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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (29 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006117047X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061170478
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,631,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alexandra Benedict is the author of several historical romance novels. Her work has received critical acclaim from Booklist and a rare and coveted starred review from Publishers Weekly. Romantic Times awarded her a "Top Pick" review and raved: "There is nothing quite as exciting as finding a fresh, vibrant new voice, and Benedict has it!" All of Alexandra's books are translated into various languages. To learn more, visit: and

Alexandra also writes young adult fantasy fiction with a romantic twist under the pen name ALEX BENEDICT. Don't miss the "Broken Fins" series strater SO DOWN I FALL: a dark re-imagining of THE LITTLE MERMAID. Available now!! Visit for more detail.

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Alexandra Benedict is a storyteller at heart. A graduate of the University of Toronto, she works part-time in a museum while penning passionate tales of historical romance. An archaeology buff, she loves to travel and explore historic sites. She also enjoys collecting art and reading (of course!).

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By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Oct. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When Adam Westmore's wife dies on a sinking ship his life is turned upside down. Stricken by grief he blames his roguish brother and after trying to kill his brother, retreats to a cottage by the sea to try to find atonement. Instead he one day finds a woman trying to commit suicide, rescues her and then starts a journey of discovery, finding his sense of duty and protection has not gone away.

Evelyn Waye is trying to escape marriage to a murdering evil man the only way she knows how. However when rescued by Adam she bgins to trust his assurances of safety. But can Adam really keep Evie safe? Is there actually darkness and danger inside Adam that might cause her harm? Can Adam give up his vengeance against the pirates he has been chasing for years, and can he heal the rift with his family?

This book was a reasonable read with a variety of situations and an interesting cast of characters, some of whom have clearly been in an earlier novel. At times there was something a little childlike about the writing style with scenes feeling quite short and moments of drama over fairly quickly. Adam's tortured nature was well written although Evie's character was a little harder to get into. Overall this was a reasonably successful read but had few real surprises.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
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By allana on 2 Mar. 2012
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i absolutely love this author that is why i was really sad to find this book lacking compared to her others she has a talent in my view of making scenes electrifying terribly sexy and really grips the reader so when i sat down to read Adams story i couldnt wait but sadly found continuous repetition in the dialogue had to wait nearly for the end to get some action the hawkin brothers stole the show outshining poor adam and though adam had risked his life 10 times over evelyn still didnt trust him omg really but i still love ms benedicts work just this one was like sb else wrote it sorry but true
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Did not finish 5 May 2011
By E. A. Montgomery - Published on
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I purchased this book when it came out, having forgotten how much I disliked Too Scandalous to Wed. I tried to get into it a few times but always put it back on the TBR. Recently, I gave it a final shot. Our couple, Adam & Eve, are two of the most unlikeable people I've read about in a long time. In the first few pages Adam is attacked by pirates, on a ship destroyed by a storm, widowed, becomes an amnesiac for years, tries to murder his brother (who lets him, for love!) for no good reason, then hides out on a cliff edge where he rescues Eve from a suicide attempt before dressing her in his dead wife's clothes. Eve has a death wish, a dead sister, a creepy guy pursuing her, and her reaction on being rescued from a death she still desires defies all reason and psychiatric knowledge. She cleans his house and offers to make curtains. I was done. So done. I have no idea what happens next, but I expect it is as melodramatic as the events prior. I called Uncle and tossed the book.
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Complex hero rates this a four star 25 Aug. 2008
By Melissa - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
On his honeymoon Adam and his wife are summoned back to England because Adam's wayward brother the duke is again in trouble. On their way to England, Adam loses his wife in a tragic ship wreck. Six years later he is alone by the sea living in a cottage away from family and friends.

His life changes dramatically when he saves a woman from drowning herself. Evie feels her only escape from her sadistic fiancé is death so she is startled to discover herself among the living after casting herself into the sea. She distrusts men, but very quickly, almost too quickly, trusts Adam to protect her.

Adam sees Evie as a chance to redeem himself, he was unable to save his wife but he can save Evie. He teaches her self defense and also is winning her trust. Evie however is not safe and Adam needs his brother's assistance in keeping Evie from her fiancé.

The most emotional part of this novel is not so much with Evie and Adam but with Adam and his brother. Their history is so fraught with anger, violence, guilt and love that emotions just spill out when they are together. Their interactions were more compelling because there was so much history between them. I never knew how Adam was going to respond when he was with his brother.

Evie is a nice heroine but almost colorless when she is compared to Adam who has depth and history. This is really Adam's story even though she is the one in the most physical peril. Adam faces some challenges too, especially how to forgive himself for so many of his mistakes real and imagined.

I have to say the ending was both wonderful and rushed. The leads come to their senses about their feeling for one another in some dire circumstances, it's very original but then the author never lets the reader fully appreciate their self discovery. This book rates 4 stars due almost totally to the hero Adam who is more complex and interesting than the heroine Evie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
exhilarating character driven historical romance 3 Aug. 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1819 as they come home from Italy at the request of his mom, while at sea on the Hercules, pirates led by Black Hawk steal Adam Westmore's wedding present watch from his wife Teresa. Not long afterward a storm hits the ship. Adam leaves Teresa in the cabin while he investigates the damage. He is knocked overboard while the ship turns into an inferno. His beloved Teresa is dead and he blames his wastrel brother the Duke of Rogues Damien for they were coming home due to his depravities.

In 1825 Adam lives in an isolated home rejecting his family. He sees a woman jump off a cliff and rescues her. Evelyn awakens in fear as she trusts no man as all are selfish and cruel like her father who sold her sister Ella to pay gambling debts and like her brother in law who killed her sister Ella.

Adam explains he lives by the sea to be near his late wife. Evie tells him her sister is dead, but that her dad sold her this time to "Him" as she fearfully in scorn calls her vicious brother-in-law, Prince Vadik. Adam vows to keep her safe from "Him". As they fall in love, he learns how complex meeting pledges truly are.

The lead couple are interesting protagonists with both carrying baggage as they fall in love. Adding to the fun of this angst-laden Regency romance is the return of the stars of TOO GREAT A TEMPTATION in key support roles as the estranged brothers struggle to reconcile. The irony re Black Hawk is a great twist although the final confrontation seems a bit watered down after all that occurred. Fans will fully appreciate Alexandra Benedict's exhilarating character driven historical romance.

Harriet Klausner
An okay book though not a great one 24 Feb. 2015
By Love2read - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Adam Westmore is a broken man and lives away from society as he walks along the ocean’s edge, enjoying the solitude around him. Until that solitude is broken by Evelyn Waye who is determined to not marry a depraved prince. She is desperate to escape the marriage and sees no choice except death. When Adam sees Evelyn, he offers his protection, hiding his real identity. But Evelyn knows the prince will find her and cause her more harm than she ever knows. She wants to trust Adam but as secrets swirl around them, can these two find a way to bridge their wariness as danger streaks towards them?

This was an okay book after I read The Infamous Rogue. The author keeps the pace up and quickly captures my attention with complex characters, intriguing storyline and a setting that gives the story lushness about it. There were two things I had an issue with in TOO DANGEROUS TO DESIRE. One was the main characters. The author does a great job in capturing James’ anguish, his determination and more amid the pages that Evelyn is basically lost besides him. She felt colorless to me to the point where she fades from view as Adam comes on the page. Adam has depth and more while it felt like the author forgot about Evelyn who needed that depth and maturity as the story moved along. The best part in my opinion was the scenes between Adam and his brother. Their history plays within the story as anger, guilt, love and more wind their way through them, leaving me on the edge of my seat. I wanted more with these two characters over the scenes with Adam and Evelyn.

The other thing I had an issue was the ending was both rushed as well as entertaining. I felt it could have been drawn out more rather than the whole, ‘this happened to cause this and boom! Voila, the end’. The author doesn’t let the characters see where their hearts lead them and it felt like she was pushing it onto the readers to the point that we never appreciated their self-discovery of their feelings for one another. That dropped the rating a bit in my opinion as I felt we needed those scenes to appreciate Adam and Evelyn’s happy ever after.

TOO DANGEROUS TO DESIRE is an okay read that will fill a lazy afternoon with though I am hoping the author goes back to her swashbuckling heroes who spar with strong willed women before admitting they fell in love with said woman. That said, this is one series I think I might not go back to read though I am eager to see what else this author has in store for the readers in the future.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement
Too Dangerous to Desire 24 Oct. 2008
By M. Nix - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Adam Westmore is a bitter man. A few years ago he was on top of the world - newly married, in love, nothing could hone in on his happiness. Forced to cut his honeymoon short to once again bail his older brother out of yet another mishap, Adam and his wife set sail for home. A mere days later Adam is a widower and he blames his brother and cuts all ties with his family. Living on the coast in a small cottage, Adam has to be close to the sea, if anything just because it is his beloved wife's grave. When he sees a strikingly beautiful woman hesitate before throwing herself off the cliff near him, Adam vows that the water will not take another life if he has anything to do with it.

Evelyn Waye is being forced to marry an abusive prince. Running away and praying to remain hidden, she knows her only choice of escaping her fate is by jumping off the cliff along the coast by her home. Distressed beyond words to be caught and saved, Evelyn knows she can't trust any man, least of all one that makes her wish she was just a normal woman. Evelyn can't help but grasp at the comfort Adam provides. Is it too much to hope that her depraved and wicked fiancé will leave her in peace?

From a personal standpoint, Too Dangerous to Desire, pushed every button I have concerning characters that try to inflict harm upon themselves. However, it was not enough to make me stop reading by any means. Adam was a changed man from the first scenes where he was so happy with his new wife. The man that saved Evelyn was not the man readers were introduced to; he was better. He was self-sufficient, he was mature, and he was loyal. I liked watching his character evolve and his feelings for his brother change, for the better, thank goodness.

Too Dangerous to Desire by Alexandra Benedict was a captivating read. I found myself on the edge of my seat during the intense moments and blushing during the romantic ones. I will definitely read more of Ms. Benedict's work!

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