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Desired (The Scandalous Women of the Ton #5)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  496 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Her wicked ways were the talk of the ton...

Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent, is rumored to have exhausted her four deceased husbands with her insatiable needs. So it’s no surprise that every rake in the ton wants to bed her. If they only knew…through clever marriages to men who would ask nothing of her physical self, Tessa has remained rather innocent in the ways of t
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Juliana Philippa
This was my first Nicola Cornick romance, and I’ll admit that after reading the summary of Desired I was somewhat apprehensive. The heroine, Tess, is not my favorite type for historical romances, but I have been trying to read outside of my romance “comfort zone.” I’m happy to say that with this book, my taking a chance most definitely paid off. While I had some problems with the book overall, the writing was very good and the main characters drew me in right from the beginning.

The Romantic Re
4.5 stars

I feel that I've found a new favorite author in Nicola Cornick. I've only read two books from her but in both, she manages to write emotional, heartfelt tales and heroes who I deeply care for. In this one, we meet Lady Tess as she escapes from a brothel during a raid. Teresa (or Tess) is a most scandalous woman by the ton's standards: married and widowed three times, she has managed to amass a large fortune from her dead husbands which she spends in gambling, clothes, jewels and her var
Jane Stewart
Heroine stupidity. Unsupported illogical events. I did not like the narrator’s interpretations.

The first half was pretty good. But the second half had me wishing it were over. I wanted to skim but I couldn’t because it was an audiobook. Too much heroine stupidity. Too many stupid events were not well supported. For example, parents are mad at daughter D and don’t want son to visit D. Son could have visited D by saying he was going to a club or elsewhere. Instead Tess pretends to be having an aff
Desired was one of those books that would have been way better if it hadn't been chock full of unnecessary side plots. Both main characters needed at least 80 years to live everything that supposedly happened to them.

Owen is an American who had been in the Navy, fought against the British in some war, became a privateer, then an explorer, then fought FOR the British in the Napoleonic Wars once he inherited an impoverished Viscountcy. While all this was going on, he also found time to defend the
Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
This was just ok for me. Nothing really special honestly. It just seems to be another drop in the historical romance bucket that has been dumped over my head this year. I enjoy historical romance very much, but so many of these books are the same. The plotlines, concepts, and scandals seem to meld together in one big gooey historical romance fondue pot, giving me the constant feeling I'm pretty sure I've dipped my bread in this cheese before.
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic

Expected Release Date: November 29, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQNBooks
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Scandalous Women of the Ton
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone but benefits from being read in order.
Steam Level: Steamy

Tess Darent, the Much Married Marchioness has wed and buried three husbands,
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
DESIRED is the fifth book in Nicola Cornick's excellent Scandalous Women of the Ton series and it is definitely my favourite so far. Bringing together two secondary characters from previous books, Tess, the Dowager Lady Darent and Owen Purchase, former sea captain, now Viscount Rothbury, Ms Cornick has created a deeply emotional love story which captured my interest from the very first page.

Tess Darent has a reputation for being mercenary, amoral and extravagant which suits her purposes perfectl
Jul 26, 2012 Katrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess Darent is depicted as the scandalously notorious widow. She has had many husbands and is on the hunt for number 4…

After a bad run of events, Tess swore she would only marry a man who was impotent and for name use only. Someone to hide behind her drawings as the notorious ( Jupiter ) and save her stepdaughters name.

On a hunt through the brothels looking for Jupiter , Owen meets and catches Tess Darent unaware. The connection is instant... Owen wanders why this beauty is hanging out the Bro
In the early morning hours today I finished “Desired” by Nicola Cornick the 5th book in the “Scandalous Women of the Ton” series, to hand it down to my mom. I rarely read books in the correct order. So I have read #3, #4 and #5 – maybe I should really start to read the first two books soon and they are already waiting to be read on my TBR shelf.
“Desired” was different from the other two books in this series.
Tess’, Lady Darent’s, expectations in a husband are easy: old, impotent and rich. Two o

This is the first "book" .. I listened to the audio book actually that is the author and I was unaware that it was apart of a series .. I must go back and see the pervious stories ASAP

Summary: I just fell heads over heels in love with this book! Everything about it just got me so excited and giddy! I fell in love with the plot and the characters!


Teresa is a woman who is just the center of the London Ton's gossip groups after securing four husbands who are now deceased. She has als
Oct 13, 2011 Lisarenee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"What were you doing there, Lady Darent?" His tone was still as courteous as before but that courtesy cloaked an edge of steel....
"Why does anyone visit a brothel, Lord Rothbury?" She said lightly. "If you have an imagination, now would be the time to use it." She arched an ironic brow.

Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent, has a reputation. She's been widowed three times and is thought to marry those with money and ailing health. She's said to have "the face of an angel and the reputation
I think I need to take a break from HR books. The last few I've read by authors I usually really enjoy have only been meh. This one was no different. It wasn't bad. It was so meh I don't even feel like writing a review for it.

The MCs were OK. The one issue I did have is that the heroine seemed to get over her trauma really fast like almost as soon as she revealed what happened to the hero. I'd also like to read a HR where the heroine owns her sexuality and deserves her scandalous reputation as o
Lady Wesley
Jan 02, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading about a mature non-virgin (view spoiler) heroine and a truly heroic hero. I'll definitely check out more books by Nicola Cornick.
Head in the clouds
Oh god I can't get over the bitch of a sister - I wanted to slap her six ways to Sunday and were doing so well until you just forgot to mention you were in love with your wife's sister for the past few years then (view spoiler)

I am tole
Titinha Scaeiro
Gostei... Adorei os protagonistas... ^_^
***original review posted at Romancing Rakes***

Oh man! What a great book. I read the first three books of this series and somehow missed out on Notorious (which I will go back and read when I get a chance) but Desired is my favorite. That Owen Purchase, recently minted Viscount Rothbury, is something else.

Tess Darent is the tons scandalously notorious widow. She's racking up husbands like a man collecting mistresses. Husband #1 was her best friend. Husband #2 was an old drunk. Husband #3 did a n
Feb 08, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With perhaps the most scandalous, oversexed reputation in the Ton, it's not surprising that Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent, would have a few skeletons in her closet. But her deepest secret would shock them all: she's terrified of intimacy, and most of her four marriages have been solely marriages of convenience. Her rakish (yes, I just used "rakish" for a woman-- it fits) and flighty reputation, however, is the perfect cover for her radical, potentially treasonous pursuits as a subversive ...more
Nicola Cornick was well on her way onto my favourite authors list, and then the last forty pages of Desired happened.

But let's go back and start with the good, shall we.

Cornick introduces our heroine Lady Tess Darent, a dowager three times over, in the middle of an awkward escape. She's carrying the infamous Jupiter's cartoons and needs to leave the bawdy house undetected before the soldiers seize her.

Hot on her heels is a reformed rebel Owen Purchase who despite having been an American pirat
Dec 13, 2011 Liza rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desired is the first book I’ve read by Nicola Cornick, but won’t be my last. I was lucky enough to get an early copy from NetGalley. I usually don’t read books in a series out of order, but when I read about Desired, I knew I had to break my own rule. Personally, I think it stands alone pretty well, but I do see myself reading the other books in the series in the future, so I can learn more about each of the couples.

I liked the characters in Desired very much, especially Tess and Owen, and I lov
Jen (Red Hot Books)
The last thing Tess wants is another husband. She's had three already. And through his abuse, one of them destroyed her ability to be intimate. So she is just fine being single. She spends her vast amounts of money supporting charities that help women in need. And she spends her time and considerable talents supporting the reformist movement.

But as the book begins she is faced with two problems. The first comes in the form of a vile man trying to blackmail her into giving up her 15 year-old step
Jan 25, 2012 Daisy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I really enjoyed Mistress at Midnight and Notorious by the same author, so I was hoping to enjoy this one just as much! That didn't quite work out for me, but it was still a nice read.

Mistress by Midnight got me wondering about Tessa, cause she's the sister of the heroine of that particular historical romance and she sounded absolutely intriguing. And she is! She is such a strong character and has been through a lot and basically didn't talk about it with anyone cause she felt she couldn't. Whic
Rose May
Sep 20, 2011 Rose May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, b-to-b-plus
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf ( Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC review copy!

Book 5 in The Scandalous Women of the Ton series

This book was great – and very disappointing. The book was well on its way to being an A+ book, and the first 90% deserves that A+ rating. The last 10%... not so much. The absolute disappointment made me want to give this book a superbly low rating, but Cornick really does write
Mar 23, 2012 Avry15 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
originally appeared on:Bookshelf Confessions

"Let them whisper-the more they whisper, the farther away they are from the truth". –I really loved this quote from Tessa.:)

This is the first book that I’ve read from this author, and I wasn’t disappointed, the story had me at its best.. :D I usually avoided writing long reviews, but this is the shortest I could manage with this book..:)

Aside from the very beautiful cover, Desired is a book that covers not only romance, but also politics (reforms) and
Alaiel Kreuz
Dec 19, 2011 Alaiel Kreuz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tessa has a really bad reputation, specially in her time but she didn't care. What if people thought she was some sort of "black widow"? What if they were always whispering behind her back about her young lover? Or about the crazy parties she usually frequented? "Let them whisper"- was what she always said- "the more they whisper the far away they are from the truth".

And it worked like a charm. While everyone assumed she was a complete "featherbrain" she was in fact the opposite: the cartoonist
Jo (My House of Books)
almost 3.5 stars

Tessa Darent didn't want another husband; she'd buried three, who weren't much use to her other than the state of her financial affairs, so why would she need another? Owen Purchase, however, is too damn smart for his own good. When he stumbles upon her shimmying out of a window of a brothel, he steps in to "rescue" her. He's able to put two-and-two together (almost) and discover Tessa's true passion as a political satire cartoonist. When Tessa's step-daughter's future is threate
A Victim of Bad Timing
Dowager Marchioness Teresa Darent leads an absolutely scandalous life. Married three times, each at her own request, she's buried three husbands, amassed a rather large fortune, and spends her time drawing all manner of gossip from the ton. She finds it works quite nicely to keep her real actions and intentions out of public eye and off public lips.

After all, who would believe that a shallow, salacious woman such as she appears to be could be the same woman who spends a goo
Mary Gramlich
Dec 08, 2011 Mary Gramlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 relationsh
Apr 17, 2012 Cassia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading #4, for me, in the series of Cornick’s “The Scandalous Ladies of the Ton”.

Tess is one of the lovely Fenner sisters and she is in trouble. Since the beginning of the story, she is blackmailed and risks jail for being a reformist. She has been married three times, but needs a fourth husband to shield her from all these threats. She’ll find the best candidate in Owen Purchase, American friend of Tess’ brother-in-law since a long time, spy, adventurer, landowner.

I loved the main character of
I liked this book but I was disappointed in a phenomenon I call lying-blurbs.
I thought Tess would be completely innocent in the bedroom and that the whole ton would be assuming Owen impotent.

If by the "whole ton" you think Tess because she misread a brothel madam's hand signals then the blurb is fairly accurate. Since no-one considers that the whole ton expecting what I did is only going to be a disappointment.

On a non-"I misunderstood the tone of the book" note Tess and Owen are absolutely fan
Originally posted at My Book Musings.

I have been reading Nicola Cornick’s Scandalous Women of the Ton’s books 1 (Whisper of Scandal) and 3 (Mistress of Midnight) and I just finished the fifth book. I’ll be writing a review of the fifth book only because of the three books, it is the one I enjoyed the most.

The Scandalous Women of the Ton focuses mostly around the sisters and friends of the Farren sisters who each became quite mired in scandal. Desired focuses on the story of Tess Darent, the seco
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