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Darker Than Love | [Kristina Lloyd]

Darker Than Love

It's 1875, and the morals of Queen Victoria mean nothing to London's wayward and debauched elite. Young but naïve Clarissa Longleigh is visiting London for the first time. She is eager to meet Lord Marldon, the man to whom she's been promised, knowing only that he's handsome, dark, and sophisticated. In fact he is depraved, louche, and has a taste for sexual excess.
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Publisher's Summary

"Lord Marldon took Clarissa's hand and kissed it. She knew at once this man would be her master and tormentor. While the thought filled her with dread, an unfathomable desire, deep and fierce, twisted like a knife within her."

It's 1875, and the morals of Queen Victoria mean nothing to London's wayward and debauched elite. Young but naïve Clarissa Longleigh is visiting London for the first time. She is eager to meet Lord Marldon, the man to whom she's been promised, knowing only that he's handsome, dark, and sophisticated. In fact, he is depraved, louche, and has a taste for sexual excess.

Clarissa has also struck up a friendship with a young Italian artist, Gabriel. When Marldon hears of this, he is incensed, and imprisons Clarissa in his opulent London mansion. When Gabriel tries to free her, he too is captured, and the young lovers find themselves at the mercy of the debauched lord.

©2007 Kristina Lloyd; (P)2007 Virgin Books Ltd

What the Critics Say

"An edgy, decadent affair full of intrigue, with lots of down'n'dirty and decidedly kinky sex." (Desire)

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    Kelley CA, United States 09-24-07
    Kelley CA, United States 09-24-07 Member Since 2012

    Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.

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    "Thouroughly unpleasant"

    In this book, a weak-willed father sells his daughter in marriage to a sexual sadist. While she is horrified, mortified and humiliated by the truly horrible things he does to her (like, say, rape her in front of her boyfriend) she is also hopelessly aroused by them. I have no problem believing in telepathic vampires finding their soulmates and rich handsome Earls falling for spunky heroines, but victimization as turn on is beyond my powers to believe. And if you can't believe in the upside of sexual sadism then there's really nothing at all in this book that isn't just revolting. I summed up the plot in the first sentence and the characters are extremely hard to warm up to to say the least.
    Unless you're excited at the prospect of eight hours of humiliation, I stronly suggest you keep browsing.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Humpty Doo, Australia 12-09-12
    Wayne Humpty Doo, Australia 12-09-12
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    "Good Listening"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Darker Than Love to be better than the print version?

    yes I as a truckie I listen to audio books all the time


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All


    Which character – as performed by Gracie Lockhart – was your favorite?

    All


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending


    Any additional comments?

    great listening

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer FOREST, VA, United States 11-29-12
    Amazon Customer FOREST, VA, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Finally an "out of the box" erotic story"

    Most erotica I read seems predictable and the same story told over and over. However, the author of this book I think broke out of that mold, got creative and came up with something new! Sure a lot of erotic scenes, but a unique and engaging storyline for erotica. I liked how Lord Mardlon was always many steps a head and I like how the Carrissa character came to terms of what her preferences were and kept moving toward them despite what "society" tells us what "normal" should be. I personally found it creative and refreshing approach to erotica. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt, but the story and narration were very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 10-01-12
    Lia Sutton, Australia 10-01-12 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    ""Smooth as silk""

    Not for conventional sensibilities, but for those who like a walk on the wilder side in their erotic fiction, this is well-crafted. I'll look for more from this author.
    Owing a great deal to the silken delivery of the reader, this heroine is credible in her naivety, and even more interesting as she begins to discover some darker truths about her erotic nature. Can't say enough about the reader- her delivery is one of the best I've ever heard.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    DK 06-12-13
    DK 06-12-13 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "More about BDSM & Erotica With Very Little Romance"
    Would you try another book from Kristina Lloyd and/or Gracie Lockhart?

    Probably not as there was no real ongoing plot-the beginning had promise, the end was pretty good; but the middle went on and on. It was basically a book about sexual dominance over a woman who seemed to have no self control.

    The narrator was good.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The attempted rescue.


    Which character – as performed by Gracie Lockhart – was your favorite?

    Probably Gabriel.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    I don't know, perhaps a little self control and fight from Clarissa.


    Any additional comments?

    This reminded me of The Marketplace - This is as many have commented; raunchy, graphic, erotica. If you like Maya Banks, Sylvia Day, Lora Leigh, etc. this may be too much for you OR you may like it. For me it was a bit too much.

    NOTE: Strong language and VERY graphic [at times taboo] sex

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 04-15-10
    Lee Seymour, WI, United States 04-15-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Huh..."

    This is a good story that keeps your attention. There was a sort of educational aspect for me, but all in good taste. The prospective husband is certainly a well-written character. Everyone seems real and very human. Good read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Waterville, OH, USA 03-27-08
    Diane Waterville, OH, USA 03-27-08
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    "Sadistic"

    This book was pretty dark. Although there were many raunchy scenes, they leave you quite cold due to the sadism (unless you like that sort of thing). Save your credit for something more worth while.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    John N. Rampe 12-15-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Darker Than Love (Unabridged"

    This is a 3 volume set. The story line is good but the writing becomes stilted and tedious. Far to little is conveyed in far to much time.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Binia 02-20-11
    Binia 02-20-11 Member Since 2013
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    "yawn"

    I can absolutely enjoy a bit of twisted kink, so judging from a lot of these prudish reviews I thought this could be fun. Unfortunately not. Absurd characters who are all exactly the same. Thoughtless, unoriginal, shallow, uninteresting "kink" element. Endlessly repetitive and just unimaginably boring on the whole. I couldn't even make it to the middle of the book.

    *Sigh*

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola APO AP 11-28-10
    Nicola APO AP 11-28-10 Member Since 2014

    Steve

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    "WTF!"

    This has to be the worst book ever; the plot was awful and the sex scenes were revolting. The only good thing about this book was the narrator.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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