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    Playful and provocative ...

    One Dangerous Desire, in my opinion could be described as the anti love story. Christy Carlyle has written characters that are arrogant and ambitious but are also confused and afraid. A contradiction? Yes. That is what makes a good author. Someone who is not afraid to push the envelope and create something that is uniquely theirs. One Dangerous Desire is about sacrifice and discovering what is really important. Playful, provocative and intriguing romance. Copyright of Night Owl Reviews
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    Second Chance Love

    *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review* As a huge fan of historical romance, I don’t know how I’ve let the works of author Christy Carlyle escape my radar. Her latest novel, One Dangerous Desire, is the third in her Accidental Heirs series (yet easily reads as a standalone!) and I know it will not be the last of hers I read — especially since I’ve already added the first two Accidental Heirs novels One Scandalous Kiss and One Tempting Proposal to me e-reader). Rex Leighton emigrated from America to England, reinventing himself and quickly earning a fortune in the process. On the brink of achieving his greatest professional goal, Rex determines an aristocratic bride will help him achieve acceptance by society. The fact that his potential financial investor, the Duke of Ashworth, has a marriage daughter only strengthens his resolve to marry — until he’s introduced to the lady’s closest friend, American heiress May Sedgwick. Rex knows May all too well — he knows the sound of her laugh, the feel of her kisses and the pain of denying their love. May Sedgwick originally moved to London in order to fulfill her late mother’s desire for her to marry a nobleman, a task she no longer pursues with excitement. May prefers her burying herself in her sketchbook and designs to prowling the drawing rooms of the aristocracy seeking a titled husband. Fate intervenes and forces May to consider marriage sooner rather than later. Unfortunately, no member of the English aristocracy stirs her passion as much as her fellow American, Rex Leighton, i.e. the man who broke her heart. An ill-advised wager soon pits May and Rex against each other, each stubbornly circling warily around their obvious attraction and connection. During the course of wager Rex and May both blossom as characters, becoming more confident and playful as they spend more time in one another’s company. Rex and May both must endure serious introspection before they can come to terms with their shared past –– and embrace the possibility of a joint future. Rex thought leaving May was in her best interest, her father’s wrath helping persuade him of his own unworthiness. Rex must decide of he is willing to let a chance at a life with May slip away again to “protect” her, wondering at what point does his own heart’s desire outweigh other concerns — and May’s desires as well. May must search for the ability to forgive Rex and find the strength to move forward. He had been the only person in May’s life that truly understood her passions and supported her, thus she was blindsided by his betrayal. May’s determination and intelligence make her a likable character, and the fact that Rex appreciates and is emboldened by these compelling traits make him even more appealing. Rex’s belief in May and support of her non-traditional pursuits overshadow his flawed tendency to “protect” May without her input. The dynamic of the relationship is very refreshing yet still appropriate to the time period. In One Dangerous Desire, author Christy Carlyle manages to take a couple whose happy ending seems hopeless and install the protagonists with so much faith and depth of affection that hope radiates off the page by the end. Readers are taken on a fun, touching and emotional journey.
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    Great read!!

    Mr. Rex Leighton has a head for business! He is making great strides in London, He would be doing better if he could marry into the ton. These men hold all the cards and the capital to invest in his newest venture. So he throws himself into the "Marriage Mart." Miss May Sedgwick has a head for art and decorating. She is an intelligent woman, but she also desires a match within the aristocracy. She is pursuing that end when she meets Mr. Leighton, again. They have a history that is neither "in the past" nor is it long over. This story was a very quick read for me. I could not put it down! Miss May was an intriguing character, strong, but not when it comes to some gentlemen. Her father for one. He is very possessive and thinks he knows what is best so she tries to accommodate him. Sometimes love gets in the way. Mr. Leighton was a hard man to understand at first, but the more you learn of his history, you totally understand him and his actions. The writing was wonderful and the scenes and secondary characters make this book really a lively read! I found myself hurrying to see what happened next! The moral of this story is, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it! 4.5 stars for me! I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review from the publisher.
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    An outstanding read!

    Rex Leighton is looking for an aristocratic bride. An American of humble beginnings, Rex moved to London six years ago, where he has become a wealthy and successful businessman, but the Ton still snubs him. Rex wants to build a huge hotel outfitted with modern conveniences, but he needs backing, and the Duke of Ashworth seems an ideal candidate to finance Rex’s project, besides the Duke has an unmarried daughter, Lady Emily. Rex learns that every Tuesday Lady Emily takes her tea at the Metropole, where he will “accidentally” meet her, but Rex is shocked when he sees Emily’s best friend: May Sedgwick, the girl he left in New York six years before. May, an American as well, has a huge dowry but her mother always wanted her to marry an English nobleman, so that’s what she intends to do, although she’d rather marry for love. But when she meets Rex again, she remembers all the love they shared at one time, but she is not over the anger and hurt at his betrayal. Anyone who expects a simplistic romance will be sorely disappointed! Christy Carlyle weaves a captivating story, peopled with intriguing and very complex characters. Ms. Carlyle establishes the story, introduces the characters in such an enticing way, that had nothing happened, I would not have cared a whit, because the author’s attention to detail and the precision of her descriptions of Victorian London alone would make ONE DANGEROUS DESIRE worth reading, but then again, a lot happens in that book! I love how the author subtly weaves the romance and business dealings in one flawless whole, and there are many twists and turns to the meticulously constructed plot. The dialogues are superb, the prose luminous and seamless, and the romance entirely believable. And ONE DANGEROUS DESIRE is so very romantic! All those small gestures, those little nothings that Rex and May exchange; the love and respect between these two is palpable. ONE DANGEROUS DESIRE is a compelling story, with a feeling of authenticity that permeates every paragraph, with main very relatable main characters, set in a time on the cusp of change, of women striving for more independence, with just the right amount of romance, business dealings and daily life. I am already looking forward to the Ms. Carlyle’s next book! I receive a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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    A Deeply Enchanting Love Story and 5 Stars!

    I give this a 5 stars. This was a lovely historical romance and quite well written, there is a lot of suspense and intrigue throughout. A deeply enchanting love story that is rich in passion and classic romance. It is high in its historical accuracy and is a lovely plot. Christy Carlyle has done a lovely job with this book and I intend to go back and read all of the books in this series!
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