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From the windswept, craggy coast of a remote British Isle comes the thrilling tale of a daring lady and a dangerous knight... bound by the tempests of fate—and the dawning of... Desire

Upon her father's death, beautiful, headstrong Lady Clarre knew that she must wed, for the protection of the Isle of Desire new fell to her. Yet when her guardian's choice of prospective hus
Kindle Edition, 392 pages
Published (first published December 1993)
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Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
DNF on page 74. DNF because this romance is dead to me. will not be resuscitated.

Cause of Death: Throwing against the wall. Blunt force trauma.

It feels like so many authors try to duplicate Scarlett/Rhett from Gone with the Wind but it is a miss for me. I think because they force it, and make the hero an asshole with no charming wit. Also it wasn't instalove/instalust between Scarlett and Rhett. Just my thoughts.

I mean when you wish the hero will either be poisoned or the heroine become a nun
Lady Clare's father died and her guardian is Thurston of Landry. She knows she must marry and so requests a man with certain qualities. Instead she is sent Sir Gareth of Wyckmere also known as Hellhound of Wyckmere. Sir Gareth is the bastard son of Thurston of Landry and the opportunity to have his own land appeals to him. He isn't going to let a few paltry qualities keep him from it.

Fun and clever at times. I started reading this and realized I had already read it and for whatever reason my rat
May 02, 2015 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keepers
Ahhhh good old Amanda Quick!

Sometimes you read a few pretty bad books, trying to get to know a few new writers, get used to their styles, and you realize: man I am tired. I want a good old-fashioned romance story where the heros, while dark nad brooding, know their responsibilities and the heroins, while strong-willed and sometimes foolishly romantic, are gentle and loving. I don't know whether it is a trend in romance novels, but nowadays readers seem to love a hellcat or a heroin, warrior pri
Shari Kay

So this is a re-read for me. I think. I've owned it in paperback for years. But I didn't remember one thing about this story from my original reading. Not. One. Thing. I can kinda see why now after finishing it for the second? time.

It's not a very believable story. Gareth is a scary ass warrior who is also an intellectual and would rather be doing experiments in alchemy and reading a good book than using his sword. He is a bastard son and he wants peace and a place to call home. I'm down wi
Jun 29, 2015 Daniella rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As an avid fan of the author, I was extremely tempted to giving this book 4 stars purely out of loyalty. But alas, I couldn't find it in my heart to overlook its flaws. Clare was simply too annoying for me, especially with all her "By Saint Hermione's (insert body part here)." GOD. When I reached half of the book, I've read so much about Saint Hermione's body parts that I simply wanted to bang my head on the wall.

Another thing was the pacing. Unlike her other novels (e.g. Ravished, Dangerous et
4/23/2009: My second favorite Jayne-Ann-Krentz-writing-as-Amanda-Quick book, I enjoy reading it each year. When I got up this morning to find it snowing on Easter in St. Louis, I grabbed Desire and spent the day cozily visiting with Clare and Sir Gareth. Note that both Desire and Mystique (my two favorites) are set in earlier times than the remaining Amanda Quicks. I'm not sure why I like these better. Usually I don't care for this period in history because it is so violent and there is no appre ...more
I had not read this one in a very long time when it went on sale for a very low price, so I picked it up. Amanda Quick (aka JAYNE ANN KRENTZ) was an autobuy author for me back in the day or B.KA (before Kristen Ashley). I have read all of the early Amanda Quick books and many are favorites and re-reads (Mistress, Dangerous, Ravished, Scandal, etc.) I have held on to my paperback collection so long, that I don't know if I can part with them even if I collected my favorites on my Kindle.

Desire is
Lady Clare knows that after her father's death, she's going to be married off. She also knows that she doesn't want to marry some lunkhead knight. She wants a gentle poet. But her liege lord only sends two men. One who kidnapped and tried to rape her to force her into marriage and the other is his bastard son, Sir Gareth of Wyckmore, also known as the Hellhound. She knows that the latter is not a good guy and at least the Hellhound can read. Plus, he seems more intelligent than the knights she's ...more
Feb 03, 2010 Adrianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Adrianna by: Saw on a bookshelf in the library
This is my favorite novel written by Amanda Quick. Clare, the heroine, creates perfume. She marries Gareth, the Hellhound of Wyckmere, and the two get caught up in an evil plot to steal an alchemist's book. One aspect that brings this tale to life is the setting, the isle of desire. It's a beautiful place and the descriptions leave me wondering if Clare and Gareth live in the garden of Eden. My favorite part of the book, though, is Clare's strong, independent nature. Quick is able to create a he ...more
Feb 01, 2016 Widala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very entertaining read.
Hilarious at times, this book also had touching moments and some actions, but overall it had a lighthearted atmosphere.
Two people with very different but very similar personalities who complement each other, I just loved their battle of wit. Their interaction, conversations and arguments, flowed nicely. Although there were times when Clare just didn't know when to shut up, but Gareth's way of dealing with her was endearing.
The side characters were also interesting. The
A familiar historical romance formula in which the female character is forced to marry to save her lands. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. It had a bit of a taming of the shrew feel to it, one of my favorite shakespeare stories (along with much ado about nothing).

All in all an enjoyable read.
Lani ⚔⚔  the Destroyer ⚔⚔
Good enough story but the heroine Clare got on my last nerve. I hate people like her in RL - who do incredibly stupid things and then blame others for their actions. *sigh*
Mar 29, 2014 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clare has written to her liege Lord to tell him her father is dead and that she realizes she must marry. She lives on an island that grows flowers and herbs and provides a very good income for her, everyone who lives on the island and of course her liege Lord. Clare has been managing things for quite some time and she considers herself the Boss. She does not really want to marry, but in order to protect the island, she knows she will have to accept a husband.

She has a recipe for a husband just
"By Saint Hermione's elbow, my lord. You call this kissing?"

Gareth was ready to give up the fighting and put down roots. Clare wasn't sure he was the one for her. But was willing to do her duty. Eventually.

- Historical Romance - set in the time of Henry II (1133-89)
- 392 pages, 5492 kindle locations.
- m/f - reasonably frequent, reasonably explicit.
- Includes references to an anchorite, Beatrice. Anchorites were a type of religious hermit who tended to live in an anchorhold, a small
Marty :}
Dec 28, 2015 Marty :} rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
My mom bought me this one for Christmas and I'm very excited to read it because it's not my usual genre.
There were so many things that bothered me, but I'll start with the one I found most important. There was little plot in this, all the 'real' action happened near the end of the novel and it all seemed rather rushed and all over the place. The author spent more than a half of the book with the arguments between the two characters. There were some w
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is one of my first books of Amanda Quick’s I’ve read. It involves an elder bastard son and a strong willed heiress. Garath has had to become a knight because his lordly father expected it. He becomes known as the Hellhound by all. Clare, on the other hand, has always had control of the Isle of Desire and the perfumes she made. When she sees that she must marry for her own protection, her guardian is Garath’s father. Garath is sent as a candidate for the marriage. It was funny to see them am ...more
Vannessa Anderson
Dec 12, 2011 Vannessa Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amanda-quick
Desire was a well-written romance novel. Desire is Amanda Quick at her best! Desire is a great example of an author allowing the characters to write their stories. What I appreciated was Quick making the female character strong and independent, which is rarely seen in romance novels.

With mother, father and brother dead and no other relatives, Lady Clare was left to run her father’s kingdom the Isle of Desire. Sir Gareth of Wyckmere, aka the Hellhound of Wyckmere, born a bastard but raised in hi
Oct 05, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book so much when I rented it from the library about 8 years ago, I was thrilled to find a paperback version for 50 cents.

I guess I've changed. The story is still cute. Lady Johanna has recently lost her father and brother. She lives on the Isle of Desire, and it needs protection, she must marry. Enter Gareth. He comes in, and is clever and sexy and this once independent young woman suddenly does whatever he wants.

Another thing that sort of annoyed me was her use of "Saint Hermione
A very smooth Medieval romance.

Lady Clare, 23, officially mistress of the Isle of Desire since her father passed away, but in actuality since she was 12, needs to get married. It is the only way to take care of her people and the island.

Sir Gareth of Wyckmere, the Hellhound, a landless knight, bastard son of Lord Thurston, is sent by his father to marry her.

Two people used to being in control of themselves and all their retainers are going to clash, and they do. Then there is the murder of the r
Sometimes you just want to read an old school, historical romance, and Amanda Quick has you covered. Not my favorite couple ever, but a satisfying read nonetheless.
Mar 01, 2015 Annalisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books of Jayne Ann Krentz's pseudonym when she writes historical. Lady Clare meets Sir Gareth of Wyckmere, aptly named the Hellhound.
ms bookjunkie
*huge happy sigh* Old favorite comfort read. Love. Love love love. It hasn't lost its magic for me, over all these years. *warm fuzzies*
Stephanie Bolen
Was the danger element really needed? I would have liked there to be more contest between her suitors. And a better look at his relationship with his parents.
Sarah Z
Oct 10, 2016 Sarah Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In between 3 and 4 stars. The first half of the book was definitely 4 stars, the second half was 3. Overall I did enjoy this book. It was a nice, quick read. Not a lot happened, which is both good and bad. I love emotional, angst-y reads, but sometimes it's nice to read one that's not. It was very lighthearted and fun. I smiled a lot. Not too much drama, no accidents, just a safe read.

I just wish there was more depth to it. The beginning had a lot of potential for it. I couldn't put the book do
Dec 03, 2016 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this out of the library. I thought this book was okay. I had a hard time with the heroine. She always spoke or took action before considering the consequences & she never learned from that.
Jack Murphy
Sep 29, 2016 Jack Murphy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
I've previously read other books by Amanda Quick, which I've enjoyed and listed to Desire as an Audio book. Desire follows a familiar historical romance formula in which the female character, in this case Lady Clare is forced to marry to save her lands (the Isle of Desire). She marries Sir Gareth of Wychmere, the Hellhound of Wychmere, who does not meet her ideal for a husband. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. It had a bit of a taming of the shrew feel to it, and although there were times that I want ...more
The back of the book pretty much covers it. After the death of her father and an attempted kidnapping by a neighbor attempting to force marriage, Clare decides to surrender to the inevitable and write her guardian (at least I think that's who Thurston was supposed to be to her - he had some sort of control over her island even though it was largely considered to be hers and I'm not familiar enough with medieval hierarchies to remember) that she is ready to take a husband. Her guardian com
Amber Daulton
Aug 21, 2015 Amber Daulton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book written over twenty years ago. Desire, first published in 1993, brought me back to my teenage years when all the romance books I read were chalked full of passive voice, purple prose and clever euphemisms for sexual body parts.
Set in Medieval England, Lady Clare needs a husband to help protect her home, the Isle of Desire, and the prosperous perfume business she and the townsfolk run. The man her feudal lord sends her is not the type of man she requested
«En muchos aspectos, ella había conseguido exactamente lo que quería en un marido, incuso tenía más de lo que había especificado.
Pero no era suficiente. Quería amor.
Y según Gareth, el amor era para poetas y locos.»

La isla del deseo no me parece una gran novela. Pero ha sabido mantenerme en vilo y pegada a sus páginas una noche y una mañana entera. Y yo no soy de leerme un libro en menos de una semana. Pero la verdad es que de vez en cuando no está mal poder hacerlo.

Es una historia de románti
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Pseudonym of Jayne Ann Krentz

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

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