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Her Only Desire (Spice Trilogy #1)

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From the exotic splendors of India to the elegant ballrooms of Regency London, celebrated author Gaelen Foley pens the enthralling tale of a luscious beauty who has sworn never to call any man her master, and the powerful marquess whose passion threatens to conquer her. . . .

Born into the wealthy British ruling class of India, Georgiana Knight is as unconventional as she i
Paperback, 453 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2007)
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✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ Hearts Cole, Lucas, Jesse  & James ✝✝
The writing wasn't cutting well. So, I couldn't finish it!

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Apr 10, 2009 seton rated it it was ok
Ian, a Marquess, is on a diplomatic mission and arrives in India where he meets Georgiana (Georgie) Knight and her two brothers (whose own books will arrive at a book store near you soon). Georgie gets into physical danger. Ian bails her out. Georgie gets into more danger. Ian bails her out but now Georgie and her bros must leave India for good. Ian proposes to Georgie in England after knowing her for the equivalent of two whole days. Just like in a Barbara Cartland novel but without the stutter ...more
Mar 21, 2012 Karen rated it it was ok
This one was alright, but I wasn't very impressed at all the important things that got skimmed over and left out, like the fact that Georgiana left the home and country she knew her whole life and never seemed to miss it. She left so abruptly she never got to see her home or the nursemaid who raised her or her best friends again. She just left and went to England and never looked back? I find that extremely hard to believe. Also, I'm annoyed by Georgiana just settling down in England and the fac ...more
Jan 12, 2013 Holmes221B rated it liked it
I really liked it in the was interesting, it was different!
Despite the historical inaccuracies (a lot of them, and MAJOR ones!) I liked where the story seemed the be heading - seemed being the operative word here.

Foley lost me somewhere after 50% ...the story seemed to have ended, yet she started on a new plotline. And I thought the new plotline was inspired by Rebecca. You have Max Ian, the gentleman who suddenly becomes a dark and broody character on returning to his estate, Reb
Aug 29, 2013 Annii rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
The action of this book opens in India with our heroine, Georgiana Knight, rushing in where angels fear to tread in order to save an Indian friend from a bride-burning. She is rescued by English diplomat Ian Prescott, the Marguess of Griffith. The absurdity continues from there into a weak and unbelievable plot that includes Georgiana arriving on the back of an elephant to visit an Indian king, the murder of an Indian prince, a triumphant return to England, and the kidnapping of the Marquess' so ...more
Devz Milady
Oct 20, 2015 Devz Milady rated it did not like it
Being an Indian and Hindu, it offends me seriously when Western authors sweep every different religion in the East under 1 carpet and takes a "holier-than-thou' attitude about it.

Hinduism has nothing called Purdah, it doesnt condone Polygamy.
Nor does it allow treating a woman as anything less than a male's equal.
The most famous representation of Lord Shiva and his wife- as Ardhanareeswara, is a testimony to this.

Not to mention the fact that life of women in 19th century England wasn't such a pe
Elizabeth Bennet
Mar 24, 2015 Elizabeth Bennet rated it it was amazing
The notorious Hawkscliffe Hrlot has a niece named after her and she lives in India. I love everything about this girl she's a free spirit and has friends in harems that she's willing to risk her life for. That's where Georgie meets the handsome Lord Griffith. Ian is blown away by the sight of Georgie on horse back but where he comes from woman don't behave in such a manner. This is his problem because the part that knows its wrong is struggling with the half that is turned on by her antics. She ...more
Aug 18, 2014 Saptorini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gara-gara Dani aka Perdani ngomongin novel ini pas kopdar, akhirnya aku berusaha mencarinya. Syukur deh ada di rental langganan. Meskipun sempat aku taruh setelah baca beberapa halaman awal, tapi akhirnya aku teruskan dan ternyata keren, to.
Berlatar India pas masih dikuasai Inggris, dan di London pada setengah bab akhir. Sempat disebut juga wilayah Goa, dan menurutku itu Kerajaan Goa di Sulawesi, kan? Wah, researchnya keren nih si penulis.

Heroin-nya si Georgiana ini yang bikin aku terus baca mes
Dec 18, 2012 Sari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bukunya baguuuuus..... suka ma alur ceritanya. Georgina walo awalnya nyebelin krn sok tau, tapi lama2 karakternya bagus, kuat, ga gampang nyerah, ga cengeng, ga berburuk sangka n mau mendengarkan tanpa menilai jelek terlebih dahulu, pinter dan menyenangkan. Ian walo kesannya sok jaim dan suram, tapi menarik utk dibaca, apalagi Matthew lucu bgt n satu lagi yg gw suka, penjahatnya dpt pembalasan yang setimpal jadi seru. Pengen baca buku kedua ttg Derek, tapi bosen ma HR, jadi lanjut nanti ja ;p
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
After the fantastic Knight Miscellany series I was little disappointed with this first in The Spice Trilogy spin-off. The plot was a little far fetched, some details glossed over and it lacked the emotional depth of her previous novels.
Verity W
May 02, 2016 Verity W rated it did not like it
Oof. This had too much going on - and much of it was bad. The start felt like a Sultan and his hareem variation, but repositioned in India. I'm in no way an Indian history expert, but lots of this did not fit at all with what I've previously read about the culture and societies there at the time.

Then off she went to England where there was a Rebecca-cum-Jane-Eyreish section and I nearly rolled my eyes so hard they fell out of my head.

There were enough ideas in here for 2 or 3 category romance t
KJ, Madame Librarian
Aug 18, 2015 KJ, Madame Librarian rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
I wanted to like this one. I really did. I appreciated that the Georgie, while identifying with a great deal of Indian culture, was conscious of not appropriating culturally. Most especially, she finds that while she can't understand her friend Lakshmi's decision to live in purdah, she has to accept it without trying to put a western frame on it.

That said, as soon as she got to London, it was like all her memories of India magically disappeared. Lakshmi and Meena are never mentioned again. She n
Hmm...I dunno what to say, really. I thought Georgie was okay. She was interesting--well, at least compared to Ian. Ian...he was just...boring. I found nothing about him interesting or new or overly likable. The brothers were interesting and I liked the bond this offshoot of the Knight clan has -- they're so visibly close (which is especially noticeable in the epilogue). I would have liked to see the main Knight clan meeting Georgiana -- particularly Jacinda, since she was the only one I recall ...more
Oleta Blaylock
Jun 12, 2014 Oleta Blaylock rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Spice Trilogy. We have met Ian Prescott, Marquess of Griffith in the Knight Miscellany series. Ian has been friends with Knight brothers for most of his life. Ian is also a diplomat. He is called to India to broker a treaty that will prevent a war. When he arrives in Bombay he is taken off guard by a young woman riding hell bent for a funeral. He goes to her rescue and finds Georgiana “Georgie” Knight. He is smitten with the hellion. Georgie leads him on a merry cha ...more
May 01, 2010 Joy rated it really liked it
I loved everything about this book and I'd recommend it to those looking for a good historical romance novel, or just something to spice up your reading appetite. Although this could be a stand-alone novel, I suggest one reads this after the Knight miscellany series.

Enter the Knight brothers' cousins Gabriel, Derek, and Georgiana. We met their father in the last Knight miscellany book "His Wicked Kiss" (Jack's story), and this is Georgiana's story. She's really a character, I loved her innocence
Jan 21, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lumayan sih 3,5 bintang. Ceritanya unik settingnya juga gak biasa, dan menurutku keren aja deh India :D, dengan semua adat budayanya. Tapi berlaku separuh buku doang sisanya khas HR. Aku menyayangkan kenapa gak tetap di India aja sih, keren kan. Tapi ada beberapa hal yang bikin aku gmn gitu :
1. Mereka kissu wet pertama di TEMPAT SEMBAHYANG omg itu tempat suci kenapa dinodai sih.
2. Ada yg aneh dengan hero dan heroinya, kadang sifatnya gak keukuh aja labil apa ya, penggambaranya kurang sesuai.
Fanny Roswita Ria
Baiklah, ini seri dari Gaelen Foley yg lain yang menurut gw bagus lah ceritanya. Bersettingkan India,Kerajaan Janpur (Maharaja), dengan hero yg berprofesi diplomat Inggris mendapatkan mandat utk menyelamatkan pasukan kalvari Inggris di India dari serangan kaum Pandari yg dilindungi oleh salah seorang keluarga "Maharaja" yaitu Bao Raji yg tdk lain dan tdk bukan masih adik dari Ratu Sujana, istri dari Raja Janpur yg paling disegani oleh masyarakat India.

Heroine sendiri adalah putri bungsu dari Kla
Rachel (BAVR)
I've been on a delightful Gaelen Foley binge for the last couple of weeks, but it seems the time has come for a break. Nothing about Her Only Desire particularly offended me, but my spirit animal still managed to grow increasingly bitchy with every page of text. After a book's worth of screeching and clawing at my brain, I decided that both of us - my inner spirit animal and I - need a break.

So let me preface this review by boldly stating: I like Gaelen Foley's books! But this book was maybe /
Jan 23, 2016 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: h-r, gaelen-foley, 2013
Bintang 3

Suka 1/2 bagian pertama dari buku ini yg bersetting di India dengan konflik dan penggambaran karakter orang orang di India yg eksotis dan mistis. Georgie pun terasa eksotis disini. Seru saat Knight bersaudara menimbulkan kekacauan di istana maharaja.
1/2 bagian terakhir yg bersetting di London dan pedalaman Inggris menurutku datar saja walau ada ketegangan saat penculikan Matthew, kejar kejaran dan baku uantamnya kurang seru. Masa lalu Ian juga kurang membuat aku simpatik. Hampir seluruh
Kay Bolton
Jul 16, 2013 Kay Bolton rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
Review taken from my Blog Post #107 - another one that I borrowed from the Library back in April 2011, and thought I would share my thoughts:

This one was really the first the the Knight Cousins' spin-offs, about Georgiana Knight (Sister to Gabriel & Derek).

Raised all her life in India, Georgiana is very often left alone, but has made a life and friends independently, and therefore sees no wrong in inviting the cool and reserved Ian Prescott, Marquess of Griffith to stay when he arrives on a
May 12, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it it was ok
Gaelen Foley has made her name known in the romance genre. "Her Only Desire" is very reminisce of her older romances but overall this story is a little stale. Her description of India and their culture where the first part of the book takes place is quite remarkable, but overall the reader wants more in the terms of interaction between the hero and the heroine. Both are delightful in their own way but something we have seen before- the "spunky" perfect heroine who adores the stiff yet handsome h ...more
Kyle Nicole
May 23, 2013 Kyle Nicole rated it it was amazing
Hmmmm, were should I start??...
Well I've read this for quite some time already so I'd probably missed "a-lot" of things here but nevertheless, I will never forget on how AWESOME this book is.It started as enchanting as the other Knight books is, enchanting and beguiling as ever! but in the middle part, I thought I was lost, like where did my Gail go??so I decided to put it down..days,weeks,it was just their like I've lost my mind, but when I picked it up again,DAMN!!Why did I put it away anyway?
Hacedores Desierto
Supongo que os extrañará encontraros con una reseña de este género a mis manos, pero qué os puedo decir, lo cierto es que me gusta leer todo tipo de libros. Da una objetividad difícilmente alcanzable de otro modo. En este caso, además, tenía una cierta curiosidad, dado la época tan interesante en que se sitúa esta historia, en mitad de la colonización inglesa de la India. Ya que apenas tengo conocimientos históricos sobre esa parte de la historia, ha sido un acercamiento distinto al que me viene ...more
Feb 23, 2014 Kat rated it did not like it
This was shoddily researched. The set-up setting seemed a mish mash between 19th century John Company Calcutta and early 20th century Imperial Calcutta. The geography is all mixed up, the Indian names are inauthentic, and the customs referred to are a mash-up of three religions.

Apart from that, the author managed to get none of the atmosphere that I actually read this book for.

Huge disappointment.
May 10, 2010 Jessi rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Georgiana Knight is as beautiful as her aunt... and as headstrong. When Ian Prescott first encounters her, she is interrupting a death funeral, trying to save a friend. She then follows him to King Johar's palace where he is trying to arrange a peace treaty. Everything blows up when, in trying to help, Georgiana is discovered by the king's son. When the son tries to kill her, Georgiana's brothers (also at the palace) kill him. That's when all hell breaks loose and they have to escape. Ian manage ...more
Dec 30, 2015 N rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the action and all of the secondary characters (especially little Matthew). However, Georgiana was really annoying the first half of the book - she was so self righteous, stubborn and childish. Then, all of a sudden, she was a different person in the second half. I'm glad it ended on a good note though.
Lynne Tull
Aug 29, 2013 Lynne Tull rated it did not like it
Shelves: regency-romance
I wish I had remembered to read my "Don't Read" list before I had ordered all three of this Trilogy. Normally, I like Gaelen Foley stories, but not this one. These stories are connected to The Knight Family books whichd I liked. To me these characters had no depth and were at times silly. The text was stilted and uninspiring almost sophomoric. I started to read this book several years ago and put it down because I wasn't interested in Indian culture or history. Ms. Foley seemed more interested i ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Lauren rated it liked it
I liked the characters, but this felt like two and a half books squished into one. There's India, England, and then the assassin. And tragic backstory, but that's kind of part of the England story-line. This made for some awkward pacing. But overall it was just an alright read.
Mar 12, 2016 Abigail rated it liked it
I've been waiting to read Ian's story for a while and this was super fun. There's international intrigue, India, escapes, elephants; all good things. Georgie is an interesting heroine if a bit naive. It's nice to stay in the world of the Knight family.
Jenny Eldridge
This is a cultural diverse book that takes the characters from British held India to Regency England in a sweeping love story. Great plot & character development. I think this is a part of a series I will enjoy reading again & again.
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