Dark Desires by Eve Silver

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

White chapel and murders in the 1800’s -one directly imagines Jack the Ripper. Dark Desires is a very interesting read with it’s plot of a serial killer on the loose committing grotesque murders on women of poor means. Darcie Finch is a woman with secrets who is sent to Dr.Damien Cole by her sister who is a well-known madam in the area.
The romance part of it nicely done with mystery surrounding the activities of Dr. Damien Cole. He is an anatomist who is well-ahead of his times with ideas and practices that are quite modern. Darcie is attracted to Damien and with her talent of sketching soon begins work as Dr.Cole’s assistant. The chemistry between the leads is delicious but if you are a reader like me who has read a lot of books in this genre, Dark Desires may not offer anything new. The atmospheric feel in the story with fog shrouded alleys and the doom that pervades the novel is excellent and for that alone I would love to read other books in this series.

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Betrayed by those she trusted, penniless and alone, Darcie Finch is forced to accept a position that no one else dares, as assistant to dangerously attractive Dr. Damien Cole. Ignoring the whispered warnings and rumours that he’s a man to fear, she takes her position at his eerie estate, where she quickly discovers that nothing is at it seems, least of all her handsome and brooding employer. As Darcie struggles with her fierce attraction to Damien, she must also deal with the blood, the disappearances … and the murders.

With her options dwindling and time running out, Darcie must rely on her instincts as she confronts the man she falling in love with. Is he an innocent and misunderstood man … or a remorseless killer who prowls the East End streets?

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