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Deseos Velados (Dark Gothic #1)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  310 ratings  ·  45 reviews
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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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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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
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
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
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Barbara M.
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
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.
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
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
As a last resort, Darcie Finch goes to a brothel for employment. But the madam turns Darcie out, telling her to see 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 Da ...more
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.
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!
I like her when she writes as Even Kenin and I enjoy her gothics as well. This isn't my first Eve Silver gothic and I've liked them both.

In both, but I think a little more here, I really like the beginnings of "medicine" as we know it today. The politics of it, the cultural fears and concerns, the dubious ethics, the superstitions: all are shown via the characters who move in and out of the protagonist's sphere. I really like that added depth in this book, another early medical gothic.

While I
Rachel the Book Harlot
First 70%: 4 stars
Final 30%: 1.5 stars
Final Rating: 3 stars

Review to come.
Jayne dArcy
This was an excellent story that was full of gothic angst (lots of doubt and misunderstanding, and jumping to conclusions). The romance tumbles lazily throughout the story, and goes more into romantic thoughts that what each other various body parts felt.

The few sex scenes are not graphically pornographic but were more poetic.

The story is set sometime during or just after the gruesome murders in Whitechapel. The murderer is mutilating women, stealing their hearts, and the heroine may have just u
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I really loved this. It felt like a cross between Jane Erye and Frankenstein, sort of. A dark gothic with an interesting romance along with a mystery that kept me going to the very end. A wonderfully satisfying read.
Oh, this was silly and fun and gothic in all the right ways, and pretty well crafted to boot!
Julie Bird
This was a 3 1/2 for me. Nice gothic romance /mystery.
This is the first gothic I've read since the '70's. Just an OK read, the tension and suspense felt forced.
Wild twist on the Whitechapel Murders!
This was a so so book for me - I liked the gothic feel and there were a lot of elements I liked to this story, but I guessed the outcome early on and I felt the characters were somewhat wooden, especially the doctor, so I couldn't feel much for him.

The beginning and the ending were pretty good, but the middle lost my interest a little.

A decent enough read, but I didn't love it - although I would still probably pick up future books in the series or by this author.
This is a gothic novel and that's not one of my favorite genres, but I did enjoy this book. There were of course, the TSTL moments which seem to be a necessary part of gothic novels, but the characters were interesting and the storyline moved quickly. I was frustrated with the fact that what happened to Mary was never explained. For such an important part of figuring out who the killer is, it's frustrating that it was never clarified.
I rate this book 3.5 stars I enjoyed the suspense of the book and I loved how it was written in a Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice genre but the pace of the book was just too slow for me and left me a little bored at times. The ending also seemed a little rushed especially how (view spoiler)
Great book - lots of dark suspense. Darcie and Damien were terrific lead characters, and I love the way they fell in love. Even though Darcie held a small part of herself back, I love the way she truly believed in Damien and stood by him. That was exactly what he needed from her. His tenderness and protectiveness toward her and the way he just couldn't fight his feelings were done so perfectly.
I wish I could elucidate why this story didn't gel for me, but I can't. All I know is that it didn't. My general feeling is that it's in need of some firm but gentle guidance through editing. There's a story there, and maybe a good one, but it's lost in a sea of repetition, red herrings, and ridiculousness (see: Poole, sudden character shift of).
Haven't read a decent gothic romance in a long time, and while Dark Desires evokes the dark, dingy horrors of Victorian England at night, the characters aren't so well developed enough for me to care. I was overall impressed with Silver's writing style, however. If only she'd invest just that much more in the protagonists' relationship.
Sep 05, 2007 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mainstream romance readers
This is the first book of Eve Silver's I've read. It is interesting but a bit flat. The main characters could have been a bit more developed and the hero...well, he was cheated....I liked him a great deal and felt that he needed much more "umph" around him. It was a nice read, but not memorable. A good start.
Kym Grosso
This was a great book and I could not put it down. The chemistry between the hero and heroine was compelling, believable and hot. And I really didn't know who was the murderer until the very end. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy a dark, historical romance filled with passion and mystery.
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