Step Darkly


Book 1
Kayne Publishing




When Emilia Connor returns to face the man she ran away from five years earlier, she's determined to cut him out of her life for good but things have changed. This time Joshua Darkly is holding all the cards and he's got other plans.

Sucked back into a life she never wanted to return to, old wounds are torn open and new secrets are uncovered. When Emilia runs out of options, the last poor choice she makes places her entirely under Joshua's control in this enemies to lovers, possessive guardian romance.


Emilia is a spoiled brat who's had life handed to her on a silver platter and she takes everything I worked hard to earn for granted.

Living off of daddy's dime, her free ride is about to come to a screeching halt. She's heading back here, to the place she should have never run away from, to settle her father's estate.

She's confident she is the sole heir to all of her father's possessions, including the company I worked my ass off to help build over the last seven years, but I have a surprise for her. Not only am I the new owner of Connor Realty, but I'm also her mentor and guardian for the period of one year.

I never asked to own her but now that I do, I'm not sure I can ever let her go.

She's feisty, she has a lot of anger in her and I'm patiently waiting for her to test her boundaries with me. She'll try her luck one too many times and I can't wait to show her how dark my beast has become.


Our past always has a way of catching up to us.

I left home five years ago and never looked back. I always thought I had more time to make amends with my father and come home but my time ran out when he died of a sudden heart attack.

Now I'm back to settle his estate and face my demons. Well, one demon in particular; Joshua Darkly, the reason I left in the first place.

Because of a stipulation in my father's will, it looks like I'm here to stay for awhile. I've been declared Joshua's ward for a period of one year and if I don't complete my time, I'll lose everything.

I'll swallow my pride and serve my sentence but I'm not going down without a fight. I'll challenge his patience every chance I get without getting too close to him.

Even now, after everything, I still feel drawn to him and it's something I need to face head on and cut out of my life before it consumes me whole.

* While Step Darkly is part of the RAVENOUS series, each book can be read on its own.


★★★★★ "Luna Kayne's Step Darkly: His Ward is a page-turning, slow burn, dark romance centered around Emilia Connor and Joshua Darkly written from alternating first-person perspectives. I enjoyed how Luna draws you into the characters' lives through internal monologue and plot development while we learn about parts in each of their pasts which shaped their future, decisions, and relationships. Both characters have their own frustrations and conflicting emotions, and watching them come together to challenge each other made for a gripping read." - Readers' Favorite


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NOAH WILDE I've spent the last eight years working hard for the position I hold in our company, leaving little time to focus on play, but all of that is about to change.

Wearing a tray full of spilled coffee isn't how I imagined I'd ever run into someone like Hazel and now, she's all I think about. She has a quick wit and an innocent heart and I'm instantly intrigued.

She thinks I'm playing around but I'm going for keeps and I'm not the only one. Something isn't right and every step we take forward is met with a step back.

Someone is trying to sabotage our connection and I need to get to the bottom of it before I lose her forever.

HAZEL MASTERS After high school, my life went on without me while I lost almost everything I held dear.

I put my future on hold to help my mother care for my dying father and watched, helplessly, as he lost his business then his home to those with deeper pockets than his, before he lost his life.

Now, I am working hard to get back on track and help my mom build ourselves up to a comfortable life when I bump into a mysterious stranger—literally. Our first meeting is a disaster and he ends up leaving me with more questions than answers when he only offers me his first initial—N.

I should focus on my classes. I should search for stability. I can't afford to play games with my second shot at having a life. The lessons of my past are screaming at me to walk away.

So why can't I?

*Run Wilde is the second book in the HIS series. It is recommended the first book, Step Darkly: His Ward, be read before this one.

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Kayne Publishing
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Published on
May 26, 2020
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Fiction / Romance / Billionaires
Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
Fiction / Romance / Suspense
Fiction / Romance / Workplace
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