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Deseos Velados (Dark Gothic #1)

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La desesperación lleva a Darcie Finch hasta un burdel en la parte este de Londres en busca de ayuda. La madam que lo regenta, la señora Feather, que no es otra que su propia hermana, no puede evitar compadecerse de la joven, por lo que le da algo de dinero y le indica que vaya a ver al doctor Damien Cole en busca de trabajo, no sin antes advertir a Darcie que no se entrome ...more
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published January 2008 by Suma de Letras, Manderley (first published November 1st 2005)
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Linda
When I was much younger the selection of romances is not what it is today. Basically you had a choice of 'bodice rippers', the classics, some contemporaries, the gothics and a few Regencies. I enjoyed reading gothics because of the romance and mystery. Velda Johnston was one of my favorite authors and THE LATE MRS. FONSELL comes to mind. DARK DESIRES reminds me of the Victorian romances of the 1970's but with more steam and a crisper edge.

Our moody hero, Damien Cole, has secrets. He is a doctor
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Susan
Jul 27, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, 2012
I started out really liking this book - had a dark, gothic atmosphere. The heroine started out meek then got stronger as the book went along and the hero, though mysterious, was revealed to the heroine one layer at a time. He didn't tell about himself, just stepped back to let her find out for herself and I appreciated that.

However, toward the end, the suspicions the heroine had for the hero got to be too many. At every turn when something bad happened in the story, she immediately thought that
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Margaret Foxe
I grew up reading Victoria Holt novels, but I haven't really read much in the gothic romance genre since then. On a whim, I gave this novel a shot, and I was pleasantly surprised. It reminded me why I used to love Victoria Holt novels so much. This author's writing is strong, the gothic elements very well executed, and the brooding hero very sexy indeed. I also liked how the author took all the elements I loved from Victoria Holt's play book, but added some heat between the heroine and hero. It ...more
Sana
Nov 01, 2015 Sana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its been a while since I have enjoyed a historical romance like I did this one. It wasnt about the London ton, or ball gowns and beautiful heroines. Its a love story yes, but with under currents of something dark and sinister.

The story is about Darcie Finch, a well to do merchant's daughter, who has befallen dire straits. With no money and no place to live, she is forced sleep in dark alleyways in London's notorious Whitechapel district. It is the era of Jack the ripper, and tales of gruesome mu
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Carolyn F.
Stinky! I think this is her first book and I like her books under her alias Eve Kenin but boy, this one was pretty bad. The story line would make you think it would be better - middle class woman fallen on hard times goes to her madame sister to work at a doctor who is known to dissect bodies perhaps illegally. But the way Darcie is attracted to Damien and him to her, totally unbelievable and no spark at all, at least in my opinion. I'm only giving her 2 stars because this is probably her first ...more
Carrie
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Rinou
Dec 29, 2011 Rinou rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Fathima
Jan 07, 2016 Fathima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars ... nothing new , but definitely kept me intrigued till the last page ..
Christelle
J'ai été agréablement surprise par ce premier tome de la série Dark Gothic. C'était le premier livre rédigé par Eve Silver que j'avais l'occasion de lire et j'ai beaucoup apprécié son écriture. La suite de la série est dans ma liste de livres à lire.
J'ai bien aimé l'ambiance gothique du livre où l'on est plongé dans les profondeurs d'un des quartiers pauvres de Londres, Whitechapel, où un homme tue des prostitués (ce qui n'est pas sans rappelé Jack l'évantreur).
Darcie échappe au quartier de Whit
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Pamela(AllHoney)
A dark romance with a definite gothic feel to it. Unlike many gothics I've read in the past, this one was NOT in first person POV. It was written in third person but still followed the main character and her thoughts. The villain was fairly easy to figure out but still a pleasant read.
Robin
Oct 07, 2015 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic, 2011
As a last resort, Darcie Finch goes to a brothel for employment. But the madam turns Darcie out, telling her to seek employment from someone who owes her a favor...Dr. Damien Cole. Strange things are happening at the Cole residence. Servants have disappeared. Unsavory characters visit at odd hours of the night. And the handsome doctor leaves his laboratory covered in blood. Now Damien has offered Darcie the chance to use her skills as an artist to work beside him. But the closer Darcie gets to D ...more
Dawn
4.5 stars Loved it. Loved the hero loved the heroine!!!

Minor complaints:

The anatgonist was weak. He is evil because he is insane, or evil for the sake of evil.

The love scenes could be better - not very detailed

A bit predictable

Felt a bit rushed at the end.
Chrissy Dyer
Dec 09, 2015 Chrissy Dyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eve Silver gives us a fabulous, sit on the edge of your seat story. To me, it is a cross between Mary Reilly and Jack the Ripper. Best read ever!!
Barbara
Mar 16, 2010 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 Stars...It was ok...

First off...I'm sorry Eve!

I really liked the concept of "Dark Desires" but the characters and storyline just fell way way short for me. And of course is was written in 1st person (which I don't like to begin with...b/c really there's always 2 sides to every story).

I did finish the book, but it wasn't an easy task. I'm a fan of Eve Silver so I just kept waiting and waiting for the moment to come that would just change my mind about this one, but it never did.

For anyone who's
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fleurette
This was my first gothic romance story and I rather enjoyed it. It was better than I expected. I liked the mystery part and the idea of Jack-the-Ripper-like murders.
Beverlymck
Jan 04, 2016 Beverlymck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got so caught up in this story! I loved the mystery. I was honestly guessing the entire time. Such a great book. Can't wait to read the others
Biz
Sep 26, 2007 Biz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book of hers that I read. It surprised me as I'm not overly into Gothic Romance, but this one really sucked me in.

The hero performs autopsies on cadavers and has gravediggers get said cadavers for him. The heroine is a servant who ends up working at the hero's household. She is also an artist and through various circumstances ends up illustrating the hero's work for medical science.

They fall in love. But... could the hero be the man who has been murdering prostitutes in whitec
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Angela
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Denise
Jan 10, 2016 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romances
I enjoyed reading this book, even though I found the main female (Darcy) to be a bit namby-pamby. One the one hand she was very brave to survive the bad things that had happened to her and on the other hand she was always vacillating about the male lead (Damien) and what he may or may not have done. While I can understand a lack of trust in the male species, due to her history, it seemed like she always jumped to the very worst thing that could be true and acted on it.
The identity of the "bad" g
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Lynn Demsky
“On the streets of Whitechapel, a man steps from the fog-shrouded shadows, looking for company. The women are always happy to take his coin - just before they take his knife...Darcie Finch has come to the East London brothel as a last, desperate choice. Instead, the madam turns Darcie out into the harsh night with new hope - to seek employment from one who owes her a favour, Dr. Damien Cole - as well as a last warning: have a care. Steer clear of his work and his secrets. He is a man to fear...T ...more
J.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars.

Okay, I was really pleasantly surprised by this. Weird title, but I got it free from Amazon, so I gave it a shot, perfectly willing to give up the book within one chapter or less if I didn't like the writing.

But Silver is a good writer. Despite some occasionally melodramatic expressions, she's written an atmospheric Gothic romance novel with characters you care about, who do things that MAKE SENSE, and a mystery that holds your interest. Granted, there were a few scenari
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Linda
I love historical romances. Toss in some intrigue and suspense and I'm hooked. I have to admit I had my suspicions early on as to who the killer was, but with the way the story unfolded and the characters realization of who it was slowly taking shape, I didn't lose patience or get bored with the story.

Like so many other women, Darcie finds herself on the street when her step father loses all of his wealth. Desperate and starving, she seeks out the one person she hopes can help her, but finds tha
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Courtney
Sep 15, 2014 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly don't remember where I first saw this book, probably as an amazon or goodreads recommendation. Either way, I like the idea of a gothic romance and thought I'd give it a read. I'm glad that I did. The setting is Victorian London, so it is dark, stormy, and mysterious, and there are plenty of nefarious characters to make the mystery elements interesting. Like most romances, the entire plot could be hashed out in a few open and honest conversations, but I liked seeing how things develope ...more
Chelsea Gouin
Perhaps I'm too old for these types of books, or just have read too many romance novels. Two stars seems harsh, but I honestly just thought it was ok. I was taken in with the beautiful prose and mystery set up in the opening of the novel. It really was a nice set up for a dark gothic tale...then came the "romance". Oh gee...to think I used to be so taken in with this sort of thing! There was so much scowling and blushing and "I'm no good, run away in fear!" that I literally laughed out loud. Aga ...more
Brita
Dec 29, 2015 Brita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I, overall, liked this book. I liked the gothic slant to things. I enjoyed that the tension between the lovers (as in every romance) wasn't revolved around something petty or just dumb - it was murder. How fun! So I was happy to settle in and read.

What really got to me about this book that I can't get over? The heroine claiming to be a strong female. She has constant fits where she just BREAKS DOWN and sobs uncontrollably just wherever the heck she's standing. At first I wanted to forgive her -
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Pixelflocke
Ich bin eigentlich nur durch Zufall über "Dark Desires" gestolpert, mein erster Gothic Romance Roman. Und ich bin mehr als positiv überrascht!
Zunächst hat Eve Silver einen sehr angenehmen Schreibstil, sehr flüssig, detailreich, aber nie langatmig oder übermäßig kitschig. Das war sicher auch einer der Hauptgründe, warum ich die Geschichte nicht recht aus der Hand legen wollte.
Die Story selbst ist sicher nicht die Originellste, aber sie ist gut durchdacht und sehr schön entfaltet. Die Protagonist
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Tammie
2.5 stars. In the beginning I was sucked right into Dark Desires. I love a good Gothic and this one started out with lots of suspense and tension between the characters. There were Shades of Mary Riley and The Lodger in this. The anatomist angle made it rather creepy, at least for a little while. That part of the book deserves at least 3 stars, but I can't bring myself to give the book 3 stars, because unfortunately once the main character, Darcie and the love interest, Damien acted on the tensi ...more
Maria Mercedes The Oracle Reviews
This is the type of historical/romance fiction that i enjoy reaading. It was a complete mystery straight til the end. Loved it. Eve Silver did a great research job. I felt like I was reading about Jack the Ripper the whole time. Thank Eve for the adventure!
Julz
3.5 stars

A little anticlimactic and predictable but good. I liked this enough to try other books by the author. I think some of her others are supposed to be better.

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