|Plot Summary of Beyond Desire|
Alexandra's sister, Allegra has been kidnapped and the bracelets her father had secreted away before he died have been stolen by Dzmura. Alexandra refuses to let Ryder Culhane, the man who has haunted her thoughts for the last 2 years, to search for them on his own and offers herself as his prize for taking her along.
Ryder feels she will only hold him back and time is of the essence. With his 6th sense he can feel the danger around them. Will he find her sister and the bracelets? Will Alexandra be safe? Or is he the one in danger... from the woman who has offered herself to him?
They embark on a journey together and find love. They endure through train rides, desert paths, and over mountains while all the while someone is watching them and trying to kill them. They struggle with their feelings for each other; Alexandra's fear and inexperience, and the trust the have for each other.
Then, when they are almost to their destination, Alexandra is kidnapped by Dzmura's men and taken to him to become a part of his harem. Ryder is left to bring her back to him for she is his and will belong to no one else.
This synopsis report prepared by Amy in Wisconsin
Kensington, Oct 2003, 14.00, 336 pp.
Late in the nineteenth century while searching for the fabled Zoran in Arabia, Sir Peregrine deLisle dies. Before his death Sir Peregrine hid ancient bracelets in a secret chamber in his English home as he did not trust their neighbor, Dzmura. However, the sly Dzmura gained entrance to Peregrine's home by paying attention to one of the daughters, Allegra.
Called a grave robber because of his uncanny ability to sense lost treasures buried under tons of sand, Ryder Culhane was with Peregrine when he died. He visits Alexandra to inquire about the bracelets, but she is aloof, cold, and nasty as only an English woman can be when she is attracted to a forbidden male. Dzmura works indirectly as he sends Allegra to steal them, which she does.
The thieves flee for Persia. Ryder plans to follow them. Alexandra needs to go after her sibling so she offers the adventurer anything he desires if he will take her with him. As they travel through Europe and eventually Persia, Alexandra and Ryder have many adventures including dynamic ones in makeshift boudoirs as they fall in love.
Known for her erotic romances, Thea Devine provides her fans with a delightful historical tale that has her usual degree of sex to the third X, but inside of an exciting action tale. Alexandra is a courageous soul who will do anything to see her younger sister safe. Though some of locales and timing for the boudoir adventures seem difficult in terms of getting it up (no headaches stop this duo as Ryder can do it in a sandstorm) readers will appreciate Ms. Devine's Persian adventure.
This synopsis report prepared by Harriet Klausner
|Chapter Analysis of Beyond Desire|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Time/era of story
- 19th century
- searching for a treasure
Main Male Character
If magical/mental powers:
- mind reading
Main Female Character
- Very shy
- moving train
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- moderately detailed references to deaths
What % of story is romance related?
How explicit is the sex?
- descript of kissing
- actual description of sex
- Weiner talk
Focus of story
- equally on him and her
- many multiple characters
How much dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much sexing?
- 5-9 sex acts
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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