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An Insatiable Passion

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  354 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Eight years ago Kitty had fled from home, away from the heartbreak Jake had caused her. Now, returning to Mirsby for her grandmother's funeral, she was determined to lay the ghosts of the past. After all, she had made a good life for herself as a well-known actress. So why was it that all her poise deserted her when she saw Jake again, still as attractive as before and inf ...more
Paperback, Mills & Boon Romance, #3355, 189 pages
Published November 9th 1990 by Mills & Boon (first published September 14th 1990)
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I do NOT give a shit for his reasoning.
He told her to get an abortion even if she's pregnant and then marries someone of his social footing and HE HAS A KID with OW.
I'm sorry. I don't believe anyone's explanation anymore. He didn't fucking explain anything to her which would have been at least somewhat normal.
I'd tell you what DOES seem plausible to me:
What I felt was he really wanted her virginity and telling her he loves her was the only way to do it.
He does it, now she's no use to him so he j
Wow - this one was different. And it really should go on the Harlequin Evil Family List here at Goodreads. Both the H/h had family members that messed their lives up when they were just teenagers and they are still paying the price 8 miserable years later.

LG does a great job showing that the H/h really were soul mates growing up, so their inability to get past the pain of betrayal was really harrowing to read. (In a good way - this is delicious angst).

I enjoyed the role reversal of the hero st
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Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: harlequins
I spent an hour or so crying my way through a re-read of this yesterday. First off, the transformation of the heroine from a heartbroken, destitute, pregnant teenager into a fabulously wealthy, famous, beautiful young actress is the stuff of fantasy. Love it. Secondly, the Hero in this seemed like a first-rate asshat, and certainly betrayed the the heroine in the worst possible way in the past and continues to act in a very Neanderthal way towards her when she returns, but the way he dogs her st ...more
Not a fan of weak heroes and their weak-ass love! Based on what I know, the hero didn't fight hard enough for the heroine. All the angst in the world doesn't make up for unsympathetic, asshole characters.

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A 1 star read for me, but 4 star angst.

Poor little h is suffering from Penny Jordan/Sara Craven syndrome in a Lynne Graham book plus we have one of my least favorite kind of heroes: the verbally abusive and cruel hero who believes the worst but is, supposedly, head over heels. Not to mentionn, but he treats his sweet, scaredy FOUR YEAR OLD little daughter like she's part of the furniture.

I don't see a happily ever after in the works for these two for so, so many reasons. Let’s start with the sw
This book was very different from all the ones I have read by Lynne Graham. Most of the time while I was reading the book I was in tears.
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow -- this was SO different from the Lynne Grahams I'm used to -- basically sweet-tempered heroines and humorously arrogant, 100% in control heroes. This one is much more serious and dark -- reminds me more of old Penny Jordan romances. And the characters are more balanced -- she isn't 100% sweetness, and he shows some vulnerability, even early on. I felt drawn in right away (I'm a sucker for reunion stories), and the emotional angst was there from the start. I thought it was slightly too long ...more
Jacqueline J
This book was full of the crazy old skool. Lots of meat to this story of a soap opera actress coming home to the town she left behind at 17. And coming home to the man who broke her heart. They couldn't stay away from each other. This hero was very different in that he was poorer than the heroine and was just finishing up schooling to become a veterinarian. The misunderstandings and everything that kept them apart were substantial and well written.

Just an all around fun read.
Wow! This one blew me away.

This is a book about loss and lies and soul deep pain.
Kitty and Jake grew up together. He was the only son of wealthiest family in the town, and she the poor bastard girl that no one loved. Jake being five years older took her under his wing and cared for her. Became her only friend in a very sad childhood.

As they grew older that friendship grew into love. When Kitty was 17 they shared one forbidden night, but the viciousness of the ones around them destroyed what th
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
very nice 1:) it was different from other mills books. their story was really cruelly they were separated n how badly kitty misunderstood jake. for once, the male character had a very good reason 2 abandon the heroine. it was inevitable..i mean he really had no choice..under the circumstances he thought were true
Kind of a sweet book. Kitty's pain was palpable throughout, and then when we find out what drives Jake to some of his decisions, his bad behavior - which could have earned this a (is her life better for knowing him) spot on my shelf - is completely vindicated. Kitty could have caused herself a lot of new heartache though by telling him some home truths.
Noël Cades
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vintage-romance
I'm still reading this one, but I'm struggling to find it plausible.


* has severe flu
* nearly dies of smoke inhalation in a house fire
* is dragged unconscious from the burning ruins
* does not receive hospital treatment
* supposedly agrees to hero's proposal while delirious (she has no memory of it)

The day after the fire, the hero visits his uncle - conveniently a bishop, though this is the first mention of it - gets a special licence, and fixes their wedding for THREE DAYS LATER.

She h
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Secret love.

Being an unwanted child after her mother dies giving birth, Kitty grows up idolizing the one person that gave her attention and kindness, Jake.

Rich, handsome, and caring Jake had been waiting for Kitty to growup to claim her in marriage. Not realizing the bad forces in the background that want to keep them apart.

Lies get told....and hearts get broken.

This was not your typical revenge/love read but one with a more serious tone and angst.

Kitty is strong and determined to resist Jake
Started off really slow but turned out to be a good story.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitty, the heroine, suffered a lot because of Jake, the hero, in the past. The last straw of pain was her grandmother's death in her depression, so she decides to go back to her old house and take a grip of her life. She doesn't expect to face Jake again and from the moment she sees him, her painful-hated-wanted love for him shatters her life again

You acutely understand the deep grief of both the hero and the heroine and their inner struggle. A lovely story with such an wonderfully intriguing wr
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very nice and somewhat different from other Graham work. She is an unity on her own...
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, I used to read a lot of paperback romance novels and I’ve kept a box of them, mostly from the 80s and 90s. I’m slowly re-reading and reviewing them.

I really can’t believe I liked this book enough to keep it even when I was 26 years younger. The heroine is a weak pushover ruled by her lust; the hero is a misogynistic pig ruled by his lust. They knew and loved each other as children, but have never in their lives been able to be honest with each other. Each has a secret they can’t bear to rev
Jun 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
I particularly disliked the characters in this book. I annoyingly struggled to finish reading it hoping that the latter chapters would make me change my mind about it but hell, I really hated it. The heroine acted like a doormat pretty much all through out the book. She let everyone misunderstood her, have the guy she once swore she loved to practically swallow her whole personality. He practically calls her a whore and she still falls under his feet. I found it so infuriating as well how she le ...more
Dec 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Insatiable Passion

Is it always the way of the haves and have-nots that can test love apart? Here in this story both families did not want the union of the young couple. They tore them apart. She was sent away. Now years later she is a famous actress. She goes back to check out her grandparents house. And to figure out what she will do with it. He is now a widower with a child. Will the lies and secrets that tore them apart finally be told? Was there any chance of their feelings for each other
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: harlequin
H and h were pretty annoying, but besides that, not badly written. The 'evil' mother though was a bit of a caricature.
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another angsty old harlequin.
Ipshita Ranjana
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
An Insatiable Passion by Lynne Graham was a little different from Lynne Graham’s works but in a good way. It was well written with likable characters, lots of angst and an enjoyable story line. It was a second chance romance of childhood sweethearts who separated because of some unfortunate circumstances but get a second shot at love when the heroine returns to her hometown,eight years later.

Kitty is a successful actor but she has not forgotten her humble upbringing and the heartache, Jake cause
Reversal. She becomes rich and buys his family home when they lose their money. As Kitty Colgan returns home for her beloved grandmother's funeral she is determined to lay the ghosts of her past to rest. Gone is the innocently naive young girl whose heart was broken so terribly by Jake Tarrant, and in her place stands an internationally renowned actress full of poise and grace. But when face-to-face with Jake once more, the layers of cultivated sophistication drop away, for Jake is still incredi ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Miscommunication, secrets, hurt feelings and a meddling relative caused a break between Kitty and Jake eight years ago.
The passion still exists between them, though, and when Kitty returns to her old home, hes there to welcome her.
Angst, smutty fluff and miscommunication that has you wanting to grab and shake them both =)
Amir at NotSoLiterary
This is classic Lynne Graham and HP in all its angsty glory. I normally stay away from angsty book but for some reason, when it comes to Harlequin Presents, angst really work. Very different from the typical LG storyline of European billionaires and accidental pregnancy which is a refreshing change.
LIA  Kh.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Soap opera quality. A heroine with name kitty... Really? Pffft
Amanda S.
Classic HQ romance and reminds me a lot of Diana Palmer's plot.
Izzie d
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: halequin
Lots of angst, lack of communication with the right people and unreasonable behaviour.
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Lynne Graham was born on July 30, 1956 of Irish-Scottish parentage. She has livedin Northern Ireland all her life. She grew up in a seaside village with herbrother. She learnt to read at the age of 3, and haven't stopped since then.

Lynne first met her husband when she was 1