Master of Desire

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Published by: Zebra
Release Date: May 2006
Pages: 352
ISBN13: 978-0821778623

  

Synopsis

A Woman’s Secret

Lady Ariana of Rosebriar is a woman with a past. She killed her abusive husband to protect her son. And now she is being blackmailed. A Lancastrian rebel will reveal her crime—and destroy her life—unless she delivers messages to the enemies of the throne.

A Man’s Mission

Gabriel of Whitestone is a bounty hunter loyal to the king. To care for his family of seven siblings, he must capture his half-brother’s murderer, the infamous Spy of the Night. Only then can he claim her land for his family—and make her pay for her crimes of murder and treason.

A Passion Set Free

Sent to a chapel to steal a scroll of secrets, Arian falls into Gabriel’s clutches—and it isn’t long before unquenchable desire draws him to her, making her body his willing captive, though her soul can never be tamed. Putting both honor and duty at risk, Gabriel struggles to win the trust of his brave, resourceful, and irresistible prisoner. But can love keep them together, when murderous forces conspire to tear a country apart?

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Praise

"Trapp's blending of sensuality, humor and a great plot make Master of Desire a fast, enjoyable read."
—Amanda Waters, The Romance Reader

"Ms. Trapp has done it again. She has written such a compelling story that you just can’t put it down. I’m drooping at my keyboard from staying up way too late because I couldn’t sleep thinking about the book. I finally had to get up and finish it just to get some sleep.

I’m sure you’ll find this book to be on your keeper shelf. I know it’s on mine. Ms. Trapp wrote brilliantly in her first novel and this time she has improved. I wasn’t sure there was room for improvement, but this story is even more powerful and captivating than the first. I am already waiting anxiously for her next novel to go to print. Grab your copy of Master of Desire before the shelves are cleared. I’m sure this book will be in high demand. Enjoy!"
—Robyn, Once Upon a Romance

"MASTER OF DESIRE is a wonderfully well-written book that reminded me why I began reading romance novels to begin with. Ms. Trapp is definitely an artist and a blessed addition to this genre of writing."
—Kristal Gorman, Romance Reader at Heart

"Jessica Trapp provides a wonderful late medieval romance that historical readers will enjoy."
—Harriet Klausner, Review Centre

"Gabriel of Whitestone may be the Maser of Desire, but he becomes love's captive in Jessica Trapp's exciting tale."

"Powerful emotions pour from the pages of Trapp's adventurous captive/captor tale. The strength of her characters sets the book on fire, and as passion explodes between them, readers will breathe a deep sigh and continue until the last, touching page of this irresistible read."
—Kathe Robin, Romantic Times

"Author Jessica Trapp creates a highly sensual story in MASTER OF DESIRE. To Adriana, Gabriel is a barbarian. To Gabriel, Adriana is another of the noble women who are willing to use him for his body, but refuse to accept him as an equal. Overcoming their prejudices and developing an understanding of each other would be a challenge under the best of circumstances. With Adriana is being blackmailed into continuing to spy, and with Gabriel captured and tortured by the Cardinal, circumstances are far from the best. Can love really prevail against all of these problems?

Trapp creates an entertaining story with two strong characters battling one anothereven as they fall in love."
—Books for a Buck

“Like any good mother, Lady Ariana of Rosebriar did whatever it took to protect her deaf son, even if it meant killing an abusive husband. The good news was she had a powerful ally that helped her cover up the deed; the bad news was he was now blackmailing her into spying amongst the nobles and revealing all their dirty little secrets." Read the full review
—Marilyn Rondeau, RIO - Reviewers International Organization

"This is one book that I didn't get bored with. I was grabbing every opportunity to read and finished it in several days’ time. It usually takes me several weeks to finish a book. I loved everything about it, especially the sex. Some books over do the obstacles that keep lovers apart. This of course had some, but it wasn't overdone."
–Amazon Reader

"MASTER OF DESIRE by Jessica Trapp was a pleasant, well-written read that I enjoyed very much. I found the suspense and intrigue invigorating and could not wait until I found out who the real bad guy was. As for the romantic aspect, MASTER OF DESIRE delivers a touching, poignant love story that warmed the heart.

MASTER OF DESIRE by Jessica Trapp is the sequel to MASTER OF PLEASURE, released earlier in the year. That said, MASTER OF DESIRE could be read alone without reading the prequel. I look forward to reading more from Jessica Trapp in the future and I am sure other readers will feel the same."
–Natalie S., Amazon Reader

Awards & Honors

Romantic Times KISS award
Passionate Plume Finalist
Beacon Awards Finalist

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Excerpt

Bound by Desire

Gabriel caught Ariana’s lower lip between his teeth and sucked softly. She moaned, her desire growing.

“Tell me you are enjoying this,” he whispered.

“I am enjoying this too much.”

His hands caressed her hips, gently stroking her skin. Tentatively, she touched his chest. He reminded her of a beautiful Greek statue, too perfect to be real. She skimmed the planes of his stomach with her fingers and enjoyed his sharp intake of breath. His body was wondrous, all angles and hardness, but his skin was soft as finely spun silk.

“I assure you, Ariana, when I take a woman, ‘tis very pleasant for her.”

The words echoed in her mind. She felt as if she were on the brink of some dangerous cliff, dizzy and giddy from the height but enchanted by the altitude all the same.

“Ariana,” he murmured.

She shivered, entranced by the languid strokes of his fingers.

“Ariana, trust me.” He continued his gentle assault, moving his hands to her back and simply touching, rubbing, stroking her skin.

“It would be pleasant for me?” she whispered at long last.

Leaning down, he kissed her cheek. “Very pleasant for you.”

Her shoulders relaxed. Gabriel was so different than any man she’d ever known, so gentle in his seduction. She wanted to trust him. She wanted to experience this pleasantness, this heat. She wanted to be wild and free.

Slowly, she nodded…