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"RITA® Award–nominated Cornick deftly steeps her latest intriguingly complex Regency historical in a beguiling blend of danger and desire."
-Booklist on Unmasked
"A rising star of the Regency arena."
"Nicola Cornick creates a glittering, sensual world
of historical romance that I never want to leave."
-Anna Campbell, author of Untouched
"A wonderfully original, sinfully amusing and sexy Regency historical by the always entertaining Cornick."
-Booklist on The Confessions of a Duchess
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Nicola Cornick has written over thirty historical romances for Harlequin and HQN Books. She has been nominated twice for a RWA RITA Award and twice for the UK RNA Award. She works as a historian and guide in a seventeenth century house. In 2006 she was awarded a Masters degree with distinction from Ruskin College, Oxford, where she wrote her dissertation on heroes.
USA Today bestselling author Nicola Cornick writes witty and passionate historical romances for Harlequin HQN books and MIRA UK.
Nicola's writing is inspired by her love of history and was fostered by a wonderful history teacher and by her grandmother, whose collection of historical romantic fiction fed Nicola's addiction from an early age. She studied in London and Oxford and works as a guide and historian in a 17th century house as well as acting as a historical adviser for TV and radio. Publisher's Weekly have described her as a rising star and her books have been nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award and for the Romance Writers of America RITA Awards.
Nicola lives near Oxford with her husband and dog. When she isn't writing she enjoys long walks in the countryside, singing in a choir and volunteering as a puppy walker for Guide Dogs.
Readers can find out more about Nicola and her books from her website: www.nicolacornick.com. She can also be found on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nicola.cornick and Twitter @NicolaCornick
Featherbrained, "shallow as a puddle" are misconceptions that Lady Tess Darent cultivates about herself. Three times a widow, Tess is totally disillusioned about the institution of marriage. Her radical reform work, philanthropy, and her intelligence are secret to all except a few, but her "believed" amoral behavior, her extravagance, and her beauty fascinate and keep the Ton furnished with lots of gossip material. No one knows the fear that haunts her nights and controls so many of her actions.
Tess is a strong heroine who does what must be done to take care of those she loves and defenseless women and children who have been wronged at the whims of men. She is a secret crusader sailing under the false colors of a rule-breaking social butterfly that has no concern for her reputation.
Owen Purchase, Viscount of Rothbury, a friend of Tess's brothers-in-law, is also a favorite subject for the Ton. American-born, an adventurer, and explorer, Owen inherited a title and all the Rothbury holdings in England. Now he tries to steer his way through English Society while working for the Home Secretary, Lord Sidmouth. His beloved ship "Sea Witch" sits idle in port. He misses his old way of life on the open seas, but he soon finds intrigue enough as he pursues and is pursued by the inscrutable beauty, Lady Tess Durant.
Nicola Cornick weaves a bevy of secondary characters into the story as Owen and Tess come to terms with the horrors and misdeeds of the past in order to meet new threats and challenges that press in and could get them hanged. If you have read other novels by Ms.Read more ›
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This was my first Nicola Cornick romance, and I'll admit that after reading the summary of Desired I was somewhat apprehensive. The heroine, Tess, is not my favorite type for historical romances, but I have been trying to read outside of my romance "comfort zone." I'm happy to say that with this book, my taking a chance most definitely paid off. While I had some problems with the book overall, the writing was very good and the main characters drew me in right from the beginning.
===THE ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP=== Owen and Tess were wonderfully written; I found them interesting, likable, and well-developed. There is an immediate spark between them and their exchanges are so much fun to read. They are antagonistic towards one another, but not to the point you sometimes find in romances when the leading characters cross over into being immature, annoying, and petty.
One of the things I loved most about Owen and Tess's relationship was that they were both so mature and honest. Yes, they start off with secrets between them that are only revealed as the story goes on, but when it comes to most of their emotions or thoughts, they do not resort to the romance-standard of pouting or giving the cold shoulder, which always results in only more hurt feelings and misunderstandings. So often they take a chance and trust one another, and I greatly appreciated the resulting lack of angst.
===OUR HEROINE AND HERO=== Tess is considered a scandalous woman who has been married (and widowed) three times. She has a horrible reputation: she is known to have a large sexual appetite and is seen as a featherbrain, a purely ornamental and self-centered woman.Read more ›
(4.5 for a slow start, but it finished strong so I'll bump it up to 5)
This was the first Nicola Cornick novel I've read, but after this one I'll definitely be looking for more! The beginning was a bit difficult to get into I thought, but once it got going it was difficult to put it down. Both Tess and Owen had quite a bit of baggage going into their marriage, (which readers who have read the other novels in the series may already have known, and new readers will have it all explained to them eventually, so don't worry) and at times it seems they'll never be able to get around it. I loved the development of the relationship between these two--it was really very nicely done and quite sweet. The political/radical storyline, however, didn't ever quite feel totally developed--other than the fact that Tess's first husband embraced the cause, we really don't get a good feel for why she was willing to risk so much for it or even exactly what it was the radicals were hoping to solve and how. Again, perhaps this was covered in earlier novels, maybe not--in the end it really didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book at all, so I'm wiling to overlook it. On the whole, this one kept me up until the wee hours finishing it, and I look forward to more from this author.
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This is the fifth book in Nicola Cornick's Scandalous Women of the Ton series in which she gives two characters from her previous books their HEA.
Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent is a woman on a mission, or two. She is a widow trice over; has a wicked reputation that could put even Rouges to blush and run for the hills; and scandal may as well be her middle name, yet the real woman is somewhat a mystery and a very complex character that not even her family is privy to her most deepest thoughts or feelings.
She is a passionate supporter and contributor to the cause that seeks reforms within the government; she's a guardian to her two stepchildren, but rarely sees them; she's also in a need of a fourth husband and not just any man will do. She needs a man who will accept an arrangement of her own specifications.
Owen Purchase, Viscount Rothbury, has a few missions of his own and getting married is not one of them. His number one priority is to find Jupiter, a pseudonym for the cartoonist whose drawings are offensive to the government and seem to be inciting unrest among people.
As he closes in on the person of interest, he gets blindsided with an offer that he just might regret accepting.
This is only a second book by this author that I've read so far, and while I couldn't connect to the hero and heroine in the first book, this author's prose drew me to reading the second. May I say that while `never judge book by its cover' applies to many novels I've read, in this case `never judge an author by only reading one of her books' totally applies in this case.
What amazing and complex both of these characters were! It was fascinating following the train of thought of both of them.Read more ›
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