A Deep Dark Call
I expected what I came for in Wallachia: a job as a governess and a fresh beginning, far away from all that tormented me in England. Instead, I found a sinister manor house with secrets lurking down every dim corridor.Eerie, erotic nightmares plague my sleep—inspired, no doubt, by tales of the village’s mystical guardians and my darkly handsome employer.Ioan Marcu is as enigmatic as the lands where he and his daughter make their home. The locals say that he is cursed, that he is behind the questionable circumstances of his first wife’s death.But I feel an almost supernatural pull toward him, despite the wall of solitude he’s built around himself.Our passion has reached a fever pitch, and I know we must confront the consequences of our lust.For Ioan is no normal man, and I may just be the key to his powers’ full potential.This book is approximately 43,000 wordsCarina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Mackenzie Walton

A Deep Dark Call Details

TitleA Deep Dark Call
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 4th, 2017
PublisherCarina Press
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Shapeshifters, Werewolves, Fantasy, Paranormal

A Deep Dark Call Review

  • Kira
    January 1, 1970
    A quick and easy read. I didn't like it that everything happened so fast. Lucy and Ioan met and the insta-lust was off the charts. They were consumed with sexual thoughts about each other. I wouldn't have minded so much if they genuinely seemed to like each other but they did not. The story was set up that way for a reason, but it was weird for a romance to have two MCs not like each other much. If more time had been spent developing their relationship this would have been very good.I received t A quick and easy read. I didn't like it that everything happened so fast. Lucy and Ioan met and the insta-lust was off the charts. They were consumed with sexual thoughts about each other. I wouldn't have minded so much if they genuinely seemed to like each other but they did not. The story was set up that way for a reason, but it was weird for a romance to have two MCs not like each other much. If more time had been spent developing their relationship this would have been very good.I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Katie Michaels
    January 1, 1970
    DNFI was really excited about this book. It was supposed to be a gothic style PNR, with an English-governess in Wallachia who falls for her enigmatic employer. The blurb promised a sinister manor house, a possible curse, and questionable circumstances surrounding the death of the hero's first wife. I was expecting Rebecca meets Dracula or something. What I got was a story I had to put down three times in eye-rolling frustration before I finally walked away for good around the halfway point. It s DNFI was really excited about this book. It was supposed to be a gothic style PNR, with an English-governess in Wallachia who falls for her enigmatic employer. The blurb promised a sinister manor house, a possible curse, and questionable circumstances surrounding the death of the hero's first wife. I was expecting Rebecca meets Dracula or something. What I got was a story I had to put down three times in eye-rolling frustration before I finally walked away for good around the halfway point. It should tell you a lot that I couldn't get any further, since the book was only about 43,000 words.It started out with a lot of scene setting, which ok, the author was trying to set the mood. Wallachia is very different from London and wolves howl a lot. Lucy, the heroine, has some kind of Past which forced her to leave her home and strike out somewhere entirely new. At first, I figured someone must have deflowered her, especially since she wondered if her new employer was going to ravage her the first time they met (an idea she was clearly not adverse to) but since we later discover she's a virgin, I can tell you that wasn't it.Anyway, Lucy and Ione have an immediate connection (ie. they want to boff each other right away.) This makes Ione run away to a brothel with his buddies where they often go to all have sex in the same room. Mind you, this is not an orgy-kinky/guy on guy thing. I guess in Wallachia, brothels do it differently. The first time I set down the book was when Ione started ruminating on how his friends liked to do it with their various whores. For instance, he wonders what he himself would have looked like from outside in moments like this. An impatient, insatiable lover like George? Rough like Iancu? Skilled and patient? Fastidious? After all, we get to see the various ways his friends are boning through Ione's eyes.I left the story and tried again. Lucy keeps dreaming of Ione. Ione admits to dreaming of her. Of course that leads him to the obvious question... if they're dreaming of each other, could they be sharing the same dream? (Seriously, why the hell would you jump to that conclusion?) His admission makes Lucy stomp her foot and tell Ione he's inappropriate in the stable, and then they end up hiding and peeping on another couple engaging in some spanking and nookie. It gets her all hot. It was as if his essence was already inside her, filling her. Yet again she inhaled a scent that was unmistakably his--soap and tobacco, very discernably all male, cock and unspent seed, blood that was hot and burning for her. What in God's name does that even mean???OK, now at this point, they just want to have sex with each other. She says no, it wouldn't be proper, so he proposes. When she says she doesn't want to marry him, he replies, "I don't particularly want to marry you either, but I want to fuck you and you want it too." I mean, who wouldn't swoon with a proposal like that? Of course she says yes. Then they get to the wedding night where Ione can smell Lucy's virginity and asks her if she's wondering how she'll fit this strange looking thing inside her.That was when I quit.I'm pretty sure Ione's a wolf-shifter of some kind, because there a lot of talk about wolves and the foreshadowing is rather heavy-handed. I just couldn't stick with it to find out.This has some pretty good reviews on Goodreads, so maybe it's just me. Your mileage may vary.*ARC provided by publisher
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  • Dianna
    January 1, 1970
    Lucy travels from London to a remote house in Wallachia, where she is to be governess to a widower’s daughter. It’s all gothic and moody and I’d hit ‘take my money, online eBook retailer!’ at the point in the blurb where it mentions she has erotic dreams. Didn’t even bother with the rest of the blurb, because I know what I like. Sure, those next sentences could have gone on to say ‘Lucy will have a secret baby and then she runs away for ten years and when they meet again tries to pretend hero is Lucy travels from London to a remote house in Wallachia, where she is to be governess to a widower’s daughter. It’s all gothic and moody and I’d hit ‘take my money, online eBook retailer!’ at the point in the blurb where it mentions she has erotic dreams. Didn’t even bother with the rest of the blurb, because I know what I like. Sure, those next sentences could have gone on to say ‘Lucy will have a secret baby and then she runs away for ten years and when they meet again tries to pretend hero isn’t the baby daddy’ or something else that would irritate me, but it was a risk I was prepared to take. I was in the mood for some smutty gothic, although this doesn’t quite rate as high on the smut-o-meter as Sierra Simone’s The Awakening of Ivy Leavold.Plus, this is paranormal. Not getting any more spoilery than that. Although, since I’ve mentioned Wallachia, and if you read any paranormal, you probably have at least some idea of possible directions this plot could be taking.Lucy has the two classic gothic problems: snarky servant conflict and attraction to her (possibly murderous) employer. She’s also going to discover some stuff about herself where her weaknesses and flaws are actually her strengths, etc etc, but characters do that without being paranormal, whether I want them to or not, so: fine. This isn’t a ground breaking plot. It’s elevated by the fact that both hero and heroine manage not to be annoying or do too many ridiculous things. They both seem to have some smarts, and they think about things. Those erotic dreams rate mentions over fully described cinematic dream sequences, but there was enough going on in the book that I didn’t feel I’d been cheated.What I enjoyed most about the characters was their introspection. At a critical point the hero gets really annoyed with the heroine, and while this drives them apart he eventually has a sit down and a good objective think about what he’s doing, and how he’s going to fix it. I really liked that. And I really liked the ultimate resolution of the plot’s broader issues, because it all went down in a way that was credible and aligned with the hero and heroine’s values.The balance of descriptions of their sexy times falls a bit more on the painful/uncomfortable side than I’d usually prefer, and there is more smutty promise in the first part of the book that isn’t delivered on in the later chapters. There’s also secondary character smut, which I’m not really a big fan of, because those characters can have fun between the lines, rather than on the page. I’m time-poor! Stay on romantic target, plot!The later chapters focus more on the paranormal plot and the hero and heroine’s emotional conflict. I thought the romantic love elements could have been stronger, but Vane does at least make the distinctions between what’s motivating them to boink all the time and the development of deeper feelings, and works on a resolution to both.There’s light and unobtrusive set up for another hero, and I’ll probably read his book too. He’ll apparently need masses of boinking otherwise he’ll die, what fun!
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  • Gigi staub
    January 1, 1970
    I expected what I came for in Wallachia: a job as a governess and a fresh beginning, far away from all that tormented me in England. Instead, I found a sinister manor house with secrets lurking down every dim corridor.Eerie, erotic nightmares plague my sleep—inspired, no doubt, by tales of the village’s mystical guardians and my darkly handsome employer.Ioan Marcu is as enigmatic as the lands where he and his daughter make their home. The locals say that he is cursed, that he is behind the quest I expected what I came for in Wallachia: a job as a governess and a fresh beginning, far away from all that tormented me in England. Instead, I found a sinister manor house with secrets lurking down every dim corridor.Eerie, erotic nightmares plague my sleep—inspired, no doubt, by tales of the village’s mystical guardians and my darkly handsome employer.Ioan Marcu is as enigmatic as the lands where he and his daughter make their home. The locals say that he is cursed, that he is behind the questionable circumstances of his first wife’s death.But I feel an almost supernatural pull toward him, despite the wall of solitude he’s built around himself.Our passion has reached a fever pitch, and I know we must confront the consequences of our lust.For Ioan is no normal man, and I may just be the key to his powers’ full potential.Review:Great first book for this Author!I really liked this mixing of mythos to come up with a new twist on werewolves.This story had a gothic romance feel which I loved. It was dark, atmospheric and super sexy. It is a very fast paced story, so the romance is amped up. Though Ioan and Lucy don’t like each other for the first part of the story, for me it was more of not wanting to want the other and them throwing up walls. As far as it is posted this looks as though it is a stand alone title but I really think this would make a good series. There were Ioan’s friends who were quite intriguing and would make great stories.I can’t wait to see what this Author offers next.4Stars*I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
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  • Bambi Unbridled
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not quite sure what to say about this one. This is my first read from this author, so I can't compare A Deep Dark Call to her other works. But this one didn't work for me for several reasons.I did like the setting of Wallachia/Romania, as that is still somewhat unique when it comes to the staging for romance and paranormal stories. And given the release date, I was happy that this was set around Christmastime with lots of snow. But that is about where it ended for me.Lucy traveled alone from I'm not quite sure what to say about this one. This is my first read from this author, so I can't compare A Deep Dark Call to her other works. But this one didn't work for me for several reasons.I did like the setting of Wallachia/Romania, as that is still somewhat unique when it comes to the staging for romance and paranormal stories. And given the release date, I was happy that this was set around Christmastime with lots of snow. But that is about where it ended for me.Lucy traveled alone from England to Wallachia to act as a governess for Ioan Marcu's young daughter, Alexandra. It's clear that she is leaving England in disgrace and is determined to make this new employment work, but she wasn't expecting to fall in instant lust with her dark and mysterious employer. Ioan suffered from the same problem on his first whiff of Lucy. There is a quite a bit of earthy lusty thoughts happening, and things move very quickly from there. Unfortunately, despite the instant lust, Ioan and Lucy never seemed to like each other. Even when they were together, there was a coldness to their interaction that I did not like.In addition to the hot and cold relationship, things moved too fast. I know this is a novella, but I felt like it was all tell and no show. I wanted more character development, more details, and more emotional involvement. Much of the dialogue was strange and confusing and I was left scratching my head as to the author's meaning. The prose was too earthy to be purple, but it was no less unappealing. The plot conflicts were also weak and too easily resolved. The whole story just left me feeling cranky and unsatisfied.I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, Carina Press.
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  • Michaelene
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.This was an okay read for me, overall.A Deep Dark Call by Rose Vane is the first book that I’ve read by this author. The execution fell apart here and there, but I enjoyed the gothic feel to this paranormal story.Lucy travels to the wilds of Wallachia to be a governess. She doesn’t expect the enigmatic owner or the mystery that seems to live within the walls and tapestries. There’s so much to uncover in a place shrouded in myths and paranormal whispers. The original blurb really peaked 3.5 stars.This was an okay read for me, overall.A Deep Dark Call by Rose Vane is the first book that I’ve read by this author. The execution fell apart here and there, but I enjoyed the gothic feel to this paranormal story.Lucy travels to the wilds of Wallachia to be a governess. She doesn’t expect the enigmatic owner or the mystery that seems to live within the walls and tapestries. There’s so much to uncover in a place shrouded in myths and paranormal whispers. The original blurb really peaked my interest! I love darker storylines, and each page had enough intrigue to keep me flipping through.Ioan is the master of the house, and he has this Mr. Rochester vibe that I really, really loved. He’s not your average man, though, and Lucy’s intrigued not only about his past but the erotic dreams she keeps having about him.I just wish that Lucy’s understandings of her situation didn’t feel so glossed over. She comes to just know certain things and I wanted more push/pull. Her reactions just felt a bit off to me. I also wanted her connection to Ioan to have more time to develop.That said, I really enjoyed the look into this world. The side characters were interesting, there was just enough steam to singe the pages, and enough twists that make this story stand out. I recommend it for anyone who loves a good paranormal mystery.*I voluntarily reviewed an arc via the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Michaelene for The Librarian's Corner.*
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  • I.C.
    January 1, 1970
    A bit too fast paced for my taste, but that can't be helped considering the format. It's an enjoyable read, both entertaining and instructive in its use of authentic local customs and lore. (Yes, I do realize that paranormal romances aren't supposed to have much to do with "real stuff", but this is a nice touch and adds substance to the wolf-finds-mate plot.) I particularly like the supporting characters, the (right amount of) Gothic feel, the language and the writing style - mindful of genre co A bit too fast paced for my taste, but that can't be helped considering the format. It's an enjoyable read, both entertaining and instructive in its use of authentic local customs and lore. (Yes, I do realize that paranormal romances aren't supposed to have much to do with "real stuff", but this is a nice touch and adds substance to the wolf-finds-mate plot.) I particularly like the supporting characters, the (right amount of) Gothic feel, the language and the writing style - mindful of genre conventions, yet compelling and distinctive. The book does a good job of setting the scene for series development, and I look forward to the next installments.
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  • Lovey Dovey Books
    January 1, 1970
    Published on Lovey Dovey BooksA Deep Dark Call, debut fiction from Rose Vane, is an incredible dark romance. It pulls you in with secrets and envelops you in enchanting lore.Lucy Cross travels to a strange, distant Wallachia because there is nothing and no one left for her in England. She is hired as governess for Ioan Marcu's daughter, Alexandra. The harsh winter and language barrier make for a bleak future, but the immediate attraction to the boyar and intelligence of her new charge gives Lucy Published on Lovey Dovey BooksA Deep Dark Call, debut fiction from Rose Vane, is an incredible dark romance. It pulls you in with secrets and envelops you in enchanting lore.Lucy Cross travels to a strange, distant Wallachia because there is nothing and no one left for her in England. She is hired as governess for Ioan Marcu's daughter, Alexandra. The harsh winter and language barrier make for a bleak future, but the immediate attraction to the boyar and intelligence of her new charge gives Lucy hope. Ioan is the guardian of his people and the wolves that live in the surrounding forests. The pull of wild attraction goes both ways between them. For Ioan has found the means to unleash his supernatural other half. Lucy is the key he's been waiting for since he first learned about the dark power held within.Lucy walks into a world where old traditions are alive and thriving. The hidden truths about herself are fighting to rise and she can no longer remain ignorant of her destiny. Normally, I despise having to wait for secrets to be revealed. In this story, though, Rose Vane tactfully reveals pieces of information as it becomes relevant. I never had to wait too long for answers to the questions that were raised in the outset of the story. The quick pace makes it seem as though you have been thrust into the middle of an extravagant tale that has been unfolding for some time before you're introduced to the characters. There aren't any long passages of backstory even though this world is unfamiliar. The setting is a breath of fresh air as it transported me to somewhere new and unusual.Every page builds up to a marvelous ending. I will be looking for more from Rose Vane because she brings a touch of something different to the romance genre. I'm eager to see what else she has in store for her readers!*ARC provided in consideration for a review*
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  • Steliana
    January 1, 1970
    This one was a pleasant surprise. I confess I decided to read it out of curiosity, because I’m Romanian and I saw that it was set in Wallachia. I actually half expected to hate it – I was afraid I might get a Dracula-falls in love with-governess plot. Thank God it wasn’t that! It’s a surprising book actually and original – and it makes intelligent use of Romanian mythology. The story starts in a way that seems predictable – so you’re pleased with yourself that you have it all figured out from th This one was a pleasant surprise. I confess I decided to read it out of curiosity, because I’m Romanian and I saw that it was set in Wallachia. I actually half expected to hate it – I was afraid I might get a Dracula-falls in love with-governess plot. Thank God it wasn’t that! It’s a surprising book actually and original – and it makes intelligent use of Romanian mythology. The story starts in a way that seems predictable – so you’re pleased with yourself that you have it all figured out from the start, but actually it’s not quite what you thought it was- it’s more clever than that. The book is intense and there’s raw passion between the MC’s. There’s palpable tension between them (they don’t even want to admit they like each other, although it’s obvious they’re smitten) and I liked that – I hate mushy sweet romance. The hero is sexy sexy sexy – very dark and brooding and just the right amount of yummy. And the love scenes are HOT. I think the book should have been longer though – the hero and heroine have great chemistry and I would have loved to see them interact more. I assume there’ll be a second book about Ioan’s friend – a longer one I hope.
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  • Daniela
    January 1, 1970
    A page-turner of refined historical romance, Rose Vane’s novel revolves around myths and mysteries of Wallachia, delineated as a remote outlandish realm in the eyes of governess Lucy, appointed to attend to the education of Alexandra, Boyar Marcu’s daughter. She arrives at the Boyar’s manor, which appears replete with seductive ghastliness and alluring maleficence. The benign expectations of the English governess are tirelessly challenged by the brusque parlance and the commanding gallantry of t A page-turner of refined historical romance, Rose Vane’s novel revolves around myths and mysteries of Wallachia, delineated as a remote outlandish realm in the eyes of governess Lucy, appointed to attend to the education of Alexandra, Boyar Marcu’s daughter. She arrives at the Boyar’s manor, which appears replete with seductive ghastliness and alluring maleficence. The benign expectations of the English governess are tirelessly challenged by the brusque parlance and the commanding gallantry of the dashing Boyar. The rhythm of the narrative is melodious and cleverly-spun. The turn of phrase is deliberately and charmingly adjusted to the historical framework, all the more that the use of slightly obsolete and admittedly archaic collocations is never overwhelming for the contemporary reader.
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  • Michi D
    January 1, 1970
    Expect the unexpected! Rose Vane takes your classical werewolf story and gives it a twist, turning it into the stuff of legend and myth. Set in the land of Dracula, 'A Deep Dark Call' brings together a sultry English rose with a mysterious past and a hot, enigmatic Wallachian boyar tormented by his ancestry in a tale of sizzling passion and dark, erotic dreams. Rose Vane's expertly crafted romance with its tantalizing characters and enthralling plot is sure to capture your imagination and win yo Expect the unexpected! Rose Vane takes your classical werewolf story and gives it a twist, turning it into the stuff of legend and myth. Set in the land of Dracula, 'A Deep Dark Call' brings together a sultry English rose with a mysterious past and a hot, enigmatic Wallachian boyar tormented by his ancestry in a tale of sizzling passion and dark, erotic dreams. Rose Vane's expertly crafted romance with its tantalizing characters and enthralling plot is sure to capture your imagination and win your heart. I totally hope we'll get to read Iancu's story next!
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  • Nadina
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the book! It was fast-paced, uncontrived, the ending was unexpected, the characters well-built. How refreshing that the male hero was NOT a jerk, but crunchy at the same time! That's a difficult thing to accomplish. As for the heroine, I could totally identify with her! I loved the idea that governesses are not always so prim and proper after all. I read this book in a couple of hours and let me tell you, I was as invested in the story as I was when reading my great favorites. Way to go, I loved the book! It was fast-paced, uncontrived, the ending was unexpected, the characters well-built. How refreshing that the male hero was NOT a jerk, but crunchy at the same time! That's a difficult thing to accomplish. As for the heroine, I could totally identify with her! I loved the idea that governesses are not always so prim and proper after all. I read this book in a couple of hours and let me tell you, I was as invested in the story as I was when reading my great favorites. Way to go, Rose Vane! Eagerly expecting another good one from you!
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  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Ioan is more animal than man at times, “then everybody will be able to see I’ve branded you as mine,” he said with something akin to a growl of masculine satisfaction." I loved when Lucy found her voice, “then I shall come with you,” she said, leaving no room for further argument." I liked this book, although Ioan could be a little uncaring at times I grew to like him.
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  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    January 1, 1970
    A Deep Dark Call by Rose Vane is the story of Lucy and Ioan. Lucy has come to town to be a live in governess for Ioan's daughter, Alexandra. They have instant attraction to each other but also a complicated one for sure. This was a really Hot quick read with about 133 pages.
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