Master of Desire

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With the success of Kinley MacGregor's latest New York Times Expanded and USA Today bestseller A Dark Champion, we are in the perfect position to republish her backlist gem Master of Desire.

A Dream of Desire Awakened . . .

Beautiful Lady Emily dreams of the rapture of love and the joys of marriage. The youngest daughter of an English lord at war, she is shaken by the arrival of a mysterious stranger to her father's castle. Could this ...

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Overview

With the success of Kinley MacGregor's latest New York Times Expanded and USA Today bestseller A Dark Champion, we are in the perfect position to republish her backlist gem Master of Desire.

A Dream of Desire Awakened . . .

Beautiful Lady Emily dreams of the rapture of love and the joys of marriage. The youngest daughter of an English lord at war, she is shaken by the arrival of a mysterious stranger to her father's castle. Could this breathtaking man be Emily's yearned-for lover? Indeed, Draven de Montague, Earl of Ravenswood, has come for Emily . . . but romance has nothing to do with it.

In the Tender Embrace of an Enemy . . .

Draven would never have entered the home of his most hated adversary had not the King himself ordered him to take in his foe's daughter for a year to forge bonds of peace between their two feuding houses. Worse still, here is a lass whose exquisite loveliness could tempt Draven to betray his sworn vow never to let anther close to his heart. Emily knows the searing heat of her passion could burn down the defenses of this proud warrior. But will the surrender of the sweet nectar of his lips and his bold, sensuous caress ignite a blaze so hot it consumes them both?

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Editorial Reviews

Cathy Maxwell
I love Kinley MacGregor's books! They brim with laughter and love. Master of Desire is her best yet!
Teresa Medeiros
Master of Desire was the perfect mix of passion and pageantry, tenderness and humor. Every page was a pleasure! The witty and talented Kinley MacGregor just shot to the top of my 'must read' list.
Stephanie Laurens
Warm, witty, and wonderful, Kinley MacGregor weaves a magical. . .tale.
Christina Dodd
Master Of Desire proves once again that humor and passion are the trademarks of any Kinley MacGregor book.
Rendezvous
Convinces us of Ms. MacGregor's talented writing. This exciting tale is filled with humor, tenderness, and passion. Totally enjoyable.
Romantic Times
Engaging characters, a colorful backdrop...romantic love story...You'll smile, sigh and enjoy yourself immensely.
From The Critics
King Henry II lectures Lord Draven de Montague and his neighbor Lord Hugh that the raiding between them is over as His Highness demands peace between them. To insure this occurs, Henry asks Draven's younger brother what does his sibling treasure most. Simeon responds that Draven values honor above everything else. Using the wisdom of Solomon, Henry makes Draven vow not to raid Hugh's lands and forces the latter to hand over one of his daughters to spend a year at Draven's home as a guest who is not to be harmed or shamed.Reluctantly, Draven welcomes the gentle Emily to his abode. Emily believes in chivalry, but finds her host is a brooding anti-hero. She sets three goals to achieve before her year is over. Draven will laugh and smile, and learn how to truly love. Neither one expected the heated passion of love to flow between them, but he must not bring shame on her. Master Of Desire is an amusing medieval romance that provides the audience with much enjoyment because of the battle of the sexes that replaces the feudal squabble between lords. The story line is fun because the lead characters and their supporting cast seem genuine in their disputes, and the picturesque setting filled with detail are interwoven into the plot. This enhances the Draven-Emily relationship. With novels like this compassionate tale and Master Of Seduction, Kinley MacGregor is quickly becoming a historical romance fan favorite.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061087134
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: MacAllister Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 332,193
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Kinley MacGregor lives a life of extraordinary danger...as does any woman with three sons, a husband, a menagerie of pets, and a collection of swords that all of the above have a major fixation with. But when not running interference (or dashing off to the emergency room), she can be found chained to her computer where she likes to play with all her imaginary friends. With more than ten million copies of her books in print, in 26 countries, she certainly has a lot of friends to play with, too.

Writing as Kinley MacGregor and Sherrilyn Kenyon, she is the author of several series including: The Dark-Hunters, Brotherhood of the Sword, Lords of Avalon, and BAD. With an international, cult following, her books have appeared in the top three on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller lists.

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Chapter One

"All a woman ever needs know about men is that they are creatures of their codpieces. Appeal to their chausses and you will have complete control of them, for when their male piece is in control, their brain is not."

Emily sat on her bed beside her sister Joanne, trying not to offend Alys by cracking a smile at her proclamation. She pressed her fist to her lips to hold back her mirth.

Then Emily made the unfortunate mistake of looking at Joanne, and the two of them burst out laughing.

Who wouldn't laugh? Especially given the image in her mind of the overexaggerated codpiece Joanne's betrothed wore.

Why, Niles paraded around like the god Priapus at a virgin festival.

Her maid, Alys, however, didn't look so pleased by their merriment. Clearing her throat, Emily pressed her lips together and did her best to sober.

Alys set her hands on her hips and grimaced at them. At barely five feet in height, the maid was hardly one to intimidate. Still, they had been the ones to ask after the matter. The least they could do was listen without laughing.

"I thought my ladies were serious about this?" Alys asked.

"Forgive us," Emily said, clearing her throat and folding her hands primly in her lap. "We shall behave."

Indeed, they had no choice for they were conspiring to gain Emily a husband, and since neither sister had any idea how to seduce a man to marriage, Alys had been the only woman at the castle they dare ask. Any other would have made straight for their father with the news.

But luckily, the earthy and often corruptible Alys could be counted on to remain loyal to the ladies she served

Alysflipped her black braid over her shoulder and shrugged. "Well, as Lady Joanne can attest, the seduction part be easy enough. Ms the keeping part that is difficult."

Joanne's face flushed deep red, highlighting her blue eyes. "I did naught but enter the room. Niles was the one who seduced me."

Alys raised her hand, palm upward, in triumph. "As I said, the seduction —"

"But what if he doesn't want to be seduced?" Emily asked, interrupting her.

Alys returned her hand to her hip. Though Alys was in fact two years younger than Emily, she had been around all sorts of men and was considered by all the young women in the shire an expert.

"Milady," Alys said, her face one of studied patience. "I had my flower plucked when I was scarce more than a girl, and I can assure you there's not a man born who isn't randy. The only reason you've never had to fight them off is because of His Lordship's sharp sword."

Emily couldn't argue that. Her father kept watch over his daughters as if they were his most prized falcons, and he dared any man to look.

And if one dared to touch ...

Well ...

She was quite surprised Niles had anything left beneath his codpiece.

Another thought struck her. "But what if I want him and he wants another?" Emily asked.

Alys sighed. "Lady Emily, you are always so full of what ifs, and ands, and buts. Let us say for argument that he might have interest elsewhere. AH you must do is keep yourself in his presence. Flash him a little smile, a little ankle, a —"

"An ankle!" Emily gasped. "I should be mortified."

"Better mortified than an old maid."

Perhaps there was some truth to that, and at this point in her life she was becoming quite desperate. Her father wouldn't listen to reason, and if she had any hope of finding herself a husband, then she'd best be on with it.

"A little ankle," Emily repeated, her face growing hot at the mere thought. "Anything else?"

"Always make him wait," Alys said. "Anticipation makes a man appreciate you all the more."

Emily nodded.

Joanne folded her arms over her chest. "Now, the next question is where do we find this man?"

Emily frowned in frustration. "Aye, that would seem to be the crux of the whole seduction thing, wouldn't it? How can I make a man marry me when there's no desirable man to be found?"

"Well," Alys said. "My mother always says you'll find your rose where and when you least expect it."

Later that day, Emily left the kitchens and headed back to the donjon. She'd no more than taken two steps when she found her way blocked by Theodore, the cousin of her sister's betrothed, and the man they had disaffectionately dubbed the "demon from the devil's most odoriferous pit."

They must have inadvertently summoned him with their words that morning, for Alys had no sooner finished her lecture than Niles and Theodore had shown up on their doorstep.

A great big bear of a man, Niles had rudely taken Joanne off on a picnic and left his cousin behind. From the moment her sister and Niles had vanished, Theodore had done nothing save make a nuisance of himself as he hung about her skirts while hying his best to get beneath them.

Emily's patience had long worn thin, and all she wanted was peace from her pestilence.

If Theodore be the rose Alys had referred to earlier, then Emily decided spinsterhood had great possibilties.

He rushed to her side and immediately readied for her hand, sending a wave of revulsion up her spine.

Why could he not leave her in peace?

The man might be considered passably handsome, if a woman were desperate enough. And Emily prayed she never became that desperate.

But he lacked basic hygiene. If it was true cleanliness was next to godliness, then this man had to be a heathen through and through, for his balding blond hair looked as if it seldom saw a comb and had never known soap.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

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    ;OD

    I LOVE kinley Macgregor for these wonderful fun, sexy great books worth the read. I thought it was well written great humor from simon the heroe's brother and the other characters and i also thought the ending was perfect. Really and truly a romantic novel..Also this is the book to read to start off the series of the BROTHER HOOD OF THE SWORDS & THE MACALLISTERS..


    I WOULD like to say that everybody has a different opinion when writting a review if we all had the same reviews or opinions it would be boring. Reviews can sometimes down play a really good book or up play a really bad book its up to us to read the book and judge for ourselfs and draw our own conclusion thats the best thing about a review its like a silent debate....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Great story

    I love the chemistry between the characters and it had humor. I loved it. Great plot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    No good

    Only romance are thoughts.. no actions. Not a true "master of desire."

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    Good read. Love Kinley Macgregor Series!

    Good read. Love Kinley Macgregor Series!

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    3.5 Stars The King's champion, Draven de Montague Earl of Ravens

    3.5 Stars
    The King's champion, Draven de Montague Earl of Ravenswood, is feared by all. His prowess as a warrior are legendary. His honor means absolutely everything to him and he believed giving his oath not to touch his ward in rage or lust would be easy.
    Lady Emily has lived a sheltered life, cloistered in a castle by her overprotective father. When she learns that she is being sent to live with her father's enemy, Earl Ravenswood, for a year she does not fret. Wanting nothing more than to live her life, find love, and have children of her own, she seizes the chance to get from under her father's thumb.

    Draven and Emily's attraction is instant, the heat between them is delicious. From the start, Emily is determined to make Draven hers, while he is determined to have nothing to do with despite his feelings. He had given his word to the king and knows that loving her could get him killed.

    I loved Emily's character. She was determined to have Draven - even told him her plan - and she never wavered. Draven was the typical warrior, with a tortured past. I really just wanted to give him a hug.
    I gave this book 3 stars because I felt it dragged and took too long to draw the entire story together. i.e. the issues with Emily's sister and fiance, the raids that Emily's father claims Draven has been conducting, etc. I don't want to add any spoilers... Overall, this was a great historical read and nice change of pace from the typical regency era romance. I would recommend this book and this author to any lover of historical romance. I've read many of Kinley MacGregors books and I haven't come across one I don't like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    First time read for this author

    Looking forward to reading more by author

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Great Read

    This is one of those books I couldnt put down yet wanted to prolong it. Great book. A keeper.!.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Heartwarming

    This was a very entertaining story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Very highly recommend!!!

    I first read this book almost 10 years ago and I instantly fell in love with it. Reading this fantastic book again and I'm still in love with the characters and story line. Awesome, love story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Love this and the mac alliaster seris but wiuld love to read Simon's story.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Good

    I really enjoyed this book. Glad I bought it

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Phenomenal Characters! Just couldn't put this down!

    Kinley MacGregor/Sherrilyn Kenyon is without a doubt, one of the best writers in this genre. Her novels never disappoint. The characters in this book and every other of her novels are always multifaceted, with a dark side and passion so compelling you believe these characters must exist somewhere in this universe. She writes men so good and strong, you feel as though you know them. The women are even stronger and the humorous chemistry between the characters is so genuine and real, it's breathtaking!. Great reads for book clubs! The whole MacAllister series introduces characters that compel you to learn more about them in every book. Bravo!

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

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    Wow Great Book Must Read

    Really like this book. It is a keeper

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

    This book is great!

    As usual Macgregor grabs your attention and keeps you guessing from beginning to end. Great read.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Master of Desire

    A must read and have...AWESOME

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2005

    I Wish I Could Have Mastered This Book...

    But...I didn't. This is the 2nd novel by Kinley MacGregor¿s I have read. I also read, ¿A Pirate of Her Own¿ and enjoyed that one alot and ended up ordering another book to read. Unfortunately, I didn¿t enjoy this one, ¿Master of Desire¿ quite as much. Although I feel this author is solid in terms of plot lines, character development and detailed descriptions¿.this one was less appealing because it was set in the times of knights, castles, moats and sword combat (perhaps the 13th, 14th or 15th centuries?). I prefer much more regency romances and those that occur in the 17 and 18 hundreds. I have trouble romanticizing a time when indoor plumbing was non-existent, toothpaste or something similar to clean your teeth was difficult to find and mirrors were not created for use yet. I imagine men as hairy, dirty and grimy beasts and the ladies having their own fare share of odors and issues. So¿I was disappointed this one took place in earlier times. I felt the main character Emily was certainly spunky, spirited and sassy enough for her time but, she did cave in to her father and the king¿s wishes with little fight and ran off for safe keeping to her father¿s worst enemy with barely an eyelash batted in fear. She also got attached to our hero Draven much faster than would seem real. She touched him, teased him and chatted with him endlessly ¿ something I didn¿t find realistic for your earliest meetings with a practical stranger. I also found it odd that she wanted to get married and have children so bad yet, she barely addressed the issue that her own mother died in child birth as did two of her oldest sisters? Seems a girl would be a bit shy about marriage and babies with a history like that ¿ not our bold Emily! It was interesting that Emily found Draven so attractive as well - he was often dull, boring, quiet and very moody - not necessarily sexy characteristics in a hot guy. In turn our hero Draven was close to no one, was the master of little emotion due to his poor childhood and he lived simply to fight as a battle field warrior that everyone feared. Why he imposed celibacy on himself I never figured out? Either way, our hero in turn fell quickly for Emily, loosened his tongue and emotions in rather speedy fashion after a lifetime of quietness and he was constantly getting aroused by anything and everything to do with her. He found her beautiful, funny, intelligent and so on¿It seemed for half the book every other passage dealt with how aroused he was and wanted to take her yet¿his code of honor to the king forbade him doing so. Eventually of course, they meet up and give in to those desires. Within one coupling, these two were virtual bedroom pro¿s. Seems it should have taken a little longer to get perfect intimacy bewteen a virgin and a self imposed celebate. But...that's romance writing for you! It was interesting that both Emily and Draven were alone much of their lives and when they meet up...viola, they sense they are right for each other (even if Draven fights it for a bit). Perhpas they wouldn't have been so emotionally starved had they met others in their lives. I felt they were drawn a bit more to one another than normal due to having so few other prospects to choose from. All in all, the story line was a bit predictable as were the characters, actions and emotions. The story was busy with secondary characters such as Emily¿s fathers, sisters and Draven¿s brother and competing land and warrior enemies. Although the story line made sense and things worked themselves out in the end, nothing was very interesting, memorable or unique. I can't figure out why other readers actually cried in this book - it was not very emotional? Perhaps I have read a few thousand too many stories to be moved by this one? Over-all, this book was fine and I gave it three stars due to the author more than the story line. It does not warrant four or more stars - there are too many excellent romances out there that do and this one just didn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2005

    Now that's what I call storytelling!!!

    I have just found my new favorite author and book all in one! I can't even put into words how much I loved this book. Very real characters who touch your heart and soul. This was the first book ever that made me cry and everyday when I was at work or away from home I couldn't stop thinking about how soon I could get back home to read it! I stayed up until 1:00 in the morning to read it because I couldn't put it down! Just one more page I kept telling myself. I felt like I was in the book and part of the story. I laugh whenever I hear the word 'chicken!' What a clever story! There was more story than the mushy stuff and that is what I like! Awesome job!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    Could not put this one down!!

    Wow, is not the word. I haven't had a book that got my blood pumping like that in a very long time. All I can say is, one you start you can't stop, and if you do, you look forward to the very next second you can pick it back up. I just know I had to place the book down, and while I was working, driving, or whatever all I could think about was this wonderfull book. This is a must read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2004

    Has everything

    This story of Draven and Emily has a little of everything in it. I even cried near the end. So romantic that i felt like I was Emily and that it was happening to me. I do not read much but this was a very exciting book to me. I shall read it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    CAN I JUST SAY WOW!!!!!!

    THIS BOOK WAS AWSOME! I COULDNT GO TO BED TILL IT WAS DONE....GOD I WISH THERE WAS A MAN LIKE THAT IN THIS DAY AND AGE.HOLY COW LOL THIS WAS A GREAT READ AND I KNOW U WONT BE DISAPPOINTED! JUST LOOKING AT HIM ON THE COVER GOT MY HEART RACING BUT EVEN BETTER IS HOW IT ALL ENDED.

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