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Darling Dark

(Infernal Regions #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  96 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
This book is no longer published.

The Infernal Regions series has been entirely re-written and will begin releasing March 9th, 2018 with Beauty & Rage.
Paperback, First, 166 pages
Published November 25th 2016 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Jessica Jesinghaus
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: I read an advance copy provided by the author of a book which, at this time, has not yet been published. According to the author, final edits are not in the version I read.

I'm torn with this review. Do I review the version of the book I actually read, or the version (I hope) it will be once final edits are made? Hmm... How 'bout I do both?

The story told in Darling Dark had me captivated. It was awesome! We are immediately immersed in a world where the extraordinary is the no
Bibliophilic Otaku
Darling Dark

**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

I love it. I love it. I LOVE IT!!! I don't really know what to say about this book because I'm still reeling from what I just read. I literally got through reading this book about ten minutes ago. Ok though, I really enjoyed this book. All the misplaced trust, gore(especially the gore), scheming, and explicitness of this book got me out of my book rut.

Reyes is a doll. A murderous and possessive and devilishly

D.C. Triana
“Even as your body betrays you, your mind denies it,” he growled from above her, beginning to thrust with abandon. His power continued to stroke the part of her that was lost in delirium, demanding that she give in to him. It would never happen.
“You are mine, and one way or the other you will admit it!”

Natalie Bennett has woven a story of love and darkness. Reyes Straykova and Duvessa Vasiel’s story is intense and overpowering. Reyes is dangerously dark, he’s strong and demanding. He also doesn
Sacha Valero
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The book opens with three girls, Duvessa, Amythist, and Jacinda. They are all demi's, or half breeds demons, shape shifter, and succubus. They've been picked up and are being delivered to the King of Purgatory.

As they're brought before the king and his two brothers. Duvessa wakes to find herself in the King's bedroom. The King (Reyes) bonds with her, putting his mark on her and eventually this mark forces her to yearn for him and when they have sex, she's both elated at the way he makes her feel
J.B. Trepagnier
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy in exchange for a review. I'm not sure how much of what I read is in the final draft since my copy had ARC on it. There were some typos in my copy that may not be in the final draft that makes it on to Amazon.

I really enjoyed this book. It follows a half demoness and her friends as they are captures by what is only known as a depire. We get a little of Reyes history and how he became this way. By the time I was almost finished, I couldn't put it down and the author introdu
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I chose to read Darling Dark because I found the blurb and the cover fascinating. I went into this book with high expectations but instead what I got was disappointment. Well-written stories that portray dynamic characters and have a good plot are the kind that gets my reading juices flowing; unfortunately, this book failed me in that regard.The characters did not appeal to me. They were flat resulting in me not having a connection with them. The story would have been captivating if we had the ...more
Connie Lafortune
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Darling Dark is a sensual paranormal romance about one woman's struggle with the monster who claims her for his own..

The story unfolds with Duvessa--along with her friends-- being transported from their home to the sunless--Purgatory. Once inside the city, she's mortified to see the carnage. Vampires and lycan readily feed and sate their hunger, while a succumbus couple work together to lure their victim. It's much worse inside as Duvessa stands idly by as the King randomly decides everyone's fa
Brenda Davies
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story of dark monsters, strange love and erotic sex. Reyes is a monster, no doubt about it, but irresistible all the same. You know you should detest him but still, he's very handsome and the sex is incredible. Duvessa tries to fight him, to resist but always fails and who can blame her? She comes across as strong, caring but very passionate. I liked the descriptions of the characters, the setting but especially the erotic sex. There are another two women, Amythist and Jacinda and anothe ...more
Ashley Pullen
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I normally don't like fantasy books but this book seems to be the exception. Here we have a demi goddess who deals with characters like Reyes who isn't a good guy and is easy to hate. Then we have Duvessa who is the demi goddess who is good and has an intellect above the others. There is some sexual content in this book. Just to inform you. Anyway the characters are vivid and the world they live in is phenomenally written. Well done
Please Pass the Books
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Darling Dark, the first book in Natalie Bennett's Infernal Regions series, is an erotic urban fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic realm. Duvessa, Jacinda, and Amethyst, having been hunted for months before, surrender themselves in Purgatory to their demon king, Reyes Straykov. The three young demi women are separated and paired between Reyes and his two brothers, Casimir and Hades.

Duvessa is the main POV character, and is quickly branded as the beast Reyes'. In a story where a woman is only able t
This was a fascinating story, quite different from most that I've read. It's full of angst, suspense, dark romance, and the whole spectrum of emotions from anger to love to hate. It's dark and intense, and while there's not really physical abuse, there is definitely a strong element of dubious consent.

My only real complaint about the story is that I felt almost like I had missed part of the story, or like I was reading the 2nd book in a series. I didn't completely understand the conflicts and ba
Lydia Larue
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the first time that I have reviewed an Advance Review Copy, and since it will be further edited before released, I will not remark on grammar or structure. This will be a review of the story and characters and how well they work together, and the ratings will be based on the plot, characters, and how well I feel that they work.

At the beginning, Bennett included a glossary of words that is used in the novel. I have found this to be invaluable as I had returned to it a few times during my
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book. The book takes us through a story about a demi-demon princess named Duvessa Vasiel and her two friends, Amethyst and Jacinda, as they are taken to Reyes, the king of Purgatory.

Although this sounds like the beginning of a story where things are not as bad as they may appear, that is not the case in this story. When we are first introduced to the king, Reyes, we are shown just how little life means to him. Duvessa watches as he quickly spouts off what to do with the oth
April   ♥"LOS" ♥
This is the first book that I've read by this author so I wasn't sure what to expect going into it, but by chapter 3 I was hooked and wanted to know more.

Darling Dark is an interesting and twisted story of a woman, Duvessa, who finds herself trapped in Purgatory and bound to one of it's kings, Reyes. The world that she knows has been twisted and warped forcing her to accept her fate as Queen. While she struggles against the horrible acts her tyrant of a husband commits, she is strangely growing
Roger Keays
Jan 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Darling Dark has a grammatical or editing error on roughly every second page. The formatting is inconsistent and gaudy, and there are several instances of whole paragraphs being misaligned. This is a bad start for any book, but could be redeemed by a good plot or interesting characters. Unfortunately, we get neither.

The story goes nowhere, and the only discernible theme in the book is that women like dominant men. Yes, we get it already.

In terms of style, the narrative fails to evoke any sensor
Wilde Sky
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A woman is taken prisoner and ends up in a hellish region, full of monsters and senseless cruelty.

I found this to be an unusual book – it has scenes of violence and torture mixed with a woman falling for someone that she should detest. It was a fast paced / easy read (only around 34,000 words), with an engaging (bizarre) plot and some really nasty characters.

Overall my rating would be 3.5, because in a couple of places the plot seemed to jump (a prologue may have helped) and some of the writing
Joshua Williams
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book, but honestly it felt rushed and the erotic portions were a bit blunt and lacked sensuality. I feel like if it was about a hundred pages longer, Bennett would have been able to flesh out the world a bit more ( I loved the setting and would like to see more of it) and give us more reasons to like the heroine and hate her captor. I'll certainly check out the sequel to see if things change pace.
Joel Crofoot
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Duvessa and her two best friends are abducted and brought to the plains of pergatory, under a hedonistic ruler where they are each claimed by one of three brothers. In turn their inner demons are forcefully awoken bringing with them the innate drive for sex, regardless of the girls' feeling for the man, so who will win in this inner conflict?
This is a sympathy-for-the-devil and/or identifying with aggressor type of book, so if that is your thing, this is for you!
Natalie Rowe
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: easy-reads, steamy
Thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Well I’m so far behind on reviews that poor Natalie has waited almost a year for this review, on my side though it was really worth the wait! What a great book!

Darling Dark is a paranormal romance that is so cleverly written, you don’t actually know if you’re rooting for the couple or not. Duvessa is a prisoner in Reyes’ kingdom. She is his wife to be and can’t make up her mind about her feelings for him.

Brett Stadelmann
Dec 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This introduction to Bennett's Infernal Regions series is a twist on typical romances, from first meetings through courtship, passion, and proposal into the early days of marriage. It's a curious blend of two opposing themes, melded together with the aid of its unusual setting. From one perspective, it's a tale of abduction, psychological manipulation, and sexual abuse; and yet the same sequence of events are often seen, by both victim and perpetrator, as rather a tale of sexual freedom and self ...more
L.A. Brown
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Darling Dark is a paranormal romance about a half demon princess struggle with a king who bonds with her by putting his mark on her. Eventually his mark forces her to desire him and surrenders her body to him, which just makes her feel confused. I do not want to get into any further details in fear of providing spoilers. However, I will say it is an excellent read. I really enjoyed it. I found that the pace and plot was spot on making it an easy read. The authors characters were fitting for thei ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Darling Dark was an interesting read, both good and bad.

This story is a mixture of dark erotica and urban fantasy. It's a page turner that drew me in quickly, and I really wanted to finish the story to see what happens. But the book did not satisfy.

Why? Partially because the book doesn't resolve. This is only part 1, so the adventure has only begun. The end doesn't satisfy me, but sadly other aspects didn't help. This story centers around 3 couples, 3 female friends and the triplets who rule t
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to hand it to Natalie she definitely knows how to write a gripping story. From the get go you are thrown in to a dark world with supernatural beings. This is not a slow burner. I was hooked from the start.

Duveesa is a young Demi who is captured and claimed by a sadistic Depire (Reyes), King of Purgatory, who's goal is to claim her as his own and get her to admit that she is his. Her friends Jacinda and Amethyst were captured and claimed by his brothers Hades and Casimir.

It is difficult
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have never read an erotica anything like this.

For starters, for an erotica this book has an awesome storyline.

Two- this book is DARK,

Three- the world this author created is 100% original and superbly well done.

Vampires, demons, shifters, lycans and something that reigns above them all. I loved Duvessa and her friends Jacinda and Amethyst. These characters are excellently brought to life. and don't get me started on the hotness that is Reyes. I love dark alpha assholes and Reyes does not disa
Darling Dark is highly creative with some great twists. A reader can get caught up in the story and the dark seductive scenes are enough to make them want more. This is definitely a book for those who prefer their books on the darker and more sexier side. Be prepared for a lot of sex happening. The book is hard to put down once one is into it. I look forward to the next book in the series.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book through the Quill and Ink Tour Review Team in exchange for a fair and honest review.....I was captivated by this book from the start...this is a paranormal dark story...three gorgeous, alpha brothers and three beautiful women who are also best friends, a match made in heaven...or so you would think..but this is no fairytale; Duvessa Vasiel and her 'sisters' Jacinda and Amethyst are half breeds and the captives of Reyes, the King of Purgatory and his brothers Hades ...more
Chanah Dow
Feb 25, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
*A free copy of this book was provided by Quill and Ink Review team in trade for an unbiased review.*

Let me begin by saying that I have NO objection to porn without plot. I like it a lot. I have around 30 books of it on my phone. As long as it's well written, I'll settle in and enjoy.

Darling Dark is, unfortunately, not. Not only does it need a good proof-reading for grammar, but it DOES try to mix plot in. And, actually, it mixes too MUCH in:
- Science fiction and medical science
- Christian Catho
K.T. McColl
Darling Dark opens with the protagonist, Duvessa, captured with two friends by Reyes, the ruler of Purgatory. The nature of the conflict that sees this trio captured is given short shrift (hopefully to be elaborated upon in future books), but the politics of the situation are less important than the dynamic that evolves between captive and captor.

The novel bills itself as dark erotica and it certainly qualifies on both counts. There are moments of extreme violence and equally extreme, rough sex.
* I won Darling Dark in conjunction with an ARC of Sordid Seduction in a giveaway*

I'm a huge one click author type of girl. I read one of your books, I like it, I hit buy on the rest. (unless you fuck up to many times)

With that being said I had no fucking idea who this author was, but I entered a giveaway of a giveaway and won two of her books.

I didn't read the blurb of Darling or any reviews, I dove right in. (it was direct to kindle so that part was a given)

Here's a play by play of how I felt
C.L. Cannon
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-reads
I was given a copy of this book by the Quill and Ink Review Team in exchange for an honest review.

The premise of this book sounded intriguing. The execution left much to be desired.

This story was rushed, underdeveloped, and all over the place. The sex was like cheap fetish porn and was poorly written. Nothing about it turned me on, and it borders on rape. I thought, eventually that some sort of solid plot or character development would arise, but sadly, that was not the case.

There are also se
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Natalie Bennett is your average socially awkward author that turns her spontaneous head ramblings into stories.

She has a penchant for writing about villainous immoral men, crazed anti-heroines, and tends to deviate away from traditional HEA's.

She likes chocolate, Netflix, and Prickly Pear Margaritas.

When she isn't writing she's hanging out with her husband and their three boys.

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