Book Review: Trial By Desire by: Courtney Milan

Trial by Desire (Hqn)
Publisher: HQN Books
Publish Date: 28 September 2010
Origins: Netgalley
Format: Ebook
Series: The Carhart Series: This Wicked Gift (1), Proof By Seduction (2), Trial By Desire (3)

She cannot forget the fire he ignited...

In the three years since her husband left her, Lady Kathleen Carhart has managed to forge a fulfilling life for herself. But when Ned Carhart unexpectedly returns, she finds her tranquility uprooted--and her deepest secrets threatened. Though she has no intention of falling for Ned's charms, Kate can no longer deny the desire that still burns in her heart.

Or the promise of his love...

Ned is determined to regain his wife's trust by using unbridled seduction. But just as Kate surrenders to Ned's passion, her carefully guarded past threatens to destroy her. Now Kate must place her faith in the only man she's ever loved, and the only one who has ever betrayed her..

The more and more I read of Courtney Milan the more and more I fall in love with her work. I LOVED 'Proof by Seduction' so I was so excited to have the opportunity to read Ned's story. The end of Seduction pretty much set up the events that start out in 'Trial By Desire'. Anyway..on to the good stuff, shall we?

I love...can you guess...the characters! I love the vividness in which Courtney Milan paints Ned and Kate. They are strong, vivid people in my mind not just characters I read in a book. I love the way she makes them come together slow and I especially love the sensuality and eroticism of this story.The scene (that was extensively talked about on twitter that made me run and start reading) was the scene where Ned...took matters into his own hands and then Kate walks in and then they proceed to have a small conversation...*sigh* it was HOT! and beautifully written!

I like the plot as well...the bad guy in this story is a pretty bad guy and I love how his wife gets her end...just perfect! I also truly enjoyed the interesting themes...while reading I was making notes and trying to decide what was wrong with Ned ...and then I was thinking about it how it would seem to have what I think he has back then...probably difficult and scary (just as Ned describes). I will ask the author on that one. I love the other interesting nuances and historical inputs...who would stand up to a man who was doing that to his wife back then? not many....very interesting indeed.

I love everything about this story...the one complaint I had was it starts out slow...about halfway though it gets hot and edgy and I was unable to put it down. You won't either. Authors like Courtney Milan are the reasons I stick around for historical romance! She makes smart stories and smart characters that grab the reader and keep the sucked in! You have to read this book!

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