Following the shocking events at her presentation ball, Lady Helen is residing in Brighton for the summer season. She must start her Reclaimer training, having just joined the Dark Days Club. But her mentor Lord Carlston is becoming increasingly erratic because of the vestige darkness within him. And when the Home Office entrusts Helen with a secret mission, she is torn between loyalty to Carlston and her duty to the Dark Days Club.
The Dark Days Pact is a worthy sequel to The Dark Days Club. I found it fascinating that several of the characters are based on real historical figures. And just like The Dark Days Club, this is a thoroughly well-researched book. We learn much more about the demon-fighting Dark Days Club and the back-stories of the characters.
Helen is a brilliant heroine who gets entangled in a web of secrets and lies. As this book is set in Regency England, Helen is in a man’s world. There are some, like the Duke of Selburn, who think she should be protected. And most of the men in the Dark Days Club doubt her ability because she is a woman. It’s interesting reading about a strong female character from this time period. Not only must Helen learn to fight Deceivers, but she also has to deal with the patriarchy. Helen gets into lots of situations which are ‘unladylike’ and the Dark Days Club really tests her notions of what it is to be a woman.
The other main character is the brooding Lord Carlston. He respects Helen and treats her as an equal. Helen and Carlston are my OTP. I love the slow-burning romance and excellent chemistry between them! They both try to resist the attraction which draws them together. These two characters had one scene in particular which was so touching and yet heart-wrenching. I kept thinking about it afterwards! If you’re a fan of Helen and Carlston, you won’t be disappointed! There is also a clever twist which partly accounts for Carlston’s erratic behavior.
Elements of a love triangle emerge between Helen, Carlston and Selburn in this installment. Usually, I’m not a fan of love triangles, but thankfully this is a well-written one. Whilst I felt a little bit sorry for Selburn, he is infuriating at times. It’s like the more Helen pushes him away from the dangerous world of the Dark Days Club, the more he decides to get involved in her life. He needs to take a hint.
That ending though! So much happens that I wasn’t expecting. It’s dramatic and action-packed. I eagerly await The Dark Days Deceit!
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐