2.5 stars. In the beginning I was sucked right into Dark Desires. I love a good Gothic and this one started out with lots of suspense and tension between the characters. There were Shades of Mary Riley and The Lodger in this. The anatomist angle made it rather creepy, at least for a little while. That part of the book deserves at least 3 stars, but I can't bring myself to give the book 3 stars, because unfortunately once the main character, Darcie and the love interest, Damien acted on the tension that was between them the book went downhill from there with too much lust and sex scenes that I could have done without. I much prefer romantic suspense to lust filled sex scenes. I felt like they really derailed the story. I doubt I will read anything else by this author.