Dark Solace is a dark short story about star-crossed lovers who’ve waited hundreds of years to be together. Their history and pain of being separated was explained very well, giving me a very good sense of the characters. Although there were a couple of spots where I felt an echo as some information was repeated, but not enough to overshadow the tender story unfolding.
Ms. Stanton’s writing style flows smoothly across the page and made this short novelette an easy read. The entire time I was reading it I couldn’t imagine how it would end. I’m happy to report I was satisfied with the realistic outcome. After this insight into Ms. Stanton’s style, I look forward to reading more by her.
Three hundred years can change many things, but love is not among them.
Forbidden to claim the woman he loves as his mate, Gabriel established a yearly meet with Jael to satisfy their hunger for each other. Time has not diminished the vampires’ need, nor made the pain of every other day more bearable. Christmas Eve together might not be much, but pretending for one night that they can belong together is the only way either knows how to survive.
Except this Christmas, Gabriel can't go on pretending. Living for one night is no way to live, and he is determined that he and Jael will see the new day together. The only question is whether after all this time she’s prepared for the consequences of saying yes.
A Romantica® paranormal erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Publisher’s Note: This book was previously published elsewhere as Dark Solace in 2010, but has been revised for EC.