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The Passion of Darius: A Gothic Tale of Love and Seduction

(Somerset Historicals #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  3,107 ratings  ·  277 reviews
Somerset, 1837

‘Ti amo, mia cara’

The fine art of persuasion. Darius Rourke and his burning passion for a woman. The gentle Marianne…as beautiful as she is mysterious.

When presented with an opportunity to make her his bride, Darius takes it, and knows Marianne will finally belong only to him.

Or will she?

Marianne carries a secret. Something she believes will prevent her from
Kindle Edition, 2nd Edition, 198 pages
Published September 2016 by Raine Miller Romance (first published March 24th 2014)
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★★★★ 1/2 ! The passion of Darius, Prequel #1. Darius Rourke lovingly kinky seduction of Marianne’s body & soul!

“Still standing in the same spot, tracking her, Mr. Rourke smiled, his perception all-knowing, as if he’d been assured she’d turn back to him.”

The Blackstone Affair and Rothvale Legacy historical prequels introduce us to the Rothvale’s, Greymont’s and Rourke’s and their homes in Somerset England. All which will serve a part in the contemporary series.

UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

No Rating: Did Not Finish
Based on the synopsis and the 4+ star Goodreads rating, I had such high hopes for this story, but by the halfway point I just couldn’t go on.
What I liked:
The idea of the story. The compelled marriage theme set in a historical erotic romance with a D/s relationship sounded sublime!
What I didn’t like:
Again, the idea of the story, because while I knew where Ms. Miller wanted the story to go, it was taking too long to get there.

The dialog really put me off. The hero an
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars for “Somerset Historicals - 01 - The Passion of Darius” by Raine Miller

I was gifted this book by the author as a winner of the “Shh… Holiday GIFT Drawing 2016!”. A special thanks to this author but also al the other authors gifting books in that GiveAway as well as a thanks to the amazing team which organized it.

I haven’t read many historical books yet but I loved this one. It was well written and descriptive. This was the first book ever written by this author.

In the year 1837 Darius R
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was my first historic romance, but knowing that there was going to be some cross over to Rare & Precious Things, I knew I had to read this.

Darius has taken notice of Marianne, he notices an instinct to submit and there is nothing that Darius wants more than to take her and gain her submission. Marianne is caring for her drunken father who is slowly drowning them in debt. When not being able to pay your debt is cause for punishment, Darius steps in with an offer that can solve all their pr
Belinda Boring
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yep, I went into this book hearing how amazing it was so I was somewhat prepared but seriously, the very INSTANT I met Darius Rourke, the sexy hero .... I was a COMPLETE goner!! This man felt like he was dipped in decadent chocolate ... I was dipped in chocolate or heck, we both were because he was absolutely SINFUL!! He was caloric!! He was swoonworthy!! He was masterful!! He was panty melting material!! It didn't take long for me to fall under his spell to where I was ready to follow any of hi ...more
Laura Helder
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let us take the time to review an older novella by Raine Miller. We are constantly craving the next hot story to be released. We should take the time to reflect on our favourite authors’ earlier body of work and see how these stories may have shaped the stories and characters we now know and love!

His Perfect Passion by Raine Miller

Darius Rourke has long desired the beautiful and mysterious Marianne, seizing the opportunity to claim her when her family falls on hard times. Darius intuitively unde
After reading this my emotions are very profound and intense.... unlike any other book I have come across,

My body and soul is shattered by this powerful love story and I can still feel the effect of this book in my mind when carry on my daily routines, even though some weeks passed! I have yealled so long for an author to portrait the hero and heroine in a light that would make them memorable and they are indeed truly unforgettable characters you don't want to separate yourself from.

The hero Dar
From the description, I understood this was a mild D/s type of book. There was mention of him telling her what to say, do, etc. Sometimes I get kinky and like some mild D/s, light bondage, and forced dirty talk (yes, I'm a freak). Honestly I didn't even consider it erotica aside from the fact that the terminology used was cruder than your average historical romance. Nothing too freaky going on. I think there was a blindfolding.

Anywho... this wasn't exactly what I expected. There was a teeny-tin
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this last night and just got so lost in it I couldn't put it down. Stunningly written, this was a true historical romance. So much passion, sensuality and some erotica. The story of Darius and Marianne is breathtaking. He secretly watches her from afar grow into the woman he knows will be "His Perfect Passion" and wife. The way he looks at her and his thoughts of her are so sensual and beautiful I think I sighed through the whole novel. The epilogue had me in tears. When a book ...more
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
To begin with, I love Raine Miller's writing, since I read The Blackstone Affaire series last year and she's on my top list of authors that really knows how to write a hot scene ;) The main trama is quite predictable, but still has something special, like her other books the main characters have this passion and great love for each other that truly captive your attention since the beginning, it's well written and really quick to read. I was looking for a light read after a book hangover (you kno ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His Perfect Passion was an outstanding read! From the first page, the passionate, delectable Hero, Darius, had me swooning! Raine Miller is one talented author! Even if you are not into reading Historical Romance, if you have read her fabulous books from The Blackstone Affair, you will receive the same jolt of lust for Darius that you did Ethan Blackstone! YUM!

This was a fast and sexy novella. With light undertones of BDSM, and I do mean light, Darius controlled his longtime love, Marianne,
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gifted-by-author
☆ I was kindly and generously gifted this title by the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you lovely! ☆

4.75 stars!!★★★★☆

Loved it!! ♥♡
Wendy LeGrand
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book by Raine Miller! His Perfect Passion is a historical novel about Darius Roarke, an Englishman with an Italian mother who has been admiring Marianne George for many years. Marianne is a beautiful girl who has secrets that have affected her life and leaves her feeling unworthy of ever receiving love. Darius strives to marry Marianne but she rejects his advances so he forces her hand with some underhanded tactics in order to achieve his goal. Once they are together Darius realizes ...more
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4-4.5 stars. As an older story of one of my favorite authors, I am glad I saved this one...I've been on a bit of a historical bender lately and loved every word. This is a quick yet powerful read of a proper lady and a gentleman. This is a time of restrained attraction, liking the look of someone, having a few, short escorted encounters or public sightings and then asking for a hand in marriage. No getting to know you, no succession of "dates" just like the look of each other and marry or be for ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Was just meh! for me. Reminded me of a historical erotic harlequin featuring an Italian Millionaire, the Italian endearments by the half-English hero really got on my nerves. The hero was very possessive, but it came across as creepy stalkerish to me. He had loved her since she was a child and had plans to marry her, he just needed her to grow up. That just didn't sit well with me. The heroine came across as weak. I also like my historicals to be more accurate and not modern people walking aroun ...more
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even though its a novella, this was one of the best stories I have read. His perfect passion was perfect in every way. It is very rare to read a story where the man is so utterly and desperately in love from the very first line. I found this very moving and let me say, the sex scenes had me fanning myself. They were steaming hot!!!! Oh Darius where are you ???
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this different take on the D/s relationship. Darius may think that Marianne is perfect but IMO he is perfection!!
Wendy LeGrand
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Passion of Darius is a beautiful historical written by Raine Miller, the fabulous author of the Blackstone Affair series. Set in Somerset, England in the 1830's, the story follows Darius Rourke, an extremely handsome Englishman with Italian background who is enamored with Marianne George. Marianne is a reserved beauty who takes care of her father who has fallen into drinking and gambling. Darius pursues Marianne, asking for her hand in marriage, but Marianne refuses, saying she is not worthy ...more
Luna Sol
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
"Darius indulges in the simple pleasure of breathing her."

This was my first historical romance novel. The reason I read it is because I love Raine Miller's writing. She is my favorite author and when I learned that she ties her historical romance novels to her contemporary novels, in this case The Blackstone Affair well, I just had to read it. I was captivated with this novel, the writing, the characters, and the love Darius felt for his Marianne.
Darius had feelings for Marianne for a very long
Miria Ardizzi
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OK once again where do I begin to explain what a beautiful, wonderful read this was from the talented and amazing writer Raine Miller. I have to begin by saying this was my very first historical ever. A friend first mentioned this book and encouraged me to read it saying that I would enjoy it. I have to say I was a bit hesitant but I downloaded and had it on my KOBO for the longest time to be read. I just keeping putting it off by reading other books or catching up with others that I had on my l ...more
Jenny - Book Sojourner
This was one of those reads that made me instantly fall in love with not only the main characters, but their beautiful love story. The way she blended the time period with Darius and Marianne's love story truly won me over. I've read the first three books of the Blackstone Affair series and enjoyed them, but I can honestly say that The Passion of Darius is my favorite read of Raine Miller's so far. But you don't need to have read any of Miller's other books to enjoy this one. It stands on its ow ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW I don't know where to start.
I loved the whole thing. Darius's passion for Marianne, his willingness to wait, his understanding, his trickery into getting her.
Darius knew he wanted Marianne from the first time he saw her, when she was young. As time went on he left their little town only to return. The moment he did his mission was to get Marianne to marry him. He did this any way he could.
Marianne didn't think she deserved his love, his passion or his gifts. She kept saying she wasn't perfe
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HIS PERFECT PASSION by Raine Miller is an exciting Erotic Historical Romance. From the very first page I was captured by Darius Rourke,a passionate hero who just so happened to desire Marianne for a very long time. I was also captured by Marianne's determination to save her family at a possible cost to heart and herself. When Marianne's family falls on hard times,Darius makes his move and offers her a proposition she can't refuse in order to save her family. Filled with passion,secrets,submissio ...more
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
This novella was previously released under the title of "His Perfect Passion", in case you already bought that one. If you've read the Blackstone books by this author, you'll recognize the setting. It seems this manor house has a history of sheltering passionate lovers who like a little kink.
It's on the Somerset coast & in 1837 was the ancestral home of Darius Rourke, a rich handsome man recently returned to England. He's back to finally claim Marianne, the beautiful woman he's never been able t
Nicole Laverdure
Captivating romance filled with passion!
I just needed a book to relax and enjoy, and when I'm in that mood, I love reading a love story!
I decided to choose HIS PERFECT PASSION by Raine Miller. She is the author of the popular Blackstone Affair series and the Undoing of a Libertine! She has done it again, I was not disappointed! I am so glad to have read this erotic historical romance. I was charmed by her two characters Darius, a passionate man and Marianne, a beautiful mysterious woman. This st
Lesley Koke DeWig
So I went into HPP with high praise from many of my fellow reader friends. And as always Raine Miller rock's my socks! This story takes place in 1837. When wealthy Darius Rourke first laid eyes on Marianne she was merely a child. But he was immediately struck by her kind nature. And as he watched her grow and mature over the years. He knew she was the woman he wanted as his wife. Now Marianne doesn't seem to feel the same way. At least not a first. She is basically told either merry Darius or wa ...more
Chloe Chuan
This is a short length novella and a quick read that has a HEA. It nicely written although the plot wasn't that interesting.

Darius Rourke was infatuated with Marianne George and has played her father's weaknesses to favor his wants. He got his way and married Marianne. He treats her well and tells her that she deserves what he gives and she willingly accepts.

Marianne seems like someone who submits willingly. This is due to an event that occurred in her past until she couldn't forgive herself.
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I started this book because it was suggested that this be read before Eyes Wide Open -at first I thought WHY! I really needed more Ethan & Brynne but then I couldn't put the book down, I finished it in one night. What an interesting story about a teenager who fell in love with a child many years ago & couldn't put her out of her mind, but waited for her to become an adult to finally approach her. The girls was unaware of his love and didn't think she was worthy of it when he finally proclaimed i ...more
Dm McDaniel
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Raine Miller has a way with writing that draws the reader into the pages. As I read this book, 2012 slipped away and the era of Darius and Marianne's time took over. It takes pure talent for an author to write in a way that helps the reader escape into a Fantasty world.

I loved everything about this book. I adored how Darius loved her with all of his heart and did everything he could for his Marianne. This is a story of redemption for her as well as she came to grip with her past through the love
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow Raine loved this story. Now first I purchased His perfect passion but before I could read Raine said she had re realised it giving new title and a little bit extra in the form of a few diary pages from Marianne. The books other than that were the same. So I purchased the upgraded book. Unfortunately amazon can't update because of well who knows lol. So The passion of Darius (the same as His perfect passion) - is a great book and as I actually live in Somerset 10mins from Kilve I prob have a ...more
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