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Liebe ohne Skrupel. (1994)

von Amanda Quick

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Lady Clare must marry to protect her family's castle, but she must try to make Sir Gareth of Wyckmere into the poet she wants even as the warrior tries to win her love.
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Nice story but not any true meat to it. Lady Clare seemed more childlike than someone who supposedly ran the castle so intelligently. Her knowledge of flowers was clear (liked how it was used at ending), being compassionate was shown, truly naive about love. Gareth, as the knight, was very much real and yet I was amazed at his acceptance and patience of her behaviors. Not near as much humor and continuous action as her other stories. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
This was a really good medieval romance. I wonder why there are not that many of these out there anymore? When I was growing up I always saw a romance cover with a heroine (bosoms heaving) being clutched by a man with a sword with a castle in the background.
Ah well.

"Desire" has Lady Clare of the Isle of Desire being forced to wed after her father's death. Her guardian suggest that she marry Sir Gareth of Wyckmere or her closet neighbor, Sir Nicholas of Seaborn. Due to Lady Clare being abducted by Sir Nicholas a few months back and not caring for him, she feels like she's trapped between no good choices. But without realizing it, Lady Clare starts to develop feelings for Gareth and his knights that chose to ride alongside him.

I have to say that I was more in love with the hero in this one. Gareth has an interesting backstory (no spoilers) but we know that he is a bastard that was raised in his father's household. All he wants is a place to call his own and a wife and he starts to see Clare and the rest of the people there as his to protect.

Clare is kind of stupid. Yeah I said it. She has a hair trigger temper at times and sometimes does really dumb stuff that if this was a different kind of book would probably have caused Gareth to beat and or rape her (thank God that didn't happen).

The two of them make a lot of sense and I can see why they were so strong together. The love scenes were pretty hot too though.

With all of this going on we have a murder mystery to solve that could lead to Clare and Gareth's death as well.

The writing is clever and I have to say that I laughed at the horrible songs that Clare's minstrel was playing. The rhyming was just bad.

I thought the ending was abrupt though. We just go to Clare throwing down another gauntlet that Gareth doesn't call her out on (and honestly I would have) and then the book ends. Still give it five stars though. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Desire
3.5 Stars

One of Quick's rare romances set in medieval times, which comes across as a more politically correct version of Kathleen E. Woodwiss's The Wolf and the Dove.

Although the romance is entertaining and the minor suspense plot has its moments, the characterization and dialogue are too anachronistic to be believable. To begin with, the idea that Lady Clare would be allowed a say in choosing her husband is completely unrealistic as the women of the time were considered nothing more than breeding mares, and the fact that warlords like Gareth and his rival play along is utterly ridiculous.

That said, Quick's storytelling is excellent as always and one cannot help turning the pages despite the problematic elements. Gareth and Clare are charming characters and their romance is sexy and lighthearted.

The murder mystery is smoothly interwoven within the storyline although the villain is rather obvious.

All in all, a fun read but Quick's characters are much more suited to Regency and Victorian periods. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
It wasn't as good as I expected from Amanda Quick. It wasn't terrible but in my opinion it lacked the wit and a bit of the chemistry that her normal characters seem to have. ( )
  MyaB | Apr 25, 2018 |
I've previously read other books by Amanda Quick, which I've enjoyed and listed to Desire as an Audio book. Desire follows a familiar historical romance formula in which the female character, in this case Lady Clare is forced to marry to save her lands (the Isle of Desire). She marries Sir Gareth of Wychmere, the Hellhound of Wychmere, who does not meet her ideal for a husband. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it. It had a bit of a taming of the shrew feel to it, and although there were times that I wanted to strangle Lady Clare, I enjoyed listening to the story.
Jack Murphy ( )
  urph818 | Sep 29, 2016 |
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