What readers say about Devil's Desire:
"One of my all-time favorite romances."
"I just love this book! Each scene keeps you turning the pages."
"What a pleasure to read an author I know will never disappoint me!"
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...more
It has a very Gothic feel to it –creepy castles/mano ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Evet kitap bitti.yaza ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
เมือเดินทางอยางเดียวดายและยากเขญผานชนบทอังกฤษ เธอกไดพบกับลอรดอเลกซ เทรเวจนผูมีฉายาวาวาตาน ไมมีผูหญิงคนไหนมีความหมายตอลอรดหนุมผูหยิงยโส จนกระทังเขาพบเอลิเซีย ทังคูสมรสกันดวยภาวะจำยอม
แตในไมชาตางกเริมรูสึกถึงความพิศวาสทีมีตอกัน แตถูกขวางกันดวยความหยิงทะนง จนกระทังคืนหนึงซึงดูเหมือนโลกทังโลกจะระเบิด แมนำแหงอารมณทีฝังลึกในกายสองหนุมสาวกไดพังทลายเขาสูความรอนผาวขาวพรางแหงความปรารถนาและโชคชะตา
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Laurie McBain is ...more
The jealous/possessive hero (i.e., Heathcliff) has never been my cup of tea and tha ...more
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.
AUTHOR: Laurie McBain
COPYRIGHT: re-release 11/2010 original: 9/1975
TYPE: Historical Romance
PAGES: 325 pages
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, ...more
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 ...more