by Gaelen Foley

January 2003
ISBN: 0-80471-1974-0
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Gaelen Foley takes us back to the world of the Knight siblings. In Lady of Desire, we get the story of Lady Jacinda Knight and the notorious Billy Blade, leader of the London underworld, an unlikely pairing at first glance.

Jacinda has decided that she was going to run away. She wants to be free. Her brother, Lord Robert Knight, Duke of Hawkscliffe (The Duke), has contracted a marriage for her with his friend Lord Ian Griffith. The fact that she thinks of Lord Griffith as another brother, doesnít hold much water with Robert. While trapped in an alley during a gang fight, she comes face to face with the notorious Billy and is fascinated. She recognizes him as the informant who came to her brother Lucienís (Twin of Ice) home one night.

Billy Blade has a secret, he is actually, Lord William Spencer Albright. He ran away from home at 13 after a severe beating from his father. He knew that if he stayed, the next time he would not survive. Billy is captived and fascinated by the beautiful, passionate young woman he rescued in the alley. Itís not until later that he recognizes her as the sister of Lord Lucien Knight. To keep her safe and not incur the wrath her of her powerful brothers, he takes her home against her wishes. When he is betrayed and captured by the Bow Street Runners, he makes a bargain with the devil to save his life and the life of his mates, opening the way for him to get closer to Jacinda... the devil being his father, the Earl of Truro.

Jacinda is a spoiled brat, yet she has a good heart. She goes out of her way to help Billy get acclimated to the Ton and in the process, slowly falls in love with him. Billy is willing to do whatever it takes to win Jacinda's heart - although, I thought he took the gentlemanly act a little too far. What follows is the journey that both Jacinda and Billy take to get what they both really want, love.

Lady of Desire is a story about the healing power of love and forgiveness. Billy and Jacinda both grow into mature, passionate people who each get what they want. Someone who sees them as they really are, tattoos and all, and loves them anyway. This latest installment in the Knight Miscellany is another keeper. I greatly enjoyed my visit with the Knights and their families. I canít wait for the next installment in this wonderful, engaging series.

Reviewed in January 2003 by Carolyn.

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