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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Historical Romance Review: Devil's Desire by Laurie McBain

Laurie McBain was a best-selling author of historical romance in the late 70's and early 80's.  I humbly admit to not having read any of her books before, so when I was approached about reviewing one, that Sourcebooks was re-releasing this month, I was excited.  I love to read the mother's of historical romance as we know it today, and from what I'd heard, McBain was an author not to miss.

Back Cover...

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 difficult to tear himself away from her.

As an unexpected passion blossoms between them, Elysia begins to wonder if after a lifetime of heartache she’s finally found heaven in the arms of the devil.

Product ISBN: 9781402242410

Price: $9.99
Publication Date: November 2010

My Review...

What a fantastic read!  Devil's Desire is a Regency era novel with all that makes that genre exciting and appealing to readers.  A strong heroine, a rakish hero, a little mystery, sensuality, strong conflict and character growth.

Elysia is a heroine who has had a tortured past few years, and you truly sympathize with her when confronted with her evil aunt and her destitute situation.  But she rises up.  She is strong, she is smart and she is taking charge of her life.  Until she meets the hero, Alex Trevegne, a rake of the first order!  He's sleeping his way through the London elite and tossing women aside like used tissue.

And then he meets Elysia... she's a woman who won't bat her eyes at him, and has no interest in him whatsoever.  She's on a mission to get her life in order and to be in charge of her future.  But a villain gets in the way of things and messes up her goals as well as those of Alex.  Meddling miser!  In the end however, ironic as it is, the meddling of the villain ends up being a good thing.

I will admit to being put off a little with a forced sex scene, which seems to be more popular with older books, and the heroines relection on how she wasn't really forced was a bit irritating, but other than that, the book itself was very enjoyable, and subsequent love scenes were passionate and two sided.  I was also extremely ruffled with some of Alex's antics with his previous mistress... but I don't want to give too much away.

Definitely a book to read if you are a fan of Regency romance.  I also look forward to reading more of McBain's re-releases with Sourcebooks.

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