• Hart: A Villainous Short Story

  • By: Victoria Vale
  • Narrated by: Darcy Stark
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A short story prequel to The Villain, book 1 of The Villain Duology.

Every villain is the hero of his own story. When Lord Adam Callahan, heir to the Earldom of Hartmoor returns from his Grand tour to find his younger sister has been brutally debauched and ruined, he sets out on a path of darkness and revenge.

©2018 Victoria Vale (P)2018 Victoria Vale

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Love!!

This is the prequel to the Villain (my all time favorite book). Ms Vale once again had me spellbound. There is something wonderful about her books! My only negative is I wish the story would go on forever! Well done! And Darcy Stark’s narrative is unbelievable! He’s perfect for Ms Vale’s villain. You will not be disappointed!

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How the villain became The Villain

I was hoping the reason behind Adam’s motives for ruining the Fairchild family would come out and it has! This well read short story gives the background of Adam who is systematically destroying the Fairchild family on behalf of his step sister, Olivia. I usually don’t like short stories but this one is a must if you want to read The Villain and The Dove both by Victoria Vale.

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loved it

I loved The Villain: A Dark Regency Erotic Romance
The Villain Duology, Book 1 and was eager to listened this prequel, This one tells a little more about what happen the Hart little sister Liz .

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Wow!!!

I loved getting the backstory for Adam. Learning about him, and how he became the man he is was an emotional roller coaster in the best way! I can't wait to read The Dove!

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Lawdy mercy!

I've listened to both duologies(The Villian, The Dove, The Butterfly, and The Damsel), absolutely love them. Adam and Daphne's books are my true loves, I think. lol. Darcy Stark's voice for Adam heats my blood every time. Crazy, I know. So I decided to purchase Hart the short story and not disappointed at all. Loved it.

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an amazing prequel which packs a punch!

an amazing prequel which packs a punch! it leaves you wanting more. I'm starting the next Audible right now!!!

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Not so Villainous Short Story

This story provides details not explained in any other books in the series. My only complaint was it being too short. Since the other books show a specific character points of view with each volume, I was hopeful to get more of a glimpse from his point of view into his relationship with Daphne. No matter! Every word was still a pleasure. My greediness for more in this brilliant series will go on.
The narrator could not have been more perfect fir this series as well. Darcy Stark is one of the best!

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  • 06-05-18

Great connecting story

I enjoyed listening to this book. It was a great listen on the plane to Florida. This book gives you insight into the mind of Adam “The Villian” and shows you why he hates the Fairchild family so much and why he wants vengeance. It helps answer some questions from The Dove for me. Definitely take a listen because it’s such a good connecting story and Darcy Stark is so good to listen to!

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a very hot and steamy book... a dark short story
i loved it very much
the narrator did a great job
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Austen
  • 05-08-18

Fantastic - Highly Recommended

This is a brilliant short story - a great bridging tale between Victoria Vale's The Villain and The Dove.

This tale looks at Adam's backstory. Which means that in relation to The Villain we are able to more easily understand the reasons for his need for revenge it allows us to fully discern what compelled his overwhelming need to totally avenge himself upon the Fairchild family

So.....the story is great and the performance by Darcy Stark is exceptional - his voice is just right for Adam. Highly recommended.


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  • Alex
  • 11-10-21

Great Prequel

This is one of my favourite series of all time and this prequel does it such justice. It explains what is behind the most deliciously dark villain and still my fave #BBF. Before you embark on the Villainous Duology, do yourself a favour and read this first to give you a flavour of what is yet to come!