In this fourth installment of Gaelen Foley's Knight family series, Lady Jacinda Knight, youngest of the Knight family runs away from home, only to find herself in the middle of a gang war in the seedy underbelly of 1816 London. When Jacinda finds herself rescued by none other than the criminal world's swarthy leader, Billy Blade, her world turns upside down. Running from a marriage she doesn't want, and the fear of becoming a “fallen” woman like her mother, Jacinda finds herself thrust back into the world she was running from.
When the presumed dead Earl of Rackford shows up, Jacinda is taken off guard to realize the most eligible gentleman in her upper class world is none other than the rookery thief who leaves her slightly weak in the knees. Jacinda spends the novel turning Rackford into a gentleman, while Rackford turns Jacinda into a scandalous heroine.
This report prepared by Becky Lee
Ivy, Jan 2003, 6.99, 432 pp.
In 1816 teenager Lady Jacinda Knight, daughter of the infamous “Hawkscliff Harlot”, refuses to marry Lord Griffith since he is not her soulmate. Instead, Jacinda chooses to flee to Paris. However, while waiting passage, an urchin steals her purse. Jacinda gives chase and ends up in hiding while a gang war occurs in a rundown part of London. Not long afterward, one of the gang leaders Billy Blade catches Jacinda.
Billy finds himself attracted to the compassionate and unconventional beauty and she realizes the notorious chief of thieves is all she desires. As Billy decides to go straight and claim his aristocratic title as an earl to win her hand, he must contend with his rivals who now know his weakness is that of the heart.
Gaelen Foley's latest Regency romance is an exciting tale starring two delightful incomaprables. The story line is action-packed with two distinct settings that both bring out the key characteristics of the lead duo. Though the novel would have caused more of a refreshing stir as a star-crossed dilemma if Billy was just what he first seems, a reprobate, readers will find much positive about LADY OF DESIRE as is the case with all of Ms. Foley's historicals.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner