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Devil's Desire [Read] ➳ Devil's Desire By Laurie McBain – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk With his seductive golden eyes and sin black hair it's no wonder Lord Alex Trevegne has earned himself the sinister title not to mention his reputation as one of the most notorious rakes in EnglandWhe With his seductive golden eyes and sin black hair it's no wonder Lord Alex Trevegne has earned himself the sinister title not to mention his reputation as one of the most notorious rakes in EnglandWhen fate throws Alex and Elysia into a scandalous situation Alex suddenly finds it surprisingly difficult to tear himself away from herAs an unexpected passion blossoms between them Elysia begins to wonder if after a lifetime of heartache she's finally found heaven in the arms of the devil.


10 thoughts on “Devil's Desire

  1. Sarah Mac Sarah Mac says:

    Well this waspainfulI'm well aware that Devil's Desire is the great grandmother of many historical romances today so I'm willing to let the predictable plot cheeseball suspense slide But the flat characters terrible writing are inexcusable This author is labeled one of HR's grande dames yet I saw nothing to earn that title aside from the mid 1970s publishing date The bulk is a mash of clunky infodumps adverbial orgies sloppy writing with a wallpaper thin Regency backdrop Backstories are repeated ad nauseam except when key points are never explained at all or other characters plop in with no prior histories whatsoever Minor personages are abruptly dropped when no longer needed Everyone stands around yammering for 95% of the book before some crazy frothing at the mouth villain takes over in a scene straight out of Scooby Doo The hero was a paltry rake who's one step away from stompy ass Harleuin Presents idiocy the heroine was a standard spunky Regency miss who feels oppressed by normal feminine activities but loves to read ride horses still the favored template in genre HRBlechAnd so I presentDEVIL'S DESIRE; orMY MISUNDERSTANDING IS BIGGER THAN YOURS a parody in screenplay Includes spoilers swearing of course PELYSIA Boohoo woe is me I’m the heroine I have flaming red hair shining green eyes I used to have a mother a father a brother named Ian a white horse named Ariel I raised Ariel since he was born he let nobody ride him but me EVIL AUNT AGATHA MuahahahaELYSIA Who are you what is your function in this story?EVIL AUNT AGATHA I’m your evil aunt I loathe you with the unreasonable passion of a thousand fiery sunsELYSIA But I don’t understand whyEVIL AUNT AGATHA Blah blah blah Here’s a long winded backstory about how I’m a psycho bitch who holds grudges for thirty years And by the way I’ve arranged a marriage for you ELYSIA Oh noesEVIL AUNT AGATHA Yes he’s a lecherous fat guy with three shrewish daughters Enjoy yourselfLECHEROUS FAT GUY Muahahaha You haz boobies ELYSIA I shall run away so none of these people can find me againSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Is it too early to be gripped by a nebulous sense of doom? Because this prose is terribleMeanwhile somewhere elseALEX I’m the hero I have hawk like features fierce golden eyes I’m unobservant as hell I’m a devil I hate womenPETER Damn bro You’re awful harsh about stuff And apparently you’ve killed people with pistols ALEX You forgot how much I hate womenPETER Yeah what’s up with that?ALEX I dunno It’s a big freakin’ mystery that I might not bother to explain like ever But it makes women crave my peen so there you goEVIL GUY NAMED JASON MuahahahaALEX Who are you what is your function in this story?EVIL GUY NAMED JASON My name is Jason Lord WhoGivesaFuck I’m planning to sabotage your social standing because you thwarted my marriage to some chick who was your ward for reasons that nobody bothered to explain ALEX Huh? Oh that’s rightshe’s not in this book What’s her name again?EVIL GUY NAMED JASON Die damn you Or at least be ostracized from Almack’s I loathe you with the unreasonable passion of a thousand fiery suns ALEX Of course you do moron Thanks for dropping this pretty girl in my bedELYSIA Oh noes Someone drugged my rum toddyALEX Do I frighten you?ELYSIA YesALEX Good because I hate women Let’s get married It will solve a bunch of nonsensical plot issuesELYSIA You’re a devil And I wanted true love Boohoo woe is meALEX True love is for pussies ELYSIA Well I suppose marrying you is better than having to work for a livingALEX Put your fugly dress back on We’re hittin’ up the parsonageSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Woah spare my sensibilities slow this wacky clown car All these infodumps are giving me motion sicknessA couple weeks laterELYSIA I think I’ll take a horseback ride Alone Through unfamiliar lands Just like Alex told me not to do because reasonsWISE OLD STABLEMASTER Hey you’re that girl I used to know Go figure ELYSIA I’m married to Alex now Woe is meWISE OLD STABLEMASTER Here this will cheer you upELYSIA Why it’s Ariel This is the horse I raised since he was born who won’t let anyone ride him but meALEX I’m not excited that this pleases you Because I hate womenELYSIA And I’m not excited that you’re not pleased to have pleased me Because you’re a devilALEX Well whatever Now that you’re happy here my hawk like features intense golden eyes demand that you put out ELYSIA You’re a devilALEX Yeah but you like me kissing your boobiesELYSIA This might be true loveSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Huh?? Two pages ago you hated the guyThe next chapterELYSIA Men keep their wives chained by social reuirements marriage because they fear us being their intellectual eualsALEX Whatever I hate women ELYSIA You’re a devil ALEX Let’s go enjoy antagonistic sexELYSIA WootPETER Whassup everyone?ELYSIA Who are you what is your function in this story?PETER I’m Alex’s brother I’m not a devil And I killed that jerkoff Evil Jason in a duel nobody saw but me my buddy Charles EVIL GUY NAMED JASON Muahaha I died cursing your face Alex ALEX U dead moron Shut up nowPETER You’re a devilELYSIA But I like kissing him anywayCHARLES Hey guys ALEX Who are you what is your function in this story?CHARLES Nothing really But I’m interesting than everyone else because I’m the foppish comic relief ALEX Nice to meet you Stay for dinner I hate womenELYSIA Have you met my white horse? His name is Ariel I raised him since he was born so now he won’t let anyone ride him but me I also had a brother named Ian but he’s dead Woe is meLOUISA I inexplicably crave your friendship because it serves future plot devices Also I’m in love with some mystery man that roams around the moors He might be a sailor thus totally unsuitable for my stationELYSIA Yay I has a bestieSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Headdesk Headdesk HeaddeskA few minutes afterwardEVIL EX MARIANA Muahahaha I’ve arrived to ruin your tenuous hold on marital contentmentELYSIA Who are you what is your function in this story?EVIL EX MARIANA I want Alex And his money And his title And his man bits I loathe you with the unreasonable passion of a thousand fiery sunsALEX Go rot in a hole you stupid bitchEVIL EX MARIANA You’re a devilALEX I hate women I want to bone my wife EVIL EX MARIANA Alex would rather bone me you knowELYSIA For some reason I trust that your words are totally accurate Boohoo woe is me But if I continue to pretend that I hate this man perhaps he will reward me with everlasting true love I’ve reached this important life changing decision based solely on a single conversation with someone who hates me so it’s vitally important that I not speak to my husband clarify the truthSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Oh dear god Not the Big MisSeveral chapters laterALEX I think I’ll hang out with my Evil Ex Mariana because reasons But don’t worry I’m still faithful to my wife even though I hate womenELYSIA You’re a devil Oops I’ve been shotRANDOM GUY Omg Elysia You’re bleeding Someone has tried to kill youELYSIA Ian? Wtf are you doing here??RANDOM GUY WHO IS IAN Yes ‘Tis I your brother who was long deadExcept not reallyELYSIA Look I also found Ariel the horse that I raised since his birth who won’t let anyone ride him but meRANDOM GUY WHO IS IAN Cool beans So guess what? I’m a spy And I’m in love with Louisa but I told her my name was David It’s part of my super secret spy routine to defeat smugglers Just remember on no account can you speak of any of this to anyone My presence must remain a secret especially from Alex Because y’know Spy stuffELYSIA Yes my husband is a devilRANDOM GUY WHO IS IAN I hear he also hates womenSARAH WHO IS READING THIS These people need to die in a fireA few days afterALEX You are boning this mystery man whose name is Ian I’ve deduced this because you refuse to tell me anything about him therefore you’re obviously a faithless hellspawn whoreELYSIA I’m not a hellspawn whore thankyouverymuch But you’re a devilALEX I hate women And I hate you too We’ll never have hatesex again dammit PETER Da fuck is wrong with you morons?ELYSIA Woe is me Mariana was totally right Alex hates me I am like a bud that had begun to open flower half opened by the first warming rays from the sun nourishing drop of moisture from the rain but it would now wither die from neglect direct uoteLOUISA’S EVIL MOTHER Muahahaha I loathe you with the unreasonable passion of a thousand fiery suns ELYSIA Who are you what is your function in this story?LOUISA’S EVIL MOTHER I’m some resentful nobody that hates you because reasons I’ve created the most dumbfuck Cunning Plan that ever existed set an obvious trap to cause you harm ELYSIA DuuuuuurLOUISA’S EVIL MOTHER Look your precious husband is injuredELYSIA Where?LOUISA’S EVIL MOTHER I lied Now I’ve shoved you down some stairs in a secret passage ELYSIA Woe is meSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Words cannot convey how much I hate y’allAnd finally the climax arrivesLOUISA Look it’s Ariel the horse that Elysia raised since he was born who won’t let anyone ride him but her My dear friend is in danger Why are my parents so evil? ARIEL I’ll let you ride me because whatever I’m just trying to bring this soggy drama to an endSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Thank god somebody is on my sideSMUGGLERS Woohoo gunfightRANDOM GUY WHO IS IAN Taste my pain assholesALEX I hate women Where’s my wife dammit?LOUISA’S EVIL FATHER I died Not that anyone cares since I only had like four linesELYSIA Gosh I hope Louisa’s mother is okay LOUISA’S EVIL MOTHER I’m the attacker you moron How is it you’re not dead yet? You are my nemesis that refuses to die Burn in hell you beauteous bitchwhore That’s for stealing Alex ruining our plans for increased social standing by browbeating Lousia into a marriage she’d hateELYSIA Woe is meLOUISA’S EVIL MOTHER STFU listen to an epic infodump about how I’m an criminal mastermind Look how insanely evil awesome I am See I’m literally frothing at the mouth Fear me Oops I fell on some pointy rocksSMUGGLERS We’re all dead too Does anybody care? NahRANDOM GUY WHO IS IAN Louisa I love you I’m sorry I had to lie about the spy stuff I’m actually a respectable lieutenant in the British navyLOUISA I love you David Or Ian Whatever your name isELYSIA Yay now we’ll be in lawsALEX How dare this man hug another woman when he’s boning you Elysia is mine Mine All for me Nobody else will ever touch her you wife stealing bastard My toys are my own WaaaaahRANDOM GUY WHO IS IAN For fuck’s sake dumbass She’s my sisterALEX Oh I feel stupid Maybe I should’ve y’know asked some logical uestions instead of charging around like a wanky dunderheadELYSIA That’s just how you are darling You’re a devilALEX But I love youELYSIA D’aww You’re so cute ^^SARAH WHO IS READING THIS Can’t breathebooksmotheringwillto liveTHE END


  2. Eastofoz Eastofoz says:

    Well this book wasn’t for me and for soooo many reasons For the record I really really really tried to like it but it was a no go Now I know it’s a bodice ripper from the 70s and there was a certain “style” to those romances that doesn’t really exist in today’s romance novel but this one I thought was not only poorly written it had the most unlovable and irredeemable historical romance hero imaginable ugh eesh and shudder shudderIt has a very Gothic feel to it –creepy castlesmanorshouses on rocky crags lots of rain and foreboding weather etc etc but there is an endless amount of beyond irritating narration we’re talking five pages straight of droning narration enough to kill even the very patient reader Reminded me of Lolah Burford’s painful novel Alyx where there was barely a hint of dialog what for all the telling and not showing as the saying seems to go The hh don’t even meet until around page 113 which is insane I’m all for building tension but if you don’t give the reader even a little morsel they’ll get fed up fast –at least I do The hero is an ass He's totally into the you are my chattle thing and you will obey me You can have a hero like that but the heroine has to be his foil well no such thing existed here He actually hurts the heroine physically he’s not beating her or anything but he flies off the handle for no real reason apart from the fact that he’s a boor and Class A jerk he likes to shake her hard or sueeze her arms or waist until it hurts I don’t know but I can’t like a guy like that I love the rake and it’s impressive really how an author can make a true sob into a great guy underneath it all but this guy needed a smack down o He even has a “dalliance” with an ex lover knowing that the heroine is hiding in the room –like ew That’s not forgivable even if you are trying to get revenge The guy is so arrogant and full of himself that it’s a wonder that anyone can stand to be in the same breathing space as him –and that’s man or woman There were the odd moments when you thought he may be turning over a new leaf but then BAM He goes nutso Freakin’ out like a crackhead The hero reminded me of Anne Stuart’s hero James Killoran from To Love a Dark Lord no doubt written around the same time periodAs for the heroine the author tried to have her hold her own but I guess she was a victim of her times and just “forgave” and “understood” –blech She should’ve shot the bastard when she had the chance if you ask me There are also way too many sub stories think Patricia Gaffney’s Lily everything and the kitchen sink The dead guy that comes back to life right where the heroine lives to boot the long lost horse that turns up right where she is too smugglers who deal in human trade the crazy broad that no one suspects to be the villain French spies a clandestine love affair you name it it’s in here All of this “filler” detracts from the hh and their “relationship” I was skimming all this stuff towards the end in the same way I was skimming over the excessively annoying parts about the Lessers in JR Ward’s Lover Avenged enough already let’s get back to the main story Elysia and Alex rarely spoke because he was always in a mood or downright raggin’ at her and then shazam they’re in love They hardly spent any real time together how can they be in love???? Now maybe I’m being harsh but I don’t think so—lol maybe if you’ve read a lot of these kinds of romances and you’re used to them you might think they’re really good but I for one prefer my romances post 1990 it seems where the author has dialog interaction between the hh before the reader falls asleep and a believable story –well in an escapist romantic kind of way that is lol For all you insomniacs out there this one’s for you D


  3. Karla Karla says:

    Elysia Demarice is a poor wee orphan who is abused by her evil step aunt one too many times so she grabs a bag and runs off to London A chance stop at a roadside inn puts her in the path of a nasty little lord who has a grudge against a devil rake by the name of Alex Trevegne also at the inn Elysia and Alex are manipulated into a compromising situation and he decides to marry her after all because she looks like a good breeder Elysia gets dragged off to his estate where she hates her husband at first but eventually sees that there's a caring albeit possessive heart deep down inside A moment of danger provides love epiphanies for allI really wanted to like this book and for the most part I did Elysia was a character who garnered my sympathy early on and held onto it Of course she jumps to some weird conclusions about stuff and decides to not be vulnerable to her husband which creates The Big Misunderstanding for far too long Though it wasn't as protracted and obnoxious as McNaught's habit however Thank God for that So she has the usual bouts of idiocy one can expect from a heroine matched by the spazzchismo of her dear hubbyAlex was pretty underdeveloped IMO There's alpha and then there's cardboard thin callous asshole He was the latter I didn't see his appeal much at all and I can love me some real troglydyte alphas There wasn't much to him beyond attitude in fancy clothesOverall the entire book felt like there should have been More to the characters to the action to the atmosphere There was some and I daresay enough but throughout the entire book I felt like the writing hadn't even come up to the line let alone crossed it I read it easily and with pleasure but I wasn't nearly absorbed by it I wanted the characters to move somewhere sail a sea or get thrown into another locale Be bodice rippery SomethingWhat really annoyed me about the book was the final climax in the smuggler's cave I won't say but if you've read Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss suffice to say that the scene is pretty much the same with an insane frothing villain and sudden deaths I really really hated AitW for many reasons but paramount was the OTT mwahahaha ness of that climax with the smugglers' cave and the villainess being revealed Once I got to the part in Devil's Desire all that bad juju swarmed on me and I was tempted to throw the book across the roomHowever my piue has backed off a bit because after looking up copyright dates I see that McBain wrote it first and KEW appears to have copycatted it and wrote the same lame thing in far far pages There were many similarities an underground smugglers' cave that is reached by a secret passage on the estate grounds a villain who plots murder to reclaim what they believe is rightfully theirs an insane rant by the villain laying out what their DIVINELY EBIL plan is My estimation of Woodiwiss could be better but seeing how she ripped off a very bad ending dumped her a bit lower Even if the similarities weren't intentional both endings read like the authors threw a bunch of crap into the blender at the very end and hit the RESOLVE OR BUST button Unfortunately the cover flew off and now plot and coherence is all over the wallsI still give it three stars because the majority of the book was pretty good and succinct but it is obvious that it was a first novel There were swathes of expository and ranty dialogue throughout and the first chapter or so was nothing but backstory A positive is that the secondary romance wasn't extraneous to the plot That's a rare thing All in all it was a rocky start but I eventually got into it and was pleased with this rather good little sundae until the final bit which was like someone dumped chocolate sauce from a chili eating contest Port o Potty all over itLooking forward to McBains though I might not sound like it


  4. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish says:

    What I most loved about this story is the mystery of the war time smugglers Alex and Elysia are wonderful but the drama and angst and misunderstands due to lack of communication had me wanting yo tear my hair out LOL Ah well Still all in all a wonderful readBlurbThey called him the devilWith his seductive golden eyes and sin black hair it's no wonder Lord Alex Trevegne has earned himself the sinister title not to mention his reputation as one of the most notorious rakes in EnglandAnd she's the only one who can conuer himWhen fate throws Alex and Elysia into a scandalous situation Alex suddenly finds it surprisingly difficult to tear himself away from herAs an unexpected passion blossoms between them Elysia begins to wonder if after a lifetime of heartache she's finally found heaven in the arms of the devil


  5. Wendy, Lady Evelyn Quince Wendy, Lady Evelyn Quince says:

    For me Devil's Desire was a bland Regency romance with the heroine on the run from bland evil enemies It's ok nothing special From the writing you can tell it's a first book Supposedly the rumor was that McBain co wrote her novels with her father It sounds kind of weird to be writing romance novels with your dad but hey that's just me After he passed away she stopped writing so that rumor might have than a grain of truth in itHer first book is kind of ordinary and predictable but not terrible Lots of cliches including the rakish hero who's really not that much of a rake an evil ex mistress and a Cinderella heroine with emerald green eyes and red gold hair whose the most beautiful lady in all of England but pure as the driven snow Hey cliches in a review are appropriate for a book riddled with them I don't know how Laurie McBain ever got categorized as a bodice ripper author because she's not Maybe it's that as she was one of the original Avon ladies from the 1970's that label stuck with her Even though some of her books were epic in scope spanning years andor continents not here in though there was never any forced seduction ie rape by the hero her heroines were virginal and bodices were rarely if ever ripped She's old skool romance and there's drama from the villains than any of her heroes or couples this one's not memorable but not overly sucky I much preferred her second novel Moonstruck Madness which was far action packed with a real rakish hero2 12 stars rounded up to 3 because I was feeling generous the day I read it


  6. April April says:

    DEVIL'S DESIRE by Laurie McBain is an exciting thrill ride of historical romancesuspense set in Regency England It is a reissued work from 1975 It is well written with details depth fast paced twists turns and thrill ride to be sure It has romance deceit betrayal passion spies smugglersdefiance stubborn willful woman a determined arrogant man adventureintertwined story throughout colorful characters and love of country The hero Alex is arrogant seductive a rake considered the Devil himself lucky at everything he does and about to meet his true love The heroine Elysia is beautiful penniless strong willed independent hair red gold and about to meet Alex the Devil himself and her true love Alex is bewitched by Elysia They are throw together a scandal together Alex determined to marry her for he has ever meet anyone so bewitching They marry out necessary for Elysia but sparks fly wits matched What Alex believes is betrayal does and say hurtful things to Elysia who has fallen in love with him Things are amidst as a smuggler ring is close Elysia's brother who she believes is dead is not He is actually undercover to capture a French spy Alex knowing little of Elysia's past feels betrayed distance himself from her Elysia believes Alex is in love with someone while Alex believes she has a loverThis is a wonderful compelling story of how to learn to trust love and find true happinessThis is the first of this author's books I have read and I will be looking forward to her next I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy a happy ending adventure suspense and finding yourselfYou will laugh cry and set on the edge of your seat hoping everything will work out for this wonderfully matched couple This book was received for review from the publisher and details can be found at Sourcebooks and My Book Addiction and More


  7. Laura Laura says:

    Devil’s Desire was a wildly popular romance novel that was first published in 1975 It was author Laurie McBain’s first novel and she continued on to have a very successful career as a romance novelist in the 1970’s and 80’s Sadly Devil’s Desire had gone out of print but Sourcebooks has published a new edition of this novel this monthElysia Demarice is the beautiful daughter of aristocratic parents that has fallen on hard times since her parents’ untimely death in Regency England When Elysia’s evil Step Aunt tries to force her to marry an odious man she runs away to London On her way she crosses the path of Lord Alex Trevegne Known as “the Devil” Alex has a temper and is a known seducer of women Elysia is not impressed by Alex and he finds himself attracted by the only woman who dares to talk back to him When scandal forces them together will Elysia and Alex be able to find true love and happiness?I liked the Cinderella aspect of this story and loved heroine Elysia She has grit and beauty Elysia starts the book with nothing but the rags on her back but is able to rise above it all to find loveMy only problem with this novel is the hero Alex Alex is a vintage 1970’s hero that takes what he wants and is not a very nice guy He is handsome but he spends his time misunderstanding Elysia and being cruel to her all in the name of love I just wanted to yell at Alex “Just talk to her you idiot” Devil’s Desire had romance adventure a great heroine and a fantastic secondary romance story Louisa and Ian The only drawback for me was that I didn’t really like Alex and I also thought the ending was a bit abrupt


  8. Gaby Gaby says:

    In Devil's Desire Laurie McBain is not afraid to have her romantic lead go through a tortuous path of trials and tribulationsIt opens with Elysia after she'd been orphaned and been taken advantage of by an aunt that she'd had no previous contact with As the nonstop abuse is destroying her spirit Elysia takes matters into her own hands and runs away Her first attempt at freedom shows how unprepared she is for the world But she's smart beautiful and in the right place at the right time and we all know how that last one is key Alex the man she meets during her first adventure has the worst reputation but he takes her under his wing offers her protectionThey're both surprised at how uickly they bond Although there are obstacles to their happy ever after such as jealous former mistresses the usual hurt feelings and misunderstandings Devil's Desire is a fun romantic escape with its likable characters plot twists and satisfying ending I think it's a keeperISBN 10 1402242417 Paperback 799Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition November 1 2010 312 pagesReview copy provided by the publisher


  9. BRNTerri BRNTerri says:

    PUBLISHING INFO Avon 1975REISSUED Sourcebooks 112010GENRE Historical RomanceSETTING EnglandAUTHOR IMAGE linkMY GRADE DSPOILER REVIEW This was awful I don't know what year this took place or how old Alex and Elysia are I'm going to assume this was the 1800's possibly 1700's Elysia's parents and brother died two years before and she's been living with her abusive and mentally ill aunt since Her aunt is her mother's step sister and she's extremely jealous of her has been since they were little After being locked into her bedroom Elysia can't take it any and runs away by jumping out the window She ends up at an inn called Wayfare's Rest and that's where she meets Alex We never hear from Aunt Agatha againThere's a villain Jason Bellingham who's out to get Alex He hates him for not allowing him to marry his ward Catherine but Jason doesn't let his hatred for Alex show They're at the inn together and Jason comes up with a plan to drug both Alex and Elysia so he can put them in bed together so Alex will have to marry her due to a presumed scandal His plan worked but also backfired on him as Alex and Elysia were fine with marrying each other That part bugged me greatly Neither of them were angry about what happened The marriage happened too early on in the story about a third of the way They married and got along for awhile then Alex turned into a jealous abusive ass He once grabbed her by the arm and later shook her by both arms two different times and told her he'd hit her in the face if he wasn't a 'gentleman' It was said too many times that he had 'hawk like features'The story got worse Another crazy nut Mrs Black was out to kill Elysia and tried to twice She's jealous because her teen daughter Louisa can't marry Alex because he's now married to Elysia While laying there injured in the woods her 'dead' bother Ian showed up after being presumed dead for two years Adding him to the story was so unnecessary All it did was add a bunch of BS to a story that wasn't good anyway Adding Alex's brother Peter to the story was a waste tooThere were too many jealous mentally unstable people in this book; Abusive aunt Agatha Jason Mrs Blackstone and Alex's ex mistress Mariana WoodleyI was enjoying the story until Alex and Elysia were OK with getting married The only parts l liked were those involving Jason I'd hoped he would be out to sabotage their marriage but it wasn't to be He did his evil deed and was done away with He could have gotten together with Alex's ex mistress and done some real damageI absolutely hate the new cover Elysia's supposed to have red gold hair not auburn On the original cover her hair color is right but it's not curly like stated in the book


  10. Tracy T. Tracy T. says:

    An oldie but goodie Very good audible narrationI really enjoyed listening to this story I do believe I read this book back in the 1970's But wanted to give the audible a try I liked the characters and character development I did think that Alex the hero of the story was a bit too hard and cold but still likable Elysia the heroine was a strong for the most part she had her stupid moments though The story had a little mystery deceit smuggling and romance There was not much dialogue in this book and would have like but the story was good Historical romance stories and writing sure has changed since the 1970's There was sex in the book not graphic in anyway but it was thereFor a book written almost 40 years ago it was enjoyable and entertainingAs for the narration she did a great job The men sounded like men and everyone had their own distinct voice Marian Hussey is very pleasant and relaxing to listen tooI got this book on my KU for free and paid 349 for the audible So yes it was worth the money for sure


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10 thoughts on “Devil's Desire

  1. Sarah Mac Sarah Mac says:

    Well this waspainfulI'm well aware that Devil's Desire is the great grandmother of many historical romances today so I'm willing to let the predictable plot cheeseball suspense slide But the flat characters terrible writing are inexcusable This author is labeled one of HR's grande dames yet I saw nothing to earn that title aside from the mid 1970s publishing date The bulk is a mash of clunky infodumps adverbial orgies sloppy writing with a wallpaper thin Regency backdrop Backstories are repeated ad nauseam except when key points are never explained at all or other characters plop in with no prior histories whatsoever Minor personages are abruptly dropped when no longer needed Everyone stands around yammering for 95% of the book before some crazy frothing at the mouth villain takes over in a scene straight out of Scooby Doo The hero was a paltry rake who's one step away from stompy ass Harleuin Presents idiocy the heroine was a standard spunky Regency miss who feels oppressed by normal feminine activities but loves to read ride horses still the favored template in genre HRBlechAnd so I presentDEVIL'S DESIRE; orMY MISUNDERSTANDING IS BIGGER THAN YOURS a parody in screenplay Includes spoilers swearing of course PELYSIA Boohoo woe is me I’m the heroine I have flaming red hair shining green eyes I used to have a mother a father a brother named Ian a white horse named Ariel I raised Ariel since he was born he let nobody ride him but me EVIL AUNT AGATHA MuahahahaELYSIA Who are you what is your function in this story?EVIL AUNT AGATHA I’m your evil aunt I loathe you with the unreasonable passion of a thousand fiery sunsELYSIA But I don’t understand whyEVIL AUNT AGATHA Blah blah blah Here’s a long winded backstory about how I’m a psycho bitch who holds grudges for thirty years And by the way I’ve arranged a marriage for you ELYSIA Oh noesEVIL AUNT AGATHA Yes he’s a lecherous fat guy with three shrewish daughters Enjoy yourselfLECHEROUS FAT GUY Muahahaha You haz boobies ELYSIA I shall run away so none of these people can find me againSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Is it too early to be gripped by a nebulous sense of doom? Because this prose is terribleMeanwhile somewhere elseALEX I’m the hero I have hawk like features fierce golden eyes I’m unobservant as hell I’m a devil I hate womenPETER Damn bro You’re awful harsh about stuff And apparently you’ve killed people with pistols ALEX You forgot how much I hate womenPETER Yeah what’s up with that?ALEX I dunno It’s a big freakin’ mystery that I might not bother to explain like ever But it makes women crave my peen so there you goEVIL GUY NAMED JASON MuahahahaALEX Who are you what is your function in this story?EVIL GUY NAMED JASON My name is Jason Lord WhoGivesaFuck I’m planning to sabotage your social standing because you thwarted my marriage to some chick who was your ward for reasons that nobody bothered to explain ALEX Huh? Oh that’s rightshe’s not in this book What’s her name again?EVIL GUY NAMED JASON Die damn you Or at least be ostracized from Almack’s I loathe you with the unreasonable passion of a thousand fiery suns ALEX Of course you do moron Thanks for dropping this pretty girl in my bedELYSIA Oh noes Someone drugged my rum toddyALEX Do I frighten you?ELYSIA YesALEX Good because I hate women Let’s get married It will solve a bunch of nonsensical plot issuesELYSIA You’re a devil And I wanted true love Boohoo woe is meALEX True love is for pussies ELYSIA Well I suppose marrying you is better than having to work for a livingALEX Put your fugly dress back on We’re hittin’ up the parsonageSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Woah spare my sensibilities slow this wacky clown car All these infodumps are giving me motion sicknessA couple weeks laterELYSIA I think I’ll take a horseback ride Alone Through unfamiliar lands Just like Alex told me not to do because reasonsWISE OLD STABLEMASTER Hey you’re that girl I used to know Go figure ELYSIA I’m married to Alex now Woe is meWISE OLD STABLEMASTER Here this will cheer you upELYSIA Why it’s Ariel This is the horse I raised since he was born who won’t let anyone ride him but meALEX I’m not excited that this pleases you Because I hate womenELYSIA And I’m not excited that you’re not pleased to have pleased me Because you’re a devilALEX Well whatever Now that you’re happy here my hawk like features intense golden eyes demand that you put out ELYSIA You’re a devilALEX Yeah but you like me kissing your boobiesELYSIA This might be true loveSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Huh?? Two pages ago you hated the guyThe next chapterELYSIA Men keep their wives chained by social reuirements marriage because they fear us being their intellectual eualsALEX Whatever I hate women ELYSIA You’re a devil ALEX Let’s go enjoy antagonistic sexELYSIA WootPETER Whassup everyone?ELYSIA Who are you what is your function in this story?PETER I’m Alex’s brother I’m not a devil And I killed that jerkoff Evil Jason in a duel nobody saw but me my buddy Charles EVIL GUY NAMED JASON Muahaha I died cursing your face Alex ALEX U dead moron Shut up nowPETER You’re a devilELYSIA But I like kissing him anywayCHARLES Hey guys ALEX Who are you what is your function in this story?CHARLES Nothing really But I’m interesting than everyone else because I’m the foppish comic relief ALEX Nice to meet you Stay for dinner I hate womenELYSIA Have you met my white horse? His name is Ariel I raised him since he was born so now he won’t let anyone ride him but me I also had a brother named Ian but he’s dead Woe is meLOUISA I inexplicably crave your friendship because it serves future plot devices Also I’m in love with some mystery man that roams around the moors He might be a sailor thus totally unsuitable for my stationELYSIA Yay I has a bestieSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Headdesk Headdesk HeaddeskA few minutes afterwardEVIL EX MARIANA Muahahaha I’ve arrived to ruin your tenuous hold on marital contentmentELYSIA Who are you what is your function in this story?EVIL EX MARIANA I want Alex And his money And his title And his man bits I loathe you with the unreasonable passion of a thousand fiery sunsALEX Go rot in a hole you stupid bitchEVIL EX MARIANA You’re a devilALEX I hate women I want to bone my wife EVIL EX MARIANA Alex would rather bone me you knowELYSIA For some reason I trust that your words are totally accurate Boohoo woe is me But if I continue to pretend that I hate this man perhaps he will reward me with everlasting true love I’ve reached this important life changing decision based solely on a single conversation with someone who hates me so it’s vitally important that I not speak to my husband clarify the truthSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Oh dear god Not the Big MisSeveral chapters laterALEX I think I’ll hang out with my Evil Ex Mariana because reasons But don’t worry I’m still faithful to my wife even though I hate womenELYSIA You’re a devil Oops I’ve been shotRANDOM GUY Omg Elysia You’re bleeding Someone has tried to kill youELYSIA Ian? Wtf are you doing here??RANDOM GUY WHO IS IAN Yes ‘Tis I your brother who was long deadExcept not reallyELYSIA Look I also found Ariel the horse that I raised since his birth who won’t let anyone ride him but meRANDOM GUY WHO IS IAN Cool beans So guess what? I’m a spy And I’m in love with Louisa but I told her my name was David It’s part of my super secret spy routine to defeat smugglers Just remember on no account can you speak of any of this to anyone My presence must remain a secret especially from Alex Because y’know Spy stuffELYSIA Yes my husband is a devilRANDOM GUY WHO IS IAN I hear he also hates womenSARAH WHO IS READING THIS These people need to die in a fireA few days afterALEX You are boning this mystery man whose name is Ian I’ve deduced this because you refuse to tell me anything about him therefore you’re obviously a faithless hellspawn whoreELYSIA I’m not a hellspawn whore thankyouverymuch But you’re a devilALEX I hate women And I hate you too We’ll never have hatesex again dammit PETER Da fuck is wrong with you morons?ELYSIA Woe is me Mariana was totally right Alex hates me I am like a bud that had begun to open flower half opened by the first warming rays from the sun nourishing drop of moisture from the rain but it would now wither die from neglect direct uoteLOUISA’S EVIL MOTHER Muahahaha I loathe you with the unreasonable passion of a thousand fiery suns ELYSIA Who are you what is your function in this story?LOUISA’S EVIL MOTHER I’m some resentful nobody that hates you because reasons I’ve created the most dumbfuck Cunning Plan that ever existed set an obvious trap to cause you harm ELYSIA DuuuuuurLOUISA’S EVIL MOTHER Look your precious husband is injuredELYSIA Where?LOUISA’S EVIL MOTHER I lied Now I’ve shoved you down some stairs in a secret passage ELYSIA Woe is meSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Words cannot convey how much I hate y’allAnd finally the climax arrivesLOUISA Look it’s Ariel the horse that Elysia raised since he was born who won’t let anyone ride him but her My dear friend is in danger Why are my parents so evil? ARIEL I’ll let you ride me because whatever I’m just trying to bring this soggy drama to an endSARAH WHO IS READING THIS Thank god somebody is on my sideSMUGGLERS Woohoo gunfightRANDOM GUY WHO IS IAN Taste my pain assholesALEX I hate women Where’s my wife dammit?LOUISA’S EVIL FATHER I died Not that anyone cares since I only had like four linesELYSIA Gosh I hope Louisa’s mother is okay LOUISA’S EVIL MOTHER I’m the attacker you moron How is it you’re not dead yet? You are my nemesis that refuses to die Burn in hell you beauteous bitchwhore That’s for stealing Alex ruining our plans for increased social standing by browbeating Lousia into a marriage she’d hateELYSIA Woe is meLOUISA’S EVIL MOTHER STFU listen to an epic infodump about how I’m an criminal mastermind Look how insanely evil awesome I am See I’m literally frothing at the mouth Fear me Oops I fell on some pointy rocksSMUGGLERS We’re all dead too Does anybody care? NahRANDOM GUY WHO IS IAN Louisa I love you I’m sorry I had to lie about the spy stuff I’m actually a respectable lieutenant in the British navyLOUISA I love you David Or Ian Whatever your name isELYSIA Yay now we’ll be in lawsALEX How dare this man hug another woman when he’s boning you Elysia is mine Mine All for me Nobody else will ever touch her you wife stealing bastard My toys are my own WaaaaahRANDOM GUY WHO IS IAN For fuck’s sake dumbass She’s my sisterALEX Oh I feel stupid Maybe I should’ve y’know asked some logical uestions instead of charging around like a wanky dunderheadELYSIA That’s just how you are darling You’re a devilALEX But I love youELYSIA D’aww You’re so cute ^^SARAH WHO IS READING THIS Can’t breathebooksmotheringwillto liveTHE END

  2. Eastofoz Eastofoz says:

    Well this book wasn’t for me and for soooo many reasons For the record I really really really tried to like it but it was a no go Now I know it’s a bodice ripper from the 70s and there was a certain “style” to those romances that doesn’t really exist in today’s romance novel but this one I thought was not only poorly written it had the most unlovable and irredeemable historical romance hero imaginable ugh eesh and shudder shudderIt has a very Gothic feel to it –creepy castlesmanorshouses on rocky crags lots of rain and foreboding weather etc etc but there is an endless amount of beyond irritating narration we’re talking five pages straight of droning narration enough to kill even the very patient reader Reminded me of Lolah Burford’s painful novel Alyx where there was barely a hint of dialog what for all the telling and not showing as the saying seems to go The hh don’t even meet until around page 113 which is insane I’m all for building tension but if you don’t give the reader even a little morsel they’ll get fed up fast –at least I do The hero is an ass He's totally into the you are my chattle thing and you will obey me You can have a hero like that but the heroine has to be his foil well no such thing existed here He actually hurts the heroine physically he’s not beating her or anything but he flies off the handle for no real reason apart from the fact that he’s a boor and Class A jerk he likes to shake her hard or sueeze her arms or waist until it hurts I don’t know but I can’t like a guy like that I love the rake and it’s impressive really how an author can make a true sob into a great guy underneath it all but this guy needed a smack down o He even has a “dalliance” with an ex lover knowing that the heroine is hiding in the room –like ew That’s not forgivable even if you are trying to get revenge The guy is so arrogant and full of himself that it’s a wonder that anyone can stand to be in the same breathing space as him –and that’s man or woman There were the odd moments when you thought he may be turning over a new leaf but then BAM He goes nutso Freakin’ out like a crackhead The hero reminded me of Anne Stuart’s hero James Killoran from To Love a Dark Lord no doubt written around the same time periodAs for the heroine the author tried to have her hold her own but I guess she was a victim of her times and just “forgave” and “understood” –blech She should’ve shot the bastard when she had the chance if you ask me There are also way too many sub stories think Patricia Gaffney’s Lily everything and the kitchen sink The dead guy that comes back to life right where the heroine lives to boot the long lost horse that turns up right where she is too smugglers who deal in human trade the crazy broad that no one suspects to be the villain French spies a clandestine love affair you name it it’s in here All of this “filler” detracts from the hh and their “relationship” I was skimming all this stuff towards the end in the same way I was skimming over the excessively annoying parts about the Lessers in JR Ward’s Lover Avenged enough already let’s get back to the main story Elysia and Alex rarely spoke because he was always in a mood or downright raggin’ at her and then shazam they’re in love They hardly spent any real time together how can they be in love???? Now maybe I’m being harsh but I don’t think so—lol maybe if you’ve read a lot of these kinds of romances and you’re used to them you might think they’re really good but I for one prefer my romances post 1990 it seems where the author has dialog interaction between the hh before the reader falls asleep and a believable story –well in an escapist romantic kind of way that is lol For all you insomniacs out there this one’s for you D

  3. Karla Karla says:

    Elysia Demarice is a poor wee orphan who is abused by her evil step aunt one too many times so she grabs a bag and runs off to London A chance stop at a roadside inn puts her in the path of a nasty little lord who has a grudge against a devil rake by the name of Alex Trevegne also at the inn Elysia and Alex are manipulated into a compromising situation and he decides to marry her after all because she looks like a good breeder Elysia gets dragged off to his estate where she hates her husband at first but eventually sees that there's a caring albeit possessive heart deep down inside A moment of danger provides love epiphanies for allI really wanted to like this book and for the most part I did Elysia was a character who garnered my sympathy early on and held onto it Of course she jumps to some weird conclusions about stuff and decides to not be vulnerable to her husband which creates The Big Misunderstanding for far too long Though it wasn't as protracted and obnoxious as McNaught's habit however Thank God for that So she has the usual bouts of idiocy one can expect from a heroine matched by the spazzchismo of her dear hubbyAlex was pretty underdeveloped IMO There's alpha and then there's cardboard thin callous asshole He was the latter I didn't see his appeal much at all and I can love me some real troglydyte alphas There wasn't much to him beyond attitude in fancy clothesOverall the entire book felt like there should have been More to the characters to the action to the atmosphere There was some and I daresay enough but throughout the entire book I felt like the writing hadn't even come up to the line let alone crossed it I read it easily and with pleasure but I wasn't nearly absorbed by it I wanted the characters to move somewhere sail a sea or get thrown into another locale Be bodice rippery SomethingWhat really annoyed me about the book was the final climax in the smuggler's cave I won't say but if you've read Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss suffice to say that the scene is pretty much the same with an insane frothing villain and sudden deaths I really really hated AitW for many reasons but paramount was the OTT mwahahaha ness of that climax with the smugglers' cave and the villainess being revealed Once I got to the part in Devil's Desire all that bad juju swarmed on me and I was tempted to throw the book across the roomHowever my piue has backed off a bit because after looking up copyright dates I see that McBain wrote it first and KEW appears to have copycatted it and wrote the same lame thing in far far pages There were many similarities an underground smugglers' cave that is reached by a secret passage on the estate grounds a villain who plots murder to reclaim what they believe is rightfully theirs an insane rant by the villain laying out what their DIVINELY EBIL plan is My estimation of Woodiwiss could be better but seeing how she ripped off a very bad ending dumped her a bit lower Even if the similarities weren't intentional both endings read like the authors threw a bunch of crap into the blender at the very end and hit the RESOLVE OR BUST button Unfortunately the cover flew off and now plot and coherence is all over the wallsI still give it three stars because the majority of the book was pretty good and succinct but it is obvious that it was a first novel There were swathes of expository and ranty dialogue throughout and the first chapter or so was nothing but backstory A positive is that the secondary romance wasn't extraneous to the plot That's a rare thing All in all it was a rocky start but I eventually got into it and was pleased with this rather good little sundae until the final bit which was like someone dumped chocolate sauce from a chili eating contest Port o Potty all over itLooking forward to McBains though I might not sound like it

  4. UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish says:

    What I most loved about this story is the mystery of the war time smugglers Alex and Elysia are wonderful but the drama and angst and misunderstands due to lack of communication had me wanting yo tear my hair out LOL Ah well Still all in all a wonderful readBlurbThey called him the devilWith his seductive golden eyes and sin black hair it's no wonder Lord Alex Trevegne has earned himself the sinister title not to mention his reputation as one of the most notorious rakes in EnglandAnd she's the only one who can conuer himWhen fate throws Alex and Elysia into a scandalous situation Alex suddenly finds it surprisingly difficult to tear himself away from herAs an unexpected passion blossoms between them Elysia begins to wonder if after a lifetime of heartache she's finally found heaven in the arms of the devil

  5. Wendy, Lady Evelyn Quince Wendy, Lady Evelyn Quince says:

    For me Devil's Desire was a bland Regency romance with the heroine on the run from bland evil enemies It's ok nothing special From the writing you can tell it's a first book Supposedly the rumor was that McBain co wrote her novels with her father It sounds kind of weird to be writing romance novels with your dad but hey that's just me After he passed away she stopped writing so that rumor might have than a grain of truth in itHer first book is kind of ordinary and predictable but not terrible Lots of cliches including the rakish hero who's really not that much of a rake an evil ex mistress and a Cinderella heroine with emerald green eyes and red gold hair whose the most beautiful lady in all of England but pure as the driven snow Hey cliches in a review are appropriate for a book riddled with them I don't know how Laurie McBain ever got categorized as a bodice ripper author because she's not Maybe it's that as she was one of the original Avon ladies from the 1970's that label stuck with her Even though some of her books were epic in scope spanning years andor continents not here in though there was never any forced seduction ie rape by the hero her heroines were virginal and bodices were rarely if ever ripped She's old skool romance and there's drama from the villains than any of her heroes or couples this one's not memorable but not overly sucky I much preferred her second novel Moonstruck Madness which was far action packed with a real rakish hero2 12 stars rounded up to 3 because I was feeling generous the day I read it

  6. April April says:

    DEVIL'S DESIRE by Laurie McBain is an exciting thrill ride of historical romancesuspense set in Regency England It is a reissued work from 1975 It is well written with details depth fast paced twists turns and thrill ride to be sure It has romance deceit betrayal passion spies smugglersdefiance stubborn willful woman a determined arrogant man adventureintertwined story throughout colorful characters and love of country The hero Alex is arrogant seductive a rake considered the Devil himself lucky at everything he does and about to meet his true love The heroine Elysia is beautiful penniless strong willed independent hair red gold and about to meet Alex the Devil himself and her true love Alex is bewitched by Elysia They are throw together a scandal together Alex determined to marry her for he has ever meet anyone so bewitching They marry out necessary for Elysia but sparks fly wits matched What Alex believes is betrayal does and say hurtful things to Elysia who has fallen in love with him Things are amidst as a smuggler ring is close Elysia's brother who she believes is dead is not He is actually undercover to capture a French spy Alex knowing little of Elysia's past feels betrayed distance himself from her Elysia believes Alex is in love with someone while Alex believes she has a loverThis is a wonderful compelling story of how to learn to trust love and find true happinessThis is the first of this author's books I have read and I will be looking forward to her next I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy a happy ending adventure suspense and finding yourselfYou will laugh cry and set on the edge of your seat hoping everything will work out for this wonderfully matched couple This book was received for review from the publisher and details can be found at Sourcebooks and My Book Addiction and More

  7. Laura Laura says:

    Devil’s Desire was a wildly popular romance novel that was first published in 1975 It was author Laurie McBain’s first novel and she continued on to have a very successful career as a romance novelist in the 1970’s and 80’s Sadly Devil’s Desire had gone out of print but Sourcebooks has published a new edition of this novel this monthElysia Demarice is the beautiful daughter of aristocratic parents that has fallen on hard times since her parents’ untimely death in Regency England When Elysia’s evil Step Aunt tries to force her to marry an odious man she runs away to London On her way she crosses the path of Lord Alex Trevegne Known as “the Devil” Alex has a temper and is a known seducer of women Elysia is not impressed by Alex and he finds himself attracted by the only woman who dares to talk back to him When scandal forces them together will Elysia and Alex be able to find true love and happiness?I liked the Cinderella aspect of this story and loved heroine Elysia She has grit and beauty Elysia starts the book with nothing but the rags on her back but is able to rise above it all to find loveMy only problem with this novel is the hero Alex Alex is a vintage 1970’s hero that takes what he wants and is not a very nice guy He is handsome but he spends his time misunderstanding Elysia and being cruel to her all in the name of love I just wanted to yell at Alex “Just talk to her you idiot” Devil’s Desire had romance adventure a great heroine and a fantastic secondary romance story Louisa and Ian The only drawback for me was that I didn’t really like Alex and I also thought the ending was a bit abrupt

  8. Gaby Gaby says:

    In Devil's Desire Laurie McBain is not afraid to have her romantic lead go through a tortuous path of trials and tribulationsIt opens with Elysia after she'd been orphaned and been taken advantage of by an aunt that she'd had no previous contact with As the nonstop abuse is destroying her spirit Elysia takes matters into her own hands and runs away Her first attempt at freedom shows how unprepared she is for the world But she's smart beautiful and in the right place at the right time and we all know how that last one is key Alex the man she meets during her first adventure has the worst reputation but he takes her under his wing offers her protectionThey're both surprised at how uickly they bond Although there are obstacles to their happy ever after such as jealous former mistresses the usual hurt feelings and misunderstandings Devil's Desire is a fun romantic escape with its likable characters plot twists and satisfying ending I think it's a keeperISBN 10 1402242417 Paperback 799Publisher Sourcebooks Casablanca; Reprint edition November 1 2010 312 pagesReview copy provided by the publisher

  9. BRNTerri BRNTerri says:

    PUBLISHING INFO Avon 1975REISSUED Sourcebooks 112010GENRE Historical RomanceSETTING EnglandAUTHOR IMAGE linkMY GRADE DSPOILER REVIEW This was awful I don't know what year this took place or how old Alex and Elysia are I'm going to assume this was the 1800's possibly 1700's Elysia's parents and brother died two years before and she's been living with her abusive and mentally ill aunt since Her aunt is her mother's step sister and she's extremely jealous of her has been since they were little After being locked into her bedroom Elysia can't take it any and runs away by jumping out the window She ends up at an inn called Wayfare's Rest and that's where she meets Alex We never hear from Aunt Agatha againThere's a villain Jason Bellingham who's out to get Alex He hates him for not allowing him to marry his ward Catherine but Jason doesn't let his hatred for Alex show They're at the inn together and Jason comes up with a plan to drug both Alex and Elysia so he can put them in bed together so Alex will have to marry her due to a presumed scandal His plan worked but also backfired on him as Alex and Elysia were fine with marrying each other That part bugged me greatly Neither of them were angry about what happened The marriage happened too early on in the story about a third of the way They married and got along for awhile then Alex turned into a jealous abusive ass He once grabbed her by the arm and later shook her by both arms two different times and told her he'd hit her in the face if he wasn't a 'gentleman' It was said too many times that he had 'hawk like features'The story got worse Another crazy nut Mrs Black was out to kill Elysia and tried to twice She's jealous because her teen daughter Louisa can't marry Alex because he's now married to Elysia While laying there injured in the woods her 'dead' bother Ian showed up after being presumed dead for two years Adding him to the story was so unnecessary All it did was add a bunch of BS to a story that wasn't good anyway Adding Alex's brother Peter to the story was a waste tooThere were too many jealous mentally unstable people in this book; Abusive aunt Agatha Jason Mrs Blackstone and Alex's ex mistress Mariana WoodleyI was enjoying the story until Alex and Elysia were OK with getting married The only parts l liked were those involving Jason I'd hoped he would be out to sabotage their marriage but it wasn't to be He did his evil deed and was done away with He could have gotten together with Alex's ex mistress and done some real damageI absolutely hate the new cover Elysia's supposed to have red gold hair not auburn On the original cover her hair color is right but it's not curly like stated in the book

  10. Tracy T. Tracy T. says:

    An oldie but goodie Very good audible narrationI really enjoyed listening to this story I do believe I read this book back in the 1970's But wanted to give the audible a try I liked the characters and character development I did think that Alex the hero of the story was a bit too hard and cold but still likable Elysia the heroine was a strong for the most part she had her stupid moments though The story had a little mystery deceit smuggling and romance There was not much dialogue in this book and would have like but the story was good Historical romance stories and writing sure has changed since the 1970's There was sex in the book not graphic in anyway but it was thereFor a book written almost 40 years ago it was enjoyable and entertainingAs for the narration she did a great job The men sounded like men and everyone had their own distinct voice Marian Hussey is very pleasant and relaxing to listen tooI got this book on my KU for free and paid 349 for the audible So yes it was worth the money for sure

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