Desired ( The Scandalous Women of the ton Book 4 )
Her wicked ways were the talk of the tonTeresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent, is rumored to have exhausted her four deceased husbands with her insatiable needs. So it's no surprise that every rake in the ton wants to bed her. If they only knew through clever marriages to men who would ask nothing of her physical self, Tessa has remained rather innocent in the ways of the bedroom. But now she's on the verge of losing everything and wants to take care of the stepson she's grown to adore.Enter Captain Owen Purchase. The handsome American adventurer has come into the title of Viscount Rothbury. And the rumors surrounding his injuries at sea suggest that he could fit Tessa's requirements. But little does Tessa realize that the gossipmongers are wrong. She just might lose her heart, and her desires, to the most unlikely of men.
Tess Darent is depicted as the scandalously notorious widow. She has had many husbands and is on the hunt for number 4…
After a bad run of events, Tess swore she would only marry a man who was impotent and for name use only. Someone to hide behind her drawings as the notorious ( Jupiter ) and save her stepdaughters name.
On a hunt through the brothels looking for Jupiter , Owen meets and catches Tess Darent unaware. The connection is instant... Owen wanders why this beauty is hanging out the Brothels window waiting to be rescued none the less. Owen is intrigued by Tess Darent...
Owen Purchase - Inherited the Title Viscount Rotherbuy has returned to England to help his Aunt and also run his tittles for the accounts and lands. Upon meeting Tess Darent he has come to a few conclusions of his own…
After a turn of events Tess Decides that Owen will be husband number four and proposes marriage to him, in name only, thinking that Viscount Rotherbury is impotent and her heart and bed is safe.
Owen doesn’t back down, and to Tess’s shock realizes that her new husband is definitely not as impotent and she first thought. (( snickers )) He makes his lust for her evident, but is not forceful in doing so... As he well knows something is not right – she is hesitant and scared for some unknown reason for physical contact... Owen decides he will take his time, and show Tess what love can be like.
Desired is fuelled with danger, betrayal, lots of loving, lusting, lies and unbridled happenings.
I really enjoyed this historical fiction that Nicola has put forth. Not really knowing much myself about this era, I read this in almost one sitting –enjoying it much so. Enjoying also the many shades Of Tess we also encounter and the characters were put forth.
I lusted myself for the handsome gentleman Mr Rothbury lol. – he was good looking, funny and every thing Tess could benefit from a marriage. (( His patience and manner and witty ways were even quiet amusing at times.))
Tess was a headstrong woman, with brains despite what he fellow town folk thought, I liked that she didn’t bother with what people thought... It was to protect the ones she loved she did so. She was certainly her own person. I liked that Nicola put forth Tess has her own woman, her own thoughts, and feelings. She was certainly not afraid to back down..
The love that blossomed between Owen and Tess was gradual along with the storyline. I liked that it wasn’t a wham bam thank you mam romance .I love a man that will woo a woman loll. And Mr Rothbury certainly did that, but at the same time, tantalized and teased Tess in his own ways.
Overall, a sensual historical romance with a little heat to warm the pages, an intriguing storyline to go with and characters I'm sure you will enjoy..
I will be certainly reading more from Nicola...
** If you haven't read the previous books in this series I feel that they can be read as a stand alone **
This book was supplied to me by the publisher for an honest review. Thank you to Harlequin. ;)
I rated this book 4 out of 5 .
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by HQN Books