by Eve Silver

November 2006
ISBN: 0-8217-7967-2
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Mass Market Paperback

After the death of her parents, Emma had to move in with her two uncaring aunts. They never tried to hide the fact that she was an intrusion in their lives. Now, with no marriage prospects on the horizon for her, the aunts decided to sell Emma to the highest bidder. Despite the gossip surrounding the infamous Lord Craven of Manorbrier, Emma felt herself lucky to receive an offer to be his son's governess.

Although Anthony Craven was never convicted of the murder of his pregnant wife, the villagers whispered his guilt among themselves and to anyone passing through. His strange ways did not bank the fire of suspicion. Nor did the fact that death had not released its grip on Manorbrier Castle. Two governess have died during their employ with Lord Craven in a short amount of time. On the day of her arrival, Emma was advised most ominously to stay clear of the round tower. ‘Death was in the air’ she was told. Had she not been a woman of her word she would have turned tail and ran. Once Emma realized how badly Lord Craven’s son needed her there was nothing that could make her leave. So she thought. The attempts on her life, witnessing a dead body being taken to the tower, and Manorbrier’s mysterious servants were altogether beginning to give Emma second thoughts.

The very person she should be running from was occupying her every thought. Anthony Craven was aloof, secretive, brooding and possibly the handsomest man she’d ever seen. He was darkness with all its wicked appeal and with a presence just as intimidating. But Emma saw more. It was obvious to anyone who would see that Anthony was not the monster he was whispered to be. The longer she stayed at the castle the deeper her desires grew for the tortured lord of the manor.

His painful past ruled his life. He could offer Emma nothing more than to be her lover. Anthony wouldn’t let his failure endanger her and yet he couldn’t bear the thought of her leaving. Would she be content with only a physical relationship? Would he?

There is much to Eve Silver’s His Dark Kiss to keep the reader glued to the pages. I know I couldn’t put it down. The suspense is well written and evenly played throughout the story. I found my own heart racing along with Emma’s whenever danger approached or the enigmatic, yet devilishly attractive Anthony was nearby. Gothic has never been a favorite genre of mine, but Ms. Silver has done such a stand out job of writing His Dark Kiss that I am won over. She has been added to my auto-buy list.

Reviewed in October 2006 by Rho.

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