- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 28 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 20, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00S05PX0Y
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Darius: Lord of Pleasure: Lonely Lords, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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It's interesting to see how the upper class during the Regency period will do almost anything to maintain their places in society, while sometimes living double - even dark and twisted - lives at the same time.
Darius - for lack of a better word - is a man whore. A nice, male version of a heart-of-gold hooker. He's got bills to pay, people to take care of, and like many in his social strata - he has to keep up with the Joneses. (He's got other projects going to make money, but selling himself seems to be the most lucrative). Oh yeah - he's also a one-time sperm donor. Darius is a busy man.
Along the way, Darius meets the love of his life - Vivian - who is a sweetheart in her own right. Together, they beat the odds - including the two female clients who like to beat on Darius - and have a HEA.
Unfortunately, I had some issues with choices that the author made in developing the characters. I couldn't help but feel that Darius' choices didn't have to be as foregone as he made them. I also struggled with the situation that brought Darius and Vivian together. While the author is given credit for originality, the plotting just didn't come off as believable as I would have liked.
Bottom line: I read Book 9:David first in this series. It was quite good and was the catalyst for my purchase of the first book in the series. I'm sorry to say that this book could not equal it.
If you're thinking about reading this book, don't hesitate. I Loved every minute of it.
Darius is my first Grace Burrowes, but it will not be my last.
Note: My review above is for the Kindle book. It does not reflect my audiobook review below.
Darius was the first Grace Burrowes book I read — on my Kindle last year. When I finished the book, I couldn’t wait to buy the next one in this 12 book Lonely Lords series, and I read them all, one after the other, for two months. I fell in love with Burrowes' use of language -- and the tender sensuality of her leading men. I worked my way from Darius to Nicholas, and from Worth to Hadrian --- and I still check now and then to see if there will be more.
All of Burrowes leading men share the same qualities: loyalty, decency, kindness, compassion, and the need to nurture and protect the children in their lives, and the women they love. They have damage, but they also have their brothers and their many friends to support them. The relationships shared between the many men in this series are rich and beautifully written, and not something we generally see in HRs. In my opinion, no one writes leading men like Grace Burrowes, and best of all, her sex scenes are amazingly real.
And while her leading ladies are generally in need of a bit of rescuing, (and often end up pregnant), they are smart and likable, and worthy of the amazing men in their lives.
The description provided on the books page covers the plot pretty well, but I want to describe a scene near the beginning of the book. Darius has been hired by Vivian’s husband to impregnate her. Knowing how terrifying this moment is for her, Darius attempts to do what he can to reassure and empower her. He is a man who has sold his soul to the devil to keep the people in his life safe, and he both understands, and sympathizes with what she must do.
Given her shyness and fear, Darius uses humor to disarm her, and matter of factly, takes off his clothes and lets her blindfold him, promising not to touch her without permission. He lies down on her bed, with his hands at his sides, and lets her explore his body, in any way she wishes, for as long as she wishes. It's an endearing moment, and I fell hard right along with Vivie. It's so sweet and sensual, charming and funny, and moving — and it tells you all you need to know about Darius.
Few books have brought me to tears, but Darius did, at least when I read it. I’m very sorry to say, listening to it read by Roger Hampton just didn’t have the same emotional power for me.
Truthfully, Hampton does a creditable job with the performance of this book, but in his hands, Darius comes across as an older, more self-important man than the damaged, beautiful soul I read about, and came to love. I also didn’t like his rendering of Vivie. She was not written as a humorless stick, but she often sounded like one in the audiobook, and that was a disservice to her character.
I look forward to reading the series again, for myself. I don’t believe I’ll purchase the rest of it on audio unless they change narrators -- at least, not until I’m much older and unable to read it for myself.
That said, I’ve given Darius 5 stars because, despite my personal preference, I would happily recommend this audiobook to anyone who is unable, or unwilling, to read it for themselves. This performance is still better than those that have been done for far too many HR audiobooks. And it’s a great introduction to the series, which should not be missed.
But — for those who can read it for themselves, I really recommend doing that instead.