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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (15 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755336135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755336135
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 613,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Top Ten bestseller Louise Bagshawe attended local Catholic schools near her family home in London, before going to Oxford University in 1989. After graduating with a degree in Anglo Saxon and Norse, Louise worked as press officer with EMI records and then as a marketing official with Sony Music. On her 22nd birthday, Louise's passion for writing was realised with a major publishing deal.
She is the author of fourteen novels, published in more than eight languages, most recently the massive Sunday Times bestsellers Passion and Glitz.
She lives in Northamptonshire with her family and has been the Parliamentary Candidate for Corby and East Northants since November 2006.

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'A fabulous read... [Bagshawe] might well take over the Jackie Collins mantle with this' (Daily Mail)

'This is a fabulous read. A completely gripping global manhunt and glorious romance combine in this race against time to discover who was really behind the hit. Bagshawe is a brilliant writer - she might well take over the Jackie Collins mantle with this. I can't recommend it highly enough' (Daily Mail)

'Gripping and exciting... A funny, captivating read that may shatter a few celebrity crush dreams but make you believe in true love' (Heat)

'Gripping and exciting' (Heat)

'Thrilling, slick and addictive, this is escapism at its best' (Closer)

'You can't accuse Louise Bagshawe of not packing a punch in the opening pages of her glamorous new thriller DESIRE' (Metro)

'This absorbing latest novel from the bestselling author will have you eager to turn each page' (Inside Soap)

'A fast-paced and fun thriller' (Courier Mail, Australia)

'Gripping and passionate' (NW magazine)

'This is a fabulous read' (Daily Mail)

'A great summer read' (Daily Express)

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The bestselling author of PASSION and GLITZ is back with a fantastic new blockbuster - exotic locations, a beautiful woman on the run and a hero who would give Daniel Craig's James Bond a run for his money: the perfect escapist read


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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Zarina Kapasi on 13 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I was really looking forward to this new Louise Bagshawe book, and once I finished reading it, to be honest I was left feeling a little bit disappointed. It was so similar to Passion, it was almost as if she had changed the characters names and tweaked the plot ever so slightly. The same turn of phrase to describe the sexual tension between the main characters, the romance unfolding in the same way. It was only 375 pages long and I think this was a rushed job and I am used to Louise Bagshawe doing a lot better. Maybe she was/is pre-occupied with running as an MP for the Conservative Party??? Could do better Miss Bagshawe.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jun. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Desire begins with a fairly shocking beginning, with the introduction of a mystery assassin and the storyline leading up to the murder of Josh. I love that from the beginning, the audience is in on who the murderer is, whether we know the assassin's identity or not, but this just makes it more exciting because you want everyone else in the book to know too, and therefore I just wanted to keep reading and finding out whether it would dawn on people what is going on. The pace of the book is very quick, with a lot happening very fast, and this continues right the way through the book.

The characters are all fantastic, especially the leading lady Lisa. She is a British character in amongst an American setting so she stands out immediately and that's important to the people reading the book as she is the one that requires our sympathy, and you have to want it to work out right for her. She is very likeable, and I enjoy her character development throughout the book. She starts off as a bit of a bimbo trapped in a world she doesn't understand, but as the story moves on, so does Lisa as a character and I really enjoyed this. Bagshawe has also written a great relationship with Sam, the American journalist who tries to help Lisa, and he's also very likeable, and a bit of a "hero" character!

As well as following these characters, the book moves across several different countries as well, and I really enjoyed this aspect of it. Bagshawe really translates each of these places onto paper really well, and I had no difficulty in imagining them in my mind when I was reading which made it all the more exciting. There were some great action scenes in there, which weren't too over the top and fitted well into the whole book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 May 2011
Format: Paperback
Most of Bagshawe's novels revolve around a similar style plot - a strong female heroine ends up in a difficult situation of sorts and ends up needing to have a man by her side to help her through it. But all of her plots differ - Sparkles was about the diamond industry, Tuesday's Girl was more chick lit than usual and Passion was James Bond for girls. Therein lies my problem with Desire - it's not dissimilar to Passion. In both Passion and Desire you have Melissa and Lisa respectively finding themselves on the run from an assassin and having the help of a man to guide them through it. Will in Melissa's case and Sam in Lisa's case. Although Lisa is also on the run from the law it just seems that Louise Bagshawe has trotted out the exact same plot from her previous book.

Much like Passion, Desire begins by introducing us to our assassin and the client who hired him (although we don't find out who the client is until much later) before bringing us back to Lisa's story and her wedding in Thailand. After Lisa discovers her husband being unfaithful before her very eyes, Lisa then wakes up the very next morning to find her husband dead. The reader of course is well aware that Lisa didn't do it but thankfully the unravelling of the plot is still worth reading. What I think is done well in Desire is the descriptions of all of the countries Lisa - and later Sam - find themselves in. Lisa is a Brit living in America but there's not much time spend in America and the book flits from Thailand to Hong Kong to Europe and I very much felt like I was there with Lisa and Sam. I also liked the initial chase between Lisa and Sam as Sam tries his hardest to track Lisa down until it becomes apparent that Lisa actually needs Sam to help her prove her innocence. From then on they make a very good team.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
I have never read a Louise Bagshawe book and only picked this up because I read and loved Scandalous written by her sister Tilly Bagshawe. I must say the first thing that surprised me was the content of the story itself. The cover is a glamorous hot pink colour with a woman at the edge of an infinity pool which screams Chick Lit at you.

However, when you read the book you soon realise that this book is a Chick Lit book with a bit of thriller thrown in for good measure. What a great job Louise Bagshawe does of it too! The first few chapters are filled with tension and pace as we see Lisa wake to a persons' worst nightmare. A she flees the scene and tries to get out of the country we also see Sam start to be dragged in as he is the wedding journalist who happens to be there at the wedding and seeing it all first hand.

The story picks up even more pace as we see Sam get closer to Lisa and the lengths that she is prepared to go to for her own safety. The speed of writing and the chase itself doesn't relent until the very last page which I absolutely loved. There are many people in other reviews I have seen say that this book is similar to another she has written. With this one being my first I can only judge it on this story alone and I absolutely loved it.

In my eyes it is the perfect combination of Chick Lit and Thriller all rolled into one. Yes the hardcore Crime and Thriller fans may not like it but this had the balance just right in my eyes. I will certainly be continuing to read her books and only hope that I enjoy them all as much as I did this one. I can't really find too many negatives with the book although it did have a certain inevitability to it which was maybe the only thing I could criticise.
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