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
"An edgy, decadent affair full of intrigue, with lots of down'n'dirty and decidedly kinky sex." (Desire)
Lover of ideas who feels no guilt at all about her pleasures.
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.
yes I as a truckie I listen to audio books all the time
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.
I need more ears!
This was a true combo of romance and erotica -- or romantica. There was the classic virgin Victorian young lady, an evil, sexually depraved Lord -- to whom she is tragically betrothed, and a young handsome artist who falls in love with her, and who tries to save her from her fate 'worst than death.' The story builds nicely with lots of menace, both sexual and violent. The secondary characters are nicely fitted to their tasks, both good and bad. The story is fabulously Gothic, but never tips over into farce, instead remaining genuinely creepy throughout. (Parts may be offensive depending upon your personal taste, so be warned.)
The reader is perfect. I'll look for more by her.
The ending seemed rushed, but that's what I always say when I enjoy a book.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
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.
The attempted rescue.
I don't know, perhaps a little self control and fight from Clarissa.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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