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A Taste of Desire (The Elusive Lords #2)

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Sexy and dramatic. --Sophia Nash, author of Secrets of a Scandalous Bride

She Challenged His Pride

Lady Amelia Bertram may have a reputation as the most brazen beauty of the ton, but she shocks even herself when she accidently--and loudly--derides one of society's most eligible bachelors in the middle of a crowded ballroom. The timing of her faux pas couldn't be worse, for
ebook, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Zebra
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Sarah MacLean
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Beverley Kendall's A Taste of Desire is just what one wants in romance--a vibrant heroine and an irresistible hero, combined with finely-wrought emotion and blistering dialogue that makes the pages turn faster and faster until it's over...and you're wishing you hadn't read so quickly!

Plot: 5 stars
Hero Characterization: 5 stars – Thomas, Viscount Armstrong-- SEXY ALPHA - blonde with green eyes and dimples! (Older brother of Missy from the First Book, SINFUL SURRENDER.)

Heroine Characterization: 4 stars - Amelia Bertram, daughter of Harold Bertram, Marquess of Bradford, business partner of Thomas’.
Writing Style/Flow/Word Usage: 4 stars, a few places where things needed to be edited better
Erotic Tension: 5+ stars!
Erotic descriptiveness: 4 stars
Sep 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I loved this book! A TASTE OF DESIRE is the follow-up book to BEVERLEY KENDALL'S wonderful SINFUL SURRENDER.

The hero Thomas is asked by his friend, the heroine's father to watch over her while he is in America. Spirited Amelia never liked Thomas and doesn't look forward to staying at his home till her father returns. But after her father threatens to send her to a convent she soon changes her mind! :) There is alot of angry tension between Thomas and Amelia and it's enjoyable to watch these two
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, 2010
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I was pretty thrilled when I received the email saying I'd won a copy of A Taste of Desire through a Goodreads giveaway. It had been a good while since I'd read a Historical Romance so I was really anticipating receiving it.

I have always loved plots with one or both of the main characters 'hating' one another. Thomas and Amelia hit the spot when it comes to that. She's 'difficult' (in his eyes) and he's a 'rake' (in he
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of historical romances
I love historical romances ,and this one ,A TASTE OF DESIRE, I absolutely loved.This is the follow-up to SINFUL SURRENDER ,which I also loved.The two main characters are like oil and vinegar, and they clash in every encounter together.The h has an instant dislike to the H and when introduced for the 1st time she gives him a withering setdown at a party.The H thinks that she is a willful spoiled brat as he calls her.The hero is asked by the h's father to watch over his daughter as he has to go to ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm binging a lot of historical romance at the moment, because a) I have the flu, b) exams are upon me and c) I'm chicken shit scared of my TBR pile. Which means, sadly, I don't end up loving all the books I read, which is a shame, because I'm already so picky as it is to what I want in my HRs.

I've read Beverley Kendall before - Elizabeth, our heroine's best friend, is one of my favourites, and I'm sad she and her Duke were reduced to a novella, while Amelia and Thomas got the full t
Loved it.
Rose May
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf (

Book 2 in the Elusive Lords Series

Thomas Armstrong and Amelia Bertram’s relationship was a novelty for me – it was sexy, it was dramatic, it was stunning – and I wasn’t sure I liked it. Throughout the course of a romance, I hope to see both parties changing, compromising, developing into new and better people. Unfortunately, I didn’t see that. Thomas was much too autocra
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall Rating: 3.50 // Action: 0 / Emotion: 4 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 2.5 / Suspense: 1.5 / Regency Flavor: 3.5 / Humor: 2 / Tears: 2

A Taste of Desire is Beverley Kendall's second book in The Elusive Lords Series. The book is a necessary read to anyone who read the first book of the series ( Sinful Surrender ) because of the way Amelia Bertram (trouble-making daughter of Lord Harold "Harry" Bertram, Marquess of Bradford) greeted her father's business partner, Viscount Thomas Armstrong.

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Aug 24, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the writing at the sentence level; I can see how it could read too purple-y and too cluttered for some readers, but I kind of like the "push hard at an imperfect metaphor!" style. Aside from that, though, I basically finished this book solely to feel a sense of accomplishment at the end. It was tedious, and nothing was grounded in the characters personalities, which were poorly developed to begin with. Paper doll characters being pushed by romance conventions, basically. I could accept t ...more
Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookviews
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical romance readers
Another good story in the Elusive Lords series. Amelia is strong and funny and extremely sarcastic, and Thomas had never been nursing hurt pride before he met her for the first time.

This and other reviews can now be found exclusively on my blog (un)Conventional Bookviews.

Thomas had that typical arrogance that is often found in a male character in historical romance books, but his charm was able to make me oversee that same arrogance. And who doesn't love a good-looking guy with dimples? Amelia w
This comment by Being Human says it perfectly.
I couldn't finish this book because of the heroine, she was way too rude and demanding and ill-mannered and unpleasant and ungrateful for the likes of romantic heroines!

Amelia reminded me of Lydia from P&P: a complete idiot. It didn't take me long to come to that conclusion (first chapter did it) but I kept reading hoping she was really misunderstood. Alas, it was not to be. Amelia is really just a entitled twit who needs to buy a personality tra
This was not a bad book. It was just that the heroine acted too much like a child for my taste. She was also treated like a child by the hero and her father. Starting off that way was a little irritating and I couldn’t really get pass the annoyance of it. I needed a little more from this book for it to be a top notch read, but it did provide some needed entertainment.
Being Human
I couldn't finish this book because of the heroine, she was way too rude and demanding and ill-mannered and unpleasant and ungrateful for the likes of romantic heroines! The tiresome bickering and hate-lust relationship between H and h left me with a headache. Enough is enough!
Diane Peterson
3.5 Stars. Once again, I really like Kendall's writing. BUT I just have a problem with characters that are so angry and negative. I have difficulty believing that all will be well after they commit to each other. Passion only goes to far. Perhaps I'm too realistic....
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked the last quarter of the book. There was something about the story of the beginning of the book that turned me off. Maybe because Thomas was more disciplinarian than friend/lover. For me, that is a big no no. However, if you only read the ending of the book, its really good.
Le magnifique Thomas Armstrong, le frère aîné de Missy, est loin d'être un inconnu pour qui a lu le tome précédent de la série. Charismatique, sûr de lui, et d'un caractère plutôt éruptif, il fait partie de ce trio d'amis qui n'a aucune intention de se laisser passer la bride au cou (Le nom de la série en VO - The Elusive Lords : les Lord insaisissables - est à ce propos beaucoup plus évocatrice qu'en VF, ce dernier faisant presque contre-sens). Ami et partenaire financier du père d'Amelia, il a ...more
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If i could only do half stars, *** 1/2 stars is more accurate. The writing was crisp and the story was compelling. I just never bonded with both characters. This was one of those stories where I was kind of hoping Amelia (the spoiled princess)was going to get turned over Thomas' knee. It didn't happen, once again threats that never are dealt out. I had a hard time liking Amelia even though she supposedly had her reasons for being a harridan. Painful loss of a parent as a young teenager and then ...more
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another historical romance that I really enjoyed reading. A Taste Of Desire is full of humor and romance. The story is very easy to follow and the characters are scandalous and funny. Beverley Kendall did a great job pairing Thomas and Amelia. I love a good battle of insults, so I enjoyed each and every moment they spent hating each other because they ended up loving each other.

Amelia is one of those heroines that you wished you could lay hands on. Her own insecurities made her anger and
Much much better than the first. The attraction between Thomas and Amelia is palpable, there was real conflict.

Amelia was a loads better heroine, emotionally neglected and considered the ice maiden because of her protective hauteur the moment when the music drops away but you're still yelling? So, so recognisable. The comment she makes about Thomas' sexual prowess is an insult not some veiled euphemism, which I liked.

Thomas was asshat in this book as well for about two thirds of it. But he comes
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book started off good. I even enjoyed the hostile fighting between Thomas and Amelia. Then Amelia started to seriously make me regret reading this book, her annoying, self-served, bitter, childish behavior and attitude almost ruined the book for me. I loved Thomas at first, up until he took Amelia virginity and then started to throw in in her face..sure she probably deserved his resentment, but what he was doing as a man was just cold-hearted. Then my opinion of Thomas and Amelia both just g ...more
Jan 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Goodreads in a giveaway.

I absolutely adored A Taste of Desire; it is a wonderful historical romance. It is really well written and so extremely addictive, that it is hard to put it down even for a moment.

The characters were really interesting and it was excellent that both perspectives were shown, this was especially good because of their uncomplimentary views of each other in the beginning and it meant that both of their actions were understandable, when if seen just
Mar 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Elusive Lords series, and is Lord Thomas Armstrong and Lady Amelia Bertram's story. The tension between the two of them is palpable, even if they are initially unaware, and call it dislike/hatred. Amelia thinks Thomas is a rake and just out to get one thing, and Thomas thinks Amelia is a spoiled little brat. When Amelia derides Thomas's sensual skills at a ball for everyone to hear, Thomas decides it's time to teach her a lesson. With Amelia's father gone to the co ...more
Dec 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
First off, I have to apologize to you the readers and to the author who took the time to send me this lovely book. My review is late. It was supposed to go up in January, not February and I blame my Korea move. I apologize, on to the book.
I enjoyed the premise of this book. Amelia is a hellcat and any father in the era the book is set in would be trying anything and everything to get his daughter to settle down or just behave. Whew! I also enjoyed Thomas' escapades, he was entertaini
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book brings mixed emotions to the audience.

At one time, I can't barely contained myself of smiling during their conversations.

Then, I nearly fell off the chair during those hot, steamy and oh so passionate nights!

At the last part, I wanted to cry for the sorrow they obviously felt with not seeing each other.

This book kind of reminds me with Sarala and Shay in Suzanne Enoch's Something Sinful but this is definitely better. I really enjoy with the whole plan of Alex. And I can't wait seein
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So... I confess I skimmed.

I don't know why... I liked the previous book well enough. This one however...I don't know. It lacked the certain je ne sais quoi necessary to keep my attention for extended periods of time.

The banter between the two protagonists (Amelia and Thomas) was funny, at some points nearly hilarious. Their romance however was not what I would call epic. Sure, they had chemistry, and the love scenes were steamy, however I didn't feel that same longing and passion I felt in the p
Zeee  (I Heart Romance & YA)
Jan 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fans
Shelves: reviewed
I knew that I would like this book based on the teasers that I read. However, I was surprised that I LOVED it! I can totally relate with the heroine, Amelia, even though her animosity towards Thomas were unfounded. Well, kind of.

I loved their heated arguments and barbs and the progression of their relationship throughout the story.

However I did not like the part where Thomas saw Amelia meeting with Lord Carborough (? don't ask me to check my Nook for the right name). I was not impressed about ho
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are a stickler for reading books in order and have not read "Sinful Surrender" then I suggest you read it first. I didn't realise until about half way through that "Sinful Surrender" is the first book in this series. It doesn't make a huge difference I suppose, but I always like to read books in sequence.
I enjoyed this romance. Not sure I've read a romance novel where the two main characters fight each other so much and genuinely seem to despise each other. I found it a little annoying th
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Mar 21, 2015 11:45AM  
  • Tempting the Marquess (Weston, #2)
  • A Tale of Two Lovers (The Writing Girls, #2)
  • One Whisper Away (Ladies in Waiting, #1)
  • Mistress by Midnight (Courtesan Court, #2)
  • One Week As Lovers (Somerhart, #3)
  • How to Seduce a Scoundrel (How To #2)
  • Once Upon a Scandal (Scandal, #2)
  • Romancing Lady Cecily (Romancing, #0.5)
  • The Rake and the Recluse - A Tale of Two Brothers (Lords of Time #1)
  • What the Duke Desires (Billingham Bastards #1)
  • Scandal of the Season (The Spinster Club, #4)
  • When Tempting a Rogue (Victorian Soap Opera, #3)
  • Till Dawn with the Devil (Lords of Vice, #2)
  • A Midnight Dance (Fiery Tales, #1)
  • To Bed a Beauty (Courtship Wars #2)
  • Lord Lightning (Astrology, #1)
  • Duke of Sin (Duke Trilogy, #1)
  • Her Ladyship's Companion
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The Elusive Lords (3 books)
  • Sinful Surrender (The Elusive Lords, #1)
  • An Heir of Deception (The Elusive Lords, #3)

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