Series: Lonely Lords, #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 2, 2013
Also in this series: Ethan
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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 problems lie ahead when the stunning Vivian captures his heart, and his clients refuse to let him go. Can Darius untangle himself without scandal and offer himself to Vivian heart and soul?
Reviewed by Chanel Chancey
Darius by Grace Burrowes is a surprisingly touching love story. First because Ms. Burrowes brings a hero out of lifestyle most would consider unredeemable and transforms him into a man that one cannot help but care for deeply in the end. Secondly, the beautiful writing draws you into the story by painting every scene in a way you cannot help but envision and enjoy.
Vivian, the heroine is married to an elderly Viscount. Darius, the hero is penniless and sells himself for coin. How to bring these two lonely people together in a way that works?
Darius is handsome, a man who commands attention with good looks and a way about him that grabs women’s attention and he uses it to his advantage, which makes him, seem self absorbed. When you discover his willingness to sell his body in exchange for payment in order to run his small farm it makes you sad for him. When I realized how hard it was for Darius and how little he believed in his self worth, my heart broke for him.
Vivian has no choice but to find a way to find a way to survive her ailing husband’s death and not end up in the clutches of her cunning step father who has designs not just on the dying Viscount’s money, but on her as well. She fights against her husband’s plan, but in the end agrees to a surprising idea.
A relationship that begins in an agreement of sex becomes a deep relationship that moves to friendship and finally to a deep love that can only come from going through harsh experiences together. I smiled at Darius and Vivian’s attempts to keep from each other and how they could draw so much from a single discreet gesture and word.
I also enjoyed the relationship between Darius and his siblings, it was a great to see them interacting with so much love.
Darius is a romantic getaway that will bring you to tears, to laughter and finally to sigh.
If I were to suggest a drink while reading this novel, I would suggest a chilled sherry while listening to Bach’s Cello Suite 1.