Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Darker than Desire by Shiloh Walker

Title: Darker Than Desire
Author: Shiloh Walker
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense 
Series: Secrets & Shadows #3
Main Characters: Sybil and David
Release Date: March 2015
Publisher: St. Martin's
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

No matter how many times he’s left her in the past, Sybil Chalmers can’t ignore her feelings for the one man who stole her heart years ago. For countless nights, she has waited for him—for his kiss, his touch—and has longed for him to emerge from the shadows of his past. Only when she is in his arms does Sybil really feel alive…and finally, after all these years, that time is now.


He’s a man raised in a world of strict rules and unbreakable traditions and he’s always yearned to break free. But when a family tragedy lures him back home, he finds his one true passion has been there all along. With Sybil, he can explore his greatest potential—and allow her to discover a whole new level of ecstasy. But will a long-buried secret threaten to tear them apart? The only thing he knows for sure is that he will do anything to keep Sybil in his life…and keep her coming back for more…

My Review:
On the surface, this is not a book that should appeal to me, but this entire series has been fantastic and I honestly think David's book is the best. 

This book truly is David's book. He's the character who's been the most affected by the evil Cronus group of men that have methodically sexually assaulted the young boys in this community for generations. David escaped twenty years ago and then hid in plain sight as part of the Amish sect that lives in the town. His love interest, Sybil, has always known who he was although she never let him know that she knew his real identity. David's pain reverberates off the page. He's angry and scarred and vengeful, but he cares deeply, even when he thinks he doesn't.

There is a lot of emotion in this book, but my favorite character has to be Sybil. Wow, this woman is strong. She doesn't care about public opinion and is constantly standing up for herself and others around her in this oftentimes vicious little town. She also sees so much more in David than others do. She looks below the surface to truly see who he is at his heart. 

And David is a good man, which is incredible considering his upbringing. I loved his relationship with Max and the way all the details about them came out. He covers it well, but this is a man full of really strong passions. It made for some incredibly sexy scenes with Sybil. His need for pain made sense, but I loved how that little detail about him evolved and changed through the story as he healed. 

This has been a fabulous series. You could read this book as a stand alone, but I highly recommend you read all the books. The suspense line carries over the entire series and makes more sense when read as a series. It's fitting that this final book is the best in the series. I loved getting to see all the characters from the other books interact and for justice to finally be served. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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