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Initial post: Nov 8, 2012 5:13:53 PM PST
Are there any good books like this out there. I just read a Gothic that I was so shocked that I loved, loved. Thanks readers!

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 5:42:19 PM PST
Robin Wilson says:
Gentle from the Night-on my keeper shelf.
The Mistress of Trevelyan-There's a sequel to this which I have, but I haven't read it yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 5:54:10 PM PST
I loved Gentle from the Night, and is also on my keeper shelf, but ironically, yesteday I just finished The Mistress of Trevelyan, and I loved it. A nice gothic change.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 5:54:15 PM PST
Dark Desires is quite good. I just finished it yesterday, and the sexual tension is very strong from the moment the h and H meet.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:01:05 PM PST
You guys must be reading my mind! I am getting ready to order this one. It sounded very interesting. Thanks.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 6:38:40 PM PST
Neeta says:
Kim Lenox Shadowguards trilogy is a good one with a touch of the paranormal. Wonderfully dark and gothic, with steamy interaction between the H and h. Set in London around the time of Jack the Ripper. The Shadowguards are immortals who protect humanity by hunting down the most evil humans and collecting their souls. (Book 1 Night Falls Darkly has our hero hunting Jack the Ripper).

Lydia Joyce has a bunch of dark and mysterious "gothicy" historicals (Victorian England setting). Veil of Night blub: "Under cover of night, he awaits her.... Byron Stratford, Duke of Raeburn, walks in shadow. Spoken of only in whispers, he lives alone in his crumbling manor, a cold, enigmatic recluse. Rarely appearing by the light of day, he moves as a wraith in the night, answering to no man. He cares little for those who dwell outside and does not abide the intrusion of other, lest they discover his secret shame. Lord Raeburn is the sinister man Lady Victoria Wakefield must confront if she is to save herself from her family's ruin. Little does she suspect that she will become his shining star - or that the passion radiating between them will be their only defense against the true darkness threatening to destroy them both...."

Sarah Brophy (Midnight Eyes and Dark Heart) writes historical medievals that are pretty gothic in feel - all dark, mysterious and atmospheric.

Deanna Raybourn writes dark mysteries, gothic themed romance set in Victorian England. I've only just found her and am working my way through the first book, but enjoying it.

And of course you can go to the absolute mistress of all things gothic, Daphne du Maurier - Rebecca, House on the Strand, Jamaica Inn, My Cousin Rachel, etc etc. These are quite a few decades old so of course the sexual tension is quite a bit tamer than the newer authors, but the books are pretty addictive anyway. I never read Rebecca in school, like most people seem to do (changing schools meant I did To Kill a Mockingbird twice and Rebecca not at all). I only got around to reading it a couple of years ago, and loved it so much I had to go and get a bunch of her other ones.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2012 6:55:48 AM PST
Thanks Neeta, and everyone. I do think Veil of Night sounds very good. I will check some of these out. Thanks again.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 7:49:26 AM PST
Eve Silver has a lot of good gothics, and thanks-i just ordered Dark Desires myself. also, christine feehan did a couple i thought were reallllllyyy good.
Lair of the Lion
The Scarletti Curse
or
Dark Prince

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 7:53:12 AM PST
Catniss says:
I just want to second 'The Mistress of Trevelyan...I really liked it.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 8:25:58 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012 8:40:26 AM PST
Robin Wilson says:
Are you a Teresa Medeiros fan? She's at the top of the game for historical romance in my eyes.
These are not technically gothic, but I'm going to recommend them anyway because of the, at times, dark atmosphere. They're about two brothers, one of whom is a vampire, and the two sisters that love them: After Midnight and The Vampire Who Loved Me. You will love the Kane brothers!

And here's the sequel to THE MISTRESS OF TREVELYAN: His Dark Desires.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 8:35:42 AM PST
Eve silver His Dark Kiss, Dark Desires, and I think there might be a couple of others on this series, all great gothic romances.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 8:40:53 AM PST
neon moon says:
barbara michaels wrote some gothic novels, i believe.
Prince of Darkness
The Master of Blacktower
Sons of the Wolf
Wings of the Falcon

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 7:49:03 PM PST
Wow, thanks for some great suggestions, some I have read, but some I have not even heard of. Hope more come in, and happy reading for us all!!

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 8:24:19 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 9, 2012 8:25:35 PM PST
Mignonette says:
Virginia Coffman wrote many Gothic novels from the sixties through the nineties. Quite a number of them are now on Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 1:48:18 AM PST
JennyG. says:
Ditto on Scarletti Curse and Lair of the Lion by Christine Feehan. I've been trying to find more books like them but no luck so far. I wish Christine Feehan would write more books like those two!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 6:13:15 AM PST
Thank you so much everyone. If I come across any more or when I finish reading some of the new suggestions, I will post.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 7:30:49 AM PST
Borago says:
Speak Only Love by Deana James and the "Well"-series by Christina Dodd A Well Pleasured Lady Well Favored Gentleman (Well Pleasured) all have a Gothic feel to them... Lots of crazy relatives and creepy closed sets. ^^

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 9:51:20 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 10:08:25 AM PST
HHK says:
The Crimson Castle
Roses Are Deceiving: A Gothic Mystery in the Tradition of Victoria Holt
Ravenhook
Ghost of Dragoncroft-Novella
Gothics are my favorite genre- I grew up on Victoria Holt.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 10:08:11 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 10, 2012 10:08:40 AM PST
HHK says:
Forgot:three more newly published with a Gothic feel-
Ironskin- Jane Eyre retelling with Fae
The Dark Unwinding- more Gothic than Steampunk
The Sweetest Dark- YA but gorgeous Gothic feel with paranormal twist
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