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What Isabella Desires (Lords of Intrigue #3)

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  338 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Lady Isabella Willoughby has always been patient and proper. But secretly, scandalously, she longs to be wild—to wear daring gowns while dancing the night away. Above all, she craves one thing: To be more than merely a "friend" to Marcus, the dashing, sinfully handsome Lord Roth.

Marcus has everything—power, prestige, wealth . . . enemies. He thrives on danger and lives lif
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published July 31st 2007)
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*4.5 stars to be exact.*

I am so pleased with this final entry in the Lords of Intrigue trilogy! I liked the preceding two, but they were missing the click that I usually have with this author's work. That could very well be because my first tastes of her were with her more recent works, and this trilogy was her debut.

After having quite a bit of back and forth conversation with my friend, Katyana, I've drawn a few parallels in my mind with one of Anne Mallory's other books. It's not that they're
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It’s pretty sad when you finish a book and all you can think about is how boring it was. Such is the case with What Isabella Desires. I am a fan of unrequited love stories, but the affection Isabella had for her childhood friend Marcus was simply not believable. Their love affair was beyond dull to the point that I wondered how these two would co-exist with each other even after they have their HEA.

Marcus Stewart, Lord Roth, doesn’t feel worthy of love for no particular reason that I can see. T
Okay, where should I start? This book was a great read, better than the second book of this series. Isabella Willoughby had been in love with Lord Roth, real name Marcus Stewart, for years. Even when she was married to someone else. It wasn't mentioned whether Marcus also harbored pent-up love for Isabella but I would prefer it if Marcus had been secretly loving Bella all of those years too. Towards the end Marcus did say that he thought he was always in love with her but it's a bit unspecified ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book, I liked it 45% and 65% did not like it. One notable improvement from her previous two novels (Masquerading the Marquess and Daring the Duke), were the increase in passionate love scenes, and how the author presented the situation.

I liked Isabella's character, she's really strong and resilient, someone who's determined to win Marcus. The writing style was effective when it came to her feelings toward Marcus, and how she gets the shivers whenever he's near. I
Where was the ending in this book? It builds up to the main character possible having a mortal degenerate disease. He's all like no I can't get arrows I have this thing. She's like no I love you. He's like oh okay. The end. What happened to them??? Where is at least an epilogue? I like Anne Mallory's booms but feel most have very weak endings...this more than most.
3.5/5.0. The widowed Lady Isabella has been in love with her childhood friend, Marcus aka Lord Roth, for many years since even before her marriage. They've enjoyed a close and comfortable friendship and Marcus appears in no hurry to alter the status quo. He is occupied with building his formidable political reputation during the day and dapping in crime solving intrigues at night in between pondering chess moves to defeat Isabella in their regular chess matches. While I love the unrequited love ...more
What Isabella Desires was the third installment in Anne Mallory’s misleadingly named Lords of Intrigue series (fact: I have never read a less intriguing spy series in my life). Having suffered through the needlessly complex yet totally unsatisfying plot of Masquerading the Marquess, only to find myself pleasantly surprised by the sweet romance and genuine warmth of the characters in Daring the Duke, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the series’ final installment. Unfortunately, things did not en ...more
Elis Madison
Isabella has been pining over Marcus for years, but Marcus only thinks of her as a friend. She's good friend material. She and her husband were friends, too, until her husband died. Now that she's put off her black, Isabella has decided not to go back to being friend material.

To change her image, she has a new wardrobe designed to subtly suggest that she's in the market for a little adventure.

Then she throws herself into the fast set.

Marcus notices.

And his enemies, who are killing the men who
Bronwyn Rykiert
Lady I sabella Willoughby is a widower who has been in love with Marcus Steward, Lord Roth, for 10 years, even before she married her husband George. She waited 3 seasons for him to ask for her but it did not happen. She has now decided that she wants to lure him in so she changes herself into a siren and starts attending parties that she would normally not attend, this does gain Marcus’ attention but it takes him awhile to come around to her way of thinking. This is because of a family secret t ...more
Karen Wilson
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CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?

It's a so-so book. Not my favorite just because there were a lot of reveals that felt very heavy handed.

Marcus reminded me a bit of Nicholas Brisbane of the better written Lady Julia Grey series, and while I liked him I never felt a connection with him. Isabella was nice and a little bland and while she blossomed in the latter half of the book, I never really clicked with her either.

Perhaps if things about Marcus had been set up earlier then I would have cared more about their relationship.
Really enjoyed this one & a fast read. Though, with most Mallory books, I find the ending too abrupt.
The ending was a bit abrupt and anticlimactic, but still a good read.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Isabella is a widow who has never known or used her feminine wiles; her marriage was one of friendship and caring instead of love and passion. Marcus has no interest in marriage and takes lovers very sporadically. Isabella is Marcus' chess partner and friend, but he starts seeing her as more of a desirable woman when she starts dressing more provocatively. She's loved him for years, he learns it, and marriage is looking better to him. Good read!!
It felt like this one was missing about 100 pages of ... dialogue, back story, drama, anything to shore up the premise. It was too thin, and ended up unbelievable, especially the hero's change of heart moment, which must have involved something off site of the book, it changed awfully quickly with no instigation.
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This book was a fun read. I like Ms. Mallory dialogues, makes for an interesting read instead of plain sex.
A well-written historical romance was exactly what I needed. :)
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