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Dark Shines My Love Paperback – December 1, 2011
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"A beautiful, moving story. Alexis Hart has the amazing ability to generate characters that literally step off the pages." -- Leslie Burbank, author of To Tame A Viking
"A moving novel...the love scenes are marvelous...will make you laugh, cry, and be glad you read it." -- Romantic Times
"Move over Jane Eyre. 'Cause Dark Shines My Love is one contemporary Gothic that is sure to capture your heart." -- Lori Pepio, award winning author of Highland Honor
"Sensuous and heartwarming with memorable characters, DARK SHINES MY LOVE will blind you with it's brilliance." -- Pamela Johnson, author of WHITE EAGLE'S LADY
From the Inside Flap
Determined to be careful, Callie nudged his knees apart and stepped between them. The warmth of his thighs pressing in on her legs spread throughout her body, awakening the sensations of life she'd thought gone for good. She'd not even considered ever finding another man attractive, but as she cleaned Patric up, the man she found beneath the shadows intrigued her.
She shaved off the last section of hair and inspected her handy work. "I'll need to moisturize it."
His eyes snapped open. "Do what you have to."
Callie kept her gaze on him as she twisted the lid off a jar of cream. The lotion felt cool on her hands as she rubbed her palms together. When she finally pulled up enough courage to touch him, the sensations nearly knocked her over. Wanting to make quick work of it and be done, Callie rubbed the cream on his smooth skin.
"Easy there. It's hard, but still has feeling," Patric said, his voice raspy.
Her hands stilled when he reached up and covered them. Patric urged her fingers to move beneath his, and Callie wanted to sigh out loud. She stared at his hands covering hers as their fingers locked together in their motions.
A moment later, he jerked his hands away and pushed her from between his legs. "I can do this," Patric snapped.
Watching the rise and fall of his chest, she didn't have to wonder if he'd been as affected as her. However, she wasn't at all comfortable with his reaction.
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What I like is not about WHAT, but about HOW.
Having purchased the book I presumed it was the well known Gothic Beauty and the Beast theme, so there was no surprise there. All the elements are here. Huge old dark house (like a mysterious castle) neglected in dust and cobweb, recluse of a master, scary looking, all in hair and beard and a young woman in need of work with nowhere else to go. The two tortured heroes discover each other and fall in love.
But the master here is Patrick, a sensitive pure warm soul abused as a child by his father, attached to his mother, scared of the world and on top of all blinded. He is hiding in the darkness of his house and defending his fragile peace with his father's brute attitude.
The young woman, at the other hand, is Callie, a runaway mother abused by her husband (who is a respectable, rich and good-looking member of society) and is in a desperate need of protecting her son, but her greatest enemy is her paralyzing fear in the mere presence of her ex-husband.
Warm and caring, Callie finds the way to Patrick's heart.
The writing is very nice, the whole atmosphere easy to dive in.
And what about the ending?
To my opinion for their happily ever after there was enough for Patrick to change in the way he did by conquering his own fears, helping Callie to overcome hers and most of all by letting himself love her. As for Callie, it was enough for her to find crystal pure, tender and selfless love to feel happy and safe.
Patric LeClerc is a blind, recluse who has no use for people, especially the nurses that have been sent to take care of him. He is rude, angry and a pill to live with. He has managed to run all of his nurses off until he meets Callie Carpenter. Callie is trying to build a live for herself and her son while running from her abusive ex- husband. Becoming Patric's live in nurse will provide a stable income as well as a home.
Patric was the classic tortured hero whose hard exterior masks a lonely, vulnerable being in need of love and companionship. He fits the mold of the gothic hero perfectly. He doesn't trust people and pushes everyone away even though he desperately needs them. But once you get past all the bluster, he was a teddy bear.
Callie was a little more problematic for me. Most of the time, she was levelheaded and gentle. She wasn't a pushover and refused to let Patric bully her or her son. My quibble with Callie was that when she needed her common sense the most, it seemed to desert her. When dealing with her abusive ex-husband, she was a spineless ninny. All of the spunk and grit that she had with Patric was gone. A crying shell of a woman was there every time the ex-husband was in the room. It was hard to reconcile that behavior and her behavior with Patric.
Also, while the chemistry between Patric and Callie was okay, I found myself annoyed at the number of misunderstandings that these characters had. Instances where one would not let the other speak really tried my patience. Mature adults let their partners explain themselves.
I also found the ending to be a little half-baked and completely unnecessary. I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I don't understand why the author felt it was necessary to make such a major change in a character. It missed the whole point of loving and accepting yourself for who you are and learning that someone else may love you just the way you are.
"Dark Shines My Love" didn't do that much for me. It had some good points, but the story never really clicked.
I would also like readers to note that Patric is African American and Callie is Caucasian. I didn't expect that when I ordered the book, so I wanted to inform other readers.