The Gentle Dark

Professor Rosalyn Greenwood just wants to continue her rare species research in peace. But when a supposedly extinct werewolf appears, she volunteers to study him—even if it risks her career.

Jules Abbot was perfectly content with his predictable life and boring job at the bank. But when he wakes up in the basement of the Museum of Natural History, he must face his inner demons or live the rest of his life behind bars.

As Rosalyn and Jules investigate Jules’s curse, they learn that lycanthropy spreads not through bites, but through a much more intimate act… complicating matters with Rosalyn’s prudish colleagues.

If Rosalyn and Jules don’t crack the curse in time, they’ll lose their futures—and each other.

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The Gentle Dark is a short monster/human romance novel (52k words) in a lightly magical Victorian/Steampunk setting. Featuring high heat and neurodivergent main characters, The Gentle Dark explores themes of intimacy, stigma, loneliness, love, and facing your shadow.

Detailed content advisories are available below.


Content Advisories

The Gentle Dark contains themes and sexual scenarios that some readers may be sensitive to.

The overall tone of the book is realistic and thoughtful, ultimately celebrating our ability to integrate painful experiences.

The sexual scenarios are atypical and feature an anthropomorphic werewolf form with elements of aphrodisiac and (failed) coercion.

For more detailed advisories, continue reading.

Definitions:

“Depicts” = happens in the story, occurs on-page

“References” = referenced in the story, but occurs off-page

Themes:

Characters maintain a sense of autonomy and agency as they address these themes. These themes are depicted in a realistic, nuanced way.

References and depicts sexism, sexual stigma, neurodivergent stigma/exclusion

Depicts experiences of exclusion, depicts experiences of depression, references and depicts familial emotional abuse, references familial loss

Briefly references STI (sexually transmitted infection)

Sexual:

Anthropomorphic shifting, shifted sex, transformation, knotted cock

Masturbation, mutual masturbation, copious ejaculate (aka excessive cum)

Casual sex, sex before relationship

In relation to the werewolf curse, aphrodisiac effects, (failed) coercion. In flashback, depicts dubious consent.

Depicts some dominant/submissive kink dynamics, with both FMC and MMC taking on dominant role in different scenes. Primarily depicts assertive language, light restraining.


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