“Lords of Desire” is a four-author English historical anthology with stories ranging from the Georgian to the Edwardian era. I was quite split on how to rate this one as I enjoyed two of the stories very much and two not so much.
“Smuggler’s Lair” is a Georgian/Victorian time-travel tale by Virginia Henley. When a repressed Victorian Reverend’s daughter is cast back in time and discovers a love that transcends time. ***I confess that I’ve never particularly liked Ms Henley’s stories as they seem a bit overwrought to me and this one was no exception.
Sally MacKenzie contributed the Regency, “The Naked Laird”, about two young lovers who marry and allow a tragedy to separate them only to be brought back together by a scheming lady and a scandalous house party. ***MacKenzie’s skill with combining humor and steamy romance is one of the things that keep me enjoying her stories.
Take a repressed and nervous Victorian bride, add sexual ignorance and fear, stir in a man all to ready to take on the role of sex educator, and you’ll have Victoria Dahl’s spicy addition to this anthology. ***This is my first short story by Ms. Dahl and second read. Her talent at writing feelings into a love scene will give you shivers of delight.
Lastly, Kristi Astor wraps up the anthology with an Edwardian tale, “Swept Away”. This story is about two people who seem wrong for each other discovering that the changes in society mean they’re more right together than they imagined. ***My first by Ms Astor and quite a different read. This was the shortest read but still kept my attention.
There you have it. Two I enjoyed, one I liked, and one…eh, not so much.