Desire Me

Robyn DeHart
Desire Me
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Release Date
June 2010
Book 2 of Legend Hunters
Historical Romance

Years ago, Maxwell Barrett found a map to Atlantis and dedicated his life to the search for the mystical lost continent. But when an alluring woman makes a wager for the priceless artifact, he may have discovered an even greater treasure.

A descendant of Atlantis, Sabine Tobias needs the map to decipher an ancient prophecy. What she doesn't need are the sparks flying between her and Max. He's too devilishly charming to be trusted: The fate of her people is at stake as well as her heart. Yet a ruthless killer also covets the map. Now Max and Sabine must race to decode the prophecy's riddle before this criminal fulfills his deadly mission.

Book Review by Leslie (reviewer)
Oct 21, 2010   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
183 people found the following review helpful
Sabine Tobias is a beautiful young woman in the prime of her life. The year is 1888 and she is still unsure as to why she was not chosen as the new guardian, when her mother passed on. The villagers made their choice and that was that. Her mother had been training her in the ways of a guardian, but Sabine really felt the villagers got it right when they chose her Aunt Agnes. But why then did her mother begin her training?

In Desire Me, Robyn DeHart has done a wonderful job creating a cast of characters in a time and place that draws the imagination. Sabine lost her mother when she was still young and was raised by her aunts in a small village; this was in order to keep their real identity a secret. There are small pockets of these villages throughout England where the inhabitants keep to themselves and remain hidden; they are some of the last decedents of the original inhabitants of Atlantis.

As the rumors and signs of the prophesy increase, Sabine and her Aunts move to London to open a shop. Here they will hide in plain sight and use the very thing that sets them apart, the elixir, in a crème for ladies skin. This will keep their nemesis from finding them easily. Sabine has to learn how to fit in, and she also has to find a way to know more about the fabled map of Atlantis, in order to learn more of the legend. Her origin puts her at risk but she must remain strong. For some reason she feels that it is up to her to save her Aunts from exposure and to help them get in touch with the other guardians.

Her Aunt Agnes, the guardian of healing, is a wonderful character. She is elderly but quite lively and very likable. Throughout the story we find out new and unique things about her that create such a yearning I wanted her for my own family. She had a forbidden love from her youth that was forever in her heart. The love is so heartfelt and genuine, it is a shock to find it is also so forbidden. Her sisters Lydia and Calliope have their own idiosyncrasies and make for an interesting and fun group of characters. They are as close as friends, as they are sisters, and each rally around when any threat should occur. I was quite amused during one episode and could actually visualize it when they showed up, one with an old pistol and the other with a fireplace poker. They have certain panache.

Our jaunty and extremely handsome hero of the piece is Maxwell Barrett, Marquis of Lindberg. He also belongs to a group called Solomon's, a selective and secretive group of treasure hunters. Max's whole life has revolved around proving that Atlantis really existed. At the tender age of seventeen, he risked his life and found, buried deep in a cave, an actual map of the fabled land. Off and on throughout his life, he had been approached about the map, but his visit from Sabine was his most unique and piqued his curiosity. He is very astute and incredibly intelligent so he is not fooled by her naivete when questioning him on the map. He is very attracted to her for her beauty but also finds her aloofness a challenge.

Max has met his match in Sabine. He has steered clear of entanglements that touch his heart and has no intention of allowing anyone that close to him. That does not mean that a little dalliance might not be in order. Sabine, while extremely attracted to Maxwell, knows that with her heritage she cannot afford to lose her heart to anyone. As they learn to trust each other, you begin to feel the heat, with each glance, each flex of a muscle, even a breeze softly blowing, tugging at their clothing, creating an outline of the contours of their bodies. If a glance can sear, you can feel the crackle. It is hot and smoldering. When they finally attempt to disburse that heat, they only find it has ignited an inferno. Both pretend it means nothing, but the pull is obvious as well as inevitable.

Spencer Cole, the chosen, is the nemesis of this story, and Robyn has created a character that is steeped in evil and easy to hate. He is oily and elusive, believing his own hype while he stalks and murders members of the Queens guard. He considers himself above reproach and the murders as necessary to create the world as he was meant to rule. To him the victims are not real, they are just a stepping stone to take him to his final destination.

Robyn Depart has given you a glimpse of the world of Atlantis, just enough to have you wanting more. While spinning a story out of fantasy, she also takes you back to a place in history, giving us more then just a skiff of time. You can visualize the era though the dress of the period, the weaponry and uniforms, as well as an audience with the queen. Robyn has taken no shortcuts with her writing and the history comes alive, putting you right in the middle of this story. The romance between Max and Sabine is strong and believable, a chemistry that is hard to deny. Atlantis was built up as a part of the story, and essential to what has made the characters so marvelous. I was somewhat disappointed that in the end we were left with an uncertainty of how the story really affected the descendents of that imaginary place. The historical significance of the book is well done and fully realized, but I did feel that it lacked a bit of closure on the fantasy element. It is, however, a well written story of love and betrayal with a well developed plot that is sure to captivate the readers.
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