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"I've a feeling you'll soon rue this day..."These were the fateful words Sarah Markham's father uttered after she threw herself between the convict lashed to the ship's mast and the captain's whip.Transported to Australia for crimes against the Crown, Dominic Gallagher had been labeled a troublemaker. No humor lightened his handsome face; everything about him looked dark,"I've a feeling you'll soon rue this day..."These were the fateful words Sarah Markham's father uttered after she threw herself between the convict lashed to the ship's mast and the captain's whip.Transported to Australia for crimes against the Crown, Dominic Gallagher had been labeled a troublemaker. No humor lightened his handsome face; everything about him looked dark, deliberate, and dangerous. But independent, feisty Sarah couldn't bear to see any man flogged to death. Instead she insisted her father buy this young Irish rebel and bring him back to their ranch.Soon a forbidden passion began to blossom between the indentured man and his mistress in this lush, primitive land. A twist of fate swept them together amid betrayal and intrigue as a man faced risking everything for freedom and a woman faced risking everything for love....

Title : Dark Torment
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ISBN : 9780446306188
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Number of Pages : 389 Pages
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Dark Torment Reviews

  • Naksed
    2019-06-17 09:08

    Another historical romance by Karen Robards that does not include any historical plausibility, never mind logical plot or motivations for the protagonists.(view spoiler)[Our 21 year old, Australian, sheep-ranch owner'spinster daughter has no sooner met our beefy, Irish convict that they decided to consummate their lust in the garden outside her house, which is filled with guests invited to a grand ball. Perhaps in another writer's hands, this scene could have worked but here, it was a joke, and a poor one at that. I found myself wincing instead of chuckling like I probably would at some of the more outlandish bodice-ripper fare offered by the likes of Bertrice Small or Virginia Henley. When, in the matter of days following that volcanic consummation, the hero conveniently morphs from indentured servant to ruthless outlaw, abducting our heroine and forging ahead for what promises to be a veritable sea of lavender prose, I decided to leave this ship. (hide spoiler)]

  • Celestine
    2019-06-11 09:55

    Pride is the rift between loversFirst published in 1985, there is a delightfully retro feel to this 2013 ebook updated with the bare-chested hunk on the cover. It definitely hearkens back to the spitfire historical heroines and the love-hate dynamics made popular by Deveraux, Garwood, Lowell, Woodiwiss and others. I was a little surprised by the many graphic love scenes for a 1985 publication, especially since the purple prose was noticeably absent. This is my first book by Karen Robards. Events take place in 1838 Australia, in the rural part of New South Wales. Sarah is the daughter of a large sheep station owner, who indentures convicts to work the property. One day, she is at the Melbourne waterfront with the family and interrupts the whipping of an Irish convict, probably saving his life. Turns out, he is bound to Sarah's father. Dominic Gallagher is excessively prideful, as is Sarah. They both also have vicious tempers and tend to speak before they think. Mix pride, hot-headedness and powerful attraction, and things go from simmer to boil pretty quickly between these two. Hanging in the background are subplots related to the toady foreman wanting to marry Sarah, a pretty but spiteful step-sister, and the mystery of Gallagher's past.Spinster Sarah is plain but competent and kind. She runs the house and the books for the station. "Better an old maid than an unhappy wife, she had decided long ago."The new convict disturbs her, both with his insolence and his handsomeness. It has been a long time since I read a romance where the hero is so prideful that it gets him into trouble. As a personality characteristic of Dominic, it was carried to its farthest extent. He maintains his intractability for the majority of the book, and sometimes that wandered into uncharitable thoughts of the prideful Sarah. The battle of wills between these two was probably the best aspect of the book. While the happily ever after in Dark Torment is a given, I was very unsure of the path. Particularly troublesome was the toady Percival and his position of power. However, the road to the HEA was also impacted by pride, shame, and impulsiveness on behalf of both Sarah and Dominic, plus their indiscretions were such that the possibility of discovery was high. I just kept thumbing through the book, ignoring sleep, because so many things could affect their future happiness and I wanted to watch these two move from baiting each other to publicly embracing each other in the worst way. I just wasn't sure how they could possibly get there.

  • Regan Walker
    2019-05-17 04:16

    4 and ½ Stars! Irish Hero Survives an Australian Sheep StationSet in Australia in the mid 19th century, this is the story of Sarah Markham whose father is a sheep rancher, and Dominic Gallagher, a Irish convict who was transported to Australia for a crime he didn’t commit and was then “purchased” by Sarah’s father to serve out his 15-year sentence. Because he is a man who speaks up when events call for it, he is whipped and abused. Sarah intervenes to save his life.The handsome Irish rogue knows Sarah is attracted to him, as most women are. But the odd thing to him is that he is attracted to her—a tall, skinny and plain woman. Robards, as usual, serves up delicious tension and some exciting action as life in New South Wales on the sheep station presents many dangers: convict uprisings, fires, rustlers and draught. Meanwhile, Sarah’s father is trying to get her to wed his ranch manager who has a cruel, evil side.I loved the picture of the brooding sexy Irish hero—an alpha male to be sure—thrust into the dusty Australian frontier where life is even harder than what he left behind in Ireland where he longs to return. Both Sarah, who is biased against convicts, and Dominic, who has suffered wrong at the hands of his mother and now Sarah’s father, have trust issues they must overcome. And Dominic has connections to an English earl…Robards’ portrayal of Australia is vivid (had me reaching for a glass of water!) and her characters very well drawn. A worthy read combining a favorite hero origin and a fascinating time in history.

  • AliciaJ
    2019-05-18 09:09

    This is what I'm talkin' about! A glorious example of what the old type of historical romances is all about! This one is set in Australia and our hero is sent there as a convict. Our heroine, Sarah, saves him from near death from a whipping, and the fireworks begin. I love Karen's heroines from her old romances. They're feisty and smart, which is unusual in these types of books. And Sarah is not heartstoppingly beautiful, she's an average woman with a strong sense of self who doesn't rely on her femininity to get her way. The story is beautiful and doesn't drag for a second. An excellent example of why I consider Karen Robards to be one of the top romance writers around.

  • LJ
    2019-06-04 09:01

    DARK TORMENT - VGRobards, Karen - standaloneSarah and Dominic are two very different people. Gentle, highborn Sarah is not prepared for the proud and arrogant Irish rebel to burst into her life. Sentenced to exile and bondage for acts perpetrated against the Crown, Dominic will do anything to convince this timid Australian lady that only he can fulfill her hopes and dreams.An Australian sheep station owners' daughter and an Irish convict. If your looking for something HOT, this is it.

  • Margaret Devaux
    2019-05-26 10:12

    Easy read. Enjoyable. Back in the old days setting.

  • Elen
    2019-06-14 08:51

    I usually do not enjoy romance out of traditional regency setting, so it was to my surprise that I couldn't put the book down. The clash and tension between two proud people was not as unreasonable as I first expected it to be. They've both got reasons for acting the way they do, and what I particularly liked is how Sarah transformed, and her very understandable internal conflict between being associated with a convict and undeniable passion made their relationship even more convincing. While the love-hate relationship is the hallmark of old school bodice ripper, it still worked quite efficiently. The only problem I had is that when you skip all the sex scenes, the book becomes awfully short.

  • Shannon
    2019-06-11 09:17

    Struggled between 3 and 4 stars. Karen Robards wrote "Amanda Rose," and these two books remind me of one another. They both have an attention-grabbing beginning. They both involve an innocent, but judged guilty convict. And, most unfortunately, both involve couples with communication and trust issues. In this one, I almost liked it one star more than the other, but the woman was as dense as the man if not more so, so it drove me crazy. It kept my attention. The passionate scenes were better start to finish than the other I mentioned. The adventures and change in control were kind of fun. I just don't like that cliché in romances... The one where the reader is begging both parties to be honest about their feelings etc. If I could, I'd give it a 3.5...

  • inmypapasan
    2019-05-24 09:01

    I didn't like either the hero or heroine. He was constantly smirking "nastily" or "mockingly" at her and making mean comments, while she claims to not view the convicts as inferior like everyone else does yet still treats him snobbily and expects his deference. The setting was really interesting and different from the usual, but the unpleasant characters ruined it. I also felt like the descriptions were redundant - how often do we need to be reminded about the hero's Irish accent and thick chest hair and the heroine's "mass of tawny hair"?

  • Nathalie
    2019-05-30 11:15

    Like all Karen Robards' books, Dark Torment is heavy on sexual tension. But this time it is to the expense of everything else... Indeed, such a romance novel could have very well taught us something about Australia in the 1830's, but all this is is one scene of lust after another. The rest of the story is pretty much non-existent and doesn't make much sense anyway. Personally, I like my steamy novels to have a little more to them than just plain sex.

  • Anna Mcfadden
    2019-06-17 11:14

    Sarah and Dominic are 2 different types of people, Sarah is a Lady and lives on a sheep farm with her father, step mother, step sister. She is very smart and with a girl next door looks to most she is seen as an old maid at 22 and plain looking. Dominic is a dark, handsome rebel from Island who is sent to Sarah ' s farm to serve out his sentence for a crime. Dominic trys to get Sarah to see how beautiful she is and that he can make all her dreams come true

  • Wendy
    2019-05-19 04:54

    I liked everything about this book. I stayed up so late to finish it but it was so completely worth it. It sounded amazing and I love when I'm expecting something awesome and it turned ot to be a let-down, but THIS WAS THE BOMB.Sometimes I wanted to hit Dominic but there was real character development and he turned out to be a pretty cool guy if I do say so myself.

  • Barbara Woodford
    2019-06-01 11:02

    A very intense love story that keeps you in suspense throughout.

  • Colleen
    2019-06-10 05:05

    One of my favorite romance novels of all. Dont let the cheesy title fool you!!! its great!

  • Rebecca Fronckowiak
    2019-06-14 06:09

    Great storyI like the storyline and how artfully the author told it. Her characters are strong and the backdrop perfect.Great story.

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-20 08:05

    10/29/13 **, 9/20/16

  • JoAnn
    2019-05-17 06:10

    I just couldn't get into this one. The plot was completely lacking, Sarah was a complete cunt, and well I have beef with Dominic you just feel sorry for him the entire time. The story... He's getting whipped badly She saves himHe says something rudeShe hates himShe still hates himShe beats him (because he hasn't been beaten enough I guess) He kisses herShe likes itShe hates him She thinks about the kiss while hating him He kisses her and she thrown herself at himThey have sexShe hates him even more He kisses her againShe hates him Someone finds out so he gets beaten and left for dead.He thinks she was responsible so he kidnaps her when rustlers come to destroy their property She still hates him He kisses her and she throws herself at himBut he realizes he hates her too because she's responsible for his beating and almost deathUgh.... I can go on and on, and even when they stop hating each other and even after everything worked out for the slave/convict and his mistress there still wasn't much going on. I wanted to feel the love at this point and I never felt the love.... well until the last 3 pages of the epilogue... I love Karen Robards but this book has to be the worst I've read of hers yet. I hope it's the last.

  • Marie
    2019-06-17 07:56

    Not at well done as the last historical romance of hers I read (Loving Julia); kind of dragged on in parts.

  • Dolores Robles
    2019-06-02 11:02

    Dark TormentA story of two people of strong will and determination that change because of their love for each other and family.

    2019-06-12 04:09

    Didn't finish after page 73. I wanted to really like this book. I actually did like it, in fact because I liked the premise. A brave woman is willing to stand up to her father and a ship captain and his crew to save a convicts life! She seems so awesome and powerful. And also kind with a big heart. Buuuuut unfortunately she does not live up to her initial portrayal as the book goes along. I HATE more than almost anything in a book when the author makes the female character get angry at everything the male character says/does. While the guy gets to go around smirking and laughing and doing all the riling up of the girl. Grrrrrr!!! I want an awesome female character who doesn't react like you'd expect. I absolutely loved the first time Sarah speaks to the convict, Gallagher. She is trying to help him again (at this point I'm still liking Sarah), and Gallagher is way rude to her and says way rude things to her. I like this because it shows an imperfect male lead. One with flaws. One who isn't always chivalrous or charming or saying all the right things. It also shows his vulnerability. And I love a romance where the characters are so opposite or start off on a very bad foot because an unexpected romance is more real and meaningful to me. But then of course Sarah has to react how most people would react. She's pissed. And she's rude right back and yells at him. This would have been such a good opportunity for the author to make her be more intelligent and clever than most other people by having sarah recognize this mans rudeness and anger for what it really was: hurt, wounded pride, anguish, debt, and desperation. I wish sarah would have risen above the taunting and kept her cool. Helped him anyways. But no such luck. Just like in so many other novels I read. Why do authors always want to make the female leads bitchy and short tempered and uptight while the guy gets to be the cool, collected one doing all the mocking or teasing. I kept reading hoping that Sarah would only lash out like that just the once but nope. She keeps right on going with her attitude. She's rude to him and keeps trying to 'put him in his place' as the help who is below her and stuff. Where the heck is the girl from the beginning of the book who risked a lot to save someone in need because she looked at him as a human being instead of property? Seriously. What happened? I wouldn't think a girl of her strong will would be reduced to an insolent shrewd just because gallagher says some harsh things to her. Or tries to get a rise out of her. She seemed like she'd be so above that. And while anger has its place in a story as it helps add passion and emotion, I don't like where and when the author chose to place this anger. The typical angry female who can't take a little banter. I really liked the writing though. While a little long winded and a touch repetitive, it was also elegant and free from eye rolling moments and ridiculous cliches (other than the tired formula of angry female) I kept waiting for Sarah to show me signs that she wasn't actually such an stuffy snob with a stick wedged up her ass but there was no sign of that in the close future so I gave up. I totally agreed with Sarah's step sister when she makes a comment that Sarah would end up being a spinster the rest of her life because she's so proper all the time! It's totally true. She needs to loosed up big time. I love reading about fun female characters who are bold and have a lot of personality and emotions besides only anger or annoyance. Maybe she ends up being more awesome later in the book but I struggle to find the patience to keep going. I just want her to be cool and unique. One who doesn't balk at being touched or rant about every little Thing Gallagher does. She needs a chill pill.

  • Lizzie
    2019-06-11 07:14

    Incredibly, laughably bad. I always wondered what life in Australia was like at the end of Carla Kelly's Reforming Lord Ragsdale, so when I saw this outback-set historical I picked it up. Not only was the prose insipid and mechanical, but the thoughtless stereotyping of native farmhands and maids was a particularly low note.

  • Darlene A. Ford
    2019-06-03 05:12

    Those of you who loved Shanna by Woodiweiss will love this book as well.

  • Barbara Cuyler
    2019-05-19 03:57

    Characterization and plot were all right, but Robards' later books are better.

  • Maura
    2019-06-12 11:50

    I read this forever ago, but as I recall it, it is a historical romance that takes place in the Australian outback. The hero arrived on a ship full of criminals and is sold as an indentured servant to the heroine's family. He is put to work, particularly with horses I believe and he and the heroine clash. He doesn't like the fact that she saved his life and she doesn't like that he's so beneath her (nor that he tempts her). She has a tendency to treat her like shit and he has a tendency to act above his station...and to provoke her. One night after a party, they get a little carried away and he has sex with her (she was a virgin). Then the tables are turned and suddenly, the hero joins up with a group of ruffians who kidnap the heroine. He then has some control over her and there are some power struggles. At some point, they do realize they love each other, but things aren't all easy going.I remember liking that the heroine wasn't all submission, that she actually got some of her own licks in at the hero, particularly after he kidnapped her. This was a pretty enjoyable book to read, but I'm not sure if it's one I'd want to read again.

  • Crystal Rees
    2019-05-18 10:06

    Regency romance meets western with a blend lilting Irish accent. Five star read! Robards writes a Cinderella-esk story line to weave the story of twenty two year old spinster, Sarah with thirty something Dominic Gallagher, the bastard son of Irish aristocrat turned-indentured servant. The dialogue is mild, the language varied, though I could have used a touch more Irish vernacular to make Dominic's heritage more believable. Sarah, a strong spinster older sister saves Dominic from a ghastly whipping, who in turns spurns her for indenting him to her, a plain Jane if there ever was one. Miss Sarah revels in being in charge, though never standing up for herself, while Dominic pushes her to become stronger and more in tune with her own feminine needs. As a devout regency romance enthusiast, Robards manages to keep my interest with a nod to the era with all its finery. It's a thicker romance story to sink your teeth in with none of the insta-love too many bodice ripping novels fall into.

  • mlady_rebecca
    2019-05-28 04:14

    Basically, a historical romance bodice ripper. (See the original cover: convicted handsome Irish rogue is transported to Australia as a convict. Sheep rancher's early twenties ugly duckling "old maid" of a virgin daughter falls in love with him. First she is in charge, as he is a convict working at the ranch. Then she gets kidnapped by a group of brigands and he's the one in charge. Formulaic, but I liked the characters and the shifting power dynamics. (That's what the BDSM__D/s tag is for. There is bondage and whipping, but not the fun kind.)But it's been a good while (decades) since I read this genre on a regular basis, so it was a nice change of pace.

  • Shanan
    2019-06-11 06:16

    I like the plot premise. Gallagher made me think of the convict on a recent Australian TV series called Glitch where people are coming back from the dead and one of them was a 1830s era convict. The shear number of sex scenes became tedious and boring so I just skipped over them. Even though I believe Ms Robards did a fair job of research I still felt like it was an American writing about Australia. (And Kiwis are found in New Zealand. I can't find evidence they were in Australia.)Personally I found the emotional turmoil between Sarah and Gallagher difficult... the roughness and derogatory attitude from Gallagher and Sarah's prejudice against convicts were hard to read but very real and believable.

  • Kristy Halseth
    2019-06-10 05:55

    This was mostly a good book. You feel like there is a larger story that you missed and that you are picking the tale up in the middle. They try to tell the part you missed as one character's back story he shares with the other character. But it would have been an interesting story to read itself. And Sarah was at times annoying. For someone who objected to people beating a slave to death, she was constantly threatening to have him beaten again. There were a few personality characteristics that just didn't fit together for this character. Other than that, the story itself was a fairly good story. I normally like Karen Robards but this isn't her tightest book.

  • Maura
    2019-06-09 10:50

    Australia 1838 convict saved by noble spinster daughter of a wealthy station owner set on the outback. A little bit predictable in that heroine has "evil" step-mom, mean younger and prettier step-sister and ugly older suitor approved of by her own father! The hero/convict is actually someone else with a back story given 4 pages. Needless to say hero falls for "spinster turned beauty by love" as he is being cared for after being almost beaten to death. I liked the images and scenes in the outback and I could feel the desolation our heroine felt. While it didn't steam the pages it was still an interesting read.

  • Zara West
    2019-06-07 07:12

    Set in Australia during the early colonization period, this novel is the story of a romance between the daughter of a sheep rancher and the Irish convict she rescues from death and who comes to slave on the ranch. Because having any relationship with the convicts, who are viewed and treated as slaves, is forbidden, Sarah fights her attraction to the handsome Dominic. I personally found the conflict between the two and treatment of each other to be a little too violent and cruel for my taste. They really do some terrible things to each other. I also found that the ending (which I will not spoil here) to be a bit cliche.