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Discovery of Desire

(London Explorers #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  54 reviews
To the East India Company, he's the ideal explorer: unwed, uncomplaining, strong as an ox and profitable. There's nothing Seth Mayhew can’t find—until his sister disappears en route to India. The expedition is the first he fears he may fail, until he discovers a valuable, and irresistible, ally sailing on the same ship to Bombay.

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Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Christina ~ Brunette Reader
2,5 Stars

Coming from the rather disappointing experience of book 1, In Search of Scandal, I nonetheless decided to give the series another try as the writing had been quite good and Discovery of Desire's synopsis sounded intriguing, but unfortunately I encountered a couple of major quibbles that prevented me from assigning this book anything higher than a barely middling rating.
For a romance featuring a daring explorer on a mission to find his missing sister and a "venture girl" sailed to 18
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Susanne Lord impressed me last year with her début novel, In Search of Scandal, in which she crafted a strongly characterised, well-developed and angsty romance between a couple who were just a bit out of the ordinary.  I have therefore been eagerly awaiting her follow-up novel, in which one of the secondary characters picks up a major plotline begun in the previous story.  Seth Mayhew is an explorer and plant-collector who has worked alongside Will Repton (hero of In Search of Scandal) in the p ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
A bit too much of a scattered feeling with a hero and his flirty happy-go-lucky attitude who is supposed to be an adventurer but we don't get to see much adventuring. Heroine was a great managing get things done and pragmatic "can't live on love", which also made the story lose a little romance.
First half seemed to meander pretty slowly as their situations were gone over and over without much advancement.
The writing is good but the structure and pace needed work.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
(This is a slightly "spoilerish" review that I wrote and posted on Amazon in 2016.)

When I read Susanne Lord's first book in this London Explorers series it seemed to me that she was a promising new writer to look out for. That's why this second book has been a disappointment. It did not satisfy me on so many levels. (1) The H sadly lacked the characteristics I look for in a storybook hero. (2) The exotic locale was sadly underused. (3) Nothing happened in the whole book except a bunch of dither
Jenny Q
3.5 Stars. Seth Mayhew is on a mission to find his missing sister. With a reputation of being able to hunt down the rarest botanical specimens, he has high hopes of being able to pick up Georgie's trail to bring her and her young ward home. On a steamer bound for India with dozens of "venture girls," young women with limited prospects at home who are coming to India to find husbands, he manages to steer clear of them until they disembark in Bombay. But as he meets with Tom, an associate who has ...more
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking for a new life!

The Fishing Fleet! Fascinatingly ironic! This is the term used by the local English for the women who came to India looking for husbands from the marriageable men employed by the East India Company. A not very complimentary description but historically young women did leave England in droves to far flung places where the Empire was present, gambling on opportunities they might never have had at home.
One such young woman is Wilhelmina Adams who has accompanied her sister Em
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Discovery of Desire is the second book in the 'London Explorers' series by Susanne Lord. I haven't read the first book in the series, so can say that this one can easily be read as a stand alone novel.

This is the story of sisters Wilhelmina and Emma Adams. Emma decided she wanted to make a safe marriage in India, and Mina couldn't let her go on her own, so decides she should find herself a husband over there too. They have chosen to have contracts of marriage with two men they've never met, but
Jenny Koch
Loved the hero in this one. He's a jovial giant who - unlike most "perfect" romance heroes - means well but doesn't really understand the concept of being circumspect and as a result tends to embarrass himself. The heroine was a bit bland on the other hand - though she redeemed herself by the end. While the reasons and logic behind her actions would be understandable in real life, as I found the hero so much more lovable, I remained staunchly on his side and my impression of her fell at one poin ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historicals
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is book 2 in the London explorer series by Susanne Lord. In this book we get the tale of Seth's journey to find his sister. Seth came across as for lack of a better word autistic which made it hard to follow his thoughts sometimes. He was definitely different from your typical main male characters but still a really sweet guy. I really enjoyed the story but I just wish the characters would have worked better together to find a ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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It's unfortunately been long enough since I read this that I don't remember all of the ways in which I thought it was terrible, but I would be remiss in not at least mentioning, in however brief a review, that I thought this was a really terrible book. Not even the really intriguing setup for the third in the series is enough to subject me to this author's writing again, and I'm a HELLA completionist, so that should be enough of a warning to stay away! ...more
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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A stunning novel with a wonderful hero.

Discovery of Desire is the first Susanne Lord book I’ve read, it will not be the last. It’s been a long time since I have enjoyed a romance from a new author quite as much as this one. I don’t gush over heroes very often but I’m just going to get it out of the way early in the review. I am a little in love with Seth Mayhew.

Hoping to make safe marriages, Wilhelmina Adams and her sister Emma have left their home in England to t
Bambi Unbridled
Well Susanne Lord has blown me away again. She astounded me with her debut novel, In Search of Scandal. Now I am equally, maybe even more so, impressed by Discovery of Desire. I can't get over just how eminently likable characters her main character has been in each of these books.

We first met Seth Mayhew in In Search of Scandal where he agreed to go to India and Tibet in place of Will Repton to search for a missing orphan, a family member of the Marchioness of Winston. Seth was also seeking his
Book Gannet
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

Well, this is certainly different from the usual historical romance fare. Partly because the majority of it takes place in India, with a heroine who has sailed from England with her sister to marry an East India Company man whom she has never met. Mostly, though, I found it different because of Seth. He’s not your average hero, since he’s not well-born, nor rich, nor attempting to be anything or anyone other than who he is. And I loved that about him.

Seth is the best thing about this b
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
Discovery of Desire by Susanne Lord is a unique and entertaining Regency Historical Romance, set in India and England. Book 2 in the "London Explorers", but can be read as a stand alone, with reappearing characters from Book 1, "In Search of a Scandal".

Seth Mayhew, explorer, strong, compassionate, fearless, profitable, and of, course unmarried. He is said to be able to "find anything". So he's off to Bombay searching for his sister, Georgina, Georgie, to her family and a baby girl, Aimee. Whom h
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

In Susanne Lord’s second novel in the London Explorers series we’ll meet two people who really should not be falling in love. They each have other things that must be done but love is never logical or at times… convenient.

Seth is in India searching for his missing sister. He has some help in the form of a guide, Tom Grant but Tom isn’t as helpful as he should be.

Mina, along with her sister, Emma have traveled to India to make contractual marriages. While they have be
I loved Susanne Lord's debut novel and I went into her sophomore novel with a mix of excitement and trepidation. With a debut author, it's always hard to gauge what aspect about their writing is an aspect of that specific story versus the author's specific writing style. Sometimes I enjoy a singular work by an author but not their whole backlist, and that's okay. But after finishing Discovery of Desire, I can firmly say that I adore Lord's writing style and that I will read anything she writes. ...more
Dot Salvagin
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a love story about an intrepid world explorer and a woman who is desperate to marry to save her family. Seth Mayhew went to Brazil and sent back to England exotic plants and seeds but now he is in India to find his missing sister who also is sheltering an orphan. Tom Grant has been hired and is meeting him when he docks in Bombay and will help him in his quest. Tom is also meeting his “venture” bride (a mail-order bride), Wilhelmina (Mina) Adams, who is on the same ship with Seth as well ...more
Dec 01, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
My second book ever is coming in just a few short weeks, and it's making me crazy and excited all over again. (I think this is how expectant mothers must feel!)

Anyway, for those who read book 1 of The London Explorers, you already know the hero, Seth, the big, handsome, flirtatious explorer recently returned from Brazil.

Discovery of Desire begins with Seth and dozens of English women disembarking from their steamship onto a port in Bombay. The ladies are Venture Girls, a sort of mail-order brid
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
With sobriety I am continuing my reader crush on author, Susanne Lord! As a professional reviewer I was blown away by Lord's introduction into the industry with the release of her first novel, "In Search of Scandal." Now the author has returned with the second book in her London Explorer's series and I have fallen more head-over-heels for these wild tales of passion, truth and wicked dangers. If you want heart pulsing romance with riveting suspense than read Susanne Lord!

Seth, the hero is as bro
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Discovery of Desire is a nice change of pace in historical romance. The leads are not all aristocrats or wealthy folks, and there isn't even a lot of interaction with those circles. The setting with venture girls (women who traveled to India to marry British men working there) was new to me and again, out of the norm of my HR reading.

Seth Mayhew, the hero, made me think of Rupert Carsington, from Mr. Impossible, in that he's supposed to be on the less intelligent side, but is still clearly a cap
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved Seth and Mina "Minnie". Seth is a very different hero than I have read before. He's really not that smart and he most likely has ADHD. This was absolutely reflected in his POV which initially made his sections difficult to read. Once I understood why he was jumping around from subject to subject, then it all made sense and was easier to read. What Seth might not have in smarts, however, he definitely makes up for in kindness and generosity. I thought he was a good fit for Mina sin ...more
Anna Swedenmom
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I will give this a summer read 4 star rating. I was engrossed mostly into the storyline as the characters are well developed and written in a fashion that captures your attention. My emotions seesawed back and forth on different plot lines through out the book. It has a touch of whimsy, a dollop of realism as well as a few smiles for the antics of the heroine and how she turns things into actions. I enjoyed the writing style and look forward to reading more from this author. A nice romance with ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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"The reader will find a wide gambit of emotions, within, the pages of "Discovery of Desire". Along with betrayal, passion, mystery, a bit of suspense, add a sprinkle of exotic India, true friendship, and an abundance of romance, mixed together with the excitement of desire, and readers will find an utterly fantastic Regency Romance with many twists and turns. Perfect for fans of uniqueness, romantic intrigue, with a complicated storyline and a sa
Heather andrews
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seth has no problems sharing his feelings at times, “ah, God, Minnie.” His roger pulsed in rhythm to her clenching body. “The nights I dreamed of you, taking myself in hand, dreaming I was with you. In your sweet body.” I loved this book, Seth was a great guy, he was quite entertaining.
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

The characters were adorable and I wished I liked them more than their characterizations, but the constant back-and-forth between the hero/heroine about loving but can't marrying the other got a bit tiring.
nikkia neil
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca and netgalley for this ARC.

Love the suspense, action, and family life in this series
Sep 15, 2016 marked it as not-for-me
Just not interested. This reviewer convinced me:
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