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Devil's Desire

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,465 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews

They called him the devil...

With his seductive golden eyes and sin-black hair, it's no wonder Lord Alex Trevegne has earned himself the sinister title-not to mention his reputation as one of the most notorious rakes in England.

And she's the only one who can conquer him...

When fate throws Alex and Elysia into a scandalous situation, Alex suddenly finds it surprisingly d

Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published November 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Casablanca (first published 1975)
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Sarah Mac
Well, this was...painful.

I'm well aware that Devil's Desire is the great-grandmother of many historical romances today, so I'm willing to let the predictable plot & cheeseball suspense slide. But the flat characters & terrible writing are inexcusable. This author is labeled one of HR's grande dames, yet I saw nothing to earn that title aside from the mid-1970s publishing date. The bulk is a mash of clunky infodumps, adverbial orgies, & sloppy writing with a wallpaper-thin Regency bac
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of overly narrated pre-1985 bodice ripper romances
Well this book wasn’t for me and for soooo many reasons. For the record, I really, really, really tried to like it but it was a no go. Now I know it’s a bodice ripper from the 70s and there was a certain “style” to those romances that doesn’t really exist in today’s romance novel, but this one I thought was not only poorly written, it had the most unlovable and irredeemable historical romance hero imaginable (ugh, eesh and **shudder shudder**).

It has a very Gothic feel to it –creepy castles/mano
Elysia Demarice is a poor wee orphan who is abused by her evil step-aunt one too many times, so she grabs a bag and runs off to London. A chance stop at a roadside inn puts her in the path of a nasty little lord who has a grudge against a devil rake by the name of Alex Trevegne, also at the inn. Elysia and Alex are manipulated into a compromising situation and he decides to marry her after all because she looks like a good breeder. Elysia gets dragged off to his estate where she hates her husban ...more
UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
What I most loved about this story is the mystery of the war-time smugglers. Alex and Elysia are wonderful, but the drama and angst and misunderstands due to lack of communication had me wanting yo tear my hair out! LOL!

Ah, well. Still all in all a wonderful read!


They called him the devil...

With his seductive golden eyes and sin-black hair, it's no wonder Lord Alex Trevegne has earned himself the sinister title-not to mention his reputation as one of the most notorious rakes in England
DEVIL'S DESIRE by Laurie McBain is an exciting, thrill ride of historical romance/suspense set in Regency England. It is a reissued work from 1975. It is well written with details, depth, fast paced, twists, turns and thrill ride to be sure. It has romance, deceit, betrayal, passion, spies, smugglers,defiance, stubborn-willful woman, a determined, arrogant man, adventure,intertwined story throughout, colorful characters, and love of country. The hero, Alex, is arrogant, seductive, a rake, consid ...more
Nov 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Devil’s Desire was a wildly popular romance novel that was first published in 1975. It was author Laurie McBain’s first novel, and she continued on to have a very successful career as a romance novelist in the 1970’s and 80’s. Sadly Devil’s Desire had gone out of print, but Sourcebooks has published a new edition of this novel this month.

Elysia Demarice is the beautiful daughter of aristocratic parents that has fallen on hard times since her parents’ untimely death in Regency England. When Elysi
Büşra Bal
Başları cidden sıkıcı,zaten kızla-üvey teyzesi midir nedir onunla arasındaki ilişki bildiğin kül kedisi masalı.ama nedensizce uzatılmış,insan eee hadi ne zaman başlıyor falan diye düşünüyor.Tam esas çocuk çıkıyor hareketlenir ortalık diyoruz,çocuğun da babasının arkadaşıyla bir muhabbet ettiği sahne var ki içim bayıldı ve neden bahsettiklerine dair en ufak bir fikrim bile yok.Boşuna yazılmış en az 60 sayfası var yani yazarın,ilerleyince pek beğeneceğimi sanmıyorum ama neyse.

Evet kitap bitti.yaza
Bi şeyler eksikti beni içine çekemedi kitap bitsin diye sayfaları hızlı hızlı çevirdim diyebilirim.

Kızımızın anne babası fayton kazasında ölüyor abiside donanmadayken gemisi batıyor ölüyor(en azından öldü sanılıyor) bunun üzerine üvey teyzesi kızı alıyor anne babasına garezi varmış geçmişten kıza kötü davranıyor istemediği biriyle evlendirecekken kız kaçıyor marki ile karşılaşıyor sonra markiye garezi olan birini oyunu sonucu markiyle evleniyor falan ilk yarısı cidden çok sıktı beni ikinci yarı
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Devil's Desire Laurie McBain is not afraid to have her romantic lead go through a tortuous path of trials and tribulations.

It opens with Elysia after she'd been orphaned and been taken advantage of by an aunt that she'd had no previous contact with. As the nonstop abuse is destroying her spirit, Elysia takes matters into her own hands and runs away. Her first attempt at freedom shows how unprepared she is for the world. But she's smart, beautiful and in the right place at the right time - and
Tracy T.
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An oldie but goodie! Very good audible narration.

I really enjoyed listening to this story. I do believe I read this book back in the 1970's. But wanted to give the audible a try. I liked the characters, and character development. I did think that Alex the hero of the story was a bit too hard and cold, but still likable. Elysia, the heroine, was a strong for the most part, she had her stupid moments though.

The story had a little mystery, deceit, smuggling, and romance.

There was not much dialogue
This is the first book by Laurie McBain that I have read. I had thought that this would be a great bodice ripper but I wouldn't category it as such, it's more of an old school romance. The writing was really good and they story flowed nicely.

Elysia (h) had lived the life of a much loved daughter until her parents were killed in a carriage accident. She then went to live with an aunt who hated her and treated her as a maid. The day she found out that the aunt was going to force her to marry an ol
Giselle Bradley
Jan 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, romance, 2017-dnf
DNF'd 10% in. This book was just really boring to me and I didn't enjoy the writing or characters at all.
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Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
เลดีเอลีเซียสาวนอยแสนสวยผูกำพราตองตกอยูในอุงมืของปาทีเกลียดชังเธอ ความโหดรายทีประสบทำใหเธอตองหนีเอาตัวรอด
เมือเดินทางอยางเดียวดายและยากเขญผานชนบทอังกฤษ เธอกไดพบกับลอรดอเลกซ เทรเวจนผูมีฉายาวาวาตาน ไมมีผูหญิงคนไหนมีความหมายตอลอรดหนุมผูหยิงยโส จนกระทังเขาพบเอลิเซีย ทังคูสมรสกันดวยภาวะจำยอม

แตในไมชาตางกเริมรูสึกถึงความพิศวาสทีมีตอกัน แตถูกขวางกันดวยความหยิงทะนง จนกระทังคืนหนึงซึงดูเหมือนโลกทังโลกจะระเบิด แมนำแหงอารมณทีฝังลึกในกายสองหนุมสาวกไดพังทลายเขาสูความรอนผาวขาวพรางแหงความปรารถนาและโชคชะตา

Blodeuedd Finland
Elysia is an orphan and is staying with her horrible aunt who treats her like dirt. Trying to get away she is caught in a marriage of convenience, with Lord Alex Trevegne, a man called the Devil. She takes her away to his castle, and they clash at every turn.

My thoughts:
I am going to be brutally honest, I hated the hero. I mean I love a good tortured hero, but Alex, was an ass. He was cruel, angry, hot tempered, mean, hated him. He wants her, he plays games with her to get her to succumb t
Regan Walker
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early Regency Still Entertaining

An early Regency romance and the author’s first novel, published in 1975, DEVIL’S DESIRE sold over a million copies. It tells the Cinderella-like story of an orphaned young woman, Elysia, raised in aristocracy but reduced to rags by an evil, jealous aunt. She escapes that cruelty only to find herself manipulated into a compromising position with a hardened rake, Lord Alex Trevegne.

McBain’s style included long narrative passages at the beginning that slowed the pac
Jessica B
This was either a free or very cheap read on the Kindle. While it wasn't the best story I have ever read and it was a little slow to get going it was still entertaining. The first half of the book was for around 2 stars and the second half was probably closer to 4 stars. So I met int he middle with 3 stars.

Elysia had a good family and a good home and a really good life until her parents die and her brother is missing. Her evil aunt takes her home and treats her horribly making her clean and slee
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: bodice-rippers
How awesome is it that some of these older romances are being re-released (and made available on Kindle in the process)?!? Pretty freaking awesome if you ask me! :)

Well this was Laurie McBains first and I am afraid it shows. The author spends to much time on things that don't really matter to the story and to little time on the things that do. The book feels somewhat fragmented and I can almost see the plotting in her mind 'first this must happen, then that, gotta get this in here because that w
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

it reminded me of a bit of georgette Heyer. the hero is dark and brooding and there are some gothic undertones. the heroine is likeable and the romance enjoyable.
the heroine's parents die and she goes to live with a step sister of her mother who due to jealousy treats her as a menial. she eventually runs away and comes to a lodging house. she meets the hero and a small time villain. the villain ensures that the h/h are found in compromising circumstances and the hero forces the h to marry him.
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2011-bir
Rereading this 25 years later!

I think I liked it better the first time. She told herself she loved him, but didn't trust her husband enough to tell her she wasn't having an affair. He knew she was a virgin when he married her but of course if she is meeting some mysterious man, she must be having an affair with him, so then he has to make her believe that he is leaving her in the country so he can resume his affair with the woman he loves in London....both of them so dramatic and so imature!

SO m
Grace Elliot
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After a shaky start this book blossoms into a genuinely satisfying read, pushing all the right buttons for a Bodice Ripper/ historical romance fan.
This is the first book by this author I have read and initially I thought it might be the last - the reason? An old fashioned 'tell not show' style in the first 2 chapters where by oodles of back story were expounded. Once that was over with and the action started, the narrative picked up wonderfully.
Devil's Desire was written in 1975 and is testame
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This was recommended by an Amazon Discussion, but it didn't do it for me. Premise of the story: They hated each other and because of that hate they loved each other, Huh??? I did love the heroine though even though she did have a stupid reason for loving him. Old time book- you might like it if you like this style.
8/21/2015: i've read this book several times, this time i listened. the audio narration is well done and very enjoyable. and, for me, the story still holds up. Alex was quite the mean bastard to Elysia, but makes up for that in the end. Elysia had plenty of spunk and intelligence without any whiny stuff, a definite plus.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lu une première fois il y a 6 ans, je n'en n'avais pas gardé le souvenir, même si je l'avais noté 4/5 alors.
Quelques années après, et beaucoup de lectures depuis, je revise la note à la baisse. C'est de la vieille romance, qu'on prend toujours plaisir à lire, mais pas assez efficace et un peu old age.
Robin Dilks
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully well written. A trip in time with characters that she brings to life with passion and character.
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Elysia's personality.
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! Goes on the keeper shelf :)
Still own but it has been over 20 years since I read this so I don't remember much except that I liked it well enough.
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must get a copy of this again, this belonged to my mother and I snuck reading it when I was younger.
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Laurie McBain was born on October 15, 1949. She was always passionate about art and history, and her father encouraged her and helped her write her first historical romance. At twenty-six, Laurie became a publishing phenomenon with her first historical romance. Her first novels "Devil's Desire" and "Moonstruck Madness" each sold over a million copies. She was one of the pioners of the new romance ...more
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