Book Review-Trial By Desire

Book Review-Trial By DesireTrial by Desire by Courtney Milan
Also in this series: Proof by Seduction
Series: Carhart #2
Published by HQN Books on September 28th 2010
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Era
Pages: 360
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 0373774850
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SHE CANNOT FORGET THE FIRE HE IGNITED ...In the three years since her husband left her, Lady Kate Carhart has managed to forge a fulfilling life for herself. But when Ned Carhart unexpectedly returns, she finds her tranquility uprooted --- and her deepest secrets threatened. Though she has no intention of falling for Ned's charms, Kate can no longer deny the desire that still burns in her heart.OR THE PROMISE OF HIS LOVE ...Ned is determined to regain his wife's trust by using unbridled seduction. But just as Kate surrenders to Ned's passion, her carefully guarded past threatens to destroy her. Now Kate must place her faith in the only man she's ever loved, and the only one who has ever betrayed her ...

My Review
When Kate ends up in a compromising position with Ned, she ends up married. Then after three months he abandons her and leaves and she doesn’t hear from him for three years. Then he pops back into her life. Kate has not been sitting idly by while her husband has been gone. She has had a very fulfilling life, living a life that no one knows her deep secret. Because knowledge of it could put others lives at risk, not to mention her own. So when Ned returns, she can’t deny the desire she feels, what she has always felt for him. Ned left three years ago to find himself, he knew he needed to prove himself. Even though he regretted having to leave Kate, he knew it was for the best. Now he is back, strong and capable and determined to prove himself to her…

The Hero (Ned Carhart)
 Ned has always felt less than himself and has felt like he has needed to prove himself all of his life. When events are set in motion where he finds himself married at a very young age, he knows he needs to find himself and establish a life for himself, even if that means leaving Kate for a time. When he returns he senses that things are very different for both himself and Kate. He knows he has much to make for when it comes to Kate. He also knows that he has never wanted someone so much as he wants Kate.

The Heroine (Kate Carhart)
Kate, has led a double life, a life that even though it saves others from harm, she has no choice but to do it in secret, and must keep it from those that she cares about the most. When Ned, her husband returns back into her life, she has no idea what to expect from him. He has changed so much, but the passion she feels for him is rekindled, and she doesn’t know if she can or will deny it…

My Thoughts 
I have to say I am truly enjoying this author…way too much. There is just something about her books that keeps you reading. When I first read the blurb for this story, I wasn’t too overly excited to read it. However I had a feeling I would enjoy it, and did I ever. I am so glad I listen to that sixth sense at times. There were so many aspects of the story that I just fell in love with. The first one would be the plot….it was such a engaging plot that was full of excitement and enough mystery to almost give me a heart attack. There were a few twists and turns throughout the story that made me always wonder ‘What Would Be Happening Next? ‘ I was always being surprised at different intervals that just kept me involved in the story. I found that I truly enjoyed the characters quite a bit. Maybe more than the first book. Ned is the type of hero that one doesn’t see too often, but you are always pleased when it does. I probably wouldn’t put him in the alpha male category, more like beta male. He will fight for what he wants, but isn’t too domineering or controlling. You can see what a gentle man he is, although he can certainly be protective when its needed. I also enjoyed Kate, whose secret life just made me grin the whole time I was reading it. Kate is very caring and would sacrifice herself to help another. I really loved seeing Ned and Kate interact with each other, since they definitely have different backgrounds in a way that keeps their relationship very interesting. A Lovely written story that will tug at those heartstrings!

My Favorite Quote 
“Before he could think better of it,  he leaned down  and touched his lips to hers. She was soft and for all the murky complications of his own lust, the kiss he gave her was as simple and unshadowed as a summer noon. She tasted of warm sunshine and soft breezes. “

About Courtney Milan

Courtney Milan lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a marginally-trained dog, and an attack cat. Courtney wishes she could say she has lived in numerous fabulous places. But aside from her husband, there is a distinct lack of fabulousness in her life. Instead, she is happy when standards in the Milan household hover above mediocrity. Her husband attempts not to kill people for a living.[1] In exchange, Courtney attempts not to do the dishes.

Before she started writing historical romance, Courtney experimented with various occupations: computer programming, dog-training, scientificating... Having given up on being able to do any of those things, she's taken to heart the axiom that those who can't do, teach. When she's not reading (lots), writing (lots), or sleeping (not enough), she can be found in the vicinity of a classroom.


1. The astute reader will notice that this sentence can be read as either "Courtney's husband attempts to make his living by means other than offing unsuspecting passersby," or as "Courtney's husband, while making a living, tries not to leave dead bodies in his wake." Luckily, both are true. Although it must be admitted that Mr. Milan has had greater success with the former.

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