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)
As erotica novels go, I can't find a lot of fault with Lloyd's Darker than Love. It's definitely NOT a romance, so for those of you who like your sex tied up with a sweet bow, this is not the best of choices. However, for those of us who like to delve into the edgier side of eroticism in our fiction, this book comes up to scratch very nicely. The character development could be better. But when I find erotica that actually has any, I will assume I've died and gone to heaven. I also have to mention the narrator - Ms. Lockhart has the perfect voice for this type of material. She doesn't overplay it, or groan. She's excellent.
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 naivete, 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.
if you like flowers and butterflies in your erotica then this is not the book for you, however if you have preference for "darker" side of erotica (hence the name) then this is a great book. I look forward to more from this author.
Being that this an erotic novel I was not expecting undying love and romantic tender lovemaking. It was raunchy, dirty and full of sex. I like this author and her narrators are perfect. I will keep my eyes open for more of her work.
If you are bit squeamish about S/M BD, this is not the story for you. This is definitely not a Cinderella romance. However, if you like the rougher side of sex, go for it.
Until every character in the first hour had pretty much topped every other character or at least tried to. I get that people sometimes like sex just for the sake of it but I was really looking forward to the story. It got lost in the repeated scenes of hot debauchery and "dark love". If you want turn of the century porn, here tis!
I don't want to live in a world without books!
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.
I'm a bit of a generalist reader and by adding the odd bit of erotica to my repertoire I like to think my mind is always kept broad and open. I?m also a fan of the very straightforward erotica that Black Lace seems to manage so well so I thought I?d give someone else a try.
This is a notch up from the Black Lace books in terms of kinkyness and erotic language and I got the impression this book is an attempt to take erotica more up-market in the literary sense, but sadly it didn?t work for me. It started out really very promisingly and I thought it was going to deliver the goods; captive falling for nasty captor was quite inspired and it was certainly very kinky, I found myself having the odd sharp intake of breath in a few places! However, I don?t think the author did enough homework and the subject (captive falling for captor), could have been handled better. It seemed to lose its momentum half way through and key characters disappeared. I was left feeling like the author hadn?t really thought through the ending properly, which was a shame as I was looking forward to the clever middle and end to match the clever beginning.
"Very sensual and graphic tale."
Very sexy and graphic.
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