Review of “The Darkest Heart”

Senna showed me quite a time as I watched her attempt to manipulate a Countess into believing she was the orphaned daughter of a long lost relative. Too bad for her the Countess had an agenda of her own. She wanted, needed an heir to carry on their bloodline, and a nobody from the streets was the perfect target. Too bad for everyone that Nicoli, aka Dominick wanted the same thing; but for a different reason. If he were to impregnate Senna with his tainted seed, the Countess would die. It was the perfect revenge.

No one expected Senna to discover the Countess’s dark secret and flee in terror before the Countess and her homicidal son were able to silence her. Soon, Senna finds herself on the side of the road, in a carriage wreck, just as Lady Augustine passes by. Senna has vague memories of her time at Drom, and no recognition of the gracious woman who saves her. Yet Lady Augustine is persistent that Senna is her ward, come to spend The Season, with her. Senna’s too smart to pass up the chance for a warm place to stay.

She begins to live a lie and forgets to be the street smart woman she once was. Her days are spent humoring Lady Augustine, who begins to request being addressed as Aunt Madalina. Her nights are spent in a dream, lost in the passionate, sexual arms
of Dominick, her ghost lover. The Season grinds to a halt as rumor of a vampire
begins circulating.

This rumor gets stronger when Lord Hardwick, a prominent
member of high society, is murdered at his own vampire themed party. When the
Countess and Charles arrive in London and try to woo Senna back into their
embrace, she feigns memory loss. Not that she has to try hard about certain
parts. Those memories are shrouded in darkness.

As more deaths occur, Senna finds herself in danger of being homeless as Lady Augustine’s son Peter arrives home a month early. He insists that Senna is a fraud, a Gypsy, trying to take Lady Augustine for all she’s worth. Just as Senna is leaving,
Augustine stands up for herself and demands Peter allow Senna to stay. Peter
reluctantly agrees when he learns Senna was once engaged to Charles. Senna begins
considering how to get out of dodge without any money. She refuses to do the
one thing Peter asks of her; to become his mistress.

As a new group of vampires appear in town, Dominick is forced to move his plans forward. Only he hasn’t counted on finding Senna as alluring as she is. The bloodthirst starts to become irresistible. When a woman is murdered in Lady Augustine’s home,
Senna finds herself the suspect. So she flees to the one person she thinks can
help. Dominick. She didn’t plan on learning that her ghost lover is also a
vampire. Strangely, she doesn’t fear him. As the masses arrive to search for
Senna at his home multiple times, Dominick decides to take her the one place he
thinks they’d never look for her.

Drom.

Shortly after they arrive, Senna realizes they aren’t the only ones. The Countess is also
there. She has decided to close up Drom and return to London, where there is a
wealth of victims to suck dry. She doesn’t plan to find her once dead son,
Nickoli, with the woman she has been seeking to kill. To further complicate
things, Charles and Peter also arrive. Senna suddenly finds herself surrounded
by monsters, both supernatural and not. That night, Charles gives her all she’ll
need to protect herself from the three vampires outside; and informs her that
he plans to kill his brother, again.

Tired of waiting on the Countess or Peter to make the first move, Dominick tries to get Charles to come downstairs. Being the coward he is, he convinces Senna to go instead. During the showdown, it becomes a blood bath as each vampire fights to the death. The ending? Well, I’ll leave that for readers to discover.

This was a great read, full of suspense, sexual tension and deception. Anyone who’s a fan of vampires is sure to love “The Darkest Heart”. The characters will stay with you long after the last page has been read. And there’s plenty of action, sexual couplings, and graphic details to keep every reader hooked til the end.

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