Master of Desire

Master of Desire

by Kinley MacGregor

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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 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061747397
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2009
Series: MacAllister Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 61,041
File size: 817 KB

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Kinley MacGregor lives a life of extraordinary 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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Master of Desire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
LadyRavenRAVE1 More than 1 year ago
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....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They are very distracting to the story at times!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the chemistry between the characters and it had humor. I loved it. Great plot.
melorem on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Definitely a worthy read for historical romance lovers. I enjoyed the development of the characters. Emily is a twenty-something woman who is sheltered by her father. Two of her sisters and her mother have died in childbirth and her father doesn't want to let any of his other daughters go. Due to a feud with Draven he is forced (by the King's order) to give one of his daughter's over to him for a year. This is supposed to ensure that there will be no blood shed between the two lords.Emily falls in love while Draven is desperate not to.
TheBooknerd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This author is capable of writing a very entertaining story -- sadly, this isn't one. Mediocre at best, "Master of Desire" is just another cheesy romance. Don't get me wrong, I like cheesy romances. They're usually sweet and fun to read. This one, though, was purely B-rate, and -- since I know the author can do better -- that is unacceptable.
blingtastic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
tortured hero; story surround conflict of him trying to keep his distance; medieval; ok read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books! I have read it a dozen times at least over the years. I love all the books in this series but this one and Born in Sin are my favorites!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Didn't want it to end. I laughed and cried. Doesn't get much better!
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I loved this book! Made laugh out load on numerous occasions!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a decent book once you get pass the idea that a female in this era, that has been so sheltered as to never leave her home, has set out to seduce and marry her father's enemy...before she's even left her home. And then recruit others into helping her. A bit hard to comprehend. Oh, and the overly trite useage of "passion flames. . ."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot was amazing, as were the characters, the romance, the humour, emotion and, well, EVERYTHING!!!!!! Read this now!! Wilk be re-reading for sure one day!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was one of the best I have read about this period of English history. I will definitely be reading more of this author's works.
stanhope3234 More than 1 year ago
4.75* This is the first book by Kinley MacGregor that I've read and it will not be my last. I loved everything about it from the tortured hero Draven and heroine Lady Emily to the secondary characters. This book has humor, suspense, honor and intense sexual chemistry. Draven was so poorly treated and tortured by someone who should protect him he looks forward to the day of his death for he has no soul. Lady Emily so swaddled and protected by her father that she dreams of a husband and children but knows her father will never allow her out of his safe keeping. An order from the king to end the fighting between their clans stets them on the path to redemption and death.  If you like a good historical romance then I highly recommend this book.  Oh and don't forget sexy highlanders! *sigh*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only romance are thoughts.. no actions. Not a true "master of desire."
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LUVSCOTS More than 1 year ago
Good read. Love Kinley Macgregor Series!
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A-Greene More than 1 year ago
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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Looking forward to reading more by author