Raised in India, Miss Georgiana Knight is an impetuous free spirit who has a mind of her own. Since her mother died when she was young, Georgie is used to taking care of the men in her life. The younger sister of two formidable soldiers and the daughter of one of the key stakeholders in the East India, Georgie is used to fighting for what she believes in and usually gets her way. With such shining examples of male dominance in her household, she is wary of marrying anyone who does not live up to the impossible standards that she has established. Georgie was named after her aunt, the notorious Hawkscliffe Harlot, and takes the famed duchess's teachings to heart. As the previous Georgiana stated, "Wedlock is a padlock," and Georgiana refuses to be tied down unless she knows for sure that it is with a man who will treat her as an equal and love her without measure.
Lord Ian Prescott, the Marquess of Griffith, has traveled to India in his role as a diplomat to broker peace between the nation of Janpur and England. An old friend of the Hawkscliffe family, Ian plans to accept their hospitality during his stay and has sought out the help of Georgie's brothers, Gabriel and Derek. What he does not expect, is to meet the impetuous Miss Knight and immediately be drawn in by her beauty, volatile nature, and cloying charm. Ian cannot afford a distraction during his negotiations, and if Georgie is anything she is that. When she makes it clear that she plans to accompany him on the trip to Janpur, Ian makes plans to ensure that she is safe in Calcutta and away from danger. Little does he know that Georgie cannot be so easily handled, and his attempts at managing her only further remind her of the teaching's of her infamous aunt. Will Ian be the one to tame Georgie's volatile nature, or will her feminist ideals and quick temper be too much for even England's finest diplomat to mellow?
Her Only Desire is the first story in Gaelen Foley's new series about the Indian branch of the Knight family. The previous books about the London Knights (ie, The Duke, Lord of Fire, Lord of Ice, Lady of Desire, Devil Takes a Bride, One Night of Sin, Her Wicked Kiss) introduced us to the formidable family and I fell in love with them over the course of these novels. When the series ended with Her Wicked Kiss, I was disappointed to say the least. I needn't have worried. Gaelen Foley has brought back my favorite family with these stories about their Eastern-bred cousins and Her Only Desire is the perfect start to this new series.
Georgiana is all that I would have expected from the famous Hawkscliffe Harlot's namesake. She is full of pride, willful, and at times too arrogant, but she is also fiercely loyal, idealistic, and willing to do anything for her friends. Over the course of the book, she changed from a stubborn hoyden so focused on her own ideas of right and wrong that she refused to see any other possibility, to a caring, compassionate young woman who was able to see that life just isn't black and white. Likewise, Ian began the book as the consummate diplomat and quiet hero who would let nothing stand in the way of success, least of all love. With Georgie's help he learned that there was more to life that serving one's country and doing one's duty, and that love and happiness should have a place as well. Together these two found a lasting love, and their story is told with all the thoughtful imagery and careful plotting that you would expect from Gaelen Foley. This book was enjoyable from start to finish, and though it isn't quite on par with the previous books about the Knight family, it's definitely a good start to this new series. I would definitely recommend it for anyone in the mood for a thoroughly fulfilling, richly-told romance.