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To Love a Dark Lord

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  761 ratings  ·  71 reviews
To survive, Emma Langolet has committed a shocking crime. But, to her amazement, the notorious scoundrel, James Killoran, has agreed to accept responsibility for her desperate act—though the handsome, Irish earl professes no interest whatsoever in the enchanting miss whom he has surely rescued from the gallows.

Hurt and confused by his indifference, Emma is nonetheless draw
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Mass Market Paperback, 409 pages
Published February 24th 1995 by Avon Books (first published December 1994)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
May 30, 2009 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anne Stuart fans, Historical romance readers who want something more in a romance
I need to reread this to give it the review it deserves. Stuart did it again, for certain. I shouldn't have liked this book because I don't like unrepentant rakes, but I did anyway. In fact, I loved it. This book really showcases the Georgian period in all its debauched, over the top glory, and has shades of Dangerous Liaisons, just enough for a fan of this book/movie to get a happy fix. Great secondary romance as well, with a female counterpart of Killoran in Barbara (Killoran's sometime lover) ...more
Fani
This book reminded me of The Serpent Prince which I also didn't like. The heroes in both are bent on revenge from start to end, are foppish Georgian lords, full with their laces and jeweled heels, and dark, tormented men underneath a cold veneer.

In this one, the hero plans to use the heroine to attract his enemy even if it means putting her in danger. So, after taking the responsibility if a murder SHE commited and rescuing her from another's man clutches, he takes her in his house, dresses her
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Denise
Anne Stuart sure knows how to get me involved in these dark, dastardly, unlovable men she creates. I sure got sucked into this one. Killoran was about as cold and dark as you can get, but once he meets Emma, you just know where this is going to go. Loved it!! Great Epilogue as well.
Crista
This one just may be Stuart's FINEST moment....(and in a career that is busting with "fine moments" that is really saying something)!

Anne Stuart does not disappoint...period. Her books are in a league of their own and her talent is endless. To Love A Dark Lord is a stunning example of this talent. If you haven't read anything by this author....THIS IS THE PLACE TO START!

I won't go into the plot, but what makes this book a masterpiece is Stuart's ability to engage and captivate her audience. Th
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L8blmr
Sep 13, 2008 L8blmr rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the author; those who enjoy some misery with their love story.
You know, I once dubbed Laura Kinsale as the Queen of Tortured Heroes in a review, but Anne Stuart is right up there with her! I would have given this book all 5 stars, and yes, there was a HEA, but how can you say you LOVED a book that was so painful to read?!? This book is a very emotional read, but so well written that you have no choice but to hang in there with the H/H as they sruggle through their inner (and outer!) battles (and, I might add, those of two of the secondary characters as wel ...more
LuvGirl
The beginning of this book was excellent. I loved that the hero was hard core and wasn't drooling all over himself for the heroine right away. His character was well developed as a heartless hero, but I lost interest towards the end. The secondary romance that the story had was not interesting to me and by the end things started to get too predictable. If the book wasn't so long I probably wouldn't have lost interest but it just didn't have the appeal that it held at the start. I gave it 3 stars ...more
Noelle
Once again Anne Stuart delivered a great story and awsome characters that I couldn't help be drawn towards.

Killoran,(H) is so emotionaly damaged by his past that he feels that he doesn't have a heart left,he has no emotion and cares for no one not even himself.

Emma,(h) is abused by her uncle and cousin, used for her money. One night her uncle trys to rape and kill her but she gets the better of him and he ends up dead. She's sure that she will hang but she doesn't run instead she waits in the r
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Ana T.
Anne Stuart was one of the first authors I've read when I started reading romance. She writes a variety of genres and lengths and remains one of my favourite writers till today. I haven't read as many of her books lately as I used to. The TBR keeps growing and I've been more into historical fiction or mysteries and thrillers. So her historical romances or romantic suspense novels keep being left behind. However one of these days I came across a copy of To Love a Dark lord, which I remembered hav ...more
Amber
I was prepared for "standard fair" Anne Stuart and this book delivers on formula, but I think this one delves deeper than her usual enjoyable read. I felt I got a deeper glimpse at the hero than I usually do with her, and greatly appreciated it. Highly recommend for Stuart fans or those who like medieval romance.
Twiggy
A Dark, gloomy, sexy read.

Emma is a middle class heiress, who lives with her lecherous uncle and fanatical cousin, who are plotting her early demise. The uncle hopes to have a go with Emma before killing her, but Emma is on to him and she is not a girl you should underestimate. Evil uncle ends up dead on the floor and Emma starts to have second thoughts re the likelihood of her own impending imprisonment and execution etc.

Enter Lord Killoran, dissolute Irish Earl, who steps in to take the blam
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Jenny Brown
How did I manage to miss this book back when I was reading the great romances of the early 1990s?

Well, better late than never.

Stuart's dark hero is definitely a guilty pleasure. He's dark in a way that makes the usual D&D look like a Cub Scout. The heroine is one of those dull placeholders who I never could really believe has what it takes to make a man like this fall in love. But who cares? The hero is such a masterpiece, with each word he said being just so perfectly what he WOULD say, th
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Ilze
In some ways the story is a train-wreck, but it all comes together at the end, as long as you avoid the epilogue, which is dreadfully over-the-top. The most enjoyable parts are the interactions between the hero Killoran and his straight man Nathaniel. Very funny, and Nathaniel in the end is the one who saves Killoran from himself.

One of the ways in which the story is a train-wreck is the hero's constant bragging about his sexual prowess and skill - in my experience, the ones who brag like this a
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Lynn
I bought this book for 20 cents at goodwill while looking for furniture to refinish. Reading the back of the book it sounded good so I thought I'd give it a try. Boy I'm so glad I did, it was fantastic! The main characters weren't your typical love struck hero and heroine, they both had a tortured past. I liked the fact that the heroine Emma was made of sterner stuff and not all needy and weepy. And that the hero Killoran was a arrogant scoundrel but deep down a caring person. Great book!

Greentea
This novel is the sh*t! This is a perfect recommendation for historical romance buffs who would like a lot thrown in between the main characters. I swear this is the definition of a roller coaster ride kind of read. You go up and down, up and down, and repeat that until you finish the book.

I seem to be going gaga over this but truth to be told, I wasn’t enthusiastic when I started reading this. But towards the middle to the end I was enraptured by it and *sigh* I just loved it.

It’s romance was
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Lucimar
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Sharon
To Love a Dark Lord, Anne Stuart - An oldie of Stuart's but still good reading twenty years later. I didn't love it as much as A Rose at Midnight, my favorite so far of her older books, but it's very compelling, entertaining, and yes, dark. Killoran is a tortured hero with good reason and Stuart does a nice job of using his Irish history to clarify his bitterness toward the English and his distrust of the peerage of which he unwillingly belongs. I didn't have as full a sense of his distrust of w ...more
Manuela
Viste le attese, una grande delusione.
Indubbiamente la Stuart scrive bene, ha uno stile peculiare e riconoscibile, ma è la storia che non convince, così come, in parte, anche i personaggi.
Lo sviluppo della storia è a tratti inverosimile: trovo quasi assurdo che questa giovane, bella senza dubbio, si ritrovi ad essere aggredita per due volte in poche ore… è senza dubbio una forzatura dell’intreccio, che ho trovato del tutto inutile. E poi ogni giorno c’è qualcuno che vuole rapirla o ucciderla…
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Alina
As soon as I was starting to hope that this book would smash all my preconceptions about historical romance, that hope was dashed. After about the first quarter, the story went along the familiar and well-used plot lines that most romance readers would recognize. Emma, as she was in the beginning, was a superbly intriguing romance heroine. However, as the story progressed, it was almost as if the author was afraid to let Emma develop naturally, and had to make her more acceptable to the romance ...more
Kelly
Characters Anne Stuart has two types of Heroes - Those that are dark but ultimately appealing and those that are so dark they aren't attractive AT ALL. Killoran was one of the latter heroes, spending his time manipulating, lying and being a bit of an all-round arse rather than being an attractive, mysterious, deeply-emotional-yet-manly character. I didn't find Killoran in any way attractive whether this stemmed from his lack of development throughout the novel or whether this was just through ...more
Elle
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Ivana Maria David
I couldn't really enjoy the book..
The hero is too dark, and he's not quite easy to be loved.
And the heroine, Emma, also has a mysterious figure..
Ceritanya....

Emma yang merupakan seorang heiress berada dalam sebuah kenyataan bahwa dia baru saja membunuh pamannya yang memang ingin berniat jahat padanya.
Emma yang udah hopeless, diem aja ditempat sambil nunggu nasibnya dia..
Dia juga sedikit merasa bersalah dan perlu untuk bertanggung jawab akan tindakan yang baru saja dia lakukan..

Tapi disaat itu, m
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Amélie
This book was a disappointment for several reasons, the principal one is the way the heroine totally submit to the hero despite knowing that he doesn't have her best interest at heart. She is very inconsistently written, going for a strong woman who doesn't hesitate to kill to protect herself to a fool who actually think that if the hero want her to do so she would let herself be raped by his enemy. Just ... no! She was far too passive for a big part of the book and I didn't buy several of her r ...more
Dawn
What a wonderful book. I really loved it. More than I even know how to express. Killoran is indeed a dark lord. He has a tortured past which has led him to accept the fact that he has no morals and, in fact, no soul. Of course, throughout the book we see glimpses of the real man underneath the dark exterior.

The heroine, Emma, is living in a difficult situation. Parents dead, she has had to live with a lecherous uncle and evil cousin. She kills the uncle in self-defense as he is trying to rape he
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Elen
it was an intoxicating read. can't say it was in any way realistic, and emma makes an ungrateful, idiotic heroine. but still, the tension was there, the sex scene sizzling(and i can't remember when i was last impressed by one), killoran made a great anti-hero. it was not romantic but packed with unfulfilled longings and dramatic characters, it was highly emotional read.
Krissy
I actually really liked this book. The hero was a giant asshole. I am talking doucheness to the highest extreme. No lovey dovey cute and cuddly for this hero. But you know what? It totally worked. I loved it. It helped that you got to read his inner monologue with himself so you know that most of his severe attitude was just a front (at least where the heroine was concerned). Plus there was a sweet love story with the secondary characters as well and that's always a bonus!


The only thing I was k
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Susy
I changed this book from a 2 star to a 3 star, because if asked, i would say that this book is okay (which is the definition of a 2 star) but seems unduly harsh compared to other books.

I enjoy the characters and the plot, and wasn't overly concerned that Killoran was a bad person, as some reviewers have been. My lack of enthusiasm for this book is that I didn't enjoy Stuart's writing style and choices. I am a fan of subtle writing, where the author paints with more nuance. In To Live A Dark Lord
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Shauna Tyndall
I loved this book. In fact, the only thing that I didn't love was the epilogue and that's (view spoiler)

The characters in this are fantastic. My favourite is Killoran. I love how genuinely dark he is, and I liked how Emma wasn't your stereotypical heroine. The side plot involving Nathaniel and Barbara was lovely too - and, shockingly, I found myself wi
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Adwina Ralston Cumberbatch
awal ceritanya unik juga
jadi si Emma ngebunuh pamannya yg berniat memperkosa dy
tiba2 ada pemuda namanya KIlloran ga sengaja ngeliat pembunuhan itu
tanpa disangka2, Killoran bersedia bilang kalo dia yang ngebunuh tu orang. Jadi otomatis si Emma ngga dmasukin ke penjara

Emma bertanya2 kenapa Killoran mw ngebantu dy
tuh cowo sih bilangnya karena dy lagi bosen
(WHAAAT??)

yg pasti cerita ini banyak bgt ciri khasnya Anne Stuart. Tortured and lonely hero, Heroine in troubles, and of course steamy scene^^

epi
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Anna
I read several reviews from others who say that James was too dark; he was too mean to Emma; he couldn't change as much as he did by the end of the book.

But ladies, aren't these the kind of men we LOVE to read about? Anti-hero, bordering on villain, who eventually is brought to his knees for love of a woman?

Don't we love to fantasize that WE could be the one to turn such a man?

Anne Stuart specializes in just this kind of story and she does it SO well. I cannot help being drawn in. And she does g
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Michaela
This is the first Mills and Boon novel I have actually been able to finish. The reason is simple: it's not your average romance. If I had to describe To Love A Dark Lord simply I would say it's a lighterhearted cross between Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre. The characters of Killoran and Emma were very well written, unlike a lot of the cardboard cutout couples in most romances.
They earned their three stars. One star was lost because of the Epilogue, which sickened me and another star was lost b
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