Deceived by Desire

Deceived by Desire

by Marie Force

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From New York Times bestselling author Marie Force comes a glittering tale of star-crossed romance set amid the lavish mansions and decadent lifestyles of early 20th century Newport, Rhode Island. But even in an age of great fortune, the heart has its own idea of true riches . . .
Wealthy American industrialist Aubrey Nelson has invited the Duke and Duchess of Westbrook to visit his family’s Newport seaside “cottage” for the summer. With his parents’ departure from New York delayed, Aubrey’s mother sends him ahead to oversee preparations for their guests. But when he arrives, he’s surprised to find the house and staff in disarray . . .
With much to do and little time, Aubrey comes to rely on the housekeeper, a lovely young Irish woman named Maeve Brown. And when he also finds himself confiding in Maeve about more personal matters, he tells himself it’s merely their close proximity that draws him to the compassionate, hard-working beauty. Yet when he suspects Maeve is in danger, Aubrey realizes his feelings for her have grown much deeper than they should have. For what will his mother, who dreams of a society match for her son, have to say when she arrives to discover he’s lost his heart to a girl of the working class?
Praise for Duchess by Deception
“Force has crafted a masterpiece with the perfect amount of romance.”
—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420147872
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 08/27/2019
Series: Gilded Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 101,148
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 70 contemporary romances, including the Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. All together, her books have sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can, and to never be on a flight that makes the news. Please visit her online at

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Deceived by Desire 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
KelsieAL 4 months ago
Deceived by Desire by Marie Force is book two in her Gilded historical romance series. Aubrey Nelson arrives at his family home in Newport, Rhode Island to prepare for a visit from his friends the Duke and Duchess of Westwood. He encounters the new Irish housekeeper, Maeve Brown, and is immediately enamored. He promises to protect her but is he aware of all that he may have to protect her from? Marie Force continues her success in the historical romance genre. I enjoyed Deceived by Desire and give it 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend this book to all readers of historical romance. Those who dislike descriptive sex scenes will want to give this one a pass. My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
ExtremeDamage 4 months ago
I’ve read Marie Force romances before, all contemporary with an edge of erotica, so when I had the chance to read this Historical romance, I jumped at the idea. The story is set in the early 1900’s embracing all the changes that the Industrial Age procured for men and women, and all the possibilities. I loved that. I also enjoyed how the author built a story that’s a little bit of Cinderella but with a side of suspense. DECEIVED BY DESIRE it’s the story of Maeve Brown, an Irish girl, and her employer Aubrey Nelson. She’s the housekeeper for his Newport home, and when he first saw her he fell madly in lust with Maeve. Yes, madly, as in pretend to be a butler to get to know her better kind of madness which was kinda fun if you ask me. They have the task to get ready Aubrey’s summer home to receive his friends and family for the summer, and while they’re working side by side, Aubrey’s lust turns into love. But when danger follows Maeve from Ireland to Newport, Aubrey will do everything he can to keep her safe. And to make her fall in love with him, because he’s sure his sentiments aren’t one-sided. I really enjoyed this suspenseful, surprising and sensual love story, about finding love and friendship despite wealth. And despite being part of a series, I didn’t feel as I was missing something so I can recommend it as a standalone just fine.
RobinLovesReading 4 months ago
My Rating: 4.5 Stars Aubrey Nelson is a wealthy man - new money, as it were - and has very good friends that include the Duke and Duchess of Westbrook. Aubrey has invited them, as well as other dear friends to summer at his mother's estate. As Aubrey's father is ill, he arrives ahead of his parents. This turns out to be a very good thing. His mother is a tyrant to the fullest extent and had upset her household staff when she was last there that they left the house to ruin. When Aubrey steps into the home, he only sees one person, the housekeeper. He is inexplicably drawn to her. She is a young Irish woman named Maeve Brown. Before she realizes that Aubrey is related to the owner, they quickly share confidences about the state of the house. They develop an immediate bond. However, it is shattered almost immediately once she discovers who he is. Aubrey wants to forget rules and convention and is determined to pursue Maeve. Of course, she wants nothing more to do with him. However, Aubrey learns that Maeve is in danger, and offers her his protection - by marriage. He can protect her with his name and his wealth. Maeve is more than reluctant to accept his offer, but she cannot deny that he is indeed everything her heart desires. This was quite an enjoyable book. It had more than enough to offer. The romance felt real, the dynamic between Aubrey and his mother, and also the rules of society was handled well, and the mystery surrounding the reason for Maeve being in danger was a good part of the story. Although Deceived by Desire is the second book in a series, it will do quite well as a standalone. Quite naturally, readers who read the first book, Duchess by Deception, will be familiar with some of the characters. Many thanks to Zebra and to Inkslinger PR for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
georgia1 4 months ago
The early 20th century was a fascinating time in history with so many advancements taking place. But the class differences were still there and Marie Force takes us into the romance that happens between a wealthy American and the housekeeper of his family's seaside cottage. Set at the shore in Newport, the hero Aubrey goes ahead to the cottage to make sure everything is ready for so the important guest soon to arrive, He finds much more than a house in upheavel though.. The lovely Irish housekeeper, Maeve Brown. They form a friendship and there is a great spark between them that starts them on a journey. Romance, suspense, a little mystery and a dragon of mother that is best to stay away from if possible! Once I started I could not put is down and I look forward to the next in this wonderful series! I read this through NetGallery lori dykes
DebbieLTD 4 months ago
Aubrey is the son of an aristocratic family. His father has taken ill, his brothers are running the family business, so it is up to him to go to their Newport home and see it is ready for the summer. His mother is a rather selfish, difficult woman, and it is no surprise that the staff has quit leaving the place in shambles. Maeve, an irishwoman who has escaped to America after a dreadful marriage ends in an accident, is their housekeeper. Aubrey is instantly taken with her, and once he finds out she is in danger, offers to marry her. Will society, Aubrey's mother, and his friends and family accept his choice of wife, or will they be shunned from society and family forever? Great message about not judging people based on their background and job titles, but rather the qualities they possess. Nice, light read.
Anonymous 4 months ago
1903 - Newport, Rhode Island Aubrey Nelson, 32, is observing the beauty of the housekeeper, Maeve Brown, who is cleaning his home called Paradis Trouve on Bellvue Avenue. His family had purchased the home from the Astor family. Having just arrived to see the house opened for the season, he is shocked to see how filthy it is. His parents had wanted him to see that all was ready for the upcoming visit of the Duke and Duchess of Westwood. Apparently, the staff had been angry at Mrs. Nelson, Aubrey’s mother, when they left last season and instead of closing the house up tight, they left windows open. Birds and rodents had come in and fouled up the rooms. Now, Maeve is doing all she can to scrub each and every room. At first, Aubrey introduces himself as the new butler, but when the real butler shows up, Aubrey is caught in his lie and confesses who he really is. Aubrey pitches in to help, but Maeve does not feel that the owner should do that. He sees the huge mess that has been made so he hires a bunch of people from the village to help clean it. Aubrey is taken with Maeve’s beauty and her cultured and graceful ways. Although she tries to tell him that he is gentry and she is not, he doesn’t care. He soon learns that she fled Ireland after killing her cruel husband in self-defense. That’s when Aubrey offers to marry her. She agrees and they marry quickly. But when Aubrey’s family arrives to visit, they are welcoming to Maeve - expect for his mother. Her hatred is deep and Maeve is worried how far the woman will go to get rid of her. This is a story of two people who fall deeply in love. Their affection for one another is well-written into the story and is totally swoon-worthy. I know readers will enjoy the book. The Gilded Age is a favorite time period of mine. Marie Force is a terrific author and I look forward to reading even more of her books. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Sara_Jo 4 months ago
A disappointing tale set in early 1900s America. It was a jumbled mess of bad plot lines and way too many poorly written sex scenes. More like a D rated soap opera in fact. I was provided with an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Beautiful story, with wonderful characters who are so loving. once again Marie has woven a captivating story. I'm hoping this is not the end to the series and that we will see how Justin adapts to his new title.
paytonpuppy 4 months ago
Although I normally read contemporary novels, the second book in this series is just as delightful as the first (of course I read and love everything that Ms. Force writes). When Aubrey Nelson arrives at the family home to make sure it is ready for his family and the Duke and Duchess of Westbrook (from the first book) he is astonished to find the house in complete chaos. The previous staff, due to their dislike of his mother, left the house open for the winter conditions and animals to enjoy. Maeve Brown, the newly hired Irish housekeeper, is a shock to him as he is immediately attracted to her, her beauty and her hard-working manner. She is determined, with little help, to get the house ready. Aubrey pitches in to help while knowing that his family (mother) will be furious if he should pursue his feelings for Maeve…but he can’t help himself. When a dark secret from Maeve’s past puts her in danger, he suggests marriage to protect her as he realizes that he is falling in love with her. Great, strong characters and story with updates on the characters from the first book. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
AmyHi 4 months ago
Wealthy Aubry falls for the young housekeeper Maeve. The storyline is a bit of a stretch, but overall worked. I did think that the amount of times they professed their undying love for one another too was excessive. I received this ARC from NetGalley and Kensington books for my honest review.
bc2mc3 4 months ago
Another wonderful story by Marie Force. I always look forward to reading her books, and although today I read mostly contemporary romances, I started reading romance when historical romance was about all there was. It was so interesting to read this historical romance and the fact it actually took place in the early 20th century made it even more fun. I had read the previous book, but if you have not, don’t be afraid you won’t know what is going on. One of my favorite reasons for reading Ms. Force’s books is that she develops each and every story to standalone. This particular book was no exception. Maeve and Derek were a wonderful couple and I rooted for them the entire book. I loved reading the history of this time as expertly weaved into the story. I hope there will be another!
MKF 4 months ago
Ok- guilty pleasure! Set in early 1900s Newport, it's the story of a rich man- Aubrey- and a poor woman- Maeve who fall in love and....Aubrey is expecting to find his mansion in Newport ready to host a party but when he arrives, nothing has been done and there's only Maeve, an Irish immigrant, there working to set things right. He pretends to be the butler and the two of them work together. She's got a secret though- she's suspected of killing her husband back in Ireland. When he fesses up- and decides to marry her- well that's when the class issues come up. His mother is not happy, to say the least. You know, though, don't you, that there will be an HEA? Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Light, fun, and a good read.