The Book of True Desires

The Book of True Desires

by Betina Krahn

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Overview

The Book of the Seven Delights was called “a treasure” (Booklist, starred review). Now, the New York Times bestselling author presents the much-anticipated second novel in her Victorian-set romantic adventure series.
 
Cordelia Blackburn has struck a deal with her crusty tycoon of a grandfather to fund an expedition that will make her name as an explorer. But first, he requires she prove herself—by locating three Mayan stone carvings and something known as “the gift of the jaguar.” 
 
To make matters worse, he insists on sending someone along to authenticate her findings—his arrogant butler!—and it becomes clear that a powerful and ruthless third party is set on finding the fabled stones and treasure first
 
As the trail leads them across the Caribbean and into Mexico, Cordelia learns that tall, sardonic Hartford Goodnight is far more than just a butler. And Goodnight learns that beautiful, provocative Cordelia is as tough as she is tempting. Soon the pair is hip deep in danger and desire, racing the competition to the prize—and trying to keep the sparks between them from setting the rainforest ablaze.
 
“[Readers] will take immense delight in Betina Krahn’s fabulous late Victorian tale.”—The Best Reviews
 
“[A] lively romp. Look for her trademark wit, her appealing characters, and a delightful dose of the exotic.”—Library Journal
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101214954
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 822 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Betina Krahn lives in Florida with her husband, two sons, and salt-and-pepper schnauzer. With degrees in biology and counseling, she has worked in teaching, personnel management, and mental health. She attributes her positive outlook on life to having married an unflinching optimist and two great-grandmothers named Pollyanna.

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The Book of True Desires 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The dense rain forest of Mexico isn¿t the only thing steaming in this book. Cordelia O¿Keefe Blackburn is an unusual young woman during the Victorian Era. She¿s an adventurer and as strong willed as the unknown grandfather she must approach if she hopes to make a name for herself as an explorer. Her grandfather is a tycoon who knows a deal when he hears it, but manipulates the stipulations to fit his goals. A butler, a pirate, a professor, and some soldiers are thrown into the adventure. They travel from Tampa, to Cuba, and finally to the rain forest of Mexico, where both physical and emotional danger awaits. An enjoyable read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1898 at the Tampa Bay Hotel, statuesque beauty Cordelia O¿Keefe checkmates elderly Samuel P. ¿Hardacre¿ Morgan before inviting the much older gentleman to join her for dinner. At the restaurant, Cordelia introduces her Aunt Hedda to Hardacre before he demands she tell him what she wants from him. She explains she is a gambling explorer who always wins her wagers as she sets out to examine places no one of either gender visits. She further states she won a hieroglyphics stone dated back to the biblical era in Egypt of the mines of a foreign king that experts tell her is Solomon. She wants him to fund her expedition to King Solomon¿s mines until she sates she is his granddaughter her father was his son Thomas. --- The next day he provides her with a counteroffer of financing if she finds the Mayan Gift of the Jaguar with his indentured butler Hartford Goodnight to authenticate her success or more likely failure. As the daring duo struggles for survival in the Yucatan against snakes, butterfly hordes, and two and four legged beasts, they fall in love, but an unknown person follows them with a plan to steal the Jaguar and kill Hartford and Cordelia. --- From the moment that the incredibly competent Cordelia (think female Indiana Jones) checkmates her grandfather in nine moves until the last rumble in the jungle, this terrific historical romantic adventure never slows down. The story line is fast-paced, but the lead couple is a fully developed pairing as Cordelia realizes the arrogant English butler is quite at home in the heat and danger of the Yucatan. Fans will appreciate joining the intrepid couple on their jarring, jostling, and jolting jaunt for the Gift of the Jaguar. --- Harriet Klausner
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is historical romantic adventure. Think The Mummy or Indiana Jones.Cordelia O'Keefe is an adventurer. To fund her next expedition, she's forced to turn to her last resort--Samuel P. Blackburn, the wealthy grandfather who'd disowned her father before Cordelia was even born. Samuel P. is a scheming manipulator, and he agrees, but only if she'll find the "Gift of the Jaguar" for him. And she has to take his fussy, sarcastic butler, Hartford Goodnight along to report back to him. He entrusts the funds to Goodnight so she's not tempted to ditch the butler somewhere along the way.From then on, it's page-turning adventure, with one thrilling situation after another. The quest takes them from Florida to Cuba and then to Mayan ruins in the jungle. They encounter revolutionaries, gun-runners, and natives, some who help them, and some who want to beat them to the treasure and will stop at nothing to get it. They also encounter venomous snakes, quirky donkeys, and a mysterious jaguar, along with an incredible variety of flora.Goodnight turns out to be much more than Cordelia expected, and their romance grows along with their understanding and respect for each other.I really cannot recommend this book highly enough--it's just so much fun! The characters and the situations and the settings are so vivid that it's like watching an adventure movie even for someone as non-visually-oriented as I am. In fact, The Book of True Desires would make a fabulous feature film.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. Humor, romance and mystery to keep you reading on to the next page.