Darkness Rising by Lisa Carlisle
Chateau Seduction Series
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (55 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Orchid
Antoine Chevalier harbors a secret. Born a gargoyle shifter, he wants nothing more than to cultivate his art. His hard work pays off the night he completes his greatest sculpture. But the excitement of his accomplishment doesn’t last.
He’s drawn the eye of the wrong group—a coven of vampires. Antoine wakes into darkness, changed. Shattered. His dream of becoming a renowned sculptor is destroyed.
One question remains—how will he ever survive an eternity of darkness alone?
Darkness Rising is part 0.5 of the Chateau Seductions series by USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Carlisle. Readers have requested more on the dark and mysterious Antoine. In this short story, Antoine tells his tale, which continues in the series with Dark Velvet. Dark Velvet is written from Savannah’s perspective as a newcomer to an art colony who is intrigued by the proprietor.
Darkness Rising is the prequel to the Chateau Seduction Series and I have to confess I read the other three first, which is the wrong order. This book introduces Antoine and tells how he changed from one paranormal creature to another and how he dealt with his unhappiness.
Antoine passes through the years like a spirit and doesn’t interact with anyone. His loneliness drags him down for many decades until he buys the castle on the DeRoche Island and sets up his art colony. He employs Cameron, the only person to know his secret, to run the art retreat for him so he can concentrate on his own sculpting.
The other books in the series are erotica, but this one is not. It fills in the background to the series, explaining the beginnings of both Antoine and his art retreat. Worth reading especially if the reader intends to delve into the rest of the series.