One Dangerous Desire

One Dangerous Desire

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by Christy Carlyle
     
 

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USA Today bestselling author
“Christy Carlyle’s debut is a whirlwind from beginning to end-sensual, fast-paced, engaging, and full of complex characters. One Scandalous Kiss is sure to captivate fans of Victorian romance.”

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ISBN-13:
9780062428073
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/14/2016
Series:
Accidental Heirs Series , #3
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
620,886
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Fueled by Pacific Northwest coffee and inspired by multiple viewings of every British costume drama she can get her hands on, USA Today bestselling author Christy Carlyle writes sensual historical romance set in the Victorian era. She loves heroes who struggle against all odds and heroines who are ahead of their time. A former teacher with a degree in history, she finds there’s nothing better than being able to combine her love of the past with a die-hard belief in happy endings.

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One Dangerous Desire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Lashea677 8 months ago
One Dangerous Desire, in my opinion could be described as the anti love story. Christy Carlyle has written characters that are arrogant and ambitious but are also confused and afraid. A contradiction? Yes. That is what makes a good author. Someone who is not afraid to push the envelope and create something that is uniquely theirs. One Dangerous Desire is about sacrifice and discovering what is really important. Playful, provocative and intriguing romance. Copyright of Night Owl Reviews
Sissymae1 10 months ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review 'One Dangerous Desire' by Christy Carlyle is book three in the "Accidental Heirs" series. I have read the other books in this series but I do feel this is a standalone book...so don't worry if you are jumping around in the series. This is the story of Rex Leighton and May Sedgwick. Rex once was an poor American who knew May when she was above him in the social status. But Rex and May thought to marry and they were going to run away together. But May thought Rex hadn't shown up for their 'running away' night. Rex had moved to England about six years ago and has made a name for himself and is now rich. Rex still can't break into English society and is still somewhat 'snubbed'. So Rex thinks to marry a English Lady like Lady Emily. Lady Emily is single and her father is a Duke. But Rex finds out that Lady Emily is friends with May who also has come to England. May's mother had always wanted her to marry a English nobleman...so that is why May is in town. May is in shock when she first sees him and is angry that he didn't show up that night. May tries not to have anything to do with him. Rex is fighting his feelings for May. Can May get over his betrayal? Will Rex come to know that love is more important than social status climbing? Please follow more reviews at the below sites: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1... http://sissymaereads.blogspot.com/ https://www.facebook.com/sally.mae.39... http://booklikes.com/ https://romancebookreviewforyou.wordp... https://www.facebook.com/groups/17091... https://twitter.com/soapsrus68 https://www.pinterest.com/u2soapsrus/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though I felt it started slow it picked up farther into the story. I felt they didnt explain very well what caused him to leave May six years earlier. It finally came out but was a bit of a wait. Interesting story!
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
My first book by this author, but definitely not my last! I really liked Rex and May and their second chance romance :) It takes place just before the turn of the (twentieth) century, which was a nice change of pace--Rex wanting to electrify the entire hotel he wanted to build was just such a neat detail (and totally reminded me of Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess, shielding herself from the "abominations" her son had recently installed in Downton Abbey, LOL). May's a department store heiress--like Cora, she's being pursued for her dowry by ever more impoverished nobleman, but she's reached the point where she'd just as soon pursue her own interests (interior design--she's even contemplating starting her own business) as wed, especially when love isn't there. Not that she trusts love, because it's burned her before. She's looking at you, Reg, Er, Rex. But then her father's business associate/right hand man comes for a visit, dropping a proverbial bomb, and suddenly marriage becomes a necessity. Because fate (or Ms. Carlyle) has a devious sense of humor, soon afterwards May finds out that that man who broke her heart six year ago? Yeah, he's here. In London. And also looking to marry--someone who has a position in London society that can benefit his new hotel. Not a fellow American who's looked down on for her American-ness and whose father hates him. But of course as soon as they're in a room together, the sparks are still flying as crazily as ever, which is most inconvenient for them both. And then there's the bet... Actually this book almost felt like a two-parter--part one being the angsty bet one, where they sniped a bit at each other and each had to witness the other spending more time than was comfortable with prospective, titled spouses (who happened to be brother and sister, to add even more drama to it all). And then the second part was after they both chucked their prospectives to the curb and gave in to what had been simmering between them for more than six years...only to have both of their families throw up obstacles. You gotta know that when the hero and heroine declare love and intend to wed at just a little past 50% in that something major's going to get in their way soon--their HEA still has a while to go. Which, for all its frustration, is a good thing. Because the rest of the story was--well--quite a story :) (There were gasps of surprise going on over here. While my daughter was driving. Sorry, honey!) While this is third in the series, it worked just fine as a standalone. The couple from the first book were mentioned, mainly because he was the nobleman that May originally intended to marry (plus, Rex knew him from business dealings), but other than that, this one was fairly self contained. I've of course added 1 and 2 to my TBR ( One Scandalous Kiss and One Tempting Proposal ), and am daring to hope that May's good friend Lady Emily will be getting her own story in the not too distant future... Rating: 4 stars/A- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Theardentreader More than 1 year ago
Mr. Rex Leighton has a head for business! He is making great strides in London, He would be doing better if he could marry into the ton. These men hold all the cards and the capital to invest in his newest venture. So he throws himself into the "Marriage Mart." Miss May Sedgwick has a head for art and decorating. She is an intelligent woman, but she also desires a match within the aristocracy. She is pursuing that end when she meets Mr. Leighton, again. They have a history that is neither "in the past" nor is it long over. This story was a very quick read for me. I could not put it down! Miss May was an intriguing character, strong, but not when it comes to some gentlemen. Her father for one. He is very possessive and thinks he knows what is best so she tries to accommodate him. Sometimes love gets in the way. Mr. Leighton was a hard man to understand at first, but the more you learn of his history, you totally understand him and his actions. The writing was wonderful and the scenes and secondary characters make this book really a lively read! I found myself hurrying to see what happened next! The moral of this story is, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it! 4.5 stars for me! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review from the publisher.
TeatimeandBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
I give this a 5 stars. This was a lovely historical romance and quite well written, there is a lot of suspense and intrigue throughout. A deeply enchanting love story that is rich in passion and classic romance. It is high in its historical accuracy and is a lovely plot. Christy Carlyle has done a lovely job with this book and I intend to go back and read all of the books in this series!
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Rex Leighton is looking for an aristocratic bride. An American of humble beginnings, Rex moved to London six years ago, where he has become a wealthy and successful businessman, but the Ton still snubs him. Rex wants to build a huge hotel outfitted with modern conveniences, but he needs backing, and the Duke of Ashworth seems an ideal candidate to finance Rex’s project, besides the Duke has an unmarried daughter, Lady Emily. Rex learns that every Tuesday Lady Emily takes her tea at the Metropole, where he will “accidentally” meet her, but Rex is shocked when he sees Emily’s best friend: May Sedgwick, the girl he left in New York six years before. May, an American as well, has a huge dowry but her mother always wanted her to marry an English nobleman, so that’s what she intends to do, although she’d rather marry for love. But when she meets Rex again, she remembers all the love they shared at one time, but she is not over the anger and hurt at his betrayal. Anyone who expects a simplistic romance will be sorely disappointed! Christy Carlyle weaves a captivating story, peopled with intriguing and very complex characters. Ms. Carlyle establishes the story, introduces the characters in such an enticing way, that had nothing happened, I would not have cared a whit, because the author’s attention to detail and the precision of her descriptions of Victorian London alone would make ONE DANGEROUS DESIRE worth reading, but then again, a lot happens in that book! I love how the author subtly weaves the romance and business dealings in one flawless whole, and there are many twists and turns to the meticulously constructed plot. The dialogues are superb, the prose luminous and seamless, and the romance entirely believable. And ONE DANGEROUS DESIRE is so very romantic! All those small gestures, those little nothings that Rex and May exchange; the love and respect between these two is palpable. ONE DANGEROUS DESIRE is a compelling story, with a feeling of authenticity that permeates every paragraph, with main very relatable main characters, set in a time on the cusp of change, of women striving for more independence, with just the right amount of romance, business dealings and daily life. I am already looking forward to the Ms. Carlyle’s next book! I receive a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
I want . . . I need . . . I desire . . . Historical fiction especially romance allows for me to visit a world where I would never have been accepted and to enjoy a romance that is fundamentally basic in most aspects. Saying this I get to the current duo of Rex and May. These two wanted each other but felt there was something else they needed/wanted. Depending on whom was looking at it. They just could not see past it. I found the scenes fast past then crashing together to a slower pace. I felt out of place in more than one place and had to return to the beginning. This read took me longer than usually to read because I had to return to the beginning of the paragraph or chapter in some cases. Once all is said and done. This was a good enough read. Maybe I need to go back to the other two books of the series and she how they play out and to see the connections as they grow. **This ARC was provided via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.**