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Product Details

  • Series: Zebra Historical Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821780506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821780503
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Reece is robbed while traveling by coach to London. Vowing to reclaim a family signet ring, he sets a trap in London, and much to his surprise, the person caught trying to pawn the ring is one of his fellow travelers, the widowed Mrs. Gray. After locking the lovely thief up in his townhouse, David gradually learns her real identity. The last thing he would ever have predicted was falling in love with a beautiful pickpocket. A roguish hero trying to redeem his rakish ways meets his romantic match in a beautiful woman whose social class and past threaten any chance of a future together in Linden's latest elegantly written, lushly sensual Regency historical romance. Charles, John

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Well written and a good story line.
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Each book gets better and better and I look forward to reading what she is publishing next.
Laurel
Besides those issues, the story was just boring!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Misuzmama on September 11, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stand and deliver!.....Those are not the words one wants to hear while traveling on the road. Apparently the day has just gotten even worse for David Reece. First his brother, the duke, decides to leave the care of his entire finances to David while on his honeymoon trip abroad for three months. The pressure enough of that responsibility is suffocating. Next he becomes stranded while his horse goes lame on the way to London. And finally he's forced to take a smelly, dusty and dingy coach the rest of the way. Now he has to deal with highwayman! Bloody hell! Life was so much easier when he had no responsibilities; gambling away his fortune, dallying with any willing woman and drinking till he couldn't remember where he was or where he'd been.

Life has never been easy for pickpocket and thief Vivian Beecham, but that hasn't stopped her from getting what she can for her and her brother. It may be illegal but it keeps food in her belly. But when she tries to pawn some stolen goods, its her that gets captured by none other than one of her victims. Only this time its not the constable she has to worry about. The danger lies in the rogue who just might steal her heart.

So good! Not precisely a reformed rake story but similar. David has already decided to change his scandalous behavior on his own. Vivian just adds fuel to the fire. Their relationship begins rather oddly (he keeps her prisoner in his house!) and then changes several times through out the the book. Great characterizations by Linden (author). I was particularly impressed by the way she showed the consequences of Davids lifestyle. I don't think I've ever really read that before. It always seems that the rogue hero's life is secretly envied and even admired by everyone. Obviously thats not true.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Katie Babs VINE VOICE on November 7, 2007
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What a Rogue Desires has only one good thing about it and that was how I was impressed by Vivian, the heroine and the way she was written. She is a thief and ends up stealing from the hero, David Reece. Vivian is also smart and speaks her mind. But when David finds out that Vivian was one of the people responsible for being the victim of highway men and having his precious family ring stolen, that's were this story went to a place of no return.
David eventually finds Vivian and locks her in a room in his mansion. See David is a rake and spends money and has no meaning in his life until his brother gave him some responsibility. He apparently has had a life changing epiphany where he will now be responsible and do something worth while with his life.
So, he keeps Vivian locked in a room until she will tell him where his precious ring is. She sits day in and day out with no change of clothes or even a place where she can bathe till he gets to know her better. But he makes sure she has books to read. But all too soon, they become friends because they talk and he cooks her great food because she has always gone hungry because of the life she leads. Soon after they fall in love and all is forgotten about her stealing from him and being kept locked in a room.
David and Vivian have sex by the middle of the book and Vivian no longer wants to escape. But her crew wants to find her and get some money for this ring of David. Plus there is Vivian's poor brother that she needs to take care of also.
A bit inane and at points boring, but I guess if you want some fluffy reading and enjoy historical romance, take your chance on What a Rogue Desires. I am still wondering after weeks of being locked in a room how David could find Vivian attractive because there was no mention of soap and water.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Not Telling on October 8, 2011
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I couldn't like Vivian. She was rude in the beginning, and quite manipulative. The whole romance was based on lust, nothing else. They liked the way the other looked.

Besides those issues, the story was just boring! I knew I wouldn't like it when I found myself skipping pages only a quarter of the way through.

Not one of Linden's good ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nefertiri on May 17, 2012
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this is a good romance with a well constructed plot. there is just enough plot beyond the "boy meets girl" to be interesting. it's about the travails and trials of a rogue seeking redemption, and could have been much improved had this been explored a little more. the overly abrupt ending is a serious flaw. i honestly thought i had accidentally skipped the last chapter. i was left wondering if the rogue found acceptance, how his final decision was received, what happened to Simon, Flynn and the others, and what was David's family's take on the matter. Vivian's missing father seemed like a missed plot wrap up opportunity as well. aside from the somewhat unsatisfying ending, i enjoyed the book.
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Plot:
While attempting to redeem himself, David is robbed. When the thief refuses to return his ring he does what every self-respecting rogue would does - holds her captive, falls in love, and struggles to find a way to get them both a HEA. Can't be too hard, can it?

Comments:
- Historic romance.
- 4156 kindle locations, 352 pages
- m/f - not frequent but what there is is reasonably explicit.
- Characters from different books play a role in "What a Rogue Desires". Linden is creating a World populated with interesting characters who interact and have lives. This makes an interesting engaging group of books. There are references to David's past in "What A Gentleman Wants" which direct his motives and behaviours in "What a Rogue Desires", but it can comfortably be read out of sequence.
- On Linden's web page there is more information on highway robbery. A nice little follow up and short lesson.

Opinion:
I like Linden's writing style. I like the stories she weaves. They are interesting, clever and creative. But I struggle with her characters, and, in this case, I struggle with the whole romantic premise.

Basically we have a story of lust and love crossing the class boundaries. David is a rogue trying to redeem himself. Vivian is a thief, held by David, finding love and a future in his World. But within that we have a little Stockholm Syndrome - held against her will, forced to rely on the benevolence of her captor, Vivian falls for him, and in the end, is willing to give all for him. I just don't get it.
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Caroline Linden knew from an early age she was a reader, but not a writer. Despite an addiction to Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew, she studied physics and dreamed of being an astronaut. She earned a math degree from Harvard College and then wrote software for a financial services firm, all the while reading everything in sight, but especially romance. Only after she had children, and found herself with only picture books to read, did she begin to make up a story of her own. To her immense surprise, it turned out to be an entire novel--and it was much more fun than writing computer code. Eleven years, fourteen books, three Red Sox championships, and one dog later, she has never been happier with her decision. She lives with her family in New England.

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