What Isabella Desires

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A story of unrequited love, second chances and hope.

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What Isabella Desires
Anne Mallory
August 2007
ISBN: 978-0-06-124239-7

Back cover blurb

Lady Isabella Willoughby has always been patient and proper. But secretly, scandalously, she longs to be wild – to wear daring gowns while dancing the night away. Above all, she craves one thing: To be more than merely a “friend” to Marcus, the dashing, sinfully handsome Lord Roth.

Marcus has everything – power, prestige, wealth…enemies. He thrives on danger and lives life to the fullest knowing each day might be his last, for he carries a dark family secret which precipitates one simple rule – never fall in love. Especially not with dear Bella, who has, of late, transformed herself into a siren, bewitching every male she encounters with her newly unfettered sensuality. Marcus must not allow himself to be tempted – but his resolve is weakening by the minute.

For what Isabella desires, she is determined to get…

Reviews

Lovely, emotional, and full of intrigue, WHAT ISABELLA DESIRES is definitely one of my favorite books this year.
-Shannon Johnson – Read the full review at Romance Reader at Heart

Beautiful settings and steamy encounters make What Isabella Desires one of my first picks for your summer reading.
-Debbie – Read the full review at A Romance Review

4 Stars – Mallory delivers passionate, emotion-laden romance that incorporates mystery, politics and great dialogue. Her skill at seamlessly blending these elements into a memorable story has her star shining.
-Kathe Robin – Read the full review at Romantic Times

WHAT ISABELLA DESIRES is a pleasure from beginning to end.
-Sandra Brill – Read the full review at Romance Reviews Today

Ms. Mallory has written a wonderfully intricate story with a hero and heroine who can’t be beat.
-Leanne Davis – Read the full review at Rakehell

Isabella is a great character quietly blossoming in her pursuit of the elusive Marcus.
-Maura – Read the full review at Coffee Time Romance

As always, Ms. Mallory presents a solid romantic tale with just the right amount of added suspense.
-Suan Wilson – Read the full review at Fresh Fiction

Ms. Mallory kept the intrigue, fast-paced action and sensual seduction going strong throughout the story striking a perfect balance of danger, titillating humor, passion, along with a heartwarming ending. Fabulous entertainment is in store for Regency fans!
-Marilyn Rondeau – Reviewers International Organization (RIO) – Read the full review at CK’s Kwips and Kritiques

Excerpt

He touched a curl that lolled along her shoulder blade.

“What would you have me say, Bella?”

You are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever known or Let’s retire from this ballroom to pursue a more wicked pastime or I’ve loved you forever.

Yes, that last one.

“The truth.”

She looked into his eyes and saw a thread of anger mixed with the fondness he always reserved for her. The fondness for a dear friend or little sister.

She moved back a step. “No. You don’t need to say anything, Marcus. Forgive me for a late night’s rambles.”

He fingered the curl and something shifted in his eyes – disappointment or relief? “So you didn’t mean it?” he asked.

Her eyes tried desperately to close, but his gold gaze pinned her. Standing here, in front of him, in a silent alcove, the portraits on the wall leaning closer to hear, and having to choose whether to bare part of her soul or to play safely and laugh it off.

“What would you have me say, Marcus?”

A dark brow lifted above a golden eye. “The truth.”

To be left with a decision, a declaration or not. That whatever she said would determine the course of future events. That he would either continue to look at her as a friend, safe and secure. Or that something else might happen. That his eyes might show relief for her confession to be true, instead of relief for it to be false.

She took a deep breath.

“I meant every word.”


Book Bits

Impressions – Isabella on Marcus
“She watched as he moved through the crowd, his tall, languid grace at odds with the look in his golden eyes, alert and predatory.”

“Women whispered that Marcus Stewart, Lord Roth, was a fallen angel. With his dark hair and whiskey eyes, his lush lips and artistic hands, she had never believed otherwise.”

Impressions – Marcus on Isabella
“The first thing that most people noticed about Isabella Willoughby was her hair. Thick, lustrous and coal black, it evoked images of harem veils and moonlight bouncing off the dark, wavy sea.”

“To most people it was her one outstanding feature, usually constrained to a bun or upswept in a style that inhibited it from tumbling around her shoulders in the lazy haze it deserved. Marcus had often thought she should allow the riotous mass to have its way.”


Three things that Isabella loves about Marcus:

1. The way he plays chess. Dominating, with clever moves and skillful forays.
2. The way he plays the piano. Fingers skimming across keys, emotion brimming from every touch.
3. The way he makes her feel. Warm as a friend. Hot as a woman.
If only she can convert the latter heat into a two way street…

Three things – Marcus’s perspective:
1. The way she takes care of everyone. The debutantes, the wallflowers, the shy men, the matrons.
2. The way she makes things grow. Her garden, her unending supply of love, her strength.
3. The way she makes him feel. Those feelings locked deep inside…
If only he can keep her as a friend and not convert those feelings into something more…

Three things – keeping them apart:
1. A madman. Who is after Marcus, and through him Isabella.
2. Pride. Deadly and dangerous.
3. Marcus’ secret. One he never plans to share. One that threatens everything between them.


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Extra info

What Isabella Desires reunites the characters from Masquerading the Marquess and Daring the Duke.

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