Lady of Desire

Lady of Desire

by Darcy Burke


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In the quest for fortune, love may be the greatest prize…

Miss Margery Derrington and her dear aunts are in dire straits. Their discovery of a rare manuscript will hopefully stave off their creditors—if it’s worth what they hope. Margery reluctantly allies with a reclusive scholar to use the book to pursue a treasure that could solve their woes. Only, the irresistible desire she feels toward her partner is neither expected nor wanted.

Rhys Bowen can’t believe he has his hands on the elusive de Valery text. Solving its hidden code and unearthing its legendary treasure would establish him as one of Britain’s leading antiquaries, finally casting him out of his brilliant late father’s shadow. But when a centuries-old organization convinces Rhys of the perils of disturbing the past, he must choose between his conscience…and the captivating woman he’s sworn to help.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939713551
Publisher: Darcy E. Burke Publishing
Publication date: 10/31/2018
Series: Legendary Rogues , #1
Pages: 356
Sales rank: 635,832
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Darcy Burke is a USA Today bestselling romance author. Fall in love with a host of dukes, marquesses, and earls in her Regency-set The Untouchables series and journey to Oregon wine country and meet the Archer family in her contemporary Ribbon Ridge series. Darcy lives in Oregon with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids who seem to have inherited the writing gene, and four crazy, beloved cats.

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Lady of Desire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Marianna-ALustForReading More than 1 year ago
Margery Derrington is desperate to find a way to save herself and her aunts from financial ruin. When they stumble upon an ancient book in their attic, she hopes she has found the solution. Margery heads to visit Mr. Bowen, an expert in these things, to find out the value. Rhys Bowen loves books and antiquities and prides himself on his expertise, like his father before him. When Margery walks in with the long sought after de Valery text, he finds it hard to contain his excitement. Excitement over both the book and the girl. This book holds some value for sure, but not as much value as the supposed treasure it could potentially lead him to. Little does he know how much danger searching for it will get them both into. God I love a good historical romance and Darcy Burke writes some of the best ones out there! When one of her books is released, you can be certain I clear my schedule and make time to read it. Her Secrets & Scandals series is one of my all time favorite historical romance series and I could not wait for The de Valery Code. The minute I started reading this I was completely enthralled by the characters as well as the adventurous storyline. Margery is strong willed and independent with no desire to ever marry. Her and her aunts need that treasure so she is not forced into marriage. I loved her spirit for adventure. However she does not trust easily, especially not her tall, dark and handsome academic companion. I absolutely, 1000% fell in love with Rhys and he very well may be my favorite of Darcy Burke's heroes. First of all, his name is just sexy. I can just imagine whispering it over and over again. "Rhys...." *Ahem* Anyway... From the moment he was introduced, I needed more of him. Known to be somewhat emotionless, I thoroughly enjoyed watching Margery bring out his passionate side. From the teasing and bickering and finally to the bedroom, these two were ignitable. This was such a well rounded book that gave me a little bit of everything. There was adventure and mystery laced with a healthy dose of heat in this novel, and to say that I loved it is an understatement.
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The story came across as very stilted and I didn't find Margery very likeable but the story had some interesting elements and some obvious plots
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
Lady of Desire is a fabulous historical romance by Darcy Burke. Ms. Burke has delivered a well-written book furnished with amazing, lovable characters. Margery lives with her two aunts and they decide to sell an old book when their money runs low. Rhys is excited when Margery brings the book to him. Their story is packed with drama, humor, sizzle, action and suspense. I enjoyed reading Lady of Desire and look forward to reading my next book by Darcy Burke. Lady of Desire is book 1 of the Legendary Rogues Series but can easily be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story line was good, but the heroine was difficult to like. Greedy, distrustful and manipulative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great adventure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun read! I thoroughly enjoyed following the head strong Margery and academic Rhys Bowen as they set out to find the truth behind the ancient manuscripts Margery and her aunts unearthed in their attic. It was a story constantly in motion, with a lovely cast of characters to support the plot. Well written, engaging, and a perfect Friday evening read!
allromancereader More than 1 year ago
As my first entree into this genre (and take everything I say with the understanding that I have ZERO frame of reference), I enjoyed reading this novel.  The author captured my interest quickly with the introduction of a mysterious book, a young woman in dire straits, and then, a young handsome man who finds himself in the enviable position of becoming her hero.  As I was reading through the first chapters of this book, I found myself drawing parallels to how this story would be told in a Contemporary Romance framework, my "comfort zone", That transition helped me to become engrossed with the story and follow along with it in its own context.    As I previously mentioned, I have no frame of reference to compare the story line in this book with others of similar genre, but the writing style was compelling and drew me in. The dialog was tight, and the "mental dialog" was pertinent without being overbearing. Once I adapted to the language patterns and word usage of the time, I found the story flowing smoothly and I was captivated with the suspenseful aspects of the story, as well as the romance.  I knew not what to expect with regards to intimacy between the characters, but similar to the author's Contemporary Romance books, she did not disappoint.   I enjoyed the character development of Margery and Rhys (or should I call them Miss Derrington and Mr. Bowen).  I felt the struggles that each of them experienced as they were trying to determine whether it was worth the risk to explore their feelings.  Each had experienced loss in their life and felt love wasn't worth the risk of further hurt. Ultimately, the realization that experiencing love was worth the risk won out over fear of loss. Disclosure: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
mscountrylace More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole adventure, it was like Indiana Jones and I was going crazy wanting to know what the treasure was. Every time I thought they would find it something would happen. I loved Rhys's from the start since he was a strong good looking man that wasn't chasing every woman and he was very knowledgeable. I always fall for these types of heroes. I could not get myself to like Margery very much. There were times I liked her and times I didn't because she still only wanted the treasure and would do anything to get it at times. I did love that they would fight like cats and dogs one minute, then the next minute they couldn't keep their hands off each other. I wanted to know more about her aunts, his cousin and friends. I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 1 in the Regency Treasure Hunter series. Miss Margery Derrington and her aunt are in dire need of money. When Margery finds an old manuscript in the attic, they think that it will be the answer to their prayers. She is off to see the Rhys Bowen, a known scholar, to see if he is willing to purchase it. Rhys can't believe that the de Valery manuscript is finally in his hands, but it doesn't do any good without the companion book which his cousin has. Seeing that the manuscript has more value to it than she originally thought, Margery is not quite ready to sell it yet. She conveniences Rhys to take her to the other book to determine what they can find out about a supposed treasure. When they arrive to check out the second book, they soon learn that it has been stolen. With the help of an unlikely source, they learn where a copy of it is.  Unfortunately, they soon learn that they are not the only people hunting down the treasure and find themselves in some dangerous situations. What will the couple do? Margery needs the book so that she and her aunts can survive, but Rhys wants to solidify his position as a leading antiquarian. Can they both get what they want and want they didn't know they wished for? I really enjoyed this tale. Who doesn't love a story that is related to King Arthur and the knights of the round table? Add to that the mystery of what the clues were and how to figure them out...a wonderful combination! The chemistry between Margery and Rhys practically jumped off the page. Burke is definitely an author I want to read more of!! Thanks go out to Intrepid Reads via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A lovey romance, full of secrets and mystery, The de Valery Code was a wonderful read. From the romance, to the treasure hunt, this book was great and I really liked it. Margery was a strong-willed heroine who was clever enough to keep up with the best of them. She was okay for the most part, but I had a couple of issues with her. 1) I know she needed money and that was why she went on the treasure hunt, but after so many times of her insisting that the money was the most important part of the quest and spending more time than I would have liked worrying about having to split the treasure each time another person helped them on their mission, she started to come off as mercenary. And 2) I appreciated her desire for independence, but in her determination for it, she often became impetuous and willfully blind, just to prove a point. These issues kept me from really liking her, but I was okay with her overall. Rhys, though, was wonderful. He was sweet, intelligent, and very determined once he set his mind to something. He was a dear and I really liked him. The romance was good. A bit frustrating, with Margery's reluctance to admit her feeling, but it was still obvious that they were meant for each other. Both were clever and unlikely to be bothered with frivolities. And, they definitely had chemistry between them. I thought they were a lovely couple. The plot was fast paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. The treasure hunt was wonderfully done and kept me hooked. The betrayals and secrets revealed along the way kept things from being predictable. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was great. The de Valery Code was a wonderful historical romance that I really liked. With a thrilling treasure hunt and delightfully sweet romance, this book was lovely. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review