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One Dangerous Desire

(Accidental Heirs #3)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  288 ratings  ·  33 reviews
In a bet between two old flames . . .

Rex Leighton dominates the boardroom by day and prowls the ballroom at night. Searching for the perfect bride to usher him into the aristocracy, he abandoned the idea of love the last time he saw the delicious May Sedgwick. But when he’s roped into a bet, where the prize is the means to fund his greatest ambition and the stakes are a ma
ebook, 368 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Avon Impulse
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Jen Davis
Apr 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This is my second stab at Christy Carlyle’s Accidental Heirs series, and while this book is definitely an improvement over the first, I can’t say that it was better than ok. There’s not necessarily anything terrible about the book, but neither is there anything exceptional. It’s just kind of superficially entertaining, but without any real emotion or surprises.

May and Rex are both Americans living in London. Both are in search of a marriage partner from the nobility. And both have enough money t
Two ambitious Americans, one an artist and the other a self-made man, with a romantic past reuniting in Victorian London should’ve been a great premise but in this case at least, it fell way below expectations. Between the molasses slow pacing and eye rolling drama involving both leads’ fathers, I was less than impressed with One Dangerous Desire.

Although Christy Carlyle usually manages to create potent intimacy between her couples, I didn’t feel any of that magic between Rex and May. Perhaps th
Sissy's Romance Book Review
I received this book in exchange for an honest review
'One Dangerous Desire' by Christy Carlyle is book three in the "Accidental Heirs" series. I have read the other books in this series but I do feel this is a standalone don't worry if you are jumping around in the series.
This is the story of Rex Leighton and May Sedgwick.
Rex once was an poor American who knew May when she was above him in the social status. But Rex and May thought to marry and they were going to run away together. B
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

4 banterific stars.

Rex is an American who came to his mother's homeland six years ago to start a different life for himself. After struggling to survive in an orphanage and on the streets of NYC, Rex is a self-made man. Changing his name, leaving everything behind, he amasses great wealth, but now he needs to marry a titled women who could gain him access to investors.

May is her father's daughter, determined and fiscally minded
Jenny Q
3.5 Stars. I was drawn to One Dangerous Desire for several reasons: it takes place in the late Victorian period, it features Americans in London, and the hero and heroine are competing against each other to win a bet. May Sedgwick, daughter of an American department store baron, came to London for one purpose: to find a titled husband. But, raised in her father's business world, she also has dreams of running her own business one day. A talented artist, May has a passion for interior design, but ...more
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
My first book by this author, but definitely not my last!

I really liked Rex and May and their second chance romance :) It takes place just before the turn of the (twentieth) century, which was a nice change of pace--Rex wanting to electrify the entire hotel he wanted to build was just such a neat detail (and totally reminded me of Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess, shielding herself from the "abominations" her son had recently installed in Downton Abbey, LOL). May's a department store heiress--lik
I was introduced to Christy Carlyle’s writing in her first Accidental Heirs novel, One Scandalous Kiss, and have been hooked on her deft, witty storytelling and lovely prose since. Both are on full display in her latest novel, and the final book in the Accidental Heirs series, One Dangerous Desire. She takes the reunited lovers trope, throws in a winner-takes-all wager, and adds a dash of danger to create a story full of steamy romance, thrilling intrigue, and a satisfying happily-ever-after.

Angela Withrow TheArdentReader
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Mr. Rex Leighton has a head for business! He is making great strides in London,
He would be doing better if he could marry into the ton. These men hold all the cards and the capital to invest in his newest venture.
So he throws himself into the "Marriage Mart."
Miss May Sedgwick has a head for art and decorating. She is an intelligent woman, but she also desires a match within the aristocracy.
She is pursuing that end when she meets Mr. Leighton, again. They have a history that is neither "in the
Kelly  The Sassy Book Lover
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy from the author for an honest review.

This was a bit different from the books I usually read, but I really liked it. I was thrown off at first because they are both American, building a hotel and talk of electricity, but once I got into it, it was great.

Rex had me from the moment we meet Charlie. It showed that he wasn't going to be the typical tough hero even with his background of being raised in an orphanage and living on the streets of New York. His past doesn't get in his
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Each book in this series is better than the one before. Rex and May, both Americans, with a past find themselves in London, both wanting to make a match among the peerage, but can't seem to let go of their mutual attraction and the love they once shared-which is at war with their individual ambitions. They enter into a ridiculous wager posed by a benefactor, the first one betrothed wins his support. Trouble is, they are just not that into the people they are courting, and find themselves thrown ...more
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Second Chance Story!

I received a copy from the author in exchange of an honest review.
I truly enjoyed this story. May and Rex had a worldwide romance 6 years ago in New York that didn't end well. They are both in London and neither is aware the other is in town. She is there to marry for a title. He wants an investment to build his dream hotel. They each want different lives that don't include the other but they seem to meet constantly.

This was a great story about finding love again.
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First I would like to state that I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I would like to thank the author for giving me this opportunity and honor in being able to read this book. This book was a rather quick read. When I received this book I began reading it at once. The book was such an interesting read. The authors writing style keeps you interested from the first chapter to the last. The author pulls you in quickly and keeps you hooked wanting to ...more
Isha Coleman
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
One Dangerous Desire, in my opinion could be described as the anti love story. Former loves are brought together by a chance at financial gain. Christy Carlyle has written characters that are arrogant and ambitious but are also confused and afraid. A contradiction? Yes. That is what makes a good author. Someone who is not afraid to push the envelope and create something that is uniquely theirs. I loved that May was her own person and was not beyond getting dirty to get what she wanted. One Dange ...more
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A quick read. London's dashing Rex Leighton is actually the desperate Reggie Cross from New York that stole May Segwick's heart six years ago.
Can they make their way back to each other amid so veery many obstacles- not the least of which would be both their manipulating families?
Bev Ross
May 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved Rex and May's story! It had everything! Adventure, love, humor, Christy is a very good writer she draws you in and keeps you interested from start to finish I just love everything she writes! ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

I was disappointed by the previous 2 books in this series and didn’t have high expectations for this one. But it was better, by a bit. It started off with Rex & May already in love so it moved slightly faster than other books where they had to bond. The chemistry between them is questionable / non existent to be honest but I was lenient about that, seeing as they’re already in love. But it would have good if the author explained more about their romance when they were younger so we can
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Just not my cup of tea. Didn't really liked the hero or the heroine. Didn't hate them either. ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much better, only 4 errors in this one

This is a great story and a lot less errors than the previous book in the series! I recommend this.
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

As a huge fan of historical romance, I don’t know how I’ve let the works of author Christy Carlyle escape my radar. Her latest novel, One Dangerous Desire, is the third in her Accidental Heirs series (yet easily reads as a standalone!) and I know it will not be the last of hers I read — especially since I’ve already added the first two Accidental Heirs novels One Scandalous Kiss and One Tempting Proposal to me e-reader).

Rex Leighton emigrated f
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rex Leighton is looking for an aristocratic bride. An American of humble beginnings, Rex moved to London six years ago, where he has become a wealthy and successful businessman, but the Ton still snubs him. Rex wants to build a huge hotel outfitted with modern conveniences, but he needs backing, and the Duke of Ashworth seems an ideal candidate to finance Rex’s project, besides the Duke has an unmarried daughter, Lady Emily. Rex learns that every Tuesday Lady Emily takes her tea at the Metropole ...more
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
beautiful book
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
A Dangerous Desire is a novel that I quickly added to my list of top reads that I had to review this year. As my love for historical-romance continues I find myself adoring author, Christy Carlyle and I have very much savored the writer's own series, The Accidental Heirs. A Dangerous Desire continues as book three in this highly passionate and yet disparate in fellow love stories and was yet another tale that I loved.

For those of you who have never read a novel by Carlyle I have to stress the p
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction especially romance, it allows me to
visit a world where I could never go but always wanted to,
The beautiful gowns they wore, are just what I would love to
wear. I can escape to a wonderful place and I have to admit
of all the historical I have read Christy Carlyle paints the
most vivid picture of them all. Just felt like I was there
living Mary’s life.

Mary is so the embodiment of a true American Woman.
Even though she had to move back to England. And she is
also so muc
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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First off, if you haven't read any of the previous stories, don't worry, One Dangerous Desire can be read as a standalone. Anyway. We meet Rex and May. Now these two had a previous relationship, but circumstances caused these two break apart. Gotta love dear old dad. Basically, she left New York to find herself a title, because that's what mother would love for her. Unbeknownst to her she runs into her former beau, but he's no longer the guy she knew. I mean with a name
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
A quick but thrilling romantic read from Christy Carlyle.

Rex is an American he had come to his mums homeland some six years ago to start he came to start a new and different life for himself. He had struggled to survive in the orphanage as well as on the streets of NYC, Rex is now a successful self-made man. He has changed his name, and has left every single thing behind, he has amassed a great wealth, but now he just needs to marry a suitable yet titled women who can get him access to investors
Violet Banerjee
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it
In fin-de-siècle London the old order is changing and daring newcomers have the chance to gain a fortune, if only they have the right connections. Rex Leighton, originally of New York, has taken London by storm, amassing a fortune in just half a dozen years. In order to secure his position with the right sorts of investors, he needs to marry into the aristocracy. May Sedgwick, also originally from New York, has the same idea. From a young age her mother trained her to trade her considerable depa ...more
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Historical fiction especially romance allows for me to visit a world where I would never have been accepted and to enjoy a romance that is fundamentally basic in most aspects. Saying this I get to the current duo of Rex and May.

These two wanted each other but felt there was something else they needed/wanted. Depending on whom was looking at it. They just could not see past it. I found the scenes fast past then crashing together to a slower pace. I felt out of place in more than one place and had
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh the woes of loving too young. They meet, they desire, they love, they let others dictate their actions, they lose. They meet again six years later, they desire, they ALMOST let others dictate their actions, they LOVE. Rex and May’s story is one of second chances and determination. I liked that they are not aristocrats but self-made people and that they are Americans out of place in London. Both Rex and May are strong characters that complement each other. You can feel the emotions when they a ...more
Lusty Reader
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Was distracted the whole time reading this, not sure if it was bad timing or the book just couldn't keep my interest. Scenes ended abruptly when they just got interesting and never really felt the connection between H/h. ...more
Sam Atkinson
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read. Could have a little more depth to it tho.
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Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, USA Today bestselling author Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there's nothing better than ...more

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