Darius: Lord of Pleasure

  • by Grace Burrowes
  • Narrated by Roger Hampton
  • 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The elderly and ill fourth Viscount Longstreet summons Darius Lindsey to a discreet meeting, where he proposes the means for Darius to extricate himself from a life of shame and repay his family's debts. William offers him a chance at redemption: Spend a month with his wife, Lady Vivian; get her with child; and he can retire from his life of degradation.
As weeks pass, Darius makes love to Vivian but also teaches her how to deal with the world after William has died. Vivian cannot comprehend what Darius has done to safeguard his family or why he protects her from those who would cause her harm.
When the time comes, will he be able to prove the depth of his love for her and their child?

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What the Critics Say

"This rising author handles powerful romance and complicated family life with skill in romances with great appeal." (Booklist)

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At last - a favourite book comes to audio!

I'm a big Grace Burrowes fan and this was one of the first of her books I read, so I've got a bit of a soft spot for it, and it remains a firm favourite of mine. The hero of the story is the impoverished son of an earl, who wants nothing more than to do the best for his loved ones, but who so hates the way he makes his living (he's a sort of gigolo to bored wealthy ladies who like a bit of kink in the bedroom - and although he'll let them tie him up and get out the riding crops, he draws the line at actually having sex with them) - that he's come to despise himself as much as he despises the women he consorts with.

He's asked by an elderly lord to spend a month with the man's young wife and to break his "no sex" rule in order to get her pregnant. He's reluctant, but eventually is unable to resist the idea of having enough money to repair his modest estate - and the bargain is stuck.

The direction the story will take is no surprise, but the writing and characterisation are so strong, and the story and romance so well-developed that the predictability really doesn't matter. Darius is a wonderful hero - a decent, kind and honest man who has perhaps made some poor choices, but who will do anything in order to protect those he loves. The relationship between him and Vivian (the heroine) is heart-felt and sometimes heart-breaking, but it's deeply emotional and very touching.

In Roger Hampton, Grace Burrowes has found a narrator whose voice, delivery and emotional engagement are an excellent match for her words. She has a very distinctive writing style and her characters’ speech patterns are quite unlike those found in the works of any other author – so finding someone who can utter them without mangling them or sounding self-conscious is incredibly important. Mr Hampton has done such excellent work on Ms Burrowes’ (inexplicably) small number of available audiobooks, that his is now the voice I hear in my head whenever I’m reading one of her books!

His performance here is very good, although not without flaws. All the characters are easy to tell apart and his vocal range, and ability to utilise a variety of different regional accents is impressive. My main quibble is with his portrayal of Vivian - she started out having a fairly deep voice (as per the text), but by the end of the book, it was a bit higher. That said though, it didn't spoil my enjoyment - it was just something I noticed.

Overall, I enjoyed Darius just as much in audio as I did in print, and I'd love to hear more of this series in audio.
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- Caz

Just lovely

One of the most romantic - and erotic - books I have listened to. Well read, great characters. Gave me goose bumps and left me with a soppy smile on my face. Darius is the ultimate romantic hero, with enough flaws to be human but, gosh, so utterly desirable, sexy, honourable and smart. Might have to listen to it again straightaway.
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- Antony

Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-01-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio