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Following in the tradition of The Seduction and The Passion, the third installment in Jordan's Regency-era Notorious series is rife with sensual love scenes and the kind of misunderstandings and misadventures typical of the genre. When English spymaster Lucian Tremayne, the Earl of Wycliff, comes across Brynn Caldwell as she's emerging from the ocean after a swim, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to her and offers for her hand in marriage. Brynn refuses, informing him of her family's curse the women in her family are doomed to lure the men who love them to their death. Unafraid of a mere curse, Lucian convinces Brynn to marry him by offering to help her family out of debt. In a plot twist familiar to Regency fans, Brynn and Lucian each struggle to keep their emotions separate from their desire for one another but, inevitably, love blossoms between the two. This overused story line is enlivened by a subplot involving a gold smuggling operation that strikes close to Lucian's home and leads him to mistrust his beguiling wife. The sex scenes here are fewer and less explicit than in Jordan's earlier entries, but the novel's intricate plot and colorful characters more than compensate. This delightful tale will please fans and newcomers alike.
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While searching for a traitor in Cornwall, Lucian Tremayne, Earl of Wycliff and a spy for the English government, is bewitched by the sight of Brynn Caldwell rising out of the ocean like some foam-bedecked goddess. Vowing to take Brynn as his bride, Lucian is at first thwarted by the beautiful siren, who fears a family curse that dooms any man who falls in love with a Caldwell woman. Family debts eventually force Brynn to wed Lucian, but once Lucian suspects that Brynn may be involved in the scheme to smuggle English gold to the French that he's investigating, he's torn between his duty to his country and his desire for his reluctant new wife. Jordan creates a seething sexual tension between Brynn and Lucian that builds into exquisitely sensual, intimately detailed love scenes, which become an integral part of the plot. Readers who enjoy other sensual historical romance writers like Stephanie Laurens or Robin Schone will find this to be an equally seductive indulgence. John Charles
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Hmmmmm, well it has taken me some time to read "Desire" ... this was initially because I was somewhat disappointed in "Ecstasy". Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003 by Streakblondie
Favorite scene with Brynn-
Going to the fair to see the Gypsy.
Favorite scene with Lucian-
Getting a confession out of his employee. Read more
Our ï¿½heroï¿½ is said to be a great master spy-so how come everyone knows what heï¿½s up to? Read morePublished on May 19 2003 by J. Mullally
That's all this this. I can't express how much I dislike romance novels whose main purpose is to create flimsy scenarios that present opportunities for the hero & heroine to have... Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2002
This was the first book I read by Nicole Jordan and I have since bought & read ALL of her books (yes, I rounded up the oop ones too). Nicole writes a delightful romance. Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2002 by Denise
I wonder if I should rate this book? especially since I am trying to get rid of it. OOPS I mean sell it. This book was so boring I had to force myself to finish. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2002
Having read NJ's first two books of this trilogy (?), I had to purchase DESIRE. Mistake. Couldn't even finish this one. Read morePublished on June 10 2002
Desire is a story about a spy master Lucian Earl of Wycliff. Lucian never considered getting married until he almost dies. Read morePublished on May 10 2002 by Kristi Ahlers
I really enjoyed this book. I thought that her next book would possibly be Grayson's story to follow on finding out who Lord Calibran is (That is the only reason I gave this 4... Read morePublished on April 22 2002