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The Price of Desire (Clemens Sisters #1)

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  423 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Caroline Clemens comes to a scandalous arrangement with Dominic Savage. Penniless and responsible for four younger siblings following the death of their debt-ridden father, she agrees to become the willing plaything of this darkly dangerous man who has saved her family from the workhouse—and in repayment, she will fulfill his every physical need. . . eagerly and without he ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books
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Eastofoz
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Laura Auntee Daisie JJ Tammy Kathrynn--Readers who like plot and originality in an erotic historical
Um, well, uh, euh, ya, hmm, oufff, ok, soooo ---I can’t write a review for this book, but dammit was it ever good :D Anyone see the Kubrick flick “Eyes Wide Shut”? Ya, well take out the weirdness and you have the inspiration for some of this book (!) I never thought that they had swingers back in those days —whooooa 8-) This is an erotic historical at its finest with an absolutely beautiful ending:D I’m relocating to the North Pole now (!)

**pm me and I’ll happily give you tons and tons of blush-
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Luv
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Laurie
Feb 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book...loved it! I have to admit that with these romance/erotic novels, I often lose patience with the plots and sometimes just skip to the "good stuff"; and too often, I even get bored with that. This book I read from beginning to end. A lot spicier than a romance novel...but has more heart and soul than a porn novel.

I've read a few Leda Swann books since this one...but none of them have lived up to this one.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
When Caroline's father, Isaac Clemens, kills himself after losing all his money on the stock exchange, he leaves his five children penniless orphans. With their house and all their possessions up for auction to cover his debts, Caroline has few choices. She had kept faith in her suitor, Captain Bellamy, that he would still marry her and thus save her and her siblings - Emily, Louisa, Beatrice, Dorothea and Teddy - but his new proposal makes her feelings for him sour. He tells her he must marry f ...more
Pauline Allan
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This was my first Leda Swann book to download. I must say I really enjoyed this read. Ms. Swann did a wonderful job of creating an atmosphere of despair in the workhouse. She also built a world of lush emotions and hot sex. The relationship between the heroine and her siblings was heart-felt and touching. The hero was strong and sexy. The love-making scenes were steamy and fun. My only objection was the word "pleasure". Ms. Swann over-used the word and it was distracting for me at times. Overall ...more
Christina (SteepedinBooks)
The other book I’ve read by Leda Swann got a single-star rating, but this one, surprisingly, gets a bit of a step up with two stars. This was a full-length novel, whereas the last book was a set of three shorter stories. I think the author does better in the longer format, but not greatly so. The characters were a little more defined, there was a little more depth to their background, etc, but I still didn’t get the feeling that I was really getting to know them. I didn’t feel attached to them, ...more
Angie
Jun 25, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a smutty book with a good story. ;)
It made me think about what I would be willing to do if I were in the worst possible money situaution, and had a family to take care of...
Plus it was smutty and who can pass that up in a book.
renee ruth
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
i really enjoy this book.
Monique
Hmm may need another shelf for this one as its my first foray into erotic fiction, I know how can I go from my first Christian novel to this smutty tale of love and lust, but its just my nature to read EVERYTHING I can get my hands on that comes recommended, I love to know what others read in my quest to read it all..This short and sexy novel was recommended by a male librarian friend that obviously doesnt know I'm engaged LOL. But after curiousity got the best of me I took the time and must say ...more
Okapet
Tout le monde le sait, la mode actuelle est de faire des romans érotiques, pour ne pas dire des livres pornos pour femme (et je dis ça en étant plutôt amatrice du genre). Donc, depuis quelques mois, J’ai Lu a décidé d’adapter ce concept de marketing à la collection Aventures & Passions avec ses romans Aventures & Passions – Sensualité (ce n’est pas comme si la collection Passion Intense existait déjà…). La curiosité étant un vilain défaut, j’ai profité du challenge du mois de janvier pou ...more
Teresa
Out of 5 star:
Overall:3
Romance: 3
Sensuality: 4
Sex: 4
Hero: 4
Heroine: 4
Secondary Characters: 3
Likely hood of reading the rest of the series: 3


It was a decent erotic historical romance. I liked the main characters. They were both believable and understandable.

I just didn't like the ending. It was two abrupt and I felt like there true feelings were never properly reveled or explained. I needed more of an emotional revelation between the two of them. Where they talked with each other about what the
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manic_reader
Jun 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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djdavis~*Sivad*Sex Pocket
The Price of Desire is about a young woman faced with the responsibility of providing for her siblings after the death/suicide of her father.

Caroline Clemens has led a sheltered plush life with the love and affection from her father and siblings. She has been promised to a well-to-do man in the community whom she believes she cares for. It is not until her father bankrupts the family and commits suicide that she learns that fate of her new life. Her engagement is called off, her house is taken
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Erin
May 09, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book disgusted me on a few levels. I only ordered it because I enjoyed The Mistress by Leda Swann (and love all of Jess Michaels novels.) But I found a good part of this book very distasteful. I wish I had known beforehand that a good part of this book took place at "Sugar and Spice." Also, because I had already read The Mistress, the ending was spoiled, as I already knew it from the other book.
Preethi (The Lone Reader)
**Actual Rating**: 3 stars
**Book Format**: eBook


Despite the unhistorical cover and synopsis, this book was similar to many other erotic historical romances out there. Of course, there was the weird concept of the 'Sugar and Spice' sex-related place, and the weird sexual positions apparently from India, but ignoring all that weirdness, this was a pretty sweet book. Thank goodness for love:)
ChuCha
The story went well, thank God. I could never handle another tragedy to happen to the family in that magnitude. Desperation could indeed drive someone into thinking the impossible. I love how Caroline took the responsibility head on. It was admirable how she swallowed her pride to keep her family together and keep them out of poverty, securing their futures even it would mean that her future would be bleak.
Summer
The heroine within the first few chapters, in despair over her financial situation attempts to kill her family then herself but fails as she can't do it to a younger sibling. Personally, I would have a hard enough time reading and getting past that in a serious novel let alone some historical erotic romance fluff I bought on a whim for a bit of fun reading. I felt like this was not my cup of tea.
Jennifer
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My least favorite of the series. The "heroine" of the story makes a horrible decision at the beginning of the book and I just couldn't sympathize with her from that point on. Plus the whole love story just fell flat and ended rather abruptly. This was the first in a series and if I'd read them in order I probably wouldn't have continued.
Nikki ♥
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Zelda
Aug 06, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hmm...
This was pretty much porn that you can get at the library, what's not to like about that?!? It's reminiscent of Under the Rooftops of Paris by Henry Miller. Not quite as hardcore as that, but pretty close.
Kim
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotic-romance
Caroline is destitute after her father commits suicide, and decides to become DOminic's mistress. touching. I could not help but like both main characters, and really enjoyed the story.
Ellen Gawryla
A romance novel. If you want to read about people finding relatively normal sex acts risque, and weird social things from the olden days, this book is for you.
Jen
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book even though it barely explored society's reaction to her fall from grace.
Little or no conflict with any other woman of her peer group.
Kellie
Quick read, but the ending was way too abrupt.
Lynn Calvin
ereader ebook,headless woman cover
Musa
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
fast weekend read, it's an ok story but i don't really get the connection between dominic and caroline as much. why hasn't caroline told dominic she loves him when he told him he has nothing left?
Morgana
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mildly entertaining erotica romance
Nicole
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Tiffany
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Leda Swann is the writing duet of Cathy and Brent. We write out of our home overlooking the sea in peaceful New Zealand. When not writing we have busy lives bringing up four children and enjoying an adventurous outdoor life that ranges from the mountains to the sea.

We often get asked how our name Leda Swann came about. When we decided to write an erotic romance together we wanted a sexy name. We d
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