Review: One Dangerous Desire by Christy Carlyle

one dangerous desireReviewed by Jen

This is my second stab at Christy Carlyle’s Accidental Heirs series, and while this book is definitely an improvement over the first, I can’t say that it was better than ok. There’s not necessarily anything terrible about the book, but neither is there anything exceptional. It’s just kind of superficially entertaining, but without any real emotion or surprises.

May and Rex are both Americans living in London. Both are in search of a marriage partner from the nobility. And both have enough money to be a sought-after match. The thing is, these two were once very much in love and neither has gotten completely over the other in the six years they have been apart. Rex went by Reg back in New York; he was a poor shopkeeper and a completely unsuitable match for the young heiress he wanted a life with. Unfortunately, her father made that all too clear. He threatened to have Rex thrown in jail if he ran away with May.

Now, of course, money is no object for Rex. But he wants to marry into the peerage to help give his business ventures more support. May needs to marry a titled gentleman to help save her father’s business. But when these two cross paths again, there really is no chance that they’ll end up anywhere but with each other. Yes, there are other people they court, but it’s half-hearted at best. It’s a question of whether they listen to their hearts or their heads, and it’s not really a question at all.

So here’s the thing, these two meant so much to each other that the love is still there SIX YEARS later.  Rex stood May up without a word when they were supposed to go make a life. Yet the angst is barely there. May hardly holds on to any ill will towards Rex, and then when she finds out her dad’s hand in it all, it’s even less of a thing. Where is the passion? The heartache? Where is the pining and the teeth gnashing? Not here. It all just kind of… works out.

There’s a blip of an external threat, but it’s such a small threat, it left me wondering, what was the point?  Everything resolves so easily, from the romance to the “danger;” from the other people these two were supposed to marry to her father… just everything turns out the way they want it to. Don’t get me wrong, I want a happy ending. I just didn’t feel like we worked for it, so it didn’t feel all that gratifying.

It was ok, but I don’t think I’ll read from this author again.

Rating: C/C-

*ARC provided by publisher

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One Dangerous Desire
by Christy Carlyle
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Avon Impulse


  1. It’s actually six years. 🙂 But thank you for trying another one of my books! Hopefully I’m becoming a better writer with each book I write. (Every writer’s mantra)

    • Jen at Red Hot Books says:

      Thank you for letting me know I had that wrong. I corrected the mistake. Don’t know why I had eight years in my head…

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