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House of Dark Delights [Kindle Edition]

Louisa Burton
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this extraordinary debut, Louisa Burton extends an irresistible invitation to an erotic adventure that is quite literally out of this world. You’re hereby invited to spend a night you’ll never forget in the . . .House of Dark Delights

Nestled deep in the French countryside, hidden from prying eyes, stands an infamous castle that for centuries has lured guests with its whispered promise to make any erotic dream come true. Inside its walls you’ll discover a world of sensuality, magic, and mystery, courtesy of the château’s residents—beautiful and reclusive immortals who strive to fulfill their guests’ most secret desires even as they pursue their own insatiable gratification. You’ll meet a tall, seductive elf who can morph from male to female, a bewitching goddess from ancient Babylonia, a playfully lusty satyr, a djinni obligated to satisfy the unspoken appetites of any human he touches, and a vampire as sexually rapacious as he is bloodthirsty.

Within these pages are related the House’s most scintillating encounters, past and present. A pair of modern lovers find themselves captivated—and transformed—by the carnal demands of their hosts. An adventuress visiting with the notorious Hellfire Club stumbles from a black mass into a dungeon fitted out for restraint and discipline, where a brooding stranger turns her darkest longings into reality. A virginal female scientist is awakened by an invisible lover to the pleasures of the flesh. A young couple, forbidden to wed by an ancient taboo, finds hope in a sensual threesome. A journey into the realm of sexual love and erotic passion, House of Dark Delights is sure to leave you feeling enthralled, seduced . . . and utterly ravished.

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Editorial Reviews

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Burton's debut, which aspires to highbrow erotica, opens in the modern day at Chateau de la Grotte Cachee, a castle tucked in the French countryside where guests fulfill their greatest carnal desires. Wimbledon champion Viktor Larsson is seduced by Elic, an immortal male who has transformed himself into a woman in order to acquire the tennis star's superior genetic seed. (Neat trick, eh?) Soon the tale spins back more than 250 years to the devilry and debauchery of members of the Hellfire Club, a real-life English establishment known for its orgies and mock masses in which men called each other "brother" and female guests were known as "nuns." This is the first in a series by Burton, whose intriguing cast includes a vampire, a succubus, and the notorious Sir Francis Dashwood, the Hellfire Club's lecherous founder. The characters have considerable potential, but here they are trapped in a plot that never gets beyond a mildly stimulating display of lubricity and lust. Worth purchasing on the chance that the series will catch on. Allison Block
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"Exquisite and riveting literary erotica. Readers willing to be seduced into a world of dark sensuality and sexual taboos will be spellbound."—

Seductive, sensual and wildly erotic."—

"Louisa Burton has an elegant hand with her writing that confers that feeling of high-brow erotica that titillates while it intellectually stimulates.  Pick up House of Dark Delights and indulge yourself."—Romance Reviews Today

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Product Details

  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553384120
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 30, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000NJL7JG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY! February 5, 2007
This is the erotica I've been waiting for my entire adult life: a fabulously exciting backdrop populated by the most outrageously sexy and original characters you could possibly imagine, doing, well, everything you could imagine and a whole lot more. How that library reviewer could have called HOUSE OF DARK DELIGHTS "mildly stimulating" is beyond me. All I have to say to her is, sweetheart, if you know of anything sexier than this, don't hold back! I myself can't imagine a hotter read, and believe me, I know my erotica. Louisa Burton knows precisely which buttons to push, and she pushes them with the skill of a master. My favorite character is Elic, the shapeshifting incubus. I'd kill for an hour alone with that bad boy. HOUSE OF DARK DELIGHTS is smarter and better written than Anne Rice's Beauty trilogy, with a delicious dose of wit. And it's the first of a series! I've already cleared the shelf space.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars erotica at its best! February 2, 2007
By suze72
i truly enjoy erotica, but most of it (1) is not well written, (2) does not have a real plot, and (3) is not terribly exciting. louisa burton's debut novel is none of those. it is obvious that the author did a lot of research so the book feels historically accurate. this is literary erotica and i think it's hot. when you read it - and you must - don't hide this book behind a plain brown cover. display it proudly! give it to all your friends! i can't wait until the next book in the series...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This was one of the best books I've read in quite a while. Actually, it's the best book I've read . . . ever!

This is a book of intense eroticism but there is so much more to it than that. There is a very well-written storyline with well-developed characters set before an historical backdrop.

This book was about having your deepest fantasies come to life, but, thankfully, not just in the sexual context. There was an academic wish-come-true as well as an emotional dream fulfilled. Among others.

This book had it all and I am very impatiently awaiting the sequel, due out this fall. What an incredible debut from a truly gifted author! I will shout her praises from the rooftops. Brava, Ms Burton!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better then 50 shades May 24, 2013
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A very well written story ... with some nice, exciting, erotic scenes. Enjoyable characters and plots. More erotic and better written then 50 shades.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing novel! June 20, 2008
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The first in a series, this book ushered me into a world of secrets and lust, where sexual demons have good hearts and overpowering libidos. Louisa Burton writes beautiful prose and weaves tales from different time periods, connecting them all with mysticism and eroticism. Well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality erotica March 2, 2009
House of Dark Delights was well written. It had a good storyline with the right amount of sexiness. Just the way I like my books! We were introduced to the characters although I did get confused at times with who was who and they did what? The timewarp went through the centuries and it was interesting to find out how all the characters ended up in the same place and why. I enjoyed this book tremendously and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone with similar tastes.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gets off to a good start March 2, 2007
Burton creates an enticing bit of erotica, juicy and hot, and with an enjoyable edge of the supernatural. This book includes three stories, all set in the same remote villa, a discreet place where selected wealthy guests come to be indiscreet. The best of this story comes from its characters. There's Darius, the djinn whose nature forces him to accede to the desires the human to whom he is bound - whether or not that human consciously acknowledges those desires. There's Lili, too, with her otherworldly capacity for carnality. Elic/Elle also joins the band, with magical transformations between male and female, sort of a time-shared hermaphrodite. The first and longest story in this book gives generally enjoyable descriptions of these players and their dalliances among humankind. The characters give every indication of longevity (in the story-telling sense, not just in their calendar ages). I can imagine many exciting sequels based around these characters, and around the others of their varied kind.

The book's second story runs to only a third the length of the first. Although it has its steamy moments, this first-time author seemed unable to sustain the energy of the collection's first offering. Continuing the downhill trend, I found the third story utterly forgettable.

What's good here is very good, despite some S&M that I found excessive. It just isn't very consistent, though. Burton has found her voice (or started to), but hasn't shown that she can sustain it. If she does, she'll be a significant contributor to mainstream erotica.

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Louisa Burton is a painter, writer, and collector of rare books who travels extensively, but whose home is in New York. She is a lifelong devotee of history and mythology. Of particular interest to Louisa are the beings known by demonologists and mythologists as Sexual Demons: incubi, succubi, satyrs, djinn, and vampires, among others. With the Hidden Grotto series, Louisa weaves those passions together into an epic work of erotic fiction.

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