Title: Dark Prince
Author: Eve Silver
Series: Dark Gothic #3
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Gothic Romance
Innkeeper’s daughter Jane Heatherington is sold into indentured servitude to cover her father’s debts, sold to Aidan Warrick, a man whose handsome face and form mock the rumors that skulk in his shadow, rumors that paint him a smuggler, a pirate…and worse.
On the rainswept Cornish coast, Aidan’s business is carried out in the darkest hours of moonless nights, his secrets are many, and death follows in his wake. Isolated and alone, Jane’s only companion is the man she dare not trust, the man who looks at her with heated desire that she both fears and craves.
As she finds herself ensnared in the twisted schemes carried out within the walls of Aidan’s looming estate, Jane must decide if Aidan Warrick is the dark prince of her dreams or a monster preying on the innocent…
Dark Prince is the first book in Eve Silver’s Dark Gothic series that I have read, but because each story is a stand-alone with recurrent themes, the books can be approached in any order.
As the title suggests, the mood of the story is ‘dark’ and foreboding and Eve Silver builds this atmosphere throughout the novel. We encounter murder, mystery, and deception, all through the eyes of our innocent heroine, Jane.
Jane is taken by the brooding Aidan Warrick as payment of her father’s debt and though she presumes her new role to be that of a servant, the pair quickly fall into an easy routine, becoming ‘friends’.
Dark Prince is a historical novel and I enjoyed the way in which Eve Silver’s tone is consistent and the events are perfectly aligned with the period in which the story is set.
Aidan Warrick is by no means a perfect hero and if Dark Prince was moved to a contemporary setting, he would be a tatted-up bad boy! Yet, Eve Silver allows us to see past his need for vengeance in the way he protects and cares for Jane.
This is really a story in which roles are questioned; those who should be trusted, like Jane’s father, become the villains and the murderous Aidan is the hero. Crippled, naive Jane, who at that point in history would have been shunned, becomes the shining star!
Despite its unsavory themes, Dark Prince is essentially a romance and I loved the way Eve Silver chooses to evolve this. We witness Aidan and Jane becoming necessary to each other and it is within this safety that Jane reaches her sexual maturity. These scenes are not gratuitous, but still intensely erotic because of the passion and emotion shared between the two characters.
After reading Dark Prince, I am now hoping to read more of this series and would recommend it to all readers.