The Dark Side Trilogy

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The Dark Side trilogy charts the sensual journey of academic musician Eva Byrne as she struggles to overcome painful shyness, sexual inhibition and personal tragedy. Lonely, unsophisticated, desperately seeking love and approval, Eva is easy prey for sensual and experienced Nathan Darke.

He wants her submission, and he knows how to go about getting it. Eva is quickly caught up by the whirlwind of his effortless seduction, though she has her own reasons for agreeing to join him in his world of pain and pleasure, on the dark side.

Inexplicably fascinated and at the same time totally frustrated by his new submissive, Nathan is increasingly drawn to her as she opens up in his hands and he realises there is much, much more to his latest playmate than he ever could have imagined.

The Dark Side charts the turbulent relationship between Eva and Nathan as their mutual fascination builds. They both discover what surrender truly means as together they explore the fragile bonds of desire, trust, risk and reward, and the destructive power of betrayal.

Book 1 Darkening. Also available in paperback

Check out this review from Erin at Paranormal Reads

darkening_800“I have to admit this one was a tough one to review. In the beginning I was a little nervous that I was going to be reading another version of a certain book named after varying shades of a dull color. It was certainly how the book started. However, I ended up pleasantly surprised that this was not the case.

Don’t get me wrong…this book is extremely erotic! It also had many of the same elements (and toys). But this also had a good story with characters I really liked. The author got creative with each sex scene (which there were plenty of), and I didn’t feel like I was reading the same scene each time, nor was it awkward writing. It was really well written.

Eva was a pleasant surprise, as she wasn’t very experienced in much of anything socially, and nothing sexually, but was an extremely intelligent person. The author gave plenty of instances that showed she was awkward, but too smart to be bullied or coerced into anything sexual that she wasn’t comfortable with. She was a little scared, as expected about this totally new experience, but was clear thinking.

Nathan Darke was also a VERY pleasant surprise. He wasn’t a mentally damaged guy that uses sex to take out his aggressions and feel better about himself. Nathan Darke is ENTIRELY boyfriend material! He’s rich because he’s very intelligent himself. He’s a successful businessman, super sexy (which we are fortunate enough to learn about in detail), and has a true softer side that makes you melt at times. He simply likes his sex to be a lot more than “vanilla”.

I really enjoyed the story of Nathan and Eva. How they came to meet, how they fall for each other, and how he introduces her into that whole new world….he makes it scary, exciting, and sweet all at the same time.

I did have a little trouble with how quickly their relationship progresses, but I’m sure it happens. It’s also a quick read, with a very uncomfortable cliffhanger. However, the big question is if I would read the second book, and I absolutely would….and will! Therefore it’s a well earned 4 stars, in my opinion!”

The chance of a new life out in the wilds of the Yorkshire moors sounds too good to be true to shy musician   Eva Byrne. Stifled and smothered within the cocoon of her brilliant academic career, Eva yearns for something different. Something real and exciting. Something she can feel.

Excitement. Passion. Pleasure. She finds that sexy, enigmatic Nathan Darke can provide all these and more when she moves into his home, Black Combe,  as violin tutor to his young daughter.

But will Eva’s natural curiosity and thirst for new experiences be enough to withstand the sting of Nathan Darke’s exquisite touch? Will simple surrender be enough as he challenges her every inhibition, taking her on an erotic journey of self-discovery and liberation? Eva’s sensual encounters with her demanding, domineering new employer quickly evoke her deepest fears, as he introduces her to the trauma of submission and marks her with his particularly dark brand of love.

Book 2 Darker. Also available in paperback

Check out this review on Goodreads

darker_800“This second entry in the The Dark Side Trilogy is just as good if not better than the first. Instead of getting some back-story then taking off, Darker begins right where Darkening left right off at (Thank God!). Boy I was not disappointed.

Holy crow! I knew Eva was intelligent but WHOA! (OK no spoiler reveals). Where in the first book I felt it was more get to know Eva story, Darker feels more evenly split between the two. The story is still told from Eva’s first person perspective but there are revelations that are more personal and soul baring from both Eva and Nathan. The sex is this second entry is bow-chica-wow-wow hot! Note to Eva – if you get tired I’ll tag in for you! Yes this is a erotic story but there is so much more than just sex. The soul baring and secret revealings have my alternating being laughing, gasping and tears.”

Eva Byrne’s first encounter with the darker side of Nathan Darke’s sensuality ends in disaster. Frightened, hurt, betrayed, she struggles to regather her shattered confidence – in him, and in herself.

Desperate to continue her journey of exploration and self-discovery, Eva has to convince a sceptical Nathan that she’s worth the trouble. And that she can learn to submit to him. When she is forced to reveal elements of her past she has preferred to keep hidden, both her brilliance and her vulnerability are laid bare. Will Nathan accept Eva as she is, and help her to become the woman she longs to be, or will she face yet another rejection?

Terrified and intrigued in equal measure, Nathan has no idea how to deal with the exquisitely enigmatic Eva Byrne. Should he cut his losses and run. Or allow their relationship to continue, and watch as Eva’s delicate beauty unfurls in his hands?

Fascinated and ensnared by Nathan, Eva longs to taste what he offers and her erotic journey continues. But how much will she have to surrender in order to liberate her own desires?

Book 3 Darkest. Amazon UK  Amazon US

Check out this review on Goodreads

darkest_800“This third and final entry has the least amount of sex and the most heart wrenching moments. Eva has come so far and to have an act of jealous come between then was so upsetting. This is definitely the book that made me the most emotional. Even though I feel there is less sex in this book than the previous two, the creative aspect had me liking it the best. You are so naughty and wicked Nathan! I won’t spoil the ending but I will say the journey Eva and Nathan take in Darkest easily make this my favorite of the three books. I gasp, giggled and cried. As for the end, let’s just say I couldn’t ask for a better one.”

Eva hasn’t found it easy to trust, to believe in herself and in a relationship that can last. But happiness, once so elusive, is within her grasp. Nathan is her Master, her lover, and her soulmate.

However no sooner do they manage to find a fragile balance between them – a way of entwining both their worlds – and start to build a future, than their past comes crashing back to destroy their emerging love.Jealousy and hate brutally shatter Eva’s and Nathan’s delicate trust in each other, and their life together crumbles.

Can they overcome the crushing pain of betrayal and deceit to regain some sort of future together, or are some wounds just too deep to heal? Are some risks too great? Some rewards just not enough?

thedarkartofpersuasion_800The Dark Art of Persuasion is a FREE book, available for download from Totally Bound

This is a new experience for Nathan Darke, and he doesn’t like it. Not one little bit.

Ever since the shy, enigmatic little violin tutor turned up in his home to give private lessons to his daughter, all he can think of is the private performance he’d like to treat her to himself. Eva fascinates and irritates him in equal measure. He’s determined to have her surrender. And he’s not prepared to wait any longer. He’s in a constant state of arousal whenever she’s near, and Nathan is not accustomed to being told ‘no’ by a woman. This has to be resolved. Soon.

He wants her on her back, tied to his bed, naked. All that and more. But first, he needs to find a way to get past Eva’s timid reserve, convince her that she could submit to him – and love it.

Eva should be easy prey for experienced, dominant Nathan Darke. He can easily intimidate her, command her. But he needs to coax her round to his way of thinking, convince her that she truly wants to explore romance on the dark side. This promises to require all his powers of seduction, usually so effortless.

Will Eva be able to resist, or will she succumb to the dark art of persuasion?

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