Insatiable

Insatiable

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by Virginia Henley
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley weaves an enchanting tale of passion and intrigue in England's Golden Age-where a woman's reckless search for adventure leads her to the man destined to claim her...

Catherine Seton Spencer, a young maiden of Queen Elizabeth's court, is cursed with impulsiveness. When she meets Patrick Hepburn, who's visiting the

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New York Times bestselling author Virginia Henley weaves an enchanting tale of passion and intrigue in England's Golden Age-where a woman's reckless search for adventure leads her to the man destined to claim her...

Catherine Seton Spencer, a young maiden of Queen Elizabeth's court, is cursed with impulsiveness. When she meets Patrick Hepburn, who's visiting the court after a tour of duty patrolling the Scottish borderlands, Cat thinks he's an arrogant brute-and Patrick thinks Cat's a spoiled shrew. Divided by loyalties and society, but bound by desire that drives them into each other's arms, Cat and Patrick find themselves in an intricate web of deceit and danger that threatens to topple the throne-and tear the lovers apart.

 

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The Barnes & Noble Review
Bestselling author Virginia Henley weaves a rich mix of intricate period detail, palace intrigue, and blazing passion in her latest romance, this one set in the court of Queen Elizabeth. Her impetuous heroine, Catherine "Cat" Spencer, is dress designer to the queen; her hero, Patrick Hepburn, is a warrior Scotsman and adviser to King James of Scotland. When they first meet, it's not exactly kismet: He sees a hellcat; she sees a barbarian. Naturally, passion and true love follow, as each tames the other. After using his gift of second sight to help King James, Patrick is granted marriage to Cat and given her lands. But first the fiery couple must overcome various political machinations -- including a struggle for the throne -- and an outbreak of bubonic plague. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
Take two headstrong protagonists with divergent backgrounds and throw in a dash of mysticism and some weighty historical events, and you get this meaty, occasionally overwritten romance set in Elizabethan England. Beautiful but impulsive Catherine Spencer is a court maiden with an impressive pedigree and an even more impressive dowry, one that rough-edged Patrick Hepburn, a Scottish lord with the gift of prophetic visions, would like to get his hands on. When the marginalized king of Scotland implores Hepburn to envision the fate of the English crown after Queen Elizabeth's death, he sees Cat in his mind's eye, implicates her in his destiny and vows to apprehend and "tame" her, as his entr e into English nobility. The cultured Englishwoman and the blunt Scot inevitably clash at first sight, with Hepburn calling Cat a "spoiled little bitch" and Cat dubbing him an "offensive swine." Gradually, however, the sparring pair capitulate to lust and love. History is not just backdrop; invoked in key narrative threads, it keeps the plot taut and textured. Henley (Undone, etc.) succeeds in creating an atmosphere of impending social cataclysm that enhances the lovers' sense of urgency and embeds their English-Scottish union in a more epochal context. As twists of fate contrive to keep the two apart-intrigue, backstabbing, the bubonic plague-readers will hanker for them to live happily ever after. Agent, Jay Acton. (Nov. 2) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101498118
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/02/2004
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
398,297
File size:
459 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Virginia Henley is a New York Times bestselling author and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award. Her novels have been translated into fourteen languages. A grandmother of three, she lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with her husband.

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Insatiable 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Since many friends have strongly recommended Virginia Henley, I decided to give this novel a try. I was sorely disappointed, so much so that I couldn't even finish it. While I love historical romances, 'Insatiable' was too tedious for leisure reading. Other times, it just became downright dull. Furthermore, the characters - Catherine Spencer and Patrick Hepburn - just didn't come across to me as very likeable characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't want the book to end and yet couldn't put it down. Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Catherine Seton Spencer works as a dress designer in the court of Queen Elizabeth. She is known by her friends as impulsive, which she agrees as she only wants a little fun and excitement and a lot of love in her life. Scottish Lord Patrick Hepburn spent four months patrolling the Middle March of the Borderlands, but completed his assignment. When he informs King James that his second sight reveals his monarch will succeed Elizabeth, the elated regal sends him to his future court as his emissary to Her Royal Highness. At court he and Catherine meet with terrible first impressions. He thinks she is spoiled while she concludes he is pompous. However, they end up working together trying to prevent a conspiracy to dethrone Elizabeth and prevent James from following her; that teaming leads to better understanding of the other and soon love.--- Few writers can bring together a spicy romance within a commanding period piece as the great Virginia Henley consistently does. What makes Ms. Henley so remarkable is she accomplishes this reliable quality while constantly changing eras. Her latest triumph stars two fabulous protagonists falling in love though seemingly opposites in attitude. Adding a touch of the paranormal to the mix, historical readers receive a wonderful Elizabethan Era love story that brings the intrigue of the age to full life.--- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started it out with the heroine giving her virginity to some stranger on a dare. NO THANK YOU!!!!!