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. Who is the local shipwrecker that has been responsible for so many deaths for so many years? What will happen to the beautiful Jane, now signed away to another life of service? What are the deep, dark secrets of Aidan Warrick at Tevisham House?
What is most enjoyable about this book is that Ms. Silver has accomplished what is difficult for most suspense writers. The true villians are unsuspected and there are many surprises at the end!
Dark Prince is an excellent story and a book not to be missed. Fans of the Gothic will definitely be adding this book to their collections, awaiting the next release!