This is the book that started it all: my love for England, my love for everything British, my love for historical romances, and my love for history. This is the book that pulled me into the literary world and promised me another entire universe of beauty and wonder.
I may be exaggerating a bit but it is true.
While I like to read, it would often be this kind of books:
Don’t get me wrong though. I still keep on reading stuff like these. I still enjoy reading interesting facts about our world and everything in it.
So, how did my love for historical romance start?
I stumbled upon the tome itself while I was browsing for things to read at grandma’s house (Note: Grandma’s house is our ancestral home.) I was thirteen or fourteen that fateful day. The first thing that caught my eye was the cover:
For several minutes, I stared at the cover. I felt their passion even though the background doesn’t quite suit what the two were portraying. Desire itself leaped from the book cover, enticing me to open the book and read.
I got tempted.
I was unable to resist.
I devoured it, page by page, stopping every now and then for a bathroom break. I finished it in one day and craved for more. Thus, my appetite for historical romances began.
My Heart’s Desire by Andrea Kane (Barrett #1)
Never were there two more unlikely people to fall in love… Lady Alexandria Cassel scorned London’s frivolous social whirl, seeking adventure as a stowaway aboard a merchant ship. Drake Barrett was the vessel’s powerful captain — and a cynical duke who disdained a noble’s shallow life. At sea he revealed neither his origins nor his wealth, and to Alexandria he was simply a man who made her cool reserve fly with the winds…whose desire for her was as wild as the ocean they sailed. Caught in the crossfire of war, they were shipwrecked on an idyllic island, where they tasted perfect passion…and tenderness. But Drake dreaded the day of their rescue — when his love would discover that the virile man she adored was at the pinnacle of the aristocracy she despised. Hardly did they suspect the base treachery that would soon threaten them…and the dangers each would brave to join forever their hearts and lives!
Recommendations from other readers: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/163191.My_Heart_s_Desire
This was my first historical romance so I don’t have anything else to say about how the historical facts were interwoven into the novel other than the fact that I had fallen in love with Drake Barrett. HAHA! I imagine Fabio having dark hair and green eyes (I also fell in love with the eye color) and that brooding expression. *swoons*
The story was an absolute delight, even if there were certain scenes *wink wink* that I had not understood during the first time I read it. I had to read it twice. HAHA!
Personal rating: 3.8/5Oh! For those who don’t know who Fabio is, it is this guy:
Author’s Note: The photographs used are not mine. No copyright infringement intended.