The Duke is such a beautiful, thoroughly romantic story. In fact, it’s pretty much the embodiment of why I’m an a5+ stars – Historical/Regency Romance
The Duke is such a beautiful, thoroughly romantic story. In fact, it’s pretty much the embodiment of why I’m an ardent romance reader. Because I just love being swept away in a moving, passionate story of two people who against all odds find deep, fulfilling, healing love and live out their happily ever after. Call me an overly sentimental sap...I don’t care...because love makes everything in this crazy merry-go-round of life worthwhile. And this charming, heartrending, sensual, sweet, emotional, romantic love story about the paragon Duke of Hawkscliffe who falls hard for beautiful courtesan Belinda, who’s façade of pride and strength masks painful secrets, might be a fairytale, but it’s an affecting reminder of why love continues to enchant and inspire us all. Big 5 stars from this devoted romance reader!...more
I was deeply saddened over the ending of Lisa Kleypas’s Hathaways series, but luc5+ 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, thrilling, sensual Lord of Fire, and the achingly passionate romance between proud, aloof, paragon war hero Damien, who’s haunted by violent memories and suffering from PTSD, and young, brave, free spirited Miranda in Lord of Ice. And this fourth installment, Lady of Desire, is another enchanting, lusciously beautiful love story that nearly surpasses with The Duke for my favorite of the series so far. Although honestly, they’re all amazing, big 5-star reads, for me!
Lady Jacinda Knight, the youngest and only female of the six Knight siblings, is tired of having her life controlled and plotted by her well-meaning, yet domineering older brothers and society’s rules and expectations. The ton anticipates that she’ll eventually succumb to the same nefarious, lusty ways and scandalous reputation as her late, infamous mother, the “Hawkscliffe Harlot”, but spirited Jacinda is proud of her mother’s feminist legacy and yearns for the freedom she indulged in, vowing never to let any many control her again. While running away from an arranged marriage, a series of mishaps finds her alone in an alley, smack in the middle of the most violent area of the rookery, at the mercy of a dangerous, yet beguiling gang leader, the notorious thief and scoundrel, Billy Blade.
For Billy Blade, king of a band of thieves who’s hiding from a secret, painful past and trying in his own rebel’s way to bring justice to people living in the rookeries, pretty, angelic, feisty spitfire Jacinda represents everything he’s lost and longed for in his cold, lonely, vicious world: innocence, beauty, and hope.
Billy may very well be a depraved criminal, but Jacinda can’t help feeling attracted to his rebellious, devilishly charming nature or resist his sinfully sexy appeal and wickedly hot tattoos. Good heavens, maybe her brothers had cause to worry after all and the ton reason to speculate and gossip because piratish-rogue Billy sure rouses Jacinda’s inner wanton! And her strong will and naïve, burgeoning sensuality steals his battered thief’s heart.
When the reality of their vastly opposing social stations in life tears them apart, will rebel Billy Blade face his past and claim his rightful title, Earl of Rackford, from his abusive father to fight for love and a future with the beautiful girl who’s enchanted his mind, warmed and claimed his heart, and awakened his soul?
Billy Blade is one of the sexiest, most charming, and lovable romantic heroes...ever! I absolutely adored him! Seriously, there just aren’t enough words to convey how delicious and amazing he is, but he’s definitely made my list of all-time favorite, swoon-inducing, and husband-worthy heroes. I loved his flirtatious, sweet, gentle, caring, loyal, chivalrous, giving, tender, yet slightly wicked ways, and his past suffering and wounded, boyish vulnerability made me want to throw my arms around him, squeeze tight in fierce protectiveness, and just never let go. And of course, his sexy tattoos and generosity and skills as a lover sure don’t hurt his appeal, either!
Although I got frustrated at times with Jacinda’s hesitancy and taking Billy/Lord Rackford for granted, once she finally came to her senses, she gave herself completely, and I admired her caring devotion and lioness-like protectiveness of him.
Lady of Desire is a delightful, engaging, affecting romance with a charismatic scoundrel, rebel, thief hero who’s utterly, irrevocably stolen my heart, but alas, I’ve conceded to let Lady Jacinda be with my Billy-boy, as long as she continues to take good care of him! Big 5 stars!
Here are a couple of my favorite passages:
She likes me. The shock of it sent a jolt of wild joy through him that stole his breath and robbed him momentarily of his common sense. He, Blade, who stared down cutthroat thugs in the meanest streets of the city, who laughed at death and snapped his fingers in the hangman’s face, found himself nervous and jumpy in the presence of a pretty girl. How utterly stupid. He felt like an ass. He didn’t care
“Papa wants you to marry some decrepit old wigsby?” She gave him a charmingly rueful smile, all tousled golden curls like some angel who had rolled off a cloud in her sleep, he thought, and had fallen to earth with a thud. “Something like that,” she said in vague amusement. “I see. Well, surely we can find a solution.” He snapped his fingers and gave her a grin. “Shall I ruin you? That should solve your problem. The old wigsby won’t want you if you’re used goods, and I assure you, I’d be happy to oblige.”
Here’s my order of favorites in the series, so far:
Heroes: 1st. William Albright, Earl of Rackford; aka “Billy Blade” 2nd. Robert “Hawk” Knight, Duke of Hawkscliffe 3rd. Lord Alec Knight 4th. Lord Damien Knight & Lord Lucien Knight (tie) 5th. Lord Jack “Black Jack” Knight 6th. Devlin “Devil” Kimbell, Lord Strathmore
Heroines: 1st. Belinda “Bel” Hamilton 2nd. Becky Ward 3rd. Lady Jacinda Knight 4th. Eden Farraday 5th. Miranda FitzHubert 6th. Lizzie Carlisle 7th. Alice Montague