A Whisper of Desire
“Lady Marisa Hawkstone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational, he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets.
Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.“ -Goodreads
With a name like “A Whisper of Desire” you just know there are going to be a lot of intimate moments, and there were. I ended up getting this novel as an ARC from Netgalley, but then forgot about it. “A Whisper of Desire” turns out to be the 4th book in a series I had not read before. Due to this there were a few moments that I thought details were missing, but it is good enough to pass as a stand alone. It doesn’t happen often, but I was impressed with this story. The characters are likable, complex, and intelligent. Their actions were well thought out. It also helps that the intimate scenes were pretty good, enough for me to give it 4 flames of hotness. My only objection is that there was an almost unnecessary plot twist at the end.