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Desiring Lady Caro (The Marriage Game Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Ella Quinn
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"Ella Quinn is one of my favorite authors and this book does not disappoint!" – The Romance Reviews

"Everything lovers of Regency romance crave. . .danger, adventure, and a second chance at love." – Night Owl Reviews, 4.5 Stars & Top Pick

"Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!" --Shana Galen

Ella Quinn's bachelors are clever, charismatic--and determined to remain single. Yet one by one, they find that fate--and certain irresistible women--cast doubt on even the best laid plans.  .  .

Haunted by her past, Lady Caroline Martindale fled England for the solace of her godmother's palazzo in Venice. But if Caro was hoping to escape the charms of marriage-minded men, she's come to the wrong place. And she'll resort to extreme measures to spurn the advances of a dangerously determined Venetian marquis.  .  .

Though most of his friends have married off, Gervais, Earl of Huntley, remains bent on eluding the parson's mousetrap. But his convictions begin to falter when he arrives in Venice and meets his match in the alluring Lady Caro. What began as a hastily concocted lie to save her from the marquis may become a chance for them both to relinquish their fear--and embrace what they can no longer deny.  .  .

"Spicy and a thrilling. . .A perfectly sensual romance to prepare readers for their own hero." – Library Journal

Praise for The Seduction of Lady Phoebe

"A marvelous find for Regency romance readers." --Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author

"Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters." --Sally MacKenzie

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  • File Size: 1415 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: eKensington (April 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FY54N5O
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,833 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Potential but Fell Apart in Spots April 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The story had interesting potential but towards the last third it went off track several times. The author clearly likes food as she described the menu of the H and h traveling across continental Europe. The H and h were in sync but suddenly went off track towards the end of the story. The villain was just odd with some obscure story of a lost lover giving birth to his son. Not sure why that side-story was semi-included. The subplot of the aunt/godmother popped up in the last third of the book too.

Too many explicit sex scenes for my preferences.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The food is quite delicious April 2, 2014
Gervais, Earl of Huntley, plans to marry only when he is coerced into producing an heir for his future marquisate, which is to say, not in a long while. The recent marriages of his friends (fellow heroes of Ella Quinn's previous books) had him wanting to escape England for a while. So, why not tour the Continent and visit his Aunt Horatia in Italy as well?

Upon arriving at Horatia's residence, he sets eyes on Horatia’s goddaughter, the most beautiful woman he had ever met – Lady Caroline Martindale, who is repelled by his touch, but her frosty demeanor only makes him more intrigued by her. While Gervais is curiously ready to abandon his bachelor state and court her, Caro simply wants him to go away. Yet, when a powerful, determined suitor (stalker) comes to claim Caro, she and Gervais must embark on a journey together to Paris, en route needing to get married, with Gervais the difficult challenge of convincing his bride to give him a chance.

If you’re in want of a fast-paced book, then look no further. Time in this novel is shaped like a “U,” fast paced in the beginning and end, but slower in the middle to allow for more character interactions. This technique is nicely utilized here, as Caro and Gervais are quickly thrust together with only each other on whom to depend. Gervais’s ploys to melt his Ice Maiden are coupled with his wishes to protect her, and under his care, Caro’s true self slowly emerges. For years, Caro was repulsed by a man’s touch, after being raped by a scoundrel (this is known early on). She repressed herself, lost the joys of life, only to be brought alive by Gervais’s rakish charm and caring heart. Of course, her being a chocoholic and Gervais’s Food Temptation plan must have helped.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing! April 3, 2014
By JulieD2
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this story to begin with but by half way their was too many mentions of food menu's and the heroine began to irritate me. She was selfish and the hero had done everything he could for her....I was disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed April 22, 2014
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Average story, average characters. Couldn't get into this one. The writing seemed stilted and often inconsistent. I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Shauni
Format:Kindle Edition
Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy

It's a Marriage Game and no one is ever quite ready for it. Ella Quinn proves that if you are willing to open your heart, when the right person comes along, life can be wonderful.

Desiring Lady Caro is book four in Ms Quinn's Marriage Game Series and it's as far from The Temptation of Lady Serena as you can imagine. There is no idiotface.. this time there is a sweet wonderful man who is strength personified..

Lady Caroline Martindale was raped at the age of 17 and fearing the repercussions, fled to Europe (wise choice as the solution to rape was to marry the woman to the man who raped her). For five years she has been frozen in time in sexual growth. Freezing out all men, a true ice queen. Never daring to trust one. But when her godmother's nephew comes to visit, Caro is more than a little confused. A frisson of an attraction is there. But Caro is resolute, until another man takes the choices out of her hands. It's flee Venice with the Earl of Huntley or suffer the attentions of another slimeball. Caro takes the only choice she really has..

Gervais, Earl of Huntley has watched his friends fall victim to the Marriage Trap over and over. They are all remarkably happy, which totally confuses him. Fleeing to the continent to escape the matchmaking mama's, Gervais is quite content. Until he meets his aunt's goddaughter and stumbles in his opinion. Determined to court her but not aware of why she hates men, Gervais takes his time. Until he is forced to act as her betrothed and get her out of Venice. Which hinders and helps his plans.

It only gets worse when the couple is caught by an English gossip and they pretty much have to marry. Gervais is willing, he is actually ready.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect historical romance as I love them! April 1, 2014
I love historical romances and Ella Quinn didn’t disappoint me with her fourth book DESIRING LADY CARO of the Marriage Game series. Ms. Quinn is one of my favorite authors for stories set in the Regency era. She skillfully blended her charming characters Caroline and Gervais into a beautiful romance and an intriguing plot. I loved that the story took place in France to places that I have visited, like Nancy, Dijon. Gervais, Earl of Huntley, leaves England for Venice, where he meets the charming young Lady Caroline, at his aunt’s home. She is in Venice to escape a terrible event that happened to her in her past and wants to move forward with her life. Being scare of a man who wishes to harm her, Gervais will protect her and try to keep her safe. But, they have to get married and travel away, to escape this mad man. Even if his friends had fallen in love, Gervais didn’t intend to do the same; neither did Caro. That’s when the intrigue and fun starts! Can she trust him? Can she share her secret with him? Will this arrangement please both? Will love be at the rendez-vous? I think that Desiring Lady Caro is the best book in her series. I really like the time period! I recommend Ms. Quinn’s book if you love historical romances. I am also looking forward to read her next book Enticing Miss Eugénie Villaret.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ella Quinn
Ok here it goes another good book I enjoyed reading it. I will get this book for my house as well love it
Published 29 days ago by Brenda calvert
5.0 out of 5 stars double delight
Gastronomic tour worthy of the entrancing personalities. Even the adversary shows some spark. Delightful read. Justifies the series and I hope to read them all.
Published 2 months ago by Howard Heneson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting reading.
Published 3 months ago by ann E Crabtree
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very easy read, good book
Published 5 months ago by val
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's okay, can't decide about the author.
Published 5 months ago by Cathey
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME READ!!!!
This installment of the series Thames you on a journey with the characters. They never fail to entertain you!!!
Published 7 months ago by L. Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good love story
Very good love story. The carriage ride that lasted forever got quite boring. The love scenes were steamy. Overall I would recomend this book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars write a very good love
as expective, Ella Quinn, write a very good love story
Published 8 months ago by Phyllis Glass
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book
I enjoyed this book ,the dynamic between Huntley and Caro was exciting, it encouraged you to continue reading. I also liked the other character as well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Shirley Blake
5.0 out of 5 stars Apologies to the author!
Dear Ella Quinn--I would like to apologize for the review of "Desiring Lady Caro" that I just deleted. I only gave the book three stars and said it was kind of boring. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nancy Levine "Nancy"
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Bestselling Regency author Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She is currently living on a sailboat, with her wonderful husband of over 30 years, a cat and a Portuguese Water Dog. Ella loves when readers connect with her.





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