Title: Dark Sonata
Author: Fai Roberts
Publisher: Self Published
Date of publication: February 13th, 2015 (republished on January 26th, 2017)
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy, Young Adult
Number of pages: 405
Where you can find this book: Amazon
Book synopsis (via Goodreads):
He sees her. Watches her every move and knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Lady Victoria is his key to salvation; she has no idea what storm is coming her way.
It’s better that way—the less she knows the easier his plan. Masquerading as the Earl of Stone he pretends to be the knight in shining armor but he is anything but. Ezra Stone is dangerous, dark and mysterious with a silver gaze not of a normal man. His intensity leaves women breathless, including Victoria despite the warning signs. Upon their first meeting, their first scorching kiss, she knows her life is in danger. Victoria should be scared, but she was never one to run at first sight of blood.
Being kidnapped by the most handsome man Victoria has ever encountered was the least of her worries. Ezra Stone was not what he seemed, he was far worse. He was the son of a demon warlord and she happened to be his last chance at redemption. If she agrees to help him despite the danger they are in, this passion between them might scorch her beyond repair. Victoria is way in over her head and her traitor of a heart is in a constant free fall whenever he is near. It would seem that she didn’t have a choice, her heart has already decided.
In a cruel twist of fate, Ezra and Victoria have ripped apart and separated by the hand of time. Ezra has one shot to save her and his love for her could ultimately be his downfall. He must overcome betrayal in order to achieve his final redemption. It’s not over until the final song is played, the Dark Sonata.
Dark Sonata is a dark romance. Set mostly in Victorian England, the reader will become immersed in a gothic romance that is not like any romance that they have ever read. So pull up a chair and get ready to read a book about demons, angels and how love can hopefully conquer all.
This book gave me goosebumps. From the first page, when Victoria was standing the ruins of her house and reading her journal to the end of the book, I would shiver….and that wasn’t even during the sexy parts. It was the nonsexy parts that made me shiver. They were genuinely scary.
I really didn’t care for Victoria in the beginning of the book. She was meek and very submissive. But, with what she had to deal with (nasty cousin and uncle, rumors about her parentage, her nickname “The White Witch”), I honestly got why she was so quiet and meek. She did grow on me during the book and by the end, I was cheering for her and hoping that she could do a miracle with Ezra.
I will admit, I laughed when she first entered Syndonia, the demon refuge. From the gold hallway with the pornographic carvings to the scandalous way the women were dressed and acting, she was floored. I was dying laughing when she saw the two women kissing on a cushion and her reaction to it. Also her reaction to dresses that were skin-tight. But, to be honest, it was what I expected for a girl who was brought up in an era where women were not equals, sex wasn’t even talked about and your clothing had to cover everything. I was amazed at how well she adjusted to her situation.
Ezra was one intense dude and to be honest, he kinda scared me when I started reading the book. When it was revealed that he was a half-breed (half human/half demon) it made more sense but still, he was very dark. He was also consumed by wanting Victoria. I do give him props, he tried to keep away from her but it was like a moth to light….he couldn’t. His undoing (and hers) was when she wore that lace dress. After that, I felt bad for him….even at the end of the book.
I loved the plotline of the book. It was fast, dark, sensuous and I couldn’t get enough of it. I wish that there was more of Syndonia because that place really fascinated me. The climax of the book was perfect for this book. Not going to go into it but I read with bated breath and actually gave a sigh of relief at the end. I am hoping that there will be a book 2 because I need to find out what happens with Victoria and Ezra. Plus I did have some unanswered questions!!
How many stars will I give Dark Sonata: 4
Why: I enjoyed reading this book. It was fast-paced with a heavy dash of romance (stress heavy) in it. The twists in the story are truly that, twists. At one point, the author had me questioning the entire book. Definitely going on my read again shelf!!
Will I reread: Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends: Yes
Age range: Late Teen
Why: Sexual situations, violence, and language.
**I received a free copy of this book and volunteered to review it**