve Silver builds this atmosphere throughout the novel. We encounter murder, mystery, and deception, all through the eyes of our innocent heroine, Jane.
Jane is taken by the brooding Aidan Warrick as payment of her father's debt and though she presumes her new role to be that of a servant, the pair quickly fall into an easy routine, becoming 'friends'.
Dark Prince is a historical novel and I enjoyed the way in which Eve Silver's tone is consistent and the events are perfectly aligned with the period in which the story is set.
Aidan Warrick is by no means a perfect hero and if Dark Prince was moved to a contemporary setting, he would be a tatted-up bad boy! Yet, Eve Silver allows us to see past his need for vengeance in the way he protects and cares for Jane.
This is really a story in which roles are questioned; those who should be trusted, like Jane's father, become the villains and the murderous Aidan is the hero. Crippled, naive Jane, who at that point in history would have been shunned, becomes the shining star!
Despite its unsavory themes, Dark Prince is essentially a romance and I loved the way Eve Silver chooses to evolve this. We witness Aidan and Jane becoming necessary to each other and it is within this safety that Jane reaches her sexual maturity. These scenes are not gratuitous, but still intensely erotic because of the passion and emotion shared between the two characters.
After reading Dark Prince, I am now hoping to read more of this series and would recommend it to all readers.
I received this as a complimentary review copy, but my opinion has not been influenced in any way.
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