The dark, erotic duet by Victoria Vale, now in one ebook bundle! Get both full-length novels at a discounted price in one download.
"Dark, gothic, and sizzling hot, The Villain is Jane Eyre meets Fifty Shades." -NYT Bestselling author, Anna Zaires
Book One: The Villain
A heartless villain…
Lady Daphne Fairchild braves the journey from London to the wilds of Scotland alone with one purpose in mind: confront the man who purposely and methodically set out to ruin the men of her family. But what he demands in exchange for answers will thrust Daphne into a world of mystery, hatred, and lust.
An indecent proposal…
Thirty days and nights in the bed of the Earl of Hartmoor … this is the price she must pay to learn the truth of the dark lord's vendetta against her family. Yet, when she accepts the offer, Daphne never expects to find that nothing is what she thought it was, and the truth proves far harder to stomach than she ever imagined.
Book 2: The Dove
An unexpected obsession...
After thirty days and nights in his bed, Adam sends Daphne back to London a fallen woman, the final blow that will see the Fairchild family scorned by society. However, he is hard-pressed to forget the beauty of her submission, or the brief moments of peace and balance she brought his tortured existence. Despite the bad blood between their families, he is determined to possess her, to stake his claim on her beyond the thirty nights she gave him. She will fight him at every turn … which will only make the chase, and her inevitable surrender, all the better.
A choice between love and retribution…
When the consequences of Adam's deeds begin to fall back on not only him, but Daphne, as well, he is forced to bring her under his protection. He will end this feud between his family and hers once and for all, and is determined to put her behind him when all is said and done. Yet, it becomes increasingly clear that setting her aside will not be as simple as he thought. Her heart could be his for the taking, but only if he will abandon his vendetta against her family once and for all. Will Adam choose a lifetime of peace and love with Daphne … or will the need for revenge consume him, and eventually, destroy him?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tale of scorching-hot vengeance nails the history & the heat This is what our grandmothers' bodice rippers would have been like if they’d have been able to get away with this kind of a dark, sexy, sharp-edged story. It’s hard to find good erotic historical romances like this where both the history and the heat are equally strong (there are some authors who excel at it, though). Usually, it’s one or the other—where the historical aspect is great but the sexiness is fairly tame, or if a book has more graphic love scenes, it’s often at the expense of the history. These two books successfully pull it off, combining the historical and the erotic into a wrenching tale of scorching-hot vengeance and lust that's set in an era where men like Adam take what they want. This world continues in following books that focus on different but connected characters (like Adam’s sister), and I hope we get some glimpses of Daphne and Adam.
Bertram has finally paid with the forfeiture of his life after numerous young women came forward to testify to the sexual abuse he afflicted upon them. Cassandra, the daughter of a Duke, was one of those women and now she is trying to regain control of her life and at the same time she is seeking revenge on men of the ton who have abused women. Along the way she meets Robert and feelings she does not want to feel starts to form and she fights against them as much as she can. This is a great story and a great addition to this series. It is well written, holds your attention, keeps you wondering his long she can continue on the dangerous path she has started. There is a HEA but a lot happens before this comes about. I would highly recommend this book as a great read as you will not be disappointed.
A dark, delicious, and addicting read! —>>> I was immediately drawn into the story of Daphne Fairchild, the innocent “Little Dove,” and the passionate and intense nature of the Earl of Hartmoor, Adam, who is used to taking exactly what he wants, and what he wanted as soon as the spirited Daphne shows up late at night to his Scottish castle is HER - all of her. The first book consists of Daphne working out her dark deal with him, while Adam explains piece-meal-wise why he has targeted the members of her family with a vicious vengeance. Book One deals with Adam claiming Daphne for himself, but he lets her go as the deal has come to an end, both invariably changed from their illicit encounter. It is not long before he chases her to London, intent on getting another taste of his Dove, but also to forward his plans, told in Book Two. However, both his vengeful plans and his unwelcome feelings towards Daphne come to a head, due to circumstances beyond his control, and he has to make a timely and soul-altering choice. Adam is man consumed with guilt, which transforms him into a dark knight, but we understand why, eventually. Although Daphne was the recipient of his deep lust and emotions, she weathered all he gave to her beautifully and with grace and dignity. Her spirit never was one to be doused, and that is what draws Adam to her, her admirable fiery spirit, heart and goodness.
This is a 2-box set and is a delightful read. It’s set in the past and the author has done a wonderful job at transporting the reader back in time and to Scotland with her use of rich descriptive words. The two main characters are both likable in their own way and it’s a blessing to have the second book there immediately after finishing the first book as I for one did not want to have to wait! This story-line is dark and there are lots of twists and turns keeping me engaged till the very end. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
This is not a nice, gentile piece of Regency fluff. Victoria Vale has given us a heart wrenchingly dark, twisted, revengeful storyline that will take you on an emotional rollercoaster of emotions that may have you struggling to wrap your mind around like our main characters Lady Daphne Fairchild and Lord Adam Callahan, Earl of Hartmoor. If you're like me and like a dark romance, then this is one that will fit the bill. Giving you characters you will love and those you'll love to hate. It pulls you in and doesn't let go until you read to it's conclusion. What a spectacular story.