His Dark Kiss (Dark Gothic, #2)
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His Dark Kiss (Dark Gothic #2)

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Rumors of madness and murder lurk within the crumbling walls of Manorbrier Castle. But Emma Parrish is not easily put off. She accepts a position no one else dares, as governess to the son of Lord Anthony Craven, the castle’s dark master. Her presence stirs up shadows and threat. She feels unseen eyes watching her. Eerie laughter haunts her. And the seduct...more
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Published June 22nd 2011 (first published November 1st 2006)
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Beanbag Love
I loved this author's two post-apocalyptic/urban fantasy books as Eve Kenin, so I figured I'd give one of her Gothic romances a try. I think Gothic romance is not for me. It's too overwrought and inner thought-laden. There's insta-love as well with no real chemistry that I felt for a long time.

I didn't love the hero. Lord Anthony was too secretive so it seemed like he was trying to give the impression that he was sinister. Emma overcomes her initial reaction (the only reaction a sane person coul...more
Eve Silver is becoming a star in the gothic romance arena. "His Dark Kiss" is a perfect novel that channels a classic- "Jane Eyre". This dark story is seductive, mysterious and everything in between. All that it was missing was the typical, dark and stormy night approach. (No clichés here!)

Emma has come to Manorbrier Castle as a governess for her cousin's six year old son. She has never met Lord Anthony Craven, as he was married to her cousin. She ended up dead and assumed by the locals that he...more
Atmospheric castle in Wales, mysterious voices, peril in the night, sexy haunted hero, brave and giving heroine. What isn't there to like? An engrossing gothic, almost a cross between Jane Eyre and Rebecca. Great characters, good storyline with just enough sexual tension between the leads. There were a few times when the hero wouldn't necessarily lie, but would often hold back some of the facts. I found this a bit maddening and also his 'poor me' attitude. Aside from this, a great way to spend a...more
Jayne dArcy
This is my second read -- I recall the terror of the Round Tower.

This is really a great story, and the ending is terribly bloody and surprising.

I love Lord Anthony Craven, his son Nicholas, and Emma hired by Lord Anthony to be his son's governess.

Emma arrives on a rainy night, perfect for the beginning spookiness. She meets Lord Anthony, and that meeting awakens such sinful feeling within her. However, there is a strong romance here and the author builds it beautifully while keeping the reader o...more
After reading Dark Desires by Eve Silver, I immediately went and downloaded the rest of the series. Though, these are each stand alone novels with no character overlap. I love the idea of a Gothic romance and while this one has a dark and mysterious tower, it is sort of lacking in the other traditional Gothic elements. In fact, most of this book felt sort of lacking. The mystery wasn't very mysterious. The romance wasn't very romantic. And, with the exception of the medical aspects, the story re...more
I received this book for review as a result of an author call for reviews. I have not been paid in any way for this review, nor did I agree to write a positive review.

Not the best book Eve Silver has written, but by no means a bad book. As a longtime fan of gothics, I thought this would be the perfect book for me, and I did enjoy it. I admit, I did not know who was behind it all until the reveal, so I was very very happy about that. I hate guessing it ahead of time.

As for Lord Anthony and Emma,...more
Jennifer Hernandez
I haven't seen it described as such, but a lot of this book struck me as a newer version of Jane Eyre and I loved that. I love it when authors give a nod to classic books and do it well. I liked the main character, I rooted for her and got annoyed with her, which to me is a sign of a good book. How boring would it be if she did everything you wanted? You would put the book down because it would be too predictable. I loved the mystery surrounding Anthony, you wanted know what was happening in the...more
Que dire ? Que parfois il vaut mieux quitter un livre pour mieux le retrouver.

J'ai passé un merveilleux moment de lecture. Au diable les remarques sur le gothique. L'escence même de ce livre sont les héros. Ils sont parfaits.

A nouveau, on ne connait que le point de vue de l'héroïne. Mais ça me va très bien. En fait, ne pas connaitre le point de vue du héros donne un équilibre face à une héroîne remplie de questionnements, de doutes et de peurs (la pauvre, elle peut se poser des questions dis-do...more
I'm a sucker for a gothic romance so I'm pretty forgiving if the writing in one isn't the best so long as the writer conveys enough tension and moody atmosphere. I felt like the author didn't even try to convey either of these here aside from some generic scenes that just felt forced and silly.
Christine Brand
Good gothic read

this was also my first gothic romance. sort of like a Jane Eyre type of book. maybe not a keeper for me but all in all a good read
A typical Gothic romance with an orphaned governess, a handsome, brooding aristocrat and a mysterious tower that the groundskeeper drags dead bodies into. This one has enough mystery to keep half a dozen novels busy. What really happened to his lordship's dead wife ... and the last several governesses, at least one of which, the young lad says his father sent away in a box? Who locked our heroine in the ice house? What's locked away in the dark tower ... and once she's tasted the Master's "dark...more
Barbara M.
2 Stars...It was less than ok

Let me say I am a huge fan of Mrs. Silver's newer work...but this one wasn't good. The storyline and characters lacked a great deal of charisma...and I'm not a fan of one persons POV...and that's what "His Dark Kiss" was. We never knew the other side of the story, and like we all know there's always more than one side.

There was a shocker at the end I didn't see coming so that helped a little in my vote, but all in all I have to be honest and tell my honest opinion.

Love this authors books, so I am sure to love this one. (Ok, so the first book of hers I read had a Jack The Ripper plot so I may be biased. :-))

I love the way Eve Silver writes. She writes in such a way that pulls me so completely into the scene, I can see it clearly in my mind. Its amazing. She has very quickly risen to my auto-buy.

This book is yet another example of a wow book. She has a new one out and I plan on snagging it as soon as I can!
Emma Parrish accepts a position as governess, to the son of Lord Anthony Craven, at Manorbrier Castle. Lord Anthony was married to a cousin of Emma's. There is the mystery of her cousin's death and rumors that Lord Anthony may have murdered her and then there are the strange occurances happening at the castle. I have enjoyed Eve Silver's Gothic style romances but this one wasn't up to par with the others I've read.
The ending saved this one. I liked the characters but there was too much lost communication between the to main characters for my liking. There was just too many times where someone could have cleared up some of the problems with one question that never got asked until towards the end. I did like the twist at the end. I didn't see it coming and that's the only reason I gave it a three.

This book had potential, but was extremely boring. I kept thinking it would get better, but it didn't.

The synopsis eludes to a mystical read, but it is not. This book did not have any ghost, just a strange man who was a doctor doing research.

Hey, on the plus side, the cover is nice! ;-)
My first book by Silver - I liked it. It was very dark & mysterious but I liked both Emma and Anthony. I like the way the author portrayed Emma "saving" Anthony in terms of teaching him to love again. The Lord falling for the illegitimate governess was believable in this book.
E.E. Blake
I felt incredibly offended by just how docile and outwardly shallow Emma Parrish's character is. She's like the 18th century equivalent of Bella from Twilight.

Also, I found Eve Silver's writing style very rigid and pretentious -- a sure sign of a fledgling author.
Un seul mot après cette lecture ... Intense.
L'histoire est prenante, les personnages travaillés.
Il y a une énigme, du mystère
L'attraction irrépressible entre les héros nous prend au corps
Juste Intense !
I'm not quite sure what I think about this book. It took me a long time to get it read (a week). This is a gothic novel, but not in the regular style of gothic novels, which is what's thrown me. I'll have more later.
Mary Mooney
This story has it all, a hero with a dark disturbed soul and a innocent governess that turns his dark world to light. It has mystery, murder, passion, and love. Such a great read!
Dark, mysterious, suspensfull and smutty. What more could you ask for?
It's not a vampire romance despite the description and the cover.
Hafiza marked it as to-read
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National bestselling author Eve Silver has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. Her work has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Quill and Quire, two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award, and she was nominated for the Romance Writers of America® RITA®...more
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