When I received DESIRED by Nicola Cornick it reminded me of when we met in Washington, DC at the RWA Conference. It was chaos during the book signing but what a wonderful time we had nevertheless. She graciously accepted an invitation to dinner where we talked about her books, her life in England, her wonderful pets, and the fabulous time we were all having in DC.
What I walked away with then and what I am reminded of now is how kind she was to answer my questions about everything. She never rushed me through what I wanted to know and accepted my naïve knowledge of life outside the United States. World traveler I am not so I live my life vicariously through others and their experiences. My other memory is how she spoke of her animals and the love she has for them. I too am an animal lover and when we get started on our pets that conversation goes on forever and is also pleasurable.
We have remained email friends, drop a note asking how things are going, and in general try our best to stay in touch. This is the friendships we keep and never lose even though they are not next door but an ocean away. I am grateful for them and celebrate them every day of my life.
I am proud to let you know that I received a copy of DESIRED from Nicola Cornick to be given away along with a bookmark. To be eligible to win please leave a comment on “how far away does one of your close friends live?” then come back on Sunday – December 18th to see if you have won. Please remember if you do not come back, you will not know if you won, because I am going to need your address.
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REVIEW from Mary Gramlich "The Reading Reviewer"
DESIRED by Nicola Cornick
Book #5 in the Scandalous Women of the Ton Series
11/11 – Harlequin - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Should I stop running and let you catch me?
Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent has to turn her terrible reputation around to save everything she cares for. Tess is determined to find a biddable man to marry her and has a remarkable knowledge of the institution, as this will be her fourth time down the aisle. Love may have certain advantages but control of the relationship is essential to its long-term success.
After much thought and research, Tess has found the perfect man to suit her plans, Captain Owen Purchase, the Viscount Rothbury. This man is titled albeit through odd circumstances and he is a Yankee of all things but these are problems she can overcome because he has the one thing she covets, a sterling reputation. Owen fits the requirements and her proposition of a marriage in name only should be perfect for both of them or so Tess assumes. Owen for reasons he cannot begin to understand is drawn to Tess and his desire for her is rampant and something he is trying unsuccessfully to control. When the prospect of marriage is presented, he devises a plan to repair her reputation while allowing him to entertain all manner of adventure with her delectable body. She may think him incapable of showing her passion but Owen is determined to do just that.
There are so many secrets these two harbor, that digging through them might take forever if not for the fact they are both headstrong and want answers now. Tess fears the touch of another man and believes intimacy will only cause more pain. Owen however is going to prove her wrong and trusts her enough to reveal those dark places he also hides from which will draw them closer together to fight the demons outside the door.
With rebellion among the masses surrounding them, the ton looking down upon them, and family not rallying support for this union Tess and Owen move on and learn to live as a couple. The problems will not go away and the secrets when revealed may ruin both of them, but when they are in each other’s arms, nothing seems impossible to overcome.
When you look for a romantic read and dream of magical endings Nicola Cornick delivers with every book. This series has moved flawlessly from one amazing story to the next with characters rich with mystery and beaming with the love of life. Each one blends to the next but can be read alone, but why would you limit yourself to just one book when there are so many more to enchant you.