People always ask me, “Out of all the romances you’ve written, which one is your favorite?”
This week, I’m sharing a bit about my favorite Amber Quill Press historical romance, The Dark Lord.
The Dark Lord is a gothic romance that takes place in a secluded castle high in the Carpathian Mountains of Hungary. Why is it my favorite historical? I put this novella at the top of my list because of the wonderfully troubled and unique characters.
When I set about creating the mysterious “Dark Lord” Adrik, I wanted to make him a flawed hero. He has two physical ailments (one most romance heroes never have!) as well as several psychological scars. As if they weren’t enough problems, he has a reputation as a murderer (among other things). Everyone is terrified of him and his castle – except the heroine, Katarina. This innocent peasant girl agrees to be his companion, yet instead of fearing him as the other companions before her; she takes the time to get to know him and helps him heal.
Here’s a full plot summary:
Explore the mysterious, sensual castle of…
THE DARK LORD
Katarina, an innocent village girl, agrees to become Lord Sebestyen Adrik’s latest companion, despite the dreadful rumors she has heard about him. When she arrives at his isolated castle high in the Carpathian Mountains, she discovers that the mysterious “Dark Lord” is a lonely, troubled man haunted by a cursed past. Katarina is left alone with Lord Adrik every night---will she become his next victim or find a way to cure him?
And, reviewers loved the book!
“8.5 Rating and a recommended read! Kelli A. Wilkins has a talent for writing the intriguing short fantasy, I've enjoyed every one of her stories to date and The Dark Lord is no exception. I really enjoyed her story twist; it made me wonder how she would resolve it. I would recommend anything by Kelli A. Wilkins including this short.” - Aline de Chevigny, IntheLibraryReviews.com
“5 Stars… The Dark Lord is a historical romance with a slight twist of intrigue to display a bit of suspense and just a drop of horror in the works to make the story flow along smoothly and keep the reader interested. Author Kelli A. Wilkins has woven together a wonderful story with characters who try to move both earth and sky to make their dreams come true.” - Wanda Maynard, Simegen.com
“5 Unicorns, Superb! Add to your immediate reading list… The Dark Lord is a superb gothic story of a tortured hero and an innocent, strong willed woman. The Dark Lord kept me interested from the very first sentence. I enjoyed the sinister surroundings of this story along with the sweet love that blossoms between the main characters. This is definitely a story to add to your immediate reading list.” - Anita, Enchanted in Romance.net
“4 Stars, Excellent… The Dark Lord is a wonderful story; I wished it was longer so I could go on enjoying it. Ms. Wilkins has developed a wonderful character in Lord Adrik. The storyline is intriguing with a dash of mystery. The flow is smooth, the sex is imaginative and the characters are well described. I will be looking for more historical stories by this writer.” - Kim, MayReviews.com
“4 Beacon Review… The author paints a vivid gothic scene with a gloomy castle, a grumpy servant who leaves at night, and a very handsome Lord with a dark secret. Sebestyn is the perfect tortured hero… This short story is definitely a keeper.” - Moe811, Lighthouse Literary Reviews
“3 Hearts… The Dark Lord has a very Gothic style feel to it. Kelli A. Wilkins manages to bring these two very different two characters together despite the odds stacked against them, despite their different pasts and different social statuses. Overall, The Dark Lord is a charming tale that will please most readers.” - Sarah W, The Romance Studio
“Blue Ribbon Rating 4.5! Containing a fascinating plot, a mysterious Lord, and a girl that is not afraid to face “the dark lord” in his lair, this is a story that is sure to capture your curiosity and keep you reading until the very end. Katarina isn’t your typical timid girl, which is the main reason I adore her. Sebestyen is in so much pain, both physically and mentally; it’s impossible not to love him. Rumors have caused him much heartache and practically destroy any chance he would have of finding love. I thoroughly enjoyed how the story turned out.” — Chrissy Dionne, Reviewer, Romance Junkies
I hope you’ll check it out. It really is a good story, with a perfect blend of gothic mystery and spicy romance. The Dark Lord, and last week’s book, A Most Unusual Princess, appear together in my Amber Quill Press anthology, Naughty Nobles. (Click on the book’s cover to the right and you’ll be directed to the buy link.) As always, excerpts, reviews, and more details on all my romances are on my website: www.KelliWilkins.com
Next week: my favorite paranormal – or -Vampire vs. Bigfoot!