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His Dark Kiss [Mass Market Paperback]

Eve Silver


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11 Nov 2006
Set high atop a hill, Manorbrier Castle is shrouded in darkness and savage rumours: No servant has ever survived for long...Stay away from the Round Tower...There's death there...And then there is the dark lord of the manor himself...a monster, they say, and a murderer...Sinner...Emma Parrish isn't easily frightened by hearsay. She's escaped a far worse fate in order to take a position as governess at Manorbrier. Caring for Lord Craven's young son offers her a last chance to build a life for herself. She will not flee, even when she feels eyes watching her, hears strange, haunting laughter - not even when she is tempted by the alluring pull of Anthony Craven's seductive, dangerous beauty...Or Cold-Blooded Killer? A whisper of evil crawls through the shadowy halls and locked rooms of the crumbling estate. At night, Emma sees a mysterious light coming from the Round Tower. She has been warned never to set foot inside it - just as she has been warned not to fall for Lord Craven's wicked charms. But some curiosities - and deepest desires - must be satisfied. And as Emma draws ever closer to a man she cannot resist or deny, she moves nearer to the terrifying truth of his darkest secrets.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing (11 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821779672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821779675
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.6 x 16.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,192,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Riveting! A dark, steamy and twisted tale." -- Lisa Jackson

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from rising star Eve Silver 28 Nov 2006
By Kelley Hartsell - Published on Amazon.com
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. His Dark Kiss has all that in spades. I found myself drawn into the setting, envisioning the manor and experiencing Emma's fears and desires. I, too, wondered what was going on in the dark tower and why the servants were so secretive. As events spiral farther onward, I was sucked into the maelstrom, and carried along for the ride.

The gothic romance is far from dead as some would like to believe. Eve Silver breathes new life into the genre that is the basis for so many romance novels on the market today. If readers want a thrilling story that will give them goose bumps in an oh-so-good way, than His Dark Kiss by Eve Silver is just the novel for them!

Kelley A. Hartsell, November 2006. All rights reserved.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Gothic Romance- It will give you chills! (B+ Grade) 13 July 2007
By Katie Babs - Published on Amazon.com
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Gothic Romance ... 28 Nov 2006
By Armchair Interviews - Published on Amazon.com
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. Anthony is virile and handsome, but also a loving father, and it becomes easy for the reader to see why Emma falls in love with him.

Armchair Interviews highly recommend this gothic romance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Had I read this one first... 7 July 2013
By Theresa H Brandt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wouldn't have bought Dark Desires, published in 2012 and the book that led me to His Dark Kiss if I'd read HDK first. While I found DD to be a fairly well written gothic romance with a better than average plot and a minimum of cliche, His Dark Kiss is a turgid potboiler. Clearly Ms. Silver's writing improved from 2006 when HDK was published to 2012. Thank goodness.

If you want to read all the gothic cliches--a semi-desperate, but beautiful female protagonist who is immediately attracted to the tortured and mysterious male protagonist, a spooky castle with an off-limits tower, whispering voices, deep wells, etc--then pick this one up. Otherwise, read some of Ms. Silver's later works. This one is really so formulaic you'll have figured rather quickly. Once that happens there's no real reason to keep reading.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious ans sensual 11 May 2013
By Halina G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Very nice, descriptive language that allowed me to imagine each scene. A mystery slowly being revealed that kept me guessing as to what really happened. The story is build detail after detail, each adding a little more light until the white picture is revealed. Eve Silver skillfully builds sexual tension between Emma and Anthony through pages and when the first kiss finally happenes I had a smile on my face.
I like my heroines somewhat snarky and Emma is nothing like that. But I liked her steadfastness and willingness to seek for explanation, even when her first reaction was negative. Anthony is just fabulous; mysterious, tormented hero with a heart of gold that just needs the right woman to thaw. And of course easy on the eyes.
I enjoyed the storyline and writing. I usually search for books with more humor and liveliness (Amanda Quick or Julia Child are my favorites) but I got this one to try and I enjoyed it as well. I will read more of Ms Silver books for sure.
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