• Dark Heart

  • A Forbidden Romance (Dark Heart Duet, Book 1)
  • By: Ella James
  • Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Carly Robins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

Prime logo Prime members: New to Audible?
Get 2 free audiobooks during trial.
Pick 1 audiobook a month from our unmatched collection.
Listen all you want to thousands of included audiobooks, Originals, and podcasts.
Access exclusive sales and deals.
Premium Plus auto-renews for $14.95/mo after 30 days. Cancel anytime.
Dark Heart  By  cover art

Dark Heart

By: Ella James
Narrated by: Jason Clarke,Carly Robins
Try for $0.00

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

Buy for $17.99

Buy for $17.99

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's summary

An emotional thrill ride narrated by Jason Clarke and Carly Robins!

He's the broken prince who takes the train to my elite Uptown school. I'm the pretend princess with her life mapped out. We meet at a masquerade ball on the Upper West Side, and we both feel it. His bruises match my cracks. Our love cures everything that ails us. Or it should. But this isn't a fairy tale. It's a tragedy. 

We're tangled in a web of lies from the first moment, star-crossed long before we ever know what turns our story dark. What should have been the perfect first love ends in bloodshed and so many broken things.

Luca Galante's not a prince at all. And this is a cautionary tale. 

©2020 Ella James (P)2020 Piece of Cake Audiobooks

What listeners say about Dark Heart

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    85
  • 4 Stars
    29
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    96
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    79
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

AN AWESOME STAR-CROSSED LOVERS STORY

For me, this turned out to be a non-stop listen.. as teens fall hard for each other in High School.. as their skies shine bright with possibilities.. as young love is whispered in sunny days filled with sweet swoons.. and as they give themselves to each other for their first times and dream of forever. Then they get ripped apart. And Book 2 is a very different story for these star-crossed lovers fourteen years on where Elise has just been appointed DA and Luca is neck deep in the Mafia world. However, the cosmic energy still sizzles and sparks between them when they get near each other.. but their truths and secrets are still waiting for the right time to be shared. There will be tears, heartache and storm clouds in their future.. along with bloodshed, split loyalties, lifestyle choices and soul-searching before the blissful happily ever afters. YA romance isn’t usually my ‘genre of choice’.. but Book 1 is a necessary sweet stepping-stone to get to the main event of Book 2 where emotions and chemistry oozes thick from it’s chapters. It’s an addictive slow-burn where boundaries will be breached, where mountains will get moved and where finally peace-filled tomorrows will romantically be reached. This rollercoaster romance was full of emotional angst as Elise and Luca try to keep their distance from a love that haunts them still.. but who will end up sacrificing and sabotaging their careers to win back the other piece of their souls? Yes, there could’ve been a wee bit more depth and darkness, but I loved it nevertheless and rarely hit pause. The dual POV narration by Jason and Carly was great of course - Jason bringing the characters to life is always awesome.. but speaking Italian words of love and endearment takes it up to a whole new level (swoon💕). WORTH A CREDIT? You can’t really have one without the other so it’s actually two.. and YES, IMO, they’re both absolutely creditworthy.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Listener received this title free

An amazing start to a Sinfully dark duet!

This is book 1 in the Dark Heart duet and what a brilliant start to a new series.

This book is no fairytale. It is dark, sinful and so very emotional.
It started out sweet and I wasn't expected for the darkness that crept in and blew my mind.

Definitely not what I expected going into the series and I was definitely pleasantly surprised by the end of it.

I recommend picking up book 2 as well if you plan on reading this one.

The duet narration was absolutely brilliant!

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Listener received this title free

Great duet by a new to me author

Received this ALC in exchange for my honest review.
This is my first Ella James book and it definitely won't be my last.! This is a tragic/dark romance novel narrated by Jason Clarke and Carly Robins, who were phenomenal. I went into this book not knowing what to expect and was sucked in from the very first chapter. Ella has a way of drawing in the reader and bringing the story to life through her words.
This is a duet so you'll want to grab both books at once so you don't have to wait.
It starts off while the MCs are in high school and are drawn to eachother almost immediately. Luca comes from the 'other side of the tracks ' and Elise comes from an affluent family. What they both have in common is a mafia connection.
I won't post any spoilers but this story in book 1 starts off like a typical romance with some YA drama and weaves into this beautifully tragic love story that ends with an "i don't know if my heart can take much more of this" moment. But... it's not the end... merely the middle of Luca and Elise's story. While this book has some steam, its more sweet and tender.
My favorite takeaway from this book is how much emotion Ella was able to evoke from me and I listened through the night and HAD TO start the next book ASAP.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Listener received this title free

Dark love story

I am totally in love with this story...this couple...this book!
Carly Robins and Jason Clarke did a wonderful job at enhancing this story. Jason's voice as Luca sent chills down my spin and Carly as Elise was magical.
I love a mafia book, I love a second chance at romance...I love a dark, twisted books!
Luca is the most amazing thing...he is sensitive, strong, and he loves hard.
Elise is pensive, a people pleaser, and she loves just as hard. I love how they met, he saved her, she let him, they grew close.
I think a fated love like theirs was bound to end just as fast as it started...the only thing that made the end of this book ok was knowing I could finish reading their story in Twisted Fate.
#lamiaRose

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Listener received this title free

Amazing start to the duet

This story was… beautiful and heartbreaking. I wasn’t sure at first what to expect, the story starts when Elise and Luca are in high school. I’m not normally into stories set in high school but I could not stop this story. I did not want to stop this story.

Elise meets Luca when she’s being bullied by a couple guys and Luca comes to her rescue and stands up for her. The two develop a friendship that slowly evolves into more. The two have a sweet and innocent romance that I just adore and want for myself. Elise is the light and Luca is the dark who wants to become the light. Luca’s father is involved with some unfortunate people that eventually pulls Luca into the dark.

“I want to bow down to that power, to the power of Elise. She is my heart, forever. So it's fitting that I rip it out.” This line gutted me. No matter what happens, Luca will do whatever he needs to protect her. To protect his heart, his Elise.

The story leaves in a cliffhanger which concludes in “Twisted Fate”. It’s out now so you don’t have to worry about waiting forever.

I was given an advance copy of the audiobook for my honest review. Jason Clarke was amazing as Luca and I loved hearing him talk in Italian. Carly Robins did a beautiful job as Elise, she made me feel all the feels.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

good story not what I expected

narrator very good, story was okay, not much happened until the end. it's doesn't really have anything going on but the romance of the couple

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Regret. So much regret

The story could be great but it drags on unnecessarily. Some parts went on and on pointlessly. It was so frustrating I had to skip. I knew it was a series, but didn’t know it was a damn cliffhanger. The story was really all over the place. I could not keep up with some of it. I bought this book and I completely regret it. I am definitely not going to be finishing the series.

The narrators were great tho. The only plus to this

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

reading. James is one of my favorites

I love Ella James. her characters are so beautifully written, damaged and desperate for something good in their lives. this story did not disappoint. I don’t stop thinking about the characters when I finally put it down and I can't wait to get back to readinh.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved it

Great start for Luca and Elise story. I found it to be endearing, riveting and heartbreaking. I am compelled to continue this roller coaster and hope for a happy ending. Jason Clarke and Carly Robins phenomenal narrators.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Full on intense at the end!

Overall I enjoyed the sweetly developed, then the slow burn of Luca & Elise’s relationship and new love. At times I had trouble keeping track of the bad guys and really wanted a few more crumbs about the links between Elise’s parents and Luca’s from when Luca & Elise were very young. But the connection between Luca & Elise is undeniable, it has its own heart beat. The intensity of what detonates at the end left me wondering what just happened! Definitely a nice cliffy. So glad the next book is out. Going to start it now!!!

I love Jason Clarke, he always does an amazing job. Carly Robins was also really good.

Something went wrong. Please try again in a few minutes.

You voted on this review!

You reported this review!