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Lady of Desire (2003)

by Gaelen Foley

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After reading this historical romance again years later, it is still great book ... story, action, relationships all good and I love a hero determined to get his woman. I especially like how it deals with serious personal and social issues. Billy saves Jacinda when she is running away from home and ends up in the bad part of town.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
I picked this book as my first Gaelen Foley because it had such great reviews, and having loved the tough-guy heroes in Lisa Kleypas's [b:Dreaming of You|330721|Dreaming of You (Gamblers, #2)|Lisa Kleypas|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1173807015s/330721.jpg|679378] and [b:Worth Any Price|114168|Worth Any Price (Bow Street Runners, #3)|Lisa Kleypas|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1308429693s/114168.jpg|679364] and Elizabeth Hoyt's [b:Scandalous Desires|9211141|Scandalous Desires (Maiden Lane, #3)|Elizabeth Hoyt|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1316469237s/9211141.jpg|14090854], I though Billy Blade might be cut from the same cloth. Well, he is and he isn't. The early scenes, where he's running a band of thieves, are better than the later ones, where he's emerged as the son of a marquis. Over all, he is very sexy and larger than life, but he's no Derek Craven.

Lady Lucinda Knight, the heroine, is really too young and silly for him, but she matures at a rather amazing rate as the story progresses.

I haven't read the books that precede this one, but the Knight brothers looks like a fun and fascinating group. I'll probably check out at least [b:The Duke|958535|The Duke (Knight Miscellany, #1)|Gaelen Foley|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1320449969s/958535.jpg|1104093], which also has lots of positive reviews and is rated a DIK at All About Romance. ( )
  LadyWesley | Sep 25, 2013 |
I have to continue to admire Ms. Foley. She has taken on subjects that many would not consider acceptable for a romance. This story is no exception. In this story she takes us to the tenements and rookeries of London after the Battle of Waterloo. The poverty and degradation of this period was profound. The descriptions of the squalor in which so many lived in is at times very hard to read, so be warn. Ms. Foley also bring to our attention the issue of child abuse. The scene of William "Billy Blade" Albright being abused by his father is graphic and dramatic. It is going to be something that some readers are not going to be able to handle, so be warn.

In many ways I have to admire Billy Blade and the things that he tried to accomplish in his part of the rookeries he lived in. He tried to teach those that he cared for how to live. He tried to feed them and improve the conditions around those same people. I was surprised that he continued to read and educate himself once he became a leader of his gang. I was pleased that he was so chivalrous to Jacinda when he found her in the alley. He tried to do what was honorable even if Jacinda did realize it at the time. Billy has a sharp mind, cunning instincts, and a bone deep honor. He is also compassionate and caring to those that he cares about. I was glad that he followed Jacinda's counsel and made peace with his father. Billy is the perfect tortured alpha male.

Jacinda Knight is in many ways a spoiled society debutante but there is a core to her that only wants to find someone to care for her and give her a chance to enjoy life. She has grown up with five overbearing brothers that are determined to protect and see her settle with someone that will keep her in line. She has lived with the fear that she will turn out just like her mother. That of course is ridiculous. There is nothing set in stone concerning one behavior. With the guiding hand of her brother Robert she turns out to be a remarkable young lady. She is a sportswoman and a excellent shot with rifle and pistol. She is quick witted, compassionate, and very loyal to her family and friends. She is a very likable heroine.

This story is a wonderful example of the historical romance genre. The characters are lovable and flawed. Ms. Foley draws you into her life and makes you want to find what will happen to them next. These books have been very quick reads. I just have to find out what is going to happen next and that is the sign of a great book. So sit down with a glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy this wonderful story. ( )
  LadyIsis | Aug 22, 2013 |
Gaelen Foley always writes books that touch my heart. Don't miss this one. ( )
  aromagik | Dec 1, 2010 |
Growing up under the ‘protection’ of five older brothers, the thought of marriage to another man that felt like a brother was out of the question for Lady Jacinda Knight. Running away to France was the only solution that she could come up with, until she ran into trouble, got her money pouch stolen and witnessed a brutal beating and death of a man in the back alleys of London. Finding her hiding in a garbage pile and scared to death, Billy Blade soon realized she was not a normal ‘Jane Smith’ but a lady who didn’t belong in the shadowed alleys with the thieves. Shocked to find out who she was, Billy had no choice but to take her home and admit to her intimidating brothers that he had kissed her, before realizing who she was. Big brother that he was, Lucien informed Billy never to see her again unless he was willing to admit and accept his past and himself as Lord Rackford, William Spencer Albright, the future Marques of Truro.

Book 4 ….. London 1816, is a very different time, and yet Gaelen Foley has the ability to write these brash, unusual characters that keep with the era, the dignity and the stringent rules of decorum is amazing. I liked Billy Blade from the start (having actually first met him in ‘Lord of Ice’) and was happy that Lady Jacinda had a spunky side to match him. While there are a few fighting scenes and some harsh memories, the bulk of the story revolves around the tough street kid (Billy Blade) dealing with his own self doubt because of his abusive father. Makes for a great character - to show such strength as leader of the street gang and then to show how each of his decisions has effected him since he was a young man. Great to also see Robert (who has the best line in the book - “Ahem. How shall I say?” …..) and a little bit of Lucien and their ladies. I will be looking for the next of the Knight Miscellany (Devil Takes a Bride). ( )
  onyx95 | Jul 6, 2009 |
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The robbed that smiles steals something from the thief. -- Shakespeare
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To Mom and Dad "G" --

Thanks for all your enthusiasm and support these many years and for raising such a wonderful son...

Love also to Grandma and Grandpa, who know how to smile under any circumstances. Your lifetime of love together is an inspiration.

Love always,

Gaelen
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The hackney coach rumbled under the arched stone passage and rolled to a halt in the torchlit innyard, but even before the driver could throw the brake, let alone descend to assist his solitary passenger, the door swung open and she jumped out -- a tempestuous, tousle-headed eighteen-year-old with the fire of rebellion in her dark eyes.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0804119740, Mass Market Paperback)

With the smashing success of Lord of Fire and Lord of Ice, Gaelen Foley has confirmed her place as one of historical romance’s hottest talents. Now with Lady of Desire, a sizzling tale in which a fiery young temptress tames the king of thieves, she delivers her most enthralling–and smoldering–novel yet. . . .

Impetuous Lady Jacinda Knight is the daughter of a scandalous woman. Though society predicts she’ll follow in her mother’s footsteps, the spirited beauty stands unashamed of her passionate nature. Then one night, in flight from a safe but loveless marriage arranged by her strict older brother, Jacinda finds herself alone on a dark and dangerous street face-to-face with Billy Blade, the notorious leader of a band of thieves. His stolen kisses awaken in her a longing for a man she can never possess.

A handsome scoundrel running from a secret past, Billy Blade has never met a woman like Jacinda–her fiery innocence and blossoming sensuality set his rebel’s heart ablaze. Having turned his back on the privilege and power of his tyrannical father’s house years before, he vows to return to his rightful place and reclaim his title, Earl of Rackford–to win the love of the ravishing beauty who has stolen his heart . . .

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Lady Jacinda Knight is the daughter of a notorious woman. Her mother had scandalised society with her affairs and exploits, and many are waiting for Jacinda to reveal her true colours and follow in her disgraced mother's footsteps. Can she prove them all wrong?… (more)

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