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Peek Inside Heart's Desire

Faking a courtship to avoid the lady’s ruination from a scandalous wager, Lord Markham and Lady Clarissa fight the passion but all bets are off when lust becomes love.

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Lady Clarissa has decided to live life on her terms. After the end of a ten-year betrothal, she wants nothing to do with marriage or the men of the ton. Least of all her friend’s brother, the very charming Lord Markham, or Hearts, as many ladies call the oh-so-handsome earl.

Markham pursues relationships with no ties that bind. Acting the rake leaves everyone satisfied...until he overhears a wager that could lead to Clarissa’s ruin. He can’t help but step in and claim she’s his intended bride.

Clarissa is appalled. She did not need to be saved. Reluctantly, she agrees to the fake courtship, if only to experience what the rakish Markham can offer. But when lust becomes love, Clarissa must make up her own terms and bet it all on Hearts.

Each book in the Lords of Chance series is STANDALONE:
* Scandal in Spades
* Heart’s Desire
* Diamond in the Rogue


“Definitely swoon-worthy!” -S.H., Goodreads

“I absolutely loved Clarissa and Markham's story!! I think it is probably my favorite of the year!!” -Amy A., NetGalley

“When I pick up one of Wendy La Capra’s book I’m never disappointed, her writing is so descriptive so passionate and emotionally stimulating , I can’t get enough.” – Maggie W., NetGalley

A deeply captivating tale with a refreshingly dominant heroine.” -Pages Book Blog

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640637962
Series: Lords of Chance, Book 2
Release Date: May 13, 2019
Page Count: 324
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: best friend's little sister, bet/dare/wager, fake relationship

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By Maggie May 03, 2019

Who knew that Markham was such a genuinely deep and emotional character.
Loving , thoughtful, a man who was in effect self made , one who loves to distraction, who values his sisters as he does.

In Scandal I Spades ,book 1 in the series, he’s a rake , a man who gambles his sister away in a car ...more

By Elodie August 12, 2019

This book is my introduction to Mrs Wendy LaCapra talent, and for sure it won’t be my last.
By reading the blurb, I thought it would be an easy read of two persons getting to know another and falling in love but it was a bit like this but so much more too.
Because despite the facade they show to socie ...more

By Rose May 13, 2019

Heart’s Desire is the second book in the Lords of Chance series by author Wendy LaCapra. After reading Mrs. Sartin’s Secretary and catching a glimpse of Lord Markham, I was intrigued to learn more about him!

Percival Stanley the Earl of Markham is a rake and everyone knows it… except for Markham. Whe ...more

By SH April 26, 2019

Lord Markham is everything that Lady Clarissa desires, except she has decided that marriage is not for her. After her betrothal of ten years ends with Lord Bromton marrying another, Clarissa decides that she will do as she pleases. When her brother Rayne leaves without hardly a word of correspondenc ...more

By Cheryl May 13, 2019

This was a very good read, quite emotional at times. I did like the character of Markham, he was essentially a very caring person. He did have a set of rules he tried to abide by. There were times in this story that I wondered if I liked Clarissa. I could see where she was coming from, in that she w ...more

By Pj June 29, 2019

LaCapra takes the hero/heroine dynamic and turns it on its head in this newest addition to her Lords of Chance series. One might reasonably expect Markham, a rakish favorite among London's wives and widows, to hold the reins in this relationship but Lady Clarissa is not at all what he expects. She k ...more

By Lori May 13, 2019

After reading the first book in this series, it was wonderful to see Percival (yes I love that name!) Stanley, Earl of Markham, because he had seemed such a rake and had even gamble his sister away! But an encounter in the first few pages made him think, "I hadn't realized...I mean, I never intended ...more

By Cynthia May 14, 2019

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book.

Markham is an interesting character. When he learns how he is seen by some women, an unflattering fact about himself, he decides he wants to change. He comes up with some rules of conduct and does his best to follow them. Markham is kind and when he ...more

By Suzannah October 14, 2019

Heart’s Desire is book 2 in the Lords of Chance series by Wendy La Capra. I adored this book. If I could give it 10 stars, I would do it in a heartbeat. This is not a stand alone; it is definitely a series. Each story is based on a different member of the rakish quartet of friends - Spades, Clubs, D ...more

By Jamie Lee May 14, 2019

Heart's Desire is the second book in the Lords of Chance serie and my first book by Wendy LaCapra. I really loved this book. The characters had so much dept en felt so real. I loved the writing style. I loved Markham, he was an amazing character. I loved him and Clarissa together. ...more

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Must say, I’m quite surprised by this new installment of Lords of Chance series by Wendy LaCapra. No, it wasn’t Wendy's beautiful storytelling that always hooks me right into the story. I already knew of it. It’s becau ...more

By Bookbesties May 15, 2019

OH MY GOOD BOOK!!!! This is the first book I have read by Wendy LaCapra and let me just put it out there in the bookiverse that after this one book I am a fan!!! This is also the first Historical Romance book I have read where our leading lady is a total alpha in the bedroom. It was so exciting!!!! ...more

After the man her father betrothed her to ten years ago fails to actually offer for her, and then her brother abandons her for a trip to New York, Lady Clarissa Laithe has decided she's done conforming to the demands and expectations of others. She's decided to claim independence instead of marriage ...more

By Brenda May 04, 2019

Lady Clarissa has decided to live life on her terms. After the end of a ten-year betrothal, she wants nothing to do with marriage or the men of the ton. Least of all her friend’s brother, the very charming Lord Markham, or Hearts, as many ladies call the oh-so-handsome earl.

Markham pursues relations ...more

By Natasha June 08, 2020

After overhearing some pompous young men trying to ruin Lady Clarissa's reputation, Percival Stanley, Earl of Markham, aka Hearts decides to step in and claim he is courting her to prevent her ruination. After all she is his sisters' best friend and he has developed ...more

By Debra May 02, 2019

After being rejected by Lord Bromton at the end of their ten-year betrothal, Lady Clarissa has decided that she never wants to be under the whims of a man and decides to reject marriage. When she refuses a request by the cruel Lord Moultonbury, he places a scandalous bet at the gentlemen's club. Not ...more

By Lenna May 26, 2019

This is the first book of Ms. LaCapra I’ve read and I will look forward to reading more. It started a bit slow since this is a new writing style but after the first couple of chapters I was hooked. The reason it was slow was I was hesitant when Markham followed one of his widowed lovers and usually ...more

Heart's Desire by Wendy LaCapra is book Two in the Lords of Chance Series. This is the story of Percival Stanley, Earl of Markham and Clarissa Laithe. Markham played a part in the first book 'Scandal in Spades' but I still feel this book could be made into a standalone book if you wish to do so.
Cla ...more

By SynergyQuest May 03, 2019

Overall, I really enjoyed this read. If you like good historical romances with a bit of steam, this checks those boxes.

The hero, Markham, is darn near perfect. The heroine takes some getting used to. She’s an excellent friend, and kind to those who rightly deserve her ire. Yet, to those people she s ...more

By Carole May 07, 2019

Lady Clarissa has only one wish and that is to have freedom and do as she wishes. She vows never to marry, especially not her friend's brother, Lord Markham!!!! She believes he's a rake and every time they meet, she has only unkind words and glowering stares for him.

Lord Markham has always thought ...more

By Fizza May 13, 2019

I loved Clarissa and Markham's story. I enjoyed the way this story is written and Markham has redeemed himself beautifully. His character is one of my favorites in this series. He loves his sisters, knows when he is wrong and willing to change his ways, and he is caring as well as a passionate perso ...more

By Marissa July 06, 2019

Clarissa ends up in a fake courtship with Lord Percy Markham...

Clarissa does not want to be saved though. She wants to be in control of her own life and make her own decisions. Even though she reluctantly agrees to Markham’s fake courtship, she is not too happy about it. Not to mention, the two did ...more

By Mary November 14, 2019

4 stars

I enjoyed this book.The author was unknown to me and this is one of the nicest things about reviewing new books; I'm able to find a new interesing author. I shall look out for more of Wendy's books.

This book is part of a series and the hero 'hearts' is not really looking to settle down. When ...more

By Amy April 22, 2019

I absolutely loved Clarissa and Markham's story!! I think it is probably my favorite of the year!!

Clarissa was raised knowing who she was going to marry, but when he suddenly changes his mind, she made the decision to never marry. But when a mean spirited man makes a wager, Markham steps up in her d ...more

By Margaret January 31, 2020

The betting book

A wager over a young lady has Markhum up in arms, for the lady is one he has admired from afar. The sister of one of his best friends, she's never given him anything but a look of disapproval. Now that he's taken the stand to protect her, the Heart of Hearts must persuade her that hi ...more

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Wendy LaCapra

About the author

Wendy LaCapra

Wendy LaCapra has been reading romance since she sneaked into the adult section at the library and discovered Victoria Holt & Jane Aiken Hodge. From that point on, she dreamed of creating fictional worlds with as much richness, intrigue and passion as she found within those books. Her stories have placed in several contests, including the 2012 Golden Heart. She lives in NYC with her husband and loves to hear from readers. If you'd like to be informed when a Wendy releases a new book, sign up for her mailing list at (never shared!)

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