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Posted August 21, 2013
Although titled What Isabella Desires, the real question is Who
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Although titled What Isabella Desires, the real question is Who Isabella Desires? and the answer is Lord Marcus Roth. Lady Isabella Willoughby has been in love with Lord Roth for a long time and she decides it’s time to make a move despite the many obstacles against them. Despite his seeing her as a younger sister, despite the fact that he is known as a womanizer and she is a staid divorcee, despite knowing that her emotions will always run deeper than his, she wants him. But there is more to Lord Roth than Isabella knows. Not only do people in politics want him dead, but also Lord Roth guards a family secret that keeps him from wanting to marry. Will Isabella get what she desires or will she continue to dream of a man she cannot have?Anne Mallory deftly creates a familiar story that sounds fresh because of its exciting characters, rich historical backdrop, and fast paced momentum. Lady Isabella Willoughby is not the typical luscious beauty that often features in historical romances. Instead, Mallory opted for a quiet, intelligent woman who is more comfortable at home than at a party. She leaves her comfort zone in pursuit of a man who is worth the effort. Lord Roth is also not the traditional rake that authors delight in repeating again and again. Instead, Mallory crafts a character with depth and a very real reason for not wanting to bring children into this world. Readers will identify with both of these characters and root for them to come together despite the numerous reasons why they can’t. Anne Mallory deftly switches perspectives from Lady Isabella to Lord Roth and though Isabella has a stronger voice, Lord Roth’s perspective shows his true feelings for Isabella, which readers will enjoy. Through his voice, readers will realize he is truly the perfect match for the beautiful, understated Isabella. Anne Mallory also makes sure to use description to paint the scene but not to overwhelm it. She builds the tension and chemistry between the two characters but also shows their humor and human sides. I am certain that readers will enjoy this historical romance for its universal themes, strong characters and creative descriptions. Anne Mallory is an exceptional writer and knows exactly what the reader desires.
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Marcus and Isabella - I LOVED IT!
This was my first encounter with Anne Mallory and I have since read all of her romance books! I loved "What Isabella Desires" so much, that I have reread it over and over again and it is a permanent fixture in my growing library of seduction. Marcus is the epitome of mystery and seduction that I think I just may "swoon". Isabella is so love struck with Marcus that I am so happy with the turnout of this book and the online Epilogue on annemallory.com was the icing on the cake. I recommend this book wholeheartedly and look forward to more romances from Anne Mallory!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 12, 2007
Hope and love conquers all
This is a charming and heartwarming story, with a fabulous combination of sensual tension, danger, and witty repartee laugh out loud moments, and heartfelt emotion that brought tears to my eyes. I had a wonderful time reading it. -- The lovely and proper widow, Lady Isabella Willoughby goes after her heart's desire in this tale of unrequited love. Isabella has been in love with Marcus Steward, Lord Roth since before her debutante days. Lacking the confidence to win Marcus's affection, young Isabella gives up her chance at true passionate love by marrying someone else. But Isabella's married life doesn't last her husband Lord Willoughby dies after a long-suffering illness. For years, not a breath of scandal has ever been attached to Isabella's name, she is what all debutantes, wives and widows are encouraged to be: quiet and proper. -- But quiet and proper are the very things Isabella no longer wants to be. Now at twenty-eight, with a 'respectable distance from widows weeds', destiny has given Isabella a chance to get Marcus to notice her. Not as the quiet friend who challenges him at games of chess, but as lover, a passionate woman who loves him unconditionally.-- Isabella's plan to seduce Marcus works right away though Marcus fights his attraction for her every step of the way. -- As an influential and powerful member of the government, Marcus's duty and commitment is to his country. Marcus cannot allow himself to fall in love, or for love to cloud his judgment.-- But Isabella's allure and confidence challenge his defenses, and the secret he's harbored for years. One that could destroy his career, the respect of his peers, and this woman who with each tantalizing caress is so close to conquering his heart. Then his worst fears come true when Isabella's life is threatened, Marcus must take her under his protection, close to his home and heart. Close to his past and disastrous not too distant future.-- Well written, well paced and entertaining, What Isabella Desires is a story about taking risks, second chances, and hope. The hope that true love conquers all. Ms Mallory delivers on all accounts, she consistently writes 'must buy' books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 13, 2007
Love with a fallen angel
Love conquers all in this newest novel by the talented Mallory. What Isabella Willoughby desires is love everlasting with Marcus Stewart, Lord Roth. These two strong, mature characters go full tilt toward love while battling pasts filled with disappointment and sadness. Imbued with mystery, longing and sizzling tender/hot love scenes, What Isabella Desires is a definite keeper. You¿ll love it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
Everyone who knows Marcus Stewart believes the aristocrat lives the perfect single life yet these same aristocrats assume he will marry soon as his two best friends recently did. However, he knows otherwise hiding his dark secret from friends like Angelford (see MASQUERADING THE MARQUESS) and Marston (see DARING THE DUKE), but especially from the prim and proper Isabella Willoughby, who he has known all his life.----------------- Bella hides a deep secret from everyone especially Marcus she fantasizes dancing naked as part of seducing Marcus who is the man she loves. However, refusing to be patient any longer for the man of her affection to come to her, Bella begins her seduction that has Marcus unable to resist her lure. WHAT ISABELLA DESIRES seems to be at hand except Marcus wonders if he is worthy of his beloved as he has hidden a truth that he fears if his Isabella learns it, her love would turn to hate. -------------------- There is a bit of a mystery as Isabella investigates what eats at the soul of her beloved while making efforts to become his lover. However, for the most part Anne Mallory¿s latest tale is a delightful historical romance starring two mice people who deserve all that love can bring them, but first they must overcome his demons. WHAT ISABELLA DESIRES is an entertaining Regency romance starring a woman who knows what she wants and sets out to achieve it and a man who knows what he wants and sets out to avoid it.---------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2010
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