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What a Lady Most Desires

(Temberlay #3)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  246 ratings  ·  46 reviews
True desire always finds a way...

On the night before the final battle against Napoleon, Lady Delphine St. James finds herself dancing with the one man she has always wanted, Major Lord Stephen Ives. He makes it clear he has no time for a lady he sees as flirtatious and silly, but as the call to arms sounds, she bids him farewell with a kiss that stirs them both. When he re
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Avon
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My third and perhaps final attempt at enjoying Lecia Cornwall.

Stephen Ives has been present since the beginning of this trilogy, acting honorable in How to Deceive a Duke and acting shady in The Secret Life of Lady Julia. Here he finally gets to be the hero in his own book.

Delphine is a Earl's daughter and she has been raised to flirt, kiss-ass, and marry well. When she meets Stephen at a ball, she is entranced by a man for the first time, since Stephen is interested in her not because of her do
Addie H
Jan 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF 21%

Quite an unlikable hero, the story drags, I can't get into it.

Life is too short, and I've got so many other books waiting to be read.


 ❀ Minesha ❀
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

Okay. I'll admit.
Secretly, in the private confines of my bedroom, I'm all for this cover.
Bare chested. Rippling Muscles. Dagger on the side.
Oh yeah. Please bring the fan while I proceed to swoon.

In Public? You know the situation.




Infused with vivid descriptions and heart-wrenching moments, this story had a way of communicating the emotions of people and the tension filled surroundings. I could feel the change in atmosphere when the war started, the despair loved ones felt whe
Lynn Spencer
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars When a book has a shirtless guy with flowing hair on the cover, I know it's a romance, but I also can't quite help the urge to pass it by. I wasn't a fan of the clinch covers of old, and the modern, giant-chested heroes who apparently hate shirts don't do much for me either. And yet it would be a real shame to miss What a Lady Most Desires. It's actually a heartfelt and quite romantic romance, one I'm very glad I found.

On the eve of the battle of Waterloo, Lady Delphine St. James has
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Disclosure: I received this ARC through Edelweiss. Thank you to Lecia Cornwall and Avon for the opportunity. Yes, this is an honest review.

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There are two things I really enjoyed in Lecia Cornwall's What a Lady Most Desires:

First is the mythical element in Stephen Ives's story:

Stephen Ives enjoyed a stellar career as a diplomat and as a soldier. He has risen through the ranks and is now Major Lord Ives of the Royal Dragoons, but, like Icarus, who rose too high, dreamt too big, got too close t
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Deeply emotional and delightfully romantic, What a Lady Most Desires was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this lovely book. It was a sweet and enjoyable read.

Delphine was a great heroine. Though she was courted for her wealth and family connections, she wanted to marry a man who wanted her for herself. And, when she found one who did, she was determined to get him. I really liked her character. She was stronger and cleverer than most gave her credit for. I thought she was a lovely
Elisaveta Tsekova
Yes yes yes!!!!!! 5 stars!!!!!

Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off my review with HOLY-S&*T-LOOK-AT-THAT-COVER!

Jon Paul is one of the best illustrators out there and he ‘created’ this god of a hero for all of us to drool over!

I was looking forward to this story ever since I got to know the hero in ‘The Secret Life of Lady Julia’ and I hoped that his story would not have me conflicted as much as that one did, and I’m happy to say I loved it. BUT! Yeah, there’s a BUT here. I really think you should read ‘The Secret Life of Lady Julia’ [my review
Erica Chilson
I'm using my personal copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3 Stars

Genre: Historical Romance | Mystery | Battle of Waterloo | Disabilities |

As I stated in my review of How to Deceive a Duke, I was happy to have found these books at a library sale. I dove straight into What Lady Most Desires at 3 a.m after finishing the first book. I hadn't realized this was book #3 in the series until I started my review. I will say, where book #1 ends, book #3 backtracks a few chapters and beg
Jen Davis
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book didn’t play out exactly how I expected it to, but sometimes, that’s actually kind of cool. What’s also cool: a hero who is A) wonderfully tortured and B) blinded in battle. The result is a man of honor who is tested to his breaking point; one who falls in love with a woman he never would have given the time of day without his wounds. His friends turn their backs on him. His reputation is destroyed. He can’t even care for himself. But our heroine sees the worthwhile man at his core and ...more
Ann Keller
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This story is placed at the brink of the battle at Waterloo, as the English forces march to fight the French under Napoleon. Lady Delphine St. James should not be anywhere near the fighting, but she cannot help it. For you see, she saw Major Lord Stephen Ives glance her way at a ball and what she saw in his dark gaze captivated her. However, fate is unkind to Major Ives and he is severely wounded at Waterloo. Shot three times and now blind, his recovery is slow and painful. Delphine, however, do ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I really liked this book. It was full of adventure, romance and humor. The characters portrayed were not artificial but human enough to feel pain and sorrow. In this case, you meet the handsome Major Lord Stephen Ives. Being the leader of men, he really has no time for female flirting by the lovely Lady Delphine St.James during a ball he's attending. But when she is accosted by a drunken man, Major Ives steps in to ask her to dance. Delphine is full of love for the man, but Stephen se ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
DAT COVERRR. Ye gods! I saw it and I couldn't help myself—it's just so over-the-top I had to read the book. I hadn't read Lecia Cornwall before, but the narrative voice in What a Lady Most Desires reminded me of Grace Burrowes, at least the Burrowes books I've read. And I'm not saying that as a bad thing. I enjoyed the voice. Everything else? Eh, mixed feelings, mainly frustration. I kept trying to figure out the reason for the heroine's fixation on the hero, but I couldn't. I kept waiting for ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-review
I admit that the only reason I wanted to read Lecia Cornwall’s WHAT A LADY MOST DESIRES was mostly due to the cover! I mean it’s drool worthy and made me want to just pet the cover while saying, “my precious.” When given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance since it meant spending more time drooling over the cover!

We have good character development. Delphine St. James is beautiful and charming, but it’s all a façade. When she’s out in society, she plays
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: avon, edelweiss
The second title I have read by Lecia Cornwall, her facility for description and scene setting are spectacular, giving the reader clear visual input that aids in the enjoyment. Set before the Battle of Waterloo, we are mostly focused on the life and happenings with Stephen, a former diplomat and now a Major in the army. Stephen is honorable, sweet and solid, but with a tendency to use appearance and first impressions to size up people he meets: a hang-over from his diplomatic years.

Stephen and
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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I got a chance to read What a Lady Most Desires by Lecia Cornwall. This is the third book in Temberlay series, and there are a few characters from the previous books. Of course, I haven't read those books yet. Fortunately, I wasn't lost or confused. However, it might have helped to have read the previous books, but I survive without reading them.

Anyway, the story starts out in Brussels right before the final battle against Napoleon at a ball. Lady Delphine St. James en
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Smitten by Books Blog

3.5 Stars

Confession time: I don’t typically read Historicals based around the Napoleonic Wars.

I’ve never been a fan, but Cornwall changed my mind. It started with How to Deceive a Duke, I was instantly mesmerized by the hero and heroine. Then they got caught up in the final battle of the war, and the resolutions didn’t happen too smoothly, but overall I wanted to read more from this time period.

Lucky for me Cornwall wrote two more books in the same serie
Lover of Romance
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Delphine St. James, has known for Stephen for quite some time, having watched him from afar, she has admired him for years. She has never had a chance to show him of her true feelings until they dance together and when he is called away to war, they share a kiss that could rival fireworks. In the battle Stephen ends up injured, shot and blind, claimed a traitor and thief. His closest friend takes him in, with Delphine as his nurse and companion. Delphine is in love with Stephen, and has been for ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Rookie Romance.

I truly and thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a bit different with a romance that moves at a slower pace and has many obstacles to overcome.

Delphine has loved Stephen Ives from afar since she first met him, but he certainly does not return the sentiment and his dismissive attitude towards her just makes her yearn to be a better person, worthy of his admiration. Poor Delphine, she has a role to play for her parents but it's not really who she is. She's wa
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Lady Delphine could marry many men but she has turned them all down. She will not marry without love and her heart is set on Major Lord Stephen Ives. Stephen doesn't look at her the same way. He has had his heart broke. The call to go to war send the men to the battle field but Delphine sends Stephen away with a goodbye kiss. It is a kiss that makes him look at her different. Stephen is injured in battle and Delphine helps nurse him back to health but he is blind now. He is also facing a scandal ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, owned, arc, edelweiss
What an emotional historical romance! I can't tell you how many times I had to read for a tissue while reading.

There is so much more than meets the eye when it comes to Delphine. Everyone sees her as a prize to be won and not for the intelligent, compassionate and caring woman she is. She became infatuated with Stephen the first time she him, but right after their first meeting he looked at her is disdain. They meet again at a ball on the same night that he is about to go to war. Stephen saves
Lucy Qhuay

This book has a lot of what I love in a good historical romance: wronged, tortured hero, scarred/disabled hero, heroine desperately pining for the love of the hero, heroine nursing the hero back to health, hero finally realizing what a gem has always been there for him and so on.

Imagine my disappointment when I found this book wasn't a 5 stars read.

Although it's true my heart ached sometimes, especially when Stephen kept pushing Delphine away, while all both wanted was to be in each other's arms
Janice Hougland
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really, really loved this story about Stephen and Delphine. Delphine was a courageous soul for the time she lived in, not caring what her parents wanted for her and going after what she wanted for herself in her work and men…no matter the cost. It was hard for Stephen to understand and believe in such courage because he knew what the cost might be in society’s eyes. So, despite his love for Delphine, Stephen kept trying to push her away and the push/pull of their courtship made my heart hurt i ...more
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"What a Lady Most Desires" by Lecia Cornwall. I really enjoyed this one. The love Delphine feels for Stephen is beyond words yet he fights his attraction and struggles to believe she isn't what he thought she was. She is patient, kind, loving and so understanding. Stephen is battling so much - wounded at war, blindness and a court-martial yet Delphine is the peace in his storm. Ms. Cornwall does a stupendous job of describing each and every detail. I was able to visualize exactly what Delphine's ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
From the beginning I was captivated by this story, for that is what it is. Lost of the romance titles you find in Big W are just cheap trash, but this had a real story behind it as well. While I might have blushed a little to read it on the bus, it wasn't all about the sex and the lust.

I loved the slow build up. I mean, could they have had anymore against them? Two star crossed lovers for sure. I loved knowing all the details, about the cover up and who was really to blame. It made the big reve
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
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May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this one as fast as my greedy mind could handle.I love it. Delphine is a strong, compassionate woman who nurses the man she wants back to health. Stephen is dealing with blindness, being accused of treachery but is so sweet. What a great writer.
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

What made this stand out was the love and devotion that the heroine has for a sometimes undeserving hero. The hero is blind due to war injuries and the heroine helped him to recover.
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a new author for me after reading about 1000 regency books and in my opinion all three in this series were excellent!
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Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, amid the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with four cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She is hard at work on her next book.

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