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Dark Secrets [Kindle Edition]

Shona Husk
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Six years ago, Haidyn Mast left his home and his betrothed Anisa to follow his magical calling. Too weak to join the Arcane Guild and too ashamed to return home, he has made a life as a prostitute—to all outward appearances. In truth, he sells his mind but not his body, using magic to let his clients experience their most secret fantasies while his hands stay clean. Even the Lawman, the arbiter of justice in Reseda, is one of his clients, but Haidyn would rather not know the extent of that man's depravity.

Though successful, Haidyn is shunned as a whore and his lack of formal training is causing his power to grow out of control. He's ready to retire and leave the city, but when he sees his Anisa standing at the Lawman's side, he knows he must rescue her from the abusive enforcer. Risking his life and his sanity, he devises a plan, knowing that failure will mean death for him, and a lifetime of torment for her…

For more Arcane stories, download Dark Vow today.

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Editorial Reviews


"Shona Husk weaves a vibrant tale, building an intensely authentic but very foreign world for you to explore..." -Tome Tender

"...within the first few paragraphs, I was easily hooked." -Platinum Book Reviews

" keeps the sense of urgency going strong until the very end..." -Strange Bedfellows 

"It's a deliciously tense, fast-paced story." -Warpcore SF

"I read it in a day, I just didn't want to put it down and I wanted to know how things turned out." -Books and Tales

Product Details

  • File Size: 264 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (February 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9V2XFU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Too ashamed to return home from a failed attempt to join the powerful Arcane Guild, Haidyn tries to rebuild his life far from those he loves, including Anisa, the girl her left behind. Becoming a prostitute by using his magical abilities, he has amassed a sizable fortune, opened a successful brothel for those with eclectic tastes, and making a name for himself, but upon hearing that Anisa has married one of his most depraved clients, his heart tells him to save her from the mistake she has made, before it’s too late.

Why should she trust him? Why should she believe him? What are her feelings towards him after he deserted her all those years ago? Will their romance be rekindled? What if she discovers what he has become?
Dark Secrets by Shona Husk feels like an alternate world kind of read, steampunkish, with a touch of historical western romance. Her writing is tense, taut and brings forth a world where the talents and lives of her characters become completely viable and believable. If Shona Husk creates a villain, there is no doubt about it-that character is bad, through and through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Character February 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second book in Shona Husk's Arcane series; however, I haven't read the first book, Dark Vow, and I don't think you need to either to enjoy Dark Secrets.

This book is touted as a "Western-style fantasy". I wasn't entirely sure what to expect of that categorization. I mean, I don't particularly like Westerns. Or really, y'know, at all. Reading Deadwood (which is what comes to mind when I think of Westerns) was nothing short of painful for me. So there was trepidation. But this book seems to have taken all the best elements of Westerns and left the more annoying traits behind. You've got lawmen that are unchallenged powers, taverns full of sin, sympathetic prostitutes, demure womenfolk, codes of honor, normalized violence, and a Wild West setting. With magic. And apparently there's this whole genre of "weird Westerns" that wasn't even on my radar, which makes me wonder if I could learn to like cowboys, after all.

Something to consider. For now, I'll just focus on Shona Husk's writing because I know I at least like that. And do I, ever. When I first read the synopsis of the book, I was immediately intrigued. (The whole Western element didn't become apparent until I already had the book.) And this is one of those happy occasions when I can report that my enjoyment of the story completely met my expectations, and then some.

What I liked most was the thorough and intricate world-building. There's a complete reality presented here–‒one with its own language, customs, and social structure. The details are everywhere, yet their placement in the story is so matter-of-fact that you don't question their exoticism. Which is my favorite way to approach a fantasy setting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We'll written March 21, 2014
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I enjoyed the twists in the plot and enjoyed exploring the world the author designed. The raw emotion she put into the lead was enthrall long and kept me turning pages well into hours I should be doing other things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy Wild West Fantasy April 14, 2013
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First up, the cover is perfect for the story. It's told first person by the hero Haidyn. Or maybe he's a bit of an anti-hero? Either way, he has that brooding sexy look of the cover.

The story is dark, intense, but a romance. I had to read on and know how things turned out. *By romance, I mean love is motivational and there is a happy ending - I hope that's not a spoiler?

Because I'd read "Dark Vow", I knew the world of "Dark Secrets". It's an intriguing and unique world. Wild West with a fantasy edgy steampunkish vibe. The book has style.
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More About the Author

Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn't looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold--sometimes literally.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching she writes contemporary, paranormal, sci-fi and fantasy romance. You can find out more at

Face the Music, a contemporary NA series starts in April 2015 with Out of Rhythm.

The Annwyn series (paranormal romance) continues in 2015 with The Darkling Lord (March), Singer of Death (June), Taming the Assassin (September).

ES Siren series (written with Mel Teshco and Denise Rossetti) also continues with Ours to Save.

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