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All He Desires Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2009

3.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
Book 2 of 2 in the Passport to Romance Series

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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!

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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: #3,655,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melissa VINE VOICE on November 3, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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By Willread on November 5, 2013
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As much as I loved the heroine, Caroline, and her friend, Pen, and their humor and good senses, this book was s bit much. The villains were so very cruel, the hero so very secretive (about something that turned out to be nothing) and the ending was too sweet. I also missed seeing the villains getting what was coming to them.

A bit of a shame, really, as I had high expectations after having read another - and much better - book by this author.
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