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Darius: Lord of Pleasures (Lonely Lords #1)

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Desperate, penniless, and shunned by his wealthy father, Darius Lindsey begins offering himself secretly to jaded society ladies. He hangs onto his last shreds of honor, but he's losing ground financially each month.

That is until the aging Lord William Longstreet makes Darius an offer he can't refuse: get the Lord's pretty young wife-of-convenience, Lady Vivian, pregnant d
ebook, 384 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Lady Wesley
I’ve become a Grace Burrowes fan-girl after reading the entire Windham series, although one of the annoying things in those books was the author’s habit of tossing in new characters with little or no introduction. But, as I pointed out in my review of the series:
What I did not realize originally was that Grace Burrowes had already written something like twenty-four unpublished novels before this one was published as her debut. She’s created a whole world out there, people, and you’ll never und
Miranda Davis
May 03, 2013 Miranda Davis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: It's more of the same for Fans of G. Burrowes
Recommended to Miranda by: Lady Wesley and Caz
Shelves: forgettable
I realize most everybody loved this -- who isn't thrilled by a storyline involving a man whore with a heart of gold? -- but I just didn't.

I loved GB's The Heir, it was fresh, witty, incisive, the plot involving, the H/h well-defined and their actions and intentions consistent with who they were and what they wanted. Best of all, their emotions evolved over time and I understood their growing attachment. This didn't compare to that.

I'm not sure why. It could have to do with it being the third m
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Apr 17, 2013 Carol *Young at Heart Oldie* rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book with some trepidation given the story premise, but I was totally captivated by this beautifully crafted and emotionally satisfying tale of love and redemption.

The time had come to ransom his soul back from hell.

Ms Burrowes took a risk with a hero who, to put it in his own words, was crassly bought and paid for, a stud to service a highbred filly, a cicisbeo in the most vulgar, unflattering sense. But for me that risk definitely paid off because it is Darius’ very f
A- at AAR so 4.5 stars.

I have to confess to being a big fan of Grace Burrowes’ work. Her writing is sublime and even more importantly, so is her characterization. I’ve laughed and cried while reading her books; it takes a lot for the written word to reduce me to tears, but she’s managed it a few times.

Darius is the first in a new series of eight books under the title of Lonely Lords. From peeking at the next couple of books in the series, I see that the central characters from each story are rel
I reviewed this title at both All About Romance and Romantic Historical Reviews when it first appeared - so the content portion of this review is somewhat truncated. It's one of the earliest books by this author that I read, and is still one of my favourites, so having an audio version at last is the icing on top of the cake as far as I'm concerned.

Darius Lindsey is the impoverished younger son of an earl who, in order to make ends meet, provides services of an intimate nature to bored, aristocr
Kathie (katmom)

I am in LOVE with Darius.


This fantastic Regency Romance was released on 4/1/2013 and the sequel comes out next month!

Desperate, penniless, and shunned by his wealthy father, Darius Lindsey begins offering himself secretly to jaded society ladies. He hangs onto his last shreds of honor, but he's losing ground financially each month.

That is until the aging Lord William Longstreet makes Darius an offer he can't refuse: get the Lord's pretty young wife-of-convenience, Lady Vivia
Lady Wesley
Jan 16, 2015 Lady Wesley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Darius -- my favorite Lonely Lord book-- is just as good in audio. Fine job by Roger Hampton (although I do wish his female voice was not quite so falsetto).

My five-star review of the book is here .
Jan 24, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Darius: Lord of Pleasures (Lonely Lords, #1) was highly recommended by my favourite reviewers and I'm REALLY glad I listened as the story is an absolute delectable, delicious, feast. Darius is one of those heroes not easily forgotten. My first Grace Burrowes was a few years ago and I didn't enjoy it. I'm so glad I've given her another chance, her quirky, unique style of writing, slightly quaint and old fashioned, takes some getting used to but lends itself beautifully to the period, and once mas ...more
Mar 09, 2016 Tin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Trouble is spelled D-A-R-I-U-S.

I am a big, big fan of Grace Burrowes, but it was a deliberate choice for me to skip the Lonely Lords series when it was released 2013 because I was daunted by the number of books in the series -- 12 in all. While I didn't read them, I bought the books as they were released or when they went on sale. A few weeks ago, I had just finished the A Year Without a Duke series, and I needed to follow it up with a good read, and Grace Burrowes has never disappointed me bef
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I enjoyed this book, but for me it had some squirmy moments, with the interaction by the hero with his clients, and (view spoiler) ...more
Ella Quinn
Apr 18, 2013 Ella Quinn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who reads my reviews knows I’m a big fan of Grace Burrowes. Her latest book Darius is no exception. It kept me up until the wee hours of the morning because I couldn’t wait to see how it ended. Which I will not tell you. Suffice it to say, Miss Burrowes has taken a tetchy topic and handled it with brilliance.
3.5 stars

Started out strong but then lagged very badly half way through. There was a lot more telling than showing. A lot of the vital bits and pieces seemed to trip and fall off the page. The world building also could have been better. Characters are moving around getting to places without any acknowledgment in the dialogue which was very jarring and confusing to follow. And the characters summarizing internally what happened a week before up to what they are doing present time was confusing an
Beyond the Squee
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Desperate, penniless, and shunned by his wealthy father, Darius Lindsey begins offering himself secretly to jaded society ladies. He hangs onto his last shreds of honor, but he's losing ground financially each month.

That is until the aging Lord William Longstreet makes Darius an offer he can't refuse: get the Lord's pretty young wife-of-convenience, Lady Vivian, pregnant discreetly, and he will earn enough money to never want again. But prob
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at:

Negotiating for the creation of a child, time allotted, price, and after-the-fact requirements, make for page-turning, breathtaking reading. Darius is filled with startling events and clandestine agendas.

A beautiful man, an earl’s son no less, selling his ‘services’ is not the usual setup for a Regency romance. It gives pause, but compelling characters, exceptional plotting, and exquisite writing by Grace Burrowes lured me in and capt
I am very fond of Grace Burrowes' romances, featuring very good people quietly setting their lives in order - I've only read two, The Heir and The Soldier, but they both stayed with me for their quiet grace, as it were.

Still, I wasn't prepared to love her latest, Darius, as strongly as I am doing right now. I woke up early to keep up reading, and if you knew how much I love to sleep in, you'd know what an endorcement it is.

Set in the 1820s, I'd love it for no other reason than the fact that it c
Lover of Romance
Grace Burrowes is one of my favorite authors to read. After reading some of the Wyndham series, she was bumped up to the top of my list. In the past, her stories have been emotionally driven stories with powerful characters. Darius is the first in this series, and by reading the synopsis I was beyond intrigued. Darius is definitely a bit different than Burrowes other stories. As I first started reading Darius, I wasn't sure how much I would end up liking it. How Darius and Vivian meet and get to ...more
I love Grace Burrowes. Love. I've read more of her books than any other author [to be fair her output is phenomenal so it might just be that she has more books than any other author]. Her style is completely unique and comforting. The commonalities appear - food, smells, menses [this word should bother me but doesn't, I will ever continue to find it adorable], horses, the occasional swipe at the Chancery Bar. All the heroes are unfailingly Good Guys and cuddle after sex. But this gentle repetiti ...more
Oct 01, 2016 Wyldrabbit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace Burrowes stepped off the safe troupe train to write this one, and I respect the hell out of her for doing it. She took a very broad stand, using a man whore and a married woman. It is an incredible story, and if you can handle it, read it.

Darius Lindsey is the last hope for his family. His widowed brother is a shattered mess, and his sister is tainted by scandal. Their funds have been cut off. He, being the spare, finds himself responsible for his family. He takes the only road he feels is
Excellent book with a very different premise. Darius is the second son of an earl, one whose father has cut him off financially. He has a small manor house and some land, and people he cares for and feels responsible for. The only way he can make any money is to make himself available to bored society women.

Vivian is the young second wife to elderly Lord William Longstreet. He married her after the death of his first wife, in order to protect her from her nasty stepfather. William is still in lo
Rachel T
Apr 28, 2013 Rachel T rated it it was amazing
A combined review of the first four books of this series will be posted at The Reading Cafe on 26 Jul 13

5 out of 5 for this reader folks!

Before I get into this review I have to point out the authors dedication. So often dedications are passed over in anticipation of the story and if that is the case with this book it would be a shame. Grace Burrowes dedication really struck a cord with me and set the tone for this book. It basically dedicated to anyone who has found themselves in a "rock in a ha
Lisa Creane
I had to find out how Grace could publish so many books this year, and so I know this is an old story, one of the twenty or so she had completed before getting published at all. I also understand why the story, and possibly the other Lonely Lords' stories coming out this year, came to press--the core story is great.

But the author has learned a lot of storycraft since penning these romances, and the quality and experience of this book for me as a reader was a letdown. There are writing problems l
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Rachel, Book provided by Sourcebooks, and Review originally posted at Romancing the Book.
Oh. My. Word.
I have to be honest and I mean completely honest. Last time I picked up a Grace Burrowes book, I promptly put it down. It had a lot of references to sex in the first few pages and I just found it was not my cup of tea.
I’m so thrilled I gave her another try!
I’m literally stunned after reading this book. Darius is not your typical rake, scandal surrounds him, so he does the only thing
Feb 27, 2013 Farrah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review also appears on my blog at http://www.thegoldenruleof666.blogspo...

A sweet, wonderful, brilliant romance that warmed my heart! I loved this book!

I was a bit worried going into this book. Having a hero is is basically a male prostitute is a new one for me and I was concerned that I wouldn't like it. But, not only did I like it-I adored it.

Vivian was a remarkable heroine. She was a companion to Lord William's first wife and, after she died, William married her to save her from having
Pj Wright
Apr 11, 2013 Pj Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grace Burrowes delights me with each of her books. This hero Darius takes care of his family before he takes care of himself. He also takes care of his friends First, I suggest you read Virtuoso which is the appearance of Darius that brought him keenly to my attention. This hero has been brought low through no fault of his own, in my opinion, and he continues to quietly do the best he can with his situation. Lady ViVi is a treasure and deserved much happiness, and her husband had decided that sh ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Darius is a second son of an earl. He's trying to take care of his family the best he can, since his father's worthless. His choice of occupation isn't exactly honorable. When he's hired to help an old man and his young wife conceive, he falls for the wife, which was the old man's idea in the first place.

The old man was still in love with his first wife and only married Vivian to keep her safe from her scheming stepfather. Knowing he was dying, he plotted to get Darius and Vivian together and p
When you pick up a book by Grace Burrowes you know what you're getting....a GREAT READ! I have been a fan of Grace Burrowes from the moment I picked up the first book in the Windham family series. If it is possible I am a bigger fan of her stories now after reading Darius.

This book has everything a great book has; humor, romance, heat, dispare, happiness, sadness, anger and all other emotions one can possibly have. The love story between Darius and Vivvie is so deep and special that you keep re
Feb 02, 2013 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I must first state that Grace Burrowes is one of my favorite authors. Having said that, this is her best book yet. I absolutely loved it and had to pace myself to read it slowly so as not to miss anything. The characters are wonderful and we are given very good looks at them, both the good and the bad. The hero and heroine have quite a road to travel and I do not want to spoil the story for you. The plot is wonderful and a bit different than what I am used to, but I loved it. There is al ...more
Jul 28, 2013 Keri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolute fabulous read!!!
Apr 22, 2013 Dabney rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

this post was originally published at

Dear Ms. Burrowes:

I chose this book because the titular hero is a man ho. I read and enjoyed Claire Kent’s Escorted, a contemporary whose hero is a gigolo, and thought it would be fun to read a historical with the same premise. It wasn’t. Darius is well-written and has sympathetic leads. But the storyline never pulled me in and my attention wandered every time I sat down and tried to read.

Darius Lindsey is an impoverished second son who
Feb 23, 2017 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
**Review cross-posted on Smart Bitches Trashy Books**

Ack! This is my first review and I’m coming right out of the gate with a D. I’d like to echo an early RITA Reader Challenge reviewer and state that I have the utmost respect and admiration for authors in general and Grace Burrowes in particular. But this book did not work for me.

I will start with what I did like. Burrowes is a technically outstanding writer. Her prose is always pristine and graceful. It’s authoritative, in a way—as a reader, y
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Grace Burrowes started writing as an antidote to empty nest and soon found it an antidote to life in general. She is the sixth out of seven children, raised in the rural surrounds of central Pennsylvania. Early in life she spent a lot of time reading romance novels and practicing the piano. Her first career was as a technical writer and editor in the Washington, DC, area, a busy job that nonethele ...more
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Lonely Lords (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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