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The dark, erotic duet by Victoria Vale, now in one bundle!

"Dark, gothic, and sizzling hot, The Villain is Jane Eyre meets Fifty Shades." (NYT Times best-selling author Anna Zaires)

Book One: The Villain

A heartless villain…

Lady Daphne Fairchild braves the journey from London to the wilds of Scotland alone with one purpose in mind: confront the man who purposely and methodically set out to ruin the men of her family. But what he demands in exchange for answers will thrust Daphne into a world of mystery, hatred, and lust.

An indecent proposal…

Thirty days and nights in the bed of the Earl of Hartmoor...this is the price she must pay to learn the truth of the dark lord’s vendetta against her family. Yet, when she accepts the offer, Daphne never expects to find that nothing is what she thought it was, and the truth proves far harder to stomach than she ever imagined. 

Book 2: The Dove

An unexpected obsession…

After 30 days and nights in his bed, Adam sends Daphne back to London a fallen woman, the final blow that will see the Fairchild family scorned by society. However, he is hard-pressed to forget the beauty of her submission, or the brief moments of peace and balance she brought his tortured existence. Despite the bad blood between their families, he is determined to possess her, to stake his claim on her beyond the 30 nights she gave him. She will fight him at every turn … which will only make the chase, and her inevitable surrender, all the better.

A choice between love and retribution…

When the consequences of Adam’s deeds begin to fall back on not only him, but Daphne, as well, he is forced to bring her under his protection. He will end this feud between his family and hers once and for all, and is determined to put her behind him when all is said and done. Yet, it becomes increasingly clear that setting her aside will not be as simple as he thought. Her heart could be his for the taking, but only if he will abandon his vendetta against her family once and for all. Will Adam choose a lifetime of peace and love with Daphne … or will the need for revenge consume him, and eventually, destroy him? 

©2019 Victoria Vale (P)2019 Victoria Vale

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She did it, AGAIN!

All I can say is VV is now officially on my list (I tend to be an avid Quick, Garwood, and Lindsey fan - but starting to roam into Susan Johnson, A. Chase, and other regency categories and stumbled on VV).

This duet sang like an unchained melody! High notes, low notes, crescendos...you name it Adam and Daphne brought it.

Hint/spoiler: Despite those low notes - just when you thought Daphne going to let Adam walk out the door the real hero presents himself (shock and awe), slaps her back to reality, and the mismatched HEA commences!

By the way, not that I'm trying to harp on other authors, but I need, no I DEMAND, that Darcy reads Alyson Chase's books (specifically the LOD series) he is the voice that will bring that series to life. I'm thinking to tag both of them on Twitter to make this happen. It would be great if the Audible team did that leg work for me...

Enjoy the story little doves, needless to say - its 2:15 am and I've got work at 9 am but I would be damned if I did not finish this duet... so I reccomend you start it early on Saturday morning instead of on a week night.

Ah well, guess Starbucks will get some extra dollars from me later on today...and it will be worth it. XOXO

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Regency Dark Romance

I love this book. I wish there's more like it, Dark Romance take place during Regency or Victorian time.

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AMAZING

I do not know whether it is the story it the narrator or both but I cannot get enough of this audiobook. This is the fifth weekend in a row that I have listened to the Duology, and I have a feeling I'm not done with it yet. I never read or listen to book even twice. This is remarkable!

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Loved the Narrator

VV has the best villains...this narrator gave each of the characters their own voice. You always knew who was speaking without being told. If you don't like dark villainous alpha men, you won't like this book. It is a dark romance. If you like anti heroes, you will love this one.

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Did not hold my attention

I got this because I was looking for something erotic with a whole lot of sex balanced with romance and a solid storyline. Funny enough, the story kept me engaged, but the sex did not hold my attention. I think I’m in the minority, but the sex scenes were boring. I like a good BDSM story, but I found the hero crass and evil. I understand his thirst for revenge, but how do you justify getting justice for your sister by doing the same thing that was done to her to someone else, maybe that’s why I couldn’t get into the sex scenes. I didn’t find any romance in this, Adam was mean to the very last chapter and Daphne was a doormat from beginning to end. I would have enjoyed Adam doing a little chasing for something other than sex with Daphne. And why couldn’t Daphne be strong and sexual? She showed signs of a strong female, but always succumb to Adam’s sexual needs instead of standing her ground. Narration was great and ran seamless between male and female.

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Enjoyable period BDSM romance

I really enjoyed the storey - there were a number of little things that spoiled it for me - a couple of uses of American terminology when it’s set in Scotland and England, an a couple of implausible behaviours on the part of the heroine, but overall it was a very good story which engaged the reader, and I’d definitely read more by this author and would recommend it for anyone looking for period romance with some light BDSM elements. The biggest issue was the narration - while he had a good range of voices for different characters I think he must have never heard a Scottish accent, because this was nothing like one. A bit of Leeds and a little of north of England but nothing like a Scottish accent. This was disappointing and did take from my enjoyment, but readers in the US/ Canada and Australia perhaps won’t notice this enough to be out off by it.

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Loved!

This was definitely worth the credit! This was also the first book I've listened to from Victoria Vale and I'm hooked!

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Entertaining Story/Stellar Performance

What can I say?!? WOW - I saw the reviews for this story in a couple other readers profiles with great reviews and curiosity won out. This story gripped me beginning to end and the performance.. Darcy Vale is an incredible talent. Each and every character was distinguishable and the performance blew me away. This is a narrator I’ll be watching out for. Victoria Vale’s writing ability has earned a new fan. Itself always something to celebrate when a writer/narrator creates magic this way.
Though there were quite a few steamy parts, they were all so well done and exciting in their own way. So often a story goes to snooze-mode after the deed is done and details in the bedroom get skimmed over or go down the same sounding road every time.
A good writer can show how those intimate details can have so much to do with the overall picture. Sex scenes aren’t always a must for me, but those intimate details written well can add much to a storyline.

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Wow just wow....this was a great change..

Hero is an alpha a me I could not stop listening....I'm differently looking for more of there authors books...

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Where do I start? Awesome!

I read the duology which put the Villain and The Dove in one recording. I really like the storyline. It was captivating, suspenseful, sad and joyous. I was engaged from the very beginning. Sometimes when I read a series, I like to stick a book between just to keep the series from being monotonous. On this, you could not have torn me away.

My favorite character was Adam, his story and personality remained constant throughout. Mr. Stark made Adam come to life and I wanted to be his desire. OMG, it was so sensual. My only complaint with the whole of it was how many times (especially in the Dove) he said "little Dove". Appropriate often, but said waaaay to much.

Since I found this book with a highly sexual rating, I was not expecting such a good story. The sex is HOT, but fit the story and I was not offended. The rough language didn't even upset me. I am looking forward to reading the Butterfly and more of Victoria Vale's novels. Also Mr. Stark in my new favorite narrator.

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  • Mo Bass
  • 03-26-21

Morally conflicted

Strong woman who craves sexual and emotionsl abuse from cruel 'master' spurns brother who raped other innocent women. Our virgin heroine is violently raped by her master. He deliberately and publicly humiliates her and she condones it even though she is angered and hurt by it.
This book will confuse impressional people who may believe that violence and abuse in a relationship is normal.

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  • 12-04-20

Was a fairly good book

Story quite predictable, I found some of the language unnecessary and the narrators incorrect pronunciation of some words really aggravating, to such a point that I considered stopping the book.

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  • Claire
  • 10-25-20

loved it

Loved every minute of these 2 stories. I couldn't stop listening. I also listened to Hart book 1.5 in between them. The narrator was very good. He made the story even better. Very sexy Male voice of the Hero and very good feminine voices too. Will listen to more books that Darcy Stark narrates. And I'll definitely be listening to the rest of this series and the rest of Victoria Vale's books.
Oh and by the way love this cover and especially the cover of book 1.5, what a beautiful man. I'm using it as my wallpaper.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-20

Amazing

loved this book for much could not stop. Have purchased the series. a must if you crave excitement and sexy story of love and intrigue.

great voices that leave you wanting to hear more.. well done.

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  • Kindle Customer julie
  • 04-13-20

My first experience of Audible!!

I had read this duo and really enjoyed them .Adam the dominant and angry male and the little dove so innocent and sweet yet not so sweet ! !.I have totally indulged this weekend while going about my business listening whilst such dark secrets and forbidden passion unfolded by a very well narrative male sexy voice told the tale ...it had me gasping in places andi glowing in others ☺.I am well and truly initiated into the world of audio and can't wait to indulge myself I to get another tale by this author and narration .thank you 😊

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-16-19

wonderful story

I loved this book..it was gripping and well worth 5 stars.I highly recommend this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-21

Hot read

Came by this book by accident - yes it is a dark, erotic historical romance and I loved it - Darcy stark does an amazing job as narrator - listening to his steamy sexy voice as Adam ,Lord Harmoor - thought I would combust . Great that it is a duology. Highly recommend but not if you don’t enjoy depraved and twisted.