"A steamy romance"
In 1813 on the Cornish Coast, the renowned rake, the
Earl of Tremayne, Lucien Wycliffe, actually works
undercover seeking traitors smuggling gold to the French.
He meets Brynn Caldwell in an isolated area and cannot
resist stealing a kiss. She thinks his immediate
attraction to her is caused by the two-century-old gypsy
curse in which men fall hard for her family's females, but
die if they love them back.
Lucien learns that Brynn's family is in financial
trouble and suspects her oldest brother Gray does some
smuggling to make ends meet and avoid debtor prison though
he wonders if selling gold is part of the man's activities.
Lucien, who wants an heir, decides to marry Brynn, the
first woman he has found attractive in a while. He
blackmails his reluctant choice by offering to send her
bookish sibling Theo to the university and pay off Gray's
debts. However, he begins to wonder if his new wife and
her family are the seditious supporters of Napoleon even as
he knows he loves Brynn, curse or not.
DESIRE is an exciting Regency romance that readers will
enjoy as the evidence points towards Brynn's betrayal of
Lucien. The lead characters are a strong duo though the
audience might wonder why Brynn hides behind the curse
rather than confide in her spouse, whom she has to realize
does not trust her. The support cast, especially two of
her brothers, add depth to the era and the lead
protagonists. Nicole Jordan has written a stunning
historical romance that sub-genre fans will want to read.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 7, 2001
A legendary lover and spymaster, the darkly sensual Earl of Wycliff eludes matrimony until a brush with death makes him yearn for a son to carry on his name. The moment Lucian spies the alluring Brynn Caldwell on a Cornish beach, he knows he has found the woman he wants for his bride.
Brynn believes the notorious rake's fascination with her is driven by a centuries old curse that dooms the women of her family to tempt men -- only to lead those they love to their death. Compelled by dire circumstances to marry Lucian, Brynn surrenders her body to his caresses but dares not give him her heart. Locked in a battle of wills with his bewitching wife, Lucian begins to suspect that Brynn is a traitor. Before long he finds himself lured into a web of danger and betrayal, where the price of winning his bride's elusive heart may be his own life.
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency