Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dark Surrender

Dark Surrender by Erica Ridley


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. Just as she begins to see him in a new light, her past catches up to her and endangers them all. 


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?

Dark SurrenderDark Surrender by Erica Ridley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a decent historical novel. But, it's nothing fantastic. Sure, you have the damsel in distress, running from the law. You have the reclusive rich guy and his kid that no one knows exists. Damsel becomes governess, kid loves Damsel, Damsel loves rich guy. He loves Damsel but it takes him a long time to figure it out. End of story. But instead, you have thrown in a sickness where kid can't go in sun. Father (rich guy) lies about it to the world. Said lies make kid feel like garbage. Blah Blah. To me, the main characters spent more time over reacting to things going on, instead of really forming a romance. Oh, and did I mention, there's a run in, where there's almost a child rape, and the town thinks rich guy is a vampire? Yea. I think that this was an OK book, but nothing spectacular. It didn't blow me away.

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