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Caress of Darkness

(Dark Pleasures 0.5)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  48 reviews
From the first moment I saw him, I knew that Rainer Engel was like no other man. Dangerously sexy and darkly mysterious, he both enticed me and terrified me.

I wanted to run–to fight against the heat that was building between us–but there was nowhere to go. I needed his help as much as I needed his touch. And so help me, I knew that I would do anything he asked in order to
Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
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Gotta say as a fan of this author's contemporary romance series, this prequel novella to the PNR series Dark Pleasures fell flat. A cookie-cutter plot with Swiss cheese holes and one-dimensional MCs had me flipping through the chapters hoping to find something to clue me in why it was even written.
An amulet, it seems. And a past energy life transference. Immortality stuff.
Hmmmm. *sigh* *slaps forehead*
Save yourself the $$, bec even the sex is lame.
...he takes the glass from my hand, then sli
Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe
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Kathleen R.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Caress of Pleasure
Author: Julie Kenner
Series: 1001 Dark Night, Bundle Five
Publisher: Evil Eye Concepts
Reviewer: Kathleen
Release Date: July 12th, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count:100 pages
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I'd thought that he was mine, the dark, arresting man who commanded not only my body but my heart. Dante had swept into my life, and I'd succumbed to the burn of passion in his arms.

I'd believed we had a love that would last foreve
Gretchen  (About That Story)
Stories like this are a guilty pleasure! A great paranormal element mixed with an extremely passionate and sexy story. Loved it!

This was really fast paced, solid story from beginning to end. I immediately liked Callie. There's a great overview of who she is and what's going on with her that really pulls you into the story. I loved that instant connection and chemistry she had with Raine. Seriously hot and steamy! There was a fantastic build in learning all the paranormal details and finding out
Jillian Stein
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Caress of Darkness is the twelfth book in the 1,001 Dark Nights Series as well as the debut work in Julie Kenner’s new series, Dark Pleasures. I was intrigued when I read the synopsis for this story and by the end of the first chapter I was completely captivated. I tried desperately to read slowly and savor the story but alas I couldn’t, and I devoured it in one sitting. It was exceptional.

Successful assistant district attorney Callie Sinclair is at her ailing father’s antique shop, trying to so
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-challenge

***I received this ARC from the author in exchange for my honest opinions. ***

I was lucky enough to receive this ARC from Julie Kenner and couldn't be more thrilled!! I love this author and have all her books. When I started the book I had high expectations and she didn't disappoint. From the beginning Raine’s and Callie have an explosive chemistry that draws you in and keeps you guessing at what could happen next. When we meet Raine he has come to Callie's fathers antique shop looking for an am
Doreen Barnes
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive this book as an arc from the author Julie keener, I'm so glad I did. This book was so good. It draws u in from page one the connection between Raine and Callie is smoking. With out giving to much away the first moment they meet Callie feels drawn to Raine unlike any other man she has ever been with. They just met but Callie feels like she's known Raine forever. Raine shows up in Callie's fathers antique shop looking for a mysterious amulet, unfortunately callies fat ...more
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for my honest review of this book and it did not disappoint! I read this novella in 1 sitting because I couldn't leave it undone. The story flew by quickly and it was smoking hot! It was intriguing, captivating and had an interesting storyline. I'm usually not super fond of (or go out of my way looking for) immortals or the fantasy type books but I had to give this one a try. I truly don't think I've ever read a bad book from Julie Kenner!
The chemistry between Raine and Callie
Maria Costantino
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought from what it was about that I wasn't going get into this book but must say really enjoy it so good.
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Review copy provided for an honest review

So Julie Kenner’s Caress of Darkness really, really took me out of my contemporary loving comfort zone and thrust me into the world of alternate dimensions and immortals and while I’ll admit I felt a little over my head at times much like the heroine in this story I still very much enjoyed the love story and the characters. This was an action packed story but it also was a very sexy story of a l
Mar 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
I couldn't connect with the characters. Everything went too fast and, at the same time, too slow for me to really appreciate the story.
Moreover, I really HATE insta-love/lust/whatever you call it between the protagonists of a romance
Lynette Ottley
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Will Love win out

Callie Sinclair is attracted to Rainer Engel but her innate distrust and fear means she keeps running away from him. When she realises the attraction to Raine is mutual her attitude changes. The plot of the story moves quickly and both characters must learn to trust each other.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

I'm kind of a recovering PNR addict.  I overdosed on it years ago when Anne Rice first started writing about vampires and it ended with Sookie Stackhouse.  (I don't even think I finished that series.)  My recovery process has been slow and I'll admit that I dabble in PNR when the mood strikes.  The Three Series by Kristen Ashley is the only PNR series that I've consistently read.

Enter 1,001 Dark Nights and my genre horizon is broadening a bit... just a bit.

I really enjoyed Caress of Darkness.  
Sandy S
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars--

ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date December 9, 2014

From the first moment I saw him, I knew that Rainer Engel was like no other man. Dangerously sexy and darkly mysterious, he both enticed me and terrified me.

I wanted to run–to fight against the heat that was building between us–but there was nowhere to go. I needed his help as much as I needed his touch. And so help me, I knew that I would do anything he asked in order to have both.

But even as our passion burned hot, the secrets in Raine’s
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
Shel: I'm not sure I knew this would have elements of paranormal-ish things in it? But you know'd been a while since I'd read anything remotely like this and it was something a little different for me and that's really not a bad thing. Court: It was an interesting development, to say the least.

Shel: The story of Raine and Callie is not one that evolves over time; it begins very quickly and their relationship moves so very rapidly. On the one hand it worked--I suspended all reality and
*I received an ARC copy from the author for an honest review*
For fans of Julie Kenner's erotic novels, this one doesn't disappoint. However, this isn't your typical erotic novella. Ms. Kenner has thrown in some time travel components, along with some fantasy elements that include furies and Phoenixes. Callie has returned to NY to close up her father's antique store after he has suffered a stroke. When Rainier enters the store late one night Callie is drawn to him like a bee to a flower. She fee
Maghon Thomas
So what a fun and steamy HAWT read. Or should I say BURNING HOT!! LOL This is the first book in a new series which I am now going to read them all. I'm not quite sure if the little blurb really does justice to this book, but I need to say that you should read this one. If you like some good romance with some paranormal in there, some unique paranormal, and a wonderful new story line, you're gunna wanna grab this one up!! It's not a huge book, but I so can't wait to see what's in store for the ne ...more
Dec 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
A love that transcended time…

Callie Sinclair’s father has suffered a stroke and she has come back to New York from Texas to be with him and to see to his care. As she is doing the inventory of his antiques shop she is surprised by one of his clients looking for an amulet that her father had obtained for him. This man is like no other she has ever met. He is a total stranger but there is something about him that calls to her on a deep internal level. There is more than a physical attraction to th
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Ok... Just ok.... Nothing Special at least not for me.....

Raine and Callie ( or Livia) , well let's just say I got to chapter 6 and skipped to the end to see that they did end up together and I was, well "good" .... I felt soo little interest in them or their story I was in ok without knowing exactly how they got there, Honestly I found them ,well,kinda boring, I mean you one minute I felt their intense connection and the next she's running scared which honestly felt kinda at odds with fact that
Let me just start off by saying, I SO needed this book! Caress of Darkness gave me a quick escape from my contemporary erotic norm. I never knew how much I needed some paranormal sexiness in my world until I finished this one up by the incredibly talented Julie Kenner. Die hard fans of authors like Lara Adrian and Kresley Cole will EAT THIS UP! It will satisfy your craving for the paranormal like you wouldn’t believe! There is nothing like being thrust into a world of alternate dimensions, porta ...more
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure how I would feel learning that I have the essence of my boyfriend's dead ex inside of me, but Callie pulls her big girl panties up and deals with it in CARESS OF DARKNESS.

Lonely and afraid of losing her dad after a debilitating stroke, Callie Sinclair finds an unexplainable and almost otherworldly connection with her father's friend, Rainer Engel. For some reason she finds herself drawn to the man, immediately in lust and quickly tumbling head first into love for him. She has a fee
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica
Callie Sinclair is more than a little overwhelmed as she attempts to manage the finances and products in her ailing father’s antiques store. Already at the end of her emotional rope, Callie is taken aback when Rainer Engel walks in demanding to see a mysterious amulet promised to him by Callie’s father. Annoyance turns to attraction as she continues speaking to Rainer and soon she begins to feel the pull of a sudden but deep and soul-searing connection to this man. What Callie doesn’t know is th ...more
Gloria Herrera for As You Wish Reviews
Spellbound! The bond, aura of mystery and immediate sensual bond between our main characters is the hook that will not let me move on after reading this book.

From the moment they set eyes on each other, Raine and Callie feel it surround them, drive them to each other, and finally consume them. Raine is a mysterious man who fills the room with his command and his aura of warmth and safety. Callie can hardly control herself just having met this stranger, from curling up in his arms and share her
Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 stars!!

Rainer Engel is bad ass. With tattoos, money and a powerful demeanor no wonder Callie could not resist his charms.

After her father has a stroke, Callie leaves her law firm in Dallas to move to New York to take care of her father and his antique store. She didn’t expect meeting someone like Rainer and she has no clue why she is so drawn to him.

Rainer realizes that he is attracted to Callie in more ways than just sex. It’s a deep connection that goes back hundreds of years. And now that
Heather / Obsessed With Myshelf
Ahhhhh, these books are the only time that jumping into a fire sound inviting. Although the heat you feel from this novella isn’t from the Phoenix fire. Dante and Brenna have been separated for thirteen years and they have a lot of catching up to do. As you’d expect, the chemistry between them hasn’t been forgotten and the sparks fly between them.

I love love love these short novellas from Julie. She quickly transports you to another world, and then hits you over the head with an adorable sweet l
Kimber Hellmers
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rt16
Great, all-too-short read! I'm late to the party here as this come out 2 years ago, but I'm just now discovering J Kenner. I loved this book and after digging around finally found more! Because of the length Kenner dives right in to the heart and heat of things but it works. I feel ready to understand anything that comes after. The insta-chemistry is easy to roll with in no time as the connection is actually centuries old, and the sex is intense. The story also has incredible texture in that I w ...more
Nina Life of a Bookworm
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, arc, paranormal
I received an ARC copy from the author for an honest review.

Life of a bookworm

First of all; I am thankful to receive ARC of this book.
Second, I am even more thankful because the book was really good and fast read :)

I was reading Hollow City by Ransom Riggs on Croatian and get tired of my own mother language and this novella was a real blessing on English :D

Ms. Kenner writes great romance novels and this one was no exception. She quickly ushered us into the story that was interesting and sexy.

She Hearts Books
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic beginning to a hot new series that has both romance and a paranormal twist to it!

Callie has come home to help take care of her sick father and his antique business. While dealing with going through his financial papers and the merchandise one day she comes face to face with a sexy stranger who has been doing business with her father. There is something about this man that draws her to him and their chemistry is off the charts. Raine is searching for an amulet and needs her help
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
* I was provided a ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review
Note: I do not write spoilers! I will tell you what *I* thought about the book

I enjoyed this short story very much.
it was a quick good and quick read, I wish there had of been more to this story ... I feel like this story had a lot more to tell and I think it would have been fascinating!

Rainer Engel is a hot and sexy man (I'd love to have read more of his story!!!) who find a connection with Cassie Sinclair and tries to g
Tammy Miller-devlin
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
As Callie Sinclair has to deal with her dad's shop after he had a stroke a stranger comes in in the store. Rainer Engel who has been out of town and knows nothing about Callie's fathers stroke, comes in the shop looking for him. What little did either of them knew as Rain walked in and found Callie there was the attraction that Callie felt and the familiar attraction Rain felt for her. Rain lost his love years ago and never thought he would find it again, but when he saw Callie he knew, he just ...more
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J. Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.

Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Tim

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