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Darker Than Love

By: Kristina Lloyd
Narrated by: Gracie Lockhart
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"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
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  • Categories: Erotica

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

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    5 out of 5 stars

Good raunchy erotica

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.

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    4 out of 5 stars

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 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.

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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.

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    1 out of 5 stars

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.

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Oh come on

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.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Definitely erotic.

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.
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Darker Than Love

a little over the top and the ending was dissapointing but still a good listen.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Definitely erotica

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.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Storyline had great potential until.....

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!

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  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars

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.

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