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As You Desire Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 1997
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A little bit Indiana Jones; a little bit Spencer/Tracy
Actually, the synopsis Amazon has kindly provided is absolutely wrong. No desert gang is trying to ransom Desdemona. In fact, there are no camels, no shieks, no harems ... nothing in this book that is standard "desert romance" fare ... except the desert. Desdemona's "kidnapping" is more of a misunderstanding. As for Harry Braxton, he's not saving anyone. He's been paid by Desdemona's unwilling hosts to return her safely back home. Harry's a practical kind of guy, the last man Desdemona would pick for a hero. Unfortunately, and much to her mortification, he's the only man she's attracted to. An apt description of their relationship is the tag line from some ad copy. "He was the last man she wanted, and the only man she desire..." If you like a bit of irreverence mixed in with your romance and if couples who irritate as well as ignite each other's passions interest you, give AS YOU DESIRE a try. Thank you. ---Connie Brockway
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AS YOU DESIRE is a work of a talented author with lots of knowledge and heart. The story is outstanding and unique. I am sure it will delight all historical romance readers.
Thus begins this truly fun, character driven, adventurous read. We soon find out why Dizzy (as Harry so charmingly calls her) is so disappointed with her savior. He is a scoundrel and an opportunist who broke her heart several years earlier. Unable to avoid each other since he is an archeologist often in need of Diz's translation skills they have forged a platonic friendship.
Dizzy never had a childhood. A child prodigy, her parents forced her to study languages and drug her around the world to show off her talents. When her parents died her Egyptologist Grandfather brought her to Cairo and she has been eking out a life using her language skills. Her fondest dream is living a normal life in England but her and Grandad are broke.
She loves Harry but will never allow him to hurt her again. When Harry's hunky, brooding cousin Lord Ravenscroft shows up in Egypt she realizes he may just be the perfect antidote to Harry. Blake is a boring, sensible, uptight fuddy-duddy! He's everything her head tells her she needs - if she could only convince her heart she'd be all set.
Harry loves Dizzy but he is unwilling to allow her to give up her dreams to make him happy so he pushes her away for her own good. He is hiding a painful secret that makes him feel inadequate and he will not return to England after his dreadful childhood. But when she starts making eyes at his priggish cousin he loses all sense of his faculties.
I don't want to give too much away of this irresistible story so I'll just say that these two have my vote for most lovable couple of the year! They compliment each other perfectly in every way. Harry is a wonderfully original wounded hero. He's a man man enough to admit his love (there's no annoying denial of feelings going on with this guy thank goodness!!), shed a few tears, and face down a madman for the woman he loves, he's also as sexy as they get. Dizz is intelligent, strong, funny, she reads erotic scrolls when no one is looking! She's a romantic and a heroine the reader can easily relate to. These two people are so real they leap off the page and the hot desert sun is the perfect back drop for the super steamy tension they create.
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