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If you love Lenora Bell and Tessa Dare, you’ll love the next book in New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s Logical Man’s Society series about a delicious battle of the sexes between a determined woman and a stubborn gentleman. She arrived in town, beautiful and bold and declaring that she’s inherited property that he has already claimed! As a member of the loca If you love Lenora Bell and Tessa Dare, you’ll love the next book in New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s Logical Man’s Society series about a delicious battle of the sexes between a determined woman and a stubborn gentleman. She arrived in town, beautiful and bold and declaring that she’s inherited property that he has already claimed! As a member of the local Logical Men’s Society, Ned Thurlowe prides himself on thinking clearly and calmly at all times. And it’s clear that the meeting place of the society—a local tavern—is his even if the men have turned it to shambles. But Ned’s claim is challenged by Gemma Estep, who’s announced she’s decided to turn it into some sort of respectable tea garden for the local ladies. Ned challenges Gemma, and in doing so, behaves most illogically, for though he wants to dismiss her, he also can’t help but desire her. Gemma has had enough of men telling her what to do, and she’s vowed to make her own way in the world. And Ned Thurlowe is ruining her plans. Not only has he laid claim to her property, pitting them in a heated fight for its ownership, he’s also arousing in her feelings she’s never sensed before. And although they argue, they quickly discover they have more in common than they’d each ever dreamed—could their disagreement be turning into desire?


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If you love Lenora Bell and Tessa Dare, you’ll love the next book in New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s Logical Man’s Society series about a delicious battle of the sexes between a determined woman and a stubborn gentleman. She arrived in town, beautiful and bold and declaring that she’s inherited property that he has already claimed! As a member of the loca If you love Lenora Bell and Tessa Dare, you’ll love the next book in New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell’s Logical Man’s Society series about a delicious battle of the sexes between a determined woman and a stubborn gentleman. She arrived in town, beautiful and bold and declaring that she’s inherited property that he has already claimed! As a member of the local Logical Men’s Society, Ned Thurlowe prides himself on thinking clearly and calmly at all times. And it’s clear that the meeting place of the society—a local tavern—is his even if the men have turned it to shambles. But Ned’s claim is challenged by Gemma Estep, who’s announced she’s decided to turn it into some sort of respectable tea garden for the local ladies. Ned challenges Gemma, and in doing so, behaves most illogically, for though he wants to dismiss her, he also can’t help but desire her. Gemma has had enough of men telling her what to do, and she’s vowed to make her own way in the world. And Ned Thurlowe is ruining her plans. Not only has he laid claim to her property, pitting them in a heated fight for its ownership, he’s also arousing in her feelings she’s never sensed before. And although they argue, they quickly discover they have more in common than they’d each ever dreamed—could their disagreement be turning into desire?

30 review for Her First Desire

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: A Logical Man’s Guide to Dangerous Women #2 Publication Date: 4/27/21 Number of Pages: 384 Widowed Gemma Estep has absolutely had it with men! She’s never met one she could trust and rely on – even her father who loved her left his fortune to her worthless husband rather than to her. When her husband died in a duel over another man’s wife, his brother inherited the fortune and ‘allowed’ her to live with his family – basically as a servant. Her final straw was when she discovered a letter in Series: A Logical Man’s Guide to Dangerous Women #2 Publication Date: 4/27/21 Number of Pages: 384 Widowed Gemma Estep has absolutely had it with men! She’s never met one she could trust and rely on – even her father who loved her left his fortune to her worthless husband rather than to her. When her husband died in a duel over another man’s wife, his brother inherited the fortune and ‘allowed’ her to live with his family – basically as a servant. Her final straw was when she discovered a letter in her brother-in-law’s desk. That letter – addressed to her – was months old – and it was the news that her beloved uncle, her only relative, had died. After a loud confrontation with her brother-in-law, she decided to leave because she had a letter that made her believe that her uncle had left her his establishment, The Garland. OMGoodness, the mess she found when she arrived to make her claim! That mess included the state of disrepair in which she found the Garland – and the animosity of the male population of the village – many of whom belonged to the Logical Men’s Society. Doctor Ned Thurlowe is a well-respected physician and member of the village. He is of a scientific nature and really pays little attention to what is actually going on around him. People talk to him, but he pays almost no attention to what they are actually saying. He’s always thinking of something else entirely. He’s betrothed, but it is a pity betrothal that he was sort of shamed into. He is totally indifferent to the woman and has been putting off the wedding for over two years. He knows he’ll marry her someday – but not today. Then, that wicked, flame-haired harridan came to town, and he found he might actually have feelings. Who knew? Of course, they could never be friends because she is claiming the Garland – and worse yet – she plans to turn it into a tea garden where the Logical Men’s Society will not be allowed to meet! The nerve of her. Ned’s character seems to be a caricature rather than a real person. He certainly needed to have a grand epiphany because he was not a particularly likable character for most of the book. Because of his background, he had a very insecure nature and wasn’t one for trusting – especially women. I don’t care for infidelity in any book I read – and – while many of you will disagree with me – this book has infidelity in it. Ned is betrothed to a lovely young woman. He asked her to marry and she agreed – and then he never made any effort to get to know her or care about her – and then he has a relationship with Gemma. He should have dealt with the betrothal before he ever embarked on the relationship with Gemma. I’m not a believer in those ‘uncontrollable’ urges. I believe you always have a choice – even if you don’t like the available options. I liked the IDEA of this story much better than I liked the execution. I thought it would be a bright, funny, entertaining romance, and for me personally, it just wasn’t. I have begun to wonder if all authors hate men or if it is just a wide swath of the Historical Romance authors. I’ve read several books within the last month whose common theme was that every female in the story was constantly referring to men as idiots, wastrels, untrustworthy, rakes, etc. To me, that sort of equates to thinking all blondes are dumb as in all of the blonde jokes. It isn’t true and it is insulting to my intelligence to try to make me think it is. While I wouldn’t read this book a second time, I hope you’ll enjoy it if you choose to read it. I also think I’ll skip any remaining books in the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Her First Desire is the second book of Cathy Maxwell's A Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women series. If you haven't read the prior book, you won't have any problems. I haven't read it either, yet I breezed through this fun battle of the sexes Regency story in about a day, and I wasn't the least bit lost. I was extremely entertained and plan to go back and read the first one. Gemma Estep is the poor relation who lives with her deceased husband's family after he dies in a disgraceful manner. Whe Her First Desire is the second book of Cathy Maxwell's A Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women series. If you haven't read the prior book, you won't have any problems. I haven't read it either, yet I breezed through this fun battle of the sexes Regency story in about a day, and I wasn't the least bit lost. I was extremely entertained and plan to go back and read the first one. Gemma Estep is the poor relation who lives with her deceased husband's family after he dies in a disgraceful manner. When looking in her brother-in-law's desk for paper, she discovers a hidden letter written to her informing her of her uncle's death. Her uncle previously wrote to her telling her that when he's gone, all that he had was hers. When Gemma demands a widow's portion from her brother-in-law she is refused, so she heads to the village of Maidenshop to turn her uncle's tavern into a respectable family tea garden. When she arrives, however, she meets local doctor Ned Thurlowe, a member of the Logical Men’s Society, who informs her that he is planning to use the tavern as the meeting place of the Society. Well, that just won't do at all! The local matrons help Gemma clean up the tavern for her tea garden, while the men attempt to sabotage her. The fight is on...except Gemma and Ned, despite their confrontations with each other, begin to develop deep feelings. Just how can any good come of this, however, as Ned is already engaged to a local lass? This story was heaps of fun and I had trouble putting it down. There were some maddening issues, though. Ned was engaged to a sweet local girl whom the matrons basically foisted on Ned in order to help her out. He had no feelings for her whatsoever and he kept putting her off. In other words, Ned was basically unlikable at the beginning of this book. He actually was throughout a good deal of it. Gemma was a healer making salves and the like, while arrogant Ned basically dismissed any gifts she might indeed have. He did, however, begin to grow on me as he gradually fell for Gemma and acknowledged that maybe he wasn't always right. Most of the town's men folk actually believed as he did about a woman's place in society. Gemma was good and feisty and I enjoyed watching her head out on her own to escape the thumb of her in-laws. The town matrons were particularly pushy, though they did have their hearts in the right place. I did enjoy Ned and Gemma's sparring and growing romantic feelings. They had palpable chemistry, but it wasn't graphic in the story; besides one love scene and some kisses, it was basically steam-free. This is a book you can share with your relatives without embarrassment. Despite its faults, it was an extremely entertaining tale and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more about the Logical Men’s Society, especially Ned's friend Mars. Reading this was the perfect way to spend a Sunday! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lee Hall

    Firstly, this romance is FUN! I don't usually find that the case in historical romance, but from the beginning to the end, there is so much physical action in this book. Rowdy pub scenes, a hilarious fistfight, horse rides, magistrate-carrying (you'll have to read it), dancing, etc. Maxwell really puts you in the middle of the action, and I found myself laughing and getting excited about the book. Without giving too much away, gentlemen doctor Ned Thurlowe (head of a misogynist group--trust me o Firstly, this romance is FUN! I don't usually find that the case in historical romance, but from the beginning to the end, there is so much physical action in this book. Rowdy pub scenes, a hilarious fistfight, horse rides, magistrate-carrying (you'll have to read it), dancing, etc. Maxwell really puts you in the middle of the action, and I found myself laughing and getting excited about the book. Without giving too much away, gentlemen doctor Ned Thurlowe (head of a misogynist group--trust me on this one, too) is enjoying a peaceful life in his little village when a feisty woman, Gemma, shows up claiming to have inherited the pub that Ned wants to buy. Hijinks ensue, tempers flare, hearts are broken and won. Of course, there is a happily-ever-after (as all good romance should have) and Maxwell does an excellent job of not only showing how two polar opposites can fall in love, but how two souls can complete each other, even without them knowing it. I loved 90% of this novel, but there were a couple of things that bothered me in the beginning. It's totally my opinion, though. These may not bother some people at all. While I ended up absolutely adoring Ned, his first few chapters were a little problematic. He is EXTREMELY misogynistic when we first meet him. So much so that I didn't actually know if I could finish the novel. There's even a few sort of "cheating" scenes. Not between the two main characters (they don't cheat on each other), but it involves one of them. He's actually engaged to another woman. It's hard to redeem a character like that, but Maxwell does a great job with this. He ends up groveling. A lot. But not to the woman he's engaged to. This broken engagement is handled very well, in my opinion, by Maxwell's emotional writing. The other thing that irked me a little is how fast they fell in love. Like, SUPER fast. He goes from hating her to "I love you" in the span of a few pages. It gave me whiplash. Once again, though, I think that Maxwell handles it well. It actually UPS the sexual tension--instead of losing it--and this is when Ned wins me over. His love for Gemma is fierce. Very, very fierce. A huge catnip for me is when the hero falls in love, it's completely over for him. He is 100% in love with the heroine, and no force on Earth will stop him from loving her. When Ned falls for Gemma, it's over. Nothing else matters. He does everything he can to have her. It's beautiful. While there is a ton of sexual tension in this book, there is only one real love scene and it is super quick. I think Maxwell could've included a few more of those, simply because the sexual tension is so strong. It would've been a nice payoff. Gemma is scared--more like terrified--to love another man (her last husband was bad--trust me, you'll hate him), and as a widow, she refuses to let another man ruin her life. I can completely relate to that, but I love that she is won over by Ned's admission that he is her equal, personally and professionally. She always knows this, of course, but it's nice when you see Ned finally catch up to that realization. Overall, the main things I loved about this book was the physical actions and comedy, Gemma's amazing survivor, Ned's heart eyes for Gemma, and the setting in the small village of Maidenshop. Excellent job, Ms. Maxwell! **I was given a complementary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.**

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kit

    I received an e-book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for honest feedback. About the Book: In Her First Desire, the widowed Gemma is relying on the cheap charity of her husband's relatives after the man himself and her entire family dies. When she discovers a stolen letter in her brother-in-law's desk dated back several months announcing the death of her last blood relative—an uncle—she decides to pursue her own freedom and claiming his small-town tavern. Gemma's efforts, encourage I received an e-book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for honest feedback. About the Book: In Her First Desire, the widowed Gemma is relying on the cheap charity of her husband's relatives after the man himself and her entire family dies. When she discovers a stolen letter in her brother-in-law's desk dated back several months announcing the death of her last blood relative—an uncle—she decides to pursue her own freedom and claiming his small-town tavern. Gemma's efforts, encouraged by the women of the town tired of being excluded from "men's" spaces, are threatened by the town doctor and leader of the Logical Men's Society, a once revered bachelor's group turned into a drinking club headquartered at the tavern. The Good: Maxwell's second novel in the series is quite enjoyable, even for someone who has not read the first. I enjoyed seeing women banding together to fight patriarchal social orders, not overly encumbered by a not-like-other-girls attitude. While Gemma is clearly the main character, well-respected, ambitious, and "ethereal" in her beauty, she is not any better than the other village women. In fact, she relies on them as her allies and confidants, wholly aware she would have failed miserably without them. The Bad: Then men in this book are awful. Their sexist views are proudly shared unchallenged by most everyone, clearly stating over and over again that a woman should never have any right to property, even when she is heir-apparent to the deceased. In their drunken, lackadaisical, offensive manner, the Logical Men's Society resorts to disturbingly childish, and even violent, attempts to get their petty way. The romantic hero is of course the ringleader of the group, though he claims he abhors his friends' actions, he does little to stop them except saying, "Hey! That's not very gentlemanly." Other iffy scenes included when Gemma's brother-in-law explained his deceit away by suggesting he didn't want to see her wearing black because it wasn't pretty and he wanted to sleep with her. I found that excuse far to flimsy and unsatisfying as a reader. To be honest, I don't think the delay of her knowledge of her uncle's death caused much tension and was unnecessary. The story wouldn't be much different at all if she had found out and traveled to Maidenshop right away. Also, I felt like we knew very little backstory regarding Gemma's marriage. I think a deeper dive into the difficulties of her past would have made her easier to empathize with. (view spoiler)[Finally, the ending was rushed, with a sudden and vague wedding which somehow is now accepted by the townsfolk, against all reason presented earlier in the book. (hide spoiler)] Who Will Like This Book: This book is an enjoyable if not overly-exciting read for historical romance readers. It is not going to be your favorite mass-market of all time, but it is certainly enjoyable and worth finishing once begun. Other notes: The e-book I received is an unfinished proof and may not be identical to the published product. One error I would like the publisher to fix is Thurlowe's early acknowledgement that Gemma held a letter of proof, when later on he is shocked by this revelation.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jewels Tate

    Thanks to Netgalley. This book was given to me as a arc in return for a honest review. These are my thoughts and honest opinion. Trope: enemies to lover/second chance at love. This is Installment #2 in the series: A logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Woman. But can also be read as a standalone. I loved the idea that the main characters and the most of the surrounding characters were normal everyday people with no titles. This is the first time reading something like this and I thought it was unique Thanks to Netgalley. This book was given to me as a arc in return for a honest review. These are my thoughts and honest opinion. Trope: enemies to lover/second chance at love. This is Installment #2 in the series: A logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Woman. But can also be read as a standalone. I loved the idea that the main characters and the most of the surrounding characters were normal everyday people with no titles. This is the first time reading something like this and I thought it was unique and quite refreshing. Her First Desire is about Gemma and Ned. Gemma is widowed, and when her late husband passed on, her greedy brother in law claims all of the properties, money, including her widows portion. Her late husband was a drunken-scoundrel, irresponsible man. When he died he left no will and she lost everything. Ned is a bastard born on the wrong side. His mother was a famous courtesan, and his father a earl. His poor background doesn't define who he is. He's very educated, smart, a handsome man, and is the towns doctor. Gemma brother in law treats her pretty bad Shes treated more like a servant than a family member. One day she finds a opened letter from a Reverend informing her of her uncle's death. The letter was 3 months old, intentionally hidden from her, & that was the last straw. She's finally had enough and decides to leave. She travels to lay claim to her uncles tavern. The problem is Ned has already claimed it for himself. They both challenge eachother in front of the law and she wins. Anyways When they first meet, there's instant attraction between the two. Though they both dislike eachother and bicker back and forth and because of that they both unknowingly form a strong bond. You can definitely feel an aurora of heat that they both try to fight off but can't let go. They both try to go their separate ways but the heart want what the heart wants. The problem is he's already engaged to another but he's only marrying her out of pity. Gemma also feels horrible for coming in between them. One reason is because her dead husband treated her horriblely, and she doesn't want the other woman to feel the pain she's dealt with. Ned also decides to honor his words and go through with the unwanted marriage but the other woman catches Ned and Gemma kissing. She forgives him at first but later calls off the wedding. Finally Gemma and Ned are free to be with eachother. This book takes place in England but felt more like a western to me. The dialect and the atmosphere didn't help either. Instead of london 1815...it was more like California 1815. I also felt that there was no relationship build up between Ned/Gemma. Their relationship felt too rushed and after one kiss there was already a claim of love. The steam was on the lower side, and the sex happened unexpectedly and too fast. No romantic background, tension, or exciting setting. It just happened with very limited details. Again these are my own thoughts, and mine alone. I want to encourage everyone to give this book a chance. You might feel differently from what I did.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Well-respected village doctor Ned Thurlowe takes pride in his strong intellect and clear thinking as chairman of the Logical Men’s Society. But all that cool composure is lost when a feisty and lovely woman show up claiming to have inherited the local pub. Ned won’t stand for it as the beloved tavern has become the favored meeting place of the Society and he hopes to claim it himself, even if the men haven’t exactly been taking care of the place. Widowed Gemma Estep is done relying on others for Well-respected village doctor Ned Thurlowe takes pride in his strong intellect and clear thinking as chairman of the Logical Men’s Society. But all that cool composure is lost when a feisty and lovely woman show up claiming to have inherited the local pub. Ned won’t stand for it as the beloved tavern has become the favored meeting place of the Society and he hopes to claim it himself, even if the men haven’t exactly been taking care of the place. Widowed Gemma Estep is done relying on others for her living and is determined to turn her late uncle’s tavern into her own establishment, a respectable tea garden. This is her chance to finally be free and she has no intention of letting her new enemy Ned Thurlowe get in her way, even if he sparks wholly unfamiliar feelings in her. As the two bicker, it eventually becomes apparent they’re very alike and beneath their mutual animosity is an entirely different sort of heat. This book was rather bizarre to me and much of the time had me simultaneously entertained and highly annoyed. I’m pretty sure this was the intended reaction given the incredibly high levels of sexism displayed by the men in this novel, including and especially the hero. The meddling matrons were frustrating in their own regard, but the backwards men certainly took the cake. The romance here was rather lost in the battle of the sexes and the hero’s bloodless engagement to another woman, both of which went on a bit too long for me. Ned went from being ridiculously immature in his behavior, harassing Gemma when he knew he had no claim simply because his attraction to her made him uncomfortable, to complaining about being too old. His reasons for his dislike of women were also rather feeble and made him difficult to like as his change of heart and growth as a character came about quite late. Ned and Gemma went from being at each other’s throats, with Ned being especially and irrationally nasty, to suddenly being in love. This wasn’t just a slow burn to me, but their feelings didn’t make sense after how he treated her. Lust was believable, but it was rather an abrupt about face for deep emotions, especially since it took them so long to fight for their love. I also would’ve liked to see some comeuppance for Gemma’s awful family; I kept waiting for them to pop up and try to cause trouble since she left so abruptly, and it was a bit odd that we never heard from them again. Overall, this story was entertaining but rather less than romantic. I was intrigued by the side characters and enjoyed the writing style though so I will likely continue the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog link: https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4. I was very excited to get this ARC as I have read almost all of Cathy Maxwell’s books. I did struggle initially to get into the book because the first chapter or so setting up Gemma’s backstory was so harsh that I was worried that this wasn’t going to be the fun romp I was expecting. Once Gemma got to Maidenshop (which honestly didn’t take that long) the story turned into more of what I was expecting. I liked Gemma a lot. I found her smart, capable, charming, and quite 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. I was very excited to get this ARC as I have read almost all of Cathy Maxwell’s books. I did struggle initially to get into the book because the first chapter or so setting up Gemma’s backstory was so harsh that I was worried that this wasn’t going to be the fun romp I was expecting. Once Gemma got to Maidenshop (which honestly didn’t take that long) the story turned into more of what I was expecting. I liked Gemma a lot. I found her smart, capable, charming, and quite the feminist. I struggled with Ned. I get that he was meant to be an alpha-type hero, but I grew soooo tired of his blatant sexism. I appreciate that when he was called out for it he acknowledged his biases and tried to change his ways, but to me by that point he had crossed over into the land of incels of which there is no escape. (I do admit that my opinion of Ned was probably a bit tainted by the fact I read most if it immediately after reading The Rommate which has a cinnamon roll super feminist hero.) I also struggled with the fact that there was almost no relationship development. They had an instant attraction while hating each other and continued to hate each other for 75% of the book. Then out of nowhere (again like 75% of the way through) he kissed her was saying he loved her, when they literally had not had a single civil conversation at that point. Maidenshop is filled with a wonderful array of secondary characters. Everyone was so distinctive and it really felt like I was immersed into a real world filled with real people. The book would not have been the same without these characters. They kept me engaged, brought humor, and quite amazingly for a historical romance only a couple of them were titled. Honestly I think they probably saved the book for me. I will be very happy to see almost any of them again in future books in this series. I really really liked the first in the series and overall enjoyed this one as well. Kate and Bran from the first book are present for part of this book and play a big role in helping Gemma and Ned get together. I am very much looking to the third book (which I really really hope is about Clarissa and Mars). Trigger Warnings (sorry some of these contain spoilers): Cheating (Ned is engaged to someone else for 97% of the book, if that is not your thing, you’ve been forewarned). Child loss (discussed but happens before the story starts). Drug use (a side character frequenting opium dens is discussed but happens off page, and he will likely be the hero of another book in the series). Thank you to NetGalley and Avon for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    I really, really, really loved this book. I loved the whole village ensemble of characters, the silliness of the Logical Men's Society, and their nemesis, the Matrons of the village. Lately, I have been going back and reading some of Maxwell's older works, and she's a great storyteller. She's easy to get lost in the mix because her books aren't showy or formulaic, but that's what makes them so good; you never know how they will end. I didn't know what to expect when I picked this up, but it drew I really, really, really loved this book. I loved the whole village ensemble of characters, the silliness of the Logical Men's Society, and their nemesis, the Matrons of the village. Lately, I have been going back and reading some of Maxwell's older works, and she's a great storyteller. She's easy to get lost in the mix because her books aren't showy or formulaic, but that's what makes them so good; you never know how they will end. I didn't know what to expect when I picked this up, but it drew me in from page 1. Gemma, a widow dependent on her husband's relatives, finds out her Uncle Andrew, owner of the Garland and member of the Logical Men's Society, has died. Fed up with the abuse and neglect she has experienced from her husband and his family, she escapes and goes to the small village of Maidenshop to claim his pub as her inheritance. Unfortunately, Ned Thurlowe, Chairman of the Logical Men's Society, has claimed it first for his club and its members. The Maidens of town back Gemma and support her because they are sick of the drinking and carousing of the men's club. Lots of hijinks ensue and witty banter between Gemma and Ned. The characters are endearing and charming. Both Gemma and Ned started mistrusting the opposite sex based on past experiences and healing through their love. Overall, it was an entertaining story. I loved that Ned was illegitimate instead of Gemma; too often, it's the opposite. So this was a nice refreshing change. My one complaint was the author's description of childbirth. Full disclosure, I just had a baby and know way too much about this. This is small, but if you are pregnant, doctors repeatedly warn you about this - the water breaking is accompanied by the "bloody show" because there will be blood. In fact, the doctors and midwives tell you if there is no blood when your water breaks that it's probably not your water breaking. One medical professional told me, "yeah, you might have peed yourself, so make sure you make that distinction before you call your doctor." Also, childbirth is not dangerous. Women have been doing it for thousands of years; what's dangerous - doctors delivering babies and statistics since the 1950's support this. It was such a huge plot point, and it kept driving me crazy. However, there is an author's note at the end where she acknowledges the shortfalls of medicine in the 1800s. Otherwise, so good. I didn't read book 1 and definitely going to have to start that ASAP. Also, side note, I really hope Mars and Clarissa get together. I loved their dynamic.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donna Sutay-Cooke

    I need to start with the disclaimer that NetGalley and AvonBooks have provided me an ARC of "Her First Desire" to read and provide early unbiased feedback on. Some housekeeping items, "Her First Desire" is the second book in Maxwell's 'A Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women', while it can be read as a standalone, it will be better enjoyed having read the first book in the series, "His Secret Mistress", as the characters from the 'love triangle' in the first book do play significant roles in th I need to start with the disclaimer that NetGalley and AvonBooks have provided me an ARC of "Her First Desire" to read and provide early unbiased feedback on. Some housekeeping items, "Her First Desire" is the second book in Maxwell's 'A Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women', while it can be read as a standalone, it will be better enjoyed having read the first book in the series, "His Secret Mistress", as the characters from the 'love triangle' in the first book do play significant roles in this entry in the series and it will give spoilers for the first book, if you are a reader that tries to avoid them by reading in order. Secondly, there are going to be some readers in Romancelandia that are going to not like this book no matter what, because the Hero of the story is engaged to another woman throughout the story and how she is handled. If cheating, other women storylines are a trigger for you, this is your content warning, just know this one probably isn't going to be for you. Ok, all of that is out of the way... "Her First Desire" is a fun continuation of the themes Maxwell started in the first book about the Logical Men's Society in Maidenshop, only amplified by 100 to turn into a full blown Battle Royale of the Sexes between the single men of Maidenshop and the 'Matrons'. So in that sense this book is a complete romp of hijinks that will leave the reader chuckling as the women of the town definitely are winning in this battle. However, depending on the reader's mood it could also be a little bit disheartening to see the heroine of the book have to shoulder all of societies systemic sexism and the consequences of toxic masculinity as the singular target of all the angry men, even if she has the support of all the women in the village behind her. This is a book that really makes me wish there was a half star ranking system, because it is a 3.5 star book that is getting rounded up to a 4 star. What pulls it down is while the heroine has her full story told in a satisfying way, the rush of the final 1/4 of the book leaves the hero's story arc kind of unresolved and his issues are kind of big deals to feeling like this couple are actually going to be able to have a real HEA. I do think Maxwell has given the reader enough breadcrumbs that they can assume the biggest unresolved issue that the hero is leaving dangling (his fiancé) is going to get fixed in a future book by his best friend, so we do have that to look forward to, and all evidence points to that being a very juicy story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna Sutay-Cooke

    I need to start with the disclaimer that NetGalley and AvonBooks have provided me an ARC of "Her First Desire" to read and provide early unbiased feedback on. Some housekeeping items, "Her First Desire" is the second book in Maxwell's 'A Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women', while it can be read as a standalone, it will be better enjoyed having read the first book in the series, "His Secret Mistress", as the characters from the 'love triangle' in the first book do play significant roles in th I need to start with the disclaimer that NetGalley and AvonBooks have provided me an ARC of "Her First Desire" to read and provide early unbiased feedback on. Some housekeeping items, "Her First Desire" is the second book in Maxwell's 'A Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women', while it can be read as a standalone, it will be better enjoyed having read the first book in the series, "His Secret Mistress", as the characters from the 'love triangle' in the first book do play significant roles in this entry in the series and it will give spoilers for the first book, if you are a reader that tries to avoid them by reading in order. Secondly, there are going to be some readers in Romancelandia that are going to not like this book no matter what, because the Hero of the story is engaged to another woman throughout the story and how she is handled. If cheating, other women storylines are a trigger for you, this is your content warning, just know this one probably isn't going to be for you. Ok, all of that is out of the way... "Her First Desire" is a fun continuation of the themes Maxwell started in the first book about the Logical Men's Society in Maidenshop, only amplified by 100 to turn into a full blown Battle Royale of the Sexes between the single men of Maidenshop and the 'Matrons'. So in that sense this book is a complete romp of hijinks that will leave the reader chuckling as the women of the town definitely are winning in this battle. However, depending on the reader's mood it could also be a little bit disheartening to see the heroine of the book have to shoulder all of societies systemic sexism and the consequences of toxic masculinity as the singular target of all the angry men, even if she has the support of all the women in the village behind her. This is a book that really makes me wish there was a half star ranking system, because it is a 3.5 star book that is getting rounded up to a 4 star. What pulls it down is while the heroine has her full story told in a satisfying way, the rush of the final 1/4 of the book leaves the hero's story arc kind of unresolved and his issues are kind of big deals to feeling like this couple are actually going to be able to have a real HEA. I do think Maxwell has given the reader enough breadcrumbs that they can assume the biggest unresolved issue that the hero is leaving dangling (his fiancé) is going to get fixed in a future book by his best friend, so we do have that to look forward to, and all evidence points to that being a very juicy story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Panach

    This book is very much a battle of the sexes. Pretty literally. All of the men and women in the book - except for maybe Brandon and Kate (from the prior book in the series) are very much at odds with each other. Both sides believe they know better and both sides have decidedly flawed views as well. Ned is a physician who is the illegitimate son of an earl and a very famous courtesan. He is pretty rigid in his beliefs and thought processes. He doesn't trust anyone - particularly women. Very few w This book is very much a battle of the sexes. Pretty literally. All of the men and women in the book - except for maybe Brandon and Kate (from the prior book in the series) are very much at odds with each other. Both sides believe they know better and both sides have decidedly flawed views as well. Ned is a physician who is the illegitimate son of an earl and a very famous courtesan. He is pretty rigid in his beliefs and thought processes. He doesn't trust anyone - particularly women. Very few women in his life have given him a reason to trust - and he hasn't felt an emotional connection to any of them. He is engaged to a truly sweet woman who has had a hard life - not because he loves her or even wants to marry her but because she needs someone to help her. When Gemma comes to town and threatens his stable orderly life - he is immediately threatened by her in almost every possible way - from her talent for making herbal remedies to her immediate acceptance by the town to her claimed ownership of the building where his society meets. His fiery reaction to her equates to a passionate emotional response. Gemma responds in kind - she is in a desperate situation and the Garland and the small town is her only chance towards building a life. She has been badly treated by all the men in her life except for her now deceased uncle. She is predisposed to think badly of Ned and his behavior doesn't exactly help things. In reading this book you have to be prepared for a long, antagonistic battle between Gemma and Ned. I think the author did a really good job of letting each of them learn and grow - finding that men and women aren't all one way or the other and not all bad or good. I also appreciated the friendships that Ned had - and how they didn't just tell each other what they wanted to hear or blindly support each other. I'd be very interested in reading Marsden's book in particular! Overall - I recommend - but you have to be in the right frame of mind to read an enemies to lovers book! I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, but these opinions are all my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pam Graber

    I became a fan of Cathy Maxwell's books by listening to them while I walk, so when I saw she had a book on NetGalley, I snapped it up! When Gemma Estep's philandering husband is killed in a duel, she is stunned to learn that he left everything to his equally morally-bankrupt brother. Not only is she destitute, she is now the target of the lascivious man's advances. She has only one family member who might help, but when she discovers that her uncle has died, and the letter to her telling of his d I became a fan of Cathy Maxwell's books by listening to them while I walk, so when I saw she had a book on NetGalley, I snapped it up! When Gemma Estep's philandering husband is killed in a duel, she is stunned to learn that he left everything to his equally morally-bankrupt brother. Not only is she destitute, she is now the target of the lascivious man's advances. She has only one family member who might help, but when she discovers that her uncle has died, and the letter to her telling of his death was kept from her, she packs what she can, and flees before she can be caught in the snare her brother-in-law has set for her. Convinced that she is her uncle's only heir, she travels to Maidenshop to take ownership of The Garland. Ned Thurlowe is president of the Logical Men's Society, and they have been meeting in The Garland since the group's founding. Over the last few years, the group has degenerated from discussions of lofty ideas, to drinking, carousing, and whoring, and Ned knows it's all his fault. Knowing he needs to take the reins of the group back, he also knows he needs to secure "their" place. Discovering that someone else, a woman no less, has a claim on The Garland is a shock but he's sure there isn't a will. How can she possibly have a greater claim than he has? Gemma and Ned fight their attraction from their very first meeting. Since they are at cross-purposes for the building, how can they even be friends? He's a doctor. She's a healer. He's a man who is convinced he doesn't need any woman even though he's engaged to someone else. She's a woman who has seen nothing but hurt from the men in her life. He wants the building to remain a tavern, for men only. She wants to turn it into a tea garden where families are welcomed. What will it take to get them on the same page? This story had enough laugh-out-loud moments to keep it engaging, and more than enough "pranks" to keep the heroine on her toes. I really enjoyed the story, and will be going back to read the first book in the series, His Secret Mistress. If you enjoy historical romance with a bit of steam, this one is for you. Cathy Maxwell didn't disappoint here!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    2.5 stars - rounded up for excellent writing. Gemma Estep has been poorly treated by the men in her life, her father left his fortune to her no-good, wastrel of a husband, who made no provisions for her and so all her father’s money went to his brother when he was killed in a duel. To make matters worse, the brother-in-law refuses to give her a widow’s portion and has her live with them as basically a servant. So when she finds a letter informing her that her uncle died, she has had enough and le 2.5 stars - rounded up for excellent writing. Gemma Estep has been poorly treated by the men in her life, her father left his fortune to her no-good, wastrel of a husband, who made no provisions for her and so all her father’s money went to his brother when he was killed in a duel. To make matters worse, the brother-in-law refuses to give her a widow’s portion and has her live with them as basically a servant. So when she finds a letter informing her that her uncle died, she has had enough and leaves. She is intending to go to Maidenstop, claim The Garland which was her uncle’s tavern and start a new life – it is a solid plan and should go off without a hitch. Ned Thurlowe is the town’s doctor and member of the Logical Men’s Society. The Society is for bachelors and has been a staple in the town for years – so when Gemma arrives and intends to turn his club into a tea garden – he will not let go without a fight. Ned is a very serious man and doesn’t have a lot of faith in women. Despite their immediate attraction or maybe because of it – these two declare war and the story is set up for an epic battle of the sexes. This is a well-written, fast-paced story that neatly follows up where the first book ended. This book had so much potential and a lot of fun scenes and witty dialogue – but unfortunately, the fact that Ned is betrothed to another woman for almost the entire book is a major turn-off for me – one, because he cheats on her and two because Gemma’s first husband cheated on her and she knows the pain that causes and still let her relationship with Ned become intimate – That is not cool and ruined this book for me, which is a shame because I was looking forward to this title. I will definitely continue with this series, but I can’t say I would recommend this book. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own,*

  14. 4 out of 5

    Blodeuedd Finland

    Excellent narration by Justine Eyre, she is after all one of my favorite narrators. Her male and female voices are done well, and I always know who is speaking. She gets a book going. Gemma had a bad marriage, is staying with her asshat BIL, and just wants out. Then she gets a letter from her uncle and off she goes. Yes ugh her inlaws, you are better without them. She finds a rundown tavern and decides to make it into something new. The little town is filled with scary matrons, but if you have th Excellent narration by Justine Eyre, she is after all one of my favorite narrators. Her male and female voices are done well, and I always know who is speaking. She gets a book going. Gemma had a bad marriage, is staying with her asshat BIL, and just wants out. Then she gets a letter from her uncle and off she goes. Yes ugh her inlaws, you are better without them. She finds a rundown tavern and decides to make it into something new. The little town is filled with scary matrons, but if you have them on your side then you are golden. I liked Gemma, she wanted more, and she is determined to get it. And she can get mad too, oh that was funny, you will see. Ned on the other hand, oh he was stiff and proper. He has also been courting someone for 2 years cos the matrons told him to. The girl is bored by him, but she wants a new life too. Yes that point was a bit tricky. But they care nothing for each other...He is engaged to someone, and obvi sparks will fly between him and Gemma. Well first they will hate each other, but then sparks will fly. Still I have to see it this way, he would be a totally unfeeling husband who would forget that his wife is alive when he is studying, and his wife would be miserable because he would never love her. She deserves better (and will probably find love in book 3.) Because Ned needed someone like Gemma, who told him he is an idiot and argued with him. I liked the story (but the matrons were scary, lol.) I do wonder about the next book, the couple seem so unlikely, but that will fun to see.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mary Gallo

    Cathy Maxwell is an author you can always depend on the deliver a wonderful, feel-good-to-your-toes, heart warming tale. This story is no exception. The heroine is one who has had great suffering and loneliness. She had a horrible husband, detestable in-laws, and still has hope and perseverance. She travels to inherit her uncle's tavern in a small town. The hero is the local doctor of that town, who has taken over the tavern because that is where his gentleman's club has been meeting for decades. Cathy Maxwell is an author you can always depend on the deliver a wonderful, feel-good-to-your-toes, heart warming tale. This story is no exception. The heroine is one who has had great suffering and loneliness. She had a horrible husband, detestable in-laws, and still has hope and perseverance. She travels to inherit her uncle's tavern in a small town. The hero is the local doctor of that town, who has taken over the tavern because that is where his gentleman's club has been meeting for decades. He is engaged, by default, to a local.orphan, but he has been putting off the wedding for two years. The heroine arrives in town and the first meeting is chilling. It becomes a war of the tavern and a war of the sexes over who will run the village. The characters that are depicted all blend seamlessly into a lively village. The description of the village and people make the reader feel as if they took a big step into the authors mind. The book reads like a movie. I enjoyed reading the details of village life and how everyone twists and turns with each other. It is as if they are a big family and will support each other even when there are disagreements. The heroine is also a healer who learned from her grandmother and the doctor also feels that this is magic and not science. He has a lot to learn. I recommend this story with 5 stars. All of Ms. Maxwell's stories are timeless. I have 3 of her books on my keeper shelf and will probably add this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I received an ARC and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own. Ouch…I typically like Cathy Maxwell’s books, but Her First Desire is a major misfire. And that sucks, as it’s a successor to a book I really enjoyed and there were elements of the premise of this one that appealed to me. I really liked Gemma’s determination to have her own life following a bad marriage by taking ownership of her uncle’s tavern. And Ned was great in theory, as I liked that he worked as a doctor (and t I received an ARC and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own. Ouch…I typically like Cathy Maxwell’s books, but Her First Desire is a major misfire. And that sucks, as it’s a successor to a book I really enjoyed and there were elements of the premise of this one that appealed to me. I really liked Gemma’s determination to have her own life following a bad marriage by taking ownership of her uncle’s tavern. And Ned was great in theory, as I liked that he worked as a doctor (and that this series so far has featured untitled working, although still genteel, heroes), and claimed to have a logical mind. But then, there’s the men’s club…it was a part of the first book, but not so much that it irked me. But Ned is an enthusiastic member and eternal bachelor, and while that’s not unusual, the way this manifests in his character was off-putting. One of his first actions was to lay false claim to the tavern too, in order to get Gemma riled up, because of his attraction. What followed was the most lukewarm battle-of-the-sexes ever, not providing me any reason to think better of him, and actually making me think worse of her for associating with him due to him having his head stuck up his ass. He does improve slightly, but I never warmed up to him. This book really frustrated me, and while I have seen mixed opinions on this one, so I would take my opinion with a grain of salt, it’s good to know I’m not alone in thinking a great concept got lost in execution.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Candy Briggs

    She had been staying at her brother-in-law's home. She happened to find a letter addressed to her and had been opened. Her last living relative, Her uncle had died and it had been 3 months ago. The same had happened when she came to London she found out her husband had been dead for six months. No one thought to tell her. She had lost her father, then her daughter and her husband, and now her uncle. Her uncle had left her a tavern in Maidenshop. So she left and went to Maidenshop. Dr. Ned Thurlow She had been staying at her brother-in-law's home. She happened to find a letter addressed to her and had been opened. Her last living relative, Her uncle had died and it had been 3 months ago. The same had happened when she came to London she found out her husband had been dead for six months. No one thought to tell her. She had lost her father, then her daughter and her husband, and now her uncle. Her uncle had left her a tavern in Maidenshop. So she left and went to Maidenshop. Dr. Ned Thurlowe was a very distrustfully young man. His mother was a courtesan, a very famous one. His father took him and educated him. Clarissa Taylor had become his fiance, but there was no love between them. She had waited two years to marry. It was a wonderful story. The matrons of the village thought they ran it. Ned only needed his friends in The Local Men's Society to feel at home but they thought they ran the village. When Gemma and Ned first met, they had a lot of animosity toward each other. One time she found her store/house with dozens of chickens inside and boy did they make a mess. She was very angry. She stood in the middle of the road and threw eggs at him. She just knew he had something to do with it. Crazy things like that. It was funny. I loved reading this tale and the characters were amazing. It was very entertaining and kept you on your toes. I highly recommend it I received this ARC from Net Galley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gill

    I just finished reading Her First Desire by Cathy Maxwell and it was soo good! Lovely writing, fun, funny, small country town, pranks, and fun tropes. Her First Desire is second in a series but worked as a stand alone for me. I’ve never read Cathy Maxwell before but I will be reading all her books now. Her writing reminded me so much of my favorite Historical Romance writers that weave in humor so effortlessly (Tessa Dare and Lenora Bell). Low on steam but I didn’t miss it with this slow to awak I just finished reading Her First Desire by Cathy Maxwell and it was soo good! Lovely writing, fun, funny, small country town, pranks, and fun tropes. Her First Desire is second in a series but worked as a stand alone for me. I’ve never read Cathy Maxwell before but I will be reading all her books now. Her writing reminded me so much of my favorite Historical Romance writers that weave in humor so effortlessly (Tessa Dare and Lenora Bell). Low on steam but I didn’t miss it with this slow to awaken romance. The set up for this novel is fantastic. Gemma is dependent on family after her husband loses most of her money and dies. Gemma learns her Uncle has passed and she escapes to the small village he lived in. She claims his bar to transform into a tea parlor. It is quite a scene when she gets there. The other side of this is that MOST of the men are old fashioned. Many belong to an organization called the Logical Men’s Society. Ned Thurlowe is the chairman of the group and also the village doctor. When he lays eyes on Gemma he is instantly at odds with her... and in love. Overall, this story is so entertaining and I loved the cast of characters in Maidenshop. Looking forward to reading more of this series. Thank you #netgalley and #Avon for the early read. #CathyMaxwell #HerFirstDesire

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I will start by saying this is not my favorite cover. Still it is bright and eye catching. Now we have a book that is part of a series but it is not needed to be read in order to understand the story but you meet past characters. We have a widow who takes her undecided future into her own hands, by taking over her uncle's tavern. This upsets the Logical men's society. Especially the chairman and local doctor Ned. Ned and Gemma butt heads over the ownership. We get lots of arguing and tension. Th I will start by saying this is not my favorite cover. Still it is bright and eye catching. Now we have a book that is part of a series but it is not needed to be read in order to understand the story but you meet past characters. We have a widow who takes her undecided future into her own hands, by taking over her uncle's tavern. This upsets the Logical men's society. Especially the chairman and local doctor Ned. Ned and Gemma butt heads over the ownership. We get lots of arguing and tension. There are strong women who will take the men down a peg. A little humor, a little tension, and some sweet kissing. There is one steamy scene but not too graphic. MINOR SPOILER:I will say that Ned is engaged to a lady who he is not interested in. He does share kisses with Gemma while engaged. Of course things work out for everyone with a happily ever after and an additional chapter letting us know what is coming in the next book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Belinda

    I really enjoyed reading from one of my favorite authors. Ms Maxwell writes historical romance like nobody's business. I like the story line and atmosphere that catches the reader's attention. The characters seemed real with thought and feelings of their own. Ned Thurlowe is a member of the Logical Men's Society which is held in a tavern that he owns. It's where a fellow can escape and drink away their problems. No women allowed and they like it just that way. When a new resident claims it's hers I really enjoyed reading from one of my favorite authors. Ms Maxwell writes historical romance like nobody's business. I like the story line and atmosphere that catches the reader's attention. The characters seemed real with thought and feelings of their own. Ned Thurlowe is a member of the Logical Men's Society which is held in a tavern that he owns. It's where a fellow can escape and drink away their problems. No women allowed and they like it just that way. When a new resident claims it's hers Ned is determined to keep her out of his business. Emma Estep will not give up her dream of having a tea shop all her own, and no bull headed man will stop her. A challenge is issued and let the games begin in the battle of the sexes. A fun and thrilling romp to see who will win in the game of love. I appreciate Net Galley for this ARC title in which I gave an honest review.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Wenger

    Tired of living on the crumbs allowed by her in-laws, widow Gemma goes to claim the tavern promised by her late uncle. Physician Ned challenges her ownership, as there was no will. He's hoping to buy the tavern on behalf of the Logical Men's Society, which has been meeting at the tavern for half a century. Underneath their sparring lies a strong attraction—except that Ned is already betrothed to a sweet young woman facing genteel poverty if he doesn't marry her. Can true love prevail? This is suc Tired of living on the crumbs allowed by her in-laws, widow Gemma goes to claim the tavern promised by her late uncle. Physician Ned challenges her ownership, as there was no will. He's hoping to buy the tavern on behalf of the Logical Men's Society, which has been meeting at the tavern for half a century. Underneath their sparring lies a strong attraction—except that Ned is already betrothed to a sweet young woman facing genteel poverty if he doesn't marry her. Can true love prevail? This is such a fun book. It's light and funny with a strong-willed heroine and a hero who needs a woman who can knock him down a peg or two. I love the townspeople and the dynamic between them. Can't wait for the next book in the series! Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Mrs. Ell ♥

    Very much like book 1 in this series, the first half of the book runs a little on the slow side in terms of pacing, but the latter half of the book completely makes up for it. Of course, heroines who are doctors are my catnip when it comes to historical romance. (Looking at you, Garrett Gibson!) Even better, Gemma is what we would call (in today's world) a holistic doctor of sorts, which I absolutely love. She's bold. She's intelligent. And I absolutely love her! She and Ned make a great team, a Very much like book 1 in this series, the first half of the book runs a little on the slow side in terms of pacing, but the latter half of the book completely makes up for it. Of course, heroines who are doctors are my catnip when it comes to historical romance. (Looking at you, Garrett Gibson!) Even better, Gemma is what we would call (in today's world) a holistic doctor of sorts, which I absolutely love. She's bold. She's intelligent. And I absolutely love her! She and Ned make a great team, and it was nice to learn more about him in this story. I felt fairly neutral to him in the first book, so it was nice to be able to dive deeper into his world in book 2. All in all, this book was enjoyable, but I didn't like the loose ends in regards to Clarissa. I feel absolutely terrible for her, and I sincerely hope she gets her HEA in the next book in this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I have read Cathy’s books for years and have really enjoyed most of them. I do love a good enemies to lovers story but in my opinion this one went on a little too long and a lot too far. You can usually breeze through enemies to lovers story just because you want to see how it ends but unfortunately even though I read this in a short time it did not work for me. Sorry Cathy. Gemma was okay as a character and even if she did have a bit of spunk it was not enough. Ned could have been a great chara I have read Cathy’s books for years and have really enjoyed most of them. I do love a good enemies to lovers story but in my opinion this one went on a little too long and a lot too far. You can usually breeze through enemies to lovers story just because you want to see how it ends but unfortunately even though I read this in a short time it did not work for me. Sorry Cathy. Gemma was okay as a character and even if she did have a bit of spunk it was not enough. Ned could have been a great character, normal country doctor but he was just too stubborn. I would like to see who Mars is paired up with, I am thinking Clarissa because she protested way too much when it came to him. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    This is an awesome book from the beginning. It's a funny story in the beginning and a poignant one towards the end. Ned and Gamma make incredible adversaries and e an better lovers. Cathy Maxwell crafts an incredible story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley and I am leaving this review voluntarily. This is an awesome book from the beginning. It's a funny story in the beginning and a poignant one towards the end. Ned and Gamma make incredible adversaries and e an better lovers. Cathy Maxwell crafts an incredible story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Beth SHULAM

    We just don't get enough backstory for Gemma to understand her. This book revolves more around Ned and his inner thoughts and feelings. Very sexist hero and very misogynistic men throughout the whole book. Hero isn't that likable. I also wasn't sure if this was supposed to be a humorous story? Didn't click for me. DNF. We just don't get enough backstory for Gemma to understand her. This book revolves more around Ned and his inner thoughts and feelings. Very sexist hero and very misogynistic men throughout the whole book. Hero isn't that likable. I also wasn't sure if this was supposed to be a humorous story? Didn't click for me. DNF.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lovely Loveday

    Her First Desire is the second book in A Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women series by Cathy Maxwell. While this is part of a series, it can easily be read as a  standalone novel. The characters are well-written and help the storyline develop at a smooth steady pace. I look forward to reading the next book in A Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women series. Her First Desire is the second book in A Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women series by Cathy Maxwell. While this is part of a series, it can easily be read as a  standalone novel. The characters are well-written and help the storyline develop at a smooth steady pace. I look forward to reading the next book in A Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beth’s BooksandStuff

    This books was very good I had trouble putting it down. Besides one love scene and some kisses, it was basically steam-free. This is a book you can share with your relatives without embarrassment. It was an extremely entertaining tale and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more about the Logical Men’s Society, especially Ned's friend Mars! This books was very good I had trouble putting it down. Besides one love scene and some kisses, it was basically steam-free. This is a book you can share with your relatives without embarrassment. It was an extremely entertaining tale and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more about the Logical Men’s Society, especially Ned's friend Mars!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    I absolutely enjoyed this book. I was not sure about Ned at first but as the book went on you couldn't help but get behind him. I'm so glad there is another book in series and I can't wait for it! What a wonderful story. I absolutely enjoyed this book. I was not sure about Ned at first but as the book went on you couldn't help but get behind him. I'm so glad there is another book in series and I can't wait for it! What a wonderful story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Becker

    Such a different story. Cathy makes such endearing characters that make you laugh and want to cry. I loved these two characters and their quarrels.

  30. 5 out of 5

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    Categories Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Women's Fiction Miniseries Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women Categories Historical Romance, Regency Romance, Women's Fiction Miniseries Logical Man's Guide to Dangerous Women

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