Spotlight & Giveaway: Darker Than Desire by Shiloh Walker

Posted March 9th, 2015 by in Blog, Spotlight / 49 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome romance author Shiloh Walker to HJ!

Hi Shiloh and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Darker Than Desire!

Thanks for having me back!

Please summarize the book a la Twitter style for the readers here:

Darker-Than-DesireDarker than Desire is a book about ugly secrets and how they can break people. It’s also a book about how people can overcome that.

Please share your favorite line or quote from this book:

“Can I make you scream? Can I make you beg?”

“You can do whatever you want to do with me.”


Please share a few FUN facts about this book…

Well, this was a dark, hard book to write…but I did visit Madison, Indiana, the setting for the book. There’s a winery there. For research purposes, you understand that I had to try the wine. Authenticity is key, right?

Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. As you wrote your protagonist was there anything about them that surprised you?

The hero–and you’ll have to read the book to understand him–is a tormented, twisted man. He’s seen the worst evils in men and doesn’t believe there’s much inside of him that’s worth anything.

Sybil, the heroine, knows otherwise. But she can’t fight him against himself–she’d fight the whole world for him, but he’s the one battle she can’t win.

I knew going in he’d be a rough one. But he came through in the end.

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Again…the winery.

The First kiss…

They were lovers long before the start of this book, and the book actually opens with Sybil thinking he’s going to push her away.

So it’s been a while since that first kiss.

Was there a scene in this book that was harder to write than others?

There were a number of scenes inside this book that were hard to write. This was probably one of the toughest, though.

Leaning in, she pressed her mouth to his. It didn’t matter that everybody around them saw, didn’t matter that his chest had started to rise and fall raggedly against her own.

“Don’t do this. It won’t help; you know that.”

Abruptly he twisted and jerked away from Noah, and she half-expected him to do the same to her.

To her shock, what he did was wrap his arms around her waist and in the next moment her feet left the floor as he buried his face against her neck.

“He’s . . . Sybil, he’s gone.”

Staring at the wall over his shoulder, she slid her arms around him. One gripped him, her hand tangling in the faded material of his shirt. She smoothed her other hand across his hair, down his neck. “I know. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.”

His chest shuddered against hers and then he went to his knees, right there in the middle of the hall. He still clutched her to him, his arms wrapped around her waist like she was the only thing anchoring him there. “He’s gone.”


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would be absolutely crucial to include and why? 

There’s a time when the hero is watching a movie with Sybil and her nephew. He doesn’t get out much. The next day, she asks him about it…

“We fell asleep on you. What did you think about the movie?”

He frowned, tried to remember something about it. The boy. Wands. A rock. Then he shrugged. “What sort of name is Snape?”

Sybil laughed. “An interesting one. For an interesting character. Is he a good guy or a bad guy?”


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

People can overcome the most horrible, awful things. Even the very broken can find beauty.

What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2015?

I’m working on the next book in my newest romantic suspense series. The working title is called Nothing but Heartache. And it involves a trope I never thought I’d write…I blame my editor.


Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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“Why are you here?” he finally asked.

“Where else would I be?” She stood with her hands loose at her sides, resisting the urge to fold them over her middle, tuck herself away, hide away. Protect herself from the hurt she suspected was coming. Maybe not tonight. Maybe not next week, or even this month, but he was pulling away from her. She could feel it.

A bitter curse escaped him and he reached up to shove a hand through his hair only to encounter the simple hat. He tore it off and threw it to the ground.

She tensed as he drove his booted foot down on it, all but grinding his heel through the stiffened fabric.

When he was done, she licked her lips and then looked back up. All she could see was his stiff shoulders as he faced away from her. “Feel better?”

He spun around, his mouth open.

She inclined her head. You don’t scare me, tough guy.

His eyes narrowed.

She closed the distance between them, each step slow and precise—she was terrified she’d trip over something on the dark, uneven ground and fall on her ass.

She didn’t stop until she was close enough that his heat seemed to reach out, taunt her skin. Then she leaned in, pressed her mouth to his. She didn’t give him a sweet, soft kiss, though. He was well past the I’ll kiss it and make it better point. That never would have worked for him anyway. Instead, she sank her teeth into his lower lip. Hard.

He stiffened against her.

Slowly, she drew back, dragging her tongue along her lip, staring at his mouth for a long second before looking up to meet his gaze. “You’re hurting. You’re feeling mean. I want to help, if I can. If you’ll let me.”

She went to turn away, but a hard arm banded around her waist, hauled her back against him. “And how are you going to help? How can you make any of this better?” he demanded, his words a harsh rasp against her ear. His chest was an iron wall against her back.

She suppressed the urge to shudder, barely.

But then a wide, warm palm came up to rest on her thigh, fingers catching the material of her skirt, dragging upward.

“Maybe that’s a stupid question.” His fingers dipped inside her panties. “This always makes me feel better.”


Book Info:


No matter how many times he’s left her in the past, Sybil Chalmers can’t ignore her feelings for the one man who stole her heart years ago. For countless nights, she has waited for him—for his kiss, his touch—and has longed for him to emerge from the shadows of his past. Only when she is in his arms does Sybil really feel alive…and finally, after all these years, that time is now.


He’s a man raised in a world of strict rules and unbreakable traditions and he’s always yearned to break free. But when a family tragedy lures him back home, he finds his one true passion has been there all along. With Sybil, he can explore his greatest potential—and allow her to discover a whole new level of ecstasy. But will a long-buried secret threaten to tear them apart? The only thing he knows for sure is that he will do anything to keep Sybil in his life…and keep her coming back for more…

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Meet the Author:

Shiloh Walker is an award-winning writer…yes, really! She’s also a mom, a wife, a reader and she pretends to be an amateur photographer. She published her first book in 2003. Her newest series, Secrets and Shadows, launched with Deeper than Need, followed by Sweeter than Sin and Darker than Desire.

She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance, and urban fantasy under the name J.C. Daniels.
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49 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Darker Than Desire by Shiloh Walker”

  1. Lisa M

    Oh goodness! there are so many … Zadist from JR Ward’s BDB series, Zarek from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series …

  2. Mary Preston

    One of my all time favorite tormented heroes is Heathcliff from WUTHERING HEIGHTS.

  3. mrsmac19

    Zsadist from the J.R. Ward’s BDB series is my favorite tortured hero. I really appreciated all that he suffered and overcame.

  4. Sylve T.

    so many…Zadist from LOVER AWAKENED by Jr. Ward, also love Vishous from LOVER UNBOUND by Jr. Ward. Danny from Suzanne Brockmann’s TBS series!

  5. Glenda S. Hefty

    Right off hand I really can’t bring to mind a tormented hero…hard for me to remember these days sadly.

  6. Trudy Dowling

    John Matthew from the Black Dagger Brotherhood By JR Ward. I have enjoyed watching him gain strength emotionally and physicially. He doesn’t understand why he is the way he is or the fits/memories occur.

  7. Sabrina

    Ethan Kelly from The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks. I felt so many emotions for Ethan while reading this book! I just wanted to hug him and make it all better. Well, I also just wanted to get my hands on him 😉

  8. Diane Sallans

    Lara Adrian writes some really good tortured heroes – I love when they come to terms with their past.

  9. stacey7smith

    Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyons and really most of her dark hunters count.for movie bat man.

  10. BookLady

    Zadist from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series

  11. erinf1

    I also really enjoy tortured heroes 🙂 I’m gonna go ol’ skool and say Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre. Thanks for sharing!

  12. whistleinthewind74

    The Count of Monte Cristo is probably my favorite tormented hero of all time. He is brooding, sexy, vengeful, and a love sick fool. He is just what a tormented soul is all about. Even though he seeks vengeance, I root for him.

  13. glam009

    Count of Montecristo is my fav tormented hero, because he lost everything and then seek revenge, I just love this book.

  14. Lori Meehan

    Ian Mackenzie…the things he did to make himself s better man for Beth. He over came and controlled his mental hardships.

  15. Jenny Dauksa Schaber

    Fox from Pepper Winters’ Destroyed. The man was tormented as a child after a horrific event that left him with no family. Years later he rebelled against his tormentors. The way he overcame his past for the way the book ends is truly remarkable. The read is dark, but the emotions that are extracted while reading are amazing. A truly remarkable read.

  16. Irma

    I always find the heroines from historical romances being more tortured. And there is nobody like Raze by Tillie Cole more tortured – not that I know of one.

  17. angela smith

    i really havent read many books like that.if i have i wouldnt remember after i’m done with it.bad memory

  18. Vanessa N.

    I love Charles from the Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs because even though his job in the pack can be dark because he has to carry out pack rules he still tries to do the right thing. He protects and cares for his family and mate and tries to see outside that dark place.

  19. Teja K.

    My favorite is Zsadist from Black Dagger Brotherhood. He’s such a sweetheart, you just can’t not love him. Then there’s my beloved Styxx from Dark Hunters, so sweet, so loyal..

  20. carol L

    Wow, there are so many. But truly the most tortured would have to be Acheron from Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series. All her Hu ters are tortured but what Acheron endured in all his centuries is beyond imaginable. Yet he still feels love, compassion aand tolerance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750. (at) aol (dot) com

  21. jovialvampyre

    Wraith Seminus from Larissa Ione’s Demonica series is my all time favorite tortured hero. Come on, his mother’s side of the family were SO cruel, skinning him and blinding him and all the other nasty thing.

  22. mabledsoe

    Of course our all time favorite….Zsadist (BDB), David from Darker Than Desire, Kaleb Krychek from Heart of Obsidian (Psy/Changeling), and Logan from Soul Resurrected (Sons of Wrath).

  23. Debbi Wellenstein

    Does Victor Frankenstein count? He was certainly tormented, but a hero? I’m not so sure!

  24. Suzanne

    I love books with tormented heroes. Regency novels have heroes returned from the peninsula wars or long years as a spy. FSOG has given us Christian Grey with his abusive childhood. To me, any good love story has a hero with a secret past that makes himself such a unique hero for the heroine to love. Grace Burrowes’ book The CAPTIVE is unique as the hero,a Duke, has issues with things done to him as a prisoner of war . So many good tortured hero books out there and I want to read them all.

  25. Jen B

    Judd, Kaleb and Vasic from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series are great, because they are willing to do anything for the women they love. Once they are convinced to be with them in the first place that is!

  26. Pennie

    Z and V from the BDB series and really all the Brothers are tormented in their special way 🙂

  27. taswmom

    Heathcliff, whose maybe a little too dark and brooding, to Darcy, who is a bit there. I even think of Dr Zchivago,

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