- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 891 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Publisher: Zebra (4 Dec. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009NIWYM2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,241,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When You're Desired (Zebra Books) Kindle Edition
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Historical Romance Dec 4th, 2012
When You're Desired is a well-written and deep romance about passion and secrets from the past.
Celia St Lys has remade herself into the stunningly successful actress she is. Courted by drove of men she secretly shuns them all. For she has learned the hard way to rely only on herself. But her hardened shell is but a mask for a beautiful young foundling who was abandoned. When she sees the chance to take her revenge she discovers that the past is not as she believed and a man she loved will do anything he can to try to ruin her with his bitterness.
This was an intriguing book. Strangely, it was the women in the story (particularly the heroine) who have depth and hidden secrets that pulled me. But curiously I found myself emotionally detached from the characters except for the for the hero's brother the Duke (Hope the author writes his book soon!) What makes this book exceptional is the plot. its twists and turns were immersing. Just when I thought knew the heroine and a few other characters they revealed surprises from their past. There is a lot of backstabbing and hidden agendas. It was interesting to try to figure out what Celia's true motives were. Many times she seemed like a puppet master and I could tell if she was really the cold calculating actress she 'played' or the softhearted hearted one who would do a random act of kindness. In fact, I still find her a bit of a mystery! As the author takes the reader on a journey of Celia's past and the people who have shaped it I was in awe of Celia ability to make something for herself despite the odds. However, her love interest, Lord Simon also has a hidden agenda and I often felt his bitterness toward her made him unworthy. I am still not sure if I like him. This is a book that I enjoyed more for the plot than the likeability of the characters, but what a superb plot!
This Regency romance grabs you and won't let you go. Compelling and multifaceted characters make for a surprisingly deep and complex novel.
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club
Cecilia informs Simon she chose the late Armand over him because the Frenchman offered marriage. Irate Simon demands she choose sex with Lucas or return the necklace. She chooses sex. Cecilia tells Dorian she will never be his mistress as she used to sit on his knees when she was a child. Dorian is shocked as she is Sarah Hartley who lived with their family years ago. His mom said she died while he was away; he even visited her grave. Instead she was sent to Ireland as a teen to wed an odious man. As Dorian vows to protect her, he cuts off his mom shocking his sibling who still loves his brother's "mistress".
This entertaining late Regency romance stars an interesting heroine, an angry lead male and a strong fully developed support cast. The theatre provides a nice backdrop. Although the Dowager Duchess' actions seem inane several years ago but much more so in the present as if she did not expect her sons to talk, fans will enjoy this engaging second chance at love historical.