Review: Darker (The Dark Side Trilogy #2) by Ashe Barker

October 22, 2013 Review 1

Review: Darker (The Dark Side Trilogy #2) by Ashe Barker

Book Two in the The Dark Side series.


Can she outrun the secrets of her past, or is surrender her only choice?


Eva Byrne’s first encounter with the darker side of Nathan Darke’s sensuality ends in disaster. Frightened, hurt, betrayed, she struggles to regather her shattered confidence—in him, and in herself.


Desperate to continue her journey of exploration and self-discovery, Eva has to convince a skeptical Nathan that she’s worth the trouble. And that she can learn to submit to him. When she is forced to reveal elements of her past she has preferred to keep hidden, both her brilliance and her vulnerability are laid bare. Will Nathan accept Eva as she is, and help her to become the woman she longs to be, or will she face yet another rejection?


Terrified and intrigued in equal measure, Nathan has no idea how to deal with the exquisitely enigmatic Eva Byrne. Should he cut his losses and run, or allow their relationship to continue, and watch as Eva’s delicate beauty unfurls in his hands?


Fascinated and ensnared by Nathan, Eva longs to taste what he offers and her erotic journey continues. But how much will she have to surrender to him in order to liberate her own desires?


Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of dominance and submission, including sex toys, pain play, anal play, nipple clamps, erotic waxing, restraints and caning. It is best read in sequence as part of a series.

Title: Darker
Author: Ashe Barker
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Darkening, Darkening, Darkest, The Dark Art of Persuasion
Series: The Dark Side Trilogy
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Darkening, Darkest, The Dark Art of Persuasion
Published by Total-e-Bound Publishing
Source: Author
Published: September 13th 2013
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Pages: 158
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Stars: five-stars

This second entry in the The Dark Side Trilogy is just as good if not better than the first. Instead of getting some back-story then taking off, Darker begins right where Darkening left right off at (Thank God!). Boy I was not disappointed.


Holy crow! I knew Eva was intelligent but WHOA! (OK no spoiler reveals). Where in the first book I felt it was more get to know Eva story, Darker feels more evenly split between the two. The story is still told from Eva’s first person perspective but there are revelations that are more personal and soul baring from both Eva and Nathan. The sex is this second entry is bow-chica-wow-wow hot! Note to Eva – if you get tired I’ll tag in for you! Yes this is a erotic story but there is so much more than just sex. The soul baring and secret revealings have my alternating being laughing, gasping and tears.


One thing I got to say about this series that I am enjoy is we are given a sense that Nathan is very well off. But, instead of it being a in your face he is filthy rich billionaire, it is just merely implied instead of. I for one find that refreshing. Really, I could careless is he’s rich and she’s poor, I just want a good story about two people and that’s exactly what I got. Author Ashe Barker has definitely mastered the art of cliffhangers because just when I think her books are going to end on a high note, BAM! there it is. There’s one more book to go and I know I will just be crushed to see this story end. Darker is an absolute must read and I do highly recommend reading the Dark Side Trilogy.


One Response to “Review: Darker (The Dark Side Trilogy #2) by Ashe Barker”

  1. Stacey J

    I am new to this. Just started reading these books. Just finished The Darkening by Ashe Barker. Not sure how all of this works-do you ever ask others to read and review books? I read several books a week that are in this genre. I am a stay-at-home and I have a little extra time on my hands. If you are looking for someone to read and review I would love to. I LOVE these books and am always looking for my next favorite author.
    Thanks for your time!