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Dark Surrender

Dark Surrender, February 2014
by Erica Ridley

Intrepid Reads
Featuring: Violet Whitechapel; Alistair Waldegrave
271 pages
ISBN: 193971320X
EAN: 9781939713209
Kindle: B00IQ84ZIQ
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"Fabulous gothic romance with great characters!"

Fresh Fiction Review

Dark Surrender
Erica Ridley

Reviewed by Miranda Owen
Posted March 5, 2014

Romance Historical

DARK SURRENDER first appealed to me because I love a good gothic romance and Erica Ridley is so great at writing them.

This is a very good example of the romance sub-genre. All the classic elements are there: a "damsel in distress" governess; a tall, dark, and handsome man of mystery with a troubled past; the dastardly villain; angry villagers; talk of vampires; and a spooky abbey with dark passageways and locked rooms. I thoroughly enjoyed DARK SURRENDER!

I liked how Erica Ridley takes classic gothic romance elements and tweaks them. For example, even though Violet Whitechapel is a woman in trouble and on the run, she's intelligent and adapts to her current circumstances and makes plans accordingly. Alistair Waldegrave might be a sexy, troubled man but he is also more good-hearted gentleman rather than imperious brute. In fact, Alistair is a big reason why I liked this story so much.

At the beginning of the story, I worried that his protectiveness toward his daughter would manifest itself in negative ways. Happily, I found that not to be the case. It is evident pretty early on to me, and Violet as well, that Alistair is a deeply caring man. He feels guilt about his wife's death and his daughter's medical condition, but the guilt has not made him a horrible person or destroyed his soul. It is very obvious how much he cares about his daughter and it is heart- wrenching reading about how the two of them have trouble expressing their emotions with each other. I liked how Violet was able to relate so well to Alistair's daughter and connect with her through painting. I loved the romance that develops between Alistair and Violet. There are a lot of sensual and erotic scenes between the hero & heroine.

I wasn't sure at the start of DARK SURRENDER how things could be resolved in the end, but I think Erica Ridley ties everything together in a satisfying way that still makes sense. The epilogue put a great cap on the story. I can't wait to read more by this author, and hopefully more gothic romance!

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SUMMARY

TRAPPED IN DARKNESS . . .

Violet Whitechapel committed an unspeakable crime to save a child. To escape the hangman’s noose, she takes refuge in a crumbling abbey with secrets darker than her own. When its master offers her a temporary post, Violet cannot say no. But when secrets begin to unravel, none of the abbey’s residents will be able to remain hidden.

THEIR PASSION BURNS BRIGHT . . .

Alistair Waldegrave keeps his daughter imprisoned in the black heart of his Gothic abbey. As he searches for a cure to the disease the villagers call demonic, his new governess brings much needed light into their lives. But how can the passion between them survive the darkness encroaching from outside their sheltered walls?


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