A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?
This novel was so well done and hit many attributes I look for in paranormal historical fiction. I really didn’t know what to expect going into reading this book because it was the first book by Alison Goodman to read. I’d also not heard much of anything about The Dark Days Club. I based my desire for it on the summary and that beautiful cover. I never dreamed I’d love it nearly as much as I did.
The Dark Days Club was incredibly descriptive, well written and overall a slow read (lots of details that some might find dull but I found engrossing). I found the slower pacing allowed me to ease into the world and characters. The further I read the more I was interested in knowing about the mysteries this book presented- Lady Helen’s mother’s past as well as the current missing maid.
True, the book wasn’t overly action packed at the start but I was never bored. It was the perfect blend of beautiful writing, intrigue and characters I slowly began to know and love. Lord Carlston was everything I want in a lead male character and mentor to the main character. He was dark, handsome and had a past that wasn’t looked upon nicely by society. As the book continued the pacing became much faster and I was so entrenched in the story I was pained when not reading. I needed to know what would happen next.
The setting and time period were clear to me and I easily visualized the clothing and locations. Goodman’s writing was superb and descriptive. The characters, as I mentioned, were so well done. I fell in love with the entire cast of characters and really didn’t want to part with them when the book ended. I know for a fact I’ll be rereading this book soon.
The romance was perfect- it was my favorite type, the slow burn. I shipped the ship hard. It had the feel of a Jane Austen romance to me which I adore always- Paranormal Jane Austen is a winner with me always.
In my opinion, The Dark Days Club is a must read for any fan of Jane Austen style writing, period dramas, paranormal and the slow burn romance.