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Dark Surrender

(Passion & Promises #2)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  383 ratings  ·  106 reviews

Violet Whitechapel committed an unspeakable crime to save a child. To escape the hangman’s noose, she takes refuge in a crumbling abbey with secrets darker than her own. When its master offers her a temporary post, Violet cannot say no. Just as she begins to see him in a new light, her past catches up to her and endangers them all.

Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Intrepid Reads (first published February 28th 2014)
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Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, romance
Violet, an art teacher at a school commits a crime that sends her running for her life. When she acts to save another from an unspeakable horror her future is marked and the gallows are following her. She is used to being afraid and alone, she is an orphan, left to survive on the streets until the school gave her a chance and a career. She runs till she drops on a grave marker and ends up in a boarded up abby with a master with many dark secrets of his own. Her goal is to find a place to hide wh ...more
Isa Lavinia
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it

arc received from Intrepid Reads through netgalley

tw: attempted child rape, mentions of abuse

Violet Whitechapel, a teacher at an orphanage for girls, saves one of her charges from a brutal crime and, in doing so, murders the perpetrator. To avoid the gallows, she takes what little money she has and runs away, eventually reaching Waldegrave Abbey, home to Alistair Waldegrave.

Waldegrave Abbey is a dismal place, one the villagers swear harbours a demonic creature: a vampire.

In fact, Alista
Violet Whitechapel has had a hard life and now she's on the run. She ends up at an old abbey and finds herself the governess of a nine year old girl. Alastair Waldegrave is a father who wants only the best for his child but a horrible medical condition forces them to live in seclusion in the old abbey.

I really wanted to like this more but I found it hard to get through it. The plot was interesting but it didn't reach its potential for me. It was barely okay for me personally but other readers se
Dark Surrender by Erica Ridley is a 2014 Intrepid publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
When Violet Whitechapel, an orphan that thought she had finally found a place to land comes upon a child in danger she rushed to intervene and commits a terrible crime in the process. Now on the run from the authorities, Violet finds refuge in a crumbling Abbey as a governess to a nine year old child named Lillian. Lillian has "sun sick
I'd read The Viscount's Christmas Temptation and thoroughly enjoyed it - it was an energetic & funny read - so I was keen to read more by Erica Ridley. Unfortunately, none of her other books seem to have the same sense of wit & character as that novella. This - and her other full-length books - sacrifice character coherence to plot. There is so much plot, so many incidents (not all of them logical, even), that there is no room for character development. The central relationship is barely credibl ...more
Kagama-the Literaturevixen
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Kagama-the Literaturevixen by: Christina ~ Brunette Reader
This was recommended to me by a friend who knew about my love of historical romances and gothics. I am sorry but I didnt feel it :/

Review to come-
Karla Brandenburg
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
For lovers of Gothic romance

Ms. Ridley has fashioned yet another fine Gothic romance. Impossible choices, who is trapped and who seeks sanctuary? The only criticism might be more steam than was absolutely necessary, too much "nippling" and in the end (spoiler alert) she gives him head and they all live happily ever after. A strong story, and I'm not averse to the steamy parts, but Victoria Holt managed to write dozens of Gothics without any.
If you are looking for high action, fainting damsels and a tale that scampers in and around the Ton of London, you won’t find it in Erica Ridley’s Dark Surrender. What you will find is a dark romance with a gothic feel in a world shrouded in darkness, secrets and the kind of love that transcends the ages; the love of a parent for their child that opens the door to the magic of loving the soiled angel that has graced this existence. Young Lilly has ever only seen the sunshine once, and the pain i ...more
Karma♥Bites ^.~
* ARC provided by author/publisher via NetGalley (via anthology/box set, Tempted by His Touch)*

Query: I bought this box set but brilliant soul that I am, forgot & requested from NG. So technically, FTC disclosure required or no? *ponders*

OK, getting back on saddle & returning to this book, started about a month or so ago... b4 RL decided to not play nice. Good news is no back-tracking required b/c I still remember much of the storyline. Which says a LOT, no? :)
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it

This book took me a little bit back in time, in a period in which I was a little fixated with the Gothic genre.
Violet Whitechapel committed an unspeakable crime to save a child. To escape the hangman’s noose, she takes refuge in a crumbling abbey with secrets darker than her own. When its master offers her a temporary post, Violet cannot say no. Just as she begins to see him in a new light, her past catches up to her and endangers them all.
Alistair Waldegrave keeps his daughter imprisoned in th
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Ms. Ridley:

I don’t buy any romance novel unless I’m certain, based on past experience, that I’ll enjoy it. But you were offering a free novella and I like the price of free. I downloaded it from Amazon and read it in a quick evening. Nice story, loved the heroine, wish it could have been fleshed out into a novel. With sex scenes next time? Sigh. All in all, a decent morsel, but I wanted a meal. And you certainly gave me the solution.

The last pages of the novella included a link to your webs
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I was excited to try another story by this author, having read a paranormal romantic comedy from her last year, and I was not disappointed by Dark Surrender. A gothic story with a heavy feel of the darker moments in Wuthering Heights, the unique elements and clever characterizations kept me devouring the pages.

Violet Whitechapel has spent her life striving for an independent life doing what she loves: teaching and encouraging girls to use their brains and their own determination to fulfil their
Received Arc from NetGalley and intrepid reads for an honest review.

I have to admit that when I first read the book blurb I was unsure if this book would hold my interest but I have to say I was hooked within the first two pages.
Our heroine Violet Whitechapel , is a strong young women, who has had a hard life , lived on the streets of Whitechapel off scraps an orphan , and at the mercy of adults who would take advantage of her at any and every turn . Until, she was given an opportunity to live
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Awww, who knew that Erica Ridley could write something so adorable? Well... Ok, I admit it, I knew. After having read two exquisite books from her, I swear I can expect romantic and hot and not be disappointed. Every. Single. Time.

Violet Whitechapel is running from the law. Trying desperately to find a place to hide and start her life anew, she stumbles upon a couple of grave stones at an abbey's yard - and this is where her life changes. Meeting the lord of the abbey, Alistair Waldegrave, the w
Dark Surrender is not what it's cover may suggest.
It's a dark Gothic flavored historical romance that enthralls the reader with its well written plot and diverse characters. Dark Surrender is atmospheric, the imagery and description outstanding. I for one, felt as if I was standing in Waldegrave Abbey.
Violet Whitechapel has had a difficult life-having lived on the streets as a young orphan, having to depend on adults who would trick and manipulate her at every turn- Violet has finally found salv
R J Mckay
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Violet Whitechapel , grew up on the streets of London, scraping to survive. It wasn’t until she found her way to the girls’ school run by Mr. Percy Livingstone that her life began to turn around. The school provided her with safety and security, as well as an education. It was there that she discovered her love of the arts. But when the school benefactor passed away, the new heir decided quickly to close the school. Reeling from this news, Violet goes to her studio, only to find this same man, a ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story begins with the "unspeakable act" that involves Violet Whitechapel. Where the story becomes alive is when Violet arrives at Waldegrave Abby.

Violet is running for her life and happens upon the Abby just as she is about to drop from exhaustion. She is taken in and offered a job as a governess to a heathen of a child, Lillian.

Alistair Waldegrave is the master of the Abby and will sacrifice everything to keep his daughter safe. He is in search of a cure for a terrible disease that keeps
This was a wonderful gothic flavored historical romance.

We start with the grown up on the streets waif, running from the law, stumbling over gravestones at an Abbey that is inhabited by Alistair Waldegrave.
Inflicted by something horrible, he and his daughter are basically boarded up in the dark inside the Abbey. There are catacombs, dark and scary corridors, suspicious villagers and of course secrets.

This has all the drama that I want out of a gothic, murder, secrets, passion, villains.

Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Dark Surrender" by Erica Ridley is another fine example of this author's ability to create stories that stay with the reader. Her books are atmospheric and ripe with chemistry and tension between her characters.

What first caught my attention about this novel was the way the characters were introduced using a bit of mystery and intrigue. I was immediately taken with the main character and the recalling of her past that began to emerge as the story progressed.

The dialogue was well handled in th
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dark Surrender had an interesting plot with a little bit of mystery thrown in to keep things interesting. The characters were well-developed with Alistair, Violet, and Lillian (Alistair's daughter) interacting in realistic ways to the situations that they faced. These three characters took some time to trust each other and rely on one another, and given the hardships that they had faced, the slowly building relationships were more meaningful to me. The relationship between Lillian and Violet, pa ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it

This started out quite strongly but it did seem to run out of steam a bit. Violet Whitechapel (Whitechapel really?) our heroine has commited a heinous crime to protect another. On the run she eventually finds a position as governess to Alistairs daughter Lillian.
Alistair is moody and mysterious, Violet has been ill treated in the past especially by men. So I found her immediate lustful thoughts about Alistair hard to believe. Lillian suffers from an affliction that stops her
Ruthie Taylor
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads."

This is a well written historical romance, which entertains the reader right to the end. The carefully woven plot brings to life a time long gone and the misunderstandings that class, upbringing and expectation can create. With two well drawn characters and a couple of mysteries, the romance is sweet but not sickly. A most enjoyable read.

Wicked Reads Review Team
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Adult romance
Recommended to Lynne by: No one
This book was just ok. I wasn't feeling it for the three main characters Violet, Alistair, and Lillian. Violet was easy to feel compassionate about - her hard street life made her tough and vulnerable at the same time, but there wasn't much to Alistair but his over-done love for his daughter. Lillian seemed like she was just created to be resistance/cohesion between the two adults. There was plenty of misunderstandings in this story - things are going great, then some little thing is said or don ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Heart breaking tale of a family in pain finally working their way through it with a street wise, artistic, compassionate woman as a catalyst. This woman is on the run finds sanctuary in an old abbey that has boarded windows, locked doors & locals getting riled about imagined 'vampires'.
The tale was quiet interesting, I just felt some questions were left unanswered or not enough background.
Diana Aden
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is quite a good atmospheric, Gothic romance read by Erica Ridley. It is outside the normal genre of Regency romances written by her, which is what I usually read. I received this as a free download from the author a while back.
Our heroine, Violet Whitechapel, flees when she believes she accidentally murders someone violating one of her art students at the soon to be closed school at which she teaches. She ends up broken down and hungry at an old abbey estate in a small, superstitious commun
Nancy Reynolds
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first book by this author. I quite enjoyed it and will definitely read other books by her. I enjoyed the dynamics between the heroine and her new young "charge". I particularly enjoyed the idea of how she taught young Lily to appreciate art - and the description of the art. I also liked the way Violet brought a breath of fresh air to all within the confines of the Abbey. However, I thought the ending was a bit rushed and left some unanswered questions, but overall I really enjoyed the story.
Diane Horne
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark Surrender: A Gothic Historical Romance By Erica Ridley

Four stars, Alistair and Violet two people so different but they made a good book!...The disability of Lily, shows a deep love for the child, set up for a good storyline..Love the sensually, made the book more interesting..But the thing lacking was a real good ending
Vickie Raynor
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each book in this set was fantastic. They were intriguing and romantic and I couldn’t wait to see how they unfolded. They each had a ghostly storyline that left me guessing and a black guard that left me guessing too, in a good way. Book provided by NetGalley.
Virginia Tican
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Gothic romance where ignorance and superstition play a role and men's depravity in their treatment of children in the poorer sections of London like Whitechapel and the other rookeries are fairly common. From Whitechapel's squalor emerged a survivor ~ Violet Whitechapel. Her journey as a fugitive from a non~existent crime that only happened while protecting a broken child from rape, her seeking sanctuary into a boarded up abbey and finding her purpose in life with a child (stricken wit ...more
Marta Cox
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I first discovered Erica Ridley when I read the anthology One Enchanted Season and was sufficiently entertained enough that the idea of reading one of her more gothic styled romances appealed to me. This book does have an historical setting that's dark and at times bleak. Featuring a strong heroine determined to shine light on a mystery whilst running away from her own demons . Not the usual romance but a slow burn with characters who truly tug at the readers heart strings.
Violet Whitechapel has
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