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Desired (The Scandalous Women of the Ton #5)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  544 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Her wicked ways were the talk of the ton

Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent, is rumored to have exhausted her four deceased husbands with her insatiable needs. So it's no surprise that every rake in the ton wants to bed her. If they only knew…through clever marriages to men who would ask nothing of her physical self, Tessa has remained rather innocent in the ways of the
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by HQN Books
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Juliana Philippa
This was my first Nicola Cornick romance, and I’ll admit that after reading the summary of Desired I was somewhat apprehensive. The heroine, Tess, is not my favorite type for historical romances, but I have been trying to read outside of my romance “comfort zone.” I’m happy to say that with this book, my taking a chance most definitely paid off. While I had some problems with the book overall, the writing was very good and the main characters drew me in right from the beginning.

The Romantic Re
Fani *loves angst*
4.5 stars

I feel that I've found a new favorite author in Nicola Cornick. I've only read two books from her but in both, she manages to write emotional, heartfelt tales and heroes who I deeply care for. In this one, we meet Lady Tess as she escapes from a brothel during a raid. Teresa (or Tess) is a most scandalous woman by the ton's standards: married and widowed three times, she has managed to amass a large fortune from her dead husbands which she spends in gambling, clothes, jewels and her var
Jane Stewart
Heroine stupidity. Unsupported illogical events. I did not like the narrator’s interpretations.

The first half was pretty good. But the second half had me wishing it were over. I wanted to skim but I couldn’t because it was an audiobook. Too much heroine stupidity. Too many stupid events were not well supported. For example, parents are mad at daughter D and don’t want son to visit D. Son could have visited D by saying he was going to a club or elsewhere. Instead Tess pretends to be having an aff
Desired was one of those books that would have been way better if it hadn't been chock full of unnecessary side plots. Both main characters needed at least 80 years to live everything that supposedly happened to them.

Owen is an American who had been in the Navy, fought against the British in some war, became a privateer, then an explorer, then fought FOR the British in the Napoleonic Wars once he inherited an impoverished Viscountcy. While all this was going on, he also found time to defend the
Wicked ♥  (Wickedly Bookish Reviews) aka Bat-Jess
This was just ok for me. Nothing really special honestly. It just seems to be another drop in the historical romance bucket that has been dumped over my head this year. I enjoy historical romance very much, but so many of these books are the same. The plotlines, concepts, and scandals seem to meld together in one big gooey historical romance fondue pot, giving me the constant feeling I'm pretty sure I've dipped my bread in this cheese before.
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
DESIRED is the fifth book in Nicola Cornick's excellent Scandalous Women of the Ton series and it is definitely my favourite so far. Bringing together two secondary characters from previous books, Tess, the Dowager Lady Darent and Owen Purchase, former sea captain, now Viscount Rothbury, Ms Cornick has created a deeply emotional love story which captured my interest from the very first page.

Tess Darent has a reputation for being mercenary, amoral and extravagant which suits her purposes perfectl
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: November 29, 2011 (Available Now!)
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: HQNBooks
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My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Scandalous Women of the Ton
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone but benefits from being read in order.
Steam Level: Steamy

Tess Darent, the Much Married Marchioness has wed and buried three husbands,
Jul 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tess Darent is depicted as the scandalously notorious widow. She has had many husbands and is on the hunt for number 4…

After a bad run of events, Tess swore she would only marry a man who was impotent and for name use only. Someone to hide behind her drawings as the notorious ( Jupiter ) and save her stepdaughters name.

On a hunt through the brothels looking for Jupiter , Owen meets and catches Tess Darent unaware. The connection is instant... Owen wanders why this beauty is hanging out the Bro
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"What were you doing there, Lady Darent?" His tone was still as courteous as before but that courtesy cloaked an edge of steel....
"Why does anyone visit a brothel, Lord Rothbury?" She said lightly. "If you have an imagination, now would be the time to use it." She arched an ironic brow.

Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent, has a reputation. She's been widowed three times and is thought to marry those with money and ailing health. She's said to have "the face of an angel and the reputation
In the early morning hours today I finished “Desired” by Nicola Cornick the 5th book in the “Scandalous Women of the Ton” series, to hand it down to my mom. I rarely read books in the correct order. So I have read #3, #4 and #5 – maybe I should really start to read the first two books soon and they are already waiting to be read on my TBR shelf.
“Desired” was different from the other two books in this series.
Tess’, Lady Darent’s, expectations in a husband are easy: old, impotent and rich. Two o

This is the first "book" .. I listened to the audio book actually that is the author and I was unaware that it was apart of a series .. I must go back and see the pervious stories ASAP

Summary: I just fell heads over heels in love with this book! Everything about it just got me so excited and giddy! I fell in love with the plot and the characters!


Teresa is a woman who is just the center of the London Ton's gossip groups after securing four husbands who are now deceased. She has als
Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I think I need to take a break from HR books. The last few I've read by authors I usually really enjoy have only been meh. This one was no different. It wasn't bad. It was so meh I don't even feel like writing a review for it.

The MCs were OK. The one issue I did have is that the heroine seemed to get over her trauma really fast like almost as soon as she revealed what happened to the hero. I'd also like to read a HR where the heroine owns her sexuality and deserves her scandalous reputation as o
Titinha Scaeiro
Gostei... Adorei os protagonistas... ^_^
Lady Wesley
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading about a mature non-virgin (view spoiler) heroine and a truly heroic hero. I'll definitely check out more books by Nicola Cornick.
A Victim of Bad Timing
Dowager Marchioness Teresa Darent leads an absolutely scandalous life. Married three times, each at her own request, she's buried three husbands, amassed a rather large fortune, and spends her time drawing all manner of gossip from the ton. She finds it works quite nicely to keep her real actions and intentions out of public eye and off public lips.

After all, who would believe that a shallow, salacious woman such as she appears to be could be the same woman who spends a goo
Elisa Vangelisti
Ci ho provato, l’argomento mi interessava, ma Nicola scrive con una lentezza esasperante! Una facciata sì e una no sottolinea quanto lei non ami il matrimonio (mentre sta progettando il quarto) e quanto il secondo marito l’abbia fatta soffrire. Lui invece è molto simpatico, ma non si capisce proprio quale sfida intraveda nel tentativo di far emergere la vera natura di questa donna onestamente insopportabile. Letto al 40% il mio tentativo è più che sufficiente.
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Desired by Nicola Cornick contains two stories that are almost too big and too opposite to be contained in this single romantic tale. Either the very big and very important story of political reform and spousal abuse are too weighty to be, not just contained but even semi-resolved in what might otherwise be a typical historical romance, or the romance convention is too frothy to hold this rather serious story. At the same time, I really got caught up in the story, and I wanted to see the hero an ...more
Rose May
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, b-to-b-plus
Note: This review, and all my reviews, comes from my blog - Romantic Rose's Bookshelf ( Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC review copy!

Book 5 in The Scandalous Women of the Ton series

This book was great – and very disappointing. The book was well on its way to being an A+ book, and the first 90% deserves that A+ rating. The last 10%... not so much. The absolute disappointment made me want to give this book a superbly low rating, but Cornick really does write
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
You can also read this review at Reflections on Reading Romance

Desired is the first Nicola Cornick book I’ve read, but it will not be the last! This was a delightful historical romance that I’ll be re-reading many times, and I can’t wait to catch up on her backlist. There’s plenty of angst to go around, but it’s leavened with a good dose of humor as well, and the mature hero and heroine are a breath of fresh air. Even though Desired is the fifth book in the Scandalous Women of the Ton series, y
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
Desired is the fifth book in The Scandalous Women of the Ton series by Nicola Cornick and my second book by this author.

Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent has a reputation on the ton as a woman of excesses, men, clothes, gambling and alcohol are her passion or at least is what she has let others think of her, but in reality Teresa is more innocent than many, she has serious issues with intimacy and she uses the gossip to hide her real self. The only accusation they could make of her is being
***original review posted at Romancing Rakes***

Oh man! What a great book. I read the first three books of this series and somehow missed out on Notorious (which I will go back and read when I get a chance) but Desired is my favorite. That Owen Purchase, recently minted Viscount Rothbury, is something else.

Tess Darent is the tons scandalously notorious widow. She's racking up husbands like a man collecting mistresses. Husband #1 was her best friend. Husband #2 was an old drunk. Husband #3 did a n
Nicola Cornick was well on her way onto my favourite authors list, and then the last forty pages of Desired happened.

But let's go back and start with the good, shall we.

Cornick introduces our heroine Lady Tess Darent, a dowager three times over, in the middle of an awkward escape. She's carrying the infamous Jupiter's cartoons and needs to leave the bawdy house undetected before the soldiers seize her.

Hot on her heels is a reformed rebel Owen Purchase who despite having been an American pirat
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at My Book Musings.

I have been reading Nicola Cornick’s Scandalous Women of the Ton’s books 1 (Whisper of Scandal) and 3 (Mistress of Midnight) and I just finished the fifth book. I’ll be writing a review of the fifth book only because of the three books, it is the one I enjoyed the most.

The Scandalous Women of the Ton focuses mostly around the sisters and friends of the Farren sisters who each became quite mired in scandal. Desired focuses on the story of Tess Darent, the seco
Lauren K
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Desired is the fifth installment of Nicola Cornicks’ The Scandalous Women of the Ton series. Each book explores a new hero and heroine among the upper class “Ton” in London.

The only other title in this series I have read is Notorious (#4) which I didn’t particularly love mostly in part due to the unlikeable characters. However, Desired I loved! The characters are fantastic, the conflict is well established and the romance is both sweet and sexy.

Teresa “Tess” Darent is on the lookout for husband
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
originally appeared on:Bookshelf Confessions

"Let them whisper-the more they whisper, the farther away they are from the truth". –I really loved this quote from Tessa.:)

This is the first book that I’ve read from this author, and I wasn’t disappointed, the story had me at its best.. :D I usually avoided writing long reviews, but this is the shortest I could manage with this book..:)

Aside from the very beautiful cover, Desired is a book that covers not only romance, but also politics (reforms) and
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

Featherbrained, “shallow as a puddle” are misconceptions that Lady Tess Darent cultivates about herself. Three times a widow, Tess is totally disillusioned about the institution of marriage. Her radical reform work, philanthropy, and her intelligence are secret to all except a few, but her “believed” amoral behavior, her extravagance, and her beauty fascinate and keep the Ton furnished with lots of gossip material. No one knows the fe
Mary Gramlich
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
DESIRED by Nicola Cornick
Book #5 in the Scandalous Women of the Ton Series
11/11 – Harlequin - Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages

Should I stop running and let you catch me?

Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent has to turn her terrible reputation around to save everything she cares for. Tess is determined to find a biddable man to marry her and has a remarkable knowledge of the institution, as this will be her fourth time down the aisle. Love may have certain advantages but control of the relationsh
Katie Michaels
Nov 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
The last thing Tess wants is another husband. She's had three already. And through his abuse, one of them destroyed her ability to be intimate. So she is just fine being single. She spends her vast amounts of money supporting charities that help women in need. And she spends her time and considerable talents supporting the reformist movement.

But as the book begins she is faced with two problems. The first comes in the form of a vile man trying to blackmail her into giving up her 15 year-old step
Feb 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
With perhaps the most scandalous, oversexed reputation in the Ton, it's not surprising that Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent, would have a few skeletons in her closet. But her deepest secret would shock them all: she's terrified of intimacy, and most of her four marriages have been solely marriages of convenience. Her rakish (yes, I just used "rakish" for a woman-- it fits) and flighty reputation, however, is the perfect cover for her radical, potentially treasonous pursuits as a subversive ...more
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International bestselling author Nicola Cornick writes romantic historical mysteries and witty and passionate Regency romance. She studied History at London and Oxford and was awarded a distinction for her dissertation on historical heroes. It was a tough study but someone had to do it. Nicola has a “double life” as a writer and guide at the stunning 17th century hunting lodge, Ashdown House.

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