With the smashing success of Lord of Fire and Lord of Ice, Gaelen Foley has confirmed her place as one of historical romance’s hottest talents. Now. With the smashing success of Lord of Fire and Lord of Ice, Gaelen Foley has confirmed her place as one of historical romance’s hottest talents. Now with Lady of. Read “Lady of Desire” by Gaelen Foley with Rakuten Kobo. With the smashing success of Lord of Fire and Lord of Ice, Gaelen Foley has confirmed her place as .
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Impetuous Lady Jacinda Knight is the daughter of a scandalous woman. Though society predicts she’ll follow in her mother’s footsteps, the spirited beauty stands unashamed of her passionate nature. Then one night, in flight from an arranged and loveless marriage, Jacinda finds herself alone on a dangerous street face-to-face with Billy Blade, the notorious leader of a band Impetuous Lady Jacinda Knight is the daughter of a scandalous woman.
Then one night, in flight from an arranged and loveless marriage, Jacinda finds herself alone on a dangerous street face-to-face with Billy Blade, the notorious leader of a band of thieves. His stolen kisses awaken in her a longing for a man she can never possess.
A handsome scoundrel running from a secret past, Billy Blade has never met a woman like Jacinda — her fiery innocence and blossoming sensuality set his rebel’s heart ablaze. Having turned his back on the privilege of his tyrannical father’s house years before, he vows to return to reclaim his title, Earl of Rackford — to win the love of the ravishing beauty who has stolen his heart.
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I haven’t read any of the Knight Miscellany books, but I recently acquired some mismatched historical romance novels, among them Lady of Desire. I don’t have any of the other books in this series, but I was wondering if it would be alright to skip the first three books. Do the previous three lead up to this one in any way?
Would it take away form the stories if I read them out of order? Bethany This answer might be too late in coming, but I have readwith the 4th being Lady of Desire. While you will miss out on a brief encounter where …more This answer might be too late in coming, but I have readwith the 4th being Lady of Desire.
While you will miss out on a brief encounter where the H and h first meet in the previous book, I don’t think it will greatly detract from this one. You won’t get the ‘aha’ moment of their meeting in this one though. Of course, understanding the h’s brothers and their mother’s past helps add depth to this book too, but I think you would catch on relatively well and this would still be an enjoyable read anyway.
See 2 questions about Lady of Desire…. Lists with This Book. Apr 05, Shawna rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I loved, loved, loved this! And this fourth installment, Lady of Desireis another enchanting, lusciously beautiful love story that nearly surpasses with The Duke for my favorite of the series so far.
While running away from an arranged marriage, a series of mishaps finds her alone in an alley, smack in the middle of the most violent area of the rookery, at the mercy of a dangerous, yet beguiling gang leader, the notorious thief and scoundrel, Billy Blade.
Billy Blade is one of the sexiest, most charming, and lovable romantic heroes I absolutely adored him! I loved his flirtatious, sweet, gentle, caring, loyal, chivalrous, giving, tender, yet slightly wicked ways, and his past suffering and wounded, boyish vulnerability made me want to throw my arms around him, squeeze tight in fierce protectiveness, and just never let go.
Here are a couple of my favorite passages: The shock of it sent a jolt of wild joy through him that stole his breath and robbed him momentarily of his common sense.
He felt like an ass. Well, surely we can find a solution. That should solve your problem. Lady of Desire tie 3. Lord of Ice 4. Lord of Fire Heroes: Lady Jacinda Knight 3. View all 43 comments. View all 4 comments. Jul 13, Kimberly Carrington-Fox rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 3 comments.
Sep 24, Julianna rated it really liked it Recommends it for: From what I can tell so far, Ms. Foley seems to be an author who is consistently good. Her attention to history and details really help to bring her stories vividly to life. I really enjoy her exploration of topics outside the social aspects of the tonwhich deftly bring to life the more realistic side of life in that era.
Her descriptions of life in the rookery and some of the social and political issues of the time give voice to a different segment of the population, as well as a stark reminder that unfortunately some things never really change. However, in spite of my appreciation for the author’s strong writing style, I found the storytelling in Lady of Desire was not quite as much to my liking as its predecessors in the series. The story got off to an explosive start, but then seemed to loose some steam especially through the middle, and while the ending satisfactorily wrapped everything up, I felt that it was a little too simplistic.
I realize that when a person believes that death is imminent, they can do some rather unusual and extraordinary things, but ultimately, Billy’s ready forgiveness of his father for a lifetime of hurt and abuse, just didn’t quite ring true to me.
Billy had felt thoroughly unloved and unlovable all his life, and to have just a few words be able erase all that, was a bit too easy in my opinion.
I did like Billy’s realization that even the bad things in life can bring about good if we let them, but again, I felt like his revelation came about a bit too quickly with no real introspection to show how he came to that conclusion. I was also a little disappointed that Lady of Desirelike it’s predecessor, Lord of Icewas somewhat light on the actual romance.
There were just so many things going on in the story that I thought the plot itself in many ways overshadowed the relationship development. At times it felt like a historical novel with romance in it rather than just a romance, but readers who have a preference for that sort of thing should really enjoy this book. I had been extremely intrigued by Billy when he made his first appearance in Lord of Ice. For a thief lord, he was very charming with an air of danger about him that was very appealing.
I was immediately certain that he would play a significant role in a future book sand was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that he would be the hero of this story. I loved Billy’s early scenes with Jacinda in the rookery.
I was instantly mesmerized by his scrumptious bad boy looks and persona as well as his Robin Hood style of robbing the rich to give to the poor, but when he took up his rightful title as Lord Rackford, I felt like he changed a little too much, loosing that aura of mystery and danger. I did enjoy the scenes where he sneaks back to the rookery though. His sly, cunning scheme to exact revenge on his former gang rivals had me grinning from ear to ear.
Typically I would feel a great deal of sympathy for a hero with a past as tortured as Billy’s, and although I did to some degree, it wasn’t as strong as with some other characters of this type that I’ve read.
I think this was because Billy was an extremely intense alpha who rarely allowed himself to be vulnerable. Even in those infrequent moments when he let his guard down a little, I couldn’t help but feel that he was still holding something back. I suppose this was understandable given his past abuse and harsh life in the rookery, but in the end, not wholly satisfying to me.
All in all, Billy was a very interesting hero, just not my favorite kind, but again readers who enjoy this type of character should really like Billy. Jacinda was a strong heroine who was a cross between a sweetheart and a spitfire, but many times I felt like her character was rather uneven.
I really liked the gentleness and intuitiveness that she exhibited with Billy in various ways throughout the book, and I was also impressed that, unlike her brothers, she never seemed to be overly bothered by her mother’s scandalous exploits in life.
Lady of Desire
In fact, although Jacinda was determined not to cheat on her future husband, she otherwise embraced her mother’s legacy, but often her own desire for love and passion made ot afraid of becoming like her mother.
Being the youngest and only daughter in the Knight clan, with all of society including her brothers watching her every move and expecting foey to make the same mistakes that her mother did, I could understand Jacinda feeling trapped and wanting her freedom.
What bothered me though, was the way she tried to go about getting it. She had blown off a potential marriage to Ian Prescott, a very nice family friend, because she knew there would be ladg real affection between them besides brotherly love. Foely she was eager to gain a marriage proposal from another man she didn’t love and who was more than three times her age. This was all in the hopes that he would die quickly, giving her the freedom she craved, which all seemed a little callous and a bit contradictory to other parts of her personality, especially when she continued this reckless pursuit even after her feelings for Billy had become readily apparent.
Luckily she came to her senses before it was too late, but all the lwdy away that was going on from both character’s perspectives made it a little difficult for me to get a good grasp on their relationship and feelings for one another.
Lady of Desire — All About Romance
One thing that I have really enjoyed about Gaelen Foley’s writing so far is that she pulls together a full complement of secondary characters with heroes and heroines from both previous and future books in the series appearing in nearly every one, and oftentimes their role is more significant than a simple cameo.
Robert and Bel, Lucien and Alice, and Damien and Miranda from the first three books all played a part in Lady of Desirewith Lucien in particular being fairly important since Billy had been one of his underworld contacts. Also Lizzie and Alec had pretty substantial roles, and although I was a bit saddened to see their affections for one another dashed, I already knew they were not going to be a couple since each has their own future story.
gelen In fact, the bookish Lizzie becomes the heroine of the next book in the series, Devil Takes a Bride. Even though I had a few if with Lady of Desireit will not stop me from continuing the series. Gaelen Foley just seems to be one of those authors that even when her work isn’t quite spot-on for me, it is still infinitely readable and better than some other authors on their very best days.
Jun 13, Dee rated it it was amazing Shelves: Lady Jacinda Knight is a gaeeln heroine. I desrie sure that if she had been born a good hundred years later she would have been part of the womens Suffragette movement of the early ‘s ; Her eldest brother The Duke of Hawscliffe, who was responsible for her, was reaching the end of his limits and wanted her married off to a strong man who was capable of Lady Jacinda Knight is a brilliant heroine.
I am sure that if she had been born a good hundred years later she would have been part of the womens Suffragette movement of the early ‘s ; Her eldest brother The Duke of Hawscliffe, who was responsible for her, was reaching the end of his limits and wanted her married off to a strong man who was capable of controlling her.
The chosen man was his friend who was a widower with a young son. From the outset it would seem that Billy Blade is a low born ruffian who stopped Jacinda from escaping away to France.
Once he realised who she was, he returned her to her brothers but not before he had kissed her!