Dark Castle is a dark romance centered around royalty. Prince Olivier must choose a princess in order to ascend to his position as king. In the prequel to this book, Olivier encounters Amber and consumes her, taking her virginity. In Dark Castle, he has positioned it that Amber is a contestant in his Hunger Games-style contest to choose his future queen. Amber must compete against some of the wealthiest and royal contestants in the world. However, Olivier makes it quite clear that Amber is his choice, but he is honoring the crown’s traditions by engaging in this competition. The story ends with a cliffhanger which will pick up in Wicked Prince, and the end of this story is shocking.
This story is dark. Fawn Bailey commented that she was seeking to write something that would give her butterflies. And this story does that WELL. I found myself reading a chapter or two and taking a break. Partly, this had to do with Olivier. Holy crap! He is evil. He would wax poetic about Amber as his choice, but in the next breath, he would comment on the beauty of the other contestants. The other reason I had to take breaks is Olivier’s relationship with Amber. It is dark, erotic, and out of control (that’s my opinion). These two aspects of the novel kept my stomach feeling like I was on a roller-coaster. I’d like to think that makes Bailey happy…and it made for a compelling read. I was torn between not wanting to put it down and feeling anxious about Olivier’s treatment of Amber.
I can’t wait to read Wicked Prince. That cliffhanger left me on the edge of my seat, and I am hoping there might be some kind of happily-ever-after. Maybe…
In love and romance,