Desired (The Scandalous Women of the Ton, #5)
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Desired (The Scandalous Women of the Ton #5)

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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...more
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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 Rel...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
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.
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...more
"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...more
Kati (Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance)
***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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Rose May
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...more
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...more
Alaiel Kreuz
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...more
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...more
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...more
Mary Gramlich
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Desired is the fifth book in The Scandalous Women of the Ton series by Nicola Cornick and my second book by this author.

Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent has a reputation on the ton as a woman of excesses, men, clothes, gambling and alcohol are her passion or at least is what she has let others think of her, but in reality Teresa is more innocent than many, she has serious issues with intimacy and she uses the gossip to hide her real self. The only accusation they could make of her is being...more
Lauren Murphy
Desired is the fifth installment of Nicola Cornicks’ The Scandalous Women of the Ton series. Each book explores a new hero and heroine among the upper class “Ton” in London.

The only other title in this series I have read is Notorious (#4) which I didn’t particularly love mostly in part due to the unlikeable characters. However, Desired I loved! The characters are fantastic, the conflict is well established and the romance is both sweet and sexy.

Teresa “Tess” Darent is on the lookout for husband...more
You can also read this review at Reflections on Reading Romance

Desired is the first Nicola Cornick book I’ve read, but it will not be the last! This was a delightful historical romance that I’ll be re-reading many times, and I can’t wait to catch up on her backlist. There’s plenty of angst to go around, but it’s leavened with a good dose of humor as well, and the mature hero and heroine are a breath of fresh air. Even though Desired is the fifth book in the Scandalous Women of the Ton series, y...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Featherbrained, “shallow as a puddle” are misconceptions that Lady Tess Darent cultivates about herself. Three times a widow, Tess is totally disillusioned about the institution of marriage. Her radical reform work, philanthropy, and her intelligence are secret to all except a few, but her “believed” amoral behavior, her extravagance, and her beauty fascinate and keep the Ton furnished with lots of gossip material. No one knows the fe...more
Debbie (at) I Heart YA Books
Desired is a beautiful Historical Romance. Nicola Cornick penned a heart-melting love story that's captivating. Cornick created a fantastic historical world. The storyline will take you into a world of radicals, abuse, healing and so much more. Teresa and Owen's love had me laughing and crying.

Teresa (Tess) is a woman who has been abused and damaged, and with three marriages, Tess is the gossip of the town. So marriage number four is not what she’s looking for. But when she finds herself in a si...more
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