by Jessica Trapp

May 2006
ISBN: 0-8217-7862-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Lady Ariana of Rosebriar has a secret. During the day she is a mild mannered lady, attending the duties of her castle and her land. By night she is The Spy, gathering secrets on England’s finest Lords and Ladies. Forced into a life of intrigue by her cousin, Ariana has no choice but to lead this double life. In her heart she longs to be left alone, to care for her deaf son and the lands of Rosebriar. But The Spy of the Night is the bane of the King’s court, and he sends the legendary Hunter to capture The Spy. Arianna has no choice but to accept her fate.

Gabriel of Whitestone was born the son of a whore. To feed his siblings, Gabriel worked his way up to become the King’s mythical assassin. To save his brother from death, he must deliver The Spy to the King. The one thing Gabriel detests is courtly Lady’s. Knowing that Arianna is the person he seeks is easy, proving it is more difficult.

What neither of them imagines is that they would fall in love. Gabriel invokes in Ariana a passion she thought did not exist. While for Gabriel, Ariana is the goodness and light he has been seeking for years. Can she escape the life of a spy, certain death from the King, and win her master of desire’s heart?

Master of Desire is a knock out historical romance novel! This reviewer was swept away in the heart warming love story between Gabriel and Ariana. Through secrets, revelations and peril, romance blossoms against all odds. Gabriel is truly a ‘Master of Desire’. The story of his life is extremely touching to read. Although he is a ruffian, he treats Ariana with much more care and tenderness than her pervious courtly husbands. Not to mention the fact that he awakens in her a potent desire that sizzles off the page.

If you are looking for a romance story that is enthralling, with intriguing characters and smoldering sexual tension, then look no further than Jessica Trapp’s Master of Desire.

Reviewed in August 2006 by Donna.

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