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Heart's Desire

(Lords of Chance #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Lady Clarissa has decided to live life on her terms. After the end of a ten-year betrothal, she wants nothing to do with marriage or the men of the ton. Least of all her friend’s brother, the very charming Lord Markham, or Hearts, as many ladies call the oh-so-handsome earl.

Markham pursues relationships with no ties that bind. Acting the rake leaves everyone satisfied...un
ebook, 324 pages
Published May 13th 2019 by Entangled: Scandalous
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Maggie Whitworth
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who knew that Markham was such a genuinely deep and emotional character.
Loving , thoughtful, a man who was in effect self made , one who loves to distraction, who values his sisters as he does.

In Scandal I Spades ,book 1 in the series, he’s a rake , a man who gambles his sister away in a card game , to his friend Brompton.
But not so in this , realisation hits and he begins to self analyse , to doubt how people see him , he no longer wants that persona, that life .
Looking deeper ,he’s a g
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is my introduction to Mrs Wendy LaCapra talent, and for sure it won’t be my last.
By reading the blurb, I thought it would be an easy read of two persons getting to know another and falling in love but it was a bit like this but so much more too.
Because despite the facade they show to society, behind the mask there are two broken souls.
Lady Clarissa was breed and raised to be the perfect Marchioness except it never came true, and in the process she was left behind by her own brother. It
Tracy Emro
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Maybe 3.5

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and was delighted to learn that Percival Stanley, Earl of Markham aka "Hearts" was to be the hero in this book. He was portrayed as a somewhat reckless, impulsive rake in the first book, so I was very surprised by the "real" Markham in this book!

Markham has always noticed Lady Clarissa Laithe, sister to Earl of Rayne, but she was off limits and already betrothed to the Marquess of Bromton, so he kept his interest to himself. When his reckle
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heart’s Desire is the second book in the Lords of Chance series by author Wendy LaCapra. After reading Mrs. Sartin’s Secretary and catching a glimpse of Lord Markham, I was intrigued to learn more about him!

Percival Stanley the Earl of Markham is a rake and everyone knows it… except for Markham. When he comes to the realization that in fact, he is a rake, he’s rather angry and decides to take better care. He has spent the last five years working hard to get his crumbling estate out of debt. His
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lord Markham is everything that Lady Clarissa desires, except she has decided that marriage is not for her. After her betrothal of ten years ends with Lord Bromton marrying another, Clarissa decides that she will do as she pleases. When her brother Rayne leaves without hardly a word of correspondence, she is left without any family and so, hardens her heart and stands up for herself. It is only when a wager is made that will see her ruin, does Markham quickly come to her rescue. Their feelings s ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very good read, quite emotional at times. I did like the character of Markham, he was essentially a very caring person. He did have a set of rules he tried to abide by. There were times in this story that I wondered if I liked Clarissa. I could see where she was coming from, in that she wanted to be in control of her own life, but she was selfish in that she was mainly concerned with her own needs. Markham was a strong enough character that he was able to give Clarissa the control she ...more
Lori D
After reading the first book in this series, it was wonderful to see Percival (yes I love that name!) Stanley, Earl of Markham, because he had seemed such a rake and had even gamble his sister away! But an encounter in the first few pages made him think, "I hadn't realized...I mean, I never intended to cultivate the reputation of a rake." Like his father, he had a weakness for women but he was not incapable of forming an attachment! When these thoughts come to a realization, he decides he does n ...more
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book.

Markham is an interesting character. When he learns how he is seen by some women, an unflattering fact about himself, he decides he wants to change. He comes up with some rules of conduct and does his best to follow them. Markham is kind and when he hears of a wager that would ruin Clarissa he jumps in to save her reputation by claiming she is his intended bride. Clarissa doesn’t want to marry and is unhappy to learn Markham stepped in to save he
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The characters in the book seemed to just need their heads knocking together! It was a good read but made a lot of mention to previous books and events which I found very off putting. Overall, it wasnt a bad story but it also wasn't great. 2.5 stars.
Jamie Lee Zonneveld
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heart's Desire is the second book in the Lords of Chance serie and my first book by Wendy LaCapra. I really loved this book. The characters had so much dept en felt so real. I loved the writing style. I loved Markham, he was an amazing character. I loved him and Clarissa together.
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May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, steamy
After the man her father betrothed her to ten years ago fails to actually offer for her, and then her brother abandons her for a trip to New York, Lady Clarissa Laithe has decided she's done conforming to the demands and expectations of others. She's decided to claim independence instead of marriage and she especially doesn't want anything to do with her brother's friend, Hearts, so nicknamed for his ability to pleasure and charm ladies. Clarissa is immune to his charms and wants no part of his ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lady Clarissa has decided to live life on her terms. After the end of a ten-year betrothal, she wants nothing to do with marriage or the men of the ton. Least of all her friend’s brother, the very charming Lord Markham, or Hearts, as many ladies call the oh-so-handsome earl.

Markham pursues relationships with no ties that bind. Acting the rake leaves everyone satisfied, except that he's never thought himself a rake. He is far too proper to be labeled a rake. Now he finds himself acting the savior
Connie Fischer
May 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Percival Stanley, the fifth Earl of Markham, is attending a ball given by Lady Darlington, eldest daughter of the Duke of Shepthorpe.

When Markham’s father died 5 years ago, there was little money left in the estate, but he has worked hard to refill the coffers. His sister, Katherine, is married to the Marquess of Bromton, and his other sister is deemed to be a diamond of the first water. Now, it is his turn to find a wife.

At age 7, Lady Clarissa’s father betrothed her to the future Marquess of B
Autumn (Triquetra Reviews)
This book was intriguing! Clarissa's strong will was fascinating to read about in a "regency" context. I wasn't expecting such domination from what otherwise would have been a sweet read.

I'm not sure what about this has me keeping this at 3 stars instead of 5. For whatever reason Clarissa makes me uncomfortable in her stubbornness. While I appreciate the feminism, something just feels off about this story? Obviously, a super subjective outlook on my part.

I'm not sure that the character developm
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
While I didn't find this novel to be as good as the first in the series, it wasn't without its charms. The steady pace keeps the reader invested, making this the perfect read for a rainy day, and the characters are in their own way interesting.

One of the things that kept me from enjoying the story more was the tunnel vision that seemed to plague Clarissa. While it is easy to understand why a young woman would be weary of men, I hated the way she lumped them all into the same category. I also fo
Debra Martin
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
After being rejected by Lord Bromton at the end of their ten-year betrothal, Lady Clarissa has decided that she never wants to be under the whims of a man and decides to reject marriage. When she refuses a request by the cruel Lord Moultonbury, he places a scandalous bet at the gentlemen's club. Not wanting Clarissa to suffer any repercussions, Lord Markham swoops in and claims he's courting Lady Clarissa. Markham has had a tendre for Clarissa for years and the more time they spend together, spa ...more
Lenna  Wright-Berry
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Ms. LaCapra I’ve read and I will look forward to reading more. It started a bit slow since this is a new writing style but after the first couple of chapters I was hooked. The reason it was slow was I was hesitant when Markham followed one of his widowed lovers and usually when that happens I didn’t want to read him with some other women right off the bat, but that was not the case so that was great. Now I also expected drama with the lover and Clarissa as the story pro ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Heart's Desire by Wendy LaCapra is book Two in the Lords of Chance Series. This is the story of Percival Stanley, Earl of Markham and Clarissa Laithe. Markham played a part in the first book 'Scandal in Spades' but I still feel this book could be made into a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Clarissa has been betrothed to the Marquess of Bromton for years, but now her betrothal is broken and her brother takes off. Clarissa plans to do what she wants and when her brother the Earl of Rayne doe
Synergy Quest
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I really enjoyed this read. If you like good historical romances with a bit of steam, this checks those boxes.

The hero, Markham, is darn near perfect. The heroine takes some getting used to. She’s an excellent friend, and kind to those who rightly deserve her ire. Yet, to those people she seems her most forgiving and gratuitous. When it comes to Markham she is judgmental, selfish and dismissive. A definite victim of circumstance, she’s been ignored, bartered for, or abandoned by her fat
Carole Burant
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lady Clarissa has only one wish and that is to have freedom and do as she wishes. She vows never to marry, especially not her friend's brother, Lord Markham!!!! She believes he's a rake and every time they meet, she has only unkind words and glowering stares for him.

Lord Markham has always thought Clarissa lovely but knows that she doesn't like him at all. If only she knew what a kind, gentle and thoughtful man he really was!! When he overhears a wager that will hurt Clarissa, he steps in and a
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Clarissa and Markham's story. I enjoyed the way this story is written and Markham has redeemed himself beautifully. His character is one of my favorites in this series. He loves his sisters, knows when he is wrong and willing to change his ways, and he is caring as well as a passionate person. I also liked Clarissa, she is independent, stubborn and a strong woman who wants more in life than what is offered to her. Her brother left without a second thought to her but she has some amazing ...more
Amy Alvis
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Clarissa and Markham's story!! I think it is probably my favorite of the year!!

Clarissa was raised knowing who she was going to marry, but when he suddenly changes his mind, she made the decision to never marry. But when a mean spirited man makes a wager, Markham steps up in her defense. They will pretend to to courting in order to save her reputation. But when Markham realizes that he has fallen for Clarissa, he has get her to change her mind on marriage. Will he be able to c
Kristen Koster
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heart’s (Hearts’) Desire— LaCapra delivers again!

LaCapra is an auto-buy for me and this book lived up to my expectations! It wasn’t quite what I was expecting premise-wise, but I trust this author and I was NOT disappointed with a great read, fully fleshed-out characters and a solid story with heart (pun likely intended). Ready to go read Mrs. Sartin’s (an influential secondary character) story in the boxed set SECOND CHANCE LOVE now!
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
This is the first time I have read this author. I did not read the first book in this series, but I found that did not matter to the story. I liked the hero, Markham. I did find it too unbelievable that an innocent like Lady Clarissa (she’s never been kissed!) could seduce a rake like Markham. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical romance readers are going to lap up Wendy LaCapra’s enjoyable and enthralling tale of forbidden attraction and illicit passion, Heart’s Desire.

Lady Clarissa has had enough. She is sick and tired of letting men control every aspect of her life and wants to live life on her own terms and become the mistress of her own destiny. Clarissa’s life has been managed and manipulated by men from the cradle and she will not have it anymore. After the man she had been betrothed to since girlhood h
Joanna Szabo
Markham is an instant delight—soft and emotional and sweet. Clarissa is more callous in her inability to empathize at times, and while she’s not my favorite heroine, she and Markham create an absolutely delicious dynamic between them. When dealing with a historical romance heroine who’s an “innocent” there’s a delicate balance to be struck to make sure the heroine doesn’t come across as willfully ignorant, stupid, or childlike. LaCapra achieves this by sometimes flipping the script, having Clari ...more
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Cosima demaglie
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i actually enjoyed this book more than I thought I would.
Yes, it was predictable but in the very best way. The villain was clear from the outset and, although there was mention of previous heroines, it didn't matter that I hadn't read the previous books in the series.
I did call the majority of the "big reveals" before they happened but it didn't take away my enjoyment and I still couldn't put it down.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Wendy writes Historical Romance with a touch of intrigue & suspense. Her debut series, a trilogy about three Ladies who refuse to play by society's rules, was released by Entangled Scandalous in 2015. Her first indie, Her Duke at Daybreak, finaled in Romance Writers of America®'s RITA® contest.

Wendy was born a Jersey Girl, though most of her extended family lives in Maine. Trekking up and down

Other books in the series

Lords of Chance (2 books)
  • Scandal in Spades