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His Dark Kiss (Dark Gothic Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Emma Parrish, the illegitimate daughter of a deceased nobleman, escapes from the aunts who want to sell her off as some man's mistress and accepts a job as governess for her late cousin's child. After a dark and stormy journey, she arrives at Manorbrier to care for six-year-old Nicky and meets the darkly handsome Lord Craven, who is suspected of throwing his wife down the stairs to her death. The scary servants are all very unusual, and Lord Craven has dead bodies delivered to his forbidding tower. Although readers familiar with medical history will discern the meaning of Lord Craven's proclivities, the suspense is not compromised. Silver's deliciously gothic romance builds suspense as Emma learns of the deaths of two previous governesses, faces strange accidents, and falls in love with Nicky and his mysterious father. If it weren't for the juicy lovemaking scenes, one could almost believe Victoria Holt was writing from beyond, or that Phyllis Whitney, now 102, had completed a new romance. Diana Tixier Herald
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"Silver's deliciously gothic romance builds suspense ... If it weren't for the juicy lovemaking scenes, one could almost believe Victoria Holt was writing from beyond, or that Phyllis Whitney, now 102, had completed a new romance. --Diana Tixier Herald, BOOKLIST
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"Incredible gothic romance--It will give you chills!" --K. Garrabrant "Katiebabs" (this review from His Dark Kiss: paperback)

"Riveting! A dark, steamy and twisted tale!" --Lisa Jackson, New York Times Bestselling author

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  • File Size: 2163 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Eve Silver (November 24, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 24, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057OB5VW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,776 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Hartsell VINE VOICE on November 28, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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Emma has always been more of a burden than anything to her aunts, also being the brunt of many slights and insults due to her illegitimate birth. When she has the chance to escape her aunts' home and become a governess to the child of her late cousin, she jumps at the chance. Never mind there are many rumblings about the widower, Lord Craven, and what really happened to her cousin.

When Emma arrives at the Manorbrier estate, she is immersed in even more mysteries. Previous governesses met unfortunate ends and Emma herself experiences strange accidents. What exactly is Lord Craven doing in that forbidden tower late at night, and with dead bodies no less? These questions plague Emma, but she can't resist her delightful charge, Nicky, or his sinfully handsome father. When opportunity presents itself for a more personal relationship with Lord Craven, Emma is torn between her unanswered questions and her dangerous attraction to the seductive man. But what will be her fate if she gives in to her desires for His Dark Kiss?

Eve Silver has written another brilliant gothic romance. Her first novel Dark Desires was wonderful, and His Dark Kiss is even more incredible. There is a richness to the setting and the story which measures up to even the extremely high standards set by classic masters of the genre like Victoria Holt. However, Eve Silver brings a modern heat level to her stories that is guaranteed to curl your toes in delight. The interactions between our hero and heroine are very passionate and intense. Characters are brought to life with vivid descriptions and mysterious behaviors.

As with any true gothic story, suspense is key to the story, as is the requisite spooky manor house and dark hero.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on July 13, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Eve Silver is becoming a star in the gothic romance arena. "His Dark Kiss" is a perfect novel that channels a classic- "Jane Eyre". This dark story is seductive, mysterious and everything in between. All that it was missing was the typical, dark and stormy night approach. (No clichés here!)
Emma has come to Manorbrier Castle as a governess for her cousin's six year old son. She has never met Lord Anthony Craven, as he was married to her cousin. She ended up dead and assumed by the locals that he murdered her. Emma doesn't believe in them since she is well read and intelligent. She has lived a life of indifference from her aunts who gave her shelter, but nothing else, due to being born illegitimate. This is now her time to shine and perhaps some happiness.
Anthony is her brooding yet handsome employer who makes her all tingly inside from the moment she meets him. Sparks fly on both ends but Anthony has too many secrets and everyone around him seems to end up dead. Did he really kill her first wife and other governesses? Will Emma end up like them?
This story is so well written that it keeps the questions rolling till the very end. There are so many mysteries and villains a foot that you will not fully understand who is causing the problems and why Anthony keeps corpses in his tower (Yes, dead bodies are around!)
Emma and Anthony's exchanges are very passionate, so much so that regardless of the tension and mistrust between them, you hope things work out and they will have their happily ever after.
Fans of sexually charged scenes, suspense and of course mystery will enjoy this gothic tale.

Katiebabs

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 27, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Emma Parrish finds herself rescued from the untenable situation of being sold to the highest bidder by her heartless aunts when she receives an offer from Anthony Craven to come to his home in Wales to act as governess to his young son, Nicholas.

Manorbrier Castle is dark and foreboding and boasts a cast of servants that are deeply loyal to Lord Craven and intimidating to Emma. Upon arrival at Manorbrier, Emma is warned to never venture near the round tower of the castle. It is forbidden.

As Emma goes through her days, she finds herself falling completely in love with Nicky, Lord Anthony Craven's son, who loves her back just as wholeheartedly. More disconcerting, she finds herself incredibly drawn to Anthony. Anthony has many secrets and spends a good deal of every day in the round tower conducting mysterious business. Emma finds herself learning more about him from the servants and from neighbors--and what she finds is terrifying. Many are convinced that Anthony is some sort of ghoul that has a fascination for the dead and is conducting horrible experiments on them. This is contrary to everything Emma has learned about him. He adores his son, can be warm and loving, and during their encounters, Anthony conducts himself as a gentleman, despite his deep attraction to Emma. What is the truth about Anthony, and will Emma still be able to love him once she knows all of his secrets?

His Dark Kiss is a tightly written gothic romance. Silver deftly creates a foreboding atmosphere that colors all of Emma's encounters. The secondary characters are sharply written and interesting and enhance both the mood of the story and the relationship between Emma and Anthony. The story is written exclusively from Emma's viewpoint, so it is fortunate that she's both likeable and smart.
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