Book Review

by Eve Silver

Genre: Historical Romance
Setting: Victorian England

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As a last resort, Darcie Finch asks
her sister, a London brothel madam, for employment. She sends Darcie to work for Dr. Damien Cole, with a warning to never question his work or anything she sees or hears.

Darcie does not heed the advice. She notices that strange men arrive after dark and that the servants are silent, and she often witnesses a blood-spattered Damien leaving his laboratory. When she spies one of Damien's anatomy drawings, she cannot resist adding to his sketch.

Damien needs someone with Darcie's artistic skills working with him. As she becomes involved in his work, she begins to fall in love with him. Then Darcie hears gruesome stories about women being murdered in Whitechapel, their body parts removed. Could the sketches she's been working on connect Damien to the murders? Is the man
she loves a determined doctor or a demented killer?

Silver debuts with a gripping gothic that combines the tension of the Jack the Ripper stories with the dark aura of Jekyll and Hyde and the chill of a classic horror film. There's icy fear and smoldering passion, twists and turns and red herrings thrown in here and there to keep you up all night. SENSUAL (Nov., 352 pp., $3.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: Zebra

Published: November 2005

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3 Stars

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Dark Desires

Submitted by Robin in PA on January 28, 2011 - 7:40pm.

As a last resort, Darcie Finch goes to a brothel for employment. But the madam turns Darcie out, telling her to see employment from someone who owes her a favor...Dr. Damien Cole. Strange things are happening at the Cole residence. Servants have disappeared. Unsavory characters visit at odd hours of the night. And the handsome doctor leaves his laboratory covered in blood. Now Damien has offered Darcie the chance to use her skills as an artist to work beside him. But the closer Darcie gets to Damien, the more she wonders if he is a charming healer...or a cold-blooded killer.

This is a gothic romance loosely based on the Jack the Ripper murders. I thought there was a little too much description and we were in the heroine's head too much, but I guess that is typical of gothics. I would have preferred more dialogue. But the book was an easy read and did hold my interest. My rating: 3.5 Stars.