Antoine Chevalier built Les Beaux Arts on DeRoche Island to bring purpose back to an existence that has lost meaning. He's wandered the earth for decades and finds solace in returning to art. When Savannah applies for a residency, something about her words touches him. After her arrival, a physical attraction grows between them, which he struggles against. She deserves more than someone of his kind.
Antoine proposes they become lovers during her stay. But the situation turns complicated when Savannah discovers his secret. She had suspicions about his identity, but finds the truth overwhelming. Consumed by her desire for Antoine and faced with a tough decision, she is blind to the danger that has arrived at DeRoche Island.
A New Adult Erotic Romance
Paranormal / gargoyle / vampire / shapeshifter
"Dark Velvet has a dark eroticism that makes you want to be Savannah. It is a book that is a good, quick and darkly thrilling read."
- Books and Beyond Fifty Shades
"Looking for a sexy vampire novel? If so, then this is definitely a must buy!"
"...insanely hot chemistry between the female protagonist Savannah & vampire Antoine. Their intensity starts off right away and you're not a chapter in before it takes off like a rocket.
~ Paranormal Romance Junkies
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A well-balanced blend of paranormal, eroticism, and spine-tingling thrills! Lisa Carlisle’s Dark Velvet is a darkly sensual vampire story with lots of depth and spice to the story. The story is action-packed with smoldering sex scenes. It will grab the reader’s attention from the start and never let go. This is the story of French sculptor Antoine Chevalier, the vampire owner of Les Beaux Arts, and Savannah Evans, a graduate student of poetry. This particular installment was my personal favorite in the series with sizzling off-the-chart chemistry. While Dark Velvet is the first book in Lisa’s Chateau Seductions series, I would highly recommend that readers first pick up Darkness Rising, the prequel novella to this series. Darkness Rising is told from Antoine’s point of view and focuses on Antoine’s story prior to Dark Velvet. In addition, Savannah is first introduced in Darkness Rising. I was already vested in Antoine’s character and in Lisa’s entire Chateau Seductions world by reading Darkness Rising first. Each of the installments in this series are fast-paced and the characterizations build as the story progresses. If you do not read Darkness Rising first, you may feel that Antoine’s and Savannah’s character development is lacking in Dark Velvet. I actually cannot imagine reading the series without reading DARKNESS RISING first. So do yourself a huge favor and start with the prequel… and then continue reading the series in order! You won’t be sorry! The characters of Antoine and Savannah truly shined. Antoine is actually a cross between two species. He was born a gargoyle but was turned into a vampire against his will while studying sculpture under Rodin in France. His vampire side thirsts for human blood; while his gargoyle side is driven to protect humans. He exudes mystery and sensuality. While his purpose in the castle is to encourage the artists who reside there, his attraction to Savannah is much more than that. He cannot stop thinking about her or stay away from her. I want my own Antoine! Savannah is taking a break from her graduate studies to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the famously renowned Les Beaux Arts colony. She loves the castle, the beautiful DeRoche Island and the other artists in attendance. Her poetic creativity is thriving in this setting. However, she wasn’t counting on her strong attraction to Antoine, the castle-owner and her benefactor. When she looks at him, all she can think about is how it would feel to be in his arms. Thankfully, the attraction between them is not one-sided. There was absolutely no way I could stop reading Dark Velvet once I started. This is not a sweet romance. If you are looking for a clean romance, you will want to look elsewhere. But, if you enjoy well-written, well-plotted steamy reads, you’ve most definitely come to the right place. I alternately swooned, gasped and got goose bumps. Readers who enjoy a well-balanced blend of paranormal, eroticism, and spine-tingling thrills will be well-rewarded. I inhaled this whole series in days. This is actually a book that I would not hesitate to read again. It’s that good. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there!
When you first start reading this book, you are really set aside by the amount of detail the author puts into the surroundings and characters. I was quite surprised how fast this book moved. This book is very unique in that the platform for romance is quite dark even for being such a light-hearted romance. I was a little disappointed that the romance didn't go further than it did in the beginning but I guess that is the whole point of suspense. There were some twists thrown in there that I hope the author continues with in the coming books as I would like to see where they go. All in all, this was a really good read. The story moved really fast and the book is a fast read.
Great Series! This is a great new series by Lisa Carlisle. Savannah is thrilled when she is accepted as a resident to the prestigious art colony. While there she will be able to just focus on her poetry. Every time she sees the sexy owner of the colony and famous artist Antoine, she can’t think of nothing else but how it would feel to be in his arms. The attraction between them grows until he makes a move. He is dark, and has a secret that he is keeping from her. This book was very easy to read in one sitting, I did not want to put it down until the end. If you are looking for a great paranormal romance, with some suspense then you need to read this book. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Dark Velvet: What a great story!! I was given this book for an honest review and I really enjoyed it! I do have to warn you though it is a fast read and will leave you wanting more of Savannah and Antoine's story. Antoine is a gargoyle that was turned into a vampire in the 1800's. Antoine moved from Europe to America and with his love of art he recently established a colony for artists, Les Beaux Arts at Chateau DeRoche (Art's Colony) on DeRoche Island off the Coast of Massachusetts. Savannah is a grad student with the love for poetry. She had applied to Les Beaux Arts and was accepted on scholarship so she took a semester off so that she could pursue her love for poetry at the Arts Colony. Savannah finds herself daydreaming about Antoine and during a private meeting she sees a couple of long sharp teeth. Antoine closes his mouth quickly and then they are gone. Did she image them? Antoine doesn't want to scare her off but he can't seem to stop thinking about her. She has stirred things in him that he hasn't felt for quite a while. At their meeting he gets her all hot and bothered and gives her a few directions .......then tells her to come back the next evening. When Antoine reveals himself to Savannah, can she except him for who he really is? You have to read Dark Velvet to find out what happens! You will love the details of the story!!