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Lady of Desire (Knight Miscellany #4)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,945 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
Impetuous Lady Jacinda Knight is the daughter of a scandalous woman. Though society predicts she'll follow in her mother's footsteps, the spirited beauty stands unashamed of her passionate nature. Then one night, in flight from an arranged and loeless marriage, Jacinda finds herself alone on a dangerous street face-to-face with Billy Blade, the notorious leader of a band o ...more
Paperback, 412 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Ivy Books
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Bethany This answer might be too late in coming, but I have read 1-4, with the 4th being Lady of Desire. While you will miss out on a brief encounter where…moreThis answer might be too late in coming, but I have read 1-4, with the 4th being Lady of Desire. While you will miss out on a brief encounter where the H and h first meet in the previous book, I don't think it will greatly detract from this one. You won't get the 'aha' moment of their meeting in this one though. Of course, understanding the h's brothers and their mother's past helps add depth to this book too, but I think you would catch on relatively well and this would still be an enjoyable read anyway.(less)
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Jan 08, 2015 Shawna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of historical/regency romance, Lisa Kleypas, & tarnished bad boy heroes with hearts of gold
Shelves: favorites, i-read-own-faves-keepers, historical-romance, made-me-cry, author-gaelen-foley, hero-im-gaga-over, heroine-i-adore, hero-beta, hero-antihero-gamma, hero-abused-scarred-tortured-angst, hero-cad-rake-rogue‎-scoundrel, hero-bad-boy-playboy-player, best-top-favorites, favorite-romance-series, hero-stud-mantel-hall-of-fame, hero-i-wanna-marry, friends-to-lovers, offlimits-bf-likekidsister-jailbait, why-do-good-girls-like-bad-boys, humorous-at-times-or-fluffy-fun, hero-addict-excon-lawtrouble-thief, heroine-naïve-virgin-like-a-virgin, favorite-romance-couple-hh-pairings, 2010-reads, historical-romance-regency, tattoos-piercings-body-art, library-available, brothers-sisters-cousins-family, hero-cold-cruelbrute-dark-dangerous, captive-kidnapped-hostage-slave, hero-stalk-me-baby-possessive, heroine-kickass-spirited-strong, hero-commoner-self-made, enemies-to-lovers-opposites-attract, hero-expert-skilled-voracious-lover, rt-book-reviews-top-pick, angsty-dark-heavy-lotsa-drama, hh-social-class-wealth-matters, sweet-romance-left-smile-on-my-face, series-knight-miscellany-spice, heroine-beautiful-bombshell, hh-aristocracy-nobility-royalty, star-crossed-lovers, best-fave-reads-of-2010, 5-stars-plus, hero-redeems-himself-reformed, hh-across-the-tracks, heroine-badgirl-improper-scandalous, heroine-heiress-socialite, hh-rags-to-riches, hero-daddy-warbucks-wealthy, hero-too-yummy-perfect-to-be-true, best-wittiest-banter-dialogue, mystery-intrigue-espionage-subplot, hero-black-sheep, hero-tattalizing, masquerade-hide-your-face-identity, a-all-time-favorite-hero, hero-bad-guy-ruthless-villainous, a-all-time-best-top-fave-dik-reads, heroine-plucky-lively-feisty-spunky, hero-flirt-charmer-ladies-man, heroine-classy-lady, heroine-good-girl-tempted-gone-wild, hero-bedroom-bad-boy, a-all-time-best-top-50-fave-dik, hero-affable-lovable-rogue, hero-my-romancelandia-husband-harem, hero-husband-worthy-swoonalicious
5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance

WOW! I loved, loved, loved this!

I was deeply saddened over the ending of Lisa Kleypas’s Hathaways series, but luckily Gaelen Foley’s wonderful Knight Miscellany have been the perfect antidote to my state of mourning. I’ve loved every book in this captivating series so far: sentimental favorite and heartrending fairytale of Robert “Hawk” Knight, Duke of Hawkscliffe and beauty Bel in The Duke, enigmatic and seductive spy Lucien and innocent Alice in the intense
Jan 12, 2009 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Regency Romance Fans
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With Lady of Desire, Gaelen Foley has racked up another solid story in the Knight Miscellany series. From what I can tell so far, Ms. Foley seems to be an author who is consistently good. Her attention to history and details really help to bring her stories vividly to life. I really enjoy her exploration of topics outside the social aspects of the ton, which deftly bring to life the more realistic side of life in that era. Her descriptions of life in the rookery and some
Lady Jacinda Knight is a brilliant heroine. She pushes the boundaries of what is considered to be acceptable, and has a mind of her own unlike a few heroines/women written in this era. I am sure that if she had been born a good hundred years later she would have been part of the womens Suffragette movement of the early 1900's ;) Her eldest brother The Duke of Hawscliffe, who was responsible for her, was reaching the end of his limits and wanted her married off to a strong man who was capable of ...more
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Billy! Billy! Billy! Billy! Billy! Billy! Billy!


I would give LoD 5++++++++++++stars if I could. I love, love, love LoD!!! . A hot, hot, hot read! I read it for the first time last April while on vacation. Since then, I have reread it too many times past counting. I'm crazy about the Knight Miscellany series. This is my fave of it's titles. Here is my ranking for the series so far:

1. The Duke & Lady of Desire (because of Billy, the greatest hero in historical romance literature)

2) Lord of Fir
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I liked this better than the next book, which is about her best friend, Lizzie. I read Lizzie's book, Devil Takes a Bride first and this one due to liking Jacinda & Billy.

The story goes Jacinda runs away from an impending engagement she's against, the guy is 20+ years older, which would seem like a grandpa to an 18 year old. Her purse is stolen by a pickpocket and while chasing him down, she runs afoul of two gangs waging war. She's found by the good gang leader, Billy Blade. Insta-lust. Ja
Jan 20, 2014 *MariaA* rated it it was amazing
OH MY GODDD!! I simply loved it! Makes me wonder why are they not coming up with more of this good stuff. Strong characters, well played out, one of those books that hold your interest all the way :)
Nov 12, 2014 Antonia rated it liked it
The fourth book of the Knight Miscellaney series “focuses” on the story of the youngest sibling, Lady Jacinda Knight. I must admit, out of all the books I’ve read so far in this series (only read 5 out of the 7), this is the one I least like.

My main problem is the lead heroine. It’s kind of hard to like a character who acts like a spoiled rich brat/poor little rich girl for most of the story. At one level, you do feel for her because she is being forced to marry a family friend, because her brot
Bark's Book Nonsense
Dec 03, 2009 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
London 1816. Feisty eighteen year old Lady Jacinda Knight is one her way to Paris. She’s running from her five over-protective brothers who plan to marry her off to their respectable but boring friend because she can’t stay away from trouble. Before she reaches her destination, she is accosted by a young urchin who steals her purse. Acting on impulse, she chases him into a dangerous part of town where she witnesses a gang brawl, a death and is taken captive by gang leader Billy Blade. Hmm, looks ...more
Jun 19, 2011 Vashti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to be reading THE KNIGHT BROS series out of order, but it really did not matter as this series in my opinion can be read out of order.I enjoyed the sister's story quite a bit.The h meets the H as he has just had a fight with his arch enemy in a back alley, she is crouching in a pile of garbage,but has the mannerism of a queen.For the H it is instant love and the h is in slight awe of this "pirate-like man god" The H had run away from an abusive father as a young child at 13 and became the ...more
Apr 25, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Lady Jacinda and Billy Blade!

Dear I say this hero is verra much like Derek from LK Dreaming of You but I never took to Derek and Billy well let me say Please Billy wow me with that cockney tongue of yours!!! This hero has the perfect mix of bad boy and gentleman! Strong and haunted this one is!

Jacinda is young but no silly chit although duped from the start and lured into a pickle she knows how to handle Billy!

On to book 5..... I am really looking forward to What dear Alex is up to for he is a
Anne OK
Nov 22, 2009 Anne OK rated it really liked it
This is my first Gaelen Foley historical and was very pleased to discover another wonderful author. Although this is Book #4 in the "Knight" series, I didn't find myself lost because of reading out-of-order. My next one is "One Night of Sin" which is #6. I'm definitely going to read each and every one of the books in this series. Loved the interaction between all characters and found the dialogue very well done.
This series is just amazing! Billy is one of my most favorite heros. He is tough and dangerous but yet vulnerable and sweet. His love for Jacinda makes me feel happy that he finds someone who deserves to love him. It just took her long enough to realize it! What a wonderful story of true love finding two people in such different worlds who truly needed each other.
"it's just-- you could have anyone. I can't think what you see in me."

"I see my dear friend Rackford; my heathen Blade-- the man i adore. The man I desire. Kiss me," she whispered.

Awww, that just about sums it up, right? A giant awwwwwwwwww is how to describe Billy and Jacinda's romance too.

So Billy Blade, notorious gang leader of the Fire Hawks runs into Lady Jacinda Knight when she is trying to find her way to Paris and escape her engagement from Lord Griffith, a dear family friend who she tre
Jul 29, 2008 ChloeLeeNH rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Regency Era fans
So happy that this wasn't as dark as the twin books! Well worth the time to read. Billy Blade is very sexy! Great relationship between h/h. I love that she is fearless and wants to protect him...
*Buddy read with Blacky <3<3<3*

*1,5 stars*
My favourite of the series (so far). From the very beginning, until the very end, I was completely engaged. I was immediately hooked from the first few pages of the novel (even though I was shaking my head at Jacinda and her naivety), then pretty enamored as Jacinda in watching (well, reading about watching) Blade fight, and probably thoroughly in love with the both of them during their post-fight introduction (and the fact that he didn't do anything untoward, or allow anything to happen to her, ...more
Oleta Blaylock
Aug 22, 2013 Oleta Blaylock rated it really liked it
I have to continue to admire Ms. Foley. She has taken on subjects that many would not consider acceptable for a romance. This story is no exception. In this story she takes us to the tenements and rookeries of London after the Battle of Waterloo. The poverty and degradation of this period was profound. The descriptions of the squalor in which so many lived in is at times very hard to read, so be warn. Ms. Foley also bring to our attention the issue of child abuse. The scene of William "Billy Bla ...more
Lori McD
Aug 06, 2012 Lori McD rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-author
3.5-4 stars

What I like about each of these books is that they are DIFFERENT - UNIQUE to the main characters. They are whimsical and perhaps a bit over-the-top, but they beautifully illustrate the time and bring a dash of adventure to the romance.

Jacinda and William "Billy" make a great couple. You don't quite think so at the end of the 3rd book, when Billy Blade (William) and Jacinda first meet. Nor are you sure when she ends up in an alley watching Blade and his gang fight O'Dell's Jackal gang.
Jane Stewart
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Mar 11, 2013 Shauni rated it really liked it
Book Four in Gaelen Foley's Knight Miscellany takes us away from the boys and tells us the story of the ever rebellious Lady Jacinda. Poor girl has all those brothers keeping an eye out for her.. But I seriously believe she is strong enough to handle them.

Lady Jacinda Knight, runs from her overbearing brothers who are determined to marry her off to their longtime friend and neighbor. She adores this man only not as husband material. She doesn't want to be married off for her own good, she doesn'
My favorite romance trope is not the usual Cinderella one (you know - insanely rich/high status guy falls for a milkmaid/beggar/hooker/whatever) but the reverse - a rich/upperclass woman has a romance with a man who is poorer/much worse in status etc.

But, sadly, this is not nearly as popular because romantic stories (whether in dramas or romance novels) are usually directed at female audience and that is not a big female audience fantasy, compared to the Cinderella one.

I've come across a number
Aug 21, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was probably my least favorite of the series so far, and I still gave it 4 stars. That ought to tell you how I feel about this series, lol. It's hard to put my finger on why this one didn't capture me the way the first 3 did. For one thing, it seemed like there wasn't quite as much passion. I mean, the intimate scenes did not disappoint, but it was harder for me to get lost in those moments. I think it was because, at first, I didn't like Jacinda that much. The author made no secret of the ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Deirdre rated it really liked it
Shelves: fromlibrary
Lady Jacinda Knight is the daughter of a woman who earned her noteriety. Georgiana, Duchess of Hawkscliffe had several affairs, children by many of her lovers, but her husband acknowledged them all. Her brothers are convinced that if they don't marry her well she may succom to the same temptations as her mother. So they organise a marriage and she runs away.

There she finds a notorious leader of a band of thieves, Billy Blade, who rescues her. She finds herself attracted but she doesn't know of a
Aug 28, 2014 Edna rated it really liked it
I love this one almost as much as Lord of Ice. Billy and Jacinda kept me engaged throughout the book. They were true equals and fit together perfectly. Both were strong-willed and outspoken so there was bickering and bantering. I love reading stories like that.

There were some appearances from the Knight siblings which was great, as always. Looking forward to Lizzie's story. I'm disappointed that Alec and Lizzie didn't work out but I guess he needs to learn a lesson in love and finally grow up.
Aug 11, 2008 Addicted2Luv rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. Billy was very hot, and the love scenes were steamy. I loved the way that he adored Jacinda and never veered from that even though he a lot of doubts about his own character. It was hard to read about his abuse as a boy, but I was glad that there was some resolution. And what a heroine...she saved his life.
Well I have definitely found a new favorite historical romance author!! Gaelen Foley you can write one heck of a historical romance!!

This is book 4 in the "Knight Miscellany" series. I would recommend that you read these in order. Although each book is about a different couple I find it more satisfying to read them in order, you get a clearer picture of the entire family this way.

I really enjoyed not only the main characters in this book, the hero (Billy) and heroine (Jacinda), but I also reall
Rose May
Jun 23, 2014 Rose May rated it really liked it
Shelves: b-plus
Note: This review, and all my reviews, come from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

Book 4 in the Knight Miscellany Series

So this was the third book I read in my Gaelen Foley binge (see my review of Book 6, One Night of Sin, in her series for the fourth book I read) and I liked it very much. Frequently, we see historical series that have a bunch of older brothers and a spirited younger sister thrown in the mix (see Mary Balogh's Bedwyn Saga). Often these
Jan 31, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
Growing up under the ‘protection’ of five older brothers, the thought of marriage to another man that felt like a brother was out of the question for Lady Jacinda Knight. Running away to France was the only solution that she could come up with, until she ran into trouble, got her money pouch stolen and witnessed a brutal beating and death of a man in the back alleys of London. Finding her hiding in a garbage pile and scared to death, Billy Blade soon realized she was not a normal ‘Jane Smith’ bu ...more
Lady Wesley
Feb 14, 2012 Lady Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book as my first Gaelen Foley because it had such great reviews, and having loved the tough-guy heroes in Lisa Kleypas's Dreaming of You and Worth Any Price and Elizabeth Hoyt's Scandalous Desires, I though Billy Blade might be cut from the same cloth. Well, he is and he isn't. The early scenes, where he's running a band of thieves, are better than the later ones, where he's emerged as the son of a marquis. Over all, he is very sexy and larger than life, but he's no Derek Craven.

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Gaelen Foley is the New York Times, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of twenty historical romances set in the glittering world of Regency England. Her books are available in sixteen languages and have won numerous genre awards, such as the Bookseller's Best, the NJRW Golden Leaf (three times), the CRW Award of Excellence, the National Reader's Choice Award, the Beacon, and the ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Knight Miscellany (7 books)
  • The Duke (Knight Miscellany, #1)
  • Lord of Fire (Knight Miscellany, #2)
  • Lord of Ice (Knight Miscellany, #3)
  • Devil Takes a Bride (Knight Miscellany, #5)
  • One Night of Sin (Knight Miscellany, #6)
  • His Wicked Kiss (Knight Miscellany, #7)

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“Do youmind?” she clipped out suddenly with a fine, cultured accent like frosted glass.
His gaze flicked up from her chest to her blazing eyes. “So, you can talk.”
“Too bad,” he drawled. “I thought I just found the perfect woman.”
“Blade,” she murmured with a sweet, ingenuous gaze, sliding her arms around his neck in sensual welcome, “do you promise not to think too badly of me even if I like it?”
A smile curved his lips. “My lady,” he replied huskily, “I have every intention of making sure you like it
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