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All He Desires Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2009
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Anthea's books have received starred reviews in Library Journal, and Booklist named her "one of new stars of historical romance."
Anthea lives with her husband and daughter in the Pacific Northwest, where the rainy days and excellent coffee fuel her writing. In addition to writing historical romance, she plays the Irish fiddle and pens award-winning YA Urban Fantasy as Anthea Sharp.
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Top Customer Reviews
While vacationing in Crete, English miss Caroline Huntington is injured horseback riding. She is taken to a local English doctor Alex Trentham since she is suffering an injured arm and has a concussion. Alex absolutely resents her presence but assists her and keeps her in his home for only a few days while she recuperates.
Alex is a mystery to Caroline. He is a skilled physician but not practicing medicine and will not reveal why he has abandoned his calling. He is in Crete to assist a French archeologist and had never intended to treat anyone's illnesses on the island.
Due to her injuries, Caroline must stay in Crete longer than anticipated and at first she is angered by her circumstances. Caroline was way too stubborn and unrealistic about her own healing process. Alex checks on his patient daily and this leads to a blossoming romance. The island of Crete as a backdrop to this romance is quite original. Caroline and Alex explore the island, its culture, food, ruins, caves, and even its sparkling blue waters together. Alex tries to keep his distance but Caroline is charming and sensuous. (BTW Most of the intimate encounters between the leads on this island are in interesting places.)
Caroline knows she must return to London as she has an orphanage she wants to build and her uncle is in the process of adopting her and giving her a sizeable inheritance. However Caroline has a cousin who has zero desire to see his father adopt her as he needs the full inheritance.Read more ›
Alex is still wracked with guilt over something he did while he practiced medicine when resided in England. All he longs for is peace, but with an English miss like Caroline running all over the island and getting into trouble, he has no choice but to keep an eye on her. As Caroline recovers, she finds Alex to be a very confusing and harsh speaking man. She doesn't want to spend any more time in his company and can't wait to leave so she and Maggie can continue on to Malta. But, Caroline is still not fit for travel. Alex won't allow her to go and after he finds her another companion, a Miss Pen Briggs, to stay with her while Maggie ventures off the island, Caroline relents. Alex is very masterful in getting what he wants and when it comes to Caroline's health, only he seems to know what's in her best interests.Read more ›
Alex Trentham stopped practising medicine and took himself to hide away on Crete and is very reluctant to help Caroline. However he does help her and nurses her as she recovers from a severe concussion. As one would expect in a story like this, Caroline and Alex become enamoured with each other - but Caroline has to return home to England and Alex can't bear to set foot there again.
But of course a love story wouldn't be complete without someone overcoming something significant in their life and the end of the book was satisfactory.
The author wrote very effectively the attraction between Alex and Caroline and it was always an enjoyable book to read. It was less successful when we discovered why Alex had fled England - it all seemed a bit of a damp squib by then and he too unreasonable to react the way he did to a particular event. Still, the overall story was enjoyable and the main protagonists appeared well matched.
Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2009
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was a terrific book. So far, all the books that I've read of hers, I've enjoyed.Published 15 months ago by Book Lover
Steamy love scenes combined with great story telling, set abroad in the19th century Victorian era.Published 17 months ago by Virginia Lawrence
I liked Alex and Caroline and their blossoming romance. And I loved that part of the story takes place in Greece. Read morePublished 21 months ago by amtmcm
As much as I loved the heroine, Caroline, and her friend, Pen, and their humor and good senses, this book was s bit much. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Willread
I usually love this genre but the heroine was as dull as dishwater. I would liken her to a cross between Melanie from "gone with the wind". Read morePublished on May 10, 2011 by vix espana
I read this couple's first book and was hooked. However this book was lacking both in romance and adventure. I dragged myself thru many of the chapters. Read morePublished on August 21, 2010 by Rosanda Smith
Too dull for words. I could not finish this book, and I typically read everything.Published on May 26, 2010 by E. Durham
And interesting characters. Lyrical writing brings the beautiful setting to life. One thing kept this from a five star: when Alex's big, terrible secret was revealed, I thought... Read morePublished on May 1, 2010 by Love to Read Love
I ordered this book and read it as a recommendation from a friend based on the kind of reading I like to do! Read morePublished on March 29, 2010 by Lori Roberts