Title: Dark Velvet (Chateau Seductions #1)
Author: Lisa Carlisle
Published Date: March 1st 2014
Genre: New adult erotic romance (18+)
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Grad student Savannah Evans is thrilled to be accepted as a resident to a prestigious art colony. Where else would she be able to focus on her craft of writing poetry in a setting like that of the medieval-styled castle? The remote New England island is a respite from her hectic city life. When she meets her benefactor, a mysterious French sculptor, her expectations for carefree days writing near the ocean are distracted by unprofessional fantasies about her sponsor.
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.
New adult erotic romance (18+)
Paranormal / vampire / gargoyle / shapeshifter
So I’m just going to put this out there. I think I fell in love more with the description of the castle and the island than the characters. I know that sounds wrong but I only give honest reviews and pull no punches. The imagery the author used to describe everything was phenomenal. I actually felt like I was there.
As for the characters I felt like I kind of stepped into the middle of the story. They had already met and had interacted with each other prior to the beginning of the book. So I felt like there was something missing. I think I would have liked to have read from the first day she came to the Castle rather than after she had been there for a while.
The characters kind of made me mad. Antoine had a huge case of playing extremely hard to get which only seemed to piss me off. I really didn’t like the games he was playing with Savannah. What I did like about the relationship between them was again how it was described. I could literally feel the tension between them. Every time he did the “come to me” and would try to seduce her then “ok, now go away” thing it felt like he was denying me, lol. Again I know it sounds wrong but c’est la vie.
Overall the author has an incredible way with words when it comes to building tension and giving the reader a clear view of what the characters are surrounded by. I just didn’t connect with the characters like I wanted. I do recommend this book though as it is part of a series and sets the stage for other events in the other books.
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