Desperate Measures by Clair Firth

Book: Desperate Measures
Author: Claire Firth
Genre: Regency Romance (erotic)

Lady Isabelle Pennington has been put off men for life.  Married off by her family to an abusive man 35 years her senior, she is now widowed and virtually penniless.  His debauched lifestyle and treatment of her has left her deeply scarred and vowing that never again will she allow other people to run her life. 
Guy Montford has had one wife walk out on him and has no wish to enter the matrimonial stakes again.  But when he and Isabelle are thrown together, he begins to see through her cold exterior and finds himself becoming obsessed by her aloof beauty despite himself.  
To begin with Isabelle wants nothing to do with this imposing Duke who has dragged her into his life, but then to her shock she realises that he does not repulse her as her first husband had done.  Indeed for the first time ever, she actually starts to enjoy the exquisite sensations he arouses in her.
Two damaged people intent on maintaining their independence.  But both turn out to be highly passionate – and once passion flares it can be difficult to control!
804aa-newreview5 Stars
I wasn’t too sure about this story when I first started reading it because I don’t read a lot of regency or time period stories but I really liked this one. I fell in love with Isabelle. She was set up to be in a marriage to a horrible man who was older than her by 30 something years. He liked things a certain way and that definitely included intimacy. Although in his case it wouldn’t really be called intimacy. He was a horrible man. When he died he left nothing to Isabelle. Isabelle turned to her friend and her husband for help. Isabelle didn’t want to get re married but instead find a job as a nanny. She didn’t have any experience with that so her friend and husband wanted to set her up with the husbands cousin, Guy. Isabelle didn’t like this idea because she didn’t think it would look too proper but Guy talked her into just going over and meeting his son Charles then make her decision. When Isabelle went over she walked into the mass of friends that Guy had invited over on a whim along with his mistress. Isabelle couldn’t believe that that was the kind of person that Guy was especially when he has a son. That isn’t the type of person Guy is though. Then all of a sudden Guy gets a message that his mother just had a  bad heart attack and he had to go over right away. He talks Isabelle into going with him so that she can meet his son. While at his mothers estate Guy shows up in front of Isabelle and asks her to help him out with a task. His mother has always been sad because after his horrible marriage and divorce she wanted him to remarry. He has come up with the plan that Isabelle is his fiance so that his mother can be happy because the doctor doesn’t think she will make it much longer. Then all of a sudden after some time his mother started to get better and their ruse was out in the open. Now people think they are engaged and soon to be married. Isabelle again decides to help Guy out and marry him. Even though Isabelle has no want to get married ever again she does it for him. While they are married they both have some hurdles to jump but they will do their best. This book is an easy read and a good one for anyone.
She took a deep breath.  ‘I have been married once before as you know, and I found the act of making love – a ridiculous description if ever there was one – the most abhorrent and disgusting of activities I have ever had to endure.  There is no pleasure to be had from witnessing men become like animals as they indulge their carnal appetites; neither is there pleasure in the pain their unleashed passions inflict upon their unfortunate partners.  I have no intention of sharing your bed – or anyone else’s I can assure you – and unless you can accept that condition in this marriage, then I regret the only alternative would be to seek an annulment.’
Her face was a deep flush of red by the time she had finished – in total contrast to the whiteness of Guy’s.  For the first time in his life he truly did not know what to say.  He stared at her in absolute astonishment until, grasping her handkerchief, she rose quickly to her feet and stumbled from the room. 

I’m a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde really – respectable crime/romantic suspense author by day and closet steamy romance writer by night!  Both under different names of course – I couldn’t possibly let my children (and more importantly their spouses) see what I get up to between the covers.  I’ve always loved writing and started off with M&B type romances in my twenties and early thirties, progressing to women’s fiction with a bit more bite after that.  But I always loved the romance and in particular writing the sexy scenes, and so Claire Firth was born! 
I live in Cambridgeshire, UK and seem to spend most of my time trying to successfully juggle my life – and failing pathetically.  It’s a writer’s lot I think to be disorganised – that’s what I tell my husband anyway (who is completely the opposite to me).  This lack of organisational skills does have one advantage however – it’s meant that I’ve become something of an expert at Crisis Management – mostly from personal experience as I lurch from one crisis to the next.   I can’t ever imagine not writing – I write any time and any place – and when I’m not physically writing, I’m away with the fairies in my head, plotting.  It’s a great life and I wouldn’t swap it for anything!
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