Peregrine Cavendish, 12th Earl of Enzie, has made a devil's bargain: he's going to sell Rowena, Isla's beautiful and innocent younger sister, to a known murderer in exchange for forgiveness of his debts. Tristan Mountbatten, the infamous Duke of Darkling Reach, has a habit of marrying such women and then disposing of them...horribly. For this and other reasons, there are rumors. That he practices the dark arts; that he's a necromancer; that he is, in fact a demon. And studying him, this notorious politician and realm builder across the table, Isla can believe it. Believe it all. Because she knows, even from that first introduction, that Tristan Mountbatten isn't human. No one else seems to have noticed the obvious, but Isla has...and is terrified. For herself, but more so for the sister she loves. The sister who's been more of a daughter, the sister for whom she'd sacrifice anything. So Isla makes a devil's bargain of her own.
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Its a grood first book but was a little disappointed. seemed very very dragged on. There was no sex scenes. Just very dragged on is all I can say not much truly going on in the first book. Just mostly whining and verbal arguments.
"Beauty Meets Dark Shadows"
The Demon of Darkling Reach begins with Peregrine Cavendish, 12th Earl of Enzie sacrificing his younger daughter, Rowena to the Tristan Mountbatten, infamous Duke of Darkling Reach in turns that Tristan will forgives his debt. Isla is the only one who could that the Duke is not a man but a demon. No one and not even her father's guests were able to see the Duke for what he is.
The Duke of Darkling Reach is rumored to have married several times and mysteriously has disposed of his wives and have practiced the dark arts. Because of her love for her sister Rowena and in order to save her sister from such fate, Isla made a deal with Tristan that he wed her instead of her sister.
The more time that Isla spent with Tristan, the more that she found the people she has loved are more cruel and conniving in their quest for power. They are willing to use her against Tristan and even to overthrow Tristan's brother, the King.
The Demon of Darkling Reach is a dark romance story. The story goes into human nature. Even if story has presented Tristan as human, the story wouldn't have deviated from the storyline and its content. Isla would still be able to see how politics played out from her father, Rowena, and even the priest. Isla has even changed her opinion of Tristan from fear to loving him even though he is a demon.
The story has a touch of Beauty and the Beast and Dark Shadows theme. At the beginning of the story, Tristan is more of a monster to Isla because she is able to see what he is. But as the story progress, Isla is able to accept Tristan. The way the story ended, I wanted to know what is in store for Isla as she makes her journey into Tristan's world.
The narrator, Shiromi Arserio does an excellent job in narrating the story. This book would have been overlooked by readers/listeners and even by me due to the blurb as a horror story. The narrator makes the story enjoyable to listen to. I wouldn't mind having her to come back for the next two books in this trilogy.
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"Excellent Story - Kept my attention throughout!"
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The storyline is one that keeps the readers attention and though the early part of the book requires quite a bit of layout to give the reader the information needed for full comprehension of the period and background, it is not too much. I found it difficult to press pause/stop when I needed to go about my day. The allure of the "Demon" while dark and mysterious at the same time shows that he still has some humanity and compassion left. I especially liked the part where he struck Rowena for being such a nasty twit to Isla and Asher. Something I was certainly craving myself based on her childish and arrogant behavior. Isla and Tristan together are a wonderful combination and I am looking forward to the next book in the series The White Queen.
The narration was superb and flowed so smoothly, it was almost hypnotic.
The story takes place in a fantasy land much like middle age England. The earl Peregrine Cavendish is strapped for cash due to his gaming and mismanagement of finances. His younger spoiled manipulative daughter Rowena goes wailing to her older sister Isla that she fears that their father is about to betroth her to the infamous Duke of Darkling Reach Tristan Mountbatten who has a habit of disposing of wives. Furthermore Rowena sobs that she is in love with a neighbor and childhood friend Rudolf.
The Duke is also rumored to be a demon possessing the original Duke's body, Isla offers herself to the duke to save her sister, Believe me her selfish, conniving sister does''t deserve such a sacrifice.
The story is a composite of favorite fairy tales and legends. Isla for example is very much like Cinderella and the spoiled Rowana is very much like the ugly step sisters.
There is also a fanatical priest in the mix who is much more evil than the demon duke. The duke himself is a paradox. He is a demon who seems to want to be human and who has very human traits, yet he needs to feed on humans in order to survive. He is not cruel and he is a protector however he is also ruthless. In contrast the priest was a cruel sadist who enjoyed inflicting pain on others.
The book was well performed and narrated. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
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"MUCH better than I expected!!"
After reading the description, I didn't know what I was going into. I like fairytale retellings and while this sounded somewhat like beauty and the beast so that was on the plus side. What I wasn't so sure about was the over the top sounding description. If you like retellings or fantasy tales along the lines of a cross between Jane Eyre, a horror movie beauty and the beast with some erotica thrown in. (Jane Eyre is being used for story reasons only. While I did really like this book, it's not reminiscent of Charlotte Bronte's writing style.) Definitely a worthwhile listen and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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"Dark and Mysterious"
The mystery surrounding Tristan. What is he and are the rumors true?
Tristan Mountbatten. He or his character was the only reason that I wanted to listen to the book. I love paranormal romances and read as much as possible.
I am very interested in herbs so I think the part where the witch was describing what each herb is used for. Very interested in the hair growing remedies if I had the gumption to try them.
It did not make me laugh or cry but kept me intrigued enough to keep going. If I wasn't expected to review this book, I probably would have stopped after the first 3 hours or so. I am glad I finished it because it did get better and better.
"surprisingly great story. "
loved this it was hard to put down. the narrator was easy to listen to and the story was engrossing.
"loved it, want more"
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i loved this book. this is my favorite type to read or listen to. i really want thecrest that go with it. i cant wait for the other books on Audible
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