• by Nicola Cornick
  • Narrated by Polly Lee
  • 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Teresa, Dowager Marchioness of Darent, is rumored to have exhausted her four deceased husbands with her insatiable needs. So it’s no surprise that every rake in the ton wants to bed her. If they only knew… through clever marriages to men who would ask nothing of her physical self, Tessa has remained rather innocent in the ways of the bedroom. But now she’s on the verge of losing everything and wants to take care of the stepson she’s grown to adore.
Enter Captain Owen Purchase. The handsome American adventurer has come into the title of Viscount Rothbury. And the rumors surrounding his injuries at sea suggest that he could fit Tessa’s requirements. But little does Tessa realize that the gossipmongers are wrong. She just might lose her heart, and her desires, to the most unlikely of men….


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On par with Lisa Kleypas

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite historical romance authors, but having read all of her books, I have been looking for someone with similar stories/style for years--well here she is! And--manna from heaven--she has a trove of books already written, although only two available on Audible. Would love to see more by Nicola Cornick on Audible.

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- Jennifer


"Desired" has an interesting beginning as Taresa (Tess) Darent, the Dowager Marchioness of Darent, attempts to elude raiding redcoats searching for radical reformers, by tying a sheet around her waist and slipping out the window of The Temple of Venus Brothel-- into the waiting hands of Owen Purchase, the Viscount Rothbury, who has been sent by the Home Secretary to arrest the reformers.

I began losing interest when Lady Tess's personality did not stay consistent with the bravado of the woman who eluded the Redcoats and tricked Vicount Rothbury to escape. Having the intellect to be the brains behind the reformers, she "didn't think" too many times, when making foolish decisions. Tess acts in ways that don’t make sense. She endangers herself and Owen.

The story does not flow smoothly--sometimes too many unneeded details, other times events seem to be thrown in with no foundation. Although alluded to, I thought more details about Tess’s and Tom Bradshaw’s past would have made the story more interesting.

Polly Lee has a nice voice, but she does not do male voices well. She's a good reader, but not a performer. The narrator did not have the ability to draw me into the story.

Although there were parts of "Desired" I found interesting, the story is not cohesive, so could not hold my interest.

I do not consider it credit worthy.

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- Lady M

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2011
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books S.A.