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Master of Desire

(Brotherhood of the Sword & MacAllister #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  7,300 ratings  ·  385 reviews
A Dream of Desire Awakened...

Beautiful Lady Emily dreams of the rapture of love and the joys of marriage. The youngest daughter of an English lord at war, she is shaken by the arrival of a mysterious stranger to her father's castle. Could this breathtaking man be Emily's yearned-for lover? Indeed, Draven de Montague, Earl of Ravenswood, has come for Emily...but romance has
Mass Market Paperback, 376 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Avon (first published February 1st 2001)
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Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
At first, I thought this book’s blurb didn’t sound like my kind of thing. To tell the truth, if I had never known that Kinley MacGregor is the pen name of Sherrilyn Kenyon, I would probably have never contemplated reading this book. As I always say, historical romance isn't one of my top genres, but Master Of Desire took me by surprise! I felt truly lucky that I chose to pick up this book. The story was very well-written and descriptive. As soon as I started reading it, I was pulled into the sto ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
I've read a TON of Sherrilyn Kenyon books (Hello! The Dark Hunter series ate up about a year of my life!), so I figured it was time to try her other series under her historical romance pen name. While this was a fun, sexy read, it also touched upon a few of my big pet peeves.

To start, this was really insta-lovey. GAH! Insta-love is the worst, am I right? I didn't get why Draven and Emily were so enamored with one another after just a short period of time. Please, more relationship buildup next
5 stars – Historical/Medieval Romance

Oh how I enjoyed this one! Yes, it’s got the tried and true romance cliché of a brooding, tortured hero who doesn’t believe himself worthy of happiness or love fighting his intense lust for the spirited maiden who’s determined to convince him otherwise. But Master of Desire manages to standout splendidly with its endearing, unforgettable characters, witty dialogue, and the perfect mix of angst, humor, sweetness, and heat.

Draven is such a sigh-worthy hero
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book is going straight to my keepers shelf! :)

I loved everything about it: Draven (a tortured hero I just wanted to hold and never let go), Emily (a spunky heroine determined to win the hero´s heart), Simon (the most adorable second character I´ve met) and, last but not least, the story (it made me laugh and it made me cry, what more could I ask for?)
May 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great book! 4.5 stars for this one. Had a bit of everything I like, esp. humour. I loved Emily, the heroine, she knew what she wanted and went after him without being shrewish or manipulative. Her character remained consistent all through the story. This is not always the case. Authors change their characters to suit their purpose in their stories. But both Emily and Draven remained true.

I loved Draven! I thought he was an honourable hero who could park his shoes under my bed any time! His tortu
2020 Reread-Raised to 5 stars

Incredibly witty, full of conflict, extremely well written. I love the authors dialog style which gave a fantastic medieval feel. I laughed out loud several times.

I usually avoid rereading books I have read in 2015, during a time when I had no triggers. The reason I decided to reread it, is because I saw several reviewers tag this as virgin hero. As you can see by my current revised tags, those reviewers were not correct. In fact I almost put the book down when I rea
There's no getting around it - simply put, I did not like this book.

It's all about the characters for me when it comes to books. It used to be about the story but after reading for years any romance book I could get my hands on like there's no tomorrow I can honestly say I've seen it all in this genre. Maybe this is an overstatement, but it's definitely hard for a book to suprise me - and that's okay. Like I said it's all about the characters now.

I'm sorry to say that there was no interesting tr
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
A fun escape, although I am getting terribly tired of the horrendously overused plot device of "he swore never to let a woman close to his heart again".
*Edited to add* - Read for URR Halloween challenge- Romance involving murder

I really enjoyed this. It was filled to the brim with cliches but they were done well enough that it didn't really bother me. In fact, I loved it. A lot.

Lady Emily's father is in a feud with Draven, the Earl of Ravenswood and the king is sick of it. In an attempt to bring a little peace between the two of them, the king orders Lady Emily to live with Draven for a year. Draven has been warned that if he touches one h
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
If you wish to be indulged by a fluffy mushy romance masquerading as a medieval romance, this would be a book to go to. And let me admit it, I enjoyed it!
The H was all one would wish a H to be - tortured but tempting to anything remotely female!
The h was after my own heart - she decides she wants him for a husband and goes all out for it - plotting, planning and seducing.
Rest of the story is just convenient plot dressing.
Sha Mslvoe
This is the first book by Kinley MacGregor I have ever read! I fall in love with the story, I loved Draven and Emily. I love the way the story flow that keeps me hooked. I loved the epilogue, it's make me sad to see this story end. I just want more and more.

It's a must read to those who loved Highlander and medieval story.

** SK, I love you but I love you more as Kinley MacGregor **
Oct 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
First let me admit a bias: I don’t like Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. I’ve tried it, don’t like it. So, when I realized that Kinley Macgregor was Sherrilyn Kenyon, well, I was peeved. Now, with that in mind, I have to say I liked the book. It was good.

The basic set up is that Emily, the female protagonist, is forced to live with Draven (Yes, I know, the names scream 1990’s, but go with it) to stop the fighting between their two families. It’s a cliché, but Kinley Macgregor aka Sherrily
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what to say about this book. It was really boring. Draven, the dark warrior, and Emily, the fair maiden, they were not supposed to love each other but they did, yada yada yada. What can I say? I have read many books with similar plots. Honestly there is litte new under the sun. I don't mind some cliche. But this was not a successful use of cliches.

Maybe it is me being in a rather unromantic phase right now. I can't seem to feel the chemistry in any romances I have read recently. Dr
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
Wow. I'm almost speechless.
This book had all of my favorite things. A brooding hero who might have to resist yet you absolutely know without a doubt that he's so into the heroine and it's a noble reason he stays away..
But to balance that angst we have a feisty, head strong heroine that knows exactly what she wants and isn't afraid to go for it.
Draven was a man who left his heart on the floor of his childhood home long ago. He was determined to never let anyone close.
Emily was a spoiled girl, yet
The first book in the Brotherhood of the Sword/MacAllister series by Kinley MacGregor (aka Sherrilyn Kenyon). Draven de Montague, Earl of Ravenswood, is given Lady Emily, his adversary's daughter, as his ward for one year by the king. No harm or shame is to touch the lady while in his care. But Lady Emily wants a husband and decides that Draven would do just fine. While Draven strives to avoid and ignore her, Lady Emily is doing her best to make sure Draven doesn't.

It was a good read but I want
Chloe Friend
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Adored! However, I felt the ending was slightly rushed! Over all, a really good read!
3.5 stars
Like most Sherrilyn Kenyon this has a tortured hero, with a cruel violent father who killed his mother. h has an over-protective dad and h takes a fancy to hero who is to be her guardian. The h definitely gave the H a merry chase. Enjoyable and predictable.
Phily loves to devour books
Hero and heroine were likeable. A nice read!
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew this was going to be so good, but not THIS good!
I still remember I planned to read this one in 2015 but never had a chance.
Now I regret I should have read it sooner.

Full review to come.
Jen Davis
Draven of Ravenswood is a man hardened into a warrior by a cruel father. His name is whispered; his reputation, that of a relentless demon on the battlefield. He trusts no one, except for his brother Simon and cherishes nothing except his honor.

Someone has been pillaging his lands and he suspects his neighbor, Hugh. The same thing is happening to Hugh and he suspects Draven. So they take their grievances to the king. His majesty decides to send Hugh’s daughter to live with Draven for a year. Th
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
A good story overall but nothing special. Not a book that I'd re-read over and over again but I enjoyed it. I probably won't remember it after a while.
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Anna D.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED IT! I love the world Kinley MacGregor created here and I’m giddy with excitement for this series!!! Thank you Kinley MacGregor/Sherrilyn Kenyon! MacGregor writes heroes and heroines I adore. She also writes with the style of humor, banter, emotions, and sensuality that I favor. I haven’t been this excited for a series since I discovered Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton siblings –wait, not true..i also loved the Lisa Kleypas' Hathaway tribe - and now I have a band of brothers that are once again ...more
Jul 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lady Emily despairs of ever having the opportunity to find a husband and have the family she dreams of. She has been kept a virtual prisoner in her home due to a well-meaning but overprotective father.

Draven, Earl of Ravenswood has had an extraordinarily difficult childhood and carries the emotional and physical scars. He believes himself cursed and, with the exception of his brother Simon, does not allow anyone to get close to him.

When the King orders Draven to take in Emily, the daughter of hi
This was a fun, light-hearted romp that wasn't exactly historically accurate in the way the characters were portrayed or behaved, but the smart dialogue and engaging characters kept me interested and entertained.

All Emily wants to do is find love and start a family, but overprotective Daddy won't let her out of the castle, or allow any suitable suitors inside, since his wife and two daughters died years ago while in the family way. Instead, Daddy has started a feud with his neighbor, the noble
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, 4-star, series
...and Emily wants Draven de Montague, the Earl of Ravenswood.

Draven and Emily's father are enemies, and by decree from the king, Emily is to live under Draven's roof for in one year in order to stop the fighting between the two lords. Draven is not to touch her (in violence or lust). It is Draven's belief that he will have no problem keeping his hands to himself until he meets Emily!

Emily wants Draven, (in the biblical sense), from the first moment they meet. I love this twist because so ofte
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May 31, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ridiculous, romance
Ok, I HAD to read a book with a title like this. And it was a typical, run-of-the-mill romance. I'd give it one star except for a scene where the heroine tells jokes to make the hero laugh.

“Milord?” she asked Draven. “Know you how many Byzantines it takes to light a fire?” His look hovered between boredom and skepticism as he reached for his goblet. “I cannot imagine.” “Two,” she said simply. “One to start the fire and one to confuse the issue.”

“How many Norsemen does it take to light a fire?” “
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Sep 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Poor Draven believes that he can't have love or happiness because he thinks he has inherited his fathers volatile and lethal temper. Emily has been sheltered her whole life until King Henry orders her to live with Draven for a year to stop the animosity between him and her father. She wants a husband and family, and regardless of how much he protests or tries to avoid her they fall in love and he realizes that he is nothing like his father. So sweet. Great read!!
This was good. I liked both the H and h. They were opposites who fit well together. Draven was quiet, feared, and deadly in battle; but he was also fair and just. He experienced horrors in his childhood no one should, yet he grew to become a man of character in spite of his background. Emily was quite talkative and charming with her cheesy jokes. She saw the good in people and truly knew how to love. It was believable that she was a bright light in Draven's dark world.
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“Do you know what a friend is, milord? (Emily)
An enemy in disguise. (Draven)”
“(Emily frowned, then turned about in her saddle to scan the inner bailey.)
Milady? What do you seek? (Simon)
A marker announcing this as the gate to Hades. (Emily)”
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