Friday, September 19, 2014

What a Lady Most Desires Book Tour: Review + Giveaway!

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Welcome to my post for the What a Lady Most Desires book tour! I have a review coming up, as well as a giveaway for a copy of The Secret Life of Lady Julia. But, before we get to all that, allow me to introduce the book:

What a Lady Most Desires (Temberlay, #3)
Release date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Temberlay #3

True desire always finds a way...

On the night before the final battle against Napoleon, Lady Delphine St. James finds herself dancing with the one man she has always wanted, Major Lord Stephen Ives. He makes it clear he has no time for a lady he sees as flirtatious and silly, but as the call to arms sounds, she bids him farewell with a kiss that stirs them both. When he returns gravely injured, she is intent on caring for him, even if his surly behavior tests her patience.

After the battle, Stephen is not only wounded and blind, but falsely accused of cowardice and theft. The only light in his dark world is Delphine, the one woman he never imagined he could desire. But she deserves more than he can give her.

As their feelings deepen and hidden enemies conspire to force them to part forever, can their love survive the cruelest test of all?

My Rating: 4 Roses

Deeply emotional and delightfully romantic, What a Lady Most Desires was a wonderful historical romance. I really liked this lovely book. It was a sweet and enjoyable read.

Delphine was a great heroine. Though she was courted for her wealth and family connections, she wanted to marry a man who wanted her for herself. And, when she found one who did, she was determined to get him. I really liked her character. She was stronger and cleverer than most gave her credit for. I thought she was a lovely heroine.

Stephen was also wonderful. He went through a lot of emotional turmoil throughout this book as he dealt with his injuries, all of which were perfectly portrayed. To add insult to injury, he was falsely accused of cowardice and theft and few people believed his innocence, and even some of them had doubts. But, he was an imminently honorable man and a very sweet one at that. A little frustratingly stubborn, but otherwise utterly adorable.

The romance was good. Delphine and Stephen were so great together. They both understood each other implicitly and their feelings for each other were always clear. It was frustrating, though, that they had a hard time admitting them, first to themselves, then to each other. A few times, I just wanted to shove them together and force them to get past their issues. But, I still thought they were sweet together, and the chemistry between them was steamy and sensuous. Overall, I thought they were a lovely couple.

The plot was fast paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. I was on the edge of my seat with the constant worry of Stephen's court marshal hanging over everything. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was perfect.

What a Lady Most Desires was a fantastic historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this lovely book. Romance lovers, this is a book you'll want to check out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Up for grabs is a copy of The Secret Life of Lady Julia, a previous book in the series.
Good luck!

About the Author:

Lecia Cornwall is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America’s Seattle and Calgary Chapters. Her background includes all facets of writing, including running a successful freelance writing business specializing in direct marketing and advertising. Both history and writing have been lifelong passions. Lecia currently lives and writes in Calgary, Alberta, the heart of the Canadian West.


  1. Thank you for hosting today!

  2. I liked this review! :-) So good for you, Lecia! And I agree about your writing. Your other stories were excellent and I've no reason to think this one will be any different. Can't wait to read your newest story!