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Hearts of Darkness

(The Santiago Trilogy #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  919 ratings  ·  261 reviews
“First, Dante Santiago held a gun to my head. Then he blew my world apart …”

He’s a criminal with no conscience. The whisper of a name, a faceless stranger… A man content to dwell in the shadows of his underworld.

I’m the light to his dark, an investigative reporter intent on exposing dangerous men like him. We were worlds apart until I caught his attention. Now I’m his cap
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published May 2019 (first published August 17th 2018)
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Low 2 - 2.5 Stars

This was a mildly decent read for me...I picked it up because someone told me it gave Anna Zaires a run for her money. So obviously I was expecting greatness and probably had my expectations a little too high. Unfortunately, this felt like a very average mafia romance. The insta-lust was a little too strong and not offset by enough psychological/relational character-building to make it feel rooted and visceral enough for me.

I originally intended to power through the whole serie
Kay's Blushing Book Reviews

Hearts of Darkness by Catherine Wiltcher
GENRE: Dark Mafia Romance
BOOK DETAILS: Book #1 The Santiago Trilogy.



This is one of those stories that draws you in from the beginning, its immediately sets the pace for an intriguing and intensely dark storyline. This is precisely the type of books I love to read. Eve and Dante have a fierce passion and instant chemistry.

Dante is the epitome of dominance, he is coated in authority and has that danger
Carla Bulian
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was just fine. Predictable.
Dora Koutsoukou
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 ❤️🖤❤️❤️ ⚡️🧨💥⚡️🌟🌟🌟🌟s❗️❣️❗️❣️

Let me introduce you to Dante Santiago.
He might be tall, handsome and well built, but he is a monster beneath that savage, beautiful mask. Decency and compassion are dead to him.
Dante Santiago is is a very bad man.

Accidentally he met Eve Miller. A sassy and feisty reporter who defies him at every step.
The light to his darkness.
Their connection and chemistry are by far explosive.

“He’s the man of my dreams.
He’s the devil from my nightmares.” Eve

“I’ll be a husk of
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Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 10-stars, favorites
This book is amazing!

I loved Dante Santiago! He's the perfect anti-hero character, so dark and daring! And hot. And sexy... Did I say hot already?
The plot was wonderful. The female protagonist Eve Miller was very likeable and exactly the type of heroine I adore.

Congratulations to the author for such a wonderful job!
Catherine Wiltcher
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
"This is not your sweet, passionate love story. This is raw, deep down in your soul passion" - Up All Night With Books



Milica's Bookshelf
I have a new addiction.
His name is Dante. Dante Santiago. 🔥

Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, mafia
Fun fact, I am a SUCKER for any kind of Mafia romance. Recently I haven't been able to find anything at all interesting with actual substance and genuinely found myself asking - have I read all the decent Mafia romance? Then I saw this book recommended by another Mafia author I really respect and what can I say... I finished the whole trilogy at 05:00am this morning. The heroine was a breath of fresh air, I enjoyed the push and pull dynamic in the romance and the story kept me hooked the whole t ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! HOLY FUCKING SHIT! This was fantastic!!!!


One of the best mafia books I’ve EVER read! Perfect grit and so fucking sexy... like beyond sexy. Smoldering perfection! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

The storyline, plot, and pacing were perfect! I wasn’t bored for a single second! I find myself trudging along in book land lately, nothing is fresh, nothing is surprising. I needed something that just grabbed my attention and didn’t let go. This was IT!!!!

An amazing new author, who I found completely b
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ng
This is my first book by Catherine and it will not be my last I just love a good dark read and this one did not disappoint. I loved Eve and Dante's book it pulled me in right from the very start and I ended up reading it late into the night. If like me you like a good Bada** then you are just going to love Dante. I cannot wait to read the rest of the trilogy.
Feb 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
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🎁 FREE on Amazon today (2/16/2019)! 🎁

“First, Dante Santiago held a gun to my head. Then he blew my world apart …”

He’s a criminal with no conscience. The whisper of a name, a faceless stranger… A man content to dwell in the shadows of his underworld.

I’m the light to his dark, an investigative reporter intent on exposing dangerous men like him. We were worlds apart until I caught his attention. Now I’m his captive, kept at the whim of a devil with no kindness or morality.

I may be an innocen
Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
Eve first encounters Dante one night in a liquor store when he holds a gun to her head. Really interesting way to meet a girl huh? Her next encounter with him is just as equally terrifying and instead of walking away from him, she finds herself captive in his home.

Okay, so a freaking terrifying experience for Eve but this scary man has something about him. Danger, arrogance, domination and really fucking sexy are a few words that come to mind. All of this is confusing Eve's senses and messing wi
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well Good news I did find myself a jem with this book and author, I was sucked in from the very first page till the last, I loved the characters, the dark story line and everything in between lol ...... only thing I’m p****ed about is I’ve got to wait till June for the 3rd and last book in trilogy ....bloody damn it to Dante hell lol

This is a dark romance so it’s quite brutal with violence and sex be warned but add it to your read list lol
4 🌟
"I’m here with you, my angel… Always."

Excellent read..I loved it!!!
The writing style of Catherine Wiltcher is simply fucking amazing!!
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Good and bad has never been more blurry…

What happens when your heart leads you down a path that could be your ruin? What if the light tries to pull you from a darkness that you can never leave? Dante and Eve’s story is love’s struggle between evil and good, revenge and forgiveness, dark and light… Does this sound intense? Then I’m describing it exactly right as this story was an emotional struggle between doing what you feel is right and following your heart…

From the opening pages, Dante and Eve
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
wondering why this was mostly all 5 stars
Mar Mar #bookoholic
Can I get some Hallelujah here!

Too bad I'm too lazy to try with those gif around here. Okay, I have never used any gifs here but I want to but again damn I have to search whole internet for apt emotions. I don't even know which ones here are accurate.

I'm guessing this owl whith an open mouth and some dude who's giving a round of applause. Oh, and that chubby blond girl who's banging some crazy moves with that weird half tutu.

That said, I cannot believe I felt in the beginning that this is going
Bookgasms Book Blog
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ratula
OMG!! This story was INCREDIBLE and legit came out of nowhere for me. I absolutely loved Hearts of Darkness. I seriously was hooked on every word of this story and seriously can't wait for book two!!

I absolutely fell in love with Dante and Eve and loved their fiery passion and connection. Mafia and cartel stories are my absolute favorite stories and this author seriously moved to the top of my list. Dante was alpha and dominant and sexy and he met his match with the only woman who brought him to
Amber- Leave Me Alone I’m Reading
Hearts of Darkness

This was a new author for me and I am just blown away! This book is amazing. It’s suspenseful, sexy, and action-packed. Dante is everything I love in a hero... so lethal and scary, but loyal and passionate too. Gah! I love him so much. And Eve... ahh I just love a strong heroine. Her growth throughout this book is awesome! I can’t wait to see her continue to grow into a true devil’s queen in the next two books. I am DYING to know what happens next!
I enjoyed reading this and will definitely be continuing the series. However, I didn't like that the h cycled between liking the H and despising him. The H, on the other hand, was stalkerificly insane for the h which I LOVED.
"You are my everything, Eve Miller,” he declares. “If I thought myself capable of those three words I’d give them back to you, I swear it.”

“It’s ok,” I whisper, tightening my grip around his neck. “Until that time I’ll love enough for the both of us.”

This was astounding! I was hooked from the first word. The writing style, the characters, the pace all of it was unbelievably perfect. Catherine Wiltcher has a remarkable talent of weaving such a tale that it makes you forget that it is fictional.
⏃ : ✦ villainous_vixen ⏃ : ✦

Hearts of Darkness by Catherine Wiltcher is a dark, unpredictable love story of good vs evil. Love vs hate. It’s dark, dangerous, and utterly addictive. If you’re looking for a hauntingly dark tale of lust, drugs, sex, revenge, and bloodlust. . . this book is for you.

"I've shown you how the devil makes love, my angel. . . now its high time you fucked a monster."

“I’m a Santiago, a wanted man with a voracious bloodlust. . .”

Dante Santiago is the devil. When his name is whisp
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf-books
2 DNF at 60% Stars

This isn't a terrible book, but it was very lackluster. The hero is super possessive which I love, but other than that, I had a hard time connecting with the story and characters. It was very insta love, and I was trying to get past that, but she was literally implying he was starting to "hold her heart" after like 3 days of her "captivity" and of knowing him, 2 of which he was completely gone for. They also spoke in too many analogies like comparing her lightness and his darkn
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Hearts of Darkness by Catherine Wiltcher is book One in The Santiago Trilogy. This is the story of Dante Santiago and Eve Miller.
Dante is criminal with a question mark for a heart but something happened to put that mark there. But when he takes Eve who was at the wrong place at the wrong time he knows there is something about her that he can't stay away from. Eve was a great and made the hardness in Dante soften some but he was still a strong alpha male doing his 'job'.
This book takes you into
Kristy Mills
I started this book a couple months ago, but I only read the first 2 chapters before I had to make myself stop. I knew with those first chapters that I wouldn’t be able to stop reading this until I finished the series. So I waited for a time I knew I wouldn’t have to stop myself.

Low and behold, a couple months later we are all in self quarantine due to Covid-19. I pulled this sucker out and I was right. I couldn’t put it down. I’m making myself write this review before I start the next book. I
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good start to this trilogy. I loved Eve and Dante and their relationship and how it began. She was only at the liquor store because Eve wanted some alcohol for her friend.If it wasnt for that, she would have never met the Devil. In this case, meeting the devil was actually a good thing. This story sucked you in and in a good way. You won't want to put it down until you are finished and you will be begging for more. I can't wait to see what happens next. If it is anything like this boo ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Holy Crikey. This book kept me on the edge of my sear. Intense, action packed, and hotter than not chemistry. I'm mad at myself for not moving this book up on my TBR sooner. It ends on a cliffhanger and I can't wait to see what is in store for the Devil and his Angel in the next book.
Natalie Hammer
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Dante Santiago.

This story is very dark, and of course the first of a trilogy so no HEA here. But don't let this stop you! The writer is fantastic and compelling and told such a great story that I made it through all three of these books in a matter of days. I could not put it down.

For those of you mafia/cartel lovers, this is right up your alley. Kidnapping, murder, drugs... plus a very steamy love story where the H and h hate each other in the beginning. Honestly I didn't think I would
Jill Badker
This is my first book by Catherine Wiltcher and it was awesome. Dante is a name I love for characters and he lives up to the name in this story. Kidnapping Eve and attempting to kill her DEA father all while not being able to ignore the feelings he has for the woman who keeps popping into his head and heart.
All Eve wanted was to get some champagne to celebrate her birthday with her friend, but instead she found a gun being held by the biggest scariest hottie she has ever seen. But being taken b
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Catherine Wiltcher is an International Bestselling and Amazon All-Star author of ten dark romance novels, a stage 4 cancer thriver, and a self-confessed alpha addict. Her writing is best described as sinfully sexy, and her characters always fall hard and deep for one another.

She lives in the UK with her husband and two young daughters, and if she ever found herself stranded on a desert island she

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