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Prisoner of My Desire

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  17,784 ratings  ·  604 reviews

Spirited Rowena Belleme must produce an heir--or incur the dangerous wrath of a ruthless stepbrother, who stands to forfeit his ill-gotten wealth. And the magnificent Warrick deChaville is the perfect choice to sire her child--though it means imprisoning the handsome knight...and forcing him to bend to her amorous whims.


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Paperback, 425 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Avon (first published 1991)
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5 problematic, triggering stars!!!


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Wow! 'Twas a wild ride! So many trig
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DNF @ p.279

This was a buddy-read with Tiana! I've been wanting to read PRISONER OF MY DESIRE for years. It's got a pretty crazy premise. The heroine, Rowena, is forced by her stepbrother to conceive a child for strategic reasons (and also because he wants to bone her). When her husband (an old man) dies, her stepbrother kidnaps a man off the street who has his coloring that they can pass off as the real heir. Unfortunately for the two of
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 enjoyable stars.

Really enjoyed this one.

Asshole hero who does redeem himself. Liked Rowena. She could stand up for herself.

Sorry, Friday night! Too tired for a long review.

Lady Raven RAVE!
Reread 2/2021
Original review

I love this book the beginning was a little different for me, but I still loved it.I HOPE I DON'T RUB SOMEONE THE WRONG WAY, but I just want to say this before I give my thoughts on the book.

Most of these authors are starting to write or have written aggressive love scenes, I accept this because I know it's all for entertainment. I think if you know that the author always writes aggressive love scenes then don't read the books if you find them offensive and degrading
“I will decide what your life is worth, Rowena,” Warrick cut in. “As it happens, a castle— nay, a hundred castles— cannot compare with what you mean to me.” Rowena Belleme is left with no choice but to follow her step brother’s commands or else he’ll kill her mother. To secure an alliance with an aging but wealthy man, Rowena must produce an heir. Unfortunately, her eldery husband died before they could consummate the marriage to which she is secretly grateful for. But her step brother has oth ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed it more than I should...

*** Kind of spoilery***

My tears had barely dried before I was supposed to love the hero for realising his monumental stuff up and believe in his declarations of love. Prisoner of my Desire is one of those historical romances that I hate to love. The hero was an utter, utter bast*rd. He is cranky, rude and despicable. He has his reasons, but his resentments and hostilities at times made me want to get my own bloody whip out and chase him down…not that I have a wh
4 Stars

Overall Opinion: This was kind of a wild idea for a story! I’m happy I read it! I feel kind of bad for saying so though, because rape is never a good thing 🙈 I liked the characters and I enjoyed their banter and relationship. I would’ve liked more of their HEA, but I know I’m being greedy and others would’ve been (and are) just fine with the ending. It was an oldie but a goodie!

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Rowena and Warrick’s story. Rowena is forced into marriage to an ancie
Jane Stewart
Sep 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Skip this book. The story was ok in some ways, but I was frustrated by the relationship between Warrick and Rowena.

They both acted like they hated each other, and they wanted to hate each other. But, the truth was they desired each other, and love was beginning. Their words and actions were insincere. They were playing mind games with each other of one-upmanship. I was not drawn to this.

I accept dishonesty and insincerity for a variety of reasons, for example: standard romance protocol, discover
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, bodice-ripper
(3.5 stars) Lady Rowena is forced by her lusting stepbrother Gilbert to marry the debauched and murderous old geezer Lyons in order to get pregnant and therefore have a claim on the fart's properties and army. Unfortunately Lyons dies on the wedding night before anything can happen and so Gilbert orders a substitute whacked over the head and brought to Rowena's bed for stud purposes. Lyons body will be hidden until Rowena's gets knocked up and all will go as planned. But the disposable serf kidn ...more
There is so much I'm willing to forgive in a HR taking place in the Middle Ages. I would actually prefer not to have woman's lib and obnoxiously feisty (or male-wannabe) heroines fettered during this time. But there is one interesting feature in this book - the heroine rapes the hero.

Scandalous, I know. It's really unbelievable and I was anxious about how it was all going to work. It does, in my favorite way - angry sex, guilt and occassional moments of soul-sucking love.

Rowena's step brother, G
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this swoon-worthy historical romance. The story is so well-written it kept me full of anxiety from start to finish. It is common knowledge women have no rights during this historical time. Therefore it is no surprise that Lady Rowena who is both beautiful and a noble becomes a pawn to be used for war. My heart ached for her as I read through each injustice she experienced. I felt like I was holding back my tears for the first half of the book. Then I became hopeful only to fall harder int ...more
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I’ve found it!
The king of all bodice rippers. OMG. I’m shaking...
I’m at a loss for words, actually don’t know what to say...so I’m going to sleep on it and come back with my thoughts not in such a state of disarray.

Amy!!!! What have u done to me????
The moment I manage to get my hands on my dad’s credit card I’m getting this. Don’t worry. I’m 24, not a kid who’s stealing their parent’s money. Just a broke ass adult that will be doing some, BORROWING... hopefully by the end of the wee
Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
I love the premise and the writing. Rowena was a great h, I could relate to her and I'm amazed by how strong she was after everything that happened to her. She's really sassy and smart.
I finished the book in record time, because I couldn't put it down. This could have been a 5 star read because the book is really gripping, but a few personal preferences and triggers ruined my overall enjoyment. I don't like that H has older daughters, that he punishes one of them to the same tragedy tha
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

"I am glad 'twas you."

LOVED THIS ONE! Didn't want to put it down. This was my first book by this author. And I will definitely be looking for more from her.
Chitra *CJ*
"Prisoner of my Desire" is the story of Rowena and Warrick.

Now, I have to clarify that this book will not be for everyone- but if you enjoy old school romances, bodice rippers and Johanna Lindsey-then you won't have any problem with it.

The book starts with our heroine, Rowena Belleme being witness to the brutal whipping of her mother by her lecher stepbrother- and to save her she is forcefully married to an old haggard asshat. However, before consummation, the old man dies and the stepbrother ta
Well, well, what can I say? There's bodice ripper and there's a bodice ripper. The book is problematic on so many levels, but it was a good rollicking ride. It managed to elicit a couple of guffaw and chuckles from me (probably unintentionally). I was shaking my head at a couple of scenes too. I wasn't particularly bothered by the infamous rape scenes as well. It took on a cartoonish aspect to me, maybe due the writing style and excessive euphemism (manroot, anyone?). I guess the scenes weren' ...more
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
For a book where the hero and heroine are set up to rape each other, this is... surprisingly sweet.

I think that's partially why I only gave it three stars in the end. With this premise, I wanted something a bit darker and more emotional, with a hero who constantly makes the heroine pay for her mistakes with her body, etc. What I got was an almost frothily light historical romance filled with humour and a distinct lack of angst.

It's the middle of the Anarchy, and the teenaged Lady Rowena has j
Debbie DiFiore
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Just reread this for the 2nd time and I forgot how much I had loved it. I read it years ago and I couldn't quite remember it so I read it again and it was wonderful. I loved Johanna Lindsey in her early writing years and read every book. I didn't quite like all of them because there were a couple with heros and ow and I hated that but this one was good.

The H was very cruel in the beginning of the book but he had reason to be I guess. I did like that he felt terrible when he realized how wrong h
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another 2018 favorite!

I wasn’t sure if I’d love it as much as I did. I guess you could say like Rowena, I fell in love with Warrick page by page, little by little and a bit unexpectedly. This man or should I say fire breathing dragon (I loved it when Rowena referred to him as such) was not easy to love nor did he love easily. But sweet and strong Rowena would be his undoing.

Fabulous story filled with wonderful characters.

Johanna Lindsey is a new author for me and it thrills me to say I will be
Dora Koutsoukou
4 ❤️⛓❤️⛓❤️⛓❤️🌟s

Considering it was written more than 25 years back, this historical romance was very intriguing, unique and daring!!
I liked her writing style as well as the characters and it was fast paced. Aye!!!!
♛ Mademoiselle Smut ♛
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it

This book was something else. I'm just going to put this out there, the heroine rapes the hero, and the hero then kidnaps and rapes the heroine in vengeance...


So, this book tells the story of Lady Rowena Belleme and Warrick deChaville. Rowena is forced to marry an old, dying man and must produce an heir. On their wedding night, however, Rowena's husband dies, and her stepbrother threatens to kill her mother if she doesn't get pregnant by the guy he kidnapped.

Warrick deChaville, mistaken a ser
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Aug 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: august-2021
3.5 out of five stars. It was good but I needed more grovel from the hero and the humilation/sexual torture she was put through was a bit much for me to properly forgive him
Sonia N.
Mar 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-book
I loved this book! Beautiful Rowena and gorgeous Warrick deserve each other.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I don't have an accurate shelf for this one since I don't typically read bodice rippers. I made an exception based on all the positive reviews. Though I don't think it's a five star read, I am definitely glad I invested the time to read it. This started out very strong with the heroine married off to an old lecher and then forced to rape the hero when he dies unexpectedly. I suspect that scene alone is what drives most of the five star reviews. I was right there in the room feeling the hero's vi ...more
Sep 25, 2011 rated it did not like it
I'll start this review by saying that for the last six months I've been working on writing a book of my own. It's undergone numerous drafts. It's stolen countless nights of sleep. My obsession with it has turned me into a downright social pariah. But still I write, knowing and not caring that it will never get published. Less than 1% of people do. And of those who do only a select few will ever gain notoriety.

It's discouraging, to say the least, when I think on those statistics. Even more so wh
Bindi Boo
4 stars
Surprisingly, i truly enjoyed this book. Been a while since i've read Johanna Lindsey but i'm glad i gave this one a chance. Heroine was spunky enough for the hero who was a total ass! I loved that she made him grovel at the end, take that ass-hat!
Ever since i read my first book (and only) by Johanna Lindsey "Paradise Wild",i knew that she are a terrific author with very Uniqe stories,and just WOW,"Prisoner of my Desire" really turns tables when it comes to the trope of bodice ripper.Really Entertaining and Sexy!

As the historical time are from 1100s in this one,you have to expect many things that makes you unease.For one thing,the hero has a bastard.This was very common in this time,so it does not bother me at all.Not when the sexy and ep
It was my first by johnna lindsey and I'm not sure if i understand her writing style or not
This book mainly had everything. Action, history, romance but among all this it felt like she lacked in making the chemistry between rowena and warrick.
I understod her plotting but still couldn't quite make myself like the way the story was flowing
Rowena was forced to marry a man suitable to be her grandfather who dies on their wedding night so her brother kidnapped a man who had the same color of hair an
Salena Ross
Feb 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
This wasn't a romance novel. This was an erotic novel posing as a romance, so it wasn't even that good. The plot was weak, with so many logical fallacies on the parts of the characters that I genuinely questioned their intelligence.

Too, the rape bothered me. And everything up til her planned seduction was rape. TBH, while it's not my thing, I would have been fine with it if the novel weren't trying to be a romance. Or even if Lindsey had managed to pull a believable love story out of those begi
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S. Army was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.

In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph Lindsey, becom

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