Derek actually says "Let your man complete you" in this interlude. I suppose you could say they were swept away by an adrenaline rush, but really! Derek is supposed to be a hardened soldier, surely he has better sense than that. I half wished that Lundy would catch up with them while they were frolicking. It goes through every character and every plot line to sum it up. It's like at the end of a "based on a true story" move where there's a brief on-screen blurb about what happened to each person after the end of the move.
But no, it's still not finished! Now you have to get through the resolution of the fate of Balfour manor and the aftermath. And after that, there's another epilogue. The sex scenes also have some laugh out loud, ridiculous lines. I don't believe I've seen another romance where the hero actually thinks that he would really like to "jam himself into" the heroine, but he's concerned about hurting her due to the "epic size of his arousal. This Spice Trilogy series only gets better with the second book here. Derek is a passionate hero, determined and distracted by Lily.
At times it's hard to follow his strong attraction to her, and it's hard to follow her stubbornness to see her duty through as her betrothed is so awful. But the attraction between Derek and Lily is strong. Derek is an ideal hero - so thoughtful, caring and more than his image would portray. I recommend reading this to keep in sync with the series as some things in This Spice Trilogy series only gets better with the second book here. I recommend reading this to keep in sync with the series as some things in this book set up for the third which is a definite read.
Sep 12, C Joy rated it liked it Shelves: historical-romance , ebooks , gaelen-foley. This is not exactly one of her best works, but good all the same. I gave it only 3 stars because of the way the story dragged. There were a lot of sub-stories, but I liked the way all loose ends were tied.
Derek was sent to London to request for army funds and just when he thought he could have it in a trice, he had another thing coming. Lily Balfour was looking for someone "rich and stupid" to save her and her family's depleted fortune, and Derek wasn't exactly the solution. As with all her novels This is not exactly one of her best works, but good all the same.
As with all her novels, politics abound in this book. There's corruption everywhere, family ties, and I was really intrigued how they would end up together. I know they would but the question was where. India or England? The characters didn't really touch me to the core, both of them have their own ghosts - Derek and his battles in India, and Lily's dwindling self in the Balfour manor.
She's too proud for my own taste, sticking to the dilapidated manor due to sentimental reasons, where she could've just thought about the people who relied on her and acted on the best solution. I really didn't like the part where Lily stood up to her mother but they really didn't patch things up. I was expecting a more confrontational dialogue but I think the author didn't want to prolong the story further.
The love scenes were few but what they lack for quantity, they made up for quality. If you're looking for something touching, riveting, and entertaining, this book doesn't deliver. Jul 14, Kay Bolton rated it liked it. Review written on my Blog Post 95 in March , after borrowing book from library. It's really rather lovely to get back to a Gaelen Foley novel Infamous rake and hardened warrior Derek has come to England from his posting in India to chase up the money the government which has bee Review written on my Blog Post 95 in March , after borrowing book from library.
Infamous rake and hardened warrior Derek has come to England from his posting in India to chase up the money the government which has been put aside for the war against the Marantha. Also to allow his elder brother to recovery from a terrible injury when he got in the away of an arrow meant for Derek. Following the death of her Grandfather Lily's aristocratic coffers are empty and she needs to find an extremely rich, and extremely stupid husband there is a reason that her future spouse should not be too bright to ensure that she can literally keep the bats from the belfry of her ancestral home.
It seems some of the funds are war chest funds are missing, and that is where the paths cross for these two. What will be the attraction between them? Will they solve the mystery of the missing money? Will the highly intelligent Derek care about her secret? Will a second son have enough money in the bank to repair the ancient pile? Apr 13, Maqluba rated it liked it. I thought the story was great, the characters were definitely likable and I love love LOVE that they were in love before they got down and dirty.
I don't like it when things go all the way between the hero and heroine and THEN they realize they love the other person, I want love before sex dang it and I'm glad I got to see it here finally. I would have enjoyed this much more had there been less inner dialogue. It seemed like pages and pages went by without anyone speak 3. It seemed like pages and pages went by without anyone speaking a word.
It just seemed like there was too many explanations to things, it got kinda tedious after a while. The ending definitely could have been shortened-- way too much background information given that I couldn't get myself to care much for so it felt like I just skimmed through to see what else will be added to the mix before the happy ending. I do love these two though! You really do understand why they are so well made for each other and not just on a superficial level. He doesn't get stubborn or arrogant and bossy and she doesn't get annoying or stupid so that's always a plus in my book.
The fact that these two were perfect for each other saved this book-- they really were soul mates so watching them find each other was a lovely thing to read. Feb 08, Leya rated it really liked it Shelves: library-book. Dashing and sexy officer meets beautiful and secretive lady. Said officer finds out that beautiful lady is to be married to man he dislikes and which he is investigating for fraud. The lady has to marry the rich man to save ancestral home and family.
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I enjoyed every little morsel of it! Gaelen Foley has the ability to suck me right in and forget about what is happening around me. I lost track of time. I Dashing and sexy officer meets beautiful and secretive lady. The characters were amazing; you knew from the start that their feelings were deeper than either one of them imagined. Their willingness to help each other, and not fearing for their safety touched me.
It was also nice to see familiar faces. Is there any wonder I lost myself in this book? Dec 12, Angela rated it liked it. Derek: Derek is exactly the kind of hero you expect in a Regency novel. He is kind, loyal, compassionate got a sense of humour and is of course extremely handsome! But underneath all that, he hides a very sensitive part of himself.
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Since a young age he was told that being 'only' the second son, he would need to work to get some earning. No one would want to marry him if he wasn't better than others and 3. No one would want to marry him if he wasn't better than others and earned more money. And no one would definitely ever love him! Lily: Lily is not exactly the kind of heroine you would expect here. She was ruined at the very tender age of Instead of finding comfort with her mother, her mother blamed her and has ever since treated her very poorly.
It's when she meets Derek that you can see a change happening in Lily! The young girl becomes a confident young woman. This is a beautiful love story between two people who find love, although they both never thought they would find it. They are both emotionally wounded, but their love heals all wounds! This is a must read for all Regency lovers!
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May 23, Jessi rated it liked it. Lily Balfour's grandfather, the only thing standing between her family and poverty has just passed away. Her only hope is to go to London and attract a rich suitor. Of course, this is complicated by the fact that she has "a past. Derek is also very interested in Lily but his life is complicated by the fact that he is in London to get money the Indian army, army that the "Committe Lily Balfour's grandfather, the only thing standing between her family and poverty has just passed away.
Derek is also very interested in Lily but his life is complicated by the fact that he is in London to get money the Indian army, army that the "Committee" which probably had some official name but I can't remember it right now is strangely relunctant to release the funds. It turns out that someone has embezzled three hundred thousand dollars and the main suspect is Lily's fiancee.
I enjoyed the story for the continuation of the series but overall, not a great book. Too much information shoved in and little details that didn't really need to be added and don't even get me started on the "romantic" scenes and the love talk. Overall, not too bad. Jan 10, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: romance-regency-romance. For books of this genre they all tend to be the same, and it usually takes a little something extra to get above a three star rating.
Perfectly written lead couple, flawed but with suitable and realistic development. Lily was shy and I thought too cowardly to like, but Derek bought out a fiestiness in her that you couldn't not admire. Derek was so impressive, I mean, the man broke a bed! But he was so protective and so clearly devoted to Lily, so taken with her For books of this genre they all tend to be the same, and it usually takes a little something extra to get above a three star rating.
But he was so protective and so clearly devoted to Lily, so taken with her personality and solving any problems, that I couldn't not love him. Their banter was endearing and made me smile, their relationship so real that you felt their love for each other through the pages. Loved that there wasn't one subplot - Edward - but personal developments and stories as well which came together.
I absolutely and wholeheartedly recommend, but leave Derek alone, he is allll mine! Jun 04, Christa rated it really liked it Shelves: i-own. I found this book to be enjoyable, but for me it did not quite live up to the rest of the books about the Knight family. The heroine, Lily Balfour, was sweet and likeable, but I didn't find her character to be as compelling as Derek's.
Many books that I have read lately have seemed rushed at the end, but I did not find that to be at all the case with this book. For me the main drawback of this book was I found this book to be enjoyable, but for me it did not quite live up to the rest of the books about the Knight family.
For me the main drawback of this book was that it seemed to become tedious and drag on toward the end. About forty pages before the end of the book, I felt like the most serious issues had been resolved, and I was ready for the few loose ends to be wrapped up in another three or four pages - not forty. If you are a fan of the Knight family, you will probably enjoy the story, but if you are new to Gaelen Foley this book is not a good starting point. Mar 22, Karen rated it really liked it. It was a lot better than Georgiana's story, but the author has a habit of skating around a character's shady past with intermittent mysterious phrases and instead of making me curious it's just god awfully annoying.
Just tell us how the damn woman shamed her family already! I don't want to read constant allusions to some shameful secret while staying in the dark about a character's motivations for their actions. Don't hide things from me, I'm the reader.
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Aug 19, Kirsti rated it really liked it Shelves: regency. I really enjoyed this one! This is the second in a series, I really hope to read the first and third books now. I loved the slow build up to the love scene, it made the sparks all the more real and the characters all the more likeable. The whole mystery was well played out as well, and had unexpected consequences. So I recommend this one, and I really Wow! So I recommend this one, and I really liked it as well. Need to make a mental note to hunt out the other two. Apr 08, Dangermousie rated it liked it Shelves: romance , period-romance.
Cute if not particularly memorable something I find true of most Foley books. Our heroine Lily must marry into money to shore up her family's fortune. It's unfortunate, then, that she is attracted to Derek Knight, a younger son military officer recently on leave from India, who is still processing a life in which he doesn't have to constantly fight. There are evil secondaries, an embezzlement plot, and sexy makeouts.
Derek and Lily are both rather lovely people but I was never drawn into this Cute if not particularly memorable something I find true of most Foley books. Derek and Lily are both rather lovely people but I was never drawn into this one. Jun 15, Shae rated it liked it. It was impossible to get into this book. Like the first one in the series it never reached out and grabbed me. I wasn't hooked in and I didn't care what happened to the characters. I don't know why, it was a really good storyline. I'm hoping that maybe I'm just tired of historicals, but who knows. I'm going to put off reading the 3rd one for a while and hopefully get interested in it later.
The writing is wonderful and it paints such a vivid picture, so I don't know what my problem is. Jun 10, Clare rated it liked it Shelves: historical-romance. This book lacks the essential "zest" and spark between the characters that I have begun to associate with Gaelen Foley's writing. All the books of the Knight Miscellany series was so much better than this offering, and the first book of the Spice Trilogy was interesting as well.
I wouldn't classify this as a bad read, I was just let down by this book in comparison to other books written by the author. Jun 04, Akemi Joy rated it liked it Shelves: romance , series-i-m-currently-reading. I thought this was the first novel in the trilogy. I didn't find out that it was the second one until I read the bonus material in the back An interesting take on Regency London, I felt that there were a lot of modern sensibilities and attitudes mixed in here, but I'm no expert so I'm not totally sure.
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There were more descriptive and explicit sex scenes than in other Regency novels I've read. Jan 28, Jasey rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-romance. Lily Balfour and Derek Knight. Lily is looking to make a rich marriage for her family's sake but Derek Knight is no rich man. He is a a highborn soldier from India and thinks his entire life will be in military in India.
When he comes to London to receive the money the military needs he has all the women wanting him and he meets Lily who is betrothed to the man he thinks is responsible for embezzling the money he is supposed to get. I think she is a gifted writer. Both Lily and Derek are wonderful characters, and despite the cliches, perhaps because of them and their witty usage, this is a fun read.
Some of the cliches were so bad indeed that I was moved to sigh and go, 'really? But I did enjoy the romp and think this was a super and entertaining read. I did feel a bit sad for poor Lundy, [no pun intended] because the working and lower classes do seem to come off rather badly. But I did enjoy the plot. Dec 16, penelopewanders rated it liked it Shelves: historical-romance. Depending on which copy you end up with, you'll either start with the story of the artist Francesco del He succeeds.
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