Trial by Desire by Courtney Milan {Amanda’s Review}

Posted 29 August, 2014 by Amanda / 7 Comments

Trial by Desire by Courtney Milan {Amanda’s Review}Trial by Desire (A Carhart Series Novel) by Courtney Milan
Series: Carhart #2
Also in this series: Proof by Seduction
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency, Romance, Victorian
Pages: 365
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

Lady Kathleen Carhart knows all about imperfect marriages. For years, she has secretly helped women escape their violent husbands. She feels she owes it to womankind. After all, her husband is perfect: handsome, gentle, amusing…and best of all, he left the country three years ago. She isn’t even bitter about that anymore. Mostly.

When Ned Carhart returns in the middle of her most delicate operation to date, her life is thrown into turmoil. She’ll do anything to preserve her secrets…even if it means risking her heart to the man who abandoned her once.

Can one have enough Courtney Milan?

Thoughts on Trial by Desire

After finishing Trial by Desire, I experienced a brief—but strong—moment of woe and panic when I thought it was the last Courtney Milan book I haven’t read. But lo! I have another one. Crisis averted. But this is the state I get in over Courtney Milan’s books.

After Proof by Seduction (book 1), I was curious what would happen to Ned. Because Ned landed himself in a marriage and he wasn’t handling it very well. And while I understood, I also hated what was happening to Kate as a result.

So then there was this book.

And I’m glad there was this book. Ned is back and different, but still Ned. And Kate has always been there and she’s persevered and made something of herself, even if no one knows what that is. (Because secrets. And trouble.)

But I’m glad that the two came together. I like my HEA. This one wasn’t quite as emotional as the first book, but… it still made me happy. Ned needed his story. Kate needed someone to believe in her. And, you know. Bad man got his comeuppance. Always a win.


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7 Responses to “Trial by Desire by Courtney Milan {Amanda’s Review}”

  1. Oh, how I HATE ‘surprise’ series’ finales, so I’m glad that that wasn’t the case here. Ned seems like an interesting character, and I’m all about HEA too. That’s too bad that this installment wasn’t quite as good as book 1, but still, 4 stars is pretty darned good for a sequel. Happy Friday!

    • Yes! I’m pretty lax about my romance reads—they are escape reads, after all—so it doesn’t take much to please me. Give me great characters (even if I want to slap them at first) and a HEA, and I’m happy.

    • Courtney Milan recently put out enhanced versions of her books, which basically means it includes audio and video or other research she had about the book in the book.

      The downside is that you need a compatible device (my three year old Kindle didn’t qualify), but she has links to all the media on her website, so you don’t technically miss out.

  2. I adore you Amanda! I share your panic when I think maybe I’ve finally exhausted a favorite author’s backlist (*shudders*) and will be forced to simply wait until their next book comes out. It’s the best feeling in the world to find out you still have more books to pour through before the waiting begins!

    • Yes, except… now I’m truly out of Courtney Milan books. WOE WOE WOE, JENNY. HOW CAN I GO ON? Her next book—the start of a new series!—isn’t out until December.

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