I have followed author Scarlet Darkwood's career for some time, so when she said she was constructing a general work of fiction, I was excited to read it. I came into Words We Never Speak with an open mind, and was not disappointed. I found the characters tangible, especially the main character Kit. She resonates a familiarity that makes her approachable, and in somehow being contemporary she is very much timeless. I believe a lot of people can understand some of the emotions from which she suffers.
The book was evenly paced and had some suspence and mystery in it, but they were softer when compared to the overarching supernatural element presented. It kept me guessing, and I was not disappointed in the end. This supernatural element seemed to linger in the background of the whole story, emerging when one began to miss it most.
There is a distinct naughty element in the work, harkening back to Mrs. Darkwood's preferred erotic genre. Scenes were rich with erotic imagery and detailed explicity, though with delicate reserve. The work is not erotic in genre, but it is certainly a fun little naughty read for those wishing to read by candle light in the dark of the night. I will say here that I don't normally read erotic literature and romances, but I found Mrs. Darkwood's presentation to be both fun and thoroughly detailed. She crafts a rich romantic triangle between Kit and her two love interests, Steven and Dwight. There is ample tension on an inner level as the reader travels with Kit though some deep introspection. Together, reader and character experience pleasure and pain, harassment and doubt. It is an emotional journey, but a good one.
Over all, I gave the work four stars out of five. It is a great read, easy to enter and stay with until the end. I will certainly purchase from this author again.