What a Lady Most Desires

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True desire always finds a way . . .

On the night before the final battle against Napoleon, Lady Delphine St. James finds herself dancing with the one man she has always wanted, Major Lord Stephen Ives. He makes it clear he has no time for a lady he sees as flirtatious and silly, but as the call to arms sounds, she bids him farewell with a kiss that stirs them both. When he returns gravely injured, she is intent on caring for him, even if his ...

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Overview

True desire always finds a way . . .

On the night before the final battle against Napoleon, Lady Delphine St. James finds herself dancing with the one man she has always wanted, Major Lord Stephen Ives. He makes it clear he has no time for a lady he sees as flirtatious and silly, but as the call to arms sounds, she bids him farewell with a kiss that stirs them both. When he returns gravely injured, she is intent on caring for him, even if his surly behavior tests her patience.

After the battle, Stephen is not only wounded and blind, but falsely accused of cowardice and theft. The only light in his dark world is Delphine, the one woman he never imagined he could desire. But she deserves more than he can give her.

As their feelings deepen and hidden enemies conspire to force them to part forever, can their love survive the cruelest test of all?

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Publishers Weekly
07/28/2014
Cornwall’s nifty Regency meanders a bit, but it boasts a solid story with plenty of plot twists. On the eve of a definitive battle against Napoleon’s army, Lady Delphine St. James eyes Royal Dragoon Major Lord Stephen Ives across a crowded ballroom. Though he barely registers her presence, she boldly sets forth to greet him personally and wish him luck in the upcoming fight. When drunken Captain Rothdale intervenes, requesting a dance from Delphine, Stephen smartly rescues her. After being wounded and blinded in the battle, Stephen recovers all but his sight under Delphine’s tender care. But fellow Dragoons accuse him of theft and cowardice under fire, and the evil Rothdale has his eyes on Delphine’s dowry. Cornwall steadily develops both characters and plot, and the reader’s hopes ebb and flow with Stephen and Delphine’s shifting fates. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062332400
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/26/2014
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 135,601
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Lecia Cornwall lives and writes in Calgary, Canada, in the beautiful foothills of the Canadian Rockies, with five cats, two teenagers, a crazy chocolate Lab, and one very patient husband. She’s hard at work on her next book.

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  • Posted September 18, 2014

    Lady Delphine could marry many men but she has turned them all d

    Lady Delphine could marry many men but she has turned them all down. She will not marry without love and her heart is set on Major Lord Stephen Ives. Stephen doesn't look at her the same way. He has had his heart broke. The call to go to war send the men to the battle field but Delphine sends Stephen away with a goodbye kiss. It is a kiss that makes him look at her different. Stephen is injured in battle and Delphine helps nurse him back to health but he is blind now. He is also facing a scandal but he has one bright spot in his life Delphine. She makes him see the beauty that is all around without his vision. As the two fall for each other Stephen believes he will never be good enough for her and pushes her away. He may have pushed her to far and into the arms of another man. Now he has to see if she is what he truly wants forever.

    Delphine is a great character. She won't be rushed into marriage and even if she is a Lady she is willing to get dirty to help others. She follows her heart and tries to help many. I like her she is spunky and outgoing. Stephen I have to say took almost 80 percent into the book before I liked him. From the start he is moody and sullen and I really couldn't see what Delphine saw in him. He had some moments where he seemed sweet and caring but they were in-between his bipolar like attitude. He did turn it around and was a nice guy but I never got to feeling more than a like for him.

    If you like romances with a great female character you will really enjoy this one. Delphine made this book for me. She was simply amazing the whole book. There is a mystery going on that I figured out pretty quick but it still didn't take anything away from the book. I enjoyed seeing Delphine bring Stephen out of his funk and how passionate she is with him. She only seems to want the best for him. Seeing do whatever she could to clear his name even after he hurt her showed how great she is. I am sure many historical romance fans will enjoy this one.

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  • Posted September 4, 2014

    I enjoyed this book very much. I have previously only read the 2

    I enjoyed this book very much. I have previously only read the 2 Highland novels by this author but will definitely read more. I do not write plot spoilers as I do not like to read them. I will say I thought this book well written with interesting characters. I recommend it.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

    What an emotional historical romance! I can't tell you how many

    What an emotional historical romance! I can't tell you how many times I had to read for a tissue while reading.

    There is so much more than meets the eye when it comes to Delphine. Everyone sees her as a prize to be won and not for the intelligent, compassionate and caring woman she is. She became infatuated with Stephen the first time she him, but right after their first meeting he looked at her is disdain. They meet again at a ball on the same night that he is about to go to war. Stephen saves her from a gentleman's unwanted attentions and shares a dance with her. Delphine is not sure if she will see him again, so she makes a bold move and sends him off with a flower, a passionate kiss and a whispered command that he will come back.

    Stephen is captivated by Delphine when he first meets her, but seeing her charming dukes and other gentlemen at the ball gives him the wrong impression of her. He is severely injured while at war and is brought the the makeshift hospital where Delphine is helping her sister tend to the wounded. Just a few days after he arrives, he receives news that he is being accused of fleeing from the battle and stealing from his fellow soldiers.

    Delphine is the only one whose faith in his innocence never falters. She decides to help him with his recovery even if he will never return her feelings. As she helps him recover from his injuries, he begins to see the real Delphine and falls in love with her. These two had a lot against them, but their love was enough to eventually find their HEA.

    eARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour.

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