Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Sensual Destinies Series book 3
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Date published: December 7th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-425-23918-6
Historical Romance
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Publisher

Lily Lambert needs a job. Any job will do and when she takes a job at Penworth Hall, all her instincts tell her to run, run as fast as she can. But she admits John Middleton, the Earl of Penworth, is really, really sexy even if his twin wards have her thinking she should run to the hills. Then she takes a love potion to find love so she can leave behind being a companion to selfish kids of the ton. What happens next is a romance with the Earl of Penworth that will have Lily craving for his touch…is it the potion talking or is it really love blooming between the two?

DREAMS OF DESIRE is the third book in the Sensual Destinies series. I found it to be the weakest of the three stories out so far. The storyline started out strong then went downhill fast. The characters were okay, nothing to get me excited about. At times the story had me cringing in horror at some of the things the characters said or did in the story. The author tries to engage the reader with a strong heroine in Lily yet within a few pages she turns weak which totally turned me off.

In my opinion, the twin wards were to worst. They were vile and totally made my skin crawl. They were the worst characters I have ever read and after awhile totally made the book unbearable. I enjoyed the previous book in the Sensual Destinies series, TASTE OF TEMPTATION, and had high hopes for this latest one.

DREAMS OF DESIRE introduces the readers to the Earl of Penworth, John Middleton, a hero so boorish, it was a wonder Lily didn’t slap him silly after awhile. He had no redeeming qualities at all and I found him quite arrogant to boot. Ms. Holt tries to give the reader an enjoyable story but misses in this latest installment of the Sensual Destinies series. The best character was Phillip Dudley and I highly enjoyed his scenes. I am hoping the author gives Phillip his own book in the future. He was that enjoyable. Over all, this was a weak story that could have been stronger if the characters were a bit more multi-faceted and the evil twins toned down some. Ms. Holt tries, but failed, to completely captivate my imagination and I am hopeful she can bounce back from this disappointing story.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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