Review: Darkest (The Dark Side #3) by Ashe Barker

May 26, 2016 Review 0

Review: Darkest  (The Dark Side #3) by Ashe Barker

When his past destroys Eva’s trust in her Master, can he win her back?

As their turbulent, complex relationship deepens, Nathan Darke is increasingly aware that Eva Byrne has become much more to him than his submissive. She’s in his home, in his family. And in his heart.

Eva hasn’t found it easy to trust, to believe in herself and in a relationship that can last. But happiness, once so elusive, is within her grasp. Nathan is her Master, her lover and her soulmate.

However, no sooner do they manage to find a fragile balance between them—a way of entwining both their worlds—and start to build a future, than their past comes crashing back to destroy their emerging love. Jealousy and hate brutally shatter Eva’s and Nathan’s delicate trust in each other, and their life together crumbles.

Can they overcome the crushing pain of betrayal and deceit to regain some sort of future together, or are some wounds just too deep to heal? Are some risks too great? Some rewards just not enough?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of dominance and submission, including sex toys, pain play, anal play, paddling, restraints and steamy phone sex. Warning: involves post-natal depression and mentions of suicide.

Publisher's Note: This book is best read in sequence as part of a serial.

Title: Darkest
Author: Ashe Barker
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Darkening, Darkening, Darker, Darkest
Series: The Dark Side #3
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Darkening, Darkening, Darker
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: April 19th 2016
Genres: BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Romance
Pages: 181 pages
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Stars: four-stars
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Darkest is book three in the Dark Side trilogy by Ashe Barker. I liked the story’s ending well enough but it left me with some mixed feelings on how we got there.

We are treated to Eva and Nathan together and coming to understand the dynamics of their relationship. I loved their relationship and the easy going feeling you get from it. Unfortunately things do not last. Nathan’s past-so to speak-catches up to him and an obstacle presents itself. It proves to be an obstacle too big for Eva to dismiss. She gives in to her insecurities, her world ripping apart, she flees. Further complications arise, and Eva keeps retreating deep into herself. I felt she needed to talk to Nathan at some point, but she didn’t. I felt this was handled totally wrong and not really how I would’ve thought Eva to act at this point. I don’t think she would have just fell off the face of the earth. Yes, she was upset, hurt, all of it. I get that but to not talk to Nathan once, didn’t fit.

Nathan is beside himself when Eva takes off. When she doesn’t talk to him, he seems, after awhile, to let her go. We get little of what is going through his head during this time. I felt it was out of character for him to just let her go. Eva was what he wanted, Dom’s go after what they want. That’s part of their makeup. He had the resources to find her, so why didn’t he implore them to find Eva and confront her? They were apart for a year. It doesn’t seem believable that he would stay away from her for that long.

I can not spoil the ending, but I really did like how it unfolded. I loved how the author explained Eva’s emotions and Yes, we were hoping for a shot at a HEA. This was a real emotional journey for Eva, but also for Nathan. Both learned things about themselves. They both had their faults and I was happy how it ultimately wrapped up. I would’ve enjoyed a little bit more time to take in their family dynamic, so may be we will be treated to that in a later book!

I highly recommend this book as well as the entire Dark Side trilogy. The writing is very good, and the story is one you will remember!


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