Dark Prince (Dark Gothic #3) by Eve Silver
Review: Once I read the first book in this Dark Gothic series, I could not move fast enough to find all the books in physical copies. Sadly, that’s just about impossible. These books can be gotten, but it will take a long time to get them in physical copies. They are made to order I guess from Barnes & Noble (at least that was what they told me), anyway I was able to find this single copy at one of my favorite used bookstores (yay me!).
Even though I still have two to three books left of this series, I am going to say that this is my favorite book of the series. I really want to reread it again, if I can ever find the time. I really adored the different story plot, no doctor’s this time! The plot and characters are also so very unlike any of the others in this Dark Gothic series, it was really refreshing.
The majority of the plot is revenge and undeniably love between two unlikely people (who should hate each other, and kind of do). That’s where the off the charts chemistry between Jane Heatherington and Aidan Warrick comes in, a love that frighten’s both of them. But, it also makes that story between them all the more steamy/swoon-y and heartbreaking. Because Jane is a sweet person and Aidan believes himself to only be about revenge. The last quote in my “favorite quotes” section really speaks to how he feels about his revenge being everything he is. It is all that he has left and he will stop at nothing (and let nothing get in his way-let alone love for Jane or from Jane) to achieve his goal of bringing down Jane’s father.
I can’t tell if its the situation of the plot, two people who shouldn’t fall in love (not really though, it’s just that you don’t expect it). And a dark male love interest that has a tortured soul/past and a kind female lead you hope will be able to bring them together with her love. In the end, all I have left to say is that this was no silly steamy romance read. It was an amazingly deep, thoughtful and lovely romance (with just a bad cover).
The need to fix him, to heal him, was growing inside her, and she could not fathom it. How could she fix one so damaged when she could not even heal herself?
He was the fantasy prince of her unspoken childhood whimsy, transformed to a man with his own private demons and flaws. As she had demons and flaws, and guilt. The terrible, gnawing guilt. He had that, too. She could feel it, taste it. Like to like. If she could redeem him, perhaps it would be enough to redeem herself.
“You threaten my goal, sweet Jane, make me lose sight of where I must go. If you distill my vengeance, then I am lost. It is my northern star, my compass in the storm. It is all that I am, all that I can ever be. There is nothing else left for me but my burning hatred.”
His words pummeled her already bruised heart.
“I would be your compass.”
Would I? Reread? Yes. Recommend to others? Yes. Read more of the series? Yes.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
Edition: Mass Market Paperback, 306 pages.
Romance. Historical Romance. Gothic. Mature Themes. Mature Content.
Published August 1st 2007 by Zebra.
Summary: Innkeeper’s daughter Jane Heatherington is sold into indentured servitude to cover her father’s debts, sold to Aidan Warrick, a man whose handsome face and form mock the rumors that skulk in his shadow, rumors that paint him a smuggler, a pirate…and worse.
On the rainswept Cornish coast, Aidan’s business is carried out in the darkest hours of moonless nights, his secrets are many, and death follows in his wake. Isolated and alone, Jane’s only companion is the man she dare not trust, the man who looks at her with heated desire that she both fears and craves.
As she finds herself ensnared in the twisted schemes carried out within the walls of Aidan’s looming estate, Jane must decide if Aidan Warrick is the dark prince of her dreams or a monster preying on the innocent…
Note: All books in the Dark Gothic series can be read as stand-alone novels.
-Summary from GoodReads.com