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Devil's Desire

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,186 ratings  ·  74 reviews

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They called him the devil...

With his seductive golden eyes and sin-black hair, it's no wonder Lord Alex Trevegne has earned himself the sinister ti

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Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published 1975)
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Eastofoz
Jun 29, 2009 Eastofoz rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of overly narrated pre-1985 bodice ripper romances
Well this book wasn’t for me and for soooo many reasons. For the record, I really, really, really tried to like it but it was a no go. Now I know it’s a bodice ripper from the 70s and there was a certain “style” to those romances that doesn’t really exist in today’s romance novel, but this one I thought was not only poorly written, it had the most unlovable and irredeemable historical romance hero imaginable (ugh, eesh and **shudder shudder**).

It has a very Gothic feel to it –creepy castles/mano
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Sarah
Well, this was...painful.

I'm well aware that Devil's Desire is the great-grandmother of many historical romances today, so I'm willing to let the predictable plot & cheeseball suspense slide. But the flat characters & terrible writing are inexcusable. This author is labeled one of HR's grande dames, yet I saw nothing to earn that title aside from the mid-1970s publishing date. The bulk is a mash of clunky infodumps, adverbial orgies, & sloppy writing with a wallpaper-thin Regency bac
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Karla
Elysia Demarice is a poor wee orphan who is abused by her evil step-aunt one too many times, so she grabs a bag and runs off to London. A chance stop at a roadside inn puts her in the path of a nasty little lord who has a grudge against a devil rake by the name of Alex Trevegne, also at the inn. Elysia and Alex are manipulated into a compromising situation and he decides to marry her after all because she looks like a good breeder. Elysia gets dragged off to his estate where she hates her husban ...more
Laura
Devil’s Desire was a wildly popular romance novel that was first published in 1975. It was author Laurie McBain’s first novel, and she continued on to have a very successful career as a romance novelist in the 1970’s and 80’s. Sadly Devil’s Desire had gone out of print, but Sourcebooks has published a new edition of this novel this month.

Elysia Demarice is the beautiful daughter of aristocratic parents that has fallen on hard times since her parents’ untimely death in Regency England. When Elysi
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Büşra Bal
Başları cidden sıkıcı,zaten kızla-üvey teyzesi midir nedir onunla arasındaki ilişki bildiğin kül kedisi masalı.ama nedensizce uzatılmış,insan eee hadi ne zaman başlıyor falan diye düşünüyor.Tam esas çocuk çıkıyor hareketlenir ortalık diyoruz,çocuğun da babasının arkadaşıyla bir muhabbet ettiği sahne var ki içim bayıldı ve neden bahsettiklerine dair en ufak bir fikrim bile yok.Boşuna yazılmış en az 60 sayfası var yani yazarın,ilerleyince pek beğeneceğimi sanmıyorum ama neyse.


Evet kitap bitti.yaza
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ѕєяєηιтι
Bi şeyler eksikti beni içine çekemedi kitap bitsin diye sayfaları hızlı hızlı çevirdim diyebilirim.

Kızımızın anne babası fayton kazasında ölüyor abiside donanmadayken gemisi batıyor ölüyor(en azından öldü sanılıyor) bunun üzerine üvey teyzesi kızı alıyor anne babasına garezi varmış geçmişten kıza kötü davranıyor istemediği biriyle evlendirecekken kız kaçıyor marki ile karşılaşıyor sonra markiye garezi olan birini oyunu sonucu markiyle evleniyor falan ilk yarısı cidden çok sıktı beni ikinci yarı
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Tracy T
An oldie but goodie! Very good audible narration.

I really enjoyed listening to this story. I do believe I read this book back in the 1970's. But wanted to give the audible a try. I liked the characters, and character development. I did think that Alex the hero of the story was a bit too hard and cold, but still likable. Elysia, the heroine, was a strong for the most part, she had her stupid moments though.

The story had a little mystery, deceit, smuggling, and romance.

There was not much dialogue
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Gaby
In Devil's Desire Laurie McBain is not afraid to have her romantic lead go through a tortuous path of trials and tribulations.

It opens with Elysia after she'd been orphaned and been taken advantage of by an aunt that she'd had no previous contact with. As the nonstop abuse is destroying her spirit, Elysia takes matters into her own hands and runs away. Her first attempt at freedom shows how unprepared she is for the world. But she's smart, beautiful and in the right place at the right time - and
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April
DEVIL'S DESIRE by Laurie McBain is an exciting, thrill ride of historical romance/suspense set in Regency England. It is a reissued work from 1975. It is well written with details, depth, fast paced, twists, turns and thrill ride to be sure. It has romance, deceit, betrayal, passion, spies, smugglers,defiance, stubborn-willful woman, a determined, arrogant man, adventure,intertwined story throughout, colorful characters, and love of country. The hero, Alex, is arrogant, seductive, a rake, consid ...more
Noelle
This is the first book by Laurie McBain that I have read. I had thought that this would be a great bodice ripper but I wouldn't category it as such, it's more of an old school romance. The writing was really good and they story flowed nicely.

Elysia (h) had lived the life of a much loved daughter until her parents were killed in a carriage accident. She then went to live with an aunt who hated her and treated her as a maid. The day she found out that the aunt was going to force her to marry an ol
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Mimna
เลดีเอลีเซียสาวนอยแสนสวยผูกำพราตองตกอยูในอุงมืของปาทีเกลียดชังเธอ ความโหดรายทีประสบทำใหเธอตองหนีเอาตัวรอด
เมือเดินทางอยางเดียวดายและยากเขญผานชนบทอังกฤษ เธอกไดพบกับลอรดอเลกซ เทรเวจนผูมีฉายาวาวาตาน ไมมีผูหญิงคนไหนมีความหมายตอลอรดหนุมผูหยิงยโส จนกระทังเขาพบเอลิเซีย ทังคูสมรสกันดวยภาวะจำยอม

แตในไมชาตางกเริมรูสึกถึงความพิศวาสทีมีตอกัน แตถูกขวางกันดวยความหยิงทะนง จนกระทังคืนหนึงซึงดูเหมือนโลกทังโลกจะระเบิด แมนำแหงอารมณทีฝังลึกในกายสองหนุมสาวกไดพังทลายเขาสูความรอนผาวขาวพรางแหงความปรารถนาและโชคชะตา


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Blodeuedd Finland
Plot:
Elysia is an orphan and is staying with her horrible aunt who treats her like dirt. Trying to get away she is caught in a marriage of convenience, with Lord Alex Trevegne, a man called the Devil. She takes her away to his castle, and they clash at every turn.

My thoughts:
I am going to be brutally honest, I hated the hero. I mean I love a good tortured hero, but Alex, was an ass. He was cruel, angry, hot tempered, mean, hated him. He wants her, he plays games with her to get her to succumb t
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Guest reviewed by Sarah for Book Chick City . 7/10 on the blog.

As a huge fan of historical fiction and romance novels I was really looking forward to reading this book and it did not disappoint.

Elysia Demarice, the protagonist in the novel is an enlightening character whom I adored straight away. An orphan after her parents’ untimely death, Elysia displays all of the characteristics of a fairytale heroine; headstrong, beautiful and determined to take control of her own life after the tragedy and
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Regan Walker
Early Regency Still Entertaining

An early Regency romance and the author’s first novel, published in 1975, DEVIL’S DESIRE sold over a million copies. It tells the Cinderella-like story of an orphaned young woman, Elysia, raised in aristocracy but reduced to rags by an evil, jealous aunt. She escapes that cruelty only to find herself manipulated into a compromising position with a hardened rake, Lord Alex Trevegne.

McBain’s style included long narrative passages at the beginning that slowed the pac
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Jennefer
How awesome is it that some of these older romances are being re-released (and made available on Kindle in the process)?!? Pretty freaking awesome if you ask me! :)

Well this was Laurie McBains first and I am afraid it shows. The author spends to much time on things that don't really matter to the story and to little time on the things that do. The book feels somewhat fragmented and I can almost see the plotting in her mind 'first this must happen, then that, gotta get this in here because that w
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Anne
Rereading this 25 years later!

I think I liked it better the first time. She told herself she loved him, but didn't trust her husband enough to tell her she wasn't having an affair. He knew she was a virgin when he married her but of course if she is meeting some mysterious man, she must be having an affair with him, so then he has to make her believe that he is leaving her in the country so he can resume his affair with the woman he loves in London....both of them so dramatic and so imature!

SO m
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Twiggy

it reminded me of a bit of georgette Heyer. the hero is dark and brooding and there are some gothic undertones. the heroine is likeable and the romance enjoyable.
the heroine's parents die and she goes to live with a step sister of her mother who due to jealousy treats her as a menial. she eventually runs away and comes to a lodging house. she meets the hero and a small time villain. the villain ensures that the h/h are found in compromising circumstances and the hero forces the h to marry him.
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Grace Elliot
After a shaky start this book blossoms into a genuinely satisfying read, pushing all the right buttons for a Bodice Ripper/ historical romance fan.
This is the first book by this author I have read and initially I thought it might be the last - the reason? An old fashioned 'tell not show' style in the first 2 chapters where by oodles of back story were expounded. Once that was over with and the action started, the narrative picked up wonderfully.
Devil's Desire was written in 1975 and is testame
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Adria
Laurie McBain was the freaking mastermind of the dramatic, over the top romances of the 70s. I read this book in my early teens and I thought it was genius! Now reading it many years later, I find I did not enjoy it nearly as much.

The drama, oh the drama. These characters do not do anything that makes a lick of sense. They are illogical and hateful, constant misunderstandings abound. They argue, break shit, engage in hate sex, and manipulate other people to set up the stage for even more drama t
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Daneesha
There were some things that bugged me, but I really enjoyed this book!
The beginning of the story was a lot of back story with hardly any dialogue. A little sluggish for me. I will say that it was written beautifully.

Once Elysia, our intrepid heroine, runs away, then the book picks up the pace. I could hardly wait for her to meet Alex. He was devilishly written. He was insufferable, arrogant, haughty, etc, and yet there was something about him that demanded that you like him. I liked that Elysia
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Alicia
Just bought this from book depository :)
Fatima
I love Elysia's personality.
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Selin
Orjinal post için bloguma bakabilirsiniz :))

Çok uzun ve külkedisivari bir girişle başladı kitap...
Fazlaca gereksik ayrıntılarla donatılmış kitapta konu da çok yayılmıştı,kitabın 4/5'ü sizin bir türlü anlam veremediğiniz olaylar karmaşasından ibaretti. Üstüne yazarın üslubu da çok karmaşıktı. Çoğu zaman kimin tarafından baktığımızı anlayamamakla birlikte gerçekten bolca gereksiz kişinin tarafından da önemli olayları okuduğum oldu ki gerçekten rahatsız ediciydi.Kurgusunun sonlara doğru -bana fazl
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Farrah
Oh I REALLY want to tell you that I loved the whole book. I flew through the pages so easily with smiles, some laughs, and even had tears that threatened to fall from my eyes at an emotional moment in the story but there were parts I was just disappointed. Characters fell off the pages too soon for me, there wasn’t enough thrill of some suspense throughout the whole book (it was so short towards the end!), and there wasn’t enough between the main characters which I wanted. I liked all the charac ...more
Vivisection
Oh historical romance, how you shame me so. I get swept up in your story lines, your alpha males, your marriageable misses, your insistence on the middle class values of fidelity, heterosexuality, and a decent income to buy nice things.

And yet, I love you so with your scheming landed gentry plotting to amass wealth, fresh faced ingenues with a will of steel, domineering heroes who won't be led by a woman, misunderstandings, an under current of evil and smutty, smutty sex.

Sighs.

Laurie McBain is
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Teresa
Sourcebooks Casablanca is reproducing a set of books in order to revive a few classic romances which have gone out of print. Up first is Devil’s Desire by Laurie McBain, which was originally published in 1975. Devil’s Desire follows Elysia, an orphan residing with her cruel aunt. She longs to get away, however, the only option she sees is a marriage of convenience to Lord Alex Trevegne—a rake known as ‘The Devil’.

The jealous/possessive hero (i.e., Heathcliff) has never been my cup of tea and tha
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ஐ Canan ஐ `·.¸¸.·´´¯`··._
3 mü 4 mü versem bilemedim siz 3,5 verdiğimi farz edin.
İlk olarak kitabı üçe bölebiliriz sanırım.
*Elysia'nın hayatı * Alex'in hayatı *Elysia ve Alex'in karşılaştıktan sonra yaşadıkları olaylar

Kitap aslında fena değildi ama Elysia'nın durumu ve Alex'in ki çok uzatılmış.Yani ne bileyim biraz gereksizce şeyler vardı.Hani anlatılanlar saçmaydı demiyorum ama bi anda verilmesi büyük sıkıntı.Bunu zamana yaymalarını tercih ederdim.
Sonraki yani çiftimizin tanışmasından sonraki kısım daha iyiydi bence.
Kon
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Sarai
TITLE: Devil’s Desire
AUTHOR: Laurie McBain
COPYRIGHT: re-release 11/2010 original: 9/1975
TYPE: Historical Romance
PAGES: 325 pages
SERIES: no

REASON FOR READ: Sourcebook sent me an ARC to review

SUMMARY (from Goodreads):
In a rousing, unforgettable saga that sweeps across the valleys and peaks of human destiny, the stormy alliance of beautiful young Lady Elysia Demarice and Lord Alex Trevegne plumbs the depths of raw human emotion -- lust, jealousy and hate -- for though Lord Alex has married Elysia,
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Jessica B
This was either a free or very cheap read on the Kindle. While it wasn't the best story I have ever read and it was a little slow to get going it was still entertaining. The first half of the book was for around 2 stars and the second half was probably closer to 4 stars. So I met int he middle with 3 stars.

Elysia had a good family and a good home and a really good life until her parents die and her brother is missing. Her evil aunt takes her home and treats her horribly making her clean and slee
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Laurie McBain was born on October 15, 1949. She was always passionate about art and history, and her father encouraged her and helped her write her first historical romance. At twenty-six, Laurie became a publishing phenomenon with her first historical romance. Her first novels "Devil's Desire" and "Moonstruck Madness" each sold over a million copies. She was one of the pioners of the new romance ...more
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