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A secret list of the desires of Lady Olivia Rathbourne:

1) Disregard convention
2) Follow my heart
3) Bed the Earl of Wyldewood

A decade ago, Olivia had expected to marry the Earl of Wyldewood, only to have happiness stolen from her before his ring could be placed upon her finger. Now he stands before her, as proud and arrogant and handsome as ever, vowing to rescue her. Well,
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Kindle Edition, 385 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by Harper Collins
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BJ Rose
Jun 23, 2010 BJ Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-regency, series
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Isalys
*Note: Read and reviewed for The Season for Romance.

Viscountess Olivia Rathbourne and Sterling Harrington were once young and hopelessly in love. Just before the announcement of their engagement, Sterling was approached by Olivia’s father with news that she no longer loved Sterling and was to marry a wealthy antiques collector instead. Heartbroken, Sterling banishes Olivia from his life…but never from his thoughts!

Olivia has been trapped in a cruel and unhappy marriage for the past ten years. S
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Jessi
Sep 12, 2010 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tone: Determined, Adventurous, Hopeful
Setting: England, London, Egypt, Cairo, Italy, Venice, Ships, Exotic
Characterization: Widow, Childhood sweethearts, Strong heroine, Stuffy Hero, Wounded
Language: Straight-forward
Pacing: Fast-paced
Other Elements: Spousal abuse, Antiquities, Antique collectors, Treasure hunts

First Line: "'We aren't supposed to be up here,' Sterling Harrington said in his best I-will-be-the-Earl-of-Wyldewood-one-day voice."

I enjoyed this story quite a bit. The heroine, Olivia,
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Judy
May 26, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sterling Harrington is the oldest brother and now Earl of Wyldewood. He was in love with Olivia ten years ago and they were going to get married. Only two days after that decision she was married to someone else.

Ten years of misery between them and now she needs his help. Her husband was a mean and cruel man and she is not sad he was murdered. He has left his will in such a way though that he still has control of her. She needs to complete 3 of his collections or live on the small amount of mone
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Patria
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Mindy
Apr 11, 2010 Mindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by Victoria Alexander and I must say I'm glad I picked it up. The cover is what initially drove me to it...the colors are just so lush!! The characters are well written and the heroine is believable. She only wants to be rid of the memories of an unhappy marriage and she willing to do whatever it takes. I must say I loved Olivia Rathbourne because she is strong but not overbearing but still in a way not to sure of herself. As for Sterling Harrington he is willi ...more
Kindaangelic
I had a problem with this book.....what man in*love* doesnt question his soon to be bride's deciding he wasnt rich enough to marry??? Umm...especially since it was a so called love match, didnt ring true to me. Even tho the earl was suppose to be stuffy,rigid and prideful,wasnt that suppose to be AFTER she left him for someone else?? Yea...not too into this one. 1st book in series was great...this one....not so much. Maybe the next will be better....heres hoping...
Virginia
Interesting plot as well as adventurous. Plus, the new Earl of Wyldewood (the great-grandson of Alexander's characters from her book, The Perfect Wife) is stodgy, but has a hilarious fear. Well, I thought it was hilarious, anyway.

This wasn't the most exciting or brilliant story, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Michaela
Mar 16, 2015 Michaela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this romance novel. Yes there are things that could be improved, but overall I would read this book again in a heartbeat.
Tiffany
Oct 17, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite authors. Victoria Alexander never disappoints me.
Genene
Jun 06, 2014 Genene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book
Lauren
Lady Olivia Rathbourne had expected to marry the Earl of Wyldewood. Now a decade later that very same man is standing on her doorstep vowing to save her.

The story overall was entertaining if not particularly my cup of tea. I did not really like Olivia in the last book but she grew more of a spine in this one.
RomReader❤️Spoiler Giver✨
28yo widow is trying to go forward with her newly-found freedom due to her controlling husband’s recent demise when her first love Hero visits her after shunning her 10 years ago. Hero believed her father who told him that she wanted to marry another man, even though just the day before she was declaring her love for him & promised to marry him. Her father’s confession spurs Hero to finally read the 3 unopened letters she sent him 10 years ago. He promises to help her find the 3 artifacts he ...more
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“Desires of a Perfect Lady” (Historical, Avon, 384 pages, $7.99), by Victoria Alexander: The second book in Victoria Alexander's latest series, “Desires of a Perfect Lady” follows Sterling Harrington, Earl of Wyldewood, and Olivia Rathbourne, who fell in love during her first season. A wedding appeared imminent until Olivia’s father, Lord Newbury, forced her to marry the cruel Viscount Rathbourne instead.

Sterling was so hurt by Olivia’s apparent change of heart that he refused to read her letter
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Valentin Mihov
Jan 24, 2015 Valentin Mihov marked it as just-have-it  ·  review of another edition
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A secret list of the desires of Lady Olivia Rathbourne:

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A secret list of the desires of Lady Olivia Rathbourne:

 1. Disregard convention2. Follow my heart3. Bed the Earl of Wyldewood 

A decade ago, Olivia had expected to marry the Earl of Wyldewood, only to have happiness stolen from her before his ring could be placed upon her finger. Now he stands

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Jessi
Ten years ago a Big Misunderstanding had lovers Olivia, Lady Rathbourne, and Sterling Harrington, the Earl of Wyldwood, parting. She married a man who saw her as a possession and abused her both mentally and physically. He married a perfectly suitable woman who never held his heart and actually soon died. But it's been ten years and her husband has just been murdered (she is not a suspect) so her father is concerned for her welfare even though he is the one who caused the Big Misunderstanding. S ...more
Linda
May 27, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, buy-sequel
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Dancer
Mar 24, 2012 Dancer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A secret list of the desires of Lady Olivia Rathbourne:

Disregard convention
Follow my heart
Bed the Earl of Wyldewood
A decade ago, Olivia had expected to marry the Earl of Wyldewood, only to have happiness stolen from her before his ring could be placed upon her finger. Now he stands before her, as proud and arrogant and handsome as ever, vowing to rescue her. Well, he's got some nerve urning up after all these years. Where was he when she needed him?

As for the earl, scandal has never touched him
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Mishelle LaBrash

Good little book, that really should have been a great big novel.

In cutting this story down to the typical Avon Historical romance size, I felt they did the story and it's characters a grave injustice.

The premise was an awesome one, the character's enduring, and the 'treasure hunt/re-discovering love' plot, could have, and in this reviewers humble opinion, SHOULD have, been more involved, with deeper sentiment.

In delving deeper, the author would have weaved a beautiful, falling back in love st
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Amy
May 01, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet Olivia, Countess of Rathbourne. Ten years ago, she & Sterling, Earl of Wyldewood, were supposed to marry, but circumstances beyond her control prevented the nuptials from taking place.

Fast forward 10 years (1885) -- Olivia is recently widowed. Her evil husband tied up the will in such a way that Olivia may never be free.

Enter the Earl of Wyldewood -- Olivia needs his $$$$ to fund a treasure hunting expedition in order to locate 3 rare artifacts & obtain them for her dead husband's a
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Momma
Jul 21, 2013 Momma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Olivia was all set to marry the Earl of Wyldewood only to have her dreams killed when she was forced to marry another. Ten years later, she is free from the nightmare marriage but needs help to claim what is rightfully her inheritance. The only person she can turn to is the man that abandoned her when she needed him most.

In this story we get to follow Olivia and Sterling (Early of Wyldewood) on their journey to Egypt and Italy as they attempt to complete three of her deceased husband's collectio
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Brenda (b)
I liked the story. It fell into the reunited lovers category. Sterling was so confident that Olivia would be his, but he didn't keep pushing the issue. I loved that he kept having to remind himself to be patient. And I loved his reaction to his mother's reacquainting herself with Sir Lawrence. I'm gonna be honest here and say that I was glad Viscount Rathbourne died before this story began--what despicable person.

I know, I know, it took me a long time to read this one. Honestly it wasn't due to
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Amanda
Jun 24, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I don't know how I missed this one from Alexander. It is a good romance on two fronts. First, the heroine is trying to shake off the bad marriage she was forced into, and to become the person that she wants. Second, there is forgiveness for past transgressions on the part of the hero. The big issues were against the backdrop of traveling to exotic locations like Egypt and Venice. While there were some cliches that the author dipped into--like a randy Italian comte, for the most part, everyone ra ...more
Hannah M.
Desires of a Perfect Lady by Victoria Alexander is a historical romance which I quite liked. Recently widowed Lady Rathbourne finds out that her late husband has found a way to keep control over her even in death, but she is determined to gain her freedom to breathe. Even if that means heading a treasure hunt to complete three of her husbands antiquity collections. Lacking the means to do what she must to satisfy the will for her inheritance, Lady Rathbourne must go to the man who she once loved ...more
Judith
Jan 30, 2010 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a yet-to-be-released novel (March, 2010) that I read for review on Book Binge. It is a very interesting historical that does hold one's interest and keeps the story alive. Alexander is a great and very adept author who knows how to tell a story, and she spends the time necessary to develop the historical context. There is suspense and mystery, engaging characters, romantic tension, and humor in these pages and it certainly keeps the reader turning the pages without fail. Some of the conv ...more
Saadia
All in all, a pretty good yarn! Hero and heroine were separated by fateful circumstances 10 years ago and are now reunited in a joint quest which takes them to Egypt and Italy and back to London within a couple of months. Propinquity allows resolution of past misunderstandings and hurts and reignites the buried passions. Very interesting supporting characters allow the Early of Wyldewood's character and Lady Rathbourne's personalities to be more fully explored, in a very entertaining manner. Vic ...more
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Sterling and Olivia were once very much in love until she was forced to marry a cruel and coniving man, who blackmailed her father in order to have and abuse Olivia. Ten years later, her husband is dead and in order for her to get her inheritance from his estate, he sets some extremely difficult tasks. Sterling accompanies her to complete the tasks, and in the process they find that their love for each other never died and slowly their love and trust builds to what it once was. Old hurts are rev ...more
Dpic
Dec 08, 2016 Dpic rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good story. Enjoyable
Stacie
Nov 14, 2011 Stacie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivia has just been widowed and her husband was a cold, nasty man. For her to inherit, she has to go on a convoluted treasure hunt and complete her dead husband's collections. Alex is from Olivia's past and they were parted over a misunderstanding. Alex offers to help Olivia on her treasure hunt. As they travel the world, they have an adventure of a lifetime and fall for each other again.
Brittany
Aug 31, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge
I enjoyed this book. I haven't read the first in the series and it stood alone and I wasn't lost at all. The romance is entertaining and satisfying. I felt sorry for all Olivia had to endure with her husband and for what he does to her after he dies. I loved the treasure hunt, even if it seems highly improbable. Great read!
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Apr 22, 2016 06:08PM  
  • How I Met My Countess (Bachelor Chronicles, #6)
  • The Secret Duke (Malloren, #10)
  • To Tame a Dangerous Lord (Courtship Wars, #5)
  • The Earl Claims His Wife (Scandals and Seductions, #2)
  • In Bed with the Duke (Governess Brides, #9)
  • The Bride Wore Scarlet (Fraternitas Aureae Crucis, #2)
  • Rushed to the Altar (Blackwater Brides #1)
  • A Lady's Guide to Improper Behavior (Adventurers’ Club #2)
  • Secrets of a Perfect Night
  • An Earl to Enchant (The Rogues' Dynasty #3)
  • The Duke's Night of Sin (Seven Deadly Sins, #3)
  • A Gentleman Always Remembers (Willowmere, #2)
  • Don't Bargain with the Devil (School for Heiresses, #5)
  • The Courtesan's Secret (The Courtesan Chronicles #2)
  • Not Quite a Lady (Carsington Brothers, #4)
  • The Earl of Her Dreams
  • Royal's Bride (Bride's Trilogy, #1)
  • My Darling Caroline
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New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and is still shocked it worked out.

Since the publication of her first book in 1995,
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