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All He Desires Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2009

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"Lawson, a RITA-nominated husband-and-wife writing team, deftly combines danger, desire, and a deliciously different Victorian setting into a sexy version of Victoria Holt's classic gothic romances." --Booklist

About the Author

Anthea Lawson, called "a new star of Historical Romance" by Booklist, has won readers with her combination of spicy love scenes and elegant prose. Her first novel, PASSIONATE, was a Best First Book finalist in the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA awards. Visit anthealawson.com for more about Anthea and her books~

Anthea also writes YA Fantasy under the pen name Anthea Sharp. Her highly-praised debut novel, Feyland: The Dark Realm, is on sale now!

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; Original edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420104578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420104578
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,420,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

~USA Today bestselling author and two-time RITA nominee~
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.

Contact her at anthea at anthealawson dot com, and join her mailing list, tinyletter.com/AntheaLawson, for all the news about upcoming releases and reader perks!

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Anthea Lawson's second novel, All He Desires, is even better than her debut. Ms. Lawson has created a romantic world outside of London and her descriptions of Mediterranean life were spot on. Her characters are interesting and the romance between the protagonists a delight.

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.
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Caroline Huntington, the niece of the Earl of Twickenham, has accompanied Maggie Farnsworth to the Mediterranean to help with Maggie's orphanage project. They have come to the island of Crete for a week long holiday where they will enjoy the sun and local sites. Caroline is horseback riding and has an accident where she falls and dislocates her elbow and ends up with a concussion. Caroline is found by Maggie and Monsieur Legault, a Frenchman, who is involved with an archeological dig on the island. The closest town where Caroline can receive medical care is too far away. They take her to Mr. Trentham, a physician, who doesn't practice any longer but is the best shot they have. Alex Trentham is annoyed and very rude because he longs for his solitude. He doesn't want Caroline or anyone else in his home. But after appealing to his better natures, he relents and allows Caroline to recover in one of his spare bedrooms until she is well enough to be moved.

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.
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I don't normally read romance novels, because in the past I have found them to be unsatisfying and -- too often -- the female leads don't reflect the way I would react to a particular situation. I've also had an issue with romance writers' flat writing in the past. This book, however, turns all my ideas about romance novels on their head. First of all, the setting of the story on the island of Crete is exciting and challenging; having been to Crete myself, I was delighted to smell the lovely island smells and feel the warmth of the sun through the authors' writing. This marvelous setting was an absolute highlight for me, and set the book apart (in all the best ways) from so many others. Second, not only are the male and female leads three-dimensional characters, but they are also complicated and rich in the ways they are presented. I felt as if I were getting to know them personally, and I WANTED to know them. Third, both the plot and the instability of the characters' relationship to each other keep the pages turning. I needed to know what was going to happen next at all times, and tore through the book so quickly that I immediately started it over once I'd finished, to better enjoy its complications. Its steaminess was a great pleasure to read, and yet it wasn't just explicit sex for explicit sex's sake; those scenes are woven into the plot beautifully, and they all make sense. I am eager to see what the authors come up with next!
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Despite being apparently a run-of-the-mill historical romance, with a title and cover artwork that suggest it's akin to most of the other books out there, there was one very different aspect to 'All He Desires' and this was its initial setting. The first half of the book takes place on the island of Crete and the author does a good job of presenting life on the island and of its wildness and beauty. Our heroine Caroline Huntingdon is travelling with a friend when she falls from a horse on Crete and is injured. There's no official doctor in the village but there is an Englishman who used to be a physician to whom Caroline is taken.

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
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