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Devil's Desire

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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 diffi
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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
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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
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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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“I would not regret putting a hole in your arrogant chest, only it would be deflected when it hit that piece of rock you call a heart.” 19 likes
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