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10 thoughts on “As You Desire

  1. says:

    WOW LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT That s all I have to say And here s my favorite passage excerpt available at CB s website, so this isn t a spoiler And Blake Harry shook his head in disgust Such affectations You are calling someone affected she asked, raising her brows You, who employ two secretaries, one for your Arab dealings and one for your English You, who are too high and mighty to write your own correspondence Harry grinned That s different At least I don t commit the sin of triteness Calling you a rose An English rose at that You must forgive him the hackneyed compliment Old Blake s not much for originality, I m afraid I thought him charming Harry made an unconvinced sound I did I suppose you could do better Well were I to make the effort to extol a woman s beauty, I could certainly do better than to drag out some tired old cliche about a rose You are the most monumentally egocentric man I know, Desdemona said, trying to keep the trace of admiration out of her voice You are unconvinced Harry asked, taking a sip of coffee and crossing his legs Allow me to demonstrate and please bear in mind that I improvise He spread jam over a piece of toast, studying her quizzically as he did so She felt like a specimen, standing there under his scrutiny She took the chair next to his and started buttering her own toast with supreme indifference She was not a specimen Let me see Nothing floral In fact, I think we ll dispense with the vegetative allusions all together Animal he asked rhetorically Perhaps a gazelle No, he dismissed the idea, chomping into his toast Too meek Too inconsequential This is difficult, Diz To blandish a woman about her physical appearance is so limiting Yes, she said dryly, burying a pinprick of hurt He couldn t think of anything to compliment her on All right, then, he finally said I d begin with the way you stand Stand He d caught her off guard She blinked Slender Upright Face lifted for the sun god s caress, he murmured slowly, musingly, as if to himself He cocked his head, his eyes traveling lingeringly over her body, and she recognized the potent attraction other women must feel when Harry looked at them this way As if she were the central point upon which all of his world turned As if he lo Why, look, he asked in a hushed voice, some thing surprised and painful and pleased in his tone, even Ra himself cannot resist you Only see how he lathes your cheeks and brow with his heated tongue he reached out, brushing his fingers over her tanned cheek marking you with his golden kiss His words were too graphic, too carnal, and she was too aware of his fingers skating along her cheekbone and over her jaw line He d never spoken to her this way before Her heartbeat quickened, thrumming in her throat and in her wrists She shivered He smiled His hand retreated How can a mere mortal man stand a chance if even the gods are so enad he whispered And how can one single image describe you You are a country, a country of unexplored sensation and whim, veiled in dawn, shining, shedding light See how the long fluid line of your throat flows to your breasts If he heard the intake of her breath, he ignored it Or how their blue shadowed curves ripen above the smooth plain of your belly She should stop him, he went too far, but his voice mesmerized her, like sweet, honeyed wine, warm and languorous Your mouth He paused, and her lips felt suddenly sensitized, tingling as his gaze fixed on them Your mouth is a sweet well sealed against me, keeping me thirsting for the clarity of your kiss Your flesh is like the desert sand, warmth and shifting strength beneath its golden color Your palms open, fingers flexed, are minarets, delicate and elegant And your body it is the Nile itself the camber of your back slipping so easily by the narrows of your waist and jettied hips to the lush delta below He stopped She heard the intake of his breath You are my country, Desdemona Yearning, harsh and poignant and she felt herself swaying toward him My Egypt My hot, harrowing desert and my cool, verdant Nile, infinitely lovely and unfathomable and sustaining She gasped.His gaze fell, shielded by his lashes An odd, half mocking smile played about his lips You ll never hear old Blake say something like that She swallowed, unable to speak, her senses abraded by his stimulating words, her pulse hammering in anticipation Trepidation Remember my words next time he calls you a bloody English rose


  2. says:

    ducking all the flying tomatoes I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy reading this book I found the story and romance frustrating The romance didn t work for me because Harry and Dizzy had so many misconceptions between them and I barely saw them interact in a romantic way Dizzy thinks Harry doesn t like her as than a friend for most of the book, while we don t see Harry s real feelings until past the 100 page mark then I was annoyed at him for not going after what he wanted I just did not enjoy the way the romance unfolded and the way his cousin was included to keep them apart I also did not like the way Harry s dyslexia took over so much of the plot, I understand it would have been a problem but it was just over emphasized as a plot point.I am glad so many people enjoyed this book but I was not one of them I still gave it three stars because while the writing style wasn t to my taste, it was still well written.


  3. says:

    Dios mio, que bueno que esta este libro ME ENCANT , ME ENCANT , ME ENCANT Apenas lo empece y Harry ya me ten a medio enamorada y ni hablar de Dizzy Me encanta cuando las protagonistas son estas rom nticas empedernidas raritas que comparan todo el tiempo al inter s amoroso con el t pico Calavera de los romances hist ricos PERO sin llegar a ser excesivamente inocentes ingenuas, o sea son ingenuas pero no TANTO y el quid de la cuesti n es que se den cuenta que la realidad supera a la ficci n y que el hombre al que aman no siempre va a ser como los h roes de los libros Adem s me gusto mucho la ambientaci n, la primera vez que leo un libro ambientado en Egipco al menos un de romance hist rico Mi nica queja es que me quede con ganas de m s y sent que quedaron un par de cabos sueltos en la historia PD Esta en el puesto 51 en la lista de ALL ABOUT ROMANCE, muy bien merecido el lugar en la lista porque es una historia para releer aunque deber a estar un poco m s arriba.


  4. says:

    Hero and heroine stupidity Nothing special or different I wanted it to be over.STORY BRIEF Desdemona Des was a child prodigy She spent her youth with strict tutors who taught her many languages, including Egyptian hieroglyphics Her parents died She now lives with her grandfather in Egypt She sneaks out of the house often, dressed in disguise as an Arab woman, going to bazaars and antique dealers Her grandfather is an expert in Egyptian antiques and doesn t have much money Des provides translation services to help with household expenses.Harry grew up in England but moved to Egypt eight years ago He has dyslexia and cannot read He was beaten and abused by teachers and kids because of it He is smart and talented in other ways which has made him wealthy from finding and dealing in antiques.Des and Harry love each other but Harry has never admitted this or allowed anything to happen.Harry s cousin Blake arrives and is attracted to Des Marta, an English widow, desires Harry.REVIEWER S OPINION This is a formulaic romance story If the setting and characters above appeal to you, you might like it I wanted something .My problems Three times the heroine goes out alone, not thinking, puts herself in danger, and gets kidnaped or harmed Each time Harry just happens to be the one to rescue her The worst incident was after she received a message from someone who had ulterior motives She knew of these motives, yet she stupidly goes out alone to do the thing and gets harmed.Even Harry was stupid Four men are chasing him Instead of letting Blake help him, Harry sends Blake away and faces the bad guys alone, with bad results If I was supposed to admire Harry for keeping Blake safe, I did not.After they get together, Des starts a fight and leaves him I can accept the split It s the formula But her reasons were odd I felt no connection to her thinking.Hero thinks he s not good enough for her so he rejects her advances I can accept that as a motivator, but it s been done soooo much before And then this adds to her inaccurate assumption problem She thinks he doesn t love her This conflict just did not interest me.We never get to see them develop feelings for each other That s usually the best part of a romance This book starts with that assumption I m not saying it s required, but it would have been nice.DATA Story length 390 pages Swearing language moderate, including religious swear words Sexual language mild Number of sex scenes 2 Total number of sex scene pages 12 Setting 1890 Egypt Copyright 1997 Genre historical romance.


  5. says:

    Egyptian setting and archeology and wonderful heroine I did not like the hero The story was him rescuing her all the time because she kept putting herself in harms way He pushed her away because he loved her sooooo much Yet it was okay that he had lovers during that three years that he said he loved her Heroes who love heroines don t sleep with other women At least we didn t have to see him doing it.He just thought about how he was always grateful and made sure the women loved it And ex mistress in book that wanted him but he didn t want her I thought the love story for her and the American Cal was far better than the one with Harry and Diz I didn t see the humor either that other people said it had Just not my cup of tea I guess I like faithful heroes And yes he did love her I guess but he just bugged me The story was okay and he got the heroine in the end So yay I guess I was definitely underwhelmed Unpopular opinion alert Don t hate me.


  6. says:

    Thanks again, Jilly, for introducing me to another very talented author and fantastic read view spoiler I have loved you through each long season, through the span of each day, each meter of the night, that I have wasted, alone.In darkness I have lain awake filling the hours with the sound of your voice, the image of your body, until desire lives within me.Mere memory of you awakes my flesh, brings singing to limbs that are numb without you.I am impoverished without you.Thus into the darkness I call Where have you gone, hour of my heart Why have you gone from him who could teach the sun of burning Who is constant than is dawn to day I hear no beloved voice answer and I, too well, know how much I am alone hide spoiler


  7. says:

    It s really not the book, just me I m torn about this book I ve enjoyed other books by Connie Brockway, but this one just didn t work for me At all From the very beginning I didn t hate it, but I just rolled my eyes so much at it that I didn t enjoy it I ve been told you have to be in the mood for this, and I definitely wasn t To me, it was too over the top, too farcical, too Everything I didn t find any of it funny for some reason Not the stupidity of the heroine seriously, she get s kidnapped twice, drugged twice, and wonders why this would happen to a blond Englishwoman in Egypt , not the squabbles over antiques, not the vindictive ex lover trope, the been in love for years, but refused to tell because the other one deserves better trope Not any of it Sorry, I guess this just wasn t my cup of tea.


  8. says:

    I just saw someone mention a frenemies to lovers plot, which is an apt description for this historical romance As it opens, Desdemona Dizzy has been captured by Egyptian slave traders and is half fearfully, half eagerly waiting to see what s going to happen She has a vivid and romantic imagination Also, she s bored and somewhat tipsy But the mysterious, exotic figure she envisions owning her turns out to be someone she knows very well She stared at him, disbelief turning to amazement, turning to fury Harry Braxton, if you bought me, I ll kill you Dizzy and Harry have had a somewhat contentious relationship, ever since she attempted to seduce him when she was 17 and he laughed As two English people living in Egypt, they often travel in the same circles and sometimes work together, but Dizzy distrusts Harry, even while she can t stop thinking about his beautiful mouth Obsessed with ideas of romance and of a respectable life in England, she doesn t notice how much he does for her or how much her distrust hurts him although he s been carefully instilling it.What a charming, refreshing book I ve developed a reading allergy to historicals featuring archeology themes, but this one is written in an appealing laconic, laid back style that makes Egypt in the Victorian era seem utterly delightful, albeit dangerous Brockway is always a little offbeat, as in this scene in which Dizzy is once again inadvertently under the influence, this time of Hashish Do you have any Turkish delight around here Duraid heard her muffled voice ask No, the Copt said Anything crunchy Crunchy I do not think so Rats Yes, our historical romance heroine has the Munchies.But even then the humor, I was thrilled by the beautiful, sensual love scenes Harry is a man who s had to sharpen his brains and tongue to survive and he really knows how to use both to make a woman feel loved This wasn t without flaws, but it left with me with the happiest of happy sighs.


  9. says:

    What a wonderful read Harry was just the bomb in this book I wanted to hug him at least 50 times during the reading of the book and then go out and hurt anybody that even looked at him wrong There wasn t any magic, a changeling, a vampire or werewolf in sight in the book It wasn t even that long, but it was well wrote simple historical romance The writing imagery was really beautiful and the poetry that Harry spoke to Dizzy had me fanning myself Sweet words for sure If I had a drawback, I wish the ending could have been drawn out just a bit I wasn t ready to leave Harry and Desdemona s world just yet I can see why this little jewel of a books made AAR s top 100 I could just kick myself for waiting so long to read it.


  10. says:

    A quirky historical romance in many ways, I really enjoyed As You Desire.This story follows our protags through the sands and markets of Egypt as they come to an understanding about each other I loved that the setting of AYD stayed in Egypt Historical Romance is my first love, but, having read the genre through several decades now, I ve grown weary of the English Scottish settings Reading this one was breath of fresh air and it is my desire to see other authors branch out like that.Desdemona has known Harry Braxton for years now, ever since she arrived in Egypt to live with her grandfather after her parents died in England She s had a different sort of childhood Her scholarly parents found out early that Dizzy, as Harry calls her, is a prodigy of sorts she s able to read and translate languages in a manner way beyond her age Much of her childhood was spent in libraries and on stages where her parents lectured and displayed her talent to the world.Her grandfather is quite content to live out the rest of his life in Egypt, but Dizzy has it in her head that he would be better back home in England as she knows she certainly would You see, she only wants to be a normal girl back in England, raising a family in a cottage with a summer garden For this reason her grandfather is willing to make it happen, but first they have to raise the money to get them back on their feet after he had lost much of their wealth through poor management.Harry fell for Desdemona from the first time he laid eyes on her but his desperate secret keeps him emotionally distant, though he can t help but come to the rescue whenever she falls into trouble which she seems to have a penchant for doing, and OFTEN At the opening of this book, Dizzy has been kidnapped from a market outing on her own and is awaiting a unknown future likely sold into slavery, possible worse.But she s been there for several days and she s bored Enter her savior But its not the dark desert prince she imagines in her fanciful fantasies it s only Harry Harry, who she once thought she d loved but who one night rebuffed her passionate advances, making her angry than hurt Okay she was hurt too, but one has to keep up appearances when rejected so soundly Still, a rescue is a rescue and with little ado, she follows him out The whole ordeal has made her a bit miffed too because she s realized her captors paid Harry to take her off their hands a girl s pride is bound to be hurt by that and some how she knows the circumstances are not all they seem Especially if Harry is involved.From there on we find this scenario playing out in different ways Dizzy, doesn t follow English proper ways on how a Lady should conduct herself, needless to say, and it gets her into numerous scrapes But Harry will always find her and save her She knows this though she never voices it And He never fails to do so.I loved that about him And though he shows an affable laughing face to the world, there is much to him then what he portrays.But all that s about to change his cousin, the outwardly noble Blake Ravenscroft has come to Egypt now in desperate need of Harry s help, much to his chagrin.Of course, Harry finds he can know longer hold back his true nature because Dizzy is sure Blake is the man of her dreams.Desdemona is a great heroine Cheeky and not average in anyway, she does as she pleases though professing to long for a life as an average English Lady Harry is handsome and much worthy than his cousin, though his cousin is the one with the title Yep, Harry has a secret, one that his family has used to put him down numerous times, but he s far nobler than they assume and his secret just melts my heart I love that Harry s made something of himself despite his flaws too He really is a great hero though not your average one in anyway either I highly recommend this read if you haven t read it already If you are in the mood for a quick historical romance read a cut above the rest, this one is for you


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As You Desire summary pdf As You Desire, summary chapter 2 As You Desire, sparknotes As You Desire, As You Desire 7d6498e Kidnapped, Drugged, And About To Be Sold To The Highest Bidder, Desdemona Carlisle Is Having A Hell Of A Time Maintaining Her English Pride Then She Sees The Man In Black, Galloping Through The Egyptian Desert On A Pure White Steed Desdemona Could Not Have Conjured A Dashing Savior In Her Wildest Fantasies But An Unlikelier Hero Would Be Impossible To Find Harry Braxton Is A Rogue, A Scoundrel, And A Born Opportunist Who Has Already Broken Desdemona S Heart Once BeforeAs Brilliant As She Is Beautiful, Desdemona Still Hasn T Learned How To Stay Out Of Trouble Which Suits Harry Just Fine Running From A Painful Past, And Rud To Be Involved In Nefarious Endeavors, Harry Will Never Be A Proper Match For Desdemona But When She Catches The Eye Of His Cousin, The Irritatingly Honorable Lord Blake Ravenscroft, Harry Vows To Claim His One True Desire, Once And For All

  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • As You Desire
  • Connie Brockway
  • English
  • 17 November 2019
  • 9780440221999

About the Author: Connie Brockway

New York Times and USAToday best selling author Connie Brockway has twice won the Romance Writers of America s Rita award for best historical romance as well as being an eight time finalist After receiving a double major in art history and English from Macalester College, Connie entered grad school with an eye to acquiring her MFA in creative writing Soon enough she jettisoned the idea of writin