Clarissa is set to marry Lord Marldon, the depraved and gleefully cruel earl to whom she’s been promised. When her friends try to scupper the proposed marriage, Clarissa, oblivious to their plan, falls in love with Gabriel, a beautiful Italian artist. Marldon hears of the blossoming relationship and kidnaps Clarissa, imprisoning her in his Piccadilly mansion and subjecting her to his darkest desires. When Gabriel attempts a rescue, he too is taken captive and the young lovers find themselves at the mercy of the debauched lord.
He touched his fingertips to her cheek, turning her gently to meet his gaze. She looked at him steadily. His lips were set in an arrogant half-sneer, and his black inky eyes glittered with callous joy. She saw in that expression how sure he was of his hold over her, of his ability to master her, body and soul.
‘You see, in your innocence you think love the greater force,’ he said softly. ‘And, true enough, it binds many couples. Although there are plenty who do not even have that. But as man and wife, Clarissa, you and I will be bound by something so much darker than love, so much stronger.’
Praise for Darker Than Love
“A lush Gothic romance with plenty of sensually depraved goings on … impeccably observed … life- and love-affirming as all good erotica should be.“ – Elizabeth Coldwell, Forum
“Well-written, wicked arousing – romantic, smart and perfectly bent.” – Michelle Buonfiglio, Romance: B(u)y the Book
As of 2016, Darker Than Love appears to be out of print and available as an audiobook only.