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Master of Desire
     

Master of Desire

4.2 5
by Jessica Trapp
 

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ISBN-13:
9780821778623
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.78(w) x 4.08(h) x 0.96(d)

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Master of Desire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Like any good mother, Lady Ariana of Rosebriar did whatever it took to protect her deaf son, even if it meant killing an abusive husband. The good news was she had a powerful ally that helped her cover up the deed the bad news was he was now blackmailing her into spying amongst the nobles and revealing all their dirty little secrets. *************** Gabriel of Whitestone, aka The Hunter, was the king¿s bounty hunter and sole provider for his seven half-siblings. When one of his brothers was imprisoned and falsely accused as the infamous ¿Spy of the Night¿ he was determined to capture the true spy, whom he discovered was Lady Ariana. Not only would he have the means to save his sibling, but by turning over the true spy ¿ who was also the woman once married to his half-brother - he could claim her property. Little did he know that the beautiful and infamous `Spy of the Night¿ would lay claim and capture his heart. **************** *** I found this to be a positively enchanting tale. Lady Ariana was a marvelous heroine. A ward of the King she¿d been married three times to old and/or abusive husbands. She¿d done her duty but finally had become a somewhat independent woman (if not for her blackmailer). Although by trade as an assassin for the king, Gabriel showed another side of being a gentle and caring brother for his siblings. He had no use for the nobility, but Ariana proved she was unlike any of the nobility he¿d ever come in contact with for Ariana possessed a kind and caring heart. The pace was kept up with several escape attempts on her part and infinite patience on his part, before Gabriel would tame and win her trust. Filled with a fair amount of endearing secondary characters in the form of Gabriel¿s siblings, the reader will feel gifted with a story they won¿t want to see end. Additionally, I found the level of sensuality as Ariana is taught by Gabriel the lessons of passion and desire extremely satisfying and should compel most readers to put this one on their `keeper¿ shelf to revisit again and again. I highly recommend this very entertaining and lovely romance! ************* Marilyn Rondeau, RIO ¿ Reviewers International Organization
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lady Ariana of Rosebriar is the Spy of the Night, a woman blackmailed into gathering secrets about the nobles. A woman who will do anything to protect her deaf son ¿ and her secrets -- even if it means murder. But on her latest mission to deliver tawdry tidbits in a secret place in the church, she encounters a false priest, a man bent on exposing her. Though she initially escapes, Gabriel of Whitestone¿s resolve leads to her capture. He must deliver her to the King in order to earn the land that will provide safety and sustenance to his seven siblings. Jessica¿s second novel grips the reader immediately. From the very first page, we experience Ariana¿s anxiety as she debates her options. She knows the man in clerical robes is no priest. Yet she must take care because her son¿s welfare is at stake. Equally intriguing is Gabriel. Although he despises spoiled nobles, he realizes Ariana is different. Despite her rich clothing that proclaims her wealth, she is a puzzle to him, a very desirable one. Trapp¿s follow-up to her debut, Master of Pleasure, is every bit as sensual and fast-paced as the first one. Gabriel and Ariel are wonderful characters you¿ll not soon forget.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1487 Lady Ariana willingly would die or kill to keep her young son Jason safe. When her abusive husband threatened the life of her seven year old child, Ariana acted like a lioness and killed him. However, instead of a haven for her and Jason, she has been blackmailed into becoming the Spy of the Night, working for the Lancaster side against the crown.-------------- Bounty hunter Gabriel goes after the Spy of the Night whose actions led to the murder of his half-brother. He captures Ariana and plans to take her to London to face justice for her seditious actions and the killing of his sibling. He also knows that with the Spy of the Night facing the King¿s justice he and his family will gain ownership of her estate. However, as he spends time with Ariana, he finds he desires her and that she is an honorable courageous person trying to keep her son safe. As they fall in love, neither see any way out of their predicament except marriage, but she has learned the hard way not to trust men.----------------- The lead duo makes for a passionate fifteenth century romance that will thrill fans of the sub-genre. The story line is action-packed, but clearly belongs to the protecting lioness and the hunter as the audience will wonder whether love is enough. Adding to the tale¿s depth is though the Wars of the Roses is over with York the victor the intrigue continues leaving outsiders like Ariana in precarious situations. Jessica Trapp provides a wonderful late medieval romance that historical readers will enjoy.------------- Harriet Klausner