The Heart's Desire

The Heart's Desire

by Gayle Wilson

One Night of GloryTall and lithe, Emily Fairfax was unaware of the power of her innocence.

But from the first, Dominic knew the danger of their desire.

  • Series: Heart's Desire
  • Language: English
  • Category: Romance
  • Rating: 4.10
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: January 25th 1994 by Harlequin Historical
  • Isbn10: 0373288115
  • Isbn13: 9780373288113

What People Think about "The Heart's Desire"

Because of his disability, he couldnt join the army to fight the Napoleonic Wars but was able to create and run an important spy network compiling crucial information about the enemy. As the book opens, Dominic is investigating a traitor who is leaking information and killing couriers. While visiting the generals house, Dominic meets his daughter Emily, Lady Harland. Emilys strength and pride are severely tested when she first encounters Dominic.

Only a love pure and blazing as Emily's would be strong enough to consume Dominic's stronghold. Love makes us able to overcome pride, resentment, forgive one another and live in peace and harmony.

I admit that it kept me reading, but at the same time it could be a little frustrating to believe that the hero and heroine had finally gotten past something only to have another thing rear its ugly head, and underneath it all was their own stubbornness and pride borne out of their insecurities fueling a lot of the conflict. In this way, hes pretty much one of those old-school bodice-ripper type alpha heroes who isnt particularly in touch with his feelings and who usually isnt really my cup of tea. However, although I felt like it took a little too long to get there, we eventually learn that Dominic has a very sympathetic past. Dominic has also resolved not to marry or have children for fear of passing his disability on, so when Emily comes into the picture, tempting him to break that vow, hes far from the cuddliest of heroes. I did however, appreciate his ability to make Emilys brother, Devon, feel useful again, and he does gradually soften somewhat as the story progresses. Emilys father and brothers were all in the military and heading off to fight in the war, and she had no intention of being left behind. As for Dominic and Emilys relationship, it took a little while for me to start feeling that all-important emotional connection. Overall, I didnt feel like they communicated very well throughout most of the story either. There are some strong secondary characters in The Hearts Desire, including Emilys father and brother. Theyre more like friends or even family, with Moss frequently speaking his mind to both Dominic and Emily in a way that most servants wouldnt and playing a role in finally getting them to see reason. The romance itself may have been a little more subdued and not the wildly passionate and emotional ride I prefer, but I, at least, turned the last page feeling like Dominic and Emily had finally passed all the major hurdles to finding happiness, had come to a fuller understanding of each other, and were on their way to a more peaceful marriage.

and the heroine quite a bit silly, immature and prone to misunderstanding the hero and his intentions. the style was good to read - fairly rich-, and the frequent humiliations the hero bestowed on the heroine had me on the verge of tears a couple of times.

The hero, Dominic, suffers from a leg deformity that he's had since birth.

It's equally clear Emily is clueless about the pregnancy. There's no point in the novel at which the reader sees Emily realize she's pregnant.

In addition to twice winning the prestigious RITA Award, Gayles books have garnered more than 50 other awards and nominations, including most recently the Daphne du Maurier Award for the Best Single Title Romantic Suspense of 2008, awarded to Victim, her latest novel from MIRA.