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Regency London's elegant ballrooms mask a daring world of erotic adventure. In this second novel in Gaelen Foley's Spicy Trilogy, a mysterious beauty with a devastating secret discovers, in the arms of a bold and fearless cavalry officer, passion that breaks all boundaries. Some say the aristocratic Balfour clan is cursed, a once-great family now in slow decline. Graceful L Regency London's elegant ballrooms mask a daring world of erotic adventure. In this second novel in Gaelen Foley's Spicy Trilogy, a mysterious beauty with a devastating secret discovers, in the arms of a bold and fearless cavalry officer, passion that breaks all boundaries. Some say the aristocratic Balfour clan is cursed, a once-great family now in slow decline. Graceful Lily Balfour is her family's last hope, and she has come to London with one goal-to marry a rich man. Her well-laid plans are balked, however, by the irresistible Major Derek Knight, a handsome highborn soldier and adventurer newly returned from India. Hardened by battles on India's lawless frontiers, Derek is not just a fighter but a skilled and insatiable lover-a master of the Eastern arts of pleasure. Though Derek finds no shortage of willing women in London, it is the untouchable, aloof Lily who haunts him. After one stolen moment, he hungers for nights of sensual abandon to fulfill her fantasies and free her from her self-imposed prison. But he has come to England on a vital mission, and when Lily is pledged to a wealthy man suspected of corruption, Derek must thwart the treachery that ensnares them both-for only then will ecstasy and the sweet promise of her heart be his to claim.


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Regency London's elegant ballrooms mask a daring world of erotic adventure. In this second novel in Gaelen Foley's Spicy Trilogy, a mysterious beauty with a devastating secret discovers, in the arms of a bold and fearless cavalry officer, passion that breaks all boundaries. Some say the aristocratic Balfour clan is cursed, a once-great family now in slow decline. Graceful L Regency London's elegant ballrooms mask a daring world of erotic adventure. In this second novel in Gaelen Foley's Spicy Trilogy, a mysterious beauty with a devastating secret discovers, in the arms of a bold and fearless cavalry officer, passion that breaks all boundaries. Some say the aristocratic Balfour clan is cursed, a once-great family now in slow decline. Graceful Lily Balfour is her family's last hope, and she has come to London with one goal-to marry a rich man. Her well-laid plans are balked, however, by the irresistible Major Derek Knight, a handsome highborn soldier and adventurer newly returned from India. Hardened by battles on India's lawless frontiers, Derek is not just a fighter but a skilled and insatiable lover-a master of the Eastern arts of pleasure. Though Derek finds no shortage of willing women in London, it is the untouchable, aloof Lily who haunts him. After one stolen moment, he hungers for nights of sensual abandon to fulfill her fantasies and free her from her self-imposed prison. But he has come to England on a vital mission, and when Lily is pledged to a wealthy man suspected of corruption, Derek must thwart the treachery that ensnares them both-for only then will ecstasy and the sweet promise of her heart be his to claim.

30 review for Her Secret Fantasy (Spice Trilogy #2)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katherine 黄爱芬

    Lily Balfour tahu betul dia hrs menghindari Derek Knight, bujangan yg paling diidamkan di London. Lily hrs menikahi pewaris yg kaya raya spt Edward Lundy, bukan prajurit dgn bayaran separo gaji spt Mayor Derek. Walaupun benih-benih ketertarikan mereka makin kuat, mereka satu sama lain berusaha mengenyahkan dan mengesampingkan cinta mereka. Hingga terungkaplah (view spoiler)[calon suami Lily terlibat dalam penggelapan uang yg besar dan ternyata Edward tidak sekaya seperti yg dia tampilkan (hide s Lily Balfour tahu betul dia hrs menghindari Derek Knight, bujangan yg paling diidamkan di London. Lily hrs menikahi pewaris yg kaya raya spt Edward Lundy, bukan prajurit dgn bayaran separo gaji spt Mayor Derek. Walaupun benih-benih ketertarikan mereka makin kuat, mereka satu sama lain berusaha mengenyahkan dan mengesampingkan cinta mereka. Hingga terungkaplah (view spoiler)[calon suami Lily terlibat dalam penggelapan uang yg besar dan ternyata Edward tidak sekaya seperti yg dia tampilkan (hide spoiler)] . Penampilan bisa mengecoh. Penampilan bukan segalanya. Lily yg terlihat kaku dan dingin ternyata adalah wanita yg rela berkorban demi orang yg dicintainya. Dibalik kesempurnaan yg ditampilkan Lily, dia memendam rasa tidak percaya diri akibat perlakuan ibunya. Jadi saya sangat senang ketika Derek datang dan menyelamatkan langkah hidup Lily dari ambang kehancuran. Sayangnya novel ini kurang greget dibandingkan novel pendahulunya, Her Only Desire . Terlalu banyak narasi galau dan awal-awal relationship Derek dan Lily kurang menarik, apalagi menggugah selera saya. Cuma bagusnya karakter Lily dan Derek konsisten sejak awal. Kenaifan Lily ttg kaum pria, bercampur dgn keberanian Lily utk menyelamatkan hidup Derek adalah pesona utama novel ini. Pesan moral, cinta itu bukan hanya ttg materi, tetapi hal-hal non-materi spt perhatian, tindakan, dan kasih sayang jauh lebih ampuh utk mengungkapkan cinta. 3.5 stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nani

    Es más bien 3,5 pero en este caso le voy a dar 3 en vez de 4. Me ha parecido soporífero en la mitad del libro. Es que no he conseguido empatizar del todo con ninguno de ellos. Mira que se han tirado rato dándole vueltas sus pensamientos (demasiadas vueltas a sus supuestos impedimentos para estar juntos). A mi Derek medio me ha desilusionado, es que ha hecho unos comentarios tan absurdos. Pensaba que iba a ser un tío vivaracho, divertido, con su profundidad claro está, pero al final me he encontrad Es más bien 3,5 pero en este caso le voy a dar 3 en vez de 4. Me ha parecido soporífero en la mitad del libro. Es que no he conseguido empatizar del todo con ninguno de ellos. Mira que se han tirado rato dándole vueltas sus pensamientos (demasiadas vueltas a sus supuestos impedimentos para estar juntos). A mi Derek medio me ha desilusionado, es que ha hecho unos comentarios tan absurdos. Pensaba que iba a ser un tío vivaracho, divertido, con su profundidad claro está, pero al final me he encontrado a un tipo que ni él sabía dónde se encontraba (eso sí, tenía claro dónde estaba su parte de anatomía fecundadora y la de Lily). Es que me ha faltado un no se qué o más bien le ha sobradado un no sé cuánto. A mí Lily me parecía la pobre un poco insegura, y un tanto ambivalente, pasaba de una seguridad aplastante a ser una niña temerosa en otros aspectos. Me han dado ganas de zarandearla en más de una ocasión. Es que se ha tirado un montón del libro dándole a mismo "dilema", en serio, me ha sido insufrible. Le podía haber dado más tiempo al padre, por ejemplo, que tenía muy buena pinta ese asuntillo.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    Lily is old blood, but has no money. What is a lady of noble blood to do? Get a rich, hopefully stupid man. And she does manage to get the attention of a nobody with lots of money. And it's not like she is using him, he is using her right back. She is Ton. He is nothing. She has no money. He has money. But that is not the way of a romance. Of course there needs to be drama. The drama is named Derek. He is a good guy. Soldier through and through. Nowhere as rich as the guy she has on her hook. He i Lily is old blood, but has no money. What is a lady of noble blood to do? Get a rich, hopefully stupid man. And she does manage to get the attention of a nobody with lots of money. And it's not like she is using him, he is using her right back. She is Ton. He is nothing. She has no money. He has money. But that is not the way of a romance. Of course there needs to be drama. The drama is named Derek. He is a good guy. Soldier through and through. Nowhere as rich as the guy she has on her hook. He is a player. She is pretty. He does want her. So they start to fall even though they do not want to. But he is still all, I can't! And she is all, I must marry rich! And is everything ok with the guy she has on the hook? So yes a bit of drama. And the longest after the HEA ever, seriously, it went on and on and on. The book could have ended long before. Cute, light, fast.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laura James

    This book started out OK, nothing spectacular but I found it entertaining enough. However, about half way through it started to drag, and drag.... By the time it was over I was skipping and skimming pages and happy to be done with it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I prefer this book 2 than book 1 of the Spice Trilogy. 4****

  6. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    More like 3.5 stars - definitely my least favorite of the entire Knight series, but still a good read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    D.C.A. Savia

    Derek es castigado y debe volver a Inglaterra a conseguir el dinero para seguir luchando la guerra en India. El comité lo menosprecia como a un galancito mujeriego, y si bien convence a todos que necesitan las armas y municiones cuanto antes, le dicen que el dinero va a demorar tal vez meses, que mientras se entretenga en la vida social. Se dirige a una fiesta y encuentra a una belleza tras una máscara. La única que le rehuye. Cuando va a un encuentro amoroso en el centro de un laberinto, se con Derek es castigado y debe volver a Inglaterra a conseguir el dinero para seguir luchando la guerra en India. El comité lo menosprecia como a un galancito mujeriego, y si bien convence a todos que necesitan las armas y municiones cuanto antes, le dicen que el dinero va a demorar tal vez meses, que mientras se entretenga en la vida social. Se dirige a una fiesta y encuentra a una belleza tras una máscara. La única que le rehuye. Cuando va a un encuentro amoroso en el centro de un laberinto, se confunde a la joven enmascarada con su cita y la abraza y la besa. Ella le sigue la corriente porque pronto deberá comprometerse con Eduard, el candidato rico e idiota que eligió para sacar a su familia de la ruina al que pueda perfidiar engañándolo para que no sepa que no es virgen. Oculta su identidad y él se siente aún más intrigado. La descubre cuando Eduard invita a Derek a su casa y ella se encuentra allí. La cataloga como una cazafortuna y ella de la misma manera ya que odia a los hombres como su padre que abandonan su familia en busca de las riquezas de la India. Lily tiene una mansión Tudor donde vive, que está en ruinas. Pero es el orgullo familiar de su largo linaje. No quiere venderlo. Poco a poco se enamoran. Él sospecha de que Eduard tomó los fondos para la guerra. Sin ello no le devolverán su puesto. Lily descubre información importante y al tratar de escapar es secuestrada. Luego le hacen tender una trampa a Derek. Ella acuerda que no lo maten, sólo lo envíen a India y ella lo atraerá. Deberán enfrentar también a su madre que la tiene sometida a Lily, a su tía y a su prima escritora de novelas góticas.

  8. 4 out of 5

    20012206

    para mi esta escritora ha mejorado muchísimo, este libro me atrapo y casi no lo suelto Lily es una cazafortunas, y no en el mal sentido de la palabra, porque aunque si busca a un esposo con plata lo busca busca para ayudar a su familia y no porque sea derrochadora, además no lo son en cierta medida todos los matrimonio de es época, alguno se casaban por plata y otros por títulos y tierras Me parecio de Dereck se comporto divino, porque sabia que no podia darle lo que ella queria pero se fue enamor para mi esta escritora ha mejorado muchísimo, este libro me atrapo y casi no lo suelto Lily es una cazafortunas, y no en el mal sentido de la palabra, porque aunque si busca a un esposo con plata lo busca busca para ayudar a su familia y no porque sea derrochadora, además no lo son en cierta medida todos los matrimonio de es época, alguno se casaban por plata y otros por títulos y tierras Me parecio de Dereck se comporto divino, porque sabia que no podia darle lo que ella queria pero se fue enamorando y la ayudo hasta que se dieron cuenta que eran el uno para el otro muy recomendado

  9. 4 out of 5

    Koki

    Autorke sa opäť podarilo napísať čarovný príbeh lásky. A hoci som sa spočiatku na Derekov príbeh veľmi netešila (skôr mi učaroval Gabriel), Gaelen ma milo prekvapila. Hlavný hrdina prišiel z Indie do Anglicka, aby zistil, prečo meškajú sľúbené peniaze pre armádu, potrebné na ďalšie boje. S financiami to však nie je také jednoduché. Zo sľúbeného miliónu chýba tristotisíc. Otázkou je, kto tie peniaze spreneveril? Derek sa púšťa do pátrania, nechce svojho nadriadeného sklamať v úlohe, ktorou ho pov Autorke sa opäť podarilo napísať čarovný príbeh lásky. A hoci som sa spočiatku na Derekov príbeh veľmi netešila (skôr mi učaroval Gabriel), Gaelen ma milo prekvapila. Hlavný hrdina prišiel z Indie do Anglicka, aby zistil, prečo meškajú sľúbené peniaze pre armádu, potrebné na ďalšie boje. S financiami to však nie je také jednoduché. Zo sľúbeného miliónu chýba tristotisíc. Otázkou je, kto tie peniaze spreneveril? Derek sa púšťa do pátrania, nechce svojho nadriadeného sklamať v úlohe, ktorou ho poveril po tom, ako ho odvolal z veliteľskej služby vojenskej jednotky po ostatnom incidente. Svojej úlohy sa chytá svedomite. Podozrivým sa stáva každý z rady a Derek si ich všetkých "preklepne". Zvyšok recenzie nájdete tu: http://kokinakniznica.blogspot.sk/201...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Angelika Belko

    I didn't expect much, yet I'm dissapointed. It started well, however the closer to the end the more often I was rolling my eyes...

  11. 5 out of 5

    June

    Derek Knight's story. Derek has been sent to England to make sure the money is sent to India for the war he helped start. There he is drawn to Lily, who has set her sights on Edward to restore her family's fortune. I did like the defense of the victim of underage rape.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Bintang 3 Keasyikanku membaca tergangu dengan kata kata 'metampakkan' yg aneh itu. Belum lagi banyak sekali partikel 'nya' yg hilang dan tidak pada tempatnya. Untung lumayan suka dengan kisah yg ada intriknya seperti buku ini. Jadi ya... terus dibaca sampai selesai. Mayor derek Knight putra kedua Lord Arthur Knight yg tinggal di India adalah seorang prajurit. Antara hidup dan mati keluar dari India, dikejar kejar oleh pembunuh yg menginginkan nyawa dirinya dan saudara saudaranya karena insiden yg Bintang 3 Keasyikanku membaca tergangu dengan kata kata 'metampakkan' yg aneh itu. Belum lagi banyak sekali partikel 'nya' yg hilang dan tidak pada tempatnya. Untung lumayan suka dengan kisah yg ada intriknya seperti buku ini. Jadi ya... terus dibaca sampai selesai. Mayor derek Knight putra kedua Lord Arthur Knight yg tinggal di India adalah seorang prajurit. Antara hidup dan mati keluar dari India, dikejar kejar oleh pembunuh yg menginginkan nyawa dirinya dan saudara saudaranya karena insiden yg hampir merenggut nyawa saudara perempuannya saat tugas terakhirnya di India mendampingi seorang diplomat inggris untuk suatu kesepakatan dengan seorang Maharaja. Keharusannya kembali ke Inggris ini merupakan hukuman dari atasannya karena kegagalan dalam tugas dan juga karena luka luka Gabriel, saudara tertuanya yg cukup serius. Tidak hanya itu Derek juga mendapat tugas dari sang atasan untuk meyakinkan komite yg memegang dana prajurit untuk mengalirkan dana perang yg segera akan terjadi di Maratha, India. Mengisi waktu luang menunggu komite mencairkan dana (tanpa alasan yg jelas dari sang ketua komite Lord Sinclair), Derek menikmati kehidupan sosial para bangsawan di London. Tentu saja dengan merayu wanita wanita cantik yg mengelukan dirinya sebagai prajurit yg gagah dan tampan. Dan pada satu malam bertemulah Derek dengan seorang gadis yg tidak terpengaruh dengan ketampanannya disebuah acara pesta topeng. Bak cerita Cinderela, Derek tidak mengetahui identitas gadis tersebut. Hanya sebuah anting berlian yg tertinggal milik gadis misterius yg menjadi petunjuk bagi Derek untuk menemukan gadis yg menarik hatinya. Perjalanan Derek mencari gadis inilah yg akhirnya membantunya membuka rahasia dan intrik kenapa pencairan dana perang terhambat. Liliana Balfour gadis keturunan Balfour yg malang. Pada usia 10 tahun ditinggal mati ayahnya yg berniat mengejar Gold dan Glory di India sebagai prajurit atas desakan ayah dan istri. Saat berusia 15 tahun Liliana dimanfaatkan oleh seorang bangsawan terhormat sehingga menyerahkan keperawanannya. Bukannya mendapat perlindungan dan pembelaan dari sang ibu, lily bahkan mendapat celaan karena tingkah lakunya yg dianggap mencemarkan nama baik keluarga. Untung sang kakek yg bijak membela dan menyelesaikan permasalahan itu dan mewariskan kastil Balfour untuk Lily sebagai tempat berlindung saat sang kakek wafat. Diusianya yg ke 23, berniat menghindari kehancuran keluarga lebih lanjut Lily memutuskan untuk berburu suami di London. Dan suami idaman Lily haruslah orang dapat dikelabui dan dapat menerima Lily dengan keadaannya yg dihadapinya (menikah karena harta). Dan pria itu adalah Edward Clearwell salah satu anggota komite dana prajurit. Keterkaitan Lily dengan Edwardlah yg memertemukan kembali Lily dengan Derek, pria yg sempat memberikan mimpi akan pria sempurna yg diinginkannya. Namun kebutuhan Lily untuk menikahi pria kaya dan status Derek yg hanya putra kedua y g menjadi penghalang hubungan Lily dan Derek. Interaksi antara Derek dan Lily sedikit demi sedikit membuka kedok Edward dan juga menyadarkan Derek maupun Lily bhwa mereka diciptakan untuk bersama tanpa embel embel harta. Dan saat kedok Edward terbuka, terbongkar pula intrik yg dilakukan oleh ketua komite yg memanfaatkan Edward untuk menggunakan dana untuk kemudian mencurinya kembali tanpa sepengetahuan Edward. Dan menaruh dana tersebut dengan nama seseorang, sehingga Lord Sinclair dapat menyakiti seseorang yg selama ini sangat dibencinya (benci dengan orang yg seperti ini. Susah lihat orang senang, senang lihat orang susah). Disaat saat kritis, Lily lebih memilih untuk mati bersama Derek. Yg memantapkan Derek untuk menikahi dan melindungi Lily lahir dan bathin. Dan tujuan Derek tercapai saat niat Gabriel saudaranya yg melepaskan hak warisnya kepada Derek di pesta pernikahan Lily dan Derek. Derek berhasil memecahkan masalah seluruh anggota keluarga Balfour terutama permasalahan antara Lily dan ibunya yg sering menyakiti hati Lily dengan cara menjual kastil Balfour yg banyak menyimpan kenangan buruk bagi Lily.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Oleta Blaylock

    This is Derek Knight’s story and it is a roller coaster ride. I like Derek he is one of those men that is driven to be better than others. He is honorable, loyal, and longing to find a woman to love him for whom he is. I think that his mother did him a great disservice by always telling him that he would have to be better than anyone else and earn more money than others if he ever wanted to marry. I am sure that he could have found anyone if that was what he truly wanted and they could have live This is Derek Knight’s story and it is a roller coaster ride. I like Derek he is one of those men that is driven to be better than others. He is honorable, loyal, and longing to find a woman to love him for whom he is. I think that his mother did him a great disservice by always telling him that he would have to be better than anyone else and earn more money than others if he ever wanted to marry. I am sure that he could have found anyone if that was what he truly wanted and they could have lived well on whatever profession Derek wanted to take up. Derek is a little bit of a daredevil and he loves horses so I guess it is no surprise that he became a cavalry officer in India. India is where so many Englishman made their fortunes. I also like that Derek is conservative with his spending. He is responsible and levelheaded about finances which were rare for the upper class during this time. Derek is a very caring and compassionate person. It shows in the way he deals with Matthew, his nephew by marriage. It was interesting to which Derek work out the problem of the missing money for the Army’s funding. Ms. Foley also did a good job of keeping the reader guessing about who the real bad guy was. Lily Balfour is a different kind of heroine. She isn't the virginal miss that so many stories are written about. She has been betrayed and ruined by an unscrupulous man, a married man at that. She was still just a child and I would love to take her mother out and read her the riot act for the way she treated Lily over the incident. In fact Lily’s mother is one of the women that is miserable with her lot in life and is determined to make everyone else miserable as well. I didn't like Lily’s mother in the least. Back to Lily though, it was enjoyable watching the change Lily goes through with Derek. She becomes and confident and loving young woman as they grow closer and closer. She takes chances she probably never contemplated before. Her breaking into Edward’s, her suitor at the beginning of the story, house trying to find proof of what Derek has told her is quite brave, a little stupid but brave none the less. She also shows her ingenuity when she escapes her prison in Edward’s house, fools the guard dog set to watch and then saves Derek from a burning stable. I had to cheer when she finally stood up to her mother and told her off. I like Lily a great deal. This is a wonderful story of two people wanting to find love and thinking that they never will. Neither is prepared for the attraction they have for each other and the stumble along trying to find their footing. There are funny parts of this story and there are sad parts. Both of these people have been through a great deal. They are both emotionally wounded. It was nice seeing Derek being so patient with Lily when she gets upset. It was great to see Lily understand Derek enough to be able to read his emotions and needs instead of flying off the handle when he bumbles along at times. This is a great read and a great example of the historical romance genre.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Neko

    A decent read, but it really begins to drag after a while. It could probably be a good 60 pages shorter without losing much. Lily and Derek fall in love relatively early, but spend a really long interval thinking about how they can never be together. Lily sticks to her maybe-fiance, Derek sticks to a couple random women. They smolder at each other from a distance. I got a bit tired of it. And then they finally decide they'll be together at the absolute, most inconvenient, To Stupid To Live momen A decent read, but it really begins to drag after a while. It could probably be a good 60 pages shorter without losing much. Lily and Derek fall in love relatively early, but spend a really long interval thinking about how they can never be together. Lily sticks to her maybe-fiance, Derek sticks to a couple random women. They smolder at each other from a distance. I got a bit tired of it. And then they finally decide they'll be together at the absolute, most inconvenient, To Stupid To Live moment. (view spoiler)[They narrowly escape burning alive in a stable fire. They only get as far away as a rather wear horse can take them. They stop at a nearby property with a lake, and even though Lily's desperate fiance is probably hot on their tracks, stop to go for a swim, declare their undying love, and have sex. As if to add insult to the stupid timing of the moment, it devolves into purple prose. Derek actually says "Let your man complete you" in this interlude. I suppose you could say they were swept away by an adrenaline rush, but really! Derek is supposed to be a hardened soldier, surely he has better sense than that. I half wished that Lundy would catch up with them while they were frolicking. (hide spoiler)] Once you get past the "we can never be together!" and wrap up the mystery of what happened to the money, there is what seems like an epilogue. It goes through every character and every plot line to sum it up. It's like at the end of a "based on a true story" move where there's a brief on-screen blurb about what happened to each person after the end of the move. But no, it's still not finished! Now you have to get through the resolution of the fate of Balfour manor and the aftermath. And after that, there's another epilogue. The sex scenes also have some laugh out loud, ridiculous lines. I don't believe I've seen another romance where the hero actually thinks that he would really like to "jam himself into" the heroine, but he's concerned about hurting her due to the "epic size of his arousal." Nor have I seen a heroine taken with "the force of a battering ram."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ang

    This Spice Trilogy series only gets better with the second book here. Derek is a passionate hero, determined and distracted by Lily. At times it's hard to follow his strong attraction to her, and it's hard to follow her stubbornness to see her duty through as her betrothed is so awful. But the attraction between Derek and Lily is strong. Derek is an ideal hero - so thoughtful, caring and more than his image would portray. I recommend reading this to keep in sync with the series as some things in This Spice Trilogy series only gets better with the second book here. Derek is a passionate hero, determined and distracted by Lily. At times it's hard to follow his strong attraction to her, and it's hard to follow her stubbornness to see her duty through as her betrothed is so awful. But the attraction between Derek and Lily is strong. Derek is an ideal hero - so thoughtful, caring and more than his image would portray. I recommend reading this to keep in sync with the series as some things in this book set up for the third which is a definite read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nurliani

    Sebagai penggemar karya-karya Gaelen Foley tentu saja saya selalu menyukai semua bukunya. Bukunya memang layak untuk dibaca dan selalu memberikan kejutan besar. Kekekekeke. Begitu juga dengan buku yang satu ini. Buku kedua dari seri Spice Trilogy. Secara keseluruhan buku ini memang bagus, dikemas dengan alur yang rapi, serta karakter-karakter cerdas dengan dialog-dialog pintarnya. Tapi aku masih tetap pilih seri Inferno Club. Bukan Gaelen Foley kalau bukunya gak penuh intrik dan konflik. Dari awa Sebagai penggemar karya-karya Gaelen Foley tentu saja saya selalu menyukai semua bukunya. Bukunya memang layak untuk dibaca dan selalu memberikan kejutan besar. Kekekekeke. Begitu juga dengan buku yang satu ini. Buku kedua dari seri Spice Trilogy. Secara keseluruhan buku ini memang bagus, dikemas dengan alur yang rapi, serta karakter-karakter cerdas dengan dialog-dialog pintarnya. Tapi aku masih tetap pilih seri Inferno Club. Bukan Gaelen Foley kalau bukunya gak penuh intrik dan konflik. Dari awal buku ini sudah sangat rumit karena kasus hilangnya dana tentara itu, membuat aku ikut mumet bacanya. Jadi di awal-awal buku ini benar-benar membosankan. Tapi kisah cinta Derek dan Lily bisa menutupi itu, kemistri mereka sangat dapet, emosi dari yang tadinya saling gak kenal sampe sama-sama jatuh cinta itu terasa banget. Belum lagi scene-scene nakal mereka bisa menumbuhkan semangat aku untuk menyelesaikan buku ini. Setelah banyak menskip halaman di bab awal, di pertengahan bab aku sama sekali gak mau ketinggalan satu halaman pun. Buku-buku Gaelen Foley memang selalu seperti itu sih, diawal membosankan tapi dipertengahan GF selalu bisa memberikan kejutan dan kejutan itu gak pernah gagal. Scene kipas-kipasnya juga sangat sopan. Aku suka karakter Derek yang penuh kendali, serta karakter Lily yang tegas dan penuh pertimbangan. Bener-bener kombinasi yang sempurna. Ditutup dengan ending yang sangat manis, serta cerita-cerita yang bener-bener selesai. Dari segi kisah Derek dan Lilu sih. Tapi meski pun begitu aku masih bertanya-tanya, ada apa gerangan dengan Gabriel?  Kenapa dia menyerahkan gelarnya kepada Derek tiba-tiba? Hmm rasanya ini hanya bisa dijawab dengan baca buku selanjutnya. Kayaknya bakal lebih rumit, karena lebih mengedepankan konflik batin Gabriel, kekekekekeke. Duhhh. Dan untuk buku ini saya kasih 4,5 bintang.

  17. 4 out of 5

    C Joy

    This is not exactly one of her best works, but good all the same. I gave it only 3 stars because of the way the story dragged. There were a lot of sub-stories, but I liked the way all loose ends were tied. Derek was sent to London to request for army funds and just when he thought he could have it in a trice, he had another thing coming. Lily Balfour was looking for someone "rich and stupid" to save her and her family's depleted fortune, and Derek wasn't exactly the solution. As with all her novels This is not exactly one of her best works, but good all the same. I gave it only 3 stars because of the way the story dragged. There were a lot of sub-stories, but I liked the way all loose ends were tied. Derek was sent to London to request for army funds and just when he thought he could have it in a trice, he had another thing coming. Lily Balfour was looking for someone "rich and stupid" to save her and her family's depleted fortune, and Derek wasn't exactly the solution. As with all her novels, politics abound in this book. There's corruption everywhere, family ties, and I was really intrigued how they would end up together. I know they would but the question was where. India or England? The characters didn't really touch me to the core, both of them have their own ghosts - Derek and his battles in India, and Lily's dwindling self in the Balfour manor. She's too proud for my own taste, sticking to the dilapidated manor due to sentimental reasons, where she could've just thought about the people who relied on her and acted on the best solution. I really didn't like the part where Lily stood up to her mother but they really didn't patch things up. I was expecting a more confrontational dialogue but I think the author didn't want to prolong the story further. The love scenes were few but what they lack for quantity, they made up for quality. If you're looking for something touching, riveting, and entertaining, this book doesn't deliver.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kay Bolton

    Review written on my Blog (Post #95) in March 2011, after borrowing book from library. It's really rather lovely to get back to a Gaelen Foley novel ... and this one was no different from all the others ..... full of very lovely romance and a bit of naughtiness thrown in. Featuring one of the Knight Cousins, Major Derek and the reserved and ladylike Lily Balfour. Infamous rake and hardened warrior Derek has come to England from his posting in India to chase up the money the government which has bee Review written on my Blog (Post #95) in March 2011, after borrowing book from library. It's really rather lovely to get back to a Gaelen Foley novel ... and this one was no different from all the others ..... full of very lovely romance and a bit of naughtiness thrown in. Featuring one of the Knight Cousins, Major Derek and the reserved and ladylike Lily Balfour. Infamous rake and hardened warrior Derek has come to England from his posting in India to chase up the money the government which has been put aside for the war against the Marantha. Also to allow his elder brother to recovery from a terrible injury when he got in the away of an arrow meant for Derek. Following the death of her Grandfather Lily's aristocratic coffers are empty and she needs to find an extremely rich, and extremely stupid husband (there is a reason that her future spouse should not be too bright) to ensure that she can literally keep the bats from the belfry of her ancestral home. It seems some of the funds are war chest funds are missing, and that is where the paths cross for these two. What will be the attraction between them? Will they solve the mystery of the missing money? Will the highly intelligent Derek care about her secret? Will a second son have enough money in the bank to repair the ancient pile?

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maqluba

    3.5 stars if I could have... I thought the story was great, the characters were definitely likable and I love love LOVE that they were in love before they got down and dirty. I don't like it when things go all the way between the hero and heroine and THEN they realize they love the other person, I want love before sex dang it and I'm glad I got to see it here finally. I would have enjoyed this much more had there been less inner dialogue. It seemed like pages and pages went by without anyone speak 3.5 stars if I could have... I thought the story was great, the characters were definitely likable and I love love LOVE that they were in love before they got down and dirty. I don't like it when things go all the way between the hero and heroine and THEN they realize they love the other person, I want love before sex dang it and I'm glad I got to see it here finally. I would have enjoyed this much more had there been less inner dialogue. It seemed like pages and pages went by without anyone speaking a word. It just seemed like there was too many explanations to things, it got kinda tedious after a while. The ending definitely could have been shortened-- way too much background information given that I couldn't get myself to care much for so it felt like I just skimmed through to see what else will be added to the mix before the happy ending. I do love these two though! You really do understand why they are so well made for each other and not just on a superficial level. He doesn't get stubborn or arrogant and bossy and she doesn't get annoying or stupid so that's always a plus in my book. The fact that these two were perfect for each other saved this book-- they really were soul mates so watching them find each other was a lovely thing to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Leya

    Dashing and sexy officer meets beautiful and secretive lady. They fall in love/lust at first kiss. Said officer finds out that beautiful lady is to be married to man he dislikes and which he is investigating for fraud. The lady has to marry the rich man to save ancestral home and family. But they cannot keep away from each other…Great formula! I enjoyed every little morsel of it! Gaelen Foley has the ability to suck me right in and forget about what is happening around me. I lost track of time. I Dashing and sexy officer meets beautiful and secretive lady. They fall in love/lust at first kiss. Said officer finds out that beautiful lady is to be married to man he dislikes and which he is investigating for fraud. The lady has to marry the rich man to save ancestral home and family. But they cannot keep away from each other…Great formula! I enjoyed every little morsel of it! Gaelen Foley has the ability to suck me right in and forget about what is happening around me. I lost track of time. I’m not complaining, it was great way to spend an afternoon. The characters were amazing; you knew from the start that their feelings were deeper than either one of them imagined. Their willingness to help each other, and not fearing for their safety touched me. It was also nice to see familiar faces. And the new faces were quite an experience, there’s a mother from hell, a chaperone with a heart of gold, another mother that only wants the best for child, a young woman who has no problem in hurting people around her to get what/who she wants. Is there any wonder I lost myself in this book? 4.5/5

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    3.5 'Regency' Stars The second installment of The Spice Trilogy was a rollercoaster of emotions! Derek: Derek is exactly the kind of hero you expect in a Regency novel. He is kind, loyal, compassionate got a sense of humour and is of course extremely handsome! But underneath all that, he hides a very sensitive part of himself. Since a young age he was told that being 'only' the second son, he would need to work to get some earning. No one would want to marry him if he wasn't better than others and 3.5 'Regency' Stars The second installment of The Spice Trilogy was a rollercoaster of emotions! Derek: Derek is exactly the kind of hero you expect in a Regency novel. He is kind, loyal, compassionate got a sense of humour and is of course extremely handsome! But underneath all that, he hides a very sensitive part of himself. Since a young age he was told that being 'only' the second son, he would need to work to get some earning. No one would want to marry him if he wasn't better than others and earned more money. And no one would definitely ever love him! Lily: Lily is not exactly the kind of heroine you would expect here. She was ruined at the very tender age of 15. Instead of finding comfort with her mother, her mother blamed her and has ever since treated her very poorly. It's when she meets Derek that you can see a change happening in Lily! The young girl becomes a confident young woman. This is a beautiful love story between two people who find love, although they both never thought they would find it. They are both emotionally wounded, but their love heals all wounds! This is a must read for all Regency lovers!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Lily Balfour's grandfather, the only thing standing between her family and poverty has just passed away. Her only hope is to go to London and attract a rich suitor. Of course, this is complicated by the fact that she has "a past." She does manage to attract the attention of a rich nabob but finds herself inconveniently attracted to Derek Knight. Derek is also very interested in Lily but his life is complicated by the fact that he is in London to get money the Indian army, army that the "Committe Lily Balfour's grandfather, the only thing standing between her family and poverty has just passed away. Her only hope is to go to London and attract a rich suitor. Of course, this is complicated by the fact that she has "a past." She does manage to attract the attention of a rich nabob but finds herself inconveniently attracted to Derek Knight. Derek is also very interested in Lily but his life is complicated by the fact that he is in London to get money the Indian army, army that the "Committee" (which probably had some official name but I can't remember it right now)is strangely relunctant to release the funds. It turns out that someone has embezzled three hundred thousand dollars and the main suspect is Lily's fiancee. I enjoyed the story for the continuation of the series but overall, not a great book. Too much information shoved in and little details that didn't really need to be added and don't even get me started on the "romantic" scenes and the love talk. Blergh. Overall, not too bad.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    For books of this genre they all tend to be the same, and it usually takes a little something extra to get above a three star rating. This novel had `it` in spades. Perfectly written lead couple, flawed but with suitable and realistic development. Lily was shy and I thought too cowardly to like, but Derek bought out a fiestiness in her that you couldn't not admire. Derek was so impressive, I mean, the man broke a bed! But he was so protective and so clearly devoted to Lily, so taken with her For books of this genre they all tend to be the same, and it usually takes a little something extra to get above a three star rating. This novel had `it` in spades. Perfectly written lead couple, flawed but with suitable and realistic development. Lily was shy and I thought too cowardly to like, but Derek bought out a fiestiness in her that you couldn't not admire. Derek was so impressive, I mean, the man broke a bed! But he was so protective and so clearly devoted to Lily, so taken with her personality and solving any problems, that I couldn't not love him. Their banter was endearing and made me smile, their relationship so real that you felt their love for each other through the pages. Loved that there wasn't one subplot - Edward - but personal developments and stories as well which came together. I absolutely and wholeheartedly recommend, but leave Derek alone, he is allll mine!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christa

    I found this book to be enjoyable, but for me it did not quite live up to the rest of the books about the Knight family. I absolutely love Gaelen Foley's heroes, and I thought that Derek Knight was one of her best. The heroine, Lily Balfour, was sweet and likeable, but I didn't find her character to be as compelling as Derek's. Many books that I have read lately have seemed rushed at the end, but I did not find that to be at all the case with this book. For me the main drawback of this book was I found this book to be enjoyable, but for me it did not quite live up to the rest of the books about the Knight family. I absolutely love Gaelen Foley's heroes, and I thought that Derek Knight was one of her best. The heroine, Lily Balfour, was sweet and likeable, but I didn't find her character to be as compelling as Derek's. Many books that I have read lately have seemed rushed at the end, but I did not find that to be at all the case with this book. For me the main drawback of this book was that it seemed to become tedious and drag on toward the end. About forty pages before the end of the book, I felt like the most serious issues had been resolved, and I was ready for the few loose ends to be wrapped up in another three or four pages - not forty. If you are a fan of the Knight family, you will probably enjoy the story, but if you are new to Gaelen Foley this book is not a good starting point.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Fanny Roswita Ria

    Rated this book with 2 star, agak2 aneh alur ceritanya dan endingnya ga maksimal banget:( padahal sdh seru di depannya. Hero-nya sdh mengendap-endap di rumah Edward Lundy utk mencari berkas penggelapan dana; sdh disiksa&diculik;lalu sdh melobi dewan kehormatan utk mengirimkan dana buat pasukannya di India eh gtw-nya ending peperangannya Kerajaan Maranatha menyerah dengan mudahnya, rasanya ga berbanding lurus deh dg pengorbanan si hero-nya Lalu ada heroine yg menurut gw plin-plan yak..karena ha Rated this book with 2 star, agak2 aneh alur ceritanya dan endingnya ga maksimal banget:( padahal sdh seru di depannya. Hero-nya sdh mengendap-endap di rumah Edward Lundy utk mencari berkas penggelapan dana; sdh disiksa&diculik;lalu sdh melobi dewan kehormatan utk mengirimkan dana buat pasukannya di India eh gtw-nya ending peperangannya Kerajaan Maranatha menyerah dengan mudahnya, rasanya ga berbanding lurus deh dg pengorbanan si hero-nya Lalu ada heroine yg menurut gw plin-plan yak..karena harga diri yg terlalu dijunjung banget jadinya begitu mudah mengacuhkan perasaan cinta-nya padahal di kaum bangsawan itu perasaan "cinta" itu jarang banget bisa terjadi..arghh Dan keanehan selanjutnya itu adl setelah kejadian penculikan; istal yg terbakar&dikejar anak buahnya Mr.Lundy, sang hero dan heroine sempat2nya bercinta,,WTH

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    Wow! I really enjoyed this one! This is the second in a series, I really hope to read the first and third books now. I loved the slow build up to the love scene, it made the sparks all the more real and the characters all the more likeable. The world created, with India and all, made the book a little different from the other historical/regency romances I've been reading lately. The whole mystery was well played out as well, and had unexpected consequences. So I recommend this one, and I really Wow! I really enjoyed this one! This is the second in a series, I really hope to read the first and third books now. I loved the slow build up to the love scene, it made the sparks all the more real and the characters all the more likeable. The world created, with India and all, made the book a little different from the other historical/regency romances I've been reading lately. The whole mystery was well played out as well, and had unexpected consequences. So I recommend this one, and I really liked it as well. Need to make a mental note to hunt out the other two.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I love this Pride and Prejudice/Cinderella style regency romance. It was a lot better than Georgiana's story, but the author has a habit of skating around a character's shady past with intermittent mysterious phrases and instead of making me curious it's just god awfully annoying. Just tell us how the damn woman shamed her family already! I don't want to read constant allusions to some shameful secret while staying in the dark about a character's motivations for their actions. Don't hide things I love this Pride and Prejudice/Cinderella style regency romance. It was a lot better than Georgiana's story, but the author has a habit of skating around a character's shady past with intermittent mysterious phrases and instead of making me curious it's just god awfully annoying. Just tell us how the damn woman shamed her family already! I don't want to read constant allusions to some shameful secret while staying in the dark about a character's motivations for their actions. Don't hide things from me, I'm the reader.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Novee

    Nah kalo di buku pertama Her Only Desire awalnya seru dan belakangnya membosankan, di buku ini terbalik. awalnya membosankan sekalee dan baru lumayan seru dibagian belakang. zzz Semoga buku ketiga tentang Gabriel lebih bagus dari dua buku sebelumnya ini. dari buku pertama karakter Gabriel da menjanjikan banget LOL. apalgi di buku kedua, wuiss tambah penasaran dg Gabriel :D

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dangermousie

    Cute if not particularly memorable (something I find true of most Foley books). Our heroine Lily must marry into money to shore up her family's fortune. It's unfortunate, then, that she is attracted to Derek Knight, a younger son military officer recently on leave from India, who is still processing a life in which he doesn't have to constantly fight. There are evil secondaries, an embezzlement plot, and sexy makeouts. Derek and Lily are both rather lovely people but I was never drawn into this Cute if not particularly memorable (something I find true of most Foley books). Our heroine Lily must marry into money to shore up her family's fortune. It's unfortunate, then, that she is attracted to Derek Knight, a younger son military officer recently on leave from India, who is still processing a life in which he doesn't have to constantly fight. There are evil secondaries, an embezzlement plot, and sexy makeouts. Derek and Lily are both rather lovely people but I was never drawn into this one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    Very sedate read - & that's the problem. This book lacks the essential "zest" and spark between the characters that I have begun to associate with Gaelen Foley's writing. All the books of the Knight Miscellany series was so much better than this offering, and the first book of the Spice Trilogy was interesting as well. I wouldn't classify this as a bad read, I was just let down by this book in comparison to other books written by the author.

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