Ray Gordon's books are always good value. He writes very well, and has a sure-footed approach to providing a steady stream of erotically stimulating situations, with credible characters and scenarios that require only minimal suspension of belief. Dark Desires involves time travel, and whereas this device can easily lead to inconsistencies and an unwanted feeling of over-complexity, Gordon manages to avoid irritating the reader while managing to use the time-shifts to move the `stimulating action' forward briskly. The reader is constantly provided with puzzles that seem only just out of reach of solutions. The sense of separation experienced by the principal character, Samantha, as a result of her time shifts adds a kind of voyeuristic thrill. Inclusion of a little consensual spanking in this story also adds to its appeal. One of Gordon's best.
A promising start with some parts of what could have been an imaginative good story line, petering to nothing but depravity and perversion, not desire and eroticism as the title suggests. A Wildly farfetched storyline with very little realism, coupled with overuse of many of the sexual words used, showing poor imagination and a fixation on the term lesbianism, and too much detail leaving very little to the reader's own imagination. A disappointing ending, felt like the author was trying to cram too much in, and lost the plot, this could have been left open for continuation. Author needs to realise women read erotic books as well.