Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Review: Desperate Desires by Terri Wolffe

Desperate Desires (A Sweet and Spicy Novella)Desperate Desires
Terri Wolffe
Kindle Edition
Published February 6th 2011
A Sweet and Spicy Novella
Courtesy of Author & Pump It Up Blog Tours
The cunningly audacious Lady Lucinda Davenport is by no means a conventional woman. Smart and fiercely determined, she’s more comfortable adding numbers than she’ll ever be socializing with highfalutin members of the ton. When desperate straits force her into action to save her home and lands, she finds herself faced with only one option. Summoning every ounce of her courage, she sets in motion a wild and raunchy scheme that would set the ton on fire if they ever caught wind of her actions.
Lucien Brandford, fourth Duke of Carlsborough, is a dangerous man. Wealthy beyond imagination and handsome to a fault, the Duke is sought after by nearly every woman of the ton. Single, widowed, or married, ladies vie for his attention with cutthroat precision. But the Duke has no tolerance for the machinations of his title and fortune-hungry peers. He seeks his pleasure from women who require no commitment.
That attitude ensnares the Duke in Lady Lucinda’s plan. Caught unawares, Lucien finds himself at the mercy of a bold and luscious woman whom he cannot decide if he wants to strangle or bed.
The sensual dance that follows between captor and captive as they engage in a volatile battle for control, culminates in a seismic eruption—both psychological and sensual. As tempers flare and sparks fly, an intense and erotic interlude of passion ensues.
The temperamental lovers soon discover what all the world knows: that in order to possess the love of a lifetime, they must submit to one another to conquer their own Desperate Desires.
Sensually spiced with a heavy dose of passion, this romantic bestseller comes complete with a memorable cast of characters. You won’t want to put this one down!
My Thoughts:

Desperate Desires is one hell of a sensual ride from start to finish, hot and spicy!

Lucinda Davenport needs to get pregnant to produce an heir and soon, with her husbands advanced age and health his despicable family is counting down the days until they can take over the estate and they aren’t opposed to hastening it along.
When her husband, the Earl, throws up an idea to kidnap a peer and seduce him to impregnate her Lucinda chooses Lucien Brandford, fourth Duke of Carlsborough. Little did she know that after one night in his arms she would be desperate for more. But when her husband becomes jealous of her attentions with the Duke their interlude is cut short and they may never again feel the passion that they found in each other’s arm.

Wow, Desperate Desires is a scandalous and sinfully delicious tale.
This novel is an erotica, pure and simple, which means a whole lot of sex. A whole lot, which, I loved every minute of it but others may not. Just a fair warning.

Since this is a novella the relationship between the main characters move at a very quick pace and I enjoyed the development between Lucinda and Lucien. There were numerous, full, and mind-blowing love scenes right away and every page had a new one.
The story itself was fun and the dialogue between characters interesting. Lucinda and Lucien enjoy an entertaining back and forth relationship, with control changing hands numerous times. I think they balanced each other out nicely.
Wolffe has a very different writing style then what I am use to, the story was narrated to you and came from several different points of views. This didn’t flow as smoothly as it could have and in some instances I had to back track to see which character I was dealing with at the time but it was still enjoyable.
Also, the sexual language was a little off for a Duke and Countess in that time period, it leaned more towards a street urchin or doxy and took away from the story a bit. Though my main dislike centered on the Earl, Lucinda’s husband, whose character was pretty much omitted at the end. He understandably has some issues about the situation with his wife and the Duke afterwards and makes some decisions that drastically affect Lucinda and Lucien’s relationship but we never hear anymore about it. Not how the main characters felt about this, how it was worked out or new views seen on it. We just skip to a happily ever after for them and I felt that this was an important topic that should have been delved into more instead of rushed through for a quick ending. I would of given this novella a higher rating if it wasn’t for that.

Overall though this is a good read if you’re looking for some hot and spicy action, just plan to have your significant other or a cold shower on hand while reading!

Rating: 3.5 - A good read


The Duke could feel her eyes poring over him. He knew she was studying him at great length. Lucien wondered who had put her up to this wild scheme of hers.

“Don’t you think this charade has lasted long enough? I think it’s quite safe to say that you have unmanned me. If my hands were free, Madam, I would clap for you as did our good friend here who so obviously obeys your every command.”

Lucinda thought the Duke was even more handsome up close. No two ways about it. Not an effeminate kind of beauty either, for he was rugged with chiseled, aquiline features and a thick head of black hair. He appeared solidly built. The way his leather breeches hugged his muscular thighs, and having felt the muscles of his chest as she’d searched for his weapon, Lucinda understood why the noblewomen of the ton were in hot pursuit of him. She smiled liberally. 

“Our good friend, Your Grace? Why, you hardly know us yet.”

“You seem to think that I will be getting to know you, Madam. But then again, once I get my hands wrapped around that little throat of yours, I’ll soon know everything I need to know about you. Starting with who put you up to this.”

“Tsk, tsk, tsk,” Lucinda clicked her tongue. Feeling magnanimous in the face of her apparent victory, Lucinda’s smile spread to her voice. 

“Poor Duke. You’ve never been tussled about so, have you? I’m sure no one’s ever thought to defy you. You, fourth Duke of Carlsborough, with nine estates and counting, rich beyond imagination. Women throw themselves at your feet. Royalty and mere peasants alike bow in your presence. Hmmm…this must be quite a humbling experience for you.”

The Duke’s voice was menacing. “For your sake, Madam, I pray this is but a joke. If not, once I’m through with you, not even your giant of a friend will be able to protect you. You will not get away with this.”

“But I’ve already gotten away with it, Your Grace. I have swept you off the streets of Covent Garden so stealthily, that not even your loyal servants realize you have been abducted. I’m rather pleased with myself. So forgive me for pointing out that on this night, even the great Duke of Carlsborough must bow to my superior cunning.”

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