Lord Gregory Stockton is a powerful and respected businessman embracing the modern era of the Victorian industrial revolution. He owns a grand and beautiful manor complete with a repertoire of servants and a charming attractive young wife. The only thing he lacks and desires is an heir to the family estate. Lord Gregory knows he can never produce a child, for he is a vampire, and his wife and servants know nothing of his secrets. However, there may be other ways to provide an heir for his estate. Lord Gregory notices the subtle growing romantic attraction between his wife and the handsome young stable hand Marcus Scott resulting in the humans becoming unwitting pawns in a vampire’s game of lust, love and control.
Lord Gregory Stockton is the typical Lord of the Manor, throwing lavish parties, he has the adoring pretty wife, and a house full of servants. What is different about him is he is a vampire.
Noticing that sparks are flying between his wife Sarah and his stable hand Marcus he decides to start a dangerous game between them in an effort to bring Marcus into his inner circle.
There’s much talk of love in this novel, Sarah talks of loving her husband but also loving Marcus. Gregory talks of loving Sarah, and Marcus talks of loving Sarah. But, everyone is boinking everyone and their Mothers. This book is a lust-filled mess and it’s honestly a bit of a mess to keep up with who has boinked who.
Now we all know I’m no prude with the old boinking and I quite enjoy a good boink-fest but a lot of this felt unnecessary to the story.
We also know I like really strong women, no scrub that strong characters in general. Sarah was what I would refer to as a wet flannel (this is kind of why I avoid historical novels in general) she was completely submissive, and naive and I just found her very frustrating. I would have liked a bit more courage from her, a few more balls!
Overall I did enjoy this novella and it made for interesting afternoon reading.
A huge thanks to Deborah A. Wolf and Titan Books for the ARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
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Title: The Darkness of Love
Author: Catherine Green
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Vampires
Publication Date: 8 September 2013
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback
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