Published April 14, 2014
5 Dark Stars
"A deliciously dark tale that will definitely make you shiver and send more than a chill or two down your spine."
1837 Cornwall, England
Orphaned, penniless and reduced to the role of lady's companion, Lucy Alleyne is relieved when a distant relation spirits her away to Castle Athal. But gratitude soon gives way to fear--and unlooked-for pleasure.
The ancient Cornish castle is a dark monument to family, fortune and blood. Within its walls, the Jago family keeps its wards close...and its secrets closer. Lucy is drawn to Tynan, Earl of Athal. The young heir is handsome and caring, yet tortured in his mind like his father before him. Tynan is utterly different from his uncle Uther--a commanding, seductive presence whose leonine power radiates from his every word and gesture.-
These two Jago men have innocent Lucy enthralled--mind, soul and body. But if she remains within the poisonous castle keep, with its history of ill-starred passion and madness, a mere broken heart will seem a mercy. (Goodreads)
This is the first non-vampire novel that I have read in a very long time in which I can say I didn't even miss the fangs. A tale that is truly dark and sinister that any fan of Gothic Romance would be sure to love, and crave for more. Godman takes readers into a dark world in centuries past, where one families castle that has a history that may be as deadly as Count Vlad's, and even more sordid.
When Lucy is taken in by very distant relatives she at once feels like less than a squaller when she enters the beautiful and dark Gothic Manor, and takes in all the riches that belong to the family name. But she soon learns that the grass isn't always greener. For within the walls of the castle lie the secrets of long dead ancestors, one in particular that had no compunction in making a pact with the Devil. And while people would have her to believe the sounds she's been hearing to be nothing more than that of the atmosphere that is making her imagination run wild, the truth is far more horrifying, and possibly deadly. She will also learn every woman should, never trust a man willing to give you every pleasure imaginable, without expecting anything in return, even release. Uther Jago is determined beyond reason to produce a Jago heir, and not just to keep the family name alive.
Walk into the halls of the Jago Castle where nothing and no-one is as they seem, not even relationships. Where trusting your instincts may very well be the only thing that could keep you alive. Where reincarnation has never been more deadly.